Victoria Butko
(Kharkov, Ukraine)

A Special Time In My Life

My name is Victoria. I live in Kharkov. In August 2015 I graduated from the Vision International University. Four years of study became a special and unique time for me. I remember a good saying: "Learning is light and ignorance is darkness." This applies not only to secular education. A person coming to the Lord can be compared to a baby. Just as a newborn baby gradually comprehends life, learning something new every day, believers begin their journey of knowing God. There is a time to be fed with milk, as the Word of God says, and then the time comes to eat solid food: "Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil." (Hebrews 5:13-14).

There came a time in my life when I realized that I lack knowledge of God and I decided to enroll at the Vision International University. I applied as soon as admission was announced. I was a little anxious about whether I could study as I heard from many people that is was not easy to study, it was difficult to juggle study, work and ministry, and there was not enough time to write course papers. Indeed it was not so easy but it was interesting and helpful.

I not only gained new knowledge, but gradually began to change in my character, my thoughts, my words. My relationship with God became deeper, I began to understand the Bible better and in a new way, discovering God's truths. I had to reevaluate some things in my life, to learn how to organize your time to use it most effectively, I had to learn to discipline myself. Writing course papers proved to be difficult, but now I know that it was very useful.

Indeed, one of the most important goals of education is to communicate God's truth to people more effectively. Writing a course paper involves collecting information, reflecting on it, selecting the material needed and arranging it for presentation. Sometimes it was very difficult, it was not clear, I had to rewrite it, but I learned to formulate and express my thoughts correctly, choosing the important and casting out the superfluous.

The knowledge obtained in the process of study enabled me to understand better who I am, where I am, what God wants of me and where He directs me, and also helped me to minister more effectively.

I believe that everyone who wants to bear more fruit for God, must get the education.