2011 will bring challenges to the work of Extension Training, just as previous years. Challenges present both a positive and a negative side to the work.
One of the challenges for 2011 is to ensure each school reaches their full capacity of students. Considering all 15 extension locations, we are operating around 55-60% of overall capacity. The major factor is funds. Therefore, with incoming classes for 2011 we are striving to raise the necessary funds to move closer to 75-80% capacity.
Another challenge will be finalizing the standardized curriculum format in each extension. We are working diligently to make sure the material used in each location is the same consistent quality as taught in Denver. The challenge in several locations involves getting the material translated into the language of the students.
The challenge of finding qualified short-course teachers is an area we are working to improve this year. Short-courses involve 30 hours of teaching in a number of Biblical books and related subjects. There are also some academic qualifications needed. If you would like to be involved in training men to preach the gospel, please drop me an e-mail and I will be glad to give you all of the necessary information. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also a challenge of aiding students who deal with the religious practices in their culture. Obvious denominational challenges are faced. However, struggles exist in the areas of Islam, Buddha, and Hinduism. In some locations, i.e. Nigeria, these struggles increase. We want to find ways to strengthen these men who are teaching the gospel in adverse circumstances and the congregations diligently holding up the light of Christ.
As well, there will constantly be challenges to ensure funds for students, administration in each extension, travel costs for coordinators and instructors, as well as, personal support for each staff member.
While there will be other challenges throughout 2011, we will be faithful in addressing and overcoming these challenges. We ask for your prayers regarding all of these areas.
Reports from the coordinators are now located on the website, under Staff Reports. The address is /extension-schools/
Gary Fallis and Jerry Bates are now in Nepal and next week travel to Visakhapatnam, India to work with the extension schools in each location. Please remember them in their travels.
Mission 2011: Jerry and Paula Bates provide a report for 2010 and look to the future in 2011. Read their report here.
Powerful News In Arusha, Tanzania: Cy Stafford's report brings great news from Africa.
Profitable Cambodian Work: The news in Cambodia continues to be exciting as the church grows.
The year ahead will open many doors of opportunity for training men to preach the gospel. I look forward to strengthening the brethren we are working with and establishing new schools.
Thank you for your support in every way. This work continues to grow stronger because of your assistance. It excites me to share with you the growth of the Lord’s kingdom around the world. Please continue to pray with us for the Lord’s blessings on our efforts.