Agents of Change
Many of us have known the thrill of being an agent of change. Maybe it was on the job, or in our relationships, or in our faith transformation. The excitement of knowing things are changing and moving in a positive direction can fuel learning, positive energy and motivation. For our students, all inmates at the Waupun Correctional Institution, and in the Trinity International University BA program, this life-giving force was once only a dream. Today it’s a living reality that is transforming their lives and the lives of their peers.
Two students, entering their sophomore year this autumn, approached our Dean with the thrill of unbridled excitement in their eyes. This was a radical change from their demeanor only ten months ago. Less than a year in the program, they are already contemplating how the Lord will call them to their work as Field Mentors when they graduate. They are fully embracing their new roles as mentors and change agents. Like any of us who have found our passion or a noble cause to support, our students are alive with joy and hope for their futures.
Our Dean invited the students to be part of the development of the Field Mentor program. Our students, brimming with new life and anticipation, quickly accepted and are already making contributions today.
Students are wondering if they will be able to stay in touch with their Deans once they become Field Mentors. Most of our students have suffered an unimaginable loss in their lives through abandonment, premature death, and wrong decisions. They have learned in a short time to care for and about others and how to care for themselves as well. Today they embrace the notion of life-long relationships – just as Christ has a life-long relationship with all of us. The answer, of course, is a resounding, “yes” – we will definitely stay in touch with our students after they graduate!
Pray for our incoming freshmen class starting in October 2018.
Pray for our 23 students advancing to their sophomore year this fall.
Pray for our generous donors, supporters, skilled professors, pastors, staff, and dedicated board members and volunteers who make up the WIEA team.
Praise God for the inmates and staff at Waupun that have been made witness to the miraculous change in their hearts.