Local Missions Training is an eleven week discipleship program where students learn about the Seventh-Day Adventist faith, how to share and defend the faith. Through this course, the students gave weekly Bible Studies at Tweed Valley Adventist College and did doorknocking outreach.
My experience at Local Missions Training (LMT) was truly a blessing. Although initially discouraged that Arise was cancelled due to COVID, I prayed that God would lead me and allow me to commit those months to Him still.
When I heard that there was a program going ahead very similar to Arise for the same period of time, I was very excited to see how it would turn out, and it turned out even better than I expected.
One activity I particularly enjoyed was the Solitude Camp, where we went away to The Log Cabin in the beautiful Tweed Valley Region for a week. This enabled us to truly spend meaningful time alone with God, with no distractions. Just what we needed to ignite a desire to learn more about Him and His Word.
The weeks of LMT were filled with studying, reflecting, and meditating on God’s word. Being taught doctrines from the Bible that I personally hadn’t heard before, was eye opening and allowed me to truly understand what I believe. Also hearing from speakers and pastors that were sure and confident in their faith was inspiring!
Prior to this course, I was not an Adventist. I didn’t know enough about the fundamental beliefs, nor did I understand the importance of a lot of valuable truths special to the SDA Church. I can confidently say that LMT gave me the opportunity to explore these truths and claim them as my own. Because of this, I made the decision to be baptised at the end of the course with some of my close friends (who also completed the course). This was the best decision I have ever made, and without LMT, I don’t think I would have made it.
I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to learn and study the Bible more in any capacity you can! Whether part of a program or just on your own, it will truly change your life, like it did mine!