What People Are Saying?
This training came at the right time for me.
“This training came at the right time for me. I had so many struggles and things were not changing, even though I was praying for things to change. I couldn’t understand why the situation was the same. When I learn that its our attitudes and our reactions that need to change, it was very helpful. I learn that God is doing something. He is in this scenario and He is in control of everything. Now I can help others because I did not understand this as merely teaching. Its a part of me now.”
God has been showing me what my reactions were like.
“I’ve attended IBCC programs in the past, but its only now that I understand the depth of the module, especially the emphasis on the heart. We know it, we preach it, but we don’t realize the depth of it. I was looking at my reactions to situations at home, work and in church. God has been showing me what my reactions were like. I need to go back and work on it, correct it and learn from it.”
I have learnt how to get into the issues of the heart.
"I work as a counselor and I usually focus on how to fix the problem and give solutions. Its always external but I’ve learnt how to get into the issues of the heart. The external is easy but it doesn’t change their lives.”
It was a real eye-opener.
“I didn’t think I was doing much counseling but it was a real eye-opener to see that every so many ordinary conversations and situations are counseling issues. The biggest thing was understanding that its not about personal situations. Our tendency is to focus and fix things, but it was eye-opening for me to see how many things can be fixed by focusing on our identity in Christ.”
I realized the importance of community.
"Earlier I used to be satisfied with what I had and who I was but after doing this Training I realized the importance of community. I realized about my need for a community and also about the bad responses that I had in my life – where they come from and what needs to be done about it.”
I was going through lots of struggles in my life.
“I was going through lots of struggles in my life and didn’t know why but after coming to this training I realized that, through all those hardships, God is helping me to grow in His image.”
But after joining this training I got rid of that addiction.
I have no words to explain how much I have been blessed through this Training. Earlier, I was addicted to a stuff and had no courage to talk about it and get help. But after joining this training I got rid of that addiction. Through the Johari window that we did in this training I was convicted of the secret sin that I had in my life and I repented of it.”
I used to have very negative responses.
“I used to have very negative responses and later used to wonder why I responded like that. I used to think of myself as a very good Christian but after coming to this training I could see myself in the mirror of God’s Word and realized how much change I need in my life. Earlier my mother used to tell me how much I need to change and I could never accept that. But now I really want to change and grow in the likeness of Christ.”
It has helped me to be less judgmental.
“I was judgmental because of superficial behavior, but I learnt that the heart is the root of all behavior. I learnt that sometimes what was in the past brings out behavior from the heart and because of this emphasis on the heart, not superficial issues, it has helped me to be less judgmental.”
It brought about a total change in my perspective on counseling.
“It brought about a total change in my perspective on counseling. It taught me a logical sequence to counseling. It taught me to understand the real heart issues and to dig deeper than surface issues. It taught me the value of listening, particularly reflective listening and spacing out the time between my responses to the counselee. I realized there was something lacking in my skills. We want God to change, but we end up trying to change things. This taught me a very focused approach - to pray before counseling someone. Practically, I was the change agent, asking God to bring the change. God needs to be the one to change and I’m learning to step back from the situation.”
My entire thought process has changed with regards to situations.
“My entire thought process has changed with regards to situations. It encourages seeing the big picture in every situation. My reactions [thorns] have become lesser in intensity. I used be very anxious and I felt relieved because there was progressive change and the intensity of my reactions to situations has reduced. I have less anxiety and I can immediately say “I’m sorry”. The idea of the “big picture” works with any audience and it brings change effectively. They are able to understand easily.”
I was very unsatisfied in my life.
“I was very unsatisfied in my life. I asked God to change my life though I didn’t know what kind of changes I needed. But when I came here, God showed me each and everything that I need to change in my own life. I used to question all the bad things recorded in the Bible, but through this training I got my answer. I know that its for my sake so that I can identity myself with those people in the Bible who had the same weaknesses as me. I learnt that I can still live a victorious life, just like them.”
I always used to make commitments and never fulfill all those promises.
“God opened this opportunity for me to learn about my own life. I really liked that I can check my own bad responses in my life, though it has been so easy to check and judge the bad responses of others people’s lives. I always used to ask God “Why?”, when facing problems in my life. But God showed me the grace that I will need in those times so that I will be able to see Jesus. I also learnt that I need others to show my mistakes. I always used to make commitments and never fulfill all those promises. I want to make a commitment to fulfill all the promises which I made before God. I really thank God for the teaching which is so practical and so simple to understand.”
I got the answer for all the questions.
“I have been struggling in my life since last December...so much that I wanted to die. My wife was not there to listen to what I was going through; I was struggling all by myself. I used to cry bitterly. I used to wonder why God is doing this to me. But after coming to this Training I realized that God wanted to change me through those situations but I was running from it the whole time. But now I have hope in my struggle and want to face the situation. I got the answer for all the questions that I had in the last eight months. After losing everything in my life I came to this training and it has given me a new direction in my life and now I want to start afresh.”
I am practicing control over my thoughts.
“Dr. Rajkumar’s sessions taught me about my thoughts. I am practicing control over my thoughts. It helped me to identify my thoughts and to take authority over them. It gives me confidence for counseling. It was an eye-opener to know my standing in the Lord.”