“I will finish even if I have to shower with a hose pipe and eat a baked potato everyday.” Kyle Shreve made that statement to me while he was a student. It sounds kinda weird but it makes perfect sense to me. It was at that moment that I knew Kyle was going to be a missionary. Kyle went on to complete his training here at the Our Generation Training Center. He did everything that was asked of him. He fought through tough difficulties and now he has been on the mission field for a year. As I look back on the time that I have known Kyle, almost eight years, I have seen a characteristic that has been consistent in his life. He is going to do whatever he puts his mind to. Some people might think that isn’t a compliment, but in my mind there is no higher compliment. Some people choose to work with someone who is talented, skilled, or the flashy. I want the guy with an iron will, the guy who won’t back down to what he sets his mind on, because it’s those guys who end up doing something. I believe that Kyle is that type of person. He is going to do something because his mind is made up.
Kyle came to the OGTC from a small college where he had a full ride scholarship for track. He had been reminded of the decision he had made when he was 15 years old to be a missionary. So, in the summer of 2009, Kyle moved down to Georgia with hopes to be a missionary. It wasn’t the normal way a student would come, but he enrolled nonetheless. He settled in, learned what he needed to do, and got it done. Kyle was an asset to any ministry that he was a part of. He worked with the children’s ministry for a while and worked in teen ministry. God grew him greatly in the time he lived in Alpharetta, Ga.
For his internship Kyle worked for over a year in a church in Norcross. He would bring people to church and spend hours visiting and discipling others. It was during this time that Kyle and Hannah started dating, and it wasn’t long after that they got married. This year marks 5 years that Kyle and Hannah have been together. They are a great couple, and I have no doubt God’s plans are great for these two.
Kyle then worked hard to finish deputation. He was sent out from Vision Baptist Church and through Vision Baptist Missions.
I met up with Kyle in July on my trip to Peru. He translated for me a couple of times and the veteran missionary was impressed and expects great things with him. He is currently teaching in the Bible College in Spanish and sometime next year Kyle is looking to start a church in Arequipa. I have no doubt God is going to use Kyle. He sets his mind on something and doesn’t let go until he gets it. I have seen God use him in the past and have no doubt that God is going to use him in the future. Kyle has overcome some pretty difficult obstacles in his life. I am proud to get to know men like him and I am proud to be his friend.
You can be like Kyle. God could use you. Would you please consider what you can do with your life to reach the world with the gospel?