Nehemiah-Lydia Trailblazer and Builder Scholarship

Apply now and Fall 2018 students automatically receive a $6,420 per semester scholarship applied to tuition.  The scholarship is renewed each semester as long as you remain enrolled full-time and in good academic standing (see catalog).  The scholarship may not be combined with any other offer or discount.  By receiving this scholarship, you pay $1,580 per semester, $12,640 for the entire degree program.  For details, email or call (909) 554-3814

About Nehemiah and Lydia

The stories of Nehemiah (Old Testament) and Lydia (New Testament) are inspiring.  Both were called to leadership roles within their respective communities.  We know quite a bit about Nehemiah.  Here is a leader who sees a downtrodden and beaten people.  He comes from a broken family and community.  He prays to God, "I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father's family, have committed against you.  We have acted very wickedly toward you.  We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses."

In this despair, Nehemiah does not give up nor give in.  He surveys the situation, determined to do something for the Lord, essentially turning things around...repenting.  He asks for the Lord to bless his leadership, and He does.  Nehemiah, against human odds, rallies many different people, and restores the vision God had provided to His people.  Then, physically, he goes on to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.  More importantly, he restores the standing of the Israelites to God.  It is one of those great Old Testament stories, where God, through Nehemiah, shows how His chosen people need to come back to Him.

Lydia, while a fairly minor character of the New Testament is a different kind of a trailblazer and builder.  Her story is told in Acts 16.  There are many subtexts to Lydia's story.  First of all, we are told she was a believer of God.  Then we are told,   "The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message.  When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us [Paul and others] to her home.  "If you consider me a believer in the Lord, " she said, "come and stay at my house." 

Second, we know Lydia was a [businesswoman] - she was a "dealer in purple cloth."  From historical accounts, scholars surmise that this meant Lydia was of some stature in her community.  It is also presumed that she was a Gentile.  

Put together, these accounts are perhaps the reason why Lydia is mentioned in Acts.  As a woman, businessperson, leader in her family, Gentile, and called upon directly by God, she appears to be quite a remarkable character and supporter of the Faith.

You may not feel directly called upon by God...yet.  You may not know what God has called you to...yet.  We encourage you to take the next step in your faith by simply applying and registering at Oak Valley College.  This action, in and of itself, makes you a trailblazer.  If you know what you want to build, we look forward to helping you build it.  If you do not have an idea of  what you want to build, that is fine, too.  We will teach you how to use the tools of a builder, so whenever you are ready to build, you will be ready.