Monday, October 17, 2011

Reflections of a youTheology alum.

My name is  Jarrad Lehman, youTheologian in 2003-2004, the first year of the program at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City.  

youTheology opened my eyes to Methodism. I grew up Methodist, but never really knew what or where it came from. It was very interesting to learn where everything came from.  I was most impacted by what I learned about John Wesley.  Learning about his life and the things he did has helped guide me in the type of person that I want to be and to share and show how God cares for us all.
Currently I am a student at ISU (Iowa State) and plan on finishing December of 2013 with a focus in Industrial Technology.  I want to be a manufacturing or process engineer.  My hope/dream would be to bring manufacturing ideas and concepts to other countries in mission type work. 

This past summer I had an amazing experience going on a mission trip to Nigeria.  There I learned how important mission is for me.  I would love to continue with this in the future. That is why I would like to take some of my manufacturing background and possibly bring ideas to areas such as this as a major part of my future.  So, while I focus on finishing school, I also am trying to get involved in more mission type activities.

A couple of my friends, after we graduated from high school, became very involved in our youth program by being the senior high youth leaders. This was a very large commitment by them.  And I started becoming involved in their activities as well. The youth of the church are very important and we tried to help show this by becoming involved in leading this group.

God is always at work in everything we do. By listening and following God we can help others and show them the compassion and great works of our Lord.  By being Christians we need to be Christ-like in everything we do to help show God’s/Christ’s love to the world and each person.

 by Jarrad Lehman
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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