After diving deeper into this Kingdom worker’s story, CIY learned he’s had a remarkable journey to personally hearing God’s call to full-time ministry.
Kiefer said he holds a deep respect for his dad, Steve, and his Biblical knowledge and firm foundation in the Lord as the lead pastor for First Christian Church in Suisun City, California. His mom, Michelle, and his seven siblings have always been a source of joy. But as a kid, Kiefer said it seemed his faith was based on his parents’ values, and getting baptized at the age of 10 felt more like an obligation than salvation.
Kiefer said he decided to follow Jesus while attending MOVE when he was 15 years old, and it finally felt like his own personal relationship with the Savior.
“There was a big difference in the way I lived when I decided to follow Jesus on my own,” he said. “My outlook completely changed, but when I felt the Lord calling me to ministry, it was difficult because I once again wrestled with ‘Is this an obligation or a calling?’”
God’s whisper never left him, and Kiefer felt an overwhelming affirmation the following year during the MOVE week. Upon his return home, he was nervous to tell his dad about his calling, but after he shared his heart Kiefer said it was one of the greatest moments he’s had with his dad.
“He was so excited, but instead of pushing it on me he talked me through it and warned me it wouldn’t be easy,” Kiefer said. “I’m excited to pursue student ministry because I know when I was in high school, I needed people in my corner. It’s not going to get any easier for any student, and I want to be in the corner for high schoolers to help them get through life the best they can. I’ve learned to enjoy the Lord in the small things, and that’s been preparing me for ministry because I know I’m going to work and serve the Lord in the small things like talking to the students and listening to them.”
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Sam Kiefer is an 18-year-old freshman at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri.