Are you on a journey of self-discovery? Do you ask yourself, who am I? What am I good at? Why am I here? What is my purpose? What do I want to do with the rest of my life? Could I ever be a worship leader? Is God disappointed in me? Or maybe you have a lot of questions because of conflicting views. For example, if I'm in love, why do I have to wait until I’m married to have sex? Or, I’ve already been married and divorced, so what’s the big deal? Does prayer change things? Is it really that important to forgive others who have hurt me so bad? And if it is, how do I? I’ve done a lot of people wrong in my life, how could I ever be called to preach? I always hear how I’m supposed to walk in love, but how do I do that when my spouse is cheating?

My friend, if you have any of these questions, Impact University is for you. Impact University is a quality university that not only offers degrees, but it's a place to learn who God is on a personal level; who you are in Christ. You are more than you think you are and you can do more than you think you can do! Once you tap into that knowledge, I promise you your life will never be the same.

The best decision I ever made in life other than getting saved is to become a student at Impact University. The professors here are not just here teaching, but they pour themselves into our lives. They have blessed me beyond measure. I came into this not knowing what I was called to do, or even what I wanted to do. I just knew every time I heard about Impact University something on the inside of me (Holy Spirit), would nudge me.

Impact has taught me how to live life. I know that sounds strange but it’s true. I grew up in a very dysfunctional family. I was a dysfunctional adult, and a drug addict so my emotional growth was very small. My self-confidence was at about zero, and because of sexual abuse I thought that was my only worth. Even though I got saved and delivered from drugs I still didn’t know who I was in Christ or my worth. I knew the Word, I just didn't always know how to apply the word. But, that all changed when I came to Impact University.

I had no idea of all the gifts I had on the inside of me until one by one the Professors and the Holy Spirit began pulling them out of me. I remember taking a class Discovering Your Purpose, taught by Pastor Julian Gaither. We had to read and answer questions honestly. When I started reading the questions I cried uncontrollably because I didn’t have a clue what I was good at, what my desires and dreams were, or even what I was passionate about. At the age of fifty I had to accept the fact that I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. It was then when I realized why God had me in the day classes with students who were eighteen to early twenties; I needed to grow. I have not only grown spiritually and emotionally, but I've grown in the knowledge and understanding of God’s grace. I’ve also grown into knowledge of knowing that my purpose, hopes, and dreams are not defined by my past, but by my ability to hear God and trust Him to empower and equip me to do all He has called me to do.

I’ve learned leadership skills that will take me anywhere I want to go, and how to work alongside others in fulfilling a single vision. I now have the confidence to try new things and to allow God to stretch me and change me because growth without change is impossible. I am so thankful for Pastor Whitfield for being obedient to God and starting Impact University, for it has changed my life and the lives of countless others.

Blog by: Marlena Jo Benkowski Knight