At the beginning of high school, I was not involved with Bible study because I felt like I didn’t know anyone. Plus, as a busy high schooler, I felt like I had better things to do with my time. 

During my sophomore year, I got invited to go to a Bible study with my friend. I was a little bit nervous because I had never been to the Dickinsons’ house before, and I didn’t know what to expect. To my surprise, the minute I stepped in the house, I felt a wave of love and acceptance. Mrs. Dickinson greeted everyone as they walked in and asked how they were doing. She not only makes conversation with each student, she genuinely cares about the lives of each student and what God is doing in their faith journey. 

At my first Bible study, I really grew to appreciate analyzing and studying the Word in a different way than in regular Sunday school. It gave me a new perspective in the process of growing my faith in a new way with other people who are trying to do the same thing. After a few weeks, Mrs. Dickinson gave me opportunities to lead worship at Bible study, and that had a great impact on me because I got to share my God-given gifts while worshiping Him with my people. 

One of my favorite aspects of Bible study is that we don’t have to be afraid to ask weird or hard questions. The Dickinsons always have a godly perspective on the struggles we face in this world. One special moment that I had in Bible study was when I went to Mrs. Dickinson with tears in my eyes. She gave me a hug that seemed to mend my heart-broken soul. She stayed and talked to me for a few minutes after Bible study and gave me some much needed advice and encouragement. I was able to tell her what was going on without feeling judged. 

I am eternally grateful to God for the impact Bible study at the Dickinsons has had on me and my journey of faith.