|MINISTERING AT GLOBAL TRAINING NETWORK|
At the heart of Global Training Network’s ministry is a passion for people, to help those who are hurting and desperate. Certainly, ministering to people directly or through the agonizing demands of intercession takes time and concentrated effort, but when you have the truth and the tools to see lives transformed—and lives are transformed—it is all worthwhile.
To answer our question, the joy of the Christian life is gone because the world has invaded the hallowed halls of Christian living and appears to be winning! There is little difference in external appearances between the Christian and the unbeliever. There are as many divorces among the Christians as among the non-Christians. Christians are just as promiscuous as their secular counterparts. There are just as many abortions among church members as the non-churched.
Although it saddens the heart, it is no surprise when we meet with teenagers who are deeply depressed, who are starving themselves or bloodying themselves by cutting. Could it be that you too are living in an unlivable situation or faced with circumstances beyond your ability to handle? Do you think of suicide as a fix or drugs as an answer? Is pornography a problem or are you in a marriage that you feel is doomed?
Life doesn’t have to be this way. We at Global Training Network believe that there are answers to life’s problems, that Jesus was right when He promises fullness of life. Our agenda with those who come is a life transformed. Jesus told us that in the world we would be faced with intolerable situations, but almost in the same breath He calls us to come to Him who are weary and heavy-laden, and He will give us His rest. (Matthew 11:28)
A dear and wonderful friend wrote the following poem after her life was changed and transformed by knowing Jesus intimately. This poem expresses a life change – a heart transformed by the power of God.
For opening my eyes and letting me see
How hopeless and useless life really can be
Without Your precious life living in me.
The anger and pain I held inside
Crowded out Your love and ruined my life.
Many were the times I wanted to die,
Many were the times I actually tried.
I lived my life totally in sin,
I turned my back on You, again and again.
My life was worthless and out of control,
I was sick; mind, body and soul.
As I sat on the bottom of that hopeless pit,
I heard a voice saying, “Don’t give up yet.”
You held out Your arms and said, “Welcome home,
Walk with Me and never be alone.”
You gently took all that anger and pain,
Lifted me up, helped me walk again.
The comfort and joy I now can feel,
Has erased all doubt, I know You are real.
Thank You, Dear Jesus, for the change You’ve made,
For hearing the pleas my heart has prayed.
For changing my life, inside and out,
I am truly “a new creature” I have no doubt.
Lead me, Dear Lord, show me the way
To help someone every single day,
And to be an example of what can be done,
By God the Father, The Holy Spirit
And His Wonderful Son (John 8:32)
By Charlotte Calhoon