By Kevin Beirne
President, Bethel Bible Village
Kevin has led Bethel Bible Village since February, 2016. He previously held executive leadership roles with Boy Scouts of America for over 26 years. A graduate of Austin Peay State University, Kevin is an active member of Eastwood Church and a Director of his Rotary Club of Chattanooga-Hamilton Place. At home, he is a devoted husband and father to two sons.
The excitement of a “New Year” doesn’t always ring true for everyone.
If you are in the middle of a long-term challenge, one day can feel much like the last, no matter what the calendar says.
God Wants Your “Nevers”
Jessica knows exactly how that feels. She was a teen with a lot of brokenness in her past. She had lost sight of her future. Her teachers had thrown up their hands and given up. “She will never graduate,” they said. It was impossible.
A Girl Made New
I am happy to share with you that Jessica, who spent the past year at Bethel, has just been accepted to Hiwassee College and for the first time in a long time, she is excited about her future.
What made the difference? At Bethel, Jessica met other teens who had also experienced brokenness, but were moving beyond it. She had House Parents, a caring mentor, and teachers who walked alongside her as she moved past the “never.” She even got to take a job-shadowing trip to WRCB-TV news, where the anchors generously took time to encourage her and cheer her on.
God’s Promise of “New”
Most importantly, Jessica learned about God’s promises for her life, like 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV):
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Sometime this past summer, Jessica started to light up with a new fire inside her. And last month, the girl who would “never” graduate, earned her high school diploma one semester early.
That’s a change only God can manage. And we are so blessed to be here to watch it take place.
What “new” do you need in 2017? Hand it to Jesus. You may not always get the earthly answer you want, but He promises us an eternity, a “new” beyond anything we can imagine, and the knowledge that He will never let us go.
Note: We changed Jessica’s name for her privacy.
She shared her exciting news in this #GivingTuesday Unselfie.
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