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Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Some of our college interns have left Kenya due to safety issues there. They moved to Tanzania and are learning Swahili.
Lowell and Sheri Glick (Mexico) have started a new outreach in Monte los Garcia.
Paul S. is in Nigeria to teach and consult nationals.
Ross H. is in Africa assisting nationals begin a training school.
Other college interns are in South Asia and Thailand, learning the local languages and researching ministries where they can get involved.
The Evaluation Visit Report from the Association for Biblical Higher Education arrived this week. We have until December 15 to respond to the letter by describing progress the College has made toward 11 key recommendations.
Our goal is to raise $100,000 and match it with $100,000 from Bethany revenues to provide additional scholarship help to students. This initiative would provide 125 students in 2012 an extra $1,600 in financial aid.
Freshmen: Evangelism, Discipleship and Community, Synoptic Gospels
Sophomore: Hermeneutics and Exegetical Skills, Theology II
Saturday, November 5th, 2011
At the Bethany gathering on October 27, Dan Brokke reminded the Bethany community of its calling to “go” to the nations together. We don’t just tell others to “go,” but we go ourselves through prayer, personal involvement and support. God is working among us and this is a time for deeper involvement in prayer focused on the “places where the church is not…yet.” Dan emphasized Nehemiah 3 & 4 noting that “families worked side by side”, “together in war and construction”. With these in mind, almost unanimously, those in attendance responded to the call to come alongside the students in a deeper way. With focused prayer initiatives the full community desires to facilitate students and graduates all the way to the field - and stand with them there. These prayer initiatives will begin through circles of prayer for half-hour segments on every other Tuesday (12:30 -1:00) beginning November 8, our half day set apart. Staff and students will choose areas for prayer emphasis from global regions expecting God to move us deeper in commitment to one another and to fulfill His heart’s desire.
Twenty-eight prospective students and five parents arrived on campus Thursday afternoon for the college’s campus visit day, called BCOM Preview. They received an orientation and enjoyed the International Dinner. Later they gathered in the Prayer Chapel for worship and the word.
Kerry Olson reports from Mexico City, “Each year as part of our annual church conference, an evangelistic outreach is organized. Church members were encouraged to bring along unsaved family and friends to attend an evangelistic theatrical performance with an altar call to receive Christ as their Savior. This year’s response was off the charts! The church auditorium was packed with 2700 in attendance and 879 people came forward to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior! An amazing response to the Gospel! Please pray for the follow-up activities for those who received Christ. While we recognize this was a work of God, unemployment, economic problems, unrelenting violence and lack of confidence in Mexico’s government have seemed to create an even stronger sense of spiritual need among the population in general. The apostle Paul stated in Romans 5:20 ‘But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.’ We thank God for being a part of what He is doing and for His grace that continues to abound much more in Mexico.”
One of the benefits of using STEM to facilitate a short-term mission trip is the training. They use a multi-part training to prepare people for cross-cultural ministry. Ordinarily that happens about a month before the team leaves, but in certain cases, they bring the team to one location to spend a couple intensive days together before traveling overseas. That is the case next week. Pray for STEM staff, Adam and Vicky as they train the team, then Adam as he leads this group to prayer walk and serve among an unreached people. They will be overseas November 8-22.