by Samuel Flores
Worshipping God, fellowships, preaching, and blessings those are the memories I wouldn’t forget.
It was May, 2011, I was 12 years old, and a ministry was born, an instrument that would later be used by God, a ministry founded by Godly men guided by the Holy Spirit named AV 1611 Primer Institute.
My first year was a wonderful experience, 8 subjects, projects assigned by each teacher, Bible writings, and quizzes on the next day. I was so hassled, not knowing what I should do first. The fact that I was just 12, I got so childish that I even thought of crying. But by the Grace of God I was molded, furnished and polished throughout AVPI and graduated knowing more about Him with the joy inside me.
AVPI was a blessing used by God so I could share God’s Word to unbelievers, learn about Biblical doctrines and become a blessing to others. It is not just a Bible Institute, but a revival as if I was just attending a Camp Meeting. Singing, preaching, testimonies of students blessed by God and how they got saved could be heard during chapel hours.
My second year throughout third year’s experience was a little bit enlightened because God gave us merciful teachers. Being on class Paul, this year, was so memorable – no assignments, no quizzes, and most of all no final exams. Throughout all AVPI experiences, there is God, all of this couldn’t be possible without Him, all of those memories wouldn’t be more precious without Him, all things I have learned are wasted if it wasn’t used for Him.
As you could see, the Holy Spirit is always there throughout the past years of AVPI. I don’t know where I am right now or where I could be, if it wasn’t because of Him. He sees the dangers in my path that I cannot see, he speaks to me in mercy and in grace as He builds me up to meet the dangers and be prepared to face those things I am afraid with. I would like to thank the Lord for all of this, without the Way, there is no going, without the Truth, there would be no knowing, and without the Life, I could no longer be living. When I cannot understand my Father’s leading, and it seems to be he’s no longer here, still I hear His gentle whisper ever pleading, God is working, God is faithful— He would be there.
Finishing AVPI was a little bit ‘heartbreaking’, knowing that I would miss those teachers and their teachings, the faces of my classmates I’ve been with the last four years of summer.
But this is not where I finish it, this is just the beginning of the battle to fight with the Lord. Those who’ve graduated would face insurmountable challenges, and all we could do is turn to the all-powerful Creator—God. His strength and renewal can help us face our fears and do the impossible. (Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?)
Thank the Lord for all those teachers that have been using their lives for His Glory, on how they pray for us each day. Truly I must insist that worshipping God, fellowships, preaching, and spiritual blessings throughout AVPI – are the memories you wouldn’t ever forget.