Today we went began the day with going to Ocean Market. It was intriguing to see how consumerism is consumerism no matter if the country is a capitalist country or not. However, the noticeable difference that I was able to see was the attentiveness of the employees were to us. I didn’t know if it was because we were noticeably foreigners or that is how they treat everyone. In either case this was a form of hospitality that I am not accustomed to in a market. Later, we were able to meet up with the CREATE students. It was interesting to see our two groups meet. We were picked up and went to the Swanding Pagoda. It was interesting to see how many people pilgrimage there from all over the world. Once we were done we had a time to gather the group. Once we were able to come together, we went for a meal. Once on the bus I was able to notice the different dynamics between the groups. The DMin folks are a little more quiet and reserved while our CREATE group is very extroverted and jubilant. It reminded me of the team building dynamics that I have learned from the military; forming, storming, norming, and performing. I sure hope we don’t have to storm. However, I know that whatever happens, we will all have grown from this experience.
Central DMin student
From early on in life my desire has been to follow God and serve Him in any capacity that was available to me. My grandparents, who actively involved me in the spiritual life of our family, raised me in a Christian household.
I accepted Christ as my personal savior when I was nine years old. As a teenager I felt a strong, consuming desire to do more with my life, especially as it related to life within the staging church. After much prayer and spiritual counseling, I answered the call to preach when I was 16 and delivered my first sermon when I was 17, becoming the fourth generation of pastors/ministers in my family. Eventually, my responsibilities within the staging church increased. I have served as Youth Minister, Associate Minister, Assistant Pastor, Interim Pastor, and Senior Pastor in churches in Missouri and Texas.