With my heart pounding with anticipation, fear and excitement, I walked through the doors of the airport and into a whole new world. This was it! After several months of prayer, planning and unknowns, I had finally arrived in Ontario to begin my year at GFA’s School of Discipleship Program in Canada.
That day was kind of like a point of no return in my life. Even though I had no idea what lay ahead for me, I knew God had placed a longing in my heart to know Him more, and I could not be satisfied with anything less than obedience to His call. That assurance was what I kept going back to time and again in the days that were before me.
School of Discipleship is not easy. It is not a place you go to just to get away, have fun and learn more. It is about life-transformation, living out biblical Christianity in everyday life and following the example of a community committed to walking with Christ.
An aspect of the program that significantly impacted me was community life. One of my first memories was arriving at the house that would be my home for the year and finding out I would be sharing a room with three other girls. This was definitely out of my comfort zone! Over the course of that year, what at first seemed so overwhelming for me became a precious opportunity to experience fellowship as part of the Body of Christ in a way that I never had before. We girls did everyday life together: eating, sleeping, learning, crying, laughing, praying and sharing in the joys and struggles of our journey with Christ.