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Bates Newsletter - December 10, 2012

Greetings, brethren.  It’s hard to believe we are so close to the end of a very eventful 2012.  And it certainly has been eventful.  2012 has seen the decision to begin a new school in Paraguay.  Classes for the Academy of Theology in Paraguay are set to begin classes on March 11, 2013.  This year also saw my wife and me moving to Denver.  Last month I asked that our supporters begin sending their funds to the Institute here in Denver beginning January 1, 2013 (more on that below).  In this newsletter, I have a couple more items of very important news to cover.

New Developments in Honduras

After a great deal of discussion, prayer and consultation with all parties involved, the decision has been made to consolidate our Central American institutes into one.  This is a development that has been several months in the making.  On Saturday, December 1, brother Rick Hyder, representing the eldership of the Hillcrest church of Christ in Neosho, MO, and I met with brother Nery Irías, director of the Bible Institute of Honduras (IBH), to discuss the future of that institute and the overall work in the area of Danlí, Honduras.  Later, we all met with a group of about 15 preachers in the area to inform them of the changes and give contact information for the Latin American Theological Institute (ITL) in Guatemala City, as well as, answer questions about the change and future of the work of training preachers in Latin America.  The ultimate result of this change is that after the current class of students at IBH graduates around June 1, 2013, classes will no longer be conducted on that campus.  We are currently encouraging all new potential students in Honduras to apply to ITL which will begin classes sometime in May, 2013.  This year we began offering graduate level courses in Danlí twice a year.  Those courses will continue as before.

In our meetings with our Honduran brethren, I wanted very much that they understand (and I want you to understand) that this change has nothing to do with any lack of confidence or dissatisfaction with the efforts of our Honduran team.  I am very proud of the work our teachers have done in the four years we have worked to train preachers in Danlí.  The decision was made as a matter of stewardship.  All of us know that there is only a limited amount of resources available to us in doing this work.  We must be good stewards in order to be faithful to God.  By consolidating these two schools we simplify the process of fund raising, coordination of teachers for our short courses, and a number of other issues.  

I am viewing this as an exciting development that will hopefully result in a more efficient effort on our part, but I admit a certain bittersweet aspect of it.  I made my first trip to Danlí almost five years ago (February, 2008) and feel a special relationship with the brethren there.  I know that the brethren of the El Zarzal congregation, which has housed and encouraged the students of IBH, are saddened and will miss the help and encouragement of the students.  I tried to assure them that our relationship was not ending and that, Lord willing, I will return from time to time on campaigns with ITL and also with the brethren of the Hillcrest congregation.  Our focus in Danlí is still to train preachers for that area.  This change just means that the training itself will take place somewhere else.

Other Developments

As I noted last month, beginning January 1, 2013 our personal support funds will be routed through the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver.  So, please send your checks made out to the institute (or BVBID) with my name on the memo line.  The address is:  2707 S. Lamar, Denver, CO 80227.  If you live in Hugo , OK and have been making your contribution to this work by personally giving it to the church office, you may continue to do that and your support will be added to the that which will be sent on behalf of the congregation.

Another new development is that my contact information has changed just slightly.  Our mailing address is the same, but just recently I have changed my phone number to a local Denver number.  So, my contact information is:

Donnie Bates
4801 S. Wadsworth Blvd. #3-105
Littleton, CO 80123
(303) 718-7040

I want to conclude by thanking all of you very sincerely for your interest in and support of this work.  Without brethren like you, who are concerned about the need for preachers around the world, we could not do what we do.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart and may God bless you richly!  

From Noma and me to you and yours:  Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Year!

God bless,

Donnie Bates

Posted on December 10, 2012 .

Bates Newsletter - October 15, 2012

October 15, 2012

Greetings, brethren!  My prayer is that this edition of the Bates Newsletter finds you well and faithfully engaged in the labor of the Lord.  

The last month has seen the annual Bear Valley Homecoming Lectures and it was a fantastic weekend of great Gospel sermons from many faithful brethren.  It was a great blessing for all those who were present.  

Two masters classes were taught in Danlí, Honduras in September.  We were not able to teach the two scheduled short courses this month, so we will reschedule those to be taught later.  

Just this morning I received a report from Guatemala of five baptisms in the last month there.  We are excited to hear that news!  Short courses are scheduled to begin there on October 22.  Please pray for those classes and those who are traveling to teach them and, let’s not forget our translators!

I’ll be traveling over the next couple of weeks to give reports to some of our supporters.  I will be in Hugo, OK Sunday morning, October 21 and in Idabel, OK to give a report to the Lynn Lane congregation that evening.  Sunday morning, October 28 I’ll be with the brethren in Slim, OK and that evening in Redland, OK.  On Sunday afternoon, November 4 I will be meeting with the elders of the Hillcrest congregation in Neosho, MO to give a report about the school in Honduras.

I want to thank each of you for your interest and support of this work.  We could not do it without faithful brethren like you who are interested in training men to preach the Gospel in their own country and culture.  Yes, I know, God it is from Whom all blessings flow, but I am convinced that you are part of those blessings from Him!

If I can answer any questions, or if you know of others who might be interested in this work, please contact me at:  

4801 S. Wadsworth Blvd. #3-105
Littleton, CO 80123
(580) 326-1914 

God bless, 

Donnie Bates

Posted on October 15, 2012 .

Report from Honduras

The following report was received from brother Nery Irías, director of the Bible Institute of Honduras.

Good afternoon, brother Donnie.

I hope this finds you well together with your wife in your new home.

To continue, I present to you the report of the work of the students:

Porfirio Gonzales

The brother is visiting a town called “The 24th of December” with the purpose of establishing a congregation.  This place is located in El Paraiso.  Some brethren live there who have left the church.  He, along with Yoni (his son and graduate of IBH) are visiting these brethren and 4 were reconciled this Sunday.  All of them participated in the communion.  There are at least 10 brethren more that are in the denominations and the brother is visiting them to get them to come back to the church.  He has been distributing literature, giving classes and preaching house to house.

Enrique Figueroa

The brother is collaborating in Coyolar together with the preacher.  He is visiting a place where he is preaching the Gospel.  He has studied with some sectarian pastors over the necessity of obeying the truth and to seek the restoration and unity of the church.  Each Saturday and Sunday he collaborates in the preaching and classes in the church.  They have realized two weddings and four baptisms.

Jairo Irías

He is collaborating in El Zarzal in the preaching, evangelism, songs and direction of the Lord’s Supper.  He continues attending on Wednesdays Los Robles to teach the Bible to people.  Also, he has visited the brethren who have left (the church) and to encourage those who are discouraged.

Jose Cruz Lopez

The brother is collaborating in El Zarzal.  The past week he was collaborating in a campaign that was realized in La Villa de San Francisco where there were 10 baptisms and 4 restorations.  I have contributed and one person was baptized.  Also he is active in the work of evangelism, the songs and the preaching.  For the moment he takes charge of the youth group of the church, together with Hector (another graduate).

Jose Antonio Caceres

The brother is always helping brother Oscar each weekend in El Empalme de Trojes.  This month a gentleman was baptized and they helped him since he has problems of paralysis.  Brother Oscar is very satisfied by the work that Antonio does since he helps in every aspect of the work.

Gustavo Reyes

The brother continues helping the church of Cuyali, El Paraiso.  The preacher does not give him much participation in the services of the church.  Each Saturday he leave together with another brother to give studies and encourage the brethren.  The preacher feels jealousy toward Gustavo because the brethren like the way in which he teaches in the classes and sermons.  Gustavo spoken to him about it, saying that all he is doing is so as to affirm the church and help in its spiritual growth.

We are preparing ourselves for the campaign that will begin July 8 to July 14 in Talanga.  Brother Donnie, I want you to please do me a favor and send me the program of studies of the Beta Class, since I did not make copies and one day cleaning the office with the students, I believe it was lost among the papers of the trash.  I will appreciate it very much if you send it to me and I will make sure to make some copies.

Relating to the wall, we still do not have an answer on the part of the authorities, only a backhoe came and deepened more the creek and I believe that that is not sufficient, but our authorities are negligent.  I just hope to pay the taxes so that later, if possible, to interpose a demand for the possible damages that the creek causes to the property of the church.

God bless you and have a happy day!

Posted on June 30, 2012 .

Bates Newsletter - May 1, 2012

May 1, 2012

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  I hope this newsletter finds you well and faithfully engaged in the work of the Lord.

It is hard to believe that April has already passed us by.  I am enjoying not traveling quite so much, although I have still made three trips to Latin America already this year.  Nevertheless, it’s less than last year.

I was very honored to have been asked to preach a Gospel Meeting at the Calera church of Christ in Calera, Oklahoma April 15-18.  It was a great blessing for me and, I hope, for the good brethren of that congregation, as well.  The next week I made a very short trip to Honduras (April 23-25).  I had not visited the school in Danlí since December and there were some issues that had come up that I needed to address in person, so I made that short trip.  As for those issues, three of the nine students have withdrawn from the institute, each with their own reasons.  While I am sorry that things developed the way they did, I think the remaining six students are in a better position to be successful in their studies.  I wish the best for all nine men and pray God’s blessings on the work the six remaining students are doing.  

I am very pleased to announce that the good brethren of the Sacramento Ave. church of Christ in Asunción Paraguay have decided to move forward with a school of preaching, beginning classes in March 2013.  We are so very happy to work with this great congregation in training preachers in that part of the world.  There will be more on this in future reports.

Upon returning from that trip, Noma and I made a quick trip to Denver continuing our search for a place to live.  We believe we have found a place and I’ll give more details on that in the next newsletter.  Let me say for now that we are planning, if the Lord wills, to move somewhere around June 1, so that gives us another month here.  The following is an excerpt from our last newsletter concerning our move.

“As you may or may not know, the cost of living in Denver is higher than in central Oklahoma.  Since we have not had full support since our move here, we are in need of raising more in making this move.  Also, Noma has expressed a desire to become more involved in the work by traveling with me when possible and teaching ladies’ classes on the field, taking advantage of her language skills, as well.  This will mean raising more support since she would not be able to work outside the home as she has done in the past.

Presently, the amount we are lacking to put us at full support to cover all of this is approximately $1,900.00/month.  If you can help with any part of this, please contact me or our sponsoring congregation.  The contact information is given below.”

God bless!!

Donnie Bates

Contact Information:

2013 Rushing Meadows
Edmond, OK 73013
(580) 326-1914

Sponsoring congregation:

4th & Jackson church of Christ
P.O. Drawer 549
Hugo, OK 74743
(580) 326-3457

Posted on May 1, 2012 .

Short Trip to Honduras

Danlí, Honduras - April 23-25, 2012

I arrived on time in Tegucigalpa a little before 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 23.  I was met by brother Nery Irías, the director of IBH.  Nery’s father and sister were both in Tegucigalpa with appointments to see the doctor, so he and I went to the clinic and waited with them.  During that time we were able to discuss some of the things I had wanted to cover in this trip.  All went well and I arrived at the hotel in Danlí between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.  Since I was up at 3:10 this morning, I spent the rest of the evening getting some rest.

On Tuesday morning, I met Nery in the hotel lobby at 9:30 and then we walked over the institute.  The students were in class with brother Cesar Tábora.  When they took their break, I was able to meet with both faculty members and the students to discuss some issues that had come to my attention in the previous weeks.  It was a very good meeting, even though some of the things we discussed concerned some disciplinary problems with some students who are no longer there.  I left feeling that things are in good shape at the institute and will go much better now that some changes have been made.  The students returned to class after their extended break and another of our teachers, Luis David Argeñal, who is also our treasurer, arrived and we were able to discuss the budget, which was also something I had wanted to accomplish on this trip.  While we have struggled to make our budget for almost a year now, we are currently in pretty good shape.  Nery and I had lunch together at the new Pizza Hut in Danlí (very good, I might add) and then I spent the afternoon preparing for Bible Class that evening, at which I had the blessing of preaching.

 On Wednesday morning, Nery picked me up at the hotel a little before 8:00 and we headed to Tegucigalpa to catch my flight home.  I arrived home safely around 9:30 that evening.  This was a very short trip, but I feel a great deal was accomplished.  Thank you all who were praying for me and who continue to pray for our work and the work of IBH.

God bless,
Donnie Bates

Posted on April 26, 2012 .

November Newsletter

November 29, 2011

Greetings, brethren.  It’s hard to believe another month has gone by (it seems like I say that a lot; perhaps the speedy passage of time is a sign of aging).  It is true, however, that another month has passed by.

On October 27, Denton Landon and I began our journey to Chimala, Tanzania.  While there were a few hiccups at the beginning, upon our arrival in Dar es Salaam (we arrived on Friday and were not able to finish our journey to Chimala until Monday), the two weeks there were productive.  We were able to witness and participate in graduation on Friday, November 11.  We began our trip home on Saturday morning, November 12, arriving home on Sunday evening.  (Details of that trip are posted at:  /donnie-bates-reports/). 

Upcoming Plans

I have one more international trip scheduled for this year.  On Friday, December 2 I travel to Danlí, Honduras.  I will be teaching Godhead the next week to the students there.  Luis Camacho is there this week, and two elders and the preacher for the Hillcrest congregation in Neosho, Missouri will be arriving on Wednesday, November 30 for a seminar for the area preachers on Friday and Saturday (December 2, 3).  I plan to return on Friday, December 9.

For the rest of the month of December I will be traveling, making reports and planning meetings for the next year.  

Thank You

I want to say again how much I appreciate your support and/or interest in this work.  I could not do this without it.  You are a very great part of this work and whatever I (we) are able to accomplish is due to God’s blessings and I believe with all of my heart that you are a big part of those blessings.

Thank you, again.  I pray God’s richest blessings on you and I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.

God bless,

Donnie Bates

Posted on November 29, 2011 .

First Short Courses for Beta Class in Honduras

Danlí, Honduras - The Beta Class of the Instituto Bíblico de Honduras (IBH) began their first short course on Monday, September 12 with brother Lindell Mitchell teaching Christian Evidences.  Brother Cesar Tábora, one of the regular instructors for IBH, served as translator.

On Friday, September 16 Luis Camacho and I arrived at IBH.  Brother Luis will be teaching Personal Evangelism I the following week (September 19-23).  This is his first trip to Danlí and IBH and he is very excited to be here.

Brother Lindell returned home today (September 17) and I will return on Tuesday, September 20.  Brother Luis will remain until the following Monday, September 26, using his extra time to learn more about the area and get to know the brethren better and how he may be more effective in his teaching at IBH.  We are so appreciative of men like Luis who have the love for God, His Word, His people and the lost, that motivates them to do this kind of work.  And we are greatful to you for taking an interest in this work, as well.

God bless,

Donnie Bates

Posted on September 17, 2011 .

Bates Newsletter - July 5, 2011

July 5, 2011

Greetings in the Name of our Lord!  

It is hard to believe that another month has gone by!  I ended the month of June with a short trip to Danlí, Honduras (June 24-28).  The purpose of this trip was to meet as many of the new students as possible, as well as, to do some research into the possibility of installing a video conferencing system that would allow us more flexibility in teaching.   There is already such a system in place in our institute in Guatemala.  With such a system a last minute change of teachers for the short courses would allow someone to travel to Denver rather than Honduras, which is expensive at the last minute.  It would also allow for simultaneous teaching of seminars in the two institutes. 

My trip was a bit more adventurous than I like this time.  Due to mechanical problems with two different planes, it took me a day and a half to get to Danlí, when it usually takes half a day, and seventeen and a half hours to get home when it usually takes about twelve.  Still, with the help of many prayers on my behalf, God brought me home safe and sound.

The rainy season has begun in Honduras and already there has been some flooding, but so far no damage to the church building or to any homes of our brethren that I am aware of.  Please continue to keep our brethren in this area in your prayers.

I was able to meet six of the seven new students and I am very excited about this new class (Beta Class).  Five of the seven men are married and that was an area where we wanted to expand.  Classes are set to begin August 1.

As for the video conferencing system, the basic need was high speed internet access.  Brother Nery Irías and I were able to learn that it is indeed available, but expensive.  We will be working more on that project.

I plan to return to Danlí at the end of this month for the beginning of classes on August 1.  I’m very excited that Noma will get to go with me on that trip.  We return home on August 2 and then I plan to travel to Guatemala August 6 to teach the short course on Job the following week.

I want to thank you all again for your interest in this work.  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!!


Donnie Bates

Posted on July 5, 2011 .

Report from Danlí – June 24-28, 2011

International travel is always an adventure.  However, this trip started out with more than I like.  First of all, at the time our flight was to be boarding in Oklahoma City, we were told that the flight crew had not arrived.  As it turns out, three had arrived, but they were looking for the fourth.  Finally, they came to the plane, hoping that the other flight attendant would show up.  She did looking hurried, harried, disheveled and embarrassed.  Shortly thereafter, we backed away from the gate, only about 10 minutes late.  I was keenly aware that I only had a one hour layover in Houston to make my connecting flight to Managua, Nicaragua (it had been suggested to me that I try that route as an alternative).  After backing away from the gate, we sat…..for about 30 minutes before being told that there was a problem with the plane and we would have to return to the gate and de-plane.  The delay only lasted about 10 minutes, but by the time we were able to take off, we were more than an hour late and I had serious doubts that I would make my connection.  Because of that, I had talked to the personnel at the gate in Oklahoma City and they had backed me up on the next flight to Managua, which left at 6:10 p.m., 9 hours later than the original.

We landed in Houston 5 minutes after my connection left.  Of course, it was in a different terminal so it took me about 20 minutes to get there anyway.  After visiting the customer service desk and getting a new boarding pass, I settled in to wait.  Actually, the waiting didn’t begin until after almost an hour of frantic calling trying to tell the men who were coming to pick me up in Managua that I was not on that plane.  As I learned later, their Honduran phones don’t work in Nicaragua.  I had no way of knowing if they received the message or not.  Because of my frequent flyer miles, I was able to spend that time in the President’s Club of Continental Airlines, so the wait was not uncomfortable, just boring.

I finally made it to Managua at 8:30 p.m., local time.  By the time I had cleared immigration and customs it was 9:00 p.m.  I still did not know if anyone was waiting for me or not.  One of the greatest things I have ever seen was a hand waiving that caught my attention.  There was brother Nery on the other side of the glass and he was motioning in the direction of the door where I found Jesús waiting.  After a very relieved greeting we headed for the pickup truck.  It was too late to be traveling 200 kilometers to the border of Honduras, so we headed across the street to a nice hotel where we found a room with three twin beds and settled in for the night.  The next morning we enjoyed the breakfast buffet at the hotel and then hit the road.  We arrived in Danlí at the Hotel Grenada about 11:30 a.m.  About 4:00 in the afternoon I walked over to the church building and met with one of the new students and we visited about his situation some.  After returning to the hotel to get my Bible, I returned for the class with the congregation at 6:00.  It was a good class; it’s good to see the brethren of the El Zarzal congregation every time I do.

Sunday morning worship begins at 10:00 a.m.  About 8:00 a.m. the power went off in the hotel.  It came back on about 10 minutes later.  When I arrived for worship, I learned that there was no power there either and that it had been off since 8:00.  It seems the hotel has its own generator and that’s why the power had come back on there.  I was to preach today, but there was no light and I was going to have read out of my Bible in order to preach my lesson.  Well, I generally move around a lot when I preach, so it worked out that when I needed to read, I was close to the window.  After worship we had our regular class and then I returned to the hotel for some lunch and a little siesta.  

A little past 2:00, Nery and Yoni (one of our graduates) came by and picked me up and after picking up Nery’s brother Jairo (one of our new students) we headed south to the town of El Paraíso (Paradise) and visited with two of the new students who live there, one of them is the father of Yoni Gonzalez, brother Porfirio, who preaches in the mountain community of La Union.  I met him about a year ago when I visited that area.  The elevation of La Union is quite a bit higher than El Paraíso, but brother Porfirio travels up there every Sunday to preach the Gospel…by bicycle!!  I asked him how long it takes to get up there on a bicycle.   He said about an hour and a half.  As we were leaving El Paraíso we could see the rain that had descended on Danlí.  It looked like an angry cloud.  On the way back, we took a short detour to the little town of Cuyalí, where live two more of our new students and we visited with both of them for a bit.  So, on this trip I have gotten to meet and visit with 6 of our 7 new students. Four of the six I talked to I have met before.  One still has not arrived in the area so I won’t get to meet him until classes start on August 1.  

When we arrived back at Jairo’s house, or when we turned onto his street, we could see that the street was flooded.  We were able to drive up it, but the water was moving very quickly.  I was concerned for Jairo’s safety as he exited the pickup, but he made it fine, having to cross quite a stream to get to his front door.  All of that water flows into the creek that runs past the church building at El Zarzal and which threatens to cut the street in two.  On the way back out of that neighborhood, Nery showed me homes that are below the level of that street by a good bit and which suffer horribly during floods like this.  When I arrived back at the hotel, the night manager told me to be careful because there was water in the passageway to my room.  I negotiated that just fine, but when I entered the room I could see that a leak had started over one of the beds.  I informed the management and was moved to another room, but it took a little bit to find one that was dry.  None of my things were affected and I was fine, just a little inconvenienced; nothing like the people having to deal with real problems because of this flooding.

Monday broke with the sun shining and the streets around the hotel appeared dry by the time I got out, but since I had the morning free, I didn’t get out until mid-morning.  Although the rain had gone for the time being, it was very hot and humid.  By the time I returned to the hotel from about an hour of walking to the local grocery store (the new La Colonia supermarket is really nice) and back, I was drenched with sweat.  Shortly after lunch I walked over to the church building and met Nery who had spent the morning taking his father to Tegucigalpa for his bi-weekly physical therapy.  After enjoying a cup of coffee with the Irías family, we headed downtown to do some research on the availability of broadband internet access at our location.  It seems this is a possibility, but it will be expensive.  While at the building, Nery showed me a video he had taken Sunday evening of the creek that runs along two sides of the church property.  I mentioned earlier that the flooding was bad in the part of town we were in.  Well, all that water has to go down that creek, as I also said.  I have uploaded that video onto my computer and will try to make it available somehow, but it shows how the water crested about one meter below the top of its banks.  It was quite a scary time for Nery’s wife Daisy who was at home alone for a while as the water climbed.  

Our business concluded for the afternoon, I took the memory chip to put that video on my computer and headed back to the hotel.  Just as I walked outside, I heard thunder, so I didn’t waste any time walking back.  I had been in my room less than five minutes when the rain started; it sounded like it did the night before and others times when the flooding has been so bad.  I hope everyone is ok.  The rain was as hard as the day before, but it didn’t last as long.

In the evening I met with Nery, his wife Daisy and their two children (Nery Felipe, who today turned 16, and Amalia who turned 12 in May), Jesús and his son Rafael, and Luis David and his wife (I’m embarrassed that I do not remember her name) for dinner at a local restaurant called Ovi y Ser.  That is the usual place for our dinner/faculty meetings when I’m there.  We had a great time together.  After dinner I returned to the hotel and packed for my trip home the next day.

On Tuesday, Jesús and Nery were at my door early for breakfast.  I learned, however, that Nery could not accompany us to the airport because Daisy woke up sick and he was headed to find a doctor.  After breakfast, I checked out of the hotel and we headed to Tegucigalpa and the airport.  The flight to Houston was uneventful and even though we were a few minutes late, I wasn’t worried because on this trip I had a five-hour layover since my final flight to Oklahoma City did not leave until 9:15 p.m.

Not long after our arrival, things began to “go south.”  The scheduled departure of my flight began to be pushed back.  Before long it was not scheduled to leave until after 10:00 p.m.  After dinner I headed to the gate and found that the gate had been changed, but it wasn’t far so I moved and found a “great host” of people gathered there waiting for more than just a couple of flights.  Before it was all said and done, my 9:15 p.m. flight did not take off until 12:25 a.m.  We landed in Oklahoma City right around 1:45 a.m. and we got home about 2:30 a.m.  I guess I had time for a second helping at supper.  

All in all, even with the frustrations of travel (more this time than usual) it was a very productive trip and I came and went in perfect safety, due in no small part to the prayers of so many.  I thank you all and pray God’s blessings on each of you.

Donnie Bates

Posted on July 1, 2011 .

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 .

February Newsletter

I remember putting a little short blurb in last month’s newsletter about how it has been a mild winter so far in Oklahoma City.  Apparently, that was just for my benefit.  On January 29, I left for a two and a half week trip to Honduras, during which time winter made its presence felt with two major winter storms, while I suffered through 90 degree days.  Now, I realize that to some of you that will sound like I am rubbing it in, or bragging.  Actually, I would like to have been here for the weather and not hot, but I was glad I could be in Honduras with the brethren there.

I taught Revelation the first week I was in Honduras.  Denny Petrillo, President of Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver came down the next week and taught Hermeneutics.  The class and staff appreciated his class very much and I was happy he could be there.  Unfortunately, due to a death in the family, Denny had to return early and did not get a chance to attend the first graduation of IBH, even though he had been anxious to be there for the students.  They, of course, understood and all wished him a safe trip home to his family.  Bob Turner, Director of Extensions at Bear Valley, came down along with his son Chase, and did attend the graduation and had encouraging words to say to the graduates.  We are very proud of these young men and pray God’s blessings on them as they continue their great work in His kingdom!

My schedule for the next few months is full.  I leave on Saturday, March 5 for a week in Guatemala, where I will be teaching Minor Prophets II (Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi).  There is an extension staff meeting in Denver, March 14, 15 and then I return to Guatemala on March 31 for their first graduation.  In the next newsletter I will have more information about April and May. 

You may contact me at: 

2013 Rushing Meadows

Edmond, OK 73013

Cell Phone:  (580) 326-1914

I so appreciate your interest, concern 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 February 27, 2011 .

Alpha Class Graduates!

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Danlí, Honduras – Friday night, February 11, 2011 was a very special night for the Bible Institute of Honduras (IBH).  Three students, making up the Alpha Class, became the first graduates of the institute, an extension school of the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver.  Yoni Gonzalez, Oscar Morgan and Hector Viera all successfully completed the two-year program of study and will continue to do great things in the kingdom of our Lord. 

Oscar Morgan is the oldest of the three graduates, is married to Mirian and has three children:  Karlina is the oldest and she is 15; the two boys are Erlín Esau (11) and Alan (5).  Oscar has been working for the last year and a half in the small congregation Jicarito, not far from Tegucigalpa.  When he began helping this congregation there was only one member.  In the time Oscar has been working there, it has grown to seven, not counting Oscar.  Oscar intends to find secular work to support his family.

L-R: Oscar Morgan, Yoni Gonzalez, Hector VieraYoni Gonzalez did not begin his studies at IBH at the same time as the others, but made up for lost time very quickly and has done good work.  Yoni has worked while he was a student with another graduate in the village of Villa Santa, not far from Danlí.  Now that he has completed his studies, he plans to continue his secular education and work with the El Carmen congregation in the city of El Paraíso, capital city of the region of El Paraíso.  Yoni’s father preaches in the rural community congregation of La Union.

Hector Viera is our third graduate.  Hector is the son of our director, Nery Irías.  Hector, along with Yoni Gonzalez, has been working with the church in Villa Santa and he plans to continue to evangelize that small community and work with the congregation in El Zarzal, helping his father who is the evangelist there.  He will also be finding secular work for his support.

We are very proud of these young men and pray God’s richest blessings upon them!L-R: Luis David Argeñal, Nery Irías, Jesus Paguaga, Oscar Morgan, Yoni Gonzalez, Hector Viera, Donnie Bates

Posted on February 17, 2011 .

January 2001 Newsletter

Last month I began by asking where 2010 went.  This time I’m wondering the same thing about the first month of 2011.  I didn’t believe it as a child, but time really does go by faster as you get older.  As I write this, I am finalizing my plans to travel to Danlí, Honduras.  I will be leaving, Lord willing, Saturday, January 29.  My plans for the trip are to teach Revelation the week of January 31 - February 4.  Denny Petrillo, President of Bear Valley, will arrive in Honduras on Friday, February 4 to teach his class on Hermeneutics the next week.  At the end of that week (February 12) our first class of the Bible Institute of Honduras (IBH) will graduate.  As I have said before in this newsletter, I am very proud of these men and the work they are doing and will do in the kingdom of the Lord.  I am glad to call them brethren and friends. 

For the graduation, Bob Turner, Director of Extensions at Bear Valley will also travel to Danlí, with his son Chase.  The sponsoring congregation for IBH, the Hillcrest church of Christ in Neosho, Missouri, will also be represented by some of the elders.  I am very excited about this trip and I ask your prayers that all will go as planned (or better).

I plan to return home on February 15, but the Spring schedule seems to be filling up.  I will be home for a little over two weeks before heading to Guatemala to teach a short course.  Graduation is scheduled for the Latin American Theological Institute there the first weekend of April (more on that in a later issue).  For now, let me thank you all for your continued support of this work. 

Noma and I are doing well.  It has been a mild winter here in Central Oklahoma so far, although temperatures have been pretty low a few times.  We are thankful that no crises have arisen.  Noma is busy with her teaching and studying in her night classes and I continue to teach the Early Bird class on Wednesdays at the North MacArthur congregation. 

If you would like any further information about our work, I encourage you to contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  You may also find information specifically dealing with the extension program by visiting the blog: .

You may contact me at: 

2013 Rushing Meadows

Edmond, OK 73013

Cell Phone:  (580) 326-1914

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

Thank you and God bless you all.

Donnie Bates

Posted on January 27, 2011 .

IBH Informe – Los Maestros Nombrados

Danli, Honduras – En el último informe, introducimos a los estudiantes del Instituto Bíblico de Honduras (IBH).  No queremos omitir nuestros maestros muy capaces.  Hermano Nery Irías sirve como director del instituto.  Se junta por Jesús Paguaga, Luis David Argeñal y Cesar Tabora.  Hermano Cesar también sirve como traductor para los Norteamericanos que enseñan nuestros cursos cortos.  Agradecemos profundamente el trabajo que hacen estos hombres en capacitar a hombres a predicar el evangelio y oramos que Dios les bendiga a todos.

If you would like to read this newsletter in English, click on this link:  /donnie-bates-reports/2011/1/10/ibh-update-faculty-listed.html

¡Que Dios les bendiga a Uds., también!

Donnie Bates

Posted on January 10, 2011 .

IBH Update – Faculty Listed

Danlí, Honduras – In the last update, we introduced the students of the Bible Institute of Honduras (IBH).  We do not want to neglect our very capable teachers.  Brother Nery Irías serves as the director of the institute.  He is joined by Jesús Paguaga, Luis David Argeñal and Cesar Tábora, who also serves as translator for those North Americans who teach our short courses.  We deeply appreciate the work these men do in training men to preach the Gospel and pray God bless them all.

Si prefiere leer este boletín en español, haga clic en este enlace:  /donnie-bates-reports/2011/1/10/ibh-informe-los-maestros-nombrados.html

God bless you, as well,

Donnie Bates

Posted on January 10, 2011 .

“Boletín” Informe

En el aviso anterior, introducimos un nuevo boletín acerca de las escuelas extensiones en Latinoamérica.  Es posible que “boletín” no sea la manera mejor de describir esta herramienta de información, pero ojala servirá.  En vez hacer una edición regular por fecha, pondremos al corriente la situación de cada escuela como haya noticias de poner.

Otro cambio (ojalá para el mejor) es que todavía no enviaré mis informes por email, los cuales en este momento envío en forma de pdf.  Pondré al corriente my blog “Donnie Bates Reports.”

If you would like to read this newsletter in English, click on this link:  /donnie-bates-reports/2011/1/10/newsletter-update.html?SSScrollPosition=516

¡Que Dios les bendiga!

Donnie Bates

Posted on January 10, 2011 .

"Newsletter" Update

In the previous post, we introduced a new "newsletter" concerning the two extension schools in Latin America.  "Newsletter" may  not be the best way to describe this informational tool, but it will hopefully serve.  Rather than having an regularly scheduled issue posted, we will be posting updates on each individual school as there is news to post. 

Another change (hopefully for the better) is that I will no longer be emailing my monthly reports, which I am currently sending in pdf format.  I will continue to update my blog "Donnie Bates Reports."

Si prefiere leer este boletin en español, haga clic en este enlace:  /donnie-bates-reports/2011/1/10/boletin-informe.html

God bless,

Donnie Bates

Posted on January 10, 2011 .

A New Newsletter

Greetings in the blessed and beloved name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  Welcome to a new newsletter about the Extension Centers Studies program of the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver.  It is a newsletter that I hope will serve as an instrument of communication to those who support and also to those who have interest in the work of training men to preach in Latin America.

At the moment, there are two institutes in Latin America in which we are training men to preach the Gospel.  Both institutes began their classes on the same day, April 13, 2009.  Since Bear Valley’s program of study is a two-year program, these schools are already about to graduate their students.

The Bible Institute of Honduras

As I said, the Bible Institute of Honduras (IBH), located in Danlí, Honduras, began its work of preparing faithful men so as to be able to teach their own people, April 13, 2009.  They have studied faithfully for almost two years and are already working in preaching and evangelizing in the area around Danlí.

At the moment, there are three students at IBH.  Their names are:  Oscar Morgan, Hector Viera and Yonis Gonzales.  They have worked hard and are about to complete a rigorous program.  The date of their graduation is February 10 (or 11) (I’m still working on that).  I have much confidence that they are going to have much success in the work of the Lord in the future, mainly because they already have had success, not just in their studies, but in working with several congregations in campaigns and each week also.

The plans that we have for IBH include changing the curriculum a little so that it compares better with the curriculum used at the Denver campus.  Also, we must recruit more students for the second class.  It is necessary that we have more than three students enrolled.  Because of this, we are going to wait until the month of August before we begin the second class.  This plan will give us time to recruit more students and, since we have to find another place where new married students can live with their families, it gives us more time to find a house we can rent and also time to raise the necessary funds.  The truth is that we need more funds to support the students with families because they will be studying and will not be able to provide for their families while they study.

For the immediate future, the students are completing their last quarter of long courses, which end the 28th of this month.  After the long courses, they will have two weeks of short courses.  I will teach the course on Revelation the week of January 31 – February 4.  Brother Denny Petrillo, president of Bear Valley, will teach the class on Hermeneutics the week of February 7-11 and, as I said at the beginning, we will have the graduation the evening of the 10th (Thursday) or the 11th (Friday) of that week.

The Latin American Theological Institute

The Latin American Theological Institute (ITL), located in Guatemala City, as you already know, began its classes April 13, 2009.  Also, the students of this institute have worked in faith and very hard and are about to graduate from their studies.

The last quarter of long courses ends February 18, 2011.  Brother Ken Dawdy, of Denver, Colorado, will travel to Guatemala to teach the first short course (February 21-25) over the books of Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther.  The next week (February 28 – March 4) brother Wesley Walker will teach the course over the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians.  In the third week of short courses (March 7-11) I will teach the course over the Minor Prophets, Nahum – Malachi.  The date of the graduation of ITL is the weekend of April 1-3.

In the next edition, I want to share more information about ITL.  The brethren over this institute are doing a very good work in the name of the Lord.  In future editions, I would like to relate more news and information about the institutes that we already have and, also others that, Lord willing, we will have in the future. 

Si prefiere leer este boletin en español, haga clic en este enlace: /donnie-bates-reports/2011/1/6/un-nuevo-boletin-de-noticias.html

God bless,

Donnie Bates

Posted on January 6, 2011 .