The two years I spent earning the master’s degree with the Gimel class of IWS came at a time in my life when I needed it. My first class in January 2017 ended with a discussion about allowing space for lament in congregational worship services. One month later, the lead pastor of the church I worked at passed away. I spent the next two months working alongside the associate pastor in leading our congregation through a season of lament and I was so grateful for how the Lord equipped me through IWS. That began a time in my career when I was without a professional mentor, yet the faculty of IWS was there to help guide me through how to incorporate all my learning effectively at my job. I was able to be a valuable asset to my congregation in writing liturgy, leading worship workshops, and providing stable leadership during uncertain times. I graduated in spring of 2019 and two months later a new lead pastor was hired at my church. The two years in my career when I needed help the most, the Lord led me to IWS. I am so thankful for my time spent there.