The Power of Testimony

August 5th, 2019 Posted by Class of 2019

I feel the Lord has done so many amazing things while I’ve been here. The one thing that keeps coming up time after time is my story. I have learned that the Lord can take something so broken and hurting that it seems impossible to fix, but he has so much love for his children. The things I have gone through and done in my life have left me broken but by pursuing the Father and truly wanting to change and believing in his word anything is possible. Through all of this, I believe the Lord has wanted me to go through all of the things in my life so I can be an example to my family and friends. Being faithful to Him and His word in order to influence the people around me first. I feel he wants me to share my story with others to change their future and bring them to Christ. I’ve learned over the past three months that some of the hardest pasts can have the most amazing testimonies. The verse that kept coming to me over my time here has been Luke 16:10: “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” This is one of the largest convictions I’ve had while here, to stay faithful in the small to continue on to greater things, but it takes one faithful step at a time.

After all the teachings, I’ve been made aware of so many injustices. Some of which I honestly didn’t even know were injustices. One example that stood out for me is clothing and where they are made. Just think about it, more often than not the reason your clothes are so cheap is that they’re produced in a sweatshop. The people working may only make a dollar or less a day and be working 12 plus hours daily. This is a huge injustice of labor rights. If you are going to help stop these kinds of injustices, it may make the products cost more money so that employees have proper working conditions and pay. Or take a look at sanitation; so many people are quick to throw their trash out the window or on the ground without a second thought. They see their friends or family setting that example. We need to take responsibility for our actions and continue to raise up generations of leaders who will leave the earth better for the next generation to come. Like Micah Kephart, the founder of Poetice said in his teaching “When a person ceases to dream the future stays the same”.

It doesn’t matter what part of the world you’re in, there are injustices everywhere. There are what we call the 5 Global Giants of injustice, which are spiritual emptiness, oppression, illiteracy, disease, and poverty. If you really break any injustice down it ends up being so interconnected to all five. It can be hard to place an injustice in one single category. That is why we need to be more active in discipleship and development, not just one or the other. You can’t reach everyone but everyone can reach someone.


Paul Kellen
2019 Student