Suyeng S. Quant Diaz : Compass Program 2004

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The Lord gave me the opportunity to be a participant of the Compass Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Compass is a program for rising seniors in high school. This program for me has been an amazing and transforming experience at such a young age in life. It has set my mind to obey God’s calling and to be a living sacrifice to him. In Romans 12 says that our bodies need to be living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. Therefore, we should not conform any longer to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

I give thanks to the Lord for everything that he has given me up to this day and what he will continue to do in my life. My name is Suyeng S. Quant Diaz and I was born in in Managua, Nicaragua. I have been living in the United States ever since I was five years of age. I thank the Lord for placing me in the family that I have been raised up with, which are my parents Wiston and Brenda Quant as well as my brother Josué, who is six years. Both my parents have impacted my life by truly believing in God’s word and being patient. My mother’s strong and amazing faith has impacted me greatly because when I feel stress from schoolwork she is there to intercede; God listens to her and is amazing how her prayers are answered through the strong faith that she has. My father in the other hand is full of knowledge that the Lord has given him. I always ask him when I need and idea for any assignment. He is also there to answer questions that I have about a certain passage of the Bible, which he always answers. My parents are also very supportive in all the decisions I take. This is why I thank the Lord for the parents he has given me.

Compass is a one-month experience of three different things. One of them is spending ten days at La Vida in the Adirondack Mountains in New York. La Vida was a time to depend and trust the Lord in everything that I did because I was challenged with things that I had never done in my life. Such as these challenges were hiking for nine sunny days with a forty-pound backpack, ropes corpse, rock climbing, running ten miles, bushwhacking, etc. These were great experiences I had and now that I think of them I enjoyed doing them.

On one of the days I had to bushwhack. The point of bushwhacking is to make your own trail and rely and have faith in a compass to reach to your destine campsite; therefore, I did not want to bushwhack. As I bushwhacked I ask the Lord to give me physical strength as well as to have faith in the compass. The word of God in Luke 11: 9-10 says ask and it will be given to you. The Lord keeps his promises and through the rest of the bushwhack God gave me strength that I needed. He even gave me more than what I asked for, that was that I did not feel the forty–pound backpack that I had on my back. Through this I can say that the Lord is faithful to me.

The second phase of the Compass Program is to have a mission’s trip to a foreign country. The country that we went to was Guatemala. There we were with Bridge Builders who guided us in Guatemala. In Guatemala most of our time was spent going to Panyebar and help build a school for the kids there. This was another of the things that I learned from this trip was to do manual labor that construction workers do. Guatemala was a great experience because I was able to see with my own eyes the way families live there and lack material things. A family of seven would live in one room. In that room they’re where three beds. In order to use the bathroom you would need to go outside next door; you would do the same for the kitchen. I was able to see how Guatemala is very poor. However, I loved that the Guatemalans have faith in God and the most important of all is that the majority of the Guatemalans in Panyebar have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Guatemala was I time for me to reflect that the United States is a country of abundance in everything such as, food, clothes, equipment, technology, etc., but one thing that I think the United States lacks is the lives of the people. There are millions of people out there that have not accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. God has called his people to preach and testify his word. It is up to us to obey God’s calling. Moreover, I loved the beauty of the landscape that I was able to see every night in San Pedro, Guatemala, where we stayed every night.

The third phase of the Compass program was to take classes with Dr. Gary Parrett and Dean Borgman at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminar for a week about ways on not to rely theology on, cultural differences, called to tradition, and many other topics. Furthermore, Dr. David Horn led us into inductive Bible studies. We spent most of the time exploring and reading the book of Mark. This was an opportunity to gain more knowledge of the word of God as well as how to prepare and lead a small inductive Bible study group.

Finally, being a participant has taught me so much that I need to apply the things to my life. Moreover, being able to see things differently and in a country that is totally different than the United States. These past two years the Lord has blessed my family and I in many areas of our lives. One of the areas was that we were able to go visit our family in Nicaragua. We have not seen them for about ten years, but God was faithful to us and he answered our prayers. Another area was that my parents were able to buy a house and the best part about buying this house is that it is new and no one has lived in it. When God gives you something he gives you more than what we want. I cannot stop thanking the Lord for all the things that he has done in my life.

The best thing to do in life is to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Once you have taken that step in your life God will forgive your sins and he will take charge of your life if you let him. One thing that is very important in our spiritual life is to place God in the center of our life, our decisions, our actions, and in everything we do.

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