Finishing Well

In a few weeks our students will graduate from School of Discipleship. They chose to die to themselves for a year to pursue the Lord more, and in many ways, they were stretched and challenged. Each student has brought joy to the community here. We are sad to say goodbye to them, but we are excited for what God has for them next.

 “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”  – Philippians 3:7–8

The students graduate on July 31 at 4 p.m. (CST). We would love to have you join us. Live-stream the ceremony here

 

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A Day in the Life of an SD Student

Have you ever wondered what we do at School of Discipleship? We wanted to give you a snapshot of what a typical day looks like for us.

Monday:

6 a.m. –  The morning begins with house devotions. (Yawn…dying to self daily also includes getting up early.) Each house gathers together to read a Psalm, share personal prayer requests and then spend some time praying for each other’s requests and for the day ahead.

Next, we prepare for the day with breakfast (the most important meal of the day), individual devotions (getting our hearts in-tune with the Lord) and getting ready (we like to be clean and dressed for work).

8 a.m. –  Morning prayer starts. We join the staff for a time of worship and prayer at the chapel.

8:50 a.m. – Get coffee or tea before heading to class.

9 a.m. –  Class starts. We go through different books and curriculum throughout the year. Normally there’s a lecture period and then time for discussion. The most recent book we completed was Touching Godliness by KP Yohannan

10:15 a.m. –  Get more coffee or tea before heading to our Vocational Training Assignment (VTA).

10:30 a.m. –  VTA starts. We are placed in different departments throughout the year and serve alongside Gospel for Asia’s home team staff. We learn “on-the-job” from our trainer and become efficient in our assigned tasks.

11:45 a.m. –  Circle prayer time!! Each department in the office gathers together to read a passage of Scripture and pray for the needs of the ministry.

12 p.m. –  Lunch. We have an hour break for lunch to eat yummy food and either spend some time alone (for us introverts) or talk/hang out with friends (for the extroverts among us). When it’s warm enough outside, many take walks during their lunch hour.

3:45 p.m. –  We have Circle Prayer Time again, committing our service to the Lord knowing we cannot do it without His help. (We pray a lot here. 😊)

4:30 p.m. –  VTA ends. (Congratulations on a job well done!)

4:45 p.m. –  Flex hour – we sometimes have an additional class or meeting during this time; if not, we head home for the day.

6 p.m. – Dinner prep starts. We have meal plans for house dinner days, which are at least once a week. (Yay food!) We have recipes to follow that help us learn to prepare different dishes.

7 p.m. –  House Dinner. We eat dinner together as a house at least once a week, sometimes joined by staff members we invite over. It is always a great time of fellowship.

Dinner normally ends by 8 p.m. and we have the rest of the evening for homework, reading and hanging out.

Other nights of the week we will have prayer meetings, worship times, game nights or a variety of SD events.

We hope this gives you a better picture of what a day in our program looks like. Check out our Instagram feed at ‘gfaschool’ to see more.

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Students Gather to Celebrate What God is Doing

Reflection and celebration of God’s goodness is important within Gospel for Asia and School of Discipleship. A couple times throughout their year, the students come together for “Celebration Potluck.” This is a special time for them to gather with some of the staff and share one or more ways the Lord has been faithful to them the last few months. Here’s a glimpse into the one we just had.

There’s lots of food. (I mean, there should be; it’s called “Celebration Potluck” for a reason.) Everyone brings something to share, and then we feast.

Conversations will be had throughout the night, continuing to foster community life here. There is a lot of joy and laughter.

There will then be a time of praise. The songs are picked to remind us of how good God is.

The floor is then opened for students and staff to stand up and proclaim the goodness of the Lord. It is always encouraging to see what God has done in the lives of those around you. It fuels our faith when we hear how faithful God is to show up.

The night closes with prayers of thanksgiving and hearts full of God’s goodness.

 “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.” – Psalm 89:1

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