Dear Brethren in Christ,
Greetings to you in the precious name of Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior. Hope this message finds you all well.
We are extremely blessed to work with the preacher training school in Visakhapatnam. It is such a blessing to see our men who has a desire to learn and preach the word coming to the school and willingly go through the school for two years in order to receive the diploma for successfully completing the course.
‘Go into all the world’ is an authoritative command issued to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus sent His 12 equipped apostles to fulfill this ministry. Likewise, we are able to introduce the 12 preaching students who completed their two-year course of study and ready to sow the seed of God’s word. These men are effectively trained both to be evangelists and for doing every good work, as every man of God ought to be.
“I can do all things in him that strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).
Our association with Bear Valley Bible Institute International has been our strength. Actually, standard of teaching and training methods are strengths of our school, but our strength has been increased as our faculty that has enhanced their biblical knowledge by completing the MA course offered by Bear Valley Bible Institute. Also, there was a tremendous development in our teaching system since some teaching aids were brought to use in the class room. Noticeable strength is our teamwork attitude; our combined efforts with a proper guidance through the director of our school has provided some inspiring results. Together, we were able to share our ability and strength in a great capacity to educate these young men and equip them to be effective evangelists. Our greatest strength of all is the output of our efforts which is the 12 graduates who successfully completed the course and are going to be effective instruments in spreading the Good News across India.
Words cannot completely express our thankfulness and gratitude towards the brethren at Lake Houston Church of Christ for their continued trust and confidence in the work we are doing with the school. We are grateful to them for continued support and other encouragements. With their encouragements we did a massive Hurricane Relief Program helping over 42 preachers and a couple hundred other individuals. This act of charity was published in the newspapers, helping the people of our city know that we, as Christians, care for others by sharing what we have.
At this time, we must mention the great leadership behind the oversight of the school, the elders of Strickland Church of Christ. Through helping brother Jerry Bates, they often check on the things at the school, which has been a great encouragement for us. We are so thankful for their great interest to oversee the school. This is certainly a blessing for us.
We do thank brother Jerry Bates who provided the majority of funds for holding the graduation exercises and for buying bicycles, lanterns, Christian literature etc. We must also mention sister Connie Barden who was instrumental in providing the rest of the funds for the same cause. We appreciate the elders of Colony Church of Christ for being there during the need.
We thank the elders of Bear Valley Church of Christ for taking up the challenging mission of establishing extension schools across the world. We are privileged to be part of this.
Our preaching students are doing some amazing work. So far 41 graduates have been sent out from the school, almost every one of them is involved in the Lord’s work at their capacity. We had most of them attend this graduation ceremony.
Thank you very much brother Bob Turner for your encouragements, also to the faculty who come and teach the short-courses in the school. Please continue your prayers as we also do for you. Attached pictures showing the graduation ceremony, also our students baptizing the believers of Christ. Kindly pray for their success.
Thanking you all.
John Dean M
for Viskha Valley Bible College