We are excited to share with you the anticipated year-end report. Below is the report from Keith Kasarjian on the results achieved by the students in the extension schools around the world. We believe you will be as excited and encouraged by the accomplishment of this work as we were when we read the news.
It is hard to believe, but the end of 2014 is almost here and at Bear Valley, we have had an outstanding year! This year has truly been wonderful in the history of the Bear Valley Extension Program and we want to share some of the excitement with you - our friends, partners, and supporters.
There are now 17 extensions, in 15 different countries around the world, with 301 full-time, preacher training students! This year has also witnessed 132 men graduate with their degree or certificate from Bear Valley. Just think of all the potential in those men and their families in the years to come, especially since the vast majority of them are serving in the most fertile parts of the world. This is truly exciting!
But at Bear Valley, we know that we aren’t doing this alone. We depend on partners and supporters to help us train preachers around the world. In addition to our all-important supporters, 68 different local teachers taught in Bear Valley extensions this year and another 63 men made the journey to an extension to teach a “short course” to our students. This truly is a team effort at every level.
In addition to teaching these men how to preach and live, we want to instill in them a passion for soul-winning. This is borne out in the many studies, campaigns, and gospel meetings that they are involved in throughout the year. As a result of these efforts, we know of at least:
91 new congregations
20 congregations restored
221 individual restorations
110 campaigns and gospel meetings 39 lectureships
10 youth conferences and camps
8 denominational preachers converted
To God be the glory!
This has truly been a remarkable year, but we are not resting on our laurels as we look to an exciting future. There are already many new students set to enter the program next year and several new extensions are in the works. 2015 promises to be the most exciting year yet!
At Bear Valley, we thank all those who support us and partner with us to carry out the mandate of 2 Timothy 2:2. What you are doing is making a difference and we literally could not do it without you. Thank you for the confidence you have placed in us and we look forward to continuing to serve together as long as the Lord allows.
Now on to more great news in this week’s reports...
Reports from the coordinators are now located on the website, under Staff Reports. The address is http://www.wetrainpreachers.com/extension-schools/
Greetings, Gratitude, And An Appeal From Cameroon: After a successful two years at CBIW, a new class of students will begin in January. Director, Elangwe, expresses his gratitude.
Special Greetings From The Southwest School Of Evangelism: The work in Nigeria continues to be a blessing to the kingdom in Nigeria and special greetings are sent to all.
Blessing Tanzania Missions And ACSOP: Sean Hochdorf, director of the Andrew Connally School of Preaching, shares God’s blessing to the work in Tanzania.
Markers Of God’s Hand Working In Tanzania: Along with year-end results, Cy Stafford shares the amazing ways God is working in and through Christians throughout Tanzania.
As the week ahead is filled with time for family and friends, we want to wish you all the best of the holiday season. We love and appreciate you all and pray God will continue to bless you for all your efforts in training preachers. You continue to be a blessing to us and many around the world.