Four years ago, I flew to California from Minnesota to visit a school that wasn’t on many people’s radar. I had heard about it a year prior by the Chancellor at a conference I went to with my youth group. He communicated to an arena of five thousand students that this school was a place where people went to learn to live and die well. It was an amazing statement, but in all honesty, what caught my attention most was the add-in on the location. Fast forward a year, and I found myself with my family driving around a suburban city searching for what would soon be known as my education facility.
When we pulled up to the school, I chuckled a little at its size. Lets just say getting lost on your first day will not be a problem. I walked into the office and was greeted with a handshake, smile, and eye contact by the admissions director, Nicole. All key components to my favor. I would have even gone for a hug, but I didn’t want to push my limits. We walk outside to start the most exciting twenty-minute tour of my life.
I was shown the classrooms, library, and student lounge. They all were in walking distance, all had intimate and personal settings, and all were to my liking. For some reason, though, I was still fighting my decision on making a commitment to attending. Nicole, sensing my hesitation, looked at me and said, “If the Lord wants you here, you will be here. Don’t try to fight what He wants.” And that was it for me. It wasn’t because of anything that was shown to me on the tour or because of any preconceived anticipations that I had about going to school in California that turned my hesitation into certainty. It was the institutions heart. Their mission statement is: to train people to live and die well. Without even attending, I witnessed it with Nicole’s words. Eternity Bible College is more than a place to go for another Bible degree. You can go to any school for that (well a Bible school that is). This school lives what they preach. They live and breathe God. I have never been around such a community of believers that desperately seeks Him in every decision that they make.
Four years ago, I thought I was going to California to attend a school to learn the facts about God. Now, I can confidently say I go to a school where I am learning to live and breathe Jesus Christ. Stripping away the fact that it is located in California, affordability of tuition, and whatever other glamour there may be, this school has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. Everything else is just an add-on in comparison to the discipleship, encouragement, wisdom, community, and love that is consistent in the context of this institution.
I am now on my third year. I have never been so challenged and inspired to love and pursue God more in all my life. I am a simple girl living among simple people, serving a not so simple God.
I would encourage you to prayerfully consider investing time looking into Eternity Bible College. God has used it to change so many people’s lives. I am just one of the many blessed-past, present, and future.
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