Congratulations to these new GPS Life Journey graduates from SWFL. Here's what they had to say about the two day weekend workshop they attended in January 2024.
"Hello, my name is Ananias and this weekend I participated in the GPS Life Journey process. My mission is to serve my community and wherever I go so that they will know the love of Jesus Christ. I really enjoy doing GPS. It allowed me to understand my strengths and my passions and learn more about myself so that I can, through God, utilize them and go and support my community and complete my mission.
Hi, my name is Germaine and I participated in the GPS Life Journey this weekend, with the great facilitator, Emily Miller. I just praise God for the opportunity. I've learned, to put my strengths and abilities all in one place. I know that my mission is to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ, to as many people as I can. And help inspire people into an authentic walk with Jesus Christ. I highly recommend that you do the same. God bless."
Over a Friday night and Saturday daytime, we take you through 8 sessions designed for:
Linda and I formally proclaimed our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and joined this church. The Holy Spirit filled me with a thirst for His Word. Reading and studying the scriptures and meeting with other Christian men in small groups changed my spiritual life in a powerful way.
The Story Continues with GPS Life Journey and Prison Ministry
I knew that I had to share my new found faith with others. In 2018, I was introduced to prison ministry by a close friend, Roger Ciskie. Roger was already involved in prison ministry and was also familiar with GPS Life Journey through his friend, Nolen Rollins. I was immediately interested in knowing more about this prison ministry and how GPS Life Journey might help me determine if this would be God’s plan and purpose for my life.
I attended a GPS Life Journey class and found that God had prepared me to “share His love by proclaiming the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, while performing acts of service for those in need.” I also became certified as a GPS Life Journey Facilitator.
I began to go with Roger Ciskie as he brought God’s Word to men in prison. I became convinced that prison ministry was a perfect fit for me and my mission to share God’s Love while proclaiming the Gospel. Since 2019, I have been certified in state prisons in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida, as well as Coleman Federal Prison in Florida.
A Different Environment
My experiences have shown me that God is already at work in all these institutions and the men are hungry for His Word and especially for hope. However, there is a big difference in the makeup of the GPS classes that are typically given in a civilian setting and in those given in a prison environment.
The principal difference is that the students in prison are taken from a wide variety of faith groups or no faith at all and many sign up for a class without having the traditional Christian experiences and understanding of scripture. In prison you rarely have an opportunity to hand pick the men who will attend GPS as the opportunity to attend must be shared with all the men without discrimination. As you might imagine, this brings unique challenges to the GPS facilitator.
I usually spend the first session by proclaiming God’s Love, explaining the GPS Life Journey method of discovery and proclaiming the Gospel. It’s not uncommon to lose a few men rather quickly but I also find that the men who are already “born again” and walking in the Spirit are a big help to those who are struggling with understanding and may be new to the faith.
I have found that men who are in prison for life are just as interested in GPS, if not more so, than men who see themselves being released in a few months or a few years. It seems counter intuitive but men in prison for life desperately need HOPE and they find it in the promises of God to use them despite their past failures. They can live the “abundant life” that Jesus promised His followers.
GPS Life Journey helps the men discover their own unique God-given abilities, skills, and spiritual gifts and how God has uniquely created them. Their imprisonment is not a detriment and serves them well in reaching other men in similar circumstances. Since the venues available for service are greatly limited in the prison environment, I stress that the men have to find an area to serve that will be permitted by the prison administration or find an area of service in a ministry that is already active within their own institution.
The men understand that GPS Life Journey provides them a framework to assist them in discovering God’s plans that are unique to them. I challenge them to serve one another while sharing God’s Love with other men within their own sphere of influence.
The ability to follow up with the men and their own unique mission statements is very limited. When GPS Life Journey is completed my personal contact with them is generally over, as most prisons do not allow personal contact between volunteers and inmates.
However, in order to overcome this limitation, I have tried to establish “accountability partnerships” between men who have graduated from a GPS Life Journey class. I encourage the men to have weekly accountability meetings to go over their individual missions and the progress they are making in fulfilling their own action steps. This is about the only way for them to overcome obstacles and difficulties in continuing their journey to fulfill God’s plan for their lives.
GPS Life Journey has shown me a clear path to proclaim the Gospel while serving men who are imprisoned. It has brought me great joy and I am growing in Christ daily as I proclaim His Word to some of “the least of these.” GPS Life Journey has also been extremely successful in helping prisoners discover that God has a plan for their lives and gives them a sense of great hope that God will use them to accomplish His purposes for their lives, even in prison.
Robert Sandweg is a retired Navy Captain and a certified GPS Life Journey Facilitator.
(Story written by Robert Sandweg)
This month's video blog is asking the question, are you a faithful steward of your God given purpose? Below is the transcript in case you prefer to read what is said.
"Nolen Rollins here with another Note from Nolen. I'm sure you are aware that as followers of Jesus Christ, we are stewards of all that God blesses us with. We're stewards of our time, our resources, and our abilities, and we're stewards of the God given purpose that God has for each of us. 1 Corinthians 4, verse 2 says, "Moreover, It is required that as stewards, you be found faithful."
Are you a faithful steward of the God given mission and purpose that God gave to you for the next stage of your life? If you don't know what that purpose is, I suggest you start being a good steward by discovering what is God's purpose for the next stage of my life. And if you do know what that purpose is, if you are a graduate of the GPS Life Journey, then you should be aware of what is God's purpose for the next stage of my life?
Let me encourage you, be a faithful steward. You will have to give an account of how you are faithful in engaging in and fulfilling God's purpose for every stage of your life. If we can help you, let us know here at GPS Life Journey. God bless."
This month we want to introduce you to Barbara Dunn, GPS Life Journey Facilitator in Lenoir City, Tennessee. Here's what she said: "Hi, my name is Barb Dunn and I'm a GPS Life Journey Facilitator. I wanted to share my experience with you and where I got to where I am now. I've lived in Lenoir City and I've been a member of First Baptist Lenoir City Church with my husband, Dan for three years now. It was very important after serving in a church for 28 years to find a home and to continue to serve the Lord.
I had joined many things and was interested in many programs in a very alive church, but just wasn't sure if they were the exact things that God wanted me to do when the GPS Life Journey program came along I was very interested. Through that experience, I learned that my mission is to encourage and equip others so that they may fulfill God's purpose in their life.
I can't say enough good things about the GPS Life Journey program. You may not change anything when you get done with it, or you may be emblazoned to do new things, to glorify God. It's a very comprehensive and wonderful program. That really does reflect God's care and his wonderful workmanship in your life.
You were built to glorify God. And I hope that when you experience the GPS Life Journey program, you will come out of it fresh, alive, and encouraged by all that God has for us. He has a plan for significance in our life, and he has a purpose specifically for you. I can't encourage you enough, and I'm excited for you.
God bless. Thank you."
Are you interested in finding out what God's Plan for Significance is in this season of life? Visit our website to learn more and find out what events are happening in person or online via Zoom.
In Person workshops: https://www.gpslifejourney.org/live-workshop.html
Contact Nolen Rollins at email@example.com or 239-860-0096 or send us a message via CONTACT page.
Janine BateSOn's GPS Life Journey Story
I had been in my car eating a brown-bag lunch listening to the Moody Radio program “Focus on the Family”. I half-heartedly listened while munching my sandwich. I heard stories of how God had brought estranged families together, healed long-standing emotional wounds and helped strengthened parents in their walk with God.
My walk with God at this time was weak at best, or, so I thought! I did not realize that the Holy Spirit was working with me by placing people, circumstances and yes, radio programs in my life. I felt this growing spiritual hunger to know more, be more and contribute more. There just had to be more to life than this!
The Moody radio program ended with a prayer thanking God for His blessings, asking Him to protect families and to awaken those who are listening so they, too, may know God’s love. I crumpled up my lunch sack, grabbed my purse and started briskly walking to the front doors.
Where I worked was about a city block away and as I was walked, I started talking to God. If they could talk to God on the radio, I could do it now. “What am I supposed to be doing with my life?” “My life has no meaning and I feel lost”, “WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?”. Immediately, I heard God say “KNOXVILLE”. I didn’t hear the cars passing on the street or feel the new spring breeze. I stopped and felt a warm glow of love, peace and a new found sense of purpose. The purpose wasn’t clear to me but I wasn’t about to question God. His purpose became clear within the next six months.
My husband’s elderly parents lived in Knoxville. When we told them we were moving their way they were elated. The family homestead had become too much for them to manage. We moved in and helped them locate and move into a smaller home within only a few miles from our place. My father-in-law strained his lower back during the move. As the pain grew with the passing days, he could do less and we were now helping mom and dad with their daily chores, medicines and trips to doctors.
The back strain proved to be pancreatic cancer. Within a few months hospice moved into their new little home. Dad had weeks to live. He asked us to take care of his funeral arrangements and to move mom in with us. We realized that God started working His plan six months earlier. In His pristine wisdom He was prepping us for work He needed done. That was twenty-five years ago. Today we have a relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our faith is strong and we understand now why God said “Knoxville!”
A NEW STAGE IN LIFE
I’m Janine Bateson and my husband is Ken. God’s message for us back twenty-five years ago was absolutely perfect for the work He wanted done in that stage of our life. The glory is all His! Completing GPS Life Journey twenty-five years later, God has given me a new message and GPS turned that message into a Personal Life Mission Statement, which perfectly fits this new stage of life. What a beautiful gift. The ultimate purpose for each of us is to live our life glorifying God. We are to make a difference in the world by sharing our gifts to influence others to know and love Him! And now understanding my purpose, I am so grateful that God once said “Knoxville!”
God has me working! My mission is to glorify God by working to save babies from abortion and sharing God’s word with women who have had an abortion. God has given me a pregnancy clinic in Maryville to work with. Good is Good!
Janine Bateman is a recent graduate of GPS Life Journey at First Baptist Church, Lenoir City,
In this video, you'll hear our latest Note from Nolen. Here is what he said: "I was told many years ago that the older you get, the faster time flies. Well, I must be getting really, really old. Here it is 2024. My goodness. It seems like the turn of the century was just a couple of years ago.
I hope and trust and pray that 2024. Will be one of the greatest years in your life for bringing God glory through your life because you are serious about fulfilling God's purpose for your life.
Jesus said in John 17:4 "Father, I have glorified you by completing the work you sent me here to do".
Well, if you complete the work. That God puts you here on earth to do, you will bring great glory to Him. I hope you will discover and be serious about fulfilling your God given mission and purpose in life in 2024.
May this be the year of your bringing greatest glory to God."
GPS Life Journey is a process that can help you discover your God given mission and how to fulfill that purpose in your current season of life. Check out the EVENTS page to find out when you can join a group in person or online via Zoom. We have facilitators all around the world! Get in touch if you have questions or leave a comment below.
In this video you will get to meet the newest member of GPS Life Journey Board of Directors. In his own words, here is what he says: "My name is Greg Pickens, and to borrow a phrase from a close friend, I'm not retired. I'm just unemployed and too busy to look for a real job. GPS Life Journey is helping me focus on fulfilling what God is wanting me to do at this stage in my life. With one grandchild and two more on the way, it's an exciting and rewarding time of life to watch our two sons grow into godly men with their families.
Learning how to listen to God has always been one of my life goals. Unfortunately, I haven't always listened and followed His direction. GPS is helping me use my experiences, strengths, abilities, values, passion, and spiritual gifts to develop a plan of action to fulfill what I believe is His purpose for this time in my life.
It hasn't been easy. Having spent most of my professional life in high tech. Writing business plans and developing goals, objectives, and tactics. The last thing I wanted to do was develop another plan that I had to follow. I'm learning that this time it's different for a couple of reasons. First, I'm doing what I enjoy doing.
And second, I'm doing it because it's part of my mission, my legacy. And my God given life purpose being asked to join the board of directors for GPS life journey was an honor and a blessing. It is another way that I can help others learn how to increase their significance in life. And they, in turn, can help others fulfill God's purpose and their life by becoming a GPS life journey partner.
Ask me how to become a GPS life partner. And get ready for the adventure."
You can visit our EVENTS page to discover what is happening in Lenoir City, TN or in SW FL.
GPS Life Journey Was a Game Changer for Me
Thank you once again, Dr. Yemi, for the opportunity to participate in the GPS Class. It was really a game changer for me.
The GPS Life Journey process opened my eyes to a lot of things. It was like a roadmap on how to live a purpose driven life. It showed me hidden potentials I have. Also, my true personality was brought to the forefront.
GPS helped me to know how to relate with people around me, making me a better person for Kingdom service. One of the highlights for me was when I discovered my mission statement and my vision for the future became clear.
I have always had challenges knowing what to do in life. So, if you too may be confused on your calling this is the course you should take. I am glad I got to know what I now know even though I wished I knew it much earlier in life.
I strongly recommend GPS Life Journey for everyone and especially our younger adults. Thank you Dr. Yemi, you freely poured out yourself for us, gave us free tips on financial management and how to use what God has put in us to create success and make an impact for His kingdom.
This graduate participated in one of Dr. Yemi Faith Alfred’s GPS Life Journey Classes in Nigeria.
In this month's Note From Nolen, we discover what's been happening in 2023 and hopes for 2024
It seems at the end of every year, we become more reflective. We tend to think about what all has happened during the year and especially the blessings of God in our lives. This certainly has been a very God blessed year for GPS Life Journey. We have seen nearly 200 people participate in 24 different small groups.
Here in Lenoir City, Tennessee, where the global office is located, as well as many others all around the world, discovering God's purpose for the next stage of their life and developing a strategy to fulfill that purpose. We're grateful for all of you who have participated and grateful that you will recommend others to participate in the GPS life journey process in the coming year.
"I wish for you a very, very merry Christmas. I hope you are blessed by being able to spend time with family and friends, and it'd just be a great holiday season for you. One final request here at the end of my greeting today, I will have rotator cuff surgery in three weeks. So I appreciate your prayers on my behalf."
Please pray that it will be a full and speedy recovery from that surgery for Nolen. God bless you and have a wonderful Christmas.
God’s network is amazing! Seeking to discover what God might have for the next stage of life for me, I discovered GPS Life Journey while living in southwest Florida. I started my journey many years ago and the adventure continues today. I was so excited about what I learned I knew I had to share it with others. My mission to intentionally invest in others to recognize and receive who they are and live on purpose has been evolving ever since.
God has given me amazing opportunities to share with others. I trained and have trained many GPS Life Journey Facilitators. I also became a certified Life Coach and DISC Trainer, which helps me to be able to coach in a more personal way the ones God “brings to my door” through GPS Life Journey. It is so exciting and fulfilling to help others discover who they are and how God made them and witness how God is giving them abundant opportunities to engage in their personal missions.
I have traveled to Nigeria, Russia, India, and Ukraine and had the God-given opportunity to do training with students, ministry leaders, and small business owners on how God has uniquely made each one of us and I introduced them to discovering God’s personal mission.
Through the online version of GPS Life Journey, I have also “traveled” to Nepal, India, Myanmar, UAE, South Africa, and Costa Rica. Facilitators I had the privilege to train have been able to bring GPS Life Journey to Chechnya, Volgograd, and other surrounding areas of Russia.
I feel so privileged to be able to share GPS Life Journey with others in the US and around the world. I LOVE the success stories people are sharing and the healing that is transforming lives. Women’s ministries launched, help to orphanages, ministry to widows, reaching the unreached, teambuilding for business owners, love and help to refugees, and foster care are just a few of the ministries and audiences that are part of mission statements from people all over the world.
It’s easy to be passionate about the mission God has given and equipped me to do. What a great blessing to make a difference in others’ lives.
Testimonies of GPS Graduates
Here are some comments about GPS Life Journey from a few of my friends that have shared their journey with me.
Open Doors - “I am seeing God’s open doors right in line with my passions and mission working with teens and young adults helping them discover who they are and how they are made.”
Take Action - “With the help of the GPS facilitator I have been able to not only identify my mission but brainstorm and take action to LIVE out this mission.”
Serve God with More Unity - “The personality types you taught us today will help me a long way to be able to understand the people that God will bring my way. Most importantly, as the church understands these personality types, the problems we have in churches are going to be reduced and we will serve God with more unity.”
World of Possibilities - “This course has enabled me to see a world of possibilities where everyone has a role to play, if only, they can discover themselves to become all that they were made to be. The passion to see lives change led me to start a platform called Women Above Rubies in 2019 - a platform for value reorientation, self-discovery, and empowering women by educating, inspiring, and supporting them to make an impact in their world. I look back on my journey and I thank God for the privilege to have gone through GPS Life Journey, that has helped shape me into the woman I am becoming today.”
Transforming - "GPS was life-transforming. I am amazed that through the assessments, self-reflection, group conversations, and one-to-one coaching, my eyes have been opened to who God created when He formed me. I now know that He delights in me and I'm here for a specific, beautiful reason!"
Eye-Opening - “The GPS assessments were eye-opening – not just the strengths but also the weaknesses. I’m excited to learn to love myself and to allow God to love me and accept His love. Even more exciting is how that love will spill over to my family and others that I encounter. For the first time I see that as a true, reallife possibility.”
GPS Life Journey Makes You Examine Yourself - "I never wanted to accept myself. I covered up my insecurities with sarcasm. GPS makes you examine yourself. I had no concept of what love is. The group IS the experience. I am feeling better about myself and surrendering to God, day by day, moment by moment.”
OK to Be the God-made ME - "I think everyone should participate in GPS Life Journey. It provides direction, clarity, and a wonderful group experience. For the first time in my life, I know it is OK to be the God-made me!"
Risa Baker is President of Partners 31, LLC, Coach & Consultant in North Metro Atlanta, GA and a global GPS Life Journey Facilitator. (Story written by Risa Baker)
Nolen Rollins, Founder & President of GPS Life Journey