Since 2004, GFA has been teaching young men and women to deny themselves, pick up their cross and follow Christ through its School of Discipleship program.
It started as an internship called Road to Reality, aimed to challenge and encourage young adults between the ages of 18–27 in their character and their relationship with God, while giving them practical life lessons in missions work.
Students lived, worked and fellowshipped with each other and GFA staff members in an environment where they could safely grow and live out Christ’s commands. They learned to practice their faith, serve with other individuals in a professional work environment and were given ample opportunities to refine and sharpen their character in a community with others who were journeying with God.
Matthew was among some of the first students to enroll in the program. He remembers how the Lord used that year to show him the greatness and beauty of embracing God’s will rather than his own.
“I was more self-centered going into the program,” Matthew says. “But during that season, I became Christ-centered.”
After graduating from the internship, Matthew joined GFA and eventually became the director of program. During his time as director, the internship grew and evolved, undergoing a name change but keeping the core tenets. Matthew saw it go from a work-focused program to a life-focused one.
“The material the students are going through, and the things they are part of in the community aspect is all geared toward a sacramental life of prayer and practice, not just information,” says Bishop Danny, vice president of GFA…
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