JUNIOR HIGH EXISTS to lead students into a life-changing relationship with Jesus through learning how to love God, love others, and reach out to their world.
Growing up in another county for the majority of my life, I found myself really questioning what is my calling in life. I would ask questions such as, why am I here? Why am alive? Does the Lord have a plan for me? What is that plan? Being a missionary kid in Papua New Guinea for 14 years of my life, I was able to see a whole other side of the world. I was able to experience a different culture, hear different mindsets and see people eyes light up when they would hear the Gospel for the first time in their lives! This truly sparked my passion for ministry!
When I graduated from high school, my family and I moved back to Minnesota. From the topical islands to the fringed cold, God is ALWAYS good! I attended the University of Northwestern (Northwestern College at the time) and studied kinesiology. Within the first 2 years of college I found myself asking similar questions like I had asked in New Guinea. Why am I here? What is the point of my existence? What is God’s plan for me? See, at the time my life was not in a good place. I had turned away from Jesus. I had become selfish and self-seeking. I was involved with the wrong crowed and the wrong lifestyle. All in all, I was living my life for myself. So what changed? Well I’m so glad you asked!
It was the summer of 2012 when God gave me a huge wake up call. He told me that the life that I was living was not the life that He had planned for me. He told me that he has such bigger things for me and that He wants me to do much more with my life and my gifts. He said, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. If you want, I can show you the way.” And from that day on, my life was changed!
God had turned my life around! I took the next steps by changing my lifestyle, changed my major to Youth and Family ministries, and started diving into what the Lord had called me to do! By God’s GRACE I am here today being blessed and honored to be a part of God’s team and God’s mission. I am so excited and so pumped to grow and learn more about God every single day, and I pray that the youth of this world can and will experience Jesus in the same way! All praise to God!
Josh Olson – Junior High Pastor