Summer ministry miracle

Nathan Holloway (front right) in Macedonia with Youth in Mission team members

by Alissa Gilmore

With a miracle from God, the country of Macedonia and the New Student Institute (NSI) program became remarkably intertwined through one student's summer ministry experience.

The miracle began more than a year ago when junior Nathan Holloway obeyed the call of God to apply for his second Youth in Mission trip. Macedonia had not been Nathan's first choice, but it became his destination.

Fund-raising efforts for the $3,000 trip expense left him $1,500 short just three weeks before departure. Nathan's first miracle came a week later when he received the remaining funds. He left for the trip May 29, thanking God for His supply, and believing as well that his financial needs had also been taken care of for the upcoming fall school term, after his return.

When Nathan re-entered the U.S. July 29 after his service in Youth in Mission debriefing, he called home and discovered something different was unfolding. Sadly, finances for his schooling that coming year had not come together as expected. He still needed $5,000 to attend SNU in the fall.

Nathan began questioning his earlier decision to go to Macedonia instead of staying home to work all summer. He knew God wanted him at SNU, and he had felt sure that God had wanted him in Macedonia. It was time for the second part of the miracle.

Nathan had been accepted early in the spring semester of that year to serve as a NSI mentor for incoming freshmen in the upcoming fall semester. When he now began to worry about finding the money to go back to school, he went to Kathy Lebsack, the SNU mentor-to-the-mentors, to submit his resignation from NSI leadership.

"I believe the Lord wanted you to go to Macedonia, and He's going to work out everything else," Kathy told Nathan.

She would not accept his resignation, allowing Nathan more time to see how God would work things out. And, God's hand could be seen in the way things worked out. Though Nathan's school bill was notcompletely paid, he was able to return to school with a commitment to work to pay for the rest, and decided to follow through on being an NSI mentor and help incoming freshmen with their adjustments to university life.

To make Nathan's miracle complete, Nathan saw on the list of freshmen in his group the name Nikolce Gjoreski. Nikolce was a new student from (where else?) Macedonia. Only God could have brought these two together along converging paths that had been filled with obstacles and, more importantly, with the miracles of God.

from an issue of Southern Light, an alumni publication of Southern Nazarene University. Used by permission.

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