When I first came to Wildwood, I thought I’d mainly be learning in class. Although to a degree it is true, I found that Wildwood as a whole is a wonderful tool God uses to equip and mold us as He knows we need best. As in any other mission field, Satan enjoys planting obscure trials and distractions of all shapes and sizes in our way. But through them all, God, if we would let Him, turns them into even bigger blessings than we could ever imagine. He uses them for us to grow in important areas of our lives, and in ways that may not be possible everywhere else. During my time in Wildwood I have experienced this first hand.
The Lifestyle Counselor Course was a great experience. It gave me a foundation to understand the underlying principles and overarching themes essential to natural healing. During my time at Wildwood I was able to work with real patients and lifestyle guests, under the supervision of experienced hydro-therapists and lifestyle counselors. What I have enjoyed the most has been learning through these practical experiences. While I have much to learn, I am now able to read and understand literature on natural remedies and tell right away whether it’s reliable information or simply non-scientific. I believe I have in Wildwood been given a strong foundation to build on.
My time at Wildwood has been one of the greatest learning experiences of my life. Here, God has been able to show me what He wants me to do, a customized life-plan for me. I have been placed in work positions that challenge my skills, classes that have prepared me to teach and have also given me a thirst to continue my education. And Wildwood has given me a troop of lifelong missionary friends I am privileged to call family. For life!
Wildwood is a good place to find God and to find yourself. I really benefited from the various work opportunities. As a car mechanic I learned to enjoy practical work. As a teacher I learned to see that the students are more important than the curriculum. As a carpenter I learned that time is money. And there are so many more lessons, valuable lessons that I have learned and will take with me wherever I go. All those lessons combined have allowed me to get to know who I really am. I will always thank Wildwood—actually the awesome
I try not to have too many expectations before arriving in a new place or rely on opinions and impressions of others, but rather prefer to make my own discoveries, and form my own impressions. But I can say that Wildwood has exceeded the few expectations I did have in a way I did not expect at all. Being pushed to write numerous business and strategic life plans for most of the classes I have been caused to contemplate over my life vision, mission and goals I have for my life. And in particular to ask God what goals He has for my life. My time here in Wildwood has given me the time and environment to search after God’s will for my life.
Just like you can’t learn to swim without getting in the water, you can’t fully learn to work in the mission field without actually working in it. Be it in local or foreign missions, our students are involved in practicing what they are learning and sharing it with others. Mission opportunities are available locally throughout the course where students can be involved in getting hands-on experience in health evangelism. At the end of each course, students have the opportunity to do a mission internship where they can connect with many organizations for 6 – 12 months in countries such as India, Peru, Bolivia, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, Italy, Brazil and Indonesia and many more (see below).
Alumni have a unique perspective of the Wildwood Center for Health Evangelism; the experience of a new culture, a distinctive perspective on life and service for Christ. It is the vision of the Wildwood Alumni Association to continue the journey of being lifelong learners, by representing and nurturing the interests of past and future students through training, service, and social opportunities.