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Student Testimony: Blake Miller

TeenPact’s vision is “Changing Lives to Change the World.” We want to take the opportunity to share some of the stories of changed lives with you in a series of Student Testimonies.

This story comes from Blake Miller, a 14-year-old student from Fairview who attended the Missouri State Class. Be blessed by his story!

While I was at the class, I had the opportunity to run for governor. When we divided into parties, I was nominated to run, and I won the election in my primary. I was so excited! Later that day I was encouraged to campaign for the general election coming up the next day. On the way to evening session, I picked up my materials for my campaign, and I decided to try some campaigning that night. It did not go well. I didn’t campaign to anyone and was questioning myself why I was running. When I got back to the hotel I was physically sick and struggling. I was ready to give up.

“I realized that what I was doing was what God had planned for me, not what I had in mind.”

After prayer and encouragement from my parents, the next day I went to the class and I felt confident that I was doing something greater than myself. I ended up campaigning to eight people before the election and I got to talk and meet many wonderful people, that I might not have otherwise met. When it came time for the general elections, myself and three others went up to answer questions. I had so much fun answering those questions. We were asked, “If you could be mentored by any one, who would be?” I knew why God would not let me give up on my campaign. When my turn came I looked at my dad and responded, “Gary Punches.” Gary Punches was a man who mentored my dad when he first got married to my mom. He made a great impact on my dadʼs life. When I gave my answer my dad and I shed a few tears. Gary Punches has sadly passed away, but his influence continues in the life of my dad and my family. I didnʼt win the election, but it was all worth it. I realized that what I was doing was what God had planned for me, not what I had in mind.

After the election my dad came up to me and told me that my answer had made his day. I got to congratulate the TeenPact Governor of that year and was so glad she had won the election. After this struggle that I went through, I know God is always using and preparing me for things so much greater than myself.

“I know God is always using and preparing me for things so much greater than myself.”

Do you know of another young person who would like to share their Student Testimony? Please email us at alumni@teenpact.com.

For more information, or to register for a class near you, visit teenpact.com/fourday.

Kathie zuroweste

Blake Miller is a prime example of the quality of young people we are privileged to work with in TeenPact.
His story is extra special to me having had the opportunity to see, first hand, his story unfold.
Parents like Blake’s and mentors like the one he speaks of are the reasons TeenPacters thrive, both as they grow up and later in life. The proof is in the pudding with two former TeenPact alumni: Representative Josh Cockroft, Oklahoma House and Representative Jennifer Sullivan, Florida House. There are many more outstanding examples, however, I am proud to know them personally.
Parents, Mentors and those we associate with make the difference.
Congratulations Blake, you have an incredible future!

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Clara Waddle

Blake, I think that you did a wonderful job answering the questions before general elections and was really touched by your reply to the mentoring question. You’re a great guy, and I’m glad I got to meet you and be on your commitee. I totally “pictured” you as our governor. ;)

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