Aldane Walters testifies of the power of trusting God
As Aldane Walters shares his testimony of how God came through for him this summer, we are reminded of the Hebrews scripture that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
The 20-year-old told Family & Religion that Supreme favour has always been evident in his life since the age of 15, especially where the provision of internships in his preferred field of media and communication.
However, at the start of this summer, things seemed a bit out of place for the St Thomas youth, who is overseas studying.
"I was rejected for everything I applied for. I've been understanding how to trust Jesus, so when I was asked what my summer plans were, I said 'Nothing yet, but let's see what God is doing!'
"One day, my supervisor, Matt Jones, who is also a Christ follower, asked me what I had planned for the summer. I told him that I'd been rejected for everything so far, but I felt that something big was coming," he said, a positive statement, which was based on no evidence but God's faithfulness to him over the years.
START OF GREAT THINGS
It was a few weeks later when Walters received an email from a friend whom he hadn't heard from in months.
Abel Regalado's email highlighted and encouraged Walters' application to a special programme being hosted by the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, called Maynard 200 Fellowship, which would train some 200 journalism professionals.
"I was reluctant to apply because it was such a prestigious fellowship, and the application questionnaire was also kinda discouraging because of how extensive it was. While there contemplating, the Lord said, 'Apply. What do you have to lose?' I didn't start the application until about two hours before the deadline on May 31 and then sent it in the name of Jesus!" he exclaimed.
An invitation to an interview from the Maynard directors came less than a month later.
The faithful child of God, who is a member of the Greater Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Church in St Thomas, told Family & Religion that he was motivated by a message at the church he visits while away, and he decided to ask some ministers to pray with him.
Walters said: "I think this is when I became convinced that God was, indeed, with me in this endeavour. The Lord directed me to ask Minister Lance Evans and his wife, Brittney, to pray with me. He let me know that Minister Lance would pray for me on the spot, and it happened. Minster Monica and the intercessory prayer team also prayed for me while I did the interview the following morning. It was the best interview I had ever done in my life! At the end of the interview, the director, Odette Alcazaren-Keeley, said that they would contact me in nine days. Within five days, I received an email saying I was in! This goes to show that many times we're are told no for certain things because God is preparing something way better!"