Bro. Mohfai Hussin, Next Step Singles Class
An interview with Bro. Mohfai Hussin, Sunday School Teacher and Deacon at NVBC
When was the Next Step Singles Class begun?
In September, the Next Step Singles Class will celebrate its fifth anniversary. With good reason, my wife Christina and I remain the only original class members. In the past five years, our students have married—some even have children!—and now attend other classes, teach Sunday school classes, serve in other ministries here or abroad, moved because of the direction of their career or schooling, et cetera.
A revolving door would worry some teachers.
Sure, Christina and I would have loved to “keep” every young person we taught these years and celebrate the milestones with all of them; but our desire has always been to help guide these young adults in this period of their lives and provide them with the essential “building blocks” on which to take their next step spiritually, socially, academically, or professionally.
Saying goodbye is always bittersweet. I suppose the feeling is akin to a proud parent on graduation day. My wife and I miss our students, yet we look forward with eager anticipation to what they will accomplish with their lives, whether their focus is the ministry, education, or the secular field.
You mention “education.” Does the start of the school year affect your class?
A number of our students leave at the end of the summer to resume schooling in different parts of the country—from southern California to Florida. On the other hand, several students return in September from summer school. Of course, our young people from nearby colleges and universities attend the entire year.
You mentioned “ministry” and “secular field” earlier. What words would you offer to the young person who is unsure about which of the two steps to take?
Seek counsel from your pastor. If we are not careful, we make the biggest decisions of our lives—which college to attend, which careers or ambitions to pursue, and more—without ever consulting the man of God.
Seek counsel from your parents and other godly influences. Your peers are more than likely to agree with your opinions and decisions but less likely to know what is best for you.
Read the Bible and pray. In Proverbs 3:5-6, we read: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” The Lord will direct your steps when your focus is on Him.
Continue to be a full-time Christian. During our youth conference, Pastor Tony Hutson spoke about being a full-time Christian, regardless of whether one’s calling is behind a pulpit or in a business office. We are to be like Christ Jesus twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week regardless of our vocation in life.
What lessons do you teach?
Our lessons are taught in series such as people of the Bible, characteristics of Christians, stewardship, and more. I try to plan each series when it will be the most applicable in a student’s life. For example, most if not all people spend the most during the holiday season; so a Bible lesson on finances would be relevant then.
Do you have class activities?
My wife and I plan one class activity each month during the summer and one every other month during the “school” months. By society’s standards, bowling, laser tag, a beach bonfire, and pizza night at the Hussin home may be tame; but I believe our students enjoy the time with us and each other.
Who should attend the Next Step Singles Class?
The Next Step Singles Class was begun for college and career-aged young adults seeking Biblical guidance in all areas of life. We meet in Room 210 in the auditorium building every Sunday morning at 10:00.