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Someone once said that a coincidence is a small miracle where God prefers to stay anonymous. This is true for me because I heard about Slavic Missionary Bible School from a friend by mere chance, or so I thought at the time. I quickly became interested and as my desire to attend the school grew, I put college on hold, quit my job and bought my ticket to Jacksonville. It seemed like a great mystery at the time; however, I believe God reveals His work in the most mysterious and amazing ways in our lives!
Once in Jacksonville, God began to pour out boundless blessing onto my life. I was baptized by the Holy Spirit within two weeks upon my arrival at a group prayer. Next, I started to learn just how imperative my personal relationship with God is; as I began to spend time in His presence, I realized the true meaning of my own life and how incredibly blessed I am. I also learned that life is not all about me and those around me, but rather about people in different nations around the world. God ignited a passion for people and missions in my heart.
We often hear about different revivals and blessings in various places, but I never truly experienced such blessings from God as I did in SMBS. Through teachers and practical life here, Slavic Missionary Bible School helped me learn how much more I could do to make a difference. In school, I also acquired over 40 lifelong friends whom I call my family. Though we are now apart, I believe we remain united in spirit as we continue to serve God using the boundless knowledge gained at SMBS.
I had an awesome experience at SMBS. It really was the best time of my life.
One of the greatest things I learned through SMBS was unity. If any group of people actually WANT to unite together for God, they can easily do so and be very strong because, there is power in unity. We experienced this first-hand in the school, and God blessed us in what we did. When we first arrived we were just classmates, but we became strong brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Federal Way, Washington
My relationship with the Lord has always been important, but with school and work I found my self drifting away from God. I didn't want to live a life that would not glorify God in everything I do, so I wanted to change that. It has always been a desire of mine to attend a bible school and gain new knowledge and understanding so when I heard about SMBS I immediately visited the website and fell in love with the uniqueness of the program. At SMBS I had the opportunity to listen to a new teacher every week, build lasting friendships, and part take in a few ministries such as visiting the juvenile detention center and homeless shelter. My favorite ministry was visiting the homeless shelter. There I was able to talk to people and hear about their life and had the opportunity to share my testimony about how I became a believer and what God was doing in my life. I can say that this experience really changed my mindset and has really humbled me. I never really liked stepping outside of my comfort zone, but with these ministries I was able to do that and proclaim the gospel to people I met for the first time, whether on the street or in grocery stores. My journey at SMBS has been life changing and has had a great impact on my life. I'm really glad that I attended SMBS and got to spend 5 months building my relationship with God. All praise and glory to God!
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
God works in mysterious ways, and often in ways we never expect. I experienced this firsthand with how He called and provided for me to go to Slavic Missionary Bible in Florida. Coming to Bible School, I was expecting to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible and improve my relationship with Jesus, and yes I received all of these things, but I gained something even more valuable than that – experience in leadership.
Seeing this in Bogdan and all of the staff of SMBS, I understood that everyone has to work together as a team. In a team it does not matter who scores the winning goal, it matters that the whole team wins. As I look back on my experience at SMBS, I am amazed how quickly it came and went. I miss my class, which became my second family, all the classes, teachers, car washes, and church services. Now I have a family that is all over United States, and I know the work God began at SMBS, He continues in lives of all my fellow classmates.
It is my privilege to speak of my experience at Slavic Missionary Bible School. When I first heard about the school I was beginning my senior year in high school and did not think it would be possible to come to Florida. However, when I began praying and trusting God, everything worked out in an amazing way. I finished my senior year a semester early and had the opportunity to come.
During Bible School I had an incredible time. I learned so much more than I expected. I had many opportunities to minister and serve while in school. God began to teach me the importance of having an intimate relationship with Him before going out into ministry. This is crucial because you cannot give to people what you do not have.
Furthermore, I had an awesome time on the missionary trip. This was my first time in Ukraine after my family's departure. Honestly, I did not want to leave. I experienced, like so many other people, a huge satisfaction in serving God.
Anyone who is thinking to come to SMBS and is not sure because you have so many problems, remember: "God is so much bigger than our situation." (Rom.8:28). God bless you all!
Binghamton, New York
Because of God's love toward me, I knew from the very beginning that my experience at Bible School was about to become one of the greatest in my life. I had realized that God, in all of His power, glory and majesty, simply wanted to spend more time with me. God had the desire to show me things that I had never seen before, explain what was beyond my understanding, and have me experience what I never knew had existed.
This was accomplished through every lecture, classroom activity, testimony, discussion, and the personal time with God. There were times that a teacher would speak a certain truth that deeply touched my heart and I often felt an unexplainable power come over me. God was drawing me nearer to Him. I could no longer sit still in the great presence of God. I wanted to shout for joy and sing to Him; yet at the same time, I just wanted to bow down and worship Him.