Hear what students and parents are saying about the School of Discipleship.
“I believe I've experienced more growth as a believer during my time here than in the four years before I came. The Lord has a unique atmosphere of godly people here. The leaders, especially, have impacted my life greatly. Their actions, more than their words, have spoken to my heart the most and have challenged me to live a life that truly reflects Christ. My heart is to please God and only Him. I'm glad I'm in a place where I have good examples I can follow. Never have I been certain that I was in the will of God until this year.”
—Damelia, a discipleship graduate
“Being at GFA World is being part of an intentional community whose aim is to love and know the Lord and make Him known to people who have never heard His name. I am privileged and grateful to have been part of GFA World for more than 12 years: growing up here for 11 years and being part of the School of Discipleship for almost two. This same spirit of knowing the Lord and making Him known brings together not just the staff and students of the U.S. office but also the international offices, and from my personal experience, the Canada office.
“K.P. Yohannan and the other leaders desire to reach the lost, to build up the Body of Christ, and also to build up the lives of the staff and students. In my own life, I can say that I am so grateful for their godly example and their love for the Lord—and for me.”
—Elicia, SD alumni
“Our daughter desired to go to GFA School of Discipleship when she was a very young girl. It was in 2013 that she was accepted and had this privilege! As her parents, we can very honestly say that it was not only a life-changing experience for her, but it had a great impact on our lives as well! To truly desire to walk hand in hand with our Saviour and to seek His will in everything we do has definitely become a lot more literal part of our lives since being involved with School of Discipleship!”
—Bill and Ruth, parents of a SD graduate
“I have served the Lord with GFA for a total of two years now. I originally planned to go to a Christian college to get my degree in social work, but then the Lord called me to GFA. I am so glad I decided to listen to Him. He knew what He was doing, even though I did not.
“It has been incredible serving here. I attended School of Discipleship, which challenged and encouraged me in the faith to give my entire life to live and serve the Lord.
“There have been many things here at GFA that have encouraged and helped me in my walk with the Lord. I think if I were to name one thing, it would be following the examples of my leaders. I can honestly say with not one doubt in my heart, I follow them as they follow Christ. All of them have help me to see God and know Him and His heart. They love me as Christ does.
“God has used my time at GFA to ignite my heart with a burning passion . . . and I have the privilege of serving with a body of believers who have one mind and one focus: know Christ and making Him known.
“I would be 100 percent content with serving here for the rest of my life, because I can always be sure of one thing: I will always be pointed in the direction of knowing Jesus more and His heart.”
—Ashley, SD alumni
“Serving the Lord at GFA is a privilege I do not deserve, yet by God’s grace, He has given me the opportunity to be part of this community of believers to bring Him glory. I am an unworthy servant.”
—Billy, SD alumni
“I’ve been so blessed to spend these years of my life at GFA World. There is so much I have learned from the staff and leadership at GFA. I grew up in ministry at a Bible camp where my parents work. I thought I knew what it meant to serve God—until I came to GFA.
“When I arrived as a student fresh out of high school, I was amazed at what I found in those around me. I found leaders who cared more about people than they did the job.
“As a student, I was privileged to spend time with core staff as they taught on books like Calvary Road, The Jesus Style, and Touching Godliness. These were the most impacting books that I’ve ever gone through, not only because of what they said, but because I had examples in the staff of what humility looks like, what brokenness looks like, and what Christ-like servanthood looks like.
“I don’t know how to put into words all that GFA means to me. I’m so incredibly blessed that I am able to have a small part in [transforming lives through GFA].”
—Sarah, SD alumni
“When I first heard about GFA's School of Discipleship, I really wanted to go. I loved my year at GFA! It was an amazing experience to be able to work alongside godly people who love the Lord. I believe I grew in my walk with the Lord, and it was amazing to know I was part of something that made a difference for eternity.”
—Melody, SD alumni
“Living it for a year has been phenomenal. …Honestly, knowing who Jesus is. Who God is. And just who I am in Christ and not who I’m trying to be, but who He called me to be."
—Ian, SD alumni
“I have been with GFA for three years now, and I have been blessed in so many ways! Through my time at GFA, I have been challenged to use my gifts for the glory of God and to grow in Him daily.
“I thank God for the opportunity He has given me, through what I do at GFA, to serve Him in what small capacity I have and carry His message to . . . people who have never heard of His amazing love. I am undeserving of the privilege.”
—Josiah, SD alumni
“I have been serving the Lord at GFA for almost two years. I have been extremely blessed by being here. Every day I am surrounded by people who truly love the Lord and want to serve Him with their lives, and who truly have a heart for those who do not know Jesus as Savior. The leaders at GFA are gracious, loving and humble, and they represent the Lord well. I know I can trust them and that they truly care about every person serving here. I learn so much through their examples all the time. The Lord has used my time serving here to grow me and to make me more like Him, and I am so blessed that this is where He has placed me to serve Him.”
—Taylor, SD alumni
“I really want you to get it in your heart so it can really change your life.”
“As parents of a School of Discipleship student, we found that our expectations about what it would be like or how it would benefit our child were met and more. We were very encouraged by all our daughter learned and how she was drawn into a close relationship with her Lord and Saviour. We had regular contact with our daughter during her year at SD and conversed about all she was learning. We found that we could also learn more about discipleship for ourselves and then tried to pass that on to others.”
—Rev. Jake and Anna, parents of a SD graduate