Bates Newsletter - April 29, 2011

Greetings, dear friends.  It is hard to believe that another month has gone by.  While I did not travel quite as much in April as the month before, it still seemed to go by quickly.  I am so glad that I got to return to Guatemala at the end of March and be there for the 2nd Annual ITL (Latin American Theological Institute) Lectureship.  The event was very well attended; I spoke on the Christian’s duty to the local church and my class was Sunday morning, April 3.  In the afternoon of that day ITL graduated it’s first class.  It was a wonderful day and I salute the staff at ITL for the great job they did.  If you have internet access, you can see photos of the events of that weekend at:  /extension-photos/itl-lectureship-and-graduation-guatemala-city-guatemala-apri/ .


On April 15, 16 I was once again privileged to teach on the Navajo Reservation.  This time the class was hosted by the brethren of the Kayenta church of Christ in Kayenta, Arizona.  With its close proximity to Monument Valley, the setting was just beautiful, but the spirit of the brethren there was even more so.  We spent 7 hours together in a class covering chapters 15-21 of the book of Matthew.


As I sit here finishing this report, I am also preparing to travel to my parents’ home in Goodwater, Oklahoma where I will be staying for the next few days while I preach a Gospel Meeting in the King Ryder, Arkansas congregation.  I always look forward to my time with these good brethren.  I will also be returning to both Honduras and Guatemala during the month of May.


The schedule for the rest of the year is filling up and I will have more information on that next month.  If you have any questions, please contact me using the information below.  Also, please do not forget to visit our website at and see what Bear Valley is doing around the world.


You may contact me at: 

2013 Rushing Meadows

Edmond, OK 73013

Cell Phone:  (580) 326-1914



I love you all and so appreciate your interest in and prayers for this work. 


Thank you and God bless you all.


Donnie Bates


...praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ... (Colossians 4:3)

Posted on April 29, 2011 .