Welcome to the first edition of the monthly newsletter “IBH News.” This newsletter is specifically designed to keep the supporters of the Bible Institute of Honduras informed of what is happening with the Institute in Danlí, Honduras. Some of you already receive my monthly newsletter concerning my work with both this school and the extension in Guatemala. However, it occurs to me that there is a need for a newsletter such as this; that need has probably existed longer than I have been aware of it and I apologize for not recognizing it sooner.
I recently visited Danlí and was able to spend some time with six of our seven new students. One has not yet moved to the area with his family. In next month’s newsletter I hope to have the names and little bit of the background of each of the new students.
Classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 1. Lord willing, I and my wife will travel to Danlí to be there for the first chapel. While things are progressing toward being able to start classes on time, we are still looking for funds to be able to support our budget. At present, we are approximately $1,200/month short of meeting all our needs. Because you have continued to send money in the months since our last class graduated, we have enough reserve to begin classes, but this will not last long.
For the most part, this newsletter is being mailed to congregations who are already contributing financially to the school and for that I thank you profusely. However, I do have two requests I would like you to prayerfully consider: 1) please consider increasing the amount you are giving, if even only a small increase (every dime of increase we receive puts us that much closer to meeting our budget), and 2) if you know of anyone or any congregation who might be interested in supporting this work, please help me to contact them. I realize that in these times of uncertainty in our economy this is asking a lot, but I also realize that we serve a God Who is able to do a lot more than we think we can do (Ephesians 3:20).
I want to thank you all again for your support of this work. Please visit our website for further news and updates: www.wetrainpreachers.com/donnie-bates-reports/ and www.wetrainpreachers.com/honduras/. If you have any questions you may contact me at:
2013 Rushing Meadows,
Edmond, OK 73013
Cell Phone: (580) 326-1914
*Please note the change of email address!
Thank you again and God bless you all!!