Yorling Israel Arauz Rivera

Yorling Israel Arauz Rivera

Yorling Israel Arauz Rivera

  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: February 19, 1996
  • Denomination: Baptist
  • Discipline: Accounting and Finance
  • University: National Autonomous University of Nicaragua
  • Location: Nicaragua
  • Gender: Male
  • Completion Date: December 31, 2017
  • Student ID: NI9800017

Languages spoken, read and written: Spanish

Explain why you chose your course of study: Since I was I a little child I wanted to study industrial engineering, but I could not study that, because I had many economic problems. Finally, I chose accounting and finance, because I liked it as my second option at college. I want to become the best accountant.

How did you come to accept Christ as your personal Savior? I attended the church since I was a little boy. I was born with health problems, so my parents promised God to change their lives if Jesus would heal me. God was faithful and I was healed. I accepted Jesus in my church when I was 13 years old, during a special youth service.  God touched my life that day and I took the decision to accept Jesus in my heart, to serve for all my life faithfully to Him. That day, I felt something so special, because many young brothers in Christ congratulated me and they told me, "Now you have taken a great and good decision." I do not regret having taken this decision, because my family and I have been blessed by God.

Who has had the most influence on your life and why? My parents, because they always have given to me good advice and they are an example for me in a spiritual way. I've seen all their efforts and courage in order to help me go ahead in my life. I do not want to disappoint them. I want them to feel proud of me.

How has God used Compassion to form who you are today? Compassion has helped me to have clear goals about my future and to practice my Christian values and principles, as well as to keep me on them, with God's help. 

What was your family life like? Thank God, I grew up in a Christian home. I was born in Leon city. When I was a little boy, my family lived in my grandmother’s house, because we didn’t have our own house. I lived there in a small bedroom made of plastic with my parents and my little sister, who is 13 years old. After my dad got a good full-time job, he started to save money and then bought a small piece of land to start building our own little house. He works as a builder, so he built himself our house in four years. It was very hard, but God was always with us. Today my dad cannot work as much, because of a back problem. He had surgery on his back because three discs on his spine were broken. Even so, he continues working as a builder. This is very hard for him, but I sometimes help him work after I leave from my college. My mom is a homemaker. She doesn’t have a job because of her health problems.

Describe the environment where you grew up: In my community there is a lot of crime and poverty. There are two neighborhoods next to my neighborhood in which there are a lot of poor families. One day I would like to help by building centers where many children can have food and refuge.

What are some of your favorite activities? My favorite activities are to share with my friends, practice sports, play Christian biblical games, study hard to be the best in my class, and help others.

How are you currently serving in your local church or community? In my church I serve in whatever is possible. I am vice president of youth ministry. I participate in leading a small growth group. I am part of the dance ministry and I help the Sunday school teachers. In my community I go out to evangelize, in order to have a community full of peace and order. My church is part of a ministry that provides food for needy people in our community. I participate in this.

Tell us some of your strengths or special achievements: God is beside me, so He is my strength in my life. I know what I want and what are my goals and dreams. My parents, my pastor, my project teachers and Compassion have helped me to go ahead to reach my goals. My special achievements are working with young people in my church, passing my entrance exam at the university, studying for my degree and keeping on God´s ways.

How do you hope to use your future career and leadership skills to be a servant leader and help your community, church and country? Well, I hope to build some feeding centers for poor children in my community and country where it is needed. At the same time I will take advantage of preaching the gospel and hope that people accept Jesus as their Savior.

Tell us about your goals for next year.
Spiritual: to evangelize youth in order to expand the kingdom of God, fulfill my goals as youth leader in my church, learn to take better advantage of my time, and have Bible studies to learn more about God every day.
Physical: to have discipline to eat very well every day and do physical exercises to keep my body healthy.
Academic: to be responsible at my college all the time and to get very good grades in my classes.
Social/Emotional: to make good friends in my college, my community and my church, and be a humble young man to demonstrate my Christian servant leadership.
Servant Leadership: to evangelize in order to expand our small groups at homes and help many people. I want to learn new experiences in leadership.

Do you have a prayer request? Pray for my family, my parents, my sister and me to never turn away from the ways of God and especially for my dad, that he may get a full-time job. Pray for my mom, that God heals her from her diseases. May God give my sister wisdom to pass her scholar year. Pray I can reach my dreams, finish my degree, and complete successfully my first year in LDP.

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