Saturday, September 04, 2010

Redeemer Ministry School - 9 Months That Will Change Your Life

Redeemer Ministry School's 2010-2011 school years begins Sept. 12 with a picnic at our home. Here are some testimonies from three of our 2010 RMS graduates.

"Before RMS I didn't understand how to be in a relationship with Christ. I wanted Him to tell me what to do, so I could just do it. I knew I should spend time with Him, but I didn't really understand why it was so important. I began to depend on other people who were in relationship with Christ for my direction in life. I was constantly searching out others for a "word" so I could just do what He wanted me to do. This left me anxious and fearful anytime my life presented options or obstacles.

During the 9 months of RMS, I dedicated myself to the school and to Christ. I did what was asked of me though I didn't expect much to change. Slowly, I began to understand that what I had (and wanted) before with Christ wasn't a relationship. I began to hear Him speak again. He challenged me, loved on me, and even joked with me!! Through the excellent guidance and teachings of the staff, I began to see my God in a whole new way. I began a relationship with Christ and it is still growing and evolving today. Though I still have struggles and failures, I have found the peace that passes understanding."

- Holly Holladay

"RMS has provided me with things I didn't even know were missing from my life. It gave me a safe place to ask hard questions, a family with which to share what I was learning and experiencing, and a solid contextual understanding of the Bible. Any of the teachers alone is worth spending nine months with, but all of them together is a year worth marking down as red letter. Each class builds off the others to provide a continual, daily renewal of intimacy with, knowledge of, and love for the Creator who wants nothing more than to call me His own. I found myself wanting to go to class, not because the teachers are magnificent, but because, more often than not, God showed up for class too."

- Emma Stokes

"The most remarkable gift of RMS was spiritual discipline. While I was prepared for a return to academic discipline, the surprise was that a real effort toward implementing the values we were being taught
played a significant role in the process of inner changes. The flower on this Vine was a true, intimate relationship with God for the first time in my life. Our Father delights in giving us so many good gifts;
discernment, insight,peace, steadiness, self-revelation, strength of spirit. But they are only available to us through intentional, quiet interaction with Him on a daily basis. This relationship can't help but seep into every other area of life, and in the invasion, He conquers, tears down, and heals. I can joyfully and truthfully speak
out the reality that I am not the same person I was the first day of RMS; the changes started on the surface and went into the very fabric of my spirit. It remains the single most rewarding and enriching experience of my life!
Thank you, RMS Professors & Staff.

- Patt Busenbark