students you need to meet
Students at Assemblies
of God institutions of higher education are fast at work preparing
for their futures. With 19 Assemblies of God colleges, universities
and a seminary to choose from, students have access to high-caliber,
Christian-based education and quality training. Some have plans
to be tentmakers in the business world. Others have their sights
set on becoming teachers, doctors, journalists, music executives,
performers, engineers, chaplains, missionaries or ministers.
For this year’s
special College Commitment Day
edition, the focus of each story is on people rather than institutions.
story tells the bigger story of the impact and influence a Christian
education can have on one’s life. Most of the students featured
are just ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things with
the opportunities, training and tools they have been given. Some
students have overcome great odds, others have gone above and beyond
their natural abilities and a few have broken barriers that will
change the course of their life for the better.
Though all of their
stories are unique, each student would tell you that an education
at an Assemblies of God institution of higher education is preparing
him or her to influence and impact the 21st century for Jesus Christ.
American Indian College
God’s will is everything
Navajo, N.M., lies within
the Navajo Nation about 40 miles northwest of Gallup. Michael Johnson
grew up there in a Navajo family of five children.
“My childhood wasn’t
easy,” he says. “I was in boarding school, so I spent
a lot of time away from my family. I struggled for several years
with drug abuse. I was unhappy and always arguing.”
Assemblies of God
Multitasking for ministry
As Hedy Hung leans back
and closes her eyes for a brief break, she feels the warm Caribbean
sun on her face. This is the perfect vacation for Hung, a student
at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Mo. But
when Hung opens her eyes, the sun’s radiance is replaced by
the light of fluorescent tubes, mixed with the blue-green glow from
her computer screen.
Taking theory to the pulpit
As senior pastor of Templo
Oásis in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Ruben Figueroa relies on
his training at Colegio Teológico del Caribe (Caribbean Theological
College) in Bayamon to lead his flock. And he’s going at his
own pace — three classes a semester — until his degree
in theology is completed in May.
Central Bible College
Vital training for powerful ministry
Felicia Robinson thought
she had enough street smarts growing up in Pontiac, Mich., outside
Detroit to enter the ministry without furthering her education beyond
“I was adamant
about not going to college,” Robinson says. “I didn’t
figure I needed training for the ministry.”
From India to the Ozarks
Nafisa Shah’s search
for a Christian university took her almost halfway around the world.
The Hyderabad, India, native followed her heart to Springfield,
Mo., to study applied psychology and social work and prepare for
a career helping the poor of her country.
Education is not age bound
Helen Carpenelli believes
learning is a lifelong process. That’s why Carpenelli, at
77, is taking classes from Global University, the distance-education
provider based in Springfield, Mo., that trains people in more than
160 countries. Carpenelli, a Pennsylvania coal miner’s daughter,
didn’t obtain her general equivalency diploma until age 67.
Latin American Bible
Institutes (Texas and California)
Biblical foundation in a cultural context
Antoinette Aguirre, 23,
says God has called her to plant a Spanish church. And she credits
her three years at Latin American Bible Institute in San Antonio
for playing a large role in preparing her for a life of ministry.
More than 100 enrolled students each year choose to study for the
ministry at LABI-Texas, not only for the quality of a bilingual
education — students at LABI come from a variety of Spanish-speaking
countries — but for the camaraderie that forges lifelong friendships.
Native American Bible
Finding a 25th hour
There are days her feet
hurt and her back aches from a full day of nursing her patients.
Yet, at the end of each shift, Sandra McMillan is excited about
her commute home. After wading through the congestion of traffic
pulsing about Fayetteville, N.C., she turns southwest onto state
highway NC 71 and counts the miles until she arrives home.