"...entrust these things to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others." - 2 Timothy 2:2

Annita Charalambous-Ioannides

Teacher of Religion at the American Academy Nicosia, Cyprus (alum. Greek Program)

One by one they begin to make their way in and take their seats. Each one of them holding a Bible in their hands. Atheists, Agnostics, Christians, Muslims, Jehovah’s witnesses, Buddhists. From all over the world. They take their seats and wait for it to begin…

This is not a meeting of the world’s religious leaders, nor a worship event of born-again ‘gentiles’ in a church. It is a Bible lesson in a private secondary school in the heart of Lefkosia, Cyprus.

My studying at the Greek Bible College in Pikermi paved the way for me. I was exposed to a world of knowledge, experience and relationship with God which I would have never been able to enjoy regardless of how many years I would be trying to understand the Word. A poem I read recently says:

Come to the edge
But it is too high
Come to the edge
But we will fall
And they came
And he pushed
And they flew

This is exactly what the Bible College at Pikermi did for me. It equipped me, challenged me and then ‘pushed’ me to enjoy life with the Word. The students I teach come from all around the world and they believe nothing to almost everything. Some of them Christians and some of them anti-Christian. Some of them atheists and some still searching. ‘What God are you talking about in a world where science has disproved everything? Is it ever logical to expect me to believe in the love of a God who gives me freedom and then punishes me because I did not act as he wanted? And why should I believe that the Christ you are talking about is God? Prove it.’ These are some of the questions that my students ask me daily and which I am called to answer. Called to give answers that will satisfy, inspire, encourage. Answers that will show the alternative life style that God offers.

It is a daily life experience, which I would never have tasted if first I did not hide in a place like the Greek Bible College and let God prepare me. A necessary journey for all Christians.

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