Szigetszentmiklós, Hungary – How peaceful it is to know that the One who holds tomorrow is the One that holds you too. Just knowing that He loves you, He cares for you, and He will set a special time to call you aside is the best thing in the world. This is exactly how I felt at the School of Missions this year; that the Lord had invited me to take a little break from my usual tasks and my normal routine so I could spend more time with Him. I was blessed in His presence, by His Word, and through His people.
The School of Missions schedule consisted of devotionals, Bible studies, mission testimonies, worship sessions, and serving opportunities. Altogether, it was a powerful time spent in the presence of God that really changed my perspective on how I see life in general, and how I want to live my own life.
From the Bible lessons, it was encouraging to understand the concept of missions at a deeper level. Willem Fiege (missionary to Cyprus) reminded us that when we preach the biblical message, we should expect biblical revival. Max Barroso (Director of The Awakening) taught us to think of our existence not only as the years that we spend on Earth, but also in the perspective of eternity. God is eternal and we can fulfill His perfect will for our lives only when we think of our existence in the perspective of eternal life. Madeline Nix (The Awakening’s Coordinator of Spiritual Formation and Development) showed us the example of Peter and that if we want to walk on water with Jesus, we must be ready to let go of our lifestyle and embrace the opportunities that God has for us.
"...when we preach the biblical message, we should expect biblical revival." - Willem Fiege
From our conversations with the missionaries, it was great to hear ‘on-the-ground’ experiences from missionaries in Kenya, The Philippines, Cyprus, Peru and United States. It was so encouraging to see a little part of God’s global ministry. This was also a powerful reminder that if God can hold the nations, He surely has my back! He is able to work both individually and globally at the same time.
Also, it was humbling to realize that we have so many reasons to be thankful for. We are given so many resources, so much knowledge, so many opportunities, and sometimes, a simple prayer can change the course of someone’s life. May we always use the resources that have been given to us to the fullest potential!
In regards to serving opportunities, I really loved spending time with the students from the Coffee House. On Friday we had a BBQ night and it was beautiful to catch up with some of them. They were sharing how their lives have been changed since the last summer because of TAB Coffee House that is right next to their school. I was so happy to see how Krisztina Révész (The Awakening’s International Base Team Leader in Hungary), Justin Long (The Awakening’s International Base Staff in Hungary), and Noah Hanscom (a current On My Way participant with The Awakening) have had such a great impact in the local community.
I also loved going to the church in Szigetszentmiklós. Pastor Zoli and Annett Szabó are just wonderful pastors and I was so encouraged to hear some powerful testimonies. A lady shared how God has healed her from an illness, which for doctors was impossible to be treated, and how He has completely redeemed a young’s man life, transforming Him from a drug addict to a free, loved son of God.
nationalities from four different countries, all gathered together for one purpose:
To know God more."
In relationship with the participants, I was blessed to see some of my friends from different parts of the world! I always love the multicultural experience that we get to have during The Awakening internships. This year, at the School of Missions, there were 11 people of five different nationalities from four different countries, all gathered together for one purpose: to know God more.
I am thankful for everything God did during this year’s School of Missions. It’s reassuring to know that even in the midst of worldwide challenges, God remains faithful and He is our joy and our legacy.
by Jeanine Naomi Bogdan, 2020 School of Missions Student