A Good Place To Start...

A good place to start can sometimes be hard to find. A great deal has happened throughout the extension program over the past week. It is so exciting to read about the growth and development of the schools, but even more so within the church as souls are being added by God through the diligent efforts of servants in the Lord’s kingdom.

While I have one more week of classes I am taking, the week ahead is one I am especially looking forward to taking. The course is called Biblical Foundation of Missions. The focus of the class is to examine the thread of God’s mission as it is seen throughout the Bible, Old and New Testament alike. Especially significant will be the development of leadership within the context of His mission today. I am anticipating an exciting week of learning.

There are several pages of reports to read, so I will not tarry long with the introductory comments for this week’s report. The information being shared is incredibly powerful and I am so thankful to be partnering with the greatest people on earth in trying to fulfill God’s mission of sharing the message of salvation in Jesus Christ. Thank you to all of you who are laboring around the world to make an eternal difference in the lives of those who walk without hope. It is both an honor and a privilege to know you and share in God’s plan.

Now on to the other reports...

Coordinator Updates
Reports from the coordinators are now located on the website, under Staff Reports. The address is /extension-schools/

Steven Ashcraft’s report is below. If you would like to see the full report with all the pictures surrounding the activities of Steven’s work, click here.

Extension Reports 

Evangelism Is Our Mission: It is not the first time you have read this mission statement for the school in Cameroon. However, the efforts of it continue to produce fruit.

Student Studies With Parents: How exciting to read about one of the students at the Visakha Valley Bible College in India to study with and see his parents baptized.

Another Staff Member Marries In Cambodia: The work is growing in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Sometimes in ways we might not anticipate.

An Empty Chair And Debates: A recent accident left an empty chair in the Chimala Bible Institute. Also, a visiting instructor uses debates to help train students.

Growth On A Grand Scale In TZ: Reports from the outreach in several locations near Arusha, Tanzania have seen God bringing growth in great ways.

Kioga Congregation Is Growing: Activities within the Kioga congregation, near Arusha, Tanzania, demonstrate growth and development within the Lord’s church.

Gamachisa, A Barber Worth Reading About: Sean Hochdorf’s recent conversation with a barber in Nairobi proved to be quite interesting.  

Final Thoughts
I will close with a word of gratitude. All of you who read the report each week know how exciting it is to see the increase God is giving week after week. For this, we give thanks. Also, thank you for sharing in the work of these beloved servants of God who are laboring in numerous places around the world. 

I find it amazing we have access to the greatest technology which has made the world a very small place. I cannot travel very far without meeting people who have connections, generally an electronic connection, with someone in one of the locations where an extension school is preparing men to preach the gospel. I love it!

Thank you for all you are doing for the Lord and His kingdom.

God bless

Posted on April 22, 2012 .