Today's Young Adult in Missions
We are going to introduce you to three young people that are in missions currently. Each one is in a different phase and each one is in a different part of the world. We hope you will walk away with a deeper understanding of why Love's Calling is so passionate about supporting these young people as each one is called individually into this life. At the end of the day, the clear focus is making disciples by making God known. Jesus came to save the world...if we believe that, we have no excuse to not be giving every day to that pursuit.
Makayla - Heroic Leadership Institute (Duluth, MN)
You may remember Makayla Maves. She is from Grand Junction, Colorado and is attending HLI (Heroic Leadership Institute) in Duluth, MN. HLI is offered by the Vineyard churches as a response to young people looking for deeper understanding and training on how to make disciples and live out their faith in real time. Upon graduation of high school, Makayla made a very hard decision (she graduated a year early btw). Makayla and her parents decided it would be beneficial for Makayala's faith and future, for her to attend HLI prior to making any long term educational/career choices. So Makayla activated her community of believers (those that had poured into her spiritual life) and they helped fund this year long journey of growth for her.
I asked Makayla if she could put together a short explanation of HLI's discipleship course and here is what she sent:
"A day in HLI is never the same from the next. It’s amazing because it really teaches you to hold everything loosely, with an oven hand. Plans change, we do something else and we make it work. But an average day starts out with announcements at 8:45, followed by examen for one hour. An examen is a form of spiritual exercise the Jesuits used to do. You start your day by spending time with Jesus for an hour every morning. These examen look completely different, some are art based, some nature based and all are biblically based.
After this, we have class for two hours, sometimes we have guest speakers, sometimes we watch the Vineyard Institute course classes, and sometimes we are on trips throughout the mid west visiting other churches. But these class times also vary every week, ranging from compassion, justice and kingdom theology, to a budgeting class. And just like everything else thus far, the afternoons change as well, thought the week we have grocery shopping and meal planning, a physical activity time, bible class where we dive deeper into what we are reading as homework, serving and leading at the youth group here, serving with facilities, stream times (mine is missions and church planting-during this time we meet with different pastors who teach us the nitty and gritty of church planting), and evangelism.
Intertwined in these things are serving at conferences, attending conferences, putting on a service at a nursing home and homework. Our homework usually includes reading different books of the Bible and an extra book or assignment. Some of the books we’ve read are...
- Heroic Leadership by Chris Lowney
- The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
- Both-And by Rich Nathan
- Foreign to Familiar by Lanier
...along with multiple others!
The educational part of HLI is so useful and practical, it’s all things that are helping me and pushing me forward into the rest of my life. Pulling me closer to Jesus and helping me understand some of life’s really hard questions. I am also, learning about myself, learning how I operate, how God made me to be. It’s teaching us that we are never-ending learners, all of us are learning all the time."
To learn more about Makayla, to support her and/or join her mailing list, click here.
Charlie - School of Biblical Studies
Chloe Burch - Full time missionary