Back to Jamaica—August 2013
Tashika Witter, from Black River, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, shares her story of how God used Faith to prepare her to return to Jamaica to live and teach.
How long did you study in the college and seminary here at Faith?
I attended Faith for four years, two years in college and two years in seminary.
Where did you begin your college training and what did you study?
I started at The University College of the Caribbean (UCC) in Kingston, Jamaica, where I was enrolled in the Human Resource Management program. Within the first year of study, I sensed God’s leading to attend Bible college, which led me to Fairview Baptist Bible College in Westmoreland, Jamaica, where I completed an Associate of Arts Degree in Theology (Church Ministries) in 2009. I then transferred to Faith and completed my Bachelor’s degree in 2011 with an emphasis in Biblical Counseling . In the fall of that year, I enrolled in Faith Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated in May 2013 with a Masters of Arts degree in Theological Studies.
What brought you to Faith?
In order to complete my undergraduate degree, I started applying to different Bible colleges in my final year at Fairview. God used some key individuals who are alumni of Faith—Erik and Becky Stumpf and Carrie Ausgburger—to direct me to Faith. I praise Him for how He sovereignly brought all the pieces together.
What is a fun memory/story from your time at Faith?
Adjusting to the weather was indeed funny (funnier now that I'm looking back rather than living it out). One of my recurring thoughts my first fall was "How will I even make it to winter (or through it for that matter!) since it's only fall and I'm so cold!?" That first winter (2009) was indeed one to remember. There were days when I thought "Well, that was good experience; I think it's time to head home now."
Another funny experience was when I visited Florida over a Christmas break. I found myself saying to someone, "Oh, come on, this really isn't cold at all; it's just right." I was even dressed lighter than most people I saw. I'd see some individuals in winter jackets, and I would smile because I now needed only a jacket. It was wonderful to see how God used these changes to bring about the right perspective in my life.
What was the highlight of your time at Faith?
The highlight of my time at Faith was how much I grew in my walk with God. The different experiences of culture, climate (primarily winter), food, and academics, as well as the individuals with whom I forged lifelong friendships, all worked together in affording me the awesome opportunity of better knowing and experiencing the sovereignty and grace of God. He used my time at Faith to mature my faith.
Now that you have graduated and are back in Jamaica, what are your plans?
I will be teaching at Fairview starting in spring 2014, an opportunity that I am very enthused about, and I await God’s guidance on how He will continue to lead regarding further vocational opportunities.
How do you plan to use what you gained at Faith in the lives of the people you serve at home?
I believe the knowledge and experience gained during my time at Faith will be invaluable to the ministry opportunities I am involved in at my local church (e.g., teaching Sunday school, summer camp), as well as of significant importance in my teaching engagement at Fairview and any other vocational opportunities God may allow.