Just halfway into the year, Olusola Paul (Ila-Orogun, Nigeria) is convinced that he has become a new person in 2015, thanks to leadership training he received through Lead Like Jesus.
Olusola is a student at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Nigeria, and was recently named Secretary General of the Students Christian Movement (SCM), a campus ministry.
In May, he attended a Lead Like Jesus Ignite conference. Ignite is a leadership development course for teens that focuses on character and integrity, helping young men and women to become powerful and positive influencers of those around them by following the model of Jesus.
“It really had an indelible impact on me,” he says.
“It all came back to my relationship with God,” he says. “It helped me break through an emotional box. Now my fellowship with God is wonderful. My passion for God is ignited, and my fire for Him is rekindled.”
Michael Okuneye is a Lead Like Jesus Facilitator and National Representative and has become a mentor to Olusola since the Ignite Conference.
And Michael knows the challenges that young people like Olusola have to overcome in Nigeria.
“Youths have to cope with many vices: crime, poverty, HIV,” he says. “Many of them focus on getting an education that will provide them with a promising future, but the condition of the country is so elusive that they don't know what the future holds for them.
“We must engage this generation, now or never!” Michael adds. “Nigeria needs divine intervention.”
After Ignite, Olusola knows how to be confident about his future. He graduates from the university soon and dreams of becoming a music minister and music writer.
“I know that whatever I accomplish has to be rooted in the source, in God,” he says. “And I praise God for that.”