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| Testimonials About Security

Jordan McGowen, Westmont College - It is truly impossible to understand what is meant by Ďlocalizedí violence without coming over to Israel and exploring Israel for yourself. From overlooking the Valley of Elah, where David whooped on Goliath to reading the Sermon on the Mount from its actual hill of deliverance, my experience at JUC has revealed new realities of scripture. From hiking in En Gedi where David hid from Saul to floating down the Jordan River on a hot fall afternoon, my time at JUC has been an adventure. From challenging classes such as Rabbinical Thought and Literature taught by a Jewish rabbi to powerful community fellowship and a lifestyle of worship, my studies at JUC have been a field of spiritual growth. With the worldwide security crisis we exercise much caution as to what areas we travel, but I have at no point felt in any danger. This university is an amazing place and I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to expand their horizons and get dirty in God's chosen land of revelation!

Belinda Sue Bliss, Northwestern College There have been many moments since my arrival here at JUC where I have been struck with how truly blessed I am to be here in Israel for this time in my life. I had many questions and apprehensions about coming to this country to live as I continued to hear reports concerning the political turbulence and acts of terrorism from home. Fortunately, the beckoning of the sovereign God we serve allowed me the certainty I needed to get on the plane and to come. Although I am not able to see in full all of the good that will come from my time at JUC, I do encounter daily glimpses of the change that is going on in my life. I would encourage anyone faced with the decision of whether or not to come to Jerusalem to study not to allow anything to thwart their pursuit of God, wherever that may take them.

Megan Laughlin, Wheaton College - It wasnít an easy decision to come to JUC this fall, but now I canít imagine not being here. The people Iíve met and the sights Iíve seen are incredible. There are fewer students at JUC than usual, but that means smaller, more personal classes and the chance to know everyone here well. My friends and I explore Jerusalem, and I feel comfortable going to every quarter of the Old City. Some people may think itís dangerous to be here, but life in Israel continues quite normally. Iím able to learn a lot about the way things really are here, and I can visit some of the holiest sites to Christianity and Judaism without being disturbed by crowds of tourists. I am starting to feel as if part of me belongs here.

Clint Sullivan, Taylor University - The question looms: why did I decide to come to school here, in the midst of this conflict? The answer is simple: I believe that God wanted me to come. One person told me that if I looked at the situation objectively there would be no reason for me to choose to go. I responded that I did not want to live my life making decisions based on fear. Now, this does not throw out wisdom or discernment. However, true wisdom comes from God alone. When one becomes a follower of Christ, one gives up the right to his or her own life. The question changes from: "What do I want to do?" to "What does the Father want me to do?" Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it (Mark 8:34-35)." I think of the Apostle Paul, who though he knew that going to Jerusalem would bring him into chains, (Acts 21:11), and though people tried to persuade him otherwise, he still went because he believed that was what would glorify the Lord. As I am a child of God, the place where I want to be is in perfect communion with the Father. The scariest thing for me is not whether or not I die, but whether or not I am known by God and going to be with Him for eternity (Matthew 10:28). May my life exist only to glorify the Father. Amen.

Sallie Rupe, Bethel College (IN) - All my life I've prayed that God would bring his "Mt. Zion presence" to me. This semester, God has brought me to it. This has been a Hosea 6 semester. That is to say, the Lord has been breaking me and healing me and transforming my life. I feel so blessed that He has brought me to his own special place so that He could take care of me and doctor me into wholeness in Him. The relationships I have made here with students, faculty, and staff have had an eternal impact on my life, and God is using the atmosphere of the land to show me more of how He sees me and loves me and knows me. God's perfect timing is beyond comprehension!

Brant Meckel, Northwest Nazarene University - I have heard it said before that there are two types of people in this world: the first is the astronomer, who likes to view and study things from a distance, and the second is the astronaut, who wants to experience space and walk on the surface of the moon. I came to the Holy Land because I wanted to walk were Jesus walked. Studying at Jerusalem University College was exactly what I was looking for. It has made the Bible come to life in a whole new way. Where else can one read about David facing Goliath, Jesus riding the colt to the temple and the disciples fishing in the Sea of Galilee and then go and see were it all took place. It has allowed me to touch, smell, taste, hear, and see the stories of the Bible. For me there is no greater thing.

Lyla Hagood, Simpson College - Despite the unrest among the nations of our world and even here within the Holy Land, God has blessed me beyond measure to be here at JUC this semester! With this turmoil around I think that it has given me a greater desire to live out each day here to the fullest. The experiences that I have had and the knowledge that I continue to gain have been incredible and unforgettable. Walking through Hezekiah's dark tunnel, camping on the beach of the Sea of Galilee and studying deeply into the people and places of the Word of GodÖthen being able to see it with my own eyes! After this semester here is over, I know I will be changed and just maybe, I might not want to leave.

Bruce Bergdall, Huntington College - Spending a semester studying at JUC has been a dream of mine since my family left after a sabbatical 9 years ago. Finding a semester in which a trip to Israel would fit was the opportunity that I had to take, knowing full well that there would be no time easier than the present to study in the land of the Bible. Though the current political situation did generate concerns and questions, I still felt peace about coming at such a tumultuous time. My understanding of the fact that "peace" in Israel will only exist in varying degrees of violence and confrontation, and faith in the ability of JUC to keep me safe allowed me to fly halfway around the world to join 50 other students in Jerusalem.

I am an Elementary Education Major whose main interest in studying at JUC came from realizing the opportunities I would have to grow spiritually and to take in as much as I could about archaeology, geography, geology and history. Such knowledge is invaluable to me in my spiritual development and in supplementing my classroom once I return to Huntington to do my student teaching, and then in my own classrooms in the future. This semester has proven to me already that the programs JUC offers are invaluable. I have found the atmosphere and learning that takes place to be so refreshing that I truly believe that the school deserves to continue being an instrument of Godís Kingdom here in the Holy Land.

Mark Jackson, Columbia International University - If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast" (Psalm 139:9,10). These are the words God reminded me of when I was wrestling with the decision of whether or not to study in Israel for the Fall Semester. Now I am so glad I came. Studying at Jerusalem University College has been a good change for me after three years at Columbia International University. My workload and schedule here have been a little lighter, giving me a chance to step back from usual life and be refreshed. The student body is very small so we are close and have had special times together. It is good to be here with my fiancťe, Charis Bryant who attended Gordon College in the past. We were engaged only a week before coming here and have enjoyed the chance to study together at the same school. In addition to all this, just being here in the land of the Bible has been great! Stories come to life as I am able to visualize the hills, valleys, deserts, and cities. I am thankful for the opportunity to be here. With all the turmoil that is going on not only in this country but also in the world right now I am continually comforted by the knowledge that I am in Godís hands. In His hands is the best place to be!

Karie Heijermans, Appalachian Bible College - I am greatly enjoying my stay here at JUC. Iím learning a lot, not only academically, but spiritually and relationally as well. Being able to experience the land of the Bible is invaluable. It will definitely be a teaching tool in the future, as well as help me in my own personal study of Godís Word.

The number of students here this semester is low, which is bad for the school, but great for the students! Having fewer students enhances the atmosphere. It is much more intimate and personal. The students this semester are very committed, and I have really enjoyed getting to know all of them.

The political situation being what it is at the moment does not really affect us. If I didnít keep up on the news, I would never have guessed all thatís been going on. I feel very safe here, and the administration makes sure we stay safe.

I would not give up this semester for anything. God has been teaching many things here that I wouldnít have been able to learn had I stayed at my home school.

Quentin Falkena, Geneva College - As soon as I found out about an exchange program in Israel I got very excited and talked to my advisor about studying at JUC. Before I knew it, it was spring of my junior year, and I needed to make some concrete plans in order to study abroad. I didn't think it was going to work out, it was getting late, I was broke, and things in Israel were tense, but God was gracious and provided for all my needs and here I am in Israel.

This semester has been amazing! There is a small group of students, but it is a great group of people who are dedicated to the Lord and have a great desire to know and love Him more. We all have learned so much about the land of Israel, the stories in the Bible, and about God's faithfulness. Personally, my eyes have been opened up to the world around me. I have been learning so much about the history of the Christian faith, about the Jews and the Muslims and especially how much of a necessity there is for the Gospel to reach this area. The Gospel of Christ is the only thing that brings peace, and this land is starving for peace at this time.

If anyone is serious about Biblical studies, studies in the Middle East, or other related fields I would strongly recommend that he or she look into studying at Jerusalem University College.

Katie Livingston, Cedarville University - For the past two years it has been my goal to study in Israel for a semester. When the intifada broke out last fall some of my friends and family believed I would change my plans. I did not. I never wavered in my desire to come to Israel. I believe my steadfastness was based on the trust I have in Jerusalem University College and the people I know who have connections with the institution. Although bombs were going off here and there throughout Israel, I knew the news could not be trusted to given an accurate portrait of the situation. Instead, I decided to trust the board at JUC, Dr. Wright, and my school when they said it would be okay to come. I have not regretted my decision in the least. When I arrived in Israel it was as I expected. Although there are places JUC advises us not to visit, for the most part I feel as safe here as I do at home. Sure there is a risk that one of us may get hurt, but the risk does not seem much greater than the risk of getting hurt at home. I'm glad I listened to the first-hand witness of those living in the land as opposed to what the news media said. I am so thankful I was not scared out of partaking of the priceless experience I am having in Israel.
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