On the surface, this was just an average week. Several men began their training and have completed their first week at the Bear Valley Bible Institute in Denver. Others came back to start their final year of preparation for ministry.
Classes also continue in all of the locations around the globe as men are studying to become more effective in preaching the gospel of Jesus. Only in eternity will we truly know the impact made by those who will take the message of Jesus to their friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors.
Beyond the surface of an average week of men studying to preach the gospel, a number of interesting activities took place. More souls were added to the church through the work in Cambodia (information below). A new congregation now meets near the Vietnam border because of two men who recently completed their training in Siem Reap.
There have also been souls added because of the work in Danli, Honduras and surrounding areas. Brother Nery sent his report as is listed below.
As well, we have a report about the work in Chandigarh. The North India Bible College is doing very well and Earnest Gill provided a report which can be found below.
Then…just a brief report from Nigeria, but it gives us great news about the growth taking place. The report is below.
An average week? Maybe in some places, but as you read these reports, I believe you will see just how extraordinary this week has been within the extension program. Awesome!!!
Donnie Bates and Gary Fallis recently returned from their trip to Visakhapatnam, India, teaching in the extension program. You can read all of the reports, including the most recent sent by Donnie at the following address.http://dnbates4.wordpress.com
Jerry Bates recently went to Takoradi, Ghana to teach in the West Coast School of Preaching. His report is at this address:http://www.bvbid.org/PDFs/ExtensionReports/JerryBates8_10.pdf
Earnest Gill recently sent a report about the work of the North India Bible College in Chandigarh. The report can be found at the following address:http://www.bvbid.org/PDFs/ExtensionReports/NIBC8_10.pdf
Siem Reap, Cambodia
The growth continues in the Lord’s kingdom. It is exciting to read Chann Lork’s report below.
Good morning from Cambodia. I hope you all are doing fine. I have some news I want to share with all of you about the work which occurred recently in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Svay Rieng province
Before last week Phanat, Joe Hickey, Piseth and I went down to Svay Rieng (one of the provinces in Cambodia located south east of Phnom Penh next to Vietnam border) to visit three of our former students who just graduated recently. They moved when they graduated and they want to start the congregation at their hometown as well.
So we went to visit their home and to encourage them. Also we bought some teaching materials such as white board, marker and some children stuff.
They are doing some evangelism around their village and they are now raising chickens in their home. Lord’s willing they will start the congregation in their home very soon. Please also keep them in your prayer.
Takam Village, Siem Reap
Last week, on Saturday, there were about fifteen of us went down to Takam village. We have some members of the church up there we helped plant rice. That’s a funny one for Phanat, as it was his first time to plant rice and also for Joe Hickey. After planting rice for about one and half hours we had lunch with some members over there to fellowship and we also encouraged them to be faithful to God. Right now we have three of our young men going down there to teach and preach every weekend and on Lord’s day.
After helping to plant rice at Takam, then Joe Hickey and I, along with four more young men went down to Dom Dek trying to teach and establish the congregation up there as we can. We taught about ten adults and about seventeen children about God and evidences to prove our God. As of now, the people almost everywhere in Cambodia are so busy with the work of farming, but we thank God that they can take their time to listen the word of God that we preached.
Siem Reap Church
After teaching at Dom Dek, we headed back to the town. There a young man of our Bible students was baptized into Christ. This is very encouraging to me as I’ve seen the growth of our young men who are involved with the teaching and preaching the word of truth which brings salvation to people.
We have Sokchea and Ravy working in Leang Dai trying to help the church up there both in spiritual and physical as well. Since the tractor has been moved to keep at the church building, Sokchea has been working with the tractor to help the members of the church plant their crops. Through this work Sokchea and Ravy have more and more chances to preach the gospel to more and more people in Leang Dai village and Somroung.
Request for the need of the work
As I used to inform all of you about the transportation for the work, we need two more motor bikes for the work to evangelize. Since the work is growing, and this time is rainy season, we need motor bikes to work very much. At the church in Siem Reap now, we can support such as gas for motor bike to run for the work of preaching but we can’t afford to buy motor bike yet. So if you can help with this, it would be a blessing and very appreciated.
May God bless you richly and the church in Cambodia sends the word hello to all brethren in your local church. We love you all and please keep us in your prayer.
God be with you all. Your brother in Christ,
CSMT, Abakaliki, Nigeria
The work of the school in Nigeria is busy reaching many people through several avenues. Reuben sent the following information about a recent seminar and the growth God has given.
“The seminar started on 12th and ended on 14th August, 2010. It was interesting. About 400 sisters attended and the seminar resulted in one baptism. Today, two more baptisms (sisters) were added to the church by Christ. To God be the glory.”
Reuben in His Service.
I love reading about the growth occurring as a result of the work of so many throughout the world. I am thankful to have the opportunity of sharing in this work and sharing the information with all of you. I hope you understand and are grateful for the role you have in this work as well. Without you, this work would struggle at best, if it existed at all. Please know you are making a difference in the lives of people everywhere the gospel is being preached through extension training.
May God bless you richly in all things.