Mentorship Under God

One of the most important things a person can do to invest in their walk with Christ is to find a mentor who can help and guide them in their walk with Christ. I think there is a big opportunity here at New Hope to have mentors and grow spiritually. My name is Olivia Wrede, and I am thrilled to be graduating next week with a Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership, concentrating in Christian Counseling.

My personal and Spiritual growth here at New Hope would not have been possible without mentors and wise counsel who speak into my life daily. Having a mentor allows a person to see their thinking outside of themselves, to grow, and to learn even when it is hard. Through my mentors here at New Hope, I have learned and seen just how crucial it is to be kind—not just to seem kind, or to be nice for the sake of personal gain—but to truly see others and show them Christ’s kindness and compassion, to give truth when it is asked for, and to love when it is needed. I was shown on campus how important it is to serve others with them in mind and not myself. I want to be remembered as someone who is kind, and I want to know that others have seen Christ through my kindness. 

A great example of how mentorship changed my way of thinking was when I lost my job last
year. I was hurt and confused, but my mentors helped guide me through this process. When I called my
mentors and asked for wisdom, they told me to come back to school and to get some prayer.
This not only comforted me, but it also changed my perspective to show me what God can do through my situation. Conversations like this often happen for me at school with my mentors, and I am grateful for the character growth each has given me.

As a student, I sought mentorship to grow, and I was given a safe space with grace that allowed me to fail as well as encouragement to keep going. Throughout my learning at NHCC, there have been so many times that I have been given grace, but tough love as well. I would love to be able to pass that on because I am so much better because of it. As I am now graduating, I am excited to continue being mentored and learn to become a mentor for others. I am grateful for my time here and for those who have taken the time to pour into me, I hope I can continue to grow even after my time here at New Hope.

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

One Comment on “Mentorship Under God”

  1. Congrats Olivia! I’m grateful to have had the time with you in class. You have great leadership skills as well as great intelligence and great people skills. I know God has a great plan for you. Please keep Niki and I informed in your journeys. I am excited for you.

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