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1. What was life like before coming to Christ? What about before going to Bible College? (The more specific, the better!)

My life before coming to Christ was me being in the womb. My mother and father looked to give my siblings and me a good life that included Jesus. At the age of experimentation (ages 20-22) is when I fell away in my own pride to test my own limits. I said through my pride that I wouldn't be like Peter in denying Jesus when he needed him most. Thing was, I had my Peter moment and I didn't even know it but through it, all God was right there with me. Around my college years, I played around with girls, went to bars, drank with unsaved friends, and realized that this kind of life wasn't meant for me. I realized that a life with Jesus is the only way to live a blessed life. I repented of what I did and moved on with my life with Jesus.

Before going to Bible College I knew God wanted me to learn more about him through a classroom setting. I love to learn and to learn more about God and the essence of who He is felt like an amazing feeling to experience. My God didn't let me go through with going to Bible College until 2016 because He had me on an assignment that he wanted me to focus on. In 2015 I went to work at a finance firm in Los Angeles which required me to ride the train every day. It was through this that I was able to bring someone to Christ. Once I was done God took me out of that job to place me back home. I got the okay from God to work with the rock internship and to go to Bible College.

2. When did you realize God was calling you to be in Bible College? (Was there a moment in church, at home, while you were reading the Word?) Please describe this moment in detail.

That moment was a point of calm. I already had my bachelor's degree in Marketing so I took Bible College as extended learning. I wanted to learn about God in a deeper way. As I have mentioned in the story before Bible College, God wanted me somewhere else before and I obeyed. God's been good to me and through learning more about Him I can see He's even better than I thought.

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3. What moment in Bible College was the most impactful and life-changing? (How has TRBC propelled you into the future you’re living right now?)

The moment that impacted me the most was taking the class on understanding biblical authority. This class turned me away from thoughts I've had certain leaders and made me realize that isn't how I ought to think. This was when my girlfriend's stepfather was and still is making it difficult for me to have a relationship with her. He made it difficult in the beginning and at the point, we are at now. He has a curfew for her daughter for her to be home by 10:30 pm and she can't be on a call with me after 11 pm. She can't talk to me on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the only real days that I see her due to her busy schedule is the weekends and sometimes he makes us choose which day to see each other. This class has made me respect him even through the regulations he has on the both of us.

4. What part of your story would be most encouraging for the person reading your story who feels stuck, lost and hopeless?

Probably that time that I had to go to work in Los Angeles instead of going to the Bible College. God had a time for me to go to Bible College and his timing was the best.

5. What would you say to someone who wants to go, but isn't sure if it's for them because of their circumstances, challenges, past history? (And they have the same circumstances, challenges, past that you did prior to going to Bible College.)

I would tell them to continue to pray about what God wants them to do because maybe right now isn't the time for you to do Bible College. You might have Philip moment like I did and God wants you elsewhere to then place you in the college to learn with a blessing behind it.

But if you're just battling the thought of us it worth it, then I'm here to say that it is. I have already experienced situations in my life that I have applied what I learned in Bible College. In the end, the decisions that I made were better influenced by what God says in the bible. I've learned so much and God has done so much more through it, Bible College is worth it!

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