My Story: I dreamed to be a teacher but woke up as a pastor

Kaetieti Kaeti.

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My name is Kaetieti Kaeti, I am 24 and I am from Kiribati. I am thankful to God for His plan that has changed my entire life. I’m also thankful for the love and support of my family, which has brought me here to Fulton Adventist University College, and that I’ve had the chance to travel from Kiribati to study theology with the beautiful, kind and loving people here in Fiji.

If it was not for my God, I would not be able to make it to this day and I praise God that, when I applied to study education instead, He chose what is best for me. I am very grateful for the choice He had made for me, a choice that brought tears of joy to my father’s eyes and a choice that brought me back to my family.

February 24, 2022 was the day I received my offer letter to study at Fulton. That day made me really think about God and my life and I questioned my dream of becoming a teacher. What I experienced during the time leading up to this was like being in the big valley of decision. I told my parents how I was feeling about it and they told me that we should pray about it—believing that God will show me the way. It was a hard decision to make but the power of prayer made it easier for me to decide. 

Ever since I was a child, I had always dreamed of becoming a teacher, just like my mother, but with God’s love, my dream changed, and I will now be like my father who was a pastor. 

During the years of 2020 and 2021, I studied at the Kiribati Teachers College. I spent my holiday joining the youth camp at the Kiribati Adventist Mission headquarters. This is where I got a chance to apply to Fulton at the last minute. It took me time to decide since I knew that studying there would cost my family a lot of money–from buying my flight ticket, school fees, my needs for a boarding school and much more, but all these worries soon faded away.

Despite all the challenges, I kept praying to God about whether to change my mind. 

During one beautiful Sabbath morning, I and the youth from my church, went to sing live on Hope Radio at the Kiribati Mission. This is where the Holy Spirit led me to open the devotional book I found there and turn to my date of birth, July 8, where I found the answers to my prayer. The devotional book on that day shared the verse Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you . . . ” 

I read the whole story which led me to know that God wanted me to work in the ministry for Him. I prayed again, thanking God for answering my prayer, and then contacted my parents to update them on my final decision

As a woman, choosing to be a minister is not an easy decision to make, but God reminds me in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” This verse always gives me the strength to go on. 

We may have our own plans for our lives, but if we allow God to help us make our decisions, He will help. For He knows what is best for each one of us, yet He will not force us.

Kaetieti Kaeti is a theology student at Fulton Adventist University College. 

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