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Hello reader, my name is Jeremy Dare I am in the School of Worship here at VBI and I am going to be sharing with you the story of how I got to VBI and why.
I knew of Victory for a long time through my family, two of my sisters did the IMT program some years ago and my brother did a year at ORU. I was never really all that interested in coming to Tulsa, Oklahoma to go to Bible School. I was raised in a strong Christian/Charismatic home, so I didn’t really see any point in coming to learn more of the same. Well, that all changed pretty quick, when one day while I was working with my Dad, he told me that if I was still working by my 21st birthday with him at this job, that he was going to recommend to the company that they hire me full time. This was a great door for me to make some good money, but something wasn’t right within me. I was active in my church and felt like I was living the right Christian life. So, one Friday afternoon, I was hanging out with Jesus, when He simply told me, “Look Jeremy, I’ll bless your life if you stay, and I’ll bless your life if you go. The question is do you feel fulfilled today?” I knew the answer immediately and said, “Okay, I’m going.”
Now, let me say this. I remember very clearly how easy this decision was, but it was one of the hardest things I’ve done to stick with it. For the rest of the summer I didn’t feel like God was saying anything to me, nothing new, nothing that gave me life. I became sad, frustrated, impatient, and much more. However, I knew my decision, and I stuck with it. So, I raised the money and found myself driving my Dad’s truck to Tulsa. I arrived at student housing and met my roommates, and one of them played the piano and was planning a kick-off worship night. He asked me to play guitar and I was all for it. I love music. So we had one practice before and I found myself in so much peace, that I thought everything else just went away. I found that so strange, with all of the frustration I was dealing with at the time. The worship night came, and it was awesome! I had not been that relaxed in a long time, I felt like I was home. So, I decided to enroll in the School of Worship and I can tell you today it was one the best decisions I’ve made.
From that point on I haven’t looked back. I have been stretched tremendously, but have continued to be so blessed by God. Not only that, but I also know that I know that I am doing what God has called me to do. He still plants new dreams in my heart, but I know that I am on the path that God Himself has paved for me.