So You’re Coming to Explore!
So you have applied to the Explore Program and have been accepted, you paid your deposit and you are shopping for sweet new gear (best school supplies ever!). Soon you will arrive on Prairie campus, jump into class and begin meeting new people. When I first came to Prairie in the fall of 2004 I was nervous and excited all at the same time. I had an exciting, sometimes stormy, Explore year. God taught me about Himself and helped me open my heart to Him in new ways. Even though my season as an Explore student was a few years ago, some things about Explore don’t change very much.
To help you start preparing for the upcoming school year, here are three things you can expect to experience:
When you become a student at PBI, you transition into a new community with new expectations. It takes a while to figure how the community works, and what your role will be within the community. It can also take a little while to understand that you are accepted and important in the new community. Transition is important yet often uncomfortable. Aside from the excitement of meeting new people and seeing new places, transition can also make you feel homesick or uncertain. This period will pass as you form relationships and participate in life in Explore. The one thing to remember is that God made each person different, and that each person has certain gifts to share with this or her community. This is true for you also.
New environments are inherently challenging. Then, add the busy life of an Explore student and we have quite the year! The first Bible course on PBI campus may challenge you to think about how you read the Bible—professors will show you how the Bible is put together and will challenge you to read the Bible in ways that deepen your understanding of God and His character. With classes also will come the challenge for you to manage your time wisely—you will have to choose between Facebook and homework, and sometimes homework is the best choice, even if you don’t like it! Other challenges are social. The Explore community provides ample opportunity for students to interact with people from various denominations and perspectives, and you will be challenged to get to know both the people you naturally appreciate, and the people who are very different from you (and maybe even annoying!). The most obvious Explore challenges are the physical ones: many of our outdoor skills can seem intense or difficult. You may be in the river, on a backpacking trip, or on a winter camping trip, where you will be challenged to persevere, to think positive and to learn how to face difficult situations. What we want you to remember is that challenges are a chance to learn, gain confidence and grow. Even if you mess up during the year, you can always learn from your mistakes. We want to support you and encourage you to have a great year.
This is the most important thing to expect, so remember this part. If you come to Explore hoping to grow and mature, you need to understand that no program and no one can make a person change. If you want to know God more and to develop more confidence and grounding in His word, you need to recognize that your participation in your education and experience is the key to meeting your goals. The Holy Spirit won’t bowl you over and make you grow in the Lord. God allows you to choose how you will interact with Him, and God lets you choose whether or not you will be willing to grow and change. You need to expect to participate. Participation looks like giving you best effort in a challenging situation, getting to know others and focusing on learning how to be the leader that God calls all His children to be.
We hope that you are praying for us and your fellow students the same we way all are praying for you. We hope that you arrive with a positive attitude and a spirit that is open to adventure and all the growth that comes with it!
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
See you soon!
Hannah M. Landon
Hannah and Dennis direct the Explore Program. This summer Hannah is experimenting with her first “square foot garden” and is pleased that her peas are going crazy even though the carrots look wimpy.
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