Approaching July 4th each year provides a constant reminder of the spiritual application of the work we share in training preachers. As the U.S. celebrates the freedoms we enjoy based on the independence gained in 1776, we remember spiritual freedom we are blessed to receive based on the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. This is the Good News!
As Bear Valley continues to train preachers in Denver, we are also privileged to share in the work of training preachers globally through Extension Training. When I think of the sacrifices made to keep this work going, I am reminded of the following...
1) The tireless sacrifices made by men and their families who live in each location. They willingly give of their time and talent to provide a quality level of teaching for students on a daily basis. They often take time away from family to provide for the needs of the students and the church. They are constantly serving the needs of others.
2) The generous sacrifices made by the financial supporters who give so abundantly toward this effort. Considering the amount of money involved in the monthly operations for the entire program is overwhelming. Without the love and generosity of wonderful brethren who believe in the nature of Extension Training, this program would not work.
3) The passionate sacrifices made by the staff demonstrates a dedication to training men to preach the gospel. They give of their time, ability, and finances to help promote the greater good of God’s kingdom.
4) The reliable sacrifices of short course instructors is an encouragement to all. They volunteer to go to the various schools, develop material, take time away from their work and family to help in the cause of preparing men in the word, so these men can go and teach others.
5) The faithful sacrifices of each of you who fervently pray for the success of the Bible Institute and the partnerships we participate in around the world. No part is too small, and nothing is more powerful than the prayers of God’s people.
Thank you for the sacrifices you are willing to make. We love you and appreciate you for your loyalty to the Almighty God. He has blessed us so richly!
Now on to the other reports...
Reports from the coordinators are now located on the website, under Staff Reports. The address is /extension-schools/
Steven Ashcraft’s latest report can be viewed by clicking here.
Elizabeth Chou Becomes A Christian: David Ballard recently returned from Cameroon. While there, he was able to reach Elizabeth Chou. Read more about this special lady.
I have already expressed gratitude for the sacrifices you make for the overall program. I do not want to sound redundant, but thank you. I hope you have a great week and enjoy the 4th.