One Thing Is Needful

Mariah Schwartz, FBI ’13

In the Bible we are exhorted to desire the pure milk of the word. If that’s something you really want, than I would recommend this program. Living here gives you the opportunity to become utterly immersed in one thing, and if that one thing is serious heart-work and meditation on the Word of God, you can see a lot of growth occur. It was a time of transformation for me; it was only through the grace, love, and help of God (often experienced through the staff) that I made it through, because there were heart issues addressed that were beyond my ability to change.

Transformative Years

Klara Holscher, FBI ’12

I remember after my first few months at Fairwood Bible Institute that I looked back at what I had learned and couldn’t imagine how I had really lived beforehand. There are vital truths of the Gospel that transform your life. Studying the Word of God and looking long and hard at the heart of Jesus undeniably changed me for the better.

On Healing & Mentors

Forest Howland, Former Student

My first year at Bible school was more than I ever imagined it would be. God taught me so much about myself that I don’t quite understand how I functioned before learning some of them. God revealed some wounds I had, and ways to heal from them.

My mentor Brandon was such a blessing to me. He helped me more than I can explain, and I am grateful to him more than I can express. I truly don’t know if I would have learned half of the things about myself without him helping me through them.

On Love & Practicality

Mary Sutton, FBI ’11

I attended Fairwood Bible Institute from 2008 to 2011. I had only planned on going for just one year, but by the end of my first semester, I knew I wanted to finish all three years. It was a great growing time in my life. Not only did I Iearn a lot from the classes, but I also experienced what Christian love was like. I had been a Christian since I was 11 and was raised in a Christian home, but it was from the people at Fairwood that I started to learn how we are to love as Christians.

I also gained more experience cooking, painting, stacking more firewood, and helping others with projects during our ministry weeks. The great practical skills as well as the spiritual training have helped me since. I am so thankful that God allowed me to attend FBI, which were some of the best years of my life. He has blessed me in so many ways and continues to do so. I’m excited how Jesus will continue to work in me.

Redeeming The Time

Peter Reed, Current FBI student

After talking about attending Fairwood for six years, I finally got here. Before sending in my application, I was pondering the Nazirite Vow; being fully dedicated to God appealed to me. I saw being a student at Fairwood as a way to be fully set apart for God.
Although I can’t really follow the Nazirite Vow because of the grape juice stipulation (just kidding), I desire a deeper relationship with God.

“I am thankful that in my youth, God has made me desirous of having a richer life with Him.

One way Fairwood has helped me is that I have become more disciplined. I am spending much less time on the internet and the computer, which has opened my life to other pursuits.

I appreciate the fellowship I have with the other students; they help me get closer to God when we talk about Him outside of class, and when I see them growing in Christ, it inspires me to draw closer to God. However, though this year I have dedicated more of myself to God, there is still room for much more. Sometimes, for various reasons, it’s not always easy, or at least seems that way.

I am thankful that I am not yet an old man, because if I were, I would feel like I have wasted my whole life, but I am 22. I am thankful that in my youth, God has made me desirous of having a richer life with Him.