Course participants are often very open with their mentors, mainly because they don’t know them personally. Sometimes it happens that participants can encourage each other to trust in God. Our mentor Emmie Kaljouw experienced this.
Emmie: ‘It often happens during a course that the mentor and the student build up a relationship of trust, but they will never meet each other in real life. This gives the student the freedom to ask personal questions or to share problems.
One of the goals of the course is to let faith play a larger role in their daily life. The students are encouraged to share about the role that God plays in their daily life. This gives the opportunity to share beautiful testimonies. The following is an example of one.
Don’t run away
An eighteen-year old student told me about her relationship problems and how ashamed she was. This came up while we were doing Lesson 2, about The Fall. Besides other things, I pointed out that it was very brave of her to share that with me, but that she also needed to talk about that with God. Because we feel ashamed, we often avoid God, just like Adam and Eve did. Just as we see in this story, running away from God is the wrong choice.
Trust in God
Around the same time, I was busy with the lesson about Abraham with a forty-year old woman. God’s faithfulness is central to this lesson. In response to the lesson she shared that she had waited until she was thirty-four until she met her husband. The people around her wondered why she was still single, but through her trust in God she was able to stand up to the social pressure. This testimony reminded me of the younger student, so I asked if her story could be shared as an encouragement. She was happy that her experience could help someone else. “It is especially important for the youth to learn to trust the Lord for their future. We don’t have to rush things. God’s timing is the best.”
Supporting one another
These experiences show how we can support each other, even from a great distance away. As Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:16, “from whom [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”’