Bates Newsletter - March 9, 2015

I bid you greetings in the precious name of our Lord! The third quarter of our school year is rapidly coming to an end. Today begins Finals Week here at the Bear Valley Bible Institute, and the students are busying preparing their last assignments and studying for their tests. On Friday and Saturday, they will be leaving for campaigns in Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee and this year’s foreign campaign will be on Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean. 

In other news, Noma and I were able to move from our apartment and into a house. The house is not very far from where we were living and we were able to make the move over a period of about five days, so it wasn’t as taxing physically as previous moves have become. We are very thankful for this blessing. The monthly expense is the same, but we now have all our belongings together in one place. Our new address is: 9101 W. Temple Pl., Littleton, CO 80123.

Since our last newsletter, I have been asked to once again teach Homiletics to the younger boys at our annual FPTC (Future Preachers Training Camp) that will be held June 14-21 this year. This is an exciting camp every year, as approximately 40 young men from all over the country come to Denver to spend their summer camp time learning to preach. Many of our former campers have gone on to more formal training (a lot of them here at Bear Valley) and are currently serving in pulpits all over. It is a great honor for me to be a small part of this effort.

Noma and I have also been invited to help in the Military Outreach program that has been resurrected here at Bear Valley. We have been invited to help with the congregation that meets on base at Aviano Air/Army Base in Aviano, Italy this summer. Details have yet to be worked out, but it looks like the program they are wanting will have us spending a couple of weeks with the good brethren there. For our Hugo friends and brethren, one of the members of that military congregation is the son of Joyce Seward. What a thrill it was for me to meet him in January!

With the end of this quarter, I will be able to spend more time developing our new online studies program. It is my goal to have this program up and running sometime in May.

Thank you so much for your continued interest in and support of this work.

God bless,

Donnie Bates

Posted on March 10, 2015 .