Another year of training men to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ is off and running. The new class of students in Denver has already proven to be a quality group of men. It is humbling to hear of the secure jobs they left behind, the educational background they have already achieved before attending the Bible Institute, and their dedication to learn to share the gospel more powerfully.
This trend is not unique to Denver. With each extension location I visit, where men are preparing to preach the gospel, the stories are very similar. In fact, to add to the list above, many of the men who are enrolled within the extension program also left family. I find it difficult to think of the struggles faced by so many men who are away from their wives and children for months at a time while they learn to be greater servants in the Lord’s kingdom.
The report information below provides a summary to the activity in a few locations where Bear Valley is privileged to share in the work of training men to preach.
As well, there are updates on recent and upcoming travels of coordinators who are involved in teaching short courses within the program. They are also assisting each location to operate more efficiently.
Howell and Mary Ferguson will be leaving this week for Gorlovka, Ukraine. They will be in Ukraine for just over 3 weeks and then traveling to Chimala, Tanzania to work. Remember them in prayer.
Garry Hill is in Chimala, Tanzania to work the next three months with the school. Remember Garry in prayer also.
Ralph Williams and myself will be traveling in September to Ghana, Togo and Cameroon. We would appreciate your prayers for our travels.
The following address is a link to a report from Gary Fallis about the recent work in India, but also the overall graduate work within the extension program: http://www.bvbid.org/PDFs/ExtensionReports/Fallis8_10.pdf
Donnie Bates is in Honduras this week teaching in the school in Danli. Please remember the work in Honduras in your prayers. Recent flooding has taken at least 23 lives and is devastating the country. Read more about the flooding at the following address: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27280639/
Donnie’s monthly report can also be read at the following address:http://www.bvbid.org/PDFs/ExtensionReports/Bates8_10.pdf
Donnie also wrote a brief note about arriving in Honduras for classes this week.
Because of limited access to the internet, I will not be posting my reports as usual, but I am writing them every day and when I get home, I´ll catch everyone up. We had a good worship service today with the brethren at El Zarzal. I was blessed to be asked to preach. I took lots of pictures of the damage caused to the creek bank near the building and will be sharing those later on facebook. This is a serious situation and I ask for your prayers on behalf of the brethren here. The good news is that none of the brethren have been directly affected by the flooding, i.e. none of them have suffered harm or damage to their homes. However, many have family who have, so this too needs to be part of our prayers. I anticipate a good week of class, but ask you to pray that we are all safe through the week. Of course, I´m the only one here who will be leaving at the end of the week (Lord willing) so continue to keep the Lord´s church in Danlí in your prayers.
Thank you and God bless
The following reports are from Gajendra (Nepal) and Chann (Cambodia).
Dear brothers in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the precious name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May Grace of God, love and peace always be with you.
This week my health is not getting well. Due to regular rain in Kathmandu, we are getting fever, headache, and sore throat. I am also getting fever and same sore throat. I am using medicine. It is working. So, I am a little better. I am sorry for getting late on writing letter to you all.
We, the students and classes are going well. In absence of Brother Jerry, we, brother Deepak, Kirash and Gajendra are taking classes. We are doing our level best on teaching. Our students are doing better in classes as well as in surrounding congregations. They are involved in teaching and preaching. As a result, last Sunday 8th August, Sister Rohana Tamang was baptized and added in to the Kingdom of God. She was our cook’s helper during brother Don’s classes. She is studying at class Seven in Government school. Please pray for her in your personal prayer.
We do need your regular prayer and guidance to do better labor in the kingdom of God in Nepal.
Servant in Christ
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Good morning from Cambodia. I would like to share some work we have done recently in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Things are going well here, and we keep working hard together. I’m very proud of our two young men and a young girl who live at Svay Rieng, at the border of Vietnam. Recently they have converted two people into Christ which are their mother and brother.
Now through the work of the school and the church in Siem Reap, we can reach to more people at other locations as well. Please keep the new brethren and the new location in your prayer.
We really need transportation as soon as we can so we can reach more people at other areas in Siem Reap.
We love you all and we are looking forward to seeing you sometimes if Lord’s willing.
Each week brings wonderful news, opportunities and experiences. I am fully aware of how vital this work is to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. I am also aware of the necessity of your help in the development and success of this work. Thank you for your desire to work, provide financial support, prayer and encouragement for every need in this work. I pray for you daily and I hope these reports will help you stay informed with the overall program.