Over 800 students have graduated from the Joshua Wilderness Institute over the past 15 years.  Just click on their photo to read about their experience in the program as well as what they have been up to since Joshua.  If you are a Joshua alumnus, send us your info; we’d love to hear from you!

Class of 2001-2002

Rondi Pogue
Rondi Pogue

Rondi Pogue

Class of 2001-2002

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

God used the Joshua Wilderness Institute to transform my life. I left the program understanding my purpose in life and my worldview had changed. I also left desiring God more then I ever had and I knew how to study God's word in depth. The rules that we had helped me to realize how important discipline is in your walk with the Lord. It helped me to really be present and in the moment not only with the Lord but with others around me. Not only did I grow in my walk with the Lord but they helped transform us into well-rounded young adults. I also left with life long friends who I treasure and am still in contact with. The JWI was the best 9 months of my life.... it can be challenging but we all know that we grow the most when we are challenged.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After the JWI I worked one year at a church in San Diego in the High School Ministry and then I went to San Diego Christian College. After college I got a job as the high School Director at North Coast Calvary Chapel in Carlsbad, Ca and have been there for 7 years now.

John Harrell
John Harrell

John Harrell

Class of 2001-2002

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua is where God grabbed my attention as a young man, taught me to walk with Him and called me to full time ministry. It was at Joshua where I was given a passion and a direction in life. Prior to Joshua, I found myself wandering aimlessly without any real direction or clear passion in life. I was floundering in my faith, insecure in myself and experimenting a lot with girls and relationships, trying to find meaning and worth in it all. Once I got alone with God up the mountain and read His Word and learned to study it on my own, I discovered that He has a plan for me and a vision for my life. I learned that the relationship that He desires with me is literal and true and that complete surrender to His Lordship is the first step in the Christian walk. Everything I do today is affected by what God did 01-02 in my life. I am passionate about preaching and teaching His Word and seeing others come to know the glory of Him. And I am passionate about seeing the freedom of the Gospel transform hearts as it did mine.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since Joshua, I married my lovely wife, Cristin. We have 3 incredible boys Caleb, Jackson and Journey, and 1 little girl, Clementine. We also have one beautiful girl in Heaven, Ruby Jean. I spent some time serving the Church bi-vocationally. I worked for five years full time as youth pastor in Ventura, CA. God really used that time to grow us as a family and me in the ministry. I served at First Baptist Church Ojai as Asst. Pastor, overseeing Worship, Men's ministry and serving as a teaching pastor. I also began a men's ministry called Stereoma, an intensive discipleship program designed to help men understand and embrace God's call to Biblical manhood. In September 2015 we moved to Bakersfield where I began serving full time at Laurelglen Bible Church overseeing the worship ministries. I can trace all that we are doing as a family and in ministry directly back to my experience at Joshua. It all started there for me... when God met me and transformed my heart, giving me a hope and a future, and teaching me to say no to sin and yes to Him. I'm forever grateful for the role that Joshua played in my life.

Class of 2002-2003

Megan Reyes
Megan Reyes

Megan Reyes

Class of 2002-2003

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua set the foundation for my Christian faith. I was only 17 when I started JWI (Wow, that was 10 years ago!). I was fresh out of high school, and so... young. JWI really helped me start my journey to adulthood. Through the people and experiences at Hume, I learned to ask questions, think for myself and really define who I was in my faith. JWI taught me to look to Christ for everything, what it meant to have honesty, purity and integrity, and what the importance of finishing strong. ***Also, I learned a lot about moving rocks. (Et Atro, Et Atro, Et Atro! what?!)** I don't think I've ever had a more amazing and enjoyable nine months (okay, pregnancy was pretty awesome... but for different reasons). Next to marriage and mommy-hood, Joshua really was the most significant experience of my life. Seriously, I wouldn't trade it for anything.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua, I had many jobs... HS Youth Group Leader/ PE Teacher/ Kindergarten Teacher/ Preschool Teacher... Okay so, basically I've done a lot of teaching. I graduated from Sacramento State in 2009 with a BA in Liberal Studies (which is basically Elementary Education). In 2005, I met Ric Reyes. And after many years of dating, then breaking up to be "just friends" (but not really), then dating a second time around, the boy finally proposed to me! And we were married in December of 2008. In 2010 we bought our first house and not even a year later--May 26, 2011 we welcomed our little baby boy, Parker into the world! Since I became "Mommy" (Megan who?) I've made a career-shift. I'm no longer teaching, but I'm a nanny part-time so I can spend the other "part-time" at home with my lil love bug. My husband (who is an AWESOME daddy, btw) teaches High School English at a Private Christian School, and is currently in his last year of grad school. He rocks. We live in Elk Grove, CA (next to Sacramento).

Alyssa Aguilar
Alyssa Aguilar

Alyssa Aguilar

Class of 2002-2003

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

My time at Joshua helped foster a love and appreciation for slowing down to really be intentional about my relationship with the Lord. I took for granted just how much God loves me and is present for me. I think the biggest lesson etched into my heart was that plans, people, and I will fail, but God never will. While I was at Joshua I was very concerned about where my career would go since I had already finished college. It was during this time I clearly heard God call me to put grad school on hold and simply follow Him. I am so glad I listened because He led me down a path I would have never thought possible. He used my time at Joshua to refine my plans and renew my passion for education and people.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since leaving Joshua I've done a number of things. I went into full-time youth ministry for a few years in the San Fernando Valley. I traveled to Mexico and Ethiopia on missions. I also visited Japan and New Zealand for fun. I think it's so awesome to see the world God created! I moved to San Diego and worked at UCSD, got my MA in Education from SDSU, and then moved to La Mirada to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology. I got another MA in Clinical Psych and am a couple of years away from my Doctorate in Clinical Psych. I work at a counseling center part-time while I go to school and I absolutely love and feel privileged to hear the stories of hurting people and be some comfort to them in these times. I've also spent a lot of time with my family, who are the funniest people I know! My brother and I got into mixed martial arts and I've competed in a number of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments in Las Vegas.

Heather Nunn
Heather Nunn

Heather Nunn

Class of 2002-2003

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I am still in contact with many of the students that graduated with me from JWI. Some of them I haven't seen in a few years but we continue to keep tabs on each other. One of my friends from my class has helped me immensely with the adoption process I am going through. I am so thankful for the little community that I have because of this experience! I am thankful that 10 years later I remain friends with them!

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua I worked at Ponderosa Pines Christian Camp for 2 summers, was a nanny for 2 different families over the course of 7 years, moved to Washington State and was a pre-school teacher. I was a youth leader for 7 years at my church, as well as the children's director for a few sessions. I served on my church's missions board for a year. I am now in the process of purchasing a home, opening an in-home day care, and taking active steps to adopt a child in the not so distant future :)

Heather Mora
Heather Mora

Heather Mora

Class of 2002-2003

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

When I started JWI I had only been walking with the Lord for about a year. The Lord was making so many changes in my life and used my time at Joshua and my summers at Hume to continue His stripping away and rebuilding process. Not that it ever really ends, but that was a very special time of growing in prayer, understanding of God's Word, learning from mistakes and trials and really depending on the Lord for everything. I am thankful to still be in love with Jesus today and often am reminded of lessons, scriptures and miracles from my time at JWI.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After JWI, I transferred to Cal Poly SLO and graduated with a degree in Biology. I began teaching high high school chemistry in 2008, married my amazing husband in 2009, became a mom in 2011 and left my job teaching to be a stay-at-home mom after the birth of our second daughter, in 2013. Now (2016) we have baby #3 on the way and we have completed our first year of homeschool, so I guess I am a teacher again! We are still following the Lord and thankful for His daily provision and guidance in our lives.

Class of 2003-2004

Tim Davis
Tim Davis

Tim Davis

Class of 2003-2004

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua helped me build the foundation which my faith is built on.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since Joshua I have kept extremely busy. I met my wife the second year while working at Hume. I started my own construction business which has provided for my wife and now 18 month old son Wyatt. I have continued to work with my hands and serve others with my construction talents leading groups in Mexico building houses. I have also gone back to school and trained to become a firefighter and recently got picked up by the local volunteer fire department. When I am not at work I spend time with my family and take photographs.

Deanna Lovecchio
Deanna Lovecchio

Deanna Lovecchio

Class of 2003-2004

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

In Joshua I learned to make my faith my own. To not depend on my family, pastors, church.. or anyone else, but to know what I believe and to always grow! Joshua was a huge stepping stone for me, not only did I get out of my comfort zone, my sheltered corner of this world. But I saw how great our Lord is and how mighty his work is all around the world! Another huge affect Joshua has had on my life has been the life long friendships that began when we all started this crazy, weird journey of Joshua! :) I'm thankful for them everyday!

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I completed a 3 year Bible College by satellite campus at my home church. Went to work for one of the Pastors and was able to help in a lot of different ministries and go on a few mission trips! I married my Ryan in 2011 and our baby boy William was born in 2012. we are expecting our second child spring 2014. I am very blessed!

Nicole Bestrom
Nicole Bestrom

Nicole Bestrom

Class of 2003-2004

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I attended Joshua straight after High School, so I was still very immature in my maturity and my spiritual life. Being that I was only 18 years old, and had never been away from my parents/family for longer than a month, I quickly learned how to take care of myself financially, spiritually, and socially. Joshua was the most difficult, challenging, and greatest year of my life! I learned so much about myself, my purpose as a follower of Christ, and how I should live my life!

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since my time in Joshua, I moved from my parents house in Santa Maria, to a house in Arroyo Grande! I live in a 3 bedroom, 1 bath house in the Village of AG, and I have 2 wonderful Christian roommates! The Lord has blessed me with affordable rent, and a great location! I couldn't be happier! I am pursuing my career in Child Development. I have been a Substitute Teacher at a few preschools here on the Central Coast, been a regular babysitter, and just recently started Nannying! I am currently a full-time Nanny for a family in San Luis Obispo, and I'm loving it! I am also continuing to take Child Development classes at a local junior college to further my education in this field, and learn more about children!

Adam Cronk
Adam Cronk

Adam Cronk

Class of 2003-2004

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua was a great time of growing for me. I didn't know what I had until I had left, sad but true. It has taught me a lot about sticking to your commitments, and to live a life of Christ-like behavior both "on the hill" and "down the hill." It is a time that I look back greatly on and enjoy the friendships made, as well as the bonds that unite all classes. It has pushed me to always know why I believe, and to stay current on all things within the Christian world, so that I may be able to better witness to the unbelievers that I encounter everyday.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since Joshua, I did a lot of growing up. I have gotten married in 2009 shortly after I had graduated from Cal State University, Channel Islands with a Sociology degree. I am currently one semester away from graduating from Moody Theological Seminary and Denver Seminary with a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. My wife and I moved out of California to Chicago, where we had a great heart for the city, then followed God's calling to Colorado where we currently live in Littleton (South Denver area). I am currently working as an Assistant Golf Professional at a Private Golf Club in Sedalia, CO.

Joey Williams
Joey Williams

Joey Williams

Class of 2003-2004

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

My life has unfortunately and fortunately forever been altered by the Joshua Wilderness Institute. I was blinded by numerous worldly influences before entering this program, and came out able to see the cross of Jesus clearly. I was lost, and found myself within the Joshua program. It was actually a simple, but painful process where I was cut off from the flow of day-to-day living in the world so that Jesus could speak clearly through the speakers, teachers, fellow students, work projects, and His Word. Although I am still FAR from perfect and lose sight of the Lord’s tender grace at times, my life is no longer about me. Rather, it is about God and others. My worldview is completely altered and it has changed the way I interact with students, teachers, administrators, family members, and my community. Joshua ignited my hunger for Jesus and His Word, and my life is no longer my own or the same. It is now about living out the gospel on a minute-by-minute basis, knowing that the only thing that is good in me is Jesus. Additionally, I am a lot more joyful. I have a purpose for living because the Kingdom of Heaven is here and accessible to me by grace alone. This concept changed everything for me. I still love baseball and watch Giants games routinely with my kids, so not all has changed.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since Joshua I obtained my teaching credential, my admin credential, my MA, and am completing my EdD. In other words, I haven’t stopped since I left. I married my wife Aly, then Bake and now Williams, who I met while working at Hume Lake. We together have had three kidos--Tessa Love Williams, Beau Baker Williams, and Wren Hope Williams. Each have refined both of us as parents and as individuals. I have competed in the Ironman World Championships, which is a triathlon I did in honor of a mentor who died of cancer in 2011. The Ironman was, at the time, the most challenging thing I have ever done; however, that was before pursuing my doctorate while having a third child. Overall, life has been good and I am longing for the day to see the Lord’s plan unfold in my life and in the lives of my kids. Until then, I will continue to work hard each day by loving God and others.

Class of 2004-2005

Emily Turner
Emily Turner

Emily Turner

Class of 2004-2005

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua was huge for my life and for my journey with the Lord. I'm ever mindful of what we learned, where we served and who shared with us. Even just living at Hume & experiencing a small town & community, totally impacted my life. I have some of the closest friends because of this program.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since graduating from JWI in 2005, I attended and graduated from San Diego Christian College with a BA in Communication. I then went on to complete a Masters in Organizational Management & Leadership. In November of 2009, I married Eric Turner (another Hume alum ... woop woop). We just had our first baby in April- Izabell Mae (Izzy). We currently live in Sonora, CA and I'm the Tuolumne County Friday Night Live Coordinator, specializing in alcohol and drug prevention (as well as suicide prevention and human trafficking awareness). We attend Sierra Bible Church and Eric works at Columbia College as an Automotive Specialist.

Donny Stiver
Donny Stiver

Donny Stiver

Class of 2004-2005

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Humility, yep… definitely humility. Looking back on my Joshua experience, God used this one word, this one virtue to remind me that my life is not my own and that no matter how on top of things I think I am, there is always something else that I can and need to learn. You see, I was one of the older students in my class (turned 23 at Joshua), and because of this I assumed that I “knew more”/”had more” life experience then the other students. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Through the 9 months that we were “on the hill”. God used not only program itself through the different classes, service opportunities and mission trips that we took; but also my fellow classmates/friends up at Joshua to remind me that I’m not “all that and a bag of chips”, that I don’t always have the correct answer, and if I am struggling with something, it is okay to ask for help. How has Joshua affected my life today? I am a better worker for my boss, better son to my parents, better friend to my friends and better husband to my wife then I could have ever been if I had not learned what true humility looked like.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Life after Joshua just like life at Joshua has been full of peaks and valleys. Three days after we graduated my family moved out to Wisconsin and I stayed here in Paso. I wanted to come home and not only continue on with ministry at FBC Paso and the Youth Ministries program there, but to return to a Woman who had stuck by me in the worst of my days and who had encouraged me to go to Joshua while she herself attended Joshua during the ‘03/’04 class year. On July 21st, 2006 I married my best friend in Melissa (Brown) Stiver, and started what has become a roller coaster of an adventure. After a couple of employment stumbles, I have landed in a professional roll that I never saw coming, are you ready for it?... I sell appliances. Exciting I know. Mel and I have just recently bought our very own home out near Lake Nacimiento and are super excited to now start the next chapter in our lives in creating our family, although not thru the “normal” way. Remember those peaks and valleys I was talking about? Well one of the biggest valleys came to pass in the spring of 2011 when Mel and I found out that neither of us could produce a child. I was absolutely devastated… at the time. And I struggled with that and will probably continue to struggle with that in some way or another for many years to come. But the cool thing about valleys is that at some point they have to start climbing back up to the peak. Mel and I have started the adoption process through Bethany Adoption Agency and are super excited knowing that our Lord has hand picked “our” baby for us. Life is grand

Bethany Allen
Bethany Allen

Bethany Allen

Class of 2004-2005

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

After I graduated from high school I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, I decided to take a set of faith and go to Joshua to see if I would get any clarity with my future. Through the year we were able to work with so many different kinds of ministries. Each mission trip we took I felt like the Lord was telling me that he wanted me to continue to trust him with my future and pursue ministry as a full time job. I was very hesitate to say yes to the Lord because I grew up as a missionary kids and had quite a few struggles it. The Lord just really continued to tug on my heart and show me through my classmates and through the scriptures that this is what he wanted me to do. By the time the year came to an end the Lord had opened up a door for me to go to Hope International University to study Intercultural Studies!

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Well I went to Hope International University and got my degree in Intercultural Studies. Got married to an amazing man who loves the Lord and also shares the same passion for ministry and does that through film. We really prayed that the Lord would open up a door for us to do ministry after we got married... and he did 6 months into our marriage. We both got called while we were living in California by the director of Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Arkansas and were asked to move to Arkansas and help with the ministry. My husband Michael has started a film ministry program on campus and I am working with the women ministry doing discipleship and evangelism. If you are interested is seeing what we do here is a website we have created http://vimeo.com/channels/michaelandbethanycru

Class of 2005-2006

Alex  Woodrow
Alex  Woodrow

Alex Woodrow

Class of 2005-2006

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I was blindsided by the level of commitment to Christ exemplified by my classmates when I first came to Joshua. I had grown up in a Christian home and had been baptized and "accepted Jesus into my heart". However, I could tell there was a difference between my level of spiritual maturity and those of my peers. After about 4 months of struggling with God and my own selfish desires during Joshua I decided that I would fully commit my life, my dreams, and my future to God and His Son. I dove straight in and challenged myself to learn how to be a servant like Jesus and how to be His disciple. I learned what it means to take up my cross, a phrase I had heard but never fully understood. I also grasped the magnitude of Grace and began to be transformed by it. In Joshua I learned how to love, how to work through difficult situations, how to give your all even when you are exhausted, and how to search for the will of God. The spiritual, physical, and emotional rigor of Joshua forged the character and the focus that I needed to answer the call that God had on my life.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

The year after I graduated I spent a year at San Diego Christian College where I first felt called to ministry through the medical sciences. I then transferred to Azusa Pacific University and began a Bachelors of Science in Biology as a pre-med student. It was the most difficult time because I had to adjust to a very rigorous academic life as well as find my place among students who I didn't have much in common with. However, along the way God showed me that I was on the right path by blessing me with good academic performance and reassurance from the various health professionals and faculty I worked with. I'm in my last semester at APU and over the last five years I've completed over 600 hours of scientific research, 200 hours in a clinical setting, studied abroad at Oxford University, served as a Junior High youth group leader, lead medical mission trips to Mexico, and excelled in school. Currently, I am the Executive Director of a student run non-profit organization on APU's campus that provides emotional, spiritual, and financial support to the patients of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. I am also an active member of the International Pre-Medical Fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon and a part of my church's worship team. I will be applying to medical school in June 2012 to enter as a medical student in 2013. In retrospect I see the hand of God on my life and I see where it all started, Joshua. God brought me to where I am today and I can't be anything but thankful for the faithfulness that he has shown me and the blessings he has poured on my life. I look forward to the future because I know and trust that God will direct me to where I can serve His Kingdom.

Ryan  White
Ryan  White

Ryan White

Class of 2005-2006

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua will always have a significant impact on my life. I saw myself become not merely a lukewarm disciple of Christ, but a Disciple that Seeks God in everyday situations. To lay down my pride and accept His beautiful Grace. It has made me more conformable with talking with individuals about who this God Character is and his plan for their life. I find myself going back and listening to the amazing speakers we had and remembering where I was at that moment and how much I have grown since then and continually grown. Don't Settle

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua, I stay up at hume full time as one of the video guys, working closely with the creation of ISOLA summer 2007. I left hume after the summer as my Dad was asked to take the Presidency of Forest Home Christian Camps, and asked me and my brother to start up the video department for the camp. I have been working off and on at Forest Home as I am finishing up my Film degree with a minor in biblical studies at Azusa Pacific University, hopping to graduate in December 2013. And dive straight into Hollywood hopping to make it as a film editor. I am very involved with a church plant in the city of Monrovia with my dear friend Albert Tate.

Brandon Becker
Brandon Becker

Brandon Becker

Class of 2005-2006

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I'm so grateful for the time that I got to spend at Joshua and at Hume Lake. I tell people all the time that my wife wouldn't have married the guy that I was before I went to Joshua. While I was at Joshua, God reminded me of my calling to full-time ministry. I got to spend time with some amazing men of God: Rich Ferreira, Jon Nelson, Brent Lamb, and others. I made some incredible friends that I still wish I could spend more time with. I learned a lot about work... the kind you enjoy and see purpose in, and also the kind that feels pointless and just difficult. I learned how to work with difficult people in difficult situations.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua, I went back to school(thanks to Rich for the encouragement). This time I went out to Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma City. I met a pretty girl (Jenn) there and we got married our senior year. After I graduated, I started working with Dynamic Church Planting International. A couple years later, DCPI asked Jenn and I to move out to Oceanside, CA (just north of San Diego) where the mission's headquarters is.

Class of 2006-2007

Rochelle Christiansen
Rochelle Christiansen

Rochelle Christiansen

Class of 2006-2007

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua is a different program for different individuals. No one's experience is identical to someone else's. For some, Joshua stirs up passions in people's hearts. For others, Joshua confirms their faith. For me, Joshua was about God grabbing hold of my life and making me deal with issues I had been running from for years. Fresh out of high school and on the edge of the rest of my life, God used Joshua to transform my heart and life. I have not been the same since leaving.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I went to college, first at a community college and then to a University. I received my Bachelors in Psychology last spring. I met a man who went to Joshua the year before I did while I was in Joshua, and we started dating after I was done with the program. Two years later we got married and will be celebrating 3 years of marriage in August. We both work with the youth at our church; he works with both junior high and high school and I volunteer with the high school.

Natalie  Gott
Natalie  Gott

Natalie Gott

Class of 2006-2007

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

The Joshua experience is certainly different for everyone, but as I attended the program when I was a very young Christian, it truly impacted my worldviews. I entered Joshua knowing next to nothing about the Bible and theology, and the program afforded me a wealth of diverse knowledge in a short period of time. Additionally, Joshua challenged my views on leadership. Joshua students are so diverse, and working so closely with people from such varied backgrounds truly taught me patience, understanding, and how to lead in the face of discomfort and difficulty. Work experience at Hume reminded me that I really can do anything I put my mind to, from cleaning toilets to baking bread. Most of all, my time in the program stretched me to the extreme, and taught me to put all of my trust in God above all else. From providing for the financial burden of the program to leading me through the emotional challenges during Joshua, God truly was there every step of the way, urging me to lean on Him fully. That is something I will never forget.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After attending Joshua, I stayed at Hume to work one summer, and one season of Outdoor Education. Through these experiences, I learned how to apply the discipline I took away from Joshua to my life outside of the program. During this time, I met my husband, Jon Gott, who was working his second summer as the resident director for summer staff. We married in 2008, and currently live in Hemet, California. Although we are currently searching for a full-time youth ministry position wherever God would have us, in the mean time, we volunteer with our home church, First Baptist of Hemet, and lead the Jr. High group weekly. I am in the final stretch of finishing my bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies, and we are expecting our first little one in November. God has truly blessed us, and without my Joshua experience, I wouldn't be where I am today.

Tiffany Ramirez
Tiffany Ramirez

Tiffany Ramirez

Class of 2006-2007

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

That is a difficult question. I think it helped me to gain foundational knowledge that I lacked prior to attending. I learned to study and apply the bible to my own life in ways that I was not able to do previously. I have noticed how much topics like world views coupled with readings that might challenge my beliefs have helped me to have unwavering belief in God's existence. Being a science major, I am constantly surrounded with people that try to persuade me that I am wrong. I find myself constantly saying "the heart of the problem is the problem of the heart" (Tim Hozell). I did not apply this to my life directly after graduating. It wasn't until the last 2 years that I began to really understand what this means. Truth was spoken to, and stored in, my heart during my time at Joshua and for that I am very grateful.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I worked for an inner city mission for 3 years. I was the intern working under the children's minister. We worked with children whose family members are/were in gangs or addicted to various substances. This was one of the biggest influences in my life and spiritual walk. I think going in to a job of service (most of the time, silent service) I was able to put together things that I learned in Joshua and apply them realistically. I have developed a heart for people in these communities, and desire to serve this community with any skill that I have now or in the future. I began college around the same time and had no intention of ever continuing my education past high school. It's actually a miracle that I even graduated high school. I currently attend Fresno State University. I am a Pre-Med student (Psychology major) and I hope to apply to medical school next year. No marriage, no hurry (I could go on a tangent, but won't), no kids. I am a Zumba instructor and I work in an ER doing paperwork for MD's. It is great exposure and I love the job.

Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson

Class of 2006-2007

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I often find myself making decisions and realize I make the decisions I do because I attended Joshua. I think more intently about my decisions and why I am making them. It has also grown my love for the Lord, others, and living my life to the fullest for the Lord. I reflect often on the lessons I learned at Joshua and continue to see how my time at Joshua has shaped (and is still shaping) my life.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I have done several different things. I have been taking some online classes to get my general ed classes out of the way before I transfer onto a 4 year Christian college to pursue a degree in ministry. I lived in Oregon for a short time and was a nanny. I have worked at two different Christian camps in different capacities. I currently work at Forest Home Christian Camps and love it! I have also become very active physically and love doing anything where I am active.

Aubrie Wright
Aubrie Wright

Aubrie Wright

Class of 2006-2007

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua changed my view of life. I was challenged to be a person of God rather than a person simply living in the world. JWI opened my eyes to the many possibilities that come with living a life for Christ. I made some of the best friends and enjoyed some of the best adventures in my life.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since JWI I have worked for JWI, gotten married, finished college, and had a baby. I've also gone of several mission trips, taught bible studies and challenged others to attend JWI. It's been fun so far.

Nate Davis
Nate Davis

Nate Davis

Class of 2006-2007

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua gave me the discipline that I needed to become who God has called me to be today... Through the classes, speakers, and various trips--I learned to deny my own will as I strive to honor and please the King.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since leaving J.W.I., I have been pretty busy... I completed dual bachelor degrees in Youth Ministry and Biblical Studies at Azusa Pacific University, and did a Masters Degree in Theology through Fuller Theological Seminary. I have also been serving the local Church as a full time youth worker since leaving JWI--currently, I am the Student Pastor at Bridge Church in Newbury Park, CA. I also had the great pleasure of marrying the love of my life [Jillian], with whom I have the most beautiful daughters [Rhyen, Nolyn, and Ashtyn].

Thaddeaus Swart
Thaddeaus Swart

Thaddeaus Swart

Class of 2006-2007

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua taught me how to serve God in whatever I'm doing. I learned how to practically live out Westminster Shorter Catechism question one. What is the chief end of man? Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. As the year went on, and even more so as I worked for Joshua the following year, I learned more and more to glorify God in all that I did. There is a great freedom when your goal is to, first, glorify God, then to enjoy Him.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After attending JWI, I worked as an R.A. and cook for the following year. During this time, I also completed a year of college online. In Decemeber of 2008, I proposed to my wife, whom I met in Joshua. Following that year, we worked one last summer at Hume, and then moved to Baton Rouge, LA, where we married the following year. I completed my bachelor's degree at Southeastern Louisiana University while working as a bartender and volunteering at our church's school. Now, I'm the principal at Christ Presbyterian School, a Christian classical school in Baton Rouge Louisiana. I'm also the beer educator at Pelican House, one of the largest craft beer bars in the country. The best part is I know that I have the ability to glorify God and enjoy Him in both positions. And, through both positions, God has been good to provide for our family. My wife and I were just recently blessed with our first child. I hope there are opportunities like Joshua Wilderness Institute available for him, when the time comes. My experiences in Joshua were invaluable.

Jackie Thomson
Jackie Thomson

Jackie Thomson

Class of 2006-2007

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

My time at Joshua help me build a solid foundation for my relationship with Jesus Christ as it is today. It taught me to be a more disciplined and honest individual. I have learned how vital it is to share openly and honestly with a core community of people who are going to keep me accountable and speak truth in love into my life. It set lose desires and passions God had been stirring in me and I was able to tap into those and discover more of who God was and still is shaping me to be.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since Joshua I have faced some of the hardest years of my life. So when the staff says that the program doesn't really start until it's over they aren't kidding. I finished community college with a AA in Liberal Studies and transferred to Cal State Bakersfield to study Liberal Studies. The the ought a long series of events the Lord has taken me back to school in pursuit of my teaching credentials and my Masters in Education. I have never been more sure that I am right where I need to be using the gifts that the Lord has given me! I my faith has really been put to the test over the last 5 years. I went through the a long dark season of doubt and really wondered if God who he says he is. He is faithful, faithful to answer those questions even thought I am not desereving. This, to me, is where what I learned in Joshua take effect. Even being almost 10 years out of the program I am still applying what I learned.

Class of 2007-2008

Daniel Parker
Daniel Parker

Daniel Parker

Class of 2007-2008

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

My time at the JWI has helped me immensely in my life since not only spiritually, but in my working with other people as well. My time there taught me how to work in a team, and work gracefully with those I don't necessarily agree with. Spiritually what I learned from my classes has given me a powerful and broad basis to continue to learn off of.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Immediately after working the summer following JWI at hume I moved to Phoenix AZ and obtained a degree in Audio Engineering. After graduation I moved to Los Angeles, and was hired on in an A-List recording studio as the lead runner, studio technician and assistant engineer for Ben Grosse (Red, Breaking Benjamin, Linkin Park...). Unfortunately with the economical crash, the music industray virtually collapsed and it was not possible to continue with that career. I was able to get an IT job with Citizen Watch Company of America, an international corporation as the HelpDesk Coordinator, I have now moved up from that position to PC Specialist. I am responsible for all computer systems in the 3 main offices I support located in LA, New Jersey and Canada.

Mark Harer
Mark Harer

Mark Harer

Class of 2007-2008

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

My time at Joshua gave me the stronger foundation I needed to start a family and get into a career where you need to be strong in your faith. It gave me experiences I needed to be a successful leader as a law enforcement officer and as a security manager in my last job. It also helped me strengthen interpersonal skills which is also essential in my line of work.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua I got married to my beautiful wife Danielle. More recently I was accepted into the Santa Clara County Sheriffs Office and greatest of all we had a beautiful baby girl, Daneé born November 27, 2011.

Sarah  Butterworth
Sarah  Butterworth

Sarah Butterworth

Class of 2007-2008

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

It was such an amazing time for me. I was challenged daily to dig into God's word and follow him. I experienced huge spiritual growth in my life and a hunger for knowledge. If your mind is like a muscle, then I experienced a huge "workout." Just like a muscle though, if you don't use it, then you lose it. If we don't continually focus on God in our actions, then it is easy to fall out of shape and just get by. I really learned what a Christ centered community should look like and how we should treat one another. We all came from different walks of life, but we forged a bond together through our experiences.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I am currently going to George Fox University and working on a Communication Arts major. I completed 3 years of community college before that and received 2 AAs. My thirst for knowledge had really started in Joshua, so I have been taking my time in school and had many different kinds of classes. I have started up my own photography business and also raise Kiger mustangs. I will forever be a country girl at heart. I plan to learn Classical dressage in the near future and love to travel the roads less traveled. God has truly blessed me in so many ways :) My latest exciting adventure is helping set up an organization that will probably go international (horse related).

Mikie Matteson
Mikie Matteson

Mikie Matteson

Class of 2007-2008

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

When I attended Joshua I did not have a firm foundation in Christ. I had no clue what the word "theology" meant, and I didn't know how not to be awkward around people (well maybe not everything change lol). God used Joshua to build in me a foundation for the rest of my life. It's hard to say really how it has affected my life as a whole, but it definitely shaped it very drastically.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I have been working at the Church at Rocky Peak, first as a junior high intern while also serving as the student ministries tech director. I then switched to student ministries video intern and children ministries tech director. I also got to go to Thailand with Rich and the gang, Haiti, and Uganda! Somewhere in the middle I received my bachelors degree in Psychology from CSUN.

Megan Lindquist
Megan Lindquist

Megan Lindquist

Class of 2007-2008

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

The biggest impact Joshua has had on my life today has been my boost in self confidence. While I'm sure many in my Joshua class would say I wasn't the most social person, Joshua really pulled me out of my shell and helped me become more confident in myself and what I have to offer the world. Joshua also helped me to build a stronger spiritual base which has been extremely important in the years since then.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua ended I worked at Hume for a little bit and then moved back to the Bay Area and started community college. College has been a slow process for me due to several different reasons, some good and some difficult. My grandfather passed away after my first year and shortly after I developed several health issues that came on one after the other, greatly impacting my progress in school. I would be lying if I said these did not test my faith a great deal. After a surgery in the previous December, I moved to Florida in early 2011 for an internship at Walt Disney World for a few months. Upon my return I went back to school and received my AA in Psychology. I am now going to CSUEB in Hayward and majoring in Hospitality and Tourism as well as Psychology. My current goals are to finish school and to work for Disney again.

Kurtis McIntire
Kurtis McIntire

Kurtis McIntire

Class of 2007-2008

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

It has done a great deal in giving me the ability to think critically. It prepared me to process through big issues, make decisions and lead in those. Much of that was through the example of the staff and community of brothers and sisters.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Graduated with a degree in Biology at MSUM. Currently serving the Lord in college ministry in China.

Bradley Hasseler
Bradley Hasseler

Bradley Hasseler

Class of 2007-2008

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua was one of the most important and foundational parts of my relationship with my LORD. The direction Joshua sent me in lead to a closer relationship with the Father, one of service and submitio to His will.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I maried Sarah (Mailie) Maness, now Hasseler from my class (07-08). We have two beautiful daughters who we are very busily raising to know the Lord. I am the Youth Pastor at Sunrise Christian Fellowship in Murrieta, CA. And in the water industry for income.

Class of 2008-2009

Ryan Millar
Ryan Millar

Ryan Millar

Class of 2008-2009

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

My time at Joshua has shown me how to live in community with others. My Joshua experience consisted of a lot of alone time, and putting up walls with the people around me. I realized that I can't follow after Christ on my own. I need the help and encouragement of fellow believers who can speak truth to the darkest parts of my soul. Once Joshua ended, I began to seek true community, and eventually found a group of people who I was able to be real and honest with. Through those experiences, I was able to see parts of myself that I have never noticed before. I am currently on a long journey of realizing who I really am in Christ, and what the rest of my life is going to look like in light of that truth.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Nathan Walker
Nathan Walker

Nathan Walker

Class of 2008-2009

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

As I look back I can definitely see that Joshua was a great place where I was able to get a lot of foundational teaching and revelation from God, witch I am now continuing to build upon. If I hadn't learned those things then, I wouldn't be where I am with God now. I am thankful that God led me there.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since Joshua I have been traveling all over the place. I lived and worked in Ohio for a while. I did two different YWAM schools in Germany. ( http://www.ywam-sf.net/ ) From Germany I went on many different outreaches to places like, the Czech republic, India, Nepal, and the Philippines. I lived and worked in Denver CO for a while and now I am living in Lawrence Kansas working with a church and preparing for future missions work. In this next year I am hoping to make it to Mexico, India, Nepal, and somewhere in the middle east. In each place I have been, I have been learning more and more about God and falling even more in love with Jesus. God is good.

Hanna Ortmann
Hanna Ortmann

Hanna Ortmann

Class of 2008-2009

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Shoot, I barely had a relationship with the Lord before Joshua. I was completely broken and made new throughout the course of my year at JWI--I struggled with a few big things that completely came to light and from there I was able to "figure out who I am" and what an identity in the Lord looks like. But like Rich has ALWAYS said, Joshua begins when Joshua ends and that has been so true for me. I went into Joshua thinking that I had nothing wrong with me and that I was a "good Christian." I graduated Joshua knowing I DID have a lot of problems but thinking they were over now that I graduated such a hard program. But now I know that I still have struggles and that everything I learned in Joshua are things I am still constantly learning now. And I am thankful to be still learning.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua I lived in three different places in three years. I moved to Salem, OR to go to school at Corban University. Then I moved to Ventura to live with friends and go to a junior college. Now, I am attending San Diego Christian College and majoring in Liberal Studies as well as Biblical studies (I want to teach overseas someday). I work at Grace Point Church as an intern for the High School department and I am also a nanny for a 9-year-old named Timothy! Also I like coffee and a guy named Zach and hiking/seeing cool things from up high. And Nutella!

Hailey Oster
Hailey Oster

Hailey Oster

Class of 2008-2009

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua has given me the tools to be a strong women of God in every kind of situation God puts me in. Joshua gave me the confidence to be bold and to shine in every moment of my life because I have a specialized purpose.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I have had many opportunities to grow as a person and with God. I have continuously been put in leadership positions that have had the challenge of glorifying God through those opportunities . I am majoring in Dance and Child development at Humboldt State University. I am working towards becoming a Dance Therapist.

Scott Bair
Scott Bair

Scott Bair

Class of 2008-2009

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I have a more Biblical view on life since my time at Joshua. Quite a few people asked me if I was planning on attending seminary or working at my local church, but I take pride in trying to be as effective as possible in every normal day. Throughout my year at Joshua, the staff constantly reminded us that "Joshua begins when Joshua ends". This has grown more true every single day. I am quite frequently brought back to lessons that teachers spoke about or simple life lessons learned from conflicts. One specific guest speaker taught on 1 Peter in a way that has never left me. We are a CHOSEN generation, and because of this, I am handcrafted with purpose. Lastly, my love and respect for God's Word will never be the same. The continual encouragement to dive deeper, memorize more and ask questions has brought me to a greater love for God Himself.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since my time at Joshua, I have gone back to school for design and worked at a branding agency. I currently work full-time at Apple and absolutely love the people I work with. One thing is for sure - God has used Joshua to give me a better outlook on how to work in a secular workplace. In my searching to travel the world, He gently showed me that He has placed me somewhere that I speak the language fluently, understand the culture, am trusted by many and have great relationships. I know He has great things planned and I'm having a blast being a part of quite a few life changes. I also have been working toward a film career. (I must say I absolutely love my music, but getting away and being silent was a gift.)

Josh Eggert
Josh Eggert

Josh Eggert

Class of 2008-2009

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Influenced the way that I think about scripture, handle relationships and seek after Christ.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Worked as a wilderness guide in Colorado doing ministry > School for Paramedic School > Professional Ski Patrol as an EMT in Tahoe > Started Dating Chelsea Shenton > Switched Majors to Nursing > Back to Colorado > Moved to Long Beach with PGQ's Grandma and did full time school > Moved to George's House > Worked as an EMT on an Ambulance in LA > Back to Colorado > Moved to Balboa Island in Newport Beach > Full Time School > Worked at Starbucks part time > Engaged to Chelsea > Finished last pre-reqs for Nursing school > Got Married > Moved to Turlock with my Bride > in School at CSU Stanislaus > Working at Olive Garden part time as a server > Helped start a college group... and that brings us up to date :)

Christy Perkins
Christy Perkins

Christy Perkins

Class of 2008-2009

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Coming from a small Christian school overseas to an enormous secular university seemed incredibly daunting and absolutely terrifying and I did not feel quite up to the task. So, when I heard about Joshua, I thought it would be the perfect place to spend intentional time building a foundation in Christ and transitioning into what seemed a foreign land to me. God taught me so much through Joshua from a passion to know His Word to having delight in serving even in the most menial jobs. But the biggest lessons I learned were about His character and what He has done for me despite my sinfulness. Over and over again through the year He revealed His faithfulness in my life and even in the application process. When I started college and so many times over the last four years, I have been reminded of His faithfulness and His peace that comes from knowing I trust in a good, omniscient, and omnipotent God who has overcome the world and freed me to live as Christ did. I could write so much more, but I'll spare the book for another time.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I have been studying Nursing at The University of Alabama and will graduate in May 2013. I don't know what I will be up to next year, but I trust the Lord to work out the details.

Dan  Mitchell
Dan  Mitchell

Dan Mitchell

Class of 2008-2009

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

A famous saying, "Joshua begins when Joshua ends," is really what depicts my life today. The program was a catalyst for my spiritual development and really triggered a deeper search for the truth of the God I love. Without this program, I have no idea where I would be, and without the experiences that humbled me and brought me to my knees before God above, I would be lost. Christ's work in my heart and in my life has been tremendous. I look back now and see a different person, one who was unsure of what he believed in, and experienced so much doubt and lack of conviction to the point of shocking sadness. Today, I am loved, cherished, rebuked, and been blessed beyond my wildest dreams by the Lord above. Christ changes lives, and He started a huge part of the change through His tool: the Joshua Wilderness Institute. Forever I am grateful to Him who brought me to this place.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since graduating the program, I have been attending college and working part-time. Currently attending Biola University at the moment. Have also contracted with the United States Marine Corps to become an Officer of Marines when I graduate with my B.A. degree in Political Science with a Biblical Studies minor in May of 2014. Also finished training needed for the Marine Corps, and will graduate with a commission as a Second Lieutenant. God has called me to a life of ministry within the USMC to spread the Gospel to other Marines, their wives, and families through personal interaction and support in close friendships, as well as using the influence and rank that the USMC has given me. I desire to set the example for others in this position, and He must be glorified. The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful God-glorifying girlfriend who is seeking Christ first in everything she does, thinks, and says. God willing, she will become my wife in the next coming year. In everything, God has been good to me. He has rebuked me, raised me up, glorified me, praised me, broken me, and is still continuing to teach me what it means to submit to Him ENTIRELY. He knows how to lead my life better than I do myself.

Mallory Gilbert
Mallory Gilbert

Mallory Gilbert

Class of 2008-2009

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua was a game-changer for me. It was the year that broke down a lot of false identity and challenged me to truly take my faith from something I just "believed" and turn it into something that affected every decision, every action, every intention of my life. Learning the discipline and benefit of being in the Word of God daily continues to be the most important lesson I learned throughout my time spent at Hume. The verse that set the tone for our class, and has continued to shape the way I live today, was Luke 16:10 "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much..."

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

When I left Joshua I spent a year in Columbus, OH (which turned out to be a real "debrief" year for me) where I began living out the lessons I learned in Joshua. After that year I returned to Caliornia and got a job coaching track and field at a local high school. This is where God challenged me to put Luke 16:10 into practice... I had been listening to His voice more intently and making little decisions to follow His lead for the past couple years; now the time had come to follow His lead when He placed in front of me a decision that would change the course of life! Having spent my college years competing track and field for University of Hawaii, an opportunity to return to the sport arose, but in a totally new event than before: Pole Vault! However I have taken a completely new approach to training and competing. It is solely for the purpose of glorifying God through my talents and spreading the good news through the platform of sport; creating disciples wherever He calls me too! (Which happens to be an international training group called Altis based in Phoenix, AZ). I also run a website: soarintentionally.com and speak in churches and schools on what it means to SOAR (See Opportunity And Respond). Everyday I am so thankful and blessed to look back on my time at Joshua with my Joshua family, and how Christ continues to shape and challenge me to go and make disciples of all nations, creeds, classes, and tongues!

Class of 2009-2010

Seth Kramer
Seth Kramer

Seth Kramer

Class of 2009-2010

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua helped me open up and really get to know people on a deeper level. It also challenged me to know what I believe and different ways of showing that.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I've worked various jobs and different cities, welcomed a new nephew into the world and now I will be continuing the journey in the United States Marine Corps.

Tim Wiseman
Tim Wiseman

Tim Wiseman

Class of 2009-2010

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Every day I am more open and willing to do what God has planned. I know that whatever is happening is there for a reason, and God has shaped it exactly how He wants it. The good and the bad all happen because He lets it and nothing is out of His control. Joshua taught me that I need to lean on God and act for Him, not for other people. Therefore every action I take I run through God's filter instead of the people around me's filter.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After graduating from Joshua I spent one more year in community college. Now I attend BIOLA University and plan on graduating with a Bachelors degree in Humanities with an emphasis on Philosophy. Since I live so close, I also work at Disneyland where I lead tours through the Temple of the Forbidden Eye and drive boats as a skipper on the World Famous Jungle Cruise. God's really shown me that my heart is for people in theme parks. It's a unique breed of person, and I love being able to be a light to them every day that I'm there. I am currently in a relationship with an amazing girl and we are doing our very best to put God before ourselves and let Him guide our relationship.

Noel Alexander
Noel Alexander

Noel Alexander

Class of 2009-2010

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua will always be that period of your life that you can look back on and remember what it felt like to actively pursue God to an incredibly strong degree and how amazing life could be when it was lived with a community that wanted nothing except God and was willing to do almost anything to have more of him.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

In the process of getting a B.A. from San Francisco State in Philosophy and Religion, working with Junior High Ministry, and working part-time in a local coffee shop.

Amy Forrest
Amy Forrest

Amy Forrest

Class of 2009-2010

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Holy Moly I could write a book trying to answer just this question alone. I guess to try and summarize things Joshua has brought my life to a higher level of accountability. Wether it be what music I choose to listen to or making sure I have enough daily quiet time with the Lord, Joshua has completely transformed my life.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since Joshua I have moved to Montana. When I'm not taking in the gorgeous views or hiking the Rockies I am teaching a great group of preschoolers and coaching competitive girls soccer. I'm also working on my life long dream of becoming a nurse and currently attending Montana State University. Oh! I have a dog now too! :) She's the craziest "beaglador" you will ever meet in your life.

Allison  Hill
Allison  Hill

Allison Hill

Class of 2009-2010

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

God has used Joshua to teach me the importance of community and self discipline. Right now I am serving at Fresno Pacific as a Resident Assistant and idea of building Godly community has been huge in my time here. God has brought Joshua into so many conversations even now, three year after Joshua officially "began". Now I get to teach others the things that I learned in Joshua and that is so exciting.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua I did worked a summer at the Snack Shop at Hume. Then I did year at a state college close to home and worked at Starbucks. Then after another summer as a lead at the Snack Shop, I transferred to California Baptist University where I attended for a semester. Then, I prayerfully transferred to Fresno Pacific University where I have been for two semesters and have a wonderful job as an RA. In between which I worked my third summer at Hume but this time at Hume 'n Beans. I plan on getting my degree in Art with an emphasis of Graphic Design and possibly go on to get my teaching credential to teach elementary school. It has been a crazy couple years!

Sam Salerno
Sam Salerno

Sam Salerno

Class of 2009-2010

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua really challenged me to evaluate my relationship/standing with God. Our Facade theme for the year was exactly what I was going through. My actions said one thing, but my heart and thought-life said another. Through daily devotional, classes, speakers, and community, I began to see that the Christian life I was supposedly claiming was much different than my day to day life. Through the Joshua Wilderness Institute, the Lord helped me slowly, but surely, change that and my understanding of my personal Christian walk has become more real. JWI also helped me gain an orientation as to what it is I want to do with my life. After high school, I wasn't interested in going to college or getting any type of education. After being in classes at the program, I realized that where I really needed to be was in school. After the many ministry opportunities we had, I gained a new perspective on mission work and the joy it brings to serve others through the Lord. Immediately out of JWI, I began attending school with the intention of getting my communications degree in order to work with missions organizations around the world.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Out of JWI I worked for the U.S. Navy as a civilian at the Naval Postgraduate School. It was a lot of paperwork, but I pretty much just got to hang out with civilian and military officials from around the world that would come to the U.S. for defense-economics courses. After working with the Navy for two years, I left and worked for my church as the Junior High Youth Pastor/Intern and helped get a college ministry started. I was responsible for music, teaching, and organizing events alongside our Youth Minister for all three of out ministries: Jr High, High School, and College. As for school, I attended community college for two years, and then this past year (Fall 2012) I transfered to the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL as a communications major. I'm only three weeks into school, and I'm already stoked for what's going on on campus, in ministry, in the church, and just in Chicago in general. Awesome school.

jennifer hawes
jennifer hawes

jennifer hawes

Class of 2009-2010

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua was a pivot in my life. It was when I went from lving for myself to living for God. It was where I fell in love with God. It is where all the bad stuff that had happened in my life was redeemed for His good. It is where I learned to be real all the time. Joshua has affected my life today by allowing to know who I am in Christ and to help me identify the lies that I believe on a daily bases and to replace those with the truth of Gods love and the power of the cross.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I worked up at hume for two years after i graduated Joshua and now I am currently in my first semester of seminary school at Talbot studying Theology.

Brian Peet
Brian Peet

Brian Peet

Class of 2009-2010

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua has really turned me into the man I am today. I am always yearning to grow closer to God but also to the people that surround me. I have become much more intentional about who I talk to and why. I made some great friends in Joshua and are still in contact with most of the Guys! We have been known to get together at least once a year with a lot of our class. Joshua also made me more comfortable about talking about my faith and what I believe in front of people that don't agree with me.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since Joshua, I have graduated from College, am working on my teaching credential and Master's degree. and have started as a full time Math teacher at North County Trade Tech High School in Vista! It's been great!

Tyler Vernon
Tyler Vernon

Tyler Vernon

Class of 2009-2010

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua provided me a solid foundation for my faith. It pushed me to develop an intimate relationship with God. What used to simply be a reflection of my parents faith, was now a faith that I could call my own. One that has, and will continue to, withstand the storms of life and will thrive no matter what clouds it may be under.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since Joshua I've been involved in my neighborhoods church in the junior high ministry, and I'm pursuing a career in firefighting.

Scott (Scobbit) Mersino
Scott (Scobbit) Mersino

Scott (Scobbit) Mersino

Class of 2009-2010

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Through Joshua, God opened my eyes to the wonder of studying His Word, Theology and Philosophy. I was given a zeal for understanding and studying His word such as I've never had before. It also gave me a better understanding of what being a disciple of Jesus actually looks like. My time at Joshua really made me reevaluate relationships, both romantically and in friendships, and now most of my closest friends are my Joshua family. I seriously would not have nearly as many close friends had I not gone to Joshua. While it's true that many of us have gone separate ways and it is extremely hard to keep in contact, and even though we may go years without talking, I know that I can count on them to be there for me when I need it should I only ask for it.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I have been living in Monterey, CA for the last 3 years working on getting a degree in Psychology at CSUMB. It's hard to believe how much time has passed since Joshua, although A Lot has certainly happened in 3 years. I was blessed beyond measure to have Sam Salerno and Christina Garibary living in close proximity with me for 2 of those years. They really helped me more than I can say to transition from the lessons in Joshua into life in the world. I am aiming to go into Biblical Counseling after I get my B.A. in Psychology at Seminary. At which seminary, I do not know. Any and all recommendations are welcome. I'm currently working as a Dishwasher at my school, also a result of Joshua where I learned the joy in simple behind-the-scene jobs. I am also pursuing nutrition with a company called GNLD, also a result of Joshua where I learned about the company. It is still a wonder to me how much God is growing me outside of the program, considering how much growth I had within it. I thank God every time I remember Joshua, and all the people I met there.

Robin Jones
Robin Jones

Robin Jones

Class of 2009-2010

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I have spent the last two years trying to figure out how to reconcile with relationships at home. Learning how precious community is from being at Joshua, has allowed me to understand where to seek prayer and help during the times of seeking reconciliation. He is so good; I do not have enough words to describe that. I just can't help but notice God in EVERYthing I do and EVERYwhere I go, despite this busy world we live in. One thing I always remind myself is the way of community. And, of course, my Joshua family has never ceased to make me smile with all of the conversations and memories we have had.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Most recently in the past two years:: My immediate family has been in the process of reconciliation. I have a niece, Paisley June. She was born July 2014. I've been in a relationship with an awesome man of God, Andrew, since May 2015. I still work at the Cheesecake Factory; as well as, in my church's office. I volunteer at two churches with their jr high ministries (Bethany Church on the Hill and Chapel City Church). I've been continuing mission trips to San Francisco twice a year with my church. Any free time I have, I travel to places (short and long distances)

Class of 2010-2011

Eric Dean
Eric Dean

Eric Dean

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I am able to listen to God as if I were talking to a friend, creating less confusion between my will and His. The knowledge and confidence that I gained from Joshua has emboldened me to speak up in school and around my friends when the topic of religion comes up. Additionally God has used what I learned in Joshua to step out of my comfort zone and assume a more prominent roll in my church by becoming a leader in the high school youth group, college group, and various small groups. But most importantly: I am constantly reminded that I am not in control!

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since Joshua I have returned to San Jose State University and I am attempting to get a degree in communication. I am a cadet in Air Force ROTC and my plan is to commission as an Officer in the USAF when I graduate in 2015. I have been blessed with a strong, loving family who allows me to eat all of their food; and an excellent job that pays well and is flexible with my ever-changing schedule.

Sarah Wennersten
Sarah Wennersten

Sarah Wennersten

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua helped instill in me a deep desire for a strong, intimate relationship with Christ. Spending 9 months in such sweet communion with fellow believers, outside the every day distractions of the world, afforded an environment where I could focus on Christ like never before. The Lord showed me areas of sin in my life that I need to work on, but most importantly, He freed me from the legalism and judgement I was subject to prior to entering Joshua. Love, freedom, growth, acceptance, and family- what more could you ask for in one year? I carry the lessons I learned at Joshua with me in my life today and treasure the family I gained, even though separated by many miles. I will most likely never live in an environment like Joshua ever again, but the intimacy I gained with God that year leaves me hungry for that same level of love and devotion in my life.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After graduating Joshua, I moved to Texas to pursue a Fitness Management degree at Wayland Baptist University. It was hard to leave Joshua in the beginning, but I know now that God put me here for a reason. When God placed me in the small city of Plainview, Texas I was a little upset, I felt that there were no opportunities here. But, oh my foolery in doubting God's plan... I have a an amazing job at the police station on campus, which led to my finding one of the four USA Kickboxing Coaches with whom I now train for kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts, and Jiu-Jitsu. God blessed me with a Christian coach who trains fighters for the Olympics, and a team that I get to work with to further pursue my dream of becoming a women's self-defence instructor. God works in mysterious ways- like moving me thousands of miles to the middle-of-no-where Texas, and yet proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that His plan abundantly exceeds anything I could dream up. Between school, work, kickboxing, and church I am very busy, but also very blessed and very happy.

Cheyenne Wedel
Cheyenne Wedel

Cheyenne Wedel

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I think I say "Joshua begins when it ends" at least once a day. I have had a really difficult time in all areas of my life since graduating but looking back and seeing who I was before Joshua and looking at who I am now blows my mind. Every day I am reminded of Christ's true love for me and I remember that I am made completely new in Him. Nothing I do can separate me from His redeeming love and remembering that every day has made me a stronger, wiser, more honest, patient and loving individual. God used Joshua to radically change my life. Every day at Joshua presented a struggle for me and that has carried on to now, but instead of getting beat down by everything that has and will happen, I look forward to the struggles because I know God is using them to shape me more into the woman He has created me to be. He loves me, He'll never leave me and HIS plan is the best plan!

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua I came back to my small town, Sonora, and got enrolled at the local junior college, got a job, started swimming again (competitively) and joined a great small group. Early February I moved out to Bakersfield and am trying to get settled there!

Autumn Morse
Autumn Morse

Autumn Morse

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua taught me to live according to the Word and not my own preferences. To take God out of the box I'd put Him in just so I could live the way I wanted to. Taking Him out of the that box and letting Him be God over my life has changed how I view and do everything. It taught me how to live in a community of people with all kinds of personalities and standards. I learned how to work along side of all different types of personalities. Not only did it strengthen my faith, walk and talk, but it has touched my heart and soul in ways I will never recover from. (In a good way. =)

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I haven't been doing as well as I thought I would. I realize I need community more than ever and not having that consistently broke me down on many levels. I kinda fell flat on my face for awhile once I didn't have my Joshua community around me. But I'm slowly getting back on my feet and learning how to make my own community where ever I go. I'm holding a job, re-connecting with a family I was never close to in the ways I needed to be, and earning money to re-attend college where I can major in photojournalism. My story is no where NEAR finished, but I don't have to be afraid of an uncertain future anymore because my Mishpoca is where my heart is, and my heart is with Christ.

Julie Nicholas
Julie Nicholas

Julie Nicholas

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I have a foundation in Christ, which guides me daily. There are daily struggles, but I am able to look forward to the bigger picture, and know that God has a greater plan than I could ever understand. I understand the need for community in my life, and allow people to love me. I have emotions.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I've been back at school full time, at community college for now, but transferring to APU in the fall. Since Joshua, I moved back in with my family, which has been a challenge, but it's clearly where God wanted me. I've been a leader for the high school group at my church, and involved in an adult Sunday school class.

Nathan Betz
Nathan Betz

Nathan Betz

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua basically gave me a head start on life. I really can't imagine my life without it. You may have been a Christian since you were 5-years-old, but that doesn't make you mature in your faith. Fresh out of highschool was the perfect time for me to attend. The Joshua experience taught me to draw closer to God and my brothers and sisters as opposed to flying solo. I now feel like I have the tools to tackle life head-on and not make a total mess of it all.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

My time directly after Joshua was composed of mostly school, work, and figuring out what's next. I came out of Joshua with a fairly good idea of what I wanted to do in the long -run, but the problem was how to get through school without a mountain of debt. I decided to give the military a shot, and am now in the process of joining the Navy. Because of my experience at Joshua, I feel like I can get through the Navy without getting eaten alive spiritually, with the help of God, my Joshua brothers and sisters, and other Christians I'll be working with in the Navy.

Joshua  Yee
Joshua  Yee

Joshua Yee

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

In a sense, Joshua has affected every aspect of my life. JWI showed me what it means to live as a disciplined and missional Christian by training me how to utilize my time, energy, and focus for the things that will bring the most glory to Christ. The training and guidance provided by the Joshua staff is incomparable to any other program I have been a part of, and I genuinely believe that I am a more life-effective Christian after taking part in the incredible experience Joshua had to offer.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I am currently a third-year Criminology, Law & Society major at the University of California Irvine and live near the campus in Newport Beach. Since Joshua, I have mainly concentrated on my studies and have spent a lot of time investing in other students on my campus through Campus Crusade for Christ. I have had the opportunity to return home a few times to spend time with my family and have even visited Hume a couple times to see my sister who is in the current Joshua class. I hope to graduate within the next two years and pursue a career in either the military or law enforcement professions.

Calen Plouffe
Calen Plouffe

Calen Plouffe

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua was the best yet hardest thing I think I have ever done. Joshua challenged me to become a man of God, a man after God's own heart and I struggle to pursue that road daily in my life. Joshua taught me basic skills from the importance of discipline and being on time to things like how to study the Bible and teach God's word. Even though I was raised in a Christian family I never really knew what it meant to whole heartidly serve God. Joshua taught me that and what it means to trust God through the good and the bad. Joshua set me straight in pursuing an honest daily relationship with my Lord and Savior, the creator of this earth and the God of the Universe. The bottom line: Joshua prepared me to positively impact the world for Christ. "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed but will have sufficient courage so that now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain". -- Philippians 1:20-21

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Lately I've been driving a desk, several different desks actually, at San Diego Christian College. I'm a full time student pursuing a degree in kinesioloy/sports medecine. I currently live at school in San Diego and my free time involves homework, rock climbing, running, hiking and when I get around to it, surfing. I am also a high school ministries intern at Grace Point Church in Del Mar where I hang out, disciple and teach high school students God's word, which is pretty sweet; talk about a practical application of things learned in Joshua! My family still lives and works full time at Hume Lake and I still believe that a part of my heart remains there, I occasionally will visit to see them and the current Joshua class. And yes, I also drive a mini van.

Madison Sano
Madison Sano

Madison Sano

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I wouldn't be who I am today without Joshua. It was the hardest but most rewarding time of my life. I learned a ton, and not just random information but things that continue to help me learn now. I know how to dive into the Word and love every minute of it. I understand how to live my life glorifying God.. and while I don't do those things enough, and I mess up a ton, I understand that His grace is enough.. and I can be okay with that

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I have been working a lot, and going to school. I still don't enjoy school just like I never did before Joshua but I'm finding ways to allow God to stretch me through it. I am working at a church with the Junior High ministries and really struggling with the authority over me, a lesson that doesn't go away once Joshua is over.. But I know that God is good. And more often than not I just have to rely on that fact and push through.

Caitlin Pope
Caitlin Pope

Caitlin Pope

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Every decision I make is now made through a very different filter. I realize my actions affect others more than I can know. I've made friendships with people that I truly consider family. Joshua completely changed the way I operate and changedy outlook on life!

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I am slowly plugging away at my degree and I have the most incredible job EVER for Apple. I feel so blessed to have been given such an amazing job.

Richie Luna
Richie Luna

Richie Luna

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

The Joshua Wilderness Institute was something that God used to show and remind me of His truth, and who exactly as a disciple of Christ I should be. Through intensive study, community building, personal growth, real life living, and practical lessons, God used the program to continue and make some big leaps in my spiritual growth, heart, and mind. Coming out of the program I have felt and seen how it has actually affected me, in times of tragedy or in celebration. My reliance on God as my rock and my salvation has become so apparent and true. Who I am now and who I am becoming is most definitely a testament of God's work through the Joshua Wilderness Institute. As I go about my days I am constantly reminded of how BIG our God actually is and how He chooses to teach and grow His people to be more like Himself. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40 ESV)

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since I left the program I have been working seasonally at Hume and finishing school. Currently I am going through a transition of moving and following the call(s) God has placed on my heart to jump back into a church and be an active, productive member, and to live out my faith where ever I am at. I am also still pursuing my education and music, but above all still pursuing God's call for me in full-time ministry.

Tucker Horton
Tucker Horton

Tucker Horton

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I will remember my year at Joshua for the rest of my life. The program made me realize God is the reason for everything in life and not just an addition to it. My faith transformed from something I was born into and raised up by, to being actually my own. God taught, challenged, and grew me so much through this program that I will forever be a different person. I am still very close and blessed by the friends I made during the program. The classes, speakers, and trips made the bible way more real then just stories I heard in sunday school. I love this program and I'm always recommending it to my friends.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua I went back to school and work in Thousand Oaks, started a small group for high schoolers, and went on mission trips with my church. I went back to Hume in the summer to work and serve as a Lifeguard, and now I am living in San Luis Obispo working and going to school. I live life like I did before Joshua, except living for God is now the biggest priority instead of just a side project.

Tyler Perez
Tyler Perez

Tyler Perez

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua has affected my life today by teaching me how to live my life on God's foundation through His forgiveness and grace instead of striving to live my life on my own sinking sand. It gave me a different outlook of how I view and treat my family of unbelievers in my daily life. I strive to live my life with people who keep me accountable in my walk with Christ now instead of living a life confined to just myself. Lastly, through the speakers, the classes, the community, and the experiences I have learned what it has meant to be a man of God who accepts responsibility and rejects passivity while daily treating the women in my life with the upmost respect.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Immediately graduating Joshua I moved to San Diego and started attending San Diego Christian College. At SDCC I majored in Biblical Studies, was part of the Men's Soccer team, and involved in leading different school events. Following that school year in the summer of 2012 I moved to the Dominican Republic to be an intern in a special education school with Students International mission organization. After summer ended I moved home to Sacramento and started working at Bradshaw Christian School as an elementary teacher's aid and after school program teacher. I am involved in my church's Junior High youth group as a youth group leader. This past summer I worked Hume San Diego as a Lead Counselor for half of the summer and then the other half of the summer I worked in Night Support Services. I recently got engaged on June 8, 2013 and plan to be married Spring of 2014.

Lacey Michaelsen
Lacey Michaelsen

Lacey Michaelsen

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua impacted the way I view community. I realized I cannot live a life that is godly or active without a true community to help love and support me. I miss it everyday. God truly taught me what redemption is and that he makes beautiful things from the dust. My life in Joshua was hard but it was the good type of hard. My strengths and weaknesses were revealed and what my true gifts are. God broke my heart in the Dominican Republic and I accepted how God has been calling me into ministry a long time. I fell into a love relationship with Jesus during Joshua and my life since has been up and down yet I have a strong foundation because of the opportunities Joshua gave me.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua I attended SDCC for a year then I moved back home to Sacramento. At home, I have been working and going to community college to pursue a degree in Sociology. I spent the summer of 2012 in the Dominican Republic serving with Student's International. I worked in Los Higos for the social work site with Heidy Guzman. I pray that God gives me another opportunity to possibly go back for long term! I also am engaged and getting married in May 2014 to Tyler Perez!

Jordan Fitch
Jordan Fitch

Jordan Fitch

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

The Lord used the Joshua Wilderness Program as the means by which I would become more familiar with the truth of the Gospel. The privilege that the students have to sit under so high a caliber of teaching week in and week out, to experience community and life in a manner that is unlike any thing else, and to be hard pressed to look inwardly at the state of their own hearts is incredible. I continue to recommend the program to many young people.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua, I got a full time job, got married, bought a home and got a dog. I have been under persistent training in preaching and teaching, am considering how I might finish my formal education, and am looking at planting a church in the next 10-15 years. I'm a part of a great local church in my home town, surrounded by great community and am incredibly blessed to have what I have. I look forward to seeing all that God will continue to use from my time and experience at the Joshua Wilderness Program.

Andrew Morey
Andrew Morey

Andrew Morey

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua gave me a place to be real about who I am. Throughout the whole year long experience I was continually pushed to grow in my walk with Jesus. I never felt like I had finally achieved some level of greatness, but had honest insight into where I needed to grow. Not only were there wise people speaking into my life, but the time at Joshua taught me to be honest with myself. I think I lean on the old phrase that Joshua is the best kind of hard.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since Joshua I have graduated from Cal Poly and am working at Weatherby, Inc in Paso Robles. I serve on the High school ministry staff with Atascadero Bible Church and love to adventure on the weekends.

Laila Litonjua
Laila Litonjua

Laila Litonjua

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I would say one of the most impacting things that I've taken from Joshua and applied to my life is PJ Lewis' lesson on The Bottom Line: God is in control, He knows what's best, and He loves me. In fact, I just referred to it the other day. Joshua helped me become flexible with my life plans and to hold them with open hands up to God.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

When I finished Joshua, I never ever in a million years planned to pursue nursing or live in Little Rock, Arkansas, but I am currently two months away from graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and will be interviewing for ICU positions at Arkansas Children's Hospital this week. I could not be more excited or happy with the way God has changed "my plans".

Jessy Gilger
Jessy Gilger

Jessy Gilger

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua gave me life experiences that are fondly remembered and hard to come by in everyday life. Learning how to live in close community is not something our culture strongly emphasizes, yet it is so closely tied to what Jesus wants for us. Joshua challenges any previous ideas you have about community while building the values of discipline and sacrifice into your life.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I decided to finish up my business degree at Azusa Pacific University. Since then I have being working in the field of financial planning. (as well as taking one year off to return to Joshua as the Men's RD). My job now allows me to plan, strategize, and counsel for people in ways that affect their whole life. I am also currently engaged to a beautiful woman who challenges me and pushes me to grow every day.

Caitlin Glass
Caitlin Glass

Caitlin Glass

Class of 2010-2011

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Every decision I make is now made through a very different filter. I realize my actions affect others more than I can know. I've made friendships with people that I truly consider family. Joshua completely changed the way I operate and changed my outlook on life. It allowed me to see that God was bigger than any box I could ever put him in...

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I meet my husband not long after graduating from Joshua (his best friend was in our class) and we were married in February of 2013 and just celebrated 3 years of marriage! I have traveled more and started an incredible job with Apple which will be coming up on 4 years in September! We now live in the Sacramento area and love it here!

Class of 2011-2012

Austin  Mayoral
Austin  Mayoral

Austin Mayoral

Class of 2011-2012

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua gave me the understanding of who I am in Christ. I learned that i am a son of God, a beloved co-heir with Christ freed from sin and fear, so that i may live in a spirit of Sonship Glorifying God in al that I do.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Chase Silver
Chase Silver

Chase Silver

Class of 2011-2012

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua was an experience of a life time. It was a year of transformation, finding, understanding, embracing, growth and becoming. Becoming the man that God has called me to be, being in the Word daily and living it out. Its crazy how a person can change in so many different ways in just a year. Joshua has effected me in tremendously in many different ways. Whether that is my decision making skills and deciphering what I should be around or just having the knowledge to back what I believe and why.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Currently Attending Corban University, studying for a major in Business and a Minor in Bible.

Jacob Sanchez
Jacob Sanchez

Jacob Sanchez

Class of 2011-2012

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

God used Joshua to bring me to my knees and to show me that i cannot do it. Yahweh can. I need God just like i need my next breath. My life has become an outcome of that. My love, my joy, my life is rooted in the streams of living water and i live from the outflow.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Building Community, Mentoring All Ages, Trying to Strengthen Family Bonds, College Ministry, Kindergarten Teacher.

Daniel  Mauck
Daniel  Mauck

Daniel Mauck

Class of 2011-2012

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

The one thing I will take with me no matter where I go since attending Joshua is the need for a strong community that depends on Christ

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Now that I am out of Joshua I have traveled back home to Maui and have gone back into school and the ministries I was involved in before leaving. In school I am perusing a degree in business and the ministries I have jumped back into are food for the homeless ( we don't really have a name for it) and the jr high youth group called driven. Since being back God has continually placed revival for this Island on my mind and its not just me I have had tons of conversations with people talking about how they feel like Maui is in need of revival. Right now I am pursing the LORD waiting for him to instruct me on what to do and where to go. The churches in my community are growing closer and this is one area I know the Lord wants me to stay involved in. If you read this please pray for the Island of Maui.

Amber Domke
Amber Domke

Amber Domke

Class of 2011-2012

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua taught me that my Christian walk cannot be based off emotions. No matter what I am feeling, God is God and He loves me unconditionally. I learned to let go of bitterness from my past, and move forward to my future. I was taught perseverance through the hard times, and I learned the importance of Christian community. The Lord brought me into the wilderness of Hume Lake to speak to my heart without the distractions of the world that prevent me from hearing His voice clearly sometimes. Joshua changed my life, and I am so thankful for it.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since leaving Hume, I moved to Orange County to pursue an education at Biola University. However, things didn't go exactly as planned, and I am attending the community college out here for now, hoping to be at Biola by the Spring. I live in an apartment with three Christian roommates, which has been great. I am working at a restaurant, and as a nanny for two little boys. I have also had the incredible opportunity to volunteer as a small group leader at EV Free Fullerton Church for a group of sophomore girls. Although there are good things happening for me, this has been a trying time, and makes me think back to my time in Israel feeling somewhat like an Israelite wandering through the desert. I am continually learning to lean on and trust Jesus even when I can't always feel His presence.

Rachel Smith
Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

Class of 2011-2012

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

My time at Joshua was full of hard lessons and wildly fun adventures. God taught me what my name means (lamb) and what it looks like to daily follow my Good Shepherd. After traveling to Israel I have an incredible, colorful picture of Jesus' life on earth. I can also relate to Israel's forgetfulness of God's goodness. Today I can better grasp God's grace as I continue to fall short while He continues to fully love me where I am.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After graduating JWI I worked at Hume for the fall semester- perfecting the art of fire building and latte making, among other things. I am currently back home in southern California as a full time student. I am laughing and hiking often, while planting roots and getting my hands dirty where God has me. I love living life with Jesus as He continues to woo me with the beauty of His Gospel. I will be spending all of summer '13 serving as an intern in the Dominican Republic with Students International and I couldn't be more jazzed to go back there!

Nick  Zavala
Nick  Zavala

Nick Zavala

Class of 2011-2012

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Feeling God's grace. Too often I'd let my past effect my present and in Joshua God exploited His love and grace to me and I got it, yes I still make mistakes but because of God's grace I can grow from them rather than the sin holding me back, and that has affected my life greatly. My perspective on a lot of things also has changed for the better, and God changed them for my growth and benefit. The great thing about life transformation at Joshua is that it's not the Joshua Wilderness Institute that changes you it's allowing God to change you in the wilderness. Always remember the Sh'ma.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I'm currently attending Moorpark Community College and playing football there. I'm also the Jr High Ministries Director at Bethany Church on the Hill in Thousand Oaks.

Rebecca  Rand
Rebecca  Rand

Rebecca Rand

Class of 2011-2012

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua I have been continuing my time here at Hume working Outdoor Education and Spiritual Emphasis, working winter camp, and going to Hume Hawaii. I will be going to spend my whole summer in the Dominican Republic! I am so excited for the adventures God has blessed me with after Joshua

Jenna Lathrop
Jenna Lathrop

Jenna Lathrop

Class of 2011-2012

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua really showed me the importance of community and having solid, godly people around me who can support, challenge, and encourage me and my walk with Christ. I live every day remembering the walls that came down while I was there. I am a different person now because of JWI. Joshua also taught me what the voice of God sounds like, and I am much more attuned to His Spirit and His leadings. I am so grateful for the lessons that I learned there, and I pray that I will never forget them. God is always good, no compromise, and have Faith.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

God showed me early on in Joshua that I was to go to school and pursue being a teacher. So that's what I'm doing. I am at San Diego Christian College on my way to getting my Bachelor's degree in English Education.

Deborah McIntosh
Deborah McIntosh

Deborah McIntosh

Class of 2011-2012

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua laid the foundation that I needed to step out into the calling Christ has for me. I gleaned so many truths from speakers, classes, trips, and ultimately time in God's word that showed me who I am and who I serve. There is one main picture that comes to mind when I think of Joshua, and that is a tree planted by streams of water (Ps 1:1-6). I remember sitting in the wilderness of Zin in Israel next to a little stream with the roots of surrounding trees going down towards the water. Somedays it feels like I am a tree in the middle of a desert, but our God is the spring of living water and my roots are in Him.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua I moved back 'home' (New Zealand) and lived with family while working for the first few months. It wasn't the easiest transition for me and they were definitely months filled with waiting for what God had next while trying to see His will in having me where I was on a daily basis. Since then I've started university and am studying a bachelor of science in Human Nutrition. During Joshua when I was thinking about what to do next, I was led to a passage in Matthew 25 where the King is commending those on his right for all that they did for him (including "I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink" v 35). When the people ask when they did this the King replies "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." (v40). God has given me a heart for the 'least of these', in particular the hungry--both physically and spiritually. We live in a world where people seek for nourishment and satisfaction in places it can't be found. But I'm excited to see how God is continually bringing people into the truth of His light and being able to be a little part of that.

Grace  George
Grace  George

Grace George

Class of 2011-2012

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua has given me the abundant blessing of Christian friendships that are genuine, honest, and very real. I would not be the person I am today if it were not for the incredible people I got to do life with for a year, who have taught me so much about spiritual discipline, craving God's Word, and living an abundant life full of joy. Also while attending Joshua, the Lord revealed to me the reality of grace and redemption in my life. Jesus took me back to basics, and as we walked through the gospel together, I was blown away at my true identity in Christ, and who He has already declared me to be. Today, when things get rough or a dry season comes, instead of being tossed to and fro, I am reminded of what He has already done for me and cling to the pillars of truth He has established in my life that will never fall.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua, I went straight home right into a very difficult season. Healing from an injury meant I was confined to my bed, and it was hard to put into practice right off the bat what Joshua taught me. But because He sees the bigger picture and I do not, I now count that time in my life as one of my most growing seasons, as I waited and learned what it meant to have the faith to obey. After I healed up, I began working at home in Bakersfield, being a small group leader for a group of high school girls at my church, and coming back up to Hume for seasonal work. I currently attend Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo, Ca, studying Psychology and plan on continuing being involved with high school students as they dive deeper into their own personal relationship with Christ, and map out what discipleship looks like in their own lives.

Krista Hamm
Krista Hamm

Krista Hamm

Class of 2011-2012

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

My time at Joshua definitely started a base foundation for my faith that I am trying to continually build upon. Also, I am doing my best to utilize what I have learned about community and the importance of being intentional, real, and honest with the people I am surrounded by.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I am currently in my second year at a small private school, Northwestern College, in Orange City, IA. I am a Nursing major, and have held a few part time jobs on campus. Currently, I hold a position as a Chemistry and Anatomy peer tutor in our school's science center. I live on campus in a group of apartments whose mission is to engage and learn about students from different cultures, with the ultimate goal of unifying our student body.

Jenna Yee
Jenna Yee

Jenna Yee

Class of 2011-2012

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

The impact that Joshua had on my life is that it has taught me to live every day with a Christ-centered view; to see others the way He would, and to love the way He would. I am reminded daily that I am a sinner in need of our Savior's grace. Joshua taught me not only how to receive that grace, but also that I need to extend that same grace to others.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I am currently residing in Fresno, where I attend Fresno State University. I will be graduating in May with my B.A. in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies- Speech Language Pathology. I have applied to the graduate school program at Fresno State, which I hope to attend in the Fall to achieve my Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. Right now I work in a preschool PALS (program for the acquisition of language and social skills) classroom as a speech aide. I have always enjoyed working with children, but since working with autistic children, I have gained a new appreciation and heart for children with disabilities. I am excited for the future and to see where the Lord leads me next!

Class of 2012-2013

Daniel Bartlett
Daniel Bartlett

Daniel Bartlett

Class of 2012-2013

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

While I was in Joshua, I became aware of so many things that I had been doing that were not pleasing to God. For instance, I would compromise on many things in my life and would not see something through to completion or do it to the best of my ability. I knew what standards I was supposed to live by as a Christian, but I would stop short intentionally and not be all in to the Christian life. I would also press my way until I got it or got something close. In Joshua, I learned quickly that this would not work in a Christian life. Through several encounters with staff I was able to drop that habit and work towards a more obedient attitude both towards authority and God himself. Joshua brought me closer to God in a way that I feel would not have been possible for me had I not attended. I learned so much about how to have a relationship with Him and how to stay upright in my walk. Granted, I am not perfect, and to this day I have things that distract me from Jesus and keeping my eyes fully on him. However, I have learned how to come back from those things, and stay strong. HAZAK HAZAK VENIT HAZAK!

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I have been going to school at community college in my hometown. I am on staff in my youth group and am teaching to the Junior High students.

Tyler Henry
Tyler Henry

Tyler Henry

Class of 2012-2013

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua is where God had to take me so I could meet Jesus, and since that point He has never left my side. Because of what I learned at Joshua I now know what is true and have the tools to continually run the race set before me and it started the process of Love. I am learning to love God and take Him at His word, love others and show them the genuine love of Christ, and love myself as God does. My time at Joshua has affected every aspect of my life today.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since Joshua I have been working and studying at the University of San Diego.

Kelly Schmitz
Kelly Schmitz

Kelly Schmitz

Class of 2012-2013

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Following God means sacrificing my own desires until his desires become mine. While in Joshua, this phrase changed my entire perspective on what it means to follow Christ. It has only continued to mold my life after leaving Joshua. Gods plans are always better than my own. Not only that, but God will use everything, that's right, EVERYTHING to maximize his glory. I am in charge of being faithful, God is in charge of the outcomes.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since JWI I have been back home in Alaska attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks, skiing, running and playing with my puppy. I am currently an assistant leader of the Jr. High youth group at my church. I need the Lord every day, and with his help I will continue to seek him.

Jonah Bourbinay
Jonah Bourbinay

Jonah Bourbinay

Class of 2012-2013

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I could go on and on about the many ways Joshua has affected my life, but the one thing that stands out is the overwhelming amount of grace and love He has for me. Countless times I was brought to my knees that the God of the Universe is willing to die for me despite my actions. What’s more is that grace also gave me a love for His word. The Bible came alive and continues to show me how to live in obedience and follow Jesus Christ with my life (and not just a single part of it). God used Joshua to shake me out of my sand castle so that I could build a solid foundation in Him and Him alone.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Well right now I’m going to school at Cal Baptist University majoring in Kinesiology and coaching Gymnastics. Other than that I’ve joined a new church called Sandals and became a youth leader as well. The kids I lead have an unnatural amount of energy (granted they are in junior high) but the love the show is worth it. Each day I have to remind myself what it means to live out Shema, to live out obedience. And each day I must continue in pursuing real relationships with those around me, however scared I may be. Joshua truly begins when it ends.

Luke Scianna
Luke Scianna

Luke Scianna

Class of 2012-2013

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua drastically changed my life. It forced me to open up and get to know people. Probably the biggest thing I have continued to take away from my year at Joshua was something that my RD Chad said, "Vulnerability leads to vulnerability." The more open you are with people the more open they will be with you. Another small thing that has stuck with me is another quote from Chad, "We will see what The Lord has." Knowing that no matter what happens or what hasn't happened God has a plan and a reason for everything.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since Joshua I have started college at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. I am a music major with a minor in youth ministry. During the school year I work as a part time musician for a Word of Life Worship Center in La Mesa playing trombone for their worship team. And during the summer I work part time for my father as well as being the summer intern/college worship leader at Hillside Church in San Jose.

Hannah Pettey
Hannah Pettey

Hannah Pettey

Class of 2012-2013

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I am definitely still work in progress. Ups and downs have come with moving, transferring colleges, and entering new communities, but the one thing that stays consistent in my life is God. He is the same when I celebrating with friends and when I'm angry at the world. My time in Joshua reminds me that I can go through the entire spectrum of human emotion, and God will still be there and His love for me is Chesed, steadfast love.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

About two days after Joshua ended, I moved to Washington with my family. I know what you're thinking, but when I say Washington I mean central Washington, land of wine, dairy farms, and asparagus fields. I attended Yakima Valley Community College for two years and got my Associate's degree in Arts. Currently I live in Newberg, Oregon (also wine country) and am about to finish my first year at George Fox University. I'm studying psychology and plan to get my Master's in Occupational Therapy focused in children with developmental disabilities. Until then, I will be finishing my Bachelor's degree, traveling to South Africa and Germany, and working for Bon Appetit Management Company.

Austin Rurik
Austin Rurik

Austin Rurik

Class of 2012-2013

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua helped changed my perspective about the way God views humanity. Before Joshua it was all about looking good on the outside, and it wasn't until we read through Ragamuffin Gospel that I realized my brokenness and how beautiful of a reality it is that God uses broken vessels to spread His message. Through the trips it helped me realize my passion for Evangelism, and my desire to spread the Gospel and love of Christ through my actions, words and lifestyle.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Since Joshua, I began school at Biola University, earning my undergraduate degree in Biblical and Theological Studies and am now in the process of pursuing a Masters in Applied/Practical Theology with the hope to one day earn my Ph.D. in Theology and teach at the University Level. I also have continued to work in Christian Camping Ministries in multiple capacities at Hume Lake Christian Camps as well as Forest Home Christian Camps.

Class of 2013-2014

sal virgen
sal virgen

sal virgen

Class of 2013-2014

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

It has me thinking of "the little things" more often than ever. Grace has become a daily source of food. The reality of being free in anything and everything I do is more clear than before.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

I have been working since I graduated from the program As of right now I am going through Barber school pursuing a passion over just working to make money.

Class of 2014-2015

CJ  Lopez
CJ  Lopez

CJ Lopez

Class of 2014-2015

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Joshua has really showed me what is means to wholeheartedly follow God with my whole life. I learned to accept God's grace and that even though I am messed up, that He accepts me. The Ragamuffin Gospel completely changed my life. Because of Joshua, I now have an amazing group of friends who are brothers and sisters to me and are always there for me in my life. I learned so much about having a loving community to do life with, and how to build new community wherever I go. Joshua also showed me how much the world is hurting in other countries, and how much it needs the good news of Jesus. The mission trips were truly humbling as we served others and were a light to them. My perspective on the world is forever changed. Lastly, Joshua gave so much more knowledge of my faith in Christ through the classes and trip to Israel. The Bible stories I heard my entire life suddenly became real as we walked throughout the holy land and saw the locations of where those stories happened. Joshua completely changed my entire life and I am forever grateful for my time there.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua I went right to school at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA. I am pursuing a my degree in youth ministry and at this time am finishing up my second full year of college with two more to go before I graduate. In the following year, I will be an RA for the men's freshman dorms here at WJU where I hope to minister and disciple the twenty or so young men I will be put in charge of. I am excited to see what God does with me at this school and wherever I end up going after I graduate.

Joshua Staff

Kellie Krueger
Kellie Krueger

Kellie Krueger

Joshua Staff

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

I think the most important thing I learned working at Joshua was how to handle being in a position of authority and how to handle directing and managing others. After working at Joshua, I went on to a position where I was training and managing a staff of over 100 teachers throughout Southern California. What I learned at Joshua definitely helped me to manage and develop that staff well and to be a boss that was actually an ally to my staff rather than just an authority figure. And yes, I always allowed my staff to have coffee. Like many, my time at Joshua also began a life-long enjoyment and pursuit of learning about Jewish history, culture, and what that means for me as a Christian. I'm able to draw on many of the things I learned there and since then as I currently work with youth at our church.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

Andy and I currently live in Huntington Beach and volunteer with the high school youth group at our church. I spent 3 years working for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions as the Faculty Manager for the Orange County, Inland Empire, San Diego and Phoenix regions, hiring and training teachers for our SAT and ACT courses. Last September we welcomed Uriah West Krueger into our lives and I'm now enjoying being a full-time mom. I've definitely stayed plenty busy volunteering at church in both our high school and children's ministries.

Kari Bachle
Kari Bachle

Kari Bachle

Joshua Staff

How has your time at Joshua affected your life today?

Definitely the people--I can't imagine life now without some of the friendships I made during that year at Hume! Oh, and Israel was pretty life-changing too...I don't think I'll ever read the Bible the same way again.

What have you been doing since your time at Joshua?

After Joshua I moved back down to So Cal and got a job leading outdoors education field trips for elementary-aged students in OC. I get to hang out with kids in parks, nature centers, and beaches and show them cool things. Oh, and occasionally I bring possums and snakes and owls to their schools; it's pretty sweet. :) For the past 4 years or so I've been attending First Baptist Church of Lakewood, and loving being a part of their middle school ministry, prayer team, and new young adults community group. I feel totally blessed being a part of such a solid, loving, and growing church family! God is good, and it's been so cool to see what surprises (ex: new niece, summer in Seattle, new house in Long Beach) he's thrown my way in the past few years. I can't wait to see what else he's got in store in the days ahead!