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Homeschool Mom Gets Ministry Training

South African Homeschool Mom Gets Ministry Training

Homeschool mom gets ministry training is something I love to hear! God is raising up powerful women who are not content with letting the world tumble away from the God of the universe. Riki van Deventer of South Africa is called by God to ministry. This homeschool mom gets ministry training at Christian Leaders Institute. Her story encourages us to know that in every part of the world leaders are being raised up to bring revival. Riki tells us about her journey.

Homeschool Mom Gets Ministry Training

Riki van Deventer with her husband

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. My name is Riki van Deventer, and I live in South Africa, which is a country where we have religious freedom, but where immorality abounds. Many South Africans profess to be Christians, but only a few live a Christ-centered life. As a result, most of the youth of our day don’t have examples of what it is like to live for Christ. Their moral values are mostly influenced by what their friends say and do, and, of course, the media. There is such a need for the true gospel to penetrate hearts and regenerate lives.

I was raised in a Christian family where we were taught about God, the Bible and prayer from a very young age. I was still a child when I asked Jesus to come into my heart, but as I grew older, my love for God grew cold. In the year 2001, God again awakened that “first love” in my heart. I rededicated my life to God, and since then, have gotten to know God more intimately.

Sometime after I came back to the Lord, He place in my heart a love for the lost, especially for the youth and children. My dream is to do reach out to children at schools and orphanages. I pray that they may get to know the Love of God through me and that that love will draw them to Christ.

I identify myself most as an evangelist or a youth worker. I see myself as part of a team. Both my sisters went to Bible College and already had some ministry training, and if it is God’s will, we want to do ministry together. We don’t want to attempt anything out of ourselves, and pray that God will lead us step by step through the Holy Spirit, so that every word we say, will be the words He placed in our hearts and mouths. To Him alone be the glory and the honor.

Shortly after I rededicated my life to Christ, someone I don’t even know prophesied that God wants to use me among the youth. That was confirmation of what I already felt in my heart. A Few months later, I was asked to become a youth group leader at our church in Port Elizabeth. We later moved to Johannesburg, and a few months later I got married.

Homeschool Mom Gets Ministry Training

My ministry dream faded into the background of everyday life, raising kids, and later homeschooling. The desire still stayed, but I it seemed as if I would not be able to pursue my dream at that stage. Recently, I took my youngest boy for speech therapy at an orphanage, and my dream became alive again. But I did not know how to get started. When my sisters went to a Bible College, I so much wanted to join them, but couldn’t. In December 2014, I first read about CLI, and I realized that this was the opportunity for me to get the training I need for the ministry

There are many challenges in our area. The first challenge that comes to mind is the fact that almost every individual believes that he or she will one day go to heaven, even those who never received Jesus as their personal Savior. I raise the subject of salvation, they will many times say something like “I’m a good person!” or “I’ve got my church!” Another group believes that the Bible is proven wrong by Science, and more specifically Evolution, and many of them say there is no God.

The church where I attend is a small church on a farm. We are a very close community, and love one another very much. The people there support me in many ways, but the most important one for me, would be prayer. If I ever am uncertain about what to do, or if I go through some trials, I can always be certain of their prayers.

I have a wonderful, supportive family. My husband is not just a loving spouse, but also a very close friend. He helps me to download the videos at his business, and even sometimes watches the classes with me. My parents also encourage me to live out my calling. They also pray for me a lot. And even my other relatives are very supportive. I am very grateful for such an amazing family.

I believe God led me to CLI to equip me with the training and knowledge I need to proclaim the Gospel accurately and more effectively. In the “getting started class”, I have already learned so much, and I am looking forward to extending my knowledge of God and His Word even further. CLI also equips me raise my children as disciples of Christ.

As a co-worker in God’s acre, and as a representative of God, I need wisdom and knowledge to do what God has called me to do. Please pray that I will firstly grow in my personal relationship with God and that I will never allow anything, not even ministry, to compete with my walk with God. Also, pray that the Holy Spirit will lead me in His Perfect will and that He will work in and through me to bring others to Himself.

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A Homeschool Dad’s Vision to Teach Men to be Leaders

When it comes to homeschooling, you always hear about the homeschool mom. But what about the homeschool dad? Here’s a story of a homeschool dad who has a vision for making a difference in the church, and in the whole world!

My name is Justin Stewart. I live in Rock Springs, Wyoming with my wife and three children. I’m a homeschool dad. My wife is the amazing homeschool mother of two teenagers and a ten year old. I honestly don’t know how she does everything she does. I have been employed with the city of Rock Springs for a little more than six years. I was raised in the LDS church but not long after getting married I was pretty convinced that faith in any God was pointless. For some time I considered myself an atheist but I continued to go to an evangelical church with my wife. For years I sat in church every Sunday drawing, daydreaming, basically anything except paying attention. Then God broke me! I learned that left to my own devices I was going to destroy everything that was most important in my life. At just the right time God brought 2 Corinthians 5:17 to my mind and I realized I could be made a new creation in Jesus Christ!

My wife and I have been involved on a few different worship teams over the years as we have moved and gone to different churches. Even leading the worship team at our local church for almost two years. We have been able to get all three of our kids involved in our worship ministry. It’s been a wonderful blessing to teach our children to play instruments, sing and most importantly, to use those talents to worship the Lord. As God has grown me and expanded my ministry I have come to really love studying the Bible, getting together in small groups, and getting to know the Lord through His word. God’s word is nothing short of amazing!

The Lord has placed in me a desire to see men raised up to be the leaders God has called them to be, in their homes and in God’s church. There is a huge misconception, at least in America, of what being a “man” is. The culture says I have to be self made and self dependent. Work hard, play harder. Command the respect of your family because you work hard and they owe it to you. Anything more than a vague acknowledgment of God is just a sign of weakness. Wyoming is the “Cowboy State” and if there is a better icon to sum up what the world tells me a man should be I don’t know what it is. God has given me a strong desire to connect with men and help teach the things that the Lord says make a “man”; being reliant on Him, earning the respect of your family because you lay your life down for them, teaching them to love and honor the Lord, and getting involved in a ministry.
I have recently felt a call and am prayerfully seeking out what role in ministry the Lord has prepared for my future. I love to play worship music, lead small groups, and teach the word of God. I don’t know if full time ministry is in my future or if God will want me to continue to reach out to the lost world from my secular employment, but I know formal education and training will help move my role in ministry to the next level.

No matter what form my ministry takes on, raising up leaders is a vital part of what God has called me to do. When I began my Christian basics class and saw the emphasis on raising up leaders in the Church I was so encouraged and eager to dig into the training that CLI has to offer. Having a scholarship is so crucial to completing my goals! Did I mention I have three kids? Two teenagers and one that isn’t far behind. Quitting my job and working part time to get through a formal seminary is just not possible at this time in my life. Being able to get free quality ministry training is the key for me to get the education I so strongly desire.

I am praying for God to open doors and plug me into a place where I can continue my education and use the talents and tools He has given me to advance His kingdom. I would be sincerely grateful if you would be willing to pray with me that I would be diligent in my studies, frugal with my time and that the Holy Spirit would always be the light that guides me.

God is using homeschool dads to accomplish His work all over the world. We’re thankful to see a homeschool dad like Justin making a difference in his homes and in his church.

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Homeschool Couples Reaching The Down and Out

Homeschool couples reach the lost?  Can that be so? Some people accuse homeschoolers of only being concerned about themselves. Some critics say that homeschoolers shelter their children from the real world. At Christian Leaders Institute, we see many homeschool couples reaching the lost.  They live in the country ministering to those lost in methane addiction. Homeschool couples reaching those in urban is also a common story at Christian Leaders Institute. Meet Olga from City of Camden, New Jersey. She will tell her story. Both Olga and her husband are graduates of Christian Leaders Institute, and they homeschool three children. This does not stop them from reaching their community for Christ.

Blessings! My name is Olga L. Bonett, and I currently live in the City of Camden, New Jersey. Our city is one with a significant rate of crime Homeschool Couples Reachingand poverty in the US. There are constantly many churches, striving to serve the homeless, the community, trying to make a difference. I am one of the general directors of an interdenominational Worship Ministry, and serving in this city, uniting churches for one same goal could be a challenge, but at the same time rewarding when we see results. Especially when based in the word of God, and in a sound doctrine. I was born in raised in church, my entire life I remember serving in ministries from a very young age, not only through music and worship, but through many other tools.

The Lord took a hold of my heart in a different way after being an adult, already married; yes already serving as a minister, when I understood my worship needed to truly be in spirit, and in truth. I understood music was a tool to exercise my ministry and I needed to get closer the lover of my Soul, Jesus, in a more deep intimate relationship. After a process in my life where things became quite difficult, I experienced knowing Christ in a legitimate way, and a new path began for my life. The Lord showed me a clear vision of my ministry, to then realize I needed to prepare to perform HIS ministry in HIS word. In my ministry dream, I see one that serves the community, takes the gospel and reaches to all races and backgrounds in new radical forms that can make the truth of the gospel be understood by all mankind. I see a ministry that can teach how the word of God is the best tool to live spiritually in abundant health. I see a ministry that teaches true worship, in spirit and in truth, to all generations, and that preaches that unity in the body of Christ is intentionally made as Ephesians 4 says. With my Ministry dream, I identify myself as a Pastor. Since a very young age I had many ministers, and leaders in my life stating that I have a pastoral calling, however to move recently in the area that I live now, in addition to what the Lord is showing in our ministry is growth, it has impacted my heart in a way that has confirmed my calling to teach, preach, and shepherd others. I asked the Lord a few confirmations that had been all granted, and I am at this moment affirmed in my spirit of where the Lord wants me to be ministry wise. In my opinion, our city has many challenges like a significant homeless population, poverty, and drugs. There is a huge need to take hope to these situations, with the truth and light of Jesus! My Church has been a great support to my ministry and family in prayers, and many other tangible ways, and believes in equipping and sending those that are called for the advance of God’s Kingdom. My Husband, also a student at CLI and called as a minister as well, fully supports the vision God placed in my life, and we work hand by hand together in ministry. I am a homeschooling mother of 3 beautiful children, 2 of them special needs and my oldest one serves with us in ministry. God has been faithful! We believe that the entire family is involved in all we do for Christ, and we are teaching them at their level to live a life that serves and is unselfish for the cause of Christ, while keeping balance as a family in His will. A scholarship at CLI is important for my life at this moment because it will help me get prepared to fulfill the ministry dream God placed in my heart. I believe the dream He gave us are His dreams as well and I want to serve an excellent God with excellence, prepared in His word to be able to help others to do the same, and multiply the vision my Lord has given me. Your prayers for strength , endurance , guidance of the Holy Spirit, and for me to walk in HIS perfect will can also help this path to be able to fulfill my master’s will for my life and the edification of the Body of Christ and His kingdom.

Homeschool couples reaching the down and out is happening all over the globe. Maybe you are feeling the call to be a family that lives at the radical edge of ministry.

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Homeschoolers Studying New Testament Greek

Homeschoolers Studying New Testament Greek

homeschoolers studying new testament greek

The four of us are studying Greek together. How fun!

My daughter Abby was in her 8th grade year of our homeschooling.  Dr. David Feddes put together a tremendous New Testament Greek Class online. I have always like the idea of homeschoolers studying New Testament Greek.

My daughter enrolled in the Greek 1 class at Christian Leaders Institute with two other homeschooled young Christian leaders. In many ways, a small homeschool co-op was formed studying New Testament Greek. These homeschooled young Christian leaders had a great year. I also noticed more benefits of Homeschoolers studying New Testament Greek for their life preparation.

Benefits of Homeschoolers Studying New Testament Greek

1. Reading the New Testament in the Original language – The New Testament was written in common Greek of that era. Learning to read that language brings your Young Christian Leader more in touch with was was actually written by the Disciples and Apostles. Home Schoolers studying New Testament Greek will see many important spiritual lessons lost in translation. Check out this link from the Institute of Biblical Greek

After Abby had studied New Testament Greek, we have often talked about translation issues. Our home discipleship was enhanced because of her New Testament Greek studies.

2. Studying Greek Makes Other Languages Easier. If you can learn Greek, you can learn other languages. When Abby entered High School, she took French. She often commented that studying New Testament Greek prepared her for studying French. She also commented on how many Greek words found themselves in French and English.

3. Studying Greek Makes English Skills Better – At Christian Leaders Institute, Homeschoolers studying New Testament Greek online make their English skill stronger. The courses are taught through the efforts of Dr. Ted Hillebrand and Dr. David Feddes with extra material connecting Greek to English studies. The course is designed so that students will learn English at a greater and deeper level.

4. Memorization Skills are Strengthened – Homeschoolers studying New Testament Greek in their studies learn how to memorize. The advances in technology make this a fantastic time to memorize Greek because so many smartphone apps are available to help. Many of these aps make memorizing Greek fun. Many aps even pronounce the Greek word.

5. Confidence in Academics – Homeschoolers studying New Testament Greek for a year changes them academically. If you can pass Greek, you can handle anything. I remember when I was in college and studied New Testament Greek. I struggled through high school but felt called into ministry. After I succeeded in Greek, I became confident. Every other subject seemed easy in comparison to Greek. The fact is learning Greek is not that difficult, but it forces you to develop habits that raise you study game. Those habits tend to translate into academic confidence. I saw that with my own daughter after she completed one year of Greek studies.

6. Builds Community – Homeschoolers studying New Testament Greek often find that they should meet together for encouragement and accountability. Some of you will want to study Greek with your homeschooled young Christian leader.

My brother Rich and I joined the homeschoolers studying New Testament Greek for that year. For me, I refreshed what I learn years ago. I appreciated New Testament Greek even more. My brother learned it for the first time with the home schooled students. It was fun to do that study together. My brother in his sixties bonded with my last born daughter, Abby, from the uncle she never knew to a close family member and mentor.

7. Best Time to Study Greek – Homeschoolers studying New Testament Greek have the benefit of youth on their side. The young mind can memorize. When you are young is when you need the powerful Word of God to help build your faith.

Christian Leaders Institute offers homeschoolers studying New Testament Greek a free opportunity. This could be an opportunity to study with your young Christian Leaders. Maybe a homeschooling dad wants to participate with a group of homeschoolers.

Enrollment is easy. You or your child for that matter, enroll in the Getting Started class called Christian Basics, which brings you an orientation to Christian Leaders Institute and studies calling, walk with God and Basic Christian doctrine. After you graduate from this class, you or your child will receive a certificate of Christian Basics and a scholarship to Christian Leaders Institute.

After you receive that scholarship, you and/or your child is invited to enroll in the New Testament Greek Class as well as 25 other classes.

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