My experience at ARISE can be simply described: God-planned. It is such a jaw-dropping feeling to look back at my life and see how God planned every step of the way. He even turns our mistakes into stepping stones instead of stumbling blocks. That is exactly how God got me to ARISE. I’m originally from Georgia.  But, after God resolved my financial situation with a snap of His fingers, I found myself on the other side of the country in Sonora, CA (I’m originally from Georgia).

While at ARISE, God opened my eyes to see the world in a whole new light. No longer did I want to get a college education to become successful on earth, but I wanted it so I would be better equipped to share with others about heaven! My focus shifted from always looking for earthly, selfish benefits to focusing more on selfless, heavenly matters.

The way God reached me at ARISE is by far one of the most impacting experiences of my life.

Sharing what I learned with others through outreach was my favorite part  I knew that, even if a Bible study hadn’t been scheduled, God had used me to bring His name back into their home. Now that family was thinking about their spiritual life, if only for a moment.

Another aspect about ARISE that I can’t leave out is the providential friendships that are formed. They are truly heaven sent. I believe God handpicks each ARISE class to bring you together with others who He knows will shape and mold you more to His glory—not to mention all the fun you have in the process! Go where God leads. Don’t hesitate for a second! The way God reached me at ARISE is by far one of the most impacting experiences of my life.

Amanda Pérez

Amanda is a graduate of our Cornerstone program and is currently Bible working at the Abundant Life Adventist Church in Wenatchee, WA.