Are you wondering what the Full-Time Training in Anaheim (FTTA) is like? Do you know someone who is going to the Full-Time Training in Anaheim (FTTA)? Are you concerned for them because you’re not sure what it is or what exactly they’ll do there? It’s understandable to be wary of the unknown and our mind can quickly fabricate concepts about things, especially about things we aren’t familiar with. So, it helps to hear from people who have been there/done that.
This is why I’d like to share some personal testimonies from Christians who themselves have attended the Full-Time Training in Anaheim (FTTA).
Testimony #1 from the Full-Time Training in Anaheim (FTTA)
I just wanted to share a little bit about my experience here in the training because it’s super different knowing about it and being exposed to it than it is actually being in it.
Well, it’s everything and nothing like everyone has described it. But I just have to say that I’m really blessed and privileged to be here and I’m really, really happy to be here. I get worried because I’m so behind in the readings and memorizations (story of my life) but the Lord just comes to me to gently remind me why I’m here and encourages me.
Which brings me to one of my top enjoyments. In our first orientation, the brothers shared a lot about the training with us but the main word I took it away from it was open. Sometimes it feels like the training asks a lot of us but actually, they’re just asking us to be open to what the Lord has in store for us. So maybe I can’t be the best memorizer or the best gospel preacher, but I can choose to be open. So when I don’t feel like waking up in the morning, I remember I told the Lord I would be open. When I don’t feel like giving up my study time to clean bathrooms, I remember I told the Lord I would be open. When I get scared to be on campus, I remember I told the Lord I would be open. Giving ourselves to simply be open to Him can go a very long way.
And He has been faithful to remind me of our conversation, and praise Him, I’m still here and everything has been so enjoyable.
Testimony #2 from the Full-Time Training in Anaheim (FTTA)
Some enjoyment from this week! I had my first New Jerusalem class and it was great. There was a real cry among all the trainees that this term the Lord would carry us away in spirit to see the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:10).
I was impressed with two phrases concerning the New Jerusalem:
The New Jerusalem is personal – Rev 21:2 “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” The New Jerusalem is not a thing but a person.
The New Jerusalem is something that is for now – In every aspect of the New Jerusalem we see that they are applied to our Christian life. The more we experience these aspects of the New Jerusalem the more we will understand it.
Testimony from the Full-Time Training Extension in Boston (FTTA-XB)
We had some fellowship concerning the vision, person, living, and responsibility of a serving one during our orientation week. One of my highlights is about who we are as a serving one:
“What is a serving one? When the time came for God to call Moses for His move, He did not appear to Moses in a pillar of fire or in a cloud of thunder. Moses’ first vision was a burning thornbush that was not consumed.
This is the essence of Paul’s 14 epistles–an open vessel. God is looking for a thornbush, an open vessel, who would re- ceive Him and allow Him to fill him up. We are thornbushes to carry the divine flame. We should not become proud about ourselves or be totally disgusted about ourselves. Our duty and responsibility as a serving one is to carry that flame and not let it go out. He needs you as a carrier, a vessel. I am burdened in these days to see the Triune God burn within all the saints. It’s not about me or you, but it’s about the flame.”
We’ll be getting into the spiritual blessings to the church in Eph. 1:3-14 this week.
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