15 December 2008

Julius

It’s been awhile since I posted a testimony… and this is certainly one I don’t want you to miss…

This is Julius…



He is not a student of GBI because he already holds a BA in Theology and a Masters of Divinity… the only complication which keeps Julius from being a full-time professor at GBI is that he is a new believer…

Julius was on his way to being ordained as a Catholic Priest this last year after graduating from the Catholic Seminary in Gaba… but just weeks before he attended a service at Gaba, heard the gospel and gave his life to Christ…

Talk about a career change…

Julius was the top student in his class, the grandson of a Catholic priest, the son of a priest and the brother to 5 priests… at Gaba Seminary the new students all now get the same introduction… “Be on your guard… if Julius can fall away from the faith… anyone can!”

It has been a tough road for Julius… disowned by his family, friend and the church he began volunteering his time with Africa Renewal Ministries at the Bethany Village Orphanage…

When he heard about GBI he came right over and began to volunteer at our front desk in exchange for housing and food… no salary…

He was given a teaching position at a nearby university which would have allowed him to receive a salary and abandon his post at GBI… instead he forfeited his salary to the university in exchange for free tuition for his 2 cousin / sisters who had also converted to Christianity and been disowned by the family… all the while continuing to volunteer 40 hours a week at GBI in exchange for food and housing…

To be honest I didn’t know what to think of him and assumed that he would quit any day… but after 9 months he hadn’t missed a day…

Good help is hard to find… and Julius has the work ethic of an ox and the integrity of a saint… so I asked him if I could expand his duties beyond greeting visitors, making photo copies and answering the phone… and as he always answers, Julius replied “pastor, it’s a pleasure” – it always makes me laugh but with Julius I am sure he means it…

So Julius now works the phones recruiting students and registering them for their classes… this past holiday term we grew from 22 students to 35… for 2009 we already have 30 students with applications filled (our highest total ever for December)… I could go on and on… but if he ever reads this blog I don’t want his head to explode with pride…

I’ll just say…he reminds me of the story of Joseph… disowned by family but faithful to God… and whatever he touches seems to prosper…

1 comment:

Sallie said...

Jeff - I love it when you do testimonies of your students. Thank you so much for the encouragement.

Mom