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Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Welcome to the 32 new freshmen who came on campus last week. We are impressed with them and look forward to seeing them grow in understanding and confidence as they embrace God’s calling. Already, they have had significant encounters with the Lord and growth of relationship with each other and the sophomores.
Bethany is partnering with Words of Life Ministries in Cambodia to purchase and install a web press in-country for the printing and distribution of the newest version of the Bible in Khmer. The $64,000 web press was built in India and last week week was shipped out to port in Cambodia. A $25,000 container load of Bible paper is on its way from Spain. These two components should arrive in the port in Cambodia soon.
Please pray for favor with customs in the country as duty can be as high as 100% on this type of equipment. Praise God for the donors who have given generously to this project. Bethany’s Partners in Publishing ministry will send two staff members to Cambodia in October to map out the sales and distribution plan for the vision of distributing one million Bibles in country within the next four to five years. This is a faith-filled project to meet a great need and opportunity. More than 10,000 Cambodians a month are converting to Christ yet there is a woeful shortage of Bibles at present. Imagine the impact that a million Bibles can have on this people group movement that is taking place before our very eyes. God has assembled a team of very committed people to help make this project a success.
John P. just returned from leading a recent STEM team to an unreached People Group in Central Asia. A Twin Cities-based church adopted this group 12 years ago and as part of their strategy to impact this people group partnered with STEM to send seven people from their congregation to prayer walk in strategic locations, participate in conversational English, and encourage the long-term workers they support. God protected the team and opened many doors for the hope of the Gospel to be shared through MP3 players loaded with culturally relevant Bible studies (100 lessons on The Way of Righteousness), scripture portions, and music.
Monday, August 22nd, 2011
A team from the Association for Biblical Higher Education will be at Bethany from October 10-12, 2011 to conduct a site visit. For over a year and a half the College has been in the process to seek accreditation.
The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) comprises about 200 evangelical postsecondary institutions throughout North America specializing in Biblical ministry formation and professional leadership education. It represents an aggregate student enrollment of 35,000+.
ABHE is an officially recognized “national accrediting association” by the U.S. Department of Education. Also, it is an officially recognized “faith-based” accrediting agency by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ABHE is 64 years old.
The sophomores returned to campus last week and freshmen arrived today. Classes begin Friday!
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
Short-term Evangelical Missions (STEM) has worked with Bethany College of Missions (BCOM) several times this year; including a great tie-in with the leadership class seniors have been taking the past couple weeks. A group of a dozen or so participated in a STEM team designed to give them real-life experiences as a leader of a short-term mission team. Thanks for your prayers for them; they saw God’s protection and learned more about leadership.