Warning: getimagesize(https://irishbaptistcollege.org/images/blog/514030-benji-blog-coffee.jpg): failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden in /home/irishbap/public_html/blog.php on line 78
Irish Baptist College :: Whats Happening - blog

Graduate Updates: Laetitia

Monday, 21st February 2022
Image: graduate-updates-laetitia

Graduate Updates: Laetitia


Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Laetitia and I am French. I trained at a Masters level in Agronomy and was employed in secular work for around seven years. Alongside that I engaged in evangelism with my church in the west of Paris. I felt the need to be able to communicate the gospel and the word of God well and I longed to know my God and his word better. I took a sabbatical year in order to study at the Irish Baptist College. I wanted a course in English because it is a language mastered by most internationals living in France and because many good Christian resources are available in English. 


How would you summarise your time at the College?

My time at the College was both a time of many blessings and challenges. I had not studied at a university level for 12 years and this was my first time living in a foreign country and studying in a foreign language. Several factors helped me to overcome these challenges. I had the chance to live in the accommodation at the College with other international and national students. The College also starts with a study week that equips you with practical tools needed for your studies. During this time you are given manageable tips and advice that will help you to be more efficient in your academic studies. The staff and tutors are very friendly and available for personal advice and support throughout the year.

While the challenges are real, the blessings are ‘kaleidoscopic’ (i.e. multifaceted and abounding). I made new friends among the students and staff and received support through their prayers and encouragement. I also experienced God's provision financially. I had been advised to apply for some grants and I received some financial help through trustees and funds. I also benefited from anonymous gifts as well as the student fund. These all helped me to complete the Preparation for Ministry course which is over three years instead of only being able to do one year.

I would describe my training at the College as ‘holistic’. The academic training makes you aware of your own biases and develops your skills to use a wide range of tools (biblical languages, biblical and systematic theology, historical theology etc.), to interpret the word of God and apply it faithfully. The assignments include group presentations, preaching or devotions and workshops to communicate the word of God with clarity. The placement in second year and the evangelism weeks every year are opportunities to share the gospel and meet workers in areas that have less Christian witness.


Where and how are you serving God now?

After my Bachelor in Divinity at the Irish Baptist College I joined a ministry in Marseille in September 2020 sharing the gospel among students. The ‘Foyer Evangelique Universitaire’ is a ministry of the local church and aims to encourage Christian students in their faith and also reach non-Christian students. Many international students in Marseille come from countries where the freedom of religion and conscience is heavily restricted. I am also privileged at the same time to study part-time for a Masters at the College.


Are there particular aspects of your time at the College that have better equipped you for where you find yourself now?

Yes! Firstly, it has helped me to improve my ability to communicate in English through the multiple opportunities I was given to speak at devotions and other talks at the College, and in women’s meetings. This means I can communicate in fluent English with the international students in Marseille. Secondly, the mission modules have given me a better understanding of the role of the local church and the Christian in God’s mission. Throughout the years my personal walk with God and my understanding of the gospel has also deepened. The ministry class has also highlighted some important ways to care for myself while serving in ministry—watching both my doctrine and my conduct. Thirdly, my training at the Irish Baptist College introduced me to the Baptist churches in Ireland and Baptist Missions. It is through their financial and prayerful support, as well as their friendship, that I can serve the Lord in France. These are only a few examples of benefits that my training has yielded. I thank God who led me through all these years and blessed me by introducing me to his worldwide family. 

    Blog Archive

Let’s Read: Spurgeon the Pastor: Recovering a Biblical and Theological Vision for Ministry Let's Talk: Surviving Ministry Staff & Students Favourite Books of 2022 Let's Read: Spurgeon the Pastor: The Church Gathered BYE Teams Hugh D. Brown Lectures How I spent my sabbatical Let’s Read Spurgeon the Pastor: The Church Identified 1st Year Reflections from Andrew and Debbie Second Year Placement (Josh and Glenn) Final Year Reflection: Chris Banks Let’s Read Spurgeon the Pastor: The Church Functioning New Library Books (April 2023) Easter Reflection 2023 Irish Baptist Historical Society Lecture Report on the Life of Hugh Orr Let's Read: Spurgeon the Pastor: The Church Multiplying Friends of the College May 2023 Let's Read: Reflections on Spurgeon the Pastor by Geoff Chang Student Reflections on Graduation 2023 Where will our students will be serving this summer? Pray Without Ceasing: A Week of Summer Prayer 2023 Reflections on returning to Peru Recognition Service Report 2023 Commencement Service Report 2023 Cross Cultural Report in Ireland Cross Cultural Reports 2023 2 Short Book Reviews Let's Read: Keeping Your Children's Ministry On Mission: Practical Strategies For Discipling The Next Generation by Jared Kennedy Let's Read: When Children Become Brothers And Sisters What's in a name? Evangelism Teams 2023: Coleraine and Keady Evangelism Teams 2023: Castlederg and Tobermore Let's Read: Welcoming and Safeguarding Book Review: Weakness Our Strength A Strange Man from Another World
Let’s Read: The Path to Being a Pastor: A Guide for the Aspiring Graduate Updates Tribute How to Avoid Becoming a Graceless Theological Thug Let's Read: The Path to Being a Pastor Hugh D. Brown Lectures—Understanding and Applying Zephaniah Book Review: Children of Abraham: A Reformed Baptist View of the Covenants by David Kingdon Graduate Updates: Laetitia Let's Read: The Path to Being a Pastor (chapters 5-12) New Books in the Library Friends of the College—March 2022 Graduate Updates: Andrew Let's Read: The Path To Being A Pastor (chapters 13-23) Deacons The Risen Christ Changes Everything Why Four Gospels? Let's Read: The Path to Being a Pastor (Chapters 24–27) The College Graduation MA Missions Module Reflection Student Reflections (first and second year) Book Review: The Crucible of Leadership Let’s Read: Why Should We Love the Local Church? (Introduction) Let’s Read: Why Should We Love the Local Church? (Introduction) Friends of the College: September 2022 Let’s Read: Why Should We Love the Local Church—You’re Beautiful Commencement Report Cross Cultural Placements 1 Cross Cultural Placements 2 Cross Cultural Placements 3 Let’s Read: Why Should We Love the Local Church—Beauty Demonstrated 1st Year Reflection (Ana Rut) Evangelism Teams 2022 (Armagh and Cavan) Evangelism Team 2022 (Ballycrochan & Comber) Let's Read: Living Beautifully Let's Read: Why Should We Love The Local Church “Always winter and never Christmas” Three Kings
Let’s Read Irish Baptist College Conference (Online) From Intern to Undergraduate (Emily Middleton) Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — The Reason for Redemption Baptists and Revival in the Long 18th Century Second Year Placements From Intern to Undergraduate (Josh Brown) Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — The What and Why of Holiness Final Year During A Pandemic 2nd Year Placement Experience Friends of the College 2021 Update The Art of Reading More Books Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — The Real Possibility of Holiness A Basic Easter Fact The Servant King Podcast Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — You Are Holy Third Year Reflection Gospel Guardians: Protecting the Purity of the Gospel for Future Generations Graduation 2021 Book Review: Succeeding at Seminary Let's Read: The Hole in Our Holiness — A Work in Progress Why the Irish Baptist College is Vital to the Health of the Association A Good News Story: The Ministry Partnership Scheme Why Study the Biblical Languages? Profit in Toil: A Short Message on A Level Results Day Let's Read: Small Preaching Recognition Service Report 2021 Sin Forgiven: Nourishment for Life and Joy for Living Let’s Read: Small Preaching—The Character of the Preacher Commencement Service Report Placement God Rejoices over His People: A Meditation on Zephaniah 3:17 Let’s Read: Small Preaching—Constructing the Sermon Evangelism Teams: Newcastle and Brannockstown Evangelism Teams: Stonepark and North Belfast Christian Fellowship First Year Reflections (Reuben and Andrew) Some New Books Let’s Read: Small Preaching—The Craft of Preaching Let's Read: Small Preaching—What is God Saying? A Christmas Reflection on John 1 - ‘The coming of the light’ Christmas Reflection on John 1 - ‘Life, Light & Glory’
Time to read Genesis...again Friends of the College - January 2020 Friends of the College - January 2020 Finances Tribute to Marion Craig The Resilient Pastor: Surviving & Thriving in Ministry Just a Blow-in? What is new on the shelves at IBC? Friends of the College - February 2020 Four Reasons to Study Theology Academically From Spain to Moira Testimonial Financial Update Friends of the College – March 2020 Irish Baptist Historical Society: The Mayflower Thomas Patient: the Father of the Irish Baptist Church Testimonials The Pastors’ Conference: An Encouraging Privilege Testimonials (part-time studies) In the worst of times: COVID-19 and the Book of Ruth Friends of the College - April 2020 The Long Wait: Victory Delayed Testimonials - Preparation for Ministry and Evening Classes The Leadership Podcast Testimonials - Ladies Study Fellowship The Leadership Podcast (part 2) Friends of the College - May 2020 Reflections from the Student Chairman Why do we teach the Old Testament? Reflections on first year at IBC Friends of the College - June 2020 Why do we teach Romans? IBC Placement Is Church History a Thing of the Past? Friends of the College - July 2020 Friends of the College – August 2020 Friends of the College September 2020 Recognition and Graduation Service Introducing the Irish Baptist College’s New Logo Commencement Service Friends of the College - October 2020 Filled with the Spirit: Soundings in Luke’s Theology of the Holy Spirit The Famous Five: The Abiding Relevance of the Solas of the Reformation Friends of the College - November 2020 The Importance of Theological Training in Fulfilling the Great Commission First Year Reflections — Tim Houston Singing: The Place of Theology in Corporate Worship New Library Books Friends of the College – Unite to Pray – December Christmas Reflections
Agree and Close notice.

By continuing on our website you agree with our Privacy Policy and to the use of cookies by third party plugins. Find out more here