This year is off to an incredibly productive start! After a record year in 2013, it appears that even more opportunities will be available this year. That is certainly our prayer and I encourage you to pray for the same.
In January I traveled to the cities of Houston, Liberty, and Buna, Texas to meet with supporters of the extension in Nepal. As the new coordinator for this school, and having just been in Nepal the month before, I felt this was important and it couldn’t have been better! The brethren in east Texas are incredibly supportive of this good work and we couldn’t do it without their partnership.
Soon after returning from Texas, I headed up to the Freed-Hardeman lectureship. The FHU lectureship is a great tradition, but this year I did not make a single lecture, as I was in meetings the entire time! But these meetings were very enjoyable and exciting! Here’s a recap:
1. We finalized the major details needed to start a school in Haiti. You may remember my survey trip in June. I’m happy to announce that all the work that has gone into that is coming to fruition. One additional exciting detail about this extension is that is will be a partnership with Freed-Hardeman University - this is truly a first!
2. I also met extensively with Rocco Pierce regarding the need to train preachers in, and for, the South Pacific. We had talked prior to the lectureship, but these face-to-face meetings are invaluable. Many details are in place and in late March I will travel to Fiji with Rocco to survey the prospects and perhaps start putting some things in place. Please pray for this.
3. After that, for a day and a half we had extensive meetings in Jackson, TN with the Bear Valley extension staff. This is an annual meeting that allows us to report to each other, work through any issues we might have, and plan for the future. This year was very productive and the prospects are exciting!
Thank you so much for your continued confidence and for your partnership in training preachers around the world!