Young men and women took their turns at the podium. This was their last day of class. Their year in GFA (SA)’s School of Discipleship (SD) was almost over.
Each shared what the Lord had done in their lives, how they had grown, how they had changed. Tears filled many eyes as they said their goodbyes to classmates, teachers and department coordinators. Eleven months in Texas and two weeks in South Asia had left an indelible mark on their lives.
Eternity on Their Hearts
On the day of the students’ graduation, a guest speaker stands behind the podium, exhorting them to continue walking with the Lord. Their time in SD is over. One by one the students walk across the stage. Each is given a certificate of completion, a coin engraved with the School of Discipleship logo and a framed photo wrapped in shiny golden paper.
The students unwrap their photos. They laugh; some almost cry. They see women drawing water from Jesus Wells—wells they helped drill by serving in the office. They see Bridge of Hope children laughing—children they helped sponsor by praying and fasting. They see national missionaries sharing the love of Jesus. They see widows experiencing peace for the first time. They see whole congregations, communities transformed. Each photo represents what the Lord did through the sacrifice of these faithful School of Discipleship students.
Life will never be the same.
*See Matthew 26:6–13.
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