Greetings in the blessed and beloved name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Welcome to a new newsletter about the Extension Centers Studies program of the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver. It is a newsletter that I hope will serve as an instrument of communication to those who support and also to those who have interest in the work of training men to preach in Latin America.
At the moment, there are two institutes in Latin America in which we are training men to preach the Gospel. Both institutes began their classes on the same day, April 13, 2009. Since Bear Valley’s program of study is a two-year program, these schools are already about to graduate their students.
The Bible Institute of Honduras
As I said, the Bible Institute of Honduras (IBH), located in Danlí, Honduras, began its work of preparing faithful men so as to be able to teach their own people, April 13, 2009. They have studied faithfully for almost two years and are already working in preaching and evangelizing in the area around Danlí.
At the moment, there are three students at IBH. Their names are: Oscar Morgan, Hector Viera and Yonis Gonzales. They have worked hard and are about to complete a rigorous program. The date of their graduation is February 10 (or 11) (I’m still working on that). I have much confidence that they are going to have much success in the work of the Lord in the future, mainly because they already have had success, not just in their studies, but in working with several congregations in campaigns and each week also.
The plans that we have for IBH include changing the curriculum a little so that it compares better with the curriculum used at the Denver campus. Also, we must recruit more students for the second class. It is necessary that we have more than three students enrolled. Because of this, we are going to wait until the month of August before we begin the second class. This plan will give us time to recruit more students and, since we have to find another place where new married students can live with their families, it gives us more time to find a house we can rent and also time to raise the necessary funds. The truth is that we need more funds to support the students with families because they will be studying and will not be able to provide for their families while they study.
For the immediate future, the students are completing their last quarter of long courses, which end the 28th of this month. After the long courses, they will have two weeks of short courses. I will teach the course on Revelation the week of January 31 – February 4. Brother Denny Petrillo, president of Bear Valley, will teach the class on Hermeneutics the week of February 7-11 and, as I said at the beginning, we will have the graduation the evening of the 10th (Thursday) or the 11th (Friday) of that week.
The Latin American Theological Institute
The Latin American Theological Institute (ITL), located in Guatemala City, as you already know, began its classes April 13, 2009. Also, the students of this institute have worked in faith and very hard and are about to graduate from their studies.
The last quarter of long courses ends February 18, 2011. Brother Ken Dawdy, of Denver, Colorado, will travel to Guatemala to teach the first short course (February 21-25) over the books of Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther. The next week (February 28 – March 4) brother Wesley Walker will teach the course over the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. In the third week of short courses (March 7-11) I will teach the course over the Minor Prophets, Nahum – Malachi. The date of the graduation of ITL is the weekend of April 1-3.
In the next edition, I want to share more information about ITL. The brethren over this institute are doing a very good work in the name of the Lord. In future editions, I would like to relate more news and information about the institutes that we already have and, also others that, Lord willing, we will have in the future.
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