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Student Missionary Stories
Nathan Verrill, Pohnpei, 2014-2015
Excerpt from Journal
(Monday, August 18, 2014 – 11th Day in Pohnpei)
“It’s the first full day of classes here at Pohnpei SDA School. The first four hours were busy, but I think the day has gone well so far. I feel like I can get through to these kids, especially after I learn their names. The kids here are good kids. They’re going to test me, I’m sure, but I believe it is going to be a good year with big advances for these students. It is my hope and prayer that I can truly elevate at least one of these kids to be more than they ever thought they could be. I’m definitely in a little bit over my head, but I am able to do this through Christ who strengthens me. May these kids share in this joy at some point in their lives!”
There are times in life where God shows up in such a way where we cannot help but acknowledge His awesome presence. During my time as a student missionary in Pohnpei, I often encountered God through the people I lived and worked with. Though the joy and exuberance of my students always encouraged me, it was on Friday evenings, when the energy of the past school week faded with the sunset, that I would often sit alongside my student missionary family echoing the familiar refrain, “how great is our God!” It was in these moments, on a small island in the middle of a vast ocean, that the Infinite pressed closer than I have ever experienced.
Jenna Neil, Denmark, 2012-2013
A few months before I boarded a plane bound for Denmark, a friend looked at me and told me, “Jenna, I don’t want you to come back different.” It’s hard to imagine for some people how something seemingly so simple, living in another country for 10 months especially in Europe, can be life changing.
I expected that I would have these awesome stories to tell people when I got back of saving a kids life or being a huge, dramatic turning point in another’s. The most life changing thing I did was be a friend and listen to the students when they needed to talk. And that is really what was needed. One kid was depressed and needed someone to talk with and to keep him motivated to live day to day. We connected over Star Wars and then Doctor Who. I can’t tell you what would have happened to him if I hadn’t been his friend and I can’t tell you the extent to which I made a difference but I know somehow I influenced him.