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Renee Thompson: Connecting with a New World
A junior Counseling major at BBC, Renee Thompson is experiencing college in a new culture. Growing up in Durban, South Africa, Renee not only climbed the highest indoor rock wall in the world; she developed a passion to serve God with her life after being influenced by her family's ministry there.
Renee values her college experiences and has played active roles. She serves and leads as a Resident Assistant in Carter Hall and a mentor for other students, as well as a faithful team member serving with the youth at Heritage Baptist Church in Clarks Summit, PA.
Growing up in Africa played a major role for my desire to do ministry. My dad was a church planter with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism. He was involved in four church plants and taught at a Bible college in Africa while my mom was involved in women's ministries. My siblings and I were involved helping with nursery and youth group. We frequently invited teens from school to come and brought kids from a boy's orphanage to youth group. I grew up seeing what ministry
was all about.
God was steering our lives in a new direction. We were headed for the states on furlough, thinking we would eventually be back on the mission field. But God had greater things in store. My parents resigned from the mission field in Africa and God worked it all out setting people in Durban to continue the ministry they had been apart of. Although it was hard, we all felt God was leading us in that direction.
America became my new home. It was interesting trying to adjust to a new environment. The various options at grocery stores were overwhelming. I had yet to see how God was going to work in my life being in America.
I grew up hearing about BBC. My parents are alumni and my grandfather, Dr. Milo Thompson, is a former president. I knew I wanted to go to Bible college and knew BBC would be a great option. I applied and was accepted. I love being surrounded by people who genuinely love the Lord. Everyone encourages each other on a daily basis and it is a positive environment to be around.
The counseling program has greatly trained me. I have been able to use the skills I am learning while here at BBC and have been impacted by my ability to use counseling in various settings, whether in the dorm or in the classroom. Every thing is connected to the aim to point it back to God. The classes, chapels, and work are all for Him and have a purpose.
The faculty genuinely care for the students. The teachers are very involved inour lives and invest so greatly into our education. They continue to always do what is best for us.
Being a Resident Assistant in Carter Hall has stretched me. God has used the challenges and good times to grow me. I am encouraged by having the opportunity to invest in the girl's lives and point them in the right direction. I saw the impact my R.A had on my spiritual life and have tried to imitate that.
I am involved with the youth at Heritage Baptist Church. During my first two years with the Awana program I assisted with the Sparks group. This year, I am working with the junior high group, Trek. Ministering to that age group is vital because they are figuring out who they are and I am thankful I am able to be apart of that.
I serve at the learning center. It is a blessing to help students with learning disabilities, help proctor tests, and assist with their needs. Working in the Office for Student Development encourages me. Spending time with Summer Kinder and the deans has had a major impact on my life because I have gotten to know them on a personal level. I am encouraged daily by them and it makes hard work worth it.
I plan to use my degree in counseling at a pregnancy crisis center or an internship at an orphanage. Long term I would like to get involved with foster care. I am just taking it one step at a time, following the Lord in all I do, and seeing
what He has in store for me.
Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through
on campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students learn to serve
as they gain critical leadership and life skills.
To learn more, go towww.bbc.edu or call 570.586.2400.
Posted on: 2/5/2013 4:35:18 PM
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