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.
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)
Samantha Lewis' GPS Life Journey testimonial.
"I have been searching for my “purpose” and what I was “meant/created” to do for quite some time. Throughout the years, I have placed my sense of value more in worldly achievements and praise from others rather than in truth and purpose.
Each season of my life has brought different challenges, but I have approached each one with that same mindset. School/College was about perfect grades. In sports it was about being the best athlete on the team. After graduation it was about landing that prestigious big job, and then about achieving a better title and earning more money in my career.
After getting married and having children, God changed my life direction in an unexpected way. He called me to be a full-time mom. The way I self-identified became less about me and more about them. My focus shifted from the best of me to the best for them. No question about it.
Fast forward to my current season of life, I have now been a wife for 15 years and am a full-time mom to a teen and a pre-teen. They are in school during the day and, though they still need me, they need me differently than they used to when they were younger and especially during the years that we homeschooled. My role as mommy has for sure shortened to mom. To make matters more challenging, that praise and recognition that I liked so much, is few and far between.
That is one of the reasons the GPS Life Journey course appealed to me. Honestly, I thought the course would answer the questions “who am I?” and “what I am supposed to be doing?” Instead, the course aided in the reorienting or rather the transforming of my mind. The weekly self-evaluations and group discussions, in combination with my personal bible study, reminded me that my “purpose” is not about me or what others think of me but rather about Christ and what He thinks of me.
My identity, my mission, is to live as an Ambassador of Christ daily to those in my sphere of influence and join God in the work He is already doing around me. Who is included in my sphere of influence? My sphere of influence includes everyone from my husband and children to the folks that pass by me in the grocery store.
I am called to represent Christ wherever and to whomever God calls me to that day, knowing I am guided by the power of His Holy Spirit, and with the assurance that He is with me always until the end of the age. I truly cannot think of a more important purpose than to be sent by the One True King, as an accredited diplomat, to represent His Majesty to the world. Can you?"
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This month's story is from Barb Dunn's GPS testimony! "I work in corporate training and development in the pharma/medical industry. My husband, who is a New York City crane operator, is hoping to retire next year. When we moved away from our home in New Jersey and our church, Hillside Lutheran Brethren, of 28 years to come to Tennessee, finding a church home was very important to us. When we found First Baptist Church of Lenoir City, we were baptized and became members in the Spring of 2021.
While waiting to see what Dan and I could do together in ministry after he retires, I said yes to a few things at our new church but I felt a little scattered. I decided to sign up for the GPS Life Journey in May of 2023. I thought this might be like The Purpose Driven Life I read and facilitated years ago. I was intrigued. And anything Pastor John recommends has to be good! So, I signed up.
I always shared the verse Jeremiah 29:11 with my husband and sons, but this got me thinking. Why did I know that God had a plan and purpose for my life but never asked any more questions? I was pleased when the first verse shared in the GPS Life Journey class was Jeremiah 29:11. GPS Life Journey didn’t only ask the questions for me, it led me step by step to hear God’s answers for this stage of my life and gave me direction!
And as it goes, anytime I go through any training, I look at it as a participant and as a professional. I absolutely loved the program. And as an encouraging “I” personality and one who exists to equip my family and community by encouraging and pointing them to biblical truths to fulfill God‘s purposes in their lives, guess who was encouraged to become a facilitator of the GPS program?
The Lord has a plan for your life too. His word is true and tells us so, again in Jeremiah 29:11. I would be excited to walk with you as you discover what that plan is for the next stage of your life! I cannot encourage you enough to go through the GPS Life Journey program!"
You can find out what GPS Life Journey events are happening on our EVENTS page or use the CONTACT page to get in touch with your questions.
We knew we wanted to serve within the church in some capacity but exactly what was a mystery to both of us. Then low and behold, one Sunday our Pastor announced an upcoming class called GPS Life Journey that was designed to help people find God’s plan for the next stages of their lives. We signed up online while we were still in the parking lot of the church that day!
While I was definitely excited to start the GPS Life Journey course, I was a little wary of how effective the course would turn out. As a professional, I took personality tests and they were accurate but that was all, nothing about what to do with said personality! I have also taken a few spiritual gift assessment tests and I had the same questions as I did with the personality test. “What do I do know? How is this applicable to my life?” As it turns out, this time would definitely be the exception to the rule.
It was a seven-week course that started with learning my personal profile, that included seven assessments, and how to hear from God, which then culminated in the development of a personal mission statement with a vision and strategy for making the plan happen. What a gift from the church, from author and facilitator Nolen Rollins and most of all from God.
Author Nolen has done what no other program has done before him and that is how to determine what God’s Plan for Significance is for your Life Journey!
So, what is the next phase of my life’s journey?
My mission is to guide people in discovering God’s plan for their lives through the GPS Life Journey process and to organize a free standing health clinic for the working uninsured of Loudon County, Tennessee. You see, God sometimes has a different plan that you might have thought. He decided to use my education and nursing skills to fulfill His plan for me. I am thrilled to follow His plan.
When the Free Health Clinic is completed, I know exactly how to find God’s next plan for me!
Oh, and I won’t be telling God what I think that is; I will listen to what He tells me?
GPS Life Journey Story by Paula Mills
Jim Casali’s GPS Life Journey Story
It was my privilege to participate in the GPS Life Journey process many years ago in Naples, Florida. Several years ago, we relocated to Saint Augustine, Florida. Recently, I went back and reviewed all my GPS Life Journey Personal Road Map information and tweaked my purpose somewhat.
My giftedness and personal profile have always pointed to primarily a service role with learned leadership skills from my years in executive responsibilities at ASG Software solutions in Naples, Florida. I also have always desired to mentor young men but had never been able to get the two purposes aligned until moving to Saint Augustine.
Two years ago the church we are attending, Reverb Church, here in Saint Augustine moved out of a school environment into the vacant PGA Pro Shop building in the World Golf Complex across from the Golf Hall of Fame. Because of my background at ASG and working on the First Baptist Church Naples Staff, the Pastor here asked me to help them during the renovations of the new space. It took almost a year as it was a total gut out and rebuild.
They had a young man already on staff who was leading in worship and who had a construction background. He was given the responsibility of Director of Operations and we worked together during the build out.
After we moved into our new space our Pastor came to me and asked if I would consider taking on the volunteer role as Coach for the new Operations Team being assembled. After much prayer I agreed and it has been an amazing blessing for the last two years.
The Team is comprised of young married men, including the Director of Operations, and about half of them are fairly new believers. This ministry has allowed me to use my organizational, facilities and leadership skills to build the Team and set expectations for serving on the Team. In addition, I have been able to mentor several of these young men in so many aspects of their Christian walk.
It has taken me a while to find a ministry to apply my life purpose so fully. God has been patient with me. I have a lot to be thankful for, especially the GPS Life Journey process and Nolen Rollins’ leadership, influence, and friendship in my life over these many years.
There is nothing as fulfilling as knowing you are doing what God created and prepared you to do.
If you would like to participate in the GPS Life Journey process then please check for upcoming events in person and online here.
I questioned if that applied to me since I have been involved in Kingdom ministry for many years. I could not imagine learning anything new about “my purpose.” Yet, out of curiosity, I signed up. Since then, my life has been changed.
GPS Life Journey has given me “A New Beginning.” Now, I am ready and excited to live a life of significance, have greater impact in the Kingdom of God, and fulfill my God-given destiny of helping others learn how God has uniquely shaped them for a specific mission in His Kingdom.
What are you waiting for? Sign up for GPS Life Journey today and live your live on mission with God!
Mary Sue Jordan
Executive Director, Lenoir City, Tennessee Housing Authority
GPS Life Journey Facilitator
GPS Life Journey Graduate Story by Mary Smith
My husband Chuck and I were seeking a mission-oriented family of believers as we had
moved. To a new city. Immediately following our first visit to a new church Nolen Rollins
noticed and approached us. He invited us to breakfast where we could get better
I remember one pointed question that Nolen asked, “Where are you called to serve?”
We replied almost simultaneously, “Everywhere, wherever God has us at the moment.”
We shared with him that we were running a church planting ministry in India. We
listened to him share how God put it on his heart to plan a new church sponsored by the
church we were attending. This new plant was to be a mission focused church, which
would help mobilize believers to reach the world. My husband and I agreed that if God
wanted us to plant churches in India why wouldn’t he also have us do that at home? We
committed to being on the founding team of Legacy Church in Estero, Florida.
Nolen arranged for all of the leadership team to be part of a home group, GPS Life
Journey. We each took turns hosting a session as Nolen facilitated our lessons. It was a
great time of bonding and learning how to respect and admire each other, each with
different callings and giftedness. What an adventure it was to see how God was at work
in all our lives!
Since completing GPS Life Journey and becoming a GPS Life Journey Facilitator, I’ve
helped to facilitate online classes, couples’ classes, family classes and blitzes in
communities and churches. I’ve been blessed to conduct classes in the USA and in
India. Although not every attendee has been a believer at the beginning of GPS,
several saw God at work and surrendered to Him before they completed the GPS Life
Journey. The Holy Spirit is at work in GPS!
There are many aspects I love about GPS. GPS is about relationships. GPS is not
something you can do alone by reading a book, watching some videos and answering
some questions. It’s interactive. We need each other and that is very clear throughout
the GPS process.
Relationships are key to successful GPS, both in the group settings and following up in
people’s lives. During my preparation for this essay today I received a message from a
former GPS student. I could tell from his message he needed more than just a quick
text reply. A 48 minute phone call later, after reading scripture, praying with him and
reminding him of his GPS mission statement, I believe he was encouraged to stay
strong in the faith and arrange his life in order to fulfill God‘s purpose for his life.
When I first went through GPS it helped me to focus and continues to help me refocus
my activities on His purpose.
I encourage you to clearly understand and engage in God’s purpose for your life
through GPS Life Journey!
May Jesus bless you!
Mary Smith, GPS Facilitator & Servant of Jesus
By the grace of God, in 2012 I met Pastor Nolen Rollins. He invited me to go through a GPS Life Journey Workshop, to which I gladly agreed.
This training helped me understand more clearly and vividly my purpose and life mission. Later I became a GPS facilitator. Since that time, I have been on many mission trips training pastors and Church
leaders in different countries helping them understand their purposes and life missions.
I want to encourage each of you to go through the GPS Life Journey and become a facilitator to help others fulfill God's calling in their lives.
Pastor Viktor Antipov
What happened? The death of my mother took a huge toll on me personally and people around me were trying to mold into what they thought was the best way to raise a girl child. I struggled to stay calm and be who they wanted me to be, so that I would not be scolded for trying to be me.
Longing for a Better Future
As the years passed by, I was looking forward to going to college where I knew I would be away from preying eyes. I could try to be me. But it truly never happened as I was always trying to hide in the shadows of others and be validated by them.
While all this was going on I had given my life to Christ as a young teenage girl in secondary school. Yet I had not truly embraced the love of a loving God until I got into college and I joined a Christian fellowship. I achieved a deeper level of understanding of who God is and how much He loved me and how unique He made me to be.
So, I began the quest to discover who I was and what purpose God had for my life. I had worked in various fields and careers but one thing always stood out and that was my passions. I desired to support young adults who were struggling with who they are. I was also drawn to support women by helping them discover who they are and to have the right values that truly define them.
Discovery of GPS Life Journey
By the time I left college, I got married to the love of my life who saw so much potential on the inside of me. He was always supportive and pushed me to build on my capacity. It was during that journey of building capacity that I got a text message from one of my mentors, Dr. Yemi Alfred, inviting me on a journey of self-discovery called the GPS Life Journey.
Wow! I was curious and immediately called her to let her know I would sign up. This was in March, 2016. This discovery was the turning point in my life. I was able to truly define myself, understand my personality, my strengths and weaknesses. And, most importantly I discovered God’s purpose for my life. Light and understanding came to me. I began to explore new areas in children’s and youth ministry and women ministry also.
By 2017 I started an NGO for children where we support vulnerable children by sending them back to school and supporting them through training and counselling to help give them hope for a better tomorrow. This year is our sixth year and the Lord has helped us to impact so many children and we are trusting Him to reach more.
From Nigeria to the United Arab Emirates
As the Lord would have it, I relocated with my children to join my husband in 2018 who was working in the United Arab Emirates so we could be together as a family. By 2020 covid happened and the whole world was locked down and I started seeking new ways to build myself and also support other people around me. I reached out to Risa Baker, a global GPS Life Journey Facilitator, and told her that I also would love to be a GPS Life Facilitator.She was eager to train me. I was equipped and I went on to train other women.
Today I use it as a tool for coaching and training for the women in the women’s ministry the Lord led to start a year after I relocated to UAE. Because of the real danger of Christian group meetings here, my greatest asset is the ability to facilitate GPS online.
GPS Life journey is a sure way to go if you truly desire to discover God’s Plan for living a significant life. Thank you, Nolen Rollins, for developing this. GPS is not a book but a process that you go through to discover God’s purpose for the next stage of your life.
Angelica Ugo Macdestiny is a Certified GPS Life Journey Facilitator and ministry leader in the United Arab Emirates.
Nolen Rollins, Founder & President of GPS Life Journey