I remember working at Rehoboth in the late spring/early summer of 2014. I’m not sure if it was a prayer or a thought, but the question was in my mind, ‘what would I like to do?’ and I answered, ‘I would like know more about God’. That evening the eden leadership team had a meeting and Sam and Yvonne, who had been away after a break following the official opening of Rehoboth, were scheduled to join us. The evening consisted of each of us talking about what we believed God had been saying to us. Whilst we were listening to Sam, he said that he felt like he had something to suggest to one of us. He asked if I would consider further education? Moorlands being a possible choice of location. I was amazed and excited about the question and my body became extremely hot! Having shared that story with another person a few months or so after, they said something quite funny and true, ‘well, that was the next best thing to an audible voice!’

A significant statement of the evening was that eden felt lead to not focus on investing in a building (a church building of our own as such) – but to invest in people. The process of discernment was deep and yet simple. I would especially like to thank Sam Prince for her questioning of my intentions for further study and her encouragement to prioritize a heart after God’s own heart. I am thankful for an endless amount of people in the eden and the wider JAC family for their support and help throughout my journey at Moorlands. Sam and Yvonne Milligan… needless to say. And the whole of the eden leadership team. The inspirational man of God, Iain Bisset, a great mentor throughout my foundation year. I aim to remember his acute saying while helping me practice a presentation – ‘less is more’ (oh, how we forget that often). I have been so privileged and am so thankful for my parents who have helped me in innumerable ways throughout the course – may God truly bless them. And other family members, friends, lecturers and College staff, again people beyond number have truly loved, challenged and empowered me to complete this course. Nevertheless, it is absolutely right to give all the praise, glory and honour to the One True Living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit for all the direct and indirect inspiration, love and power that has enabled me to start, persevere and finish this course.

In summary, yes, my desire to know more about God was fulfilled. Yet, the more I have discovered about Him the more I realize how much I don’t know! Even so, the Lord has given me a fresh revelation of His cross, and His cross has changed me. I hope to ever be more broken and yet secured, to know my crime and yet my worth and to glory in nothing alone apart from the love and justice shown in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (Gal. 6:14).