Terrance James Scholarship
Terrance James was an inspirational young man from Guyana. He grew up without a main father figure in his life, which led to him being involved with the wrong people. In his late teens he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He became passionate about God and sharing the gospel so he joined a Bible College in Brazil called Cetram. This school takes students selected from their village to train them as leaders. They learn the Word of God through stories and a trade to support themselves. Then they are returned to their village to share the Word of God. At this school Dr. Crowther, the current president of Grace College of Divinity, became a mentor for him. He hoped to go out and share the gospel with others.
His dream was that people who grew up with a difficult childhood or were parentless would find hope and joy in the love of Christ. His life had been filled with struggles and darkness and he strived to give others the peace and hope that God gave him. In 2013 Terrance went to a rodeo on Easter weekend and there he was killed by gang members of the area. Terrance James was an inspiration to everyone. He was hardly ever seen angry and always walked with a smile. Terrance James had the uncanny ability to make friends with everyone he met no matter where they were from. People who met him felt a sense of joy outpouring from him.
“Everyone who talked to him knew he had a smile, a dance in his step, and served others. Other people mattered to him. He is remembered through the joy and dance in his heart.”- Alan Winter
A memorial scholarship was set up in his memory from GCD with Centram to help young people who grew up without a father figure and have a passion for Christ.