This is the first post in a series that we at GYC Europe are excited to present: Ministry Spotlights. In this series we will be presenting various Seventh-day Adventist lay-led ministries in Europe. We do this with the hope that the programs and training/ministry opportunities they offer will be more widely known in Europe, and thus a blessing to as many as possible. –Editor.
A special year for a few, a normal year for some, and a meaningless number for many. However, for one person in the northern country of Norway, this year was unique. Gunnar, a pastor and practical business man had a vision of seeing the youth of Norway “rightly trained” and taking a hold on the work of literature evangelism work. In 1986, this vision started to become a reality and would eventually, yet unknowingly, become a blessing even to the other side of the world in the form of Matteson Mission School.
“Mattesonskolen” was the first name of this small, homely mission school in the south-eastern region of Norway. Over the years, the school has developed its training program, with many reaping the positive results of a balance between theoretical learning and practical application. 30 years later, “Matteson Mission School” (our new name) looks a bit different. Now a LIGHT (Lay Institute for Global Health Training) affiliated institution, we offer an 11-month training program which focuses on five key areas: Bible, Health, Leadership, Evangelism and Organic Gardening. Some highlights of our program consist of a mission internship trip (which for the last few years has been in Honduras), a balanced program of theory and practice, and a unique family atmosphere.
Matteson Mission School is supported by the Granheim Foundation. They believe that one of most sustainable things that they can do in regards to the finishing of the work is to financially invest in young people who wish to dedicate their lives to using all their time, talents and resources for God’s work. For every student that is accepted into the Matteson Mission School program, they sponsor 75% of the school fees. This means that instead of paying close to €10 500, the student is asked to contribute around €2 600 (or 25 000 NOK to be exact).
“Why do we do all of this?” someone may ask. Well there are many reasons, Bible texts, Spirit of Prophecy quotes that give us our reasons for doing what we do, but, if we could choose one short quote, it would be this:
“The world needs today what it needed nineteen hundred years ago—a revelation of Christ.” Ministry of Healing, 143.
To provide youth with what they need to fill this desperate need, to be thinkers and not mere reflectors of other people’s thoughts, to walk in the footsteps of Jesus in unselfish service, has always been the aim of Matteson Mission School, and by God’s grace, will always be.
To Aspiring Students
Many students have entered into the humble home of Matteson Mission School, and left as resourceful individuals that play an effective role in the work of the Seventh-day Adventist church, and if God wills it, you could join our family too.
For more information about our course, who we are, and other questions, see our website at www.matteson.no.