God had a message to proclaim, way back “in the year that King Uzziah died,” and he wanted a prophet to proclaim it. He looked over his earth and asked himself, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for me?”
The prophet Isaiah knew the voice of theLORD. He heard the question. And he gave the right answer: “Here I am. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8).
Another prophet, centuries before, heard God calling in the night and he answered the same way. “Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” (1 Samuel 3:4).
One of the distinctive aspects of the OBU at New Life Church educational experience is our commitment to ensuring that every student who completes the program learns to value and serve actively in local church ministry. That sounds like a fine goal, right? The problem is, it’s a little fuzzy. What exactly does it look like to instill a passion for life-giving ministry in every student? How will we know if we failed or succeeded?
Sometimes these are difficult questions to answer.
Not this week.
This week hundreds of NLC church members gathered early in the morning and worked late into the night to provide hands-on relief to our Central Arkansas neighbors affected by the tornados that touched down in Mayflower and Vilonia on Sunday evening. Before New Life Church announced a plan for disaster relief, members were already asking what they could do to help. Before they knew the extent of the damage or how many hours of their time they would give, they just showed up.
Here I am. Send me!
For days now they have worked and sweated and wept and prayed alongside friends and strangers whose material lives have been reduced to rubble. With Christians from around the state and the nation, our folks—including several of our very own admitted students—have served tirelessly and graciously in Jesus’ name.
That’s the kind of believer we want to produce through the ministry experience of OBU at NLC. The kind who hears the Lord speak and says, “Here I am.” The kind who responds in obedience in crisis, of course, but also every day in the mundane mission of the church to be salt and light in the world.
We plan to launch a full explanation of the OBU at New Life Church Ministry Experience in just a couple of weeks. Until then we are praying for Isaiahs and Samuels—young men and women eager to answer God’s call: Here I am. Send me!
Contact Josh Rauls, admissions counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the program.