This year in the Bear Valley extension program has begun much like it ended - busy and full of excitement! 2012 saw unprecedented growth and this year, with God’s help and the partnership of so many good people, promises to be even better,.
I was privileged to be able to attend the Freed-Hardeman lectureship this year and to renew many friendships. In addition, I spent a lot of time at the Bear Valley display, talking to people who want to know more about what we’re doing. I was also able to speak at the Missions Forum one of the days. From there I traveled to Lexington, KY to meet with the good elders of the North Lexington congregation, who are one of my partners.
Two days after returning from there I went to Chandigarh, India. Every year theNorth India Preacher’s Lectureship is combined with the graduation exercises of the North India Bible College. Both events were well-attended and I was privileged to be able to speak twice on the lectureship, at the graduation, present the certificates on behalf of Bear Valley, and to preach twice on Sunday. It was an incredibly successful trip!
Much like the US, the church in India is stronger in the south and weaker in the north. This is one of the reasons we believe the North India Bible College is providing a much-needed service to the church. Additionally, it is the only preacher training school in the brotherhood (that I am aware of) that trains preachers in the Hindi language.
Even though trips like these are necessary and beneficial, the majority of my work is from this side of the pond and is administrative in nature. It isn’t near as flashy, but it helps make everything else happen. I’m blessed to be involved in such an exciting ministry and I’m thankful for supportive partners! Until next time, take care and God bless.