A 50 Year Celebration At Bear Valley...

The Bear Valley Church of Christ celebrated its 50th Anniversary yesterday. The day was filled with an atmosphere of great joy and reunion through presentations of this great congregation’s development and influence over the past 50 years.

One significant part of the work of the Bear Valley congregation has been seen in the 47 years the Bear Valley Bible Institute has been training men to preach the gospel. The establishment and growth of the Bible Institute expanded even further in 1997 when it began partnering with others around the world preparing men for the work of ministry. 

Thousands of men and women have gained a greater understanding of God’s word and are serving in various capacities around the world as a part of the Lord’s kingdom. While it is exciting, the very thought of how many souls have been touched by this work is humbling. Our God is incredible and how He continues to work through His people to His glory is nothing short of astounding. I am blessed and thankful to have a small part and to be working with you.

As you will read in the reports this week, God continues to give the increase in powerful ways throughout the various locations where schools are preparing men to preach. It is awesome to think of the fellowship we have as fellow-workers with one another and our God laboring in His vineyard.

Now on to the other reports...

Coordinator Updates
Reports from the coordinators are now located on the website, under Staff Reports. The address is /extension-schools/

Keith Kasarjian’s full report involving his recent trip to Arusha is here.

Click here to read the latest report from Donnie Bates about his trip to Honduras. 

Gary Fallis recently returned from Arusha, Tanzania. Click here to read his report.

Extension Reports 

A New Brother In Cameroon: The working of God’s word in the heart of one who would seem to be the least likely to respond produces fruit for the Lord’s kingdom.

New Students Arrive In Uganda: A new class of students begin their course work in the Uganda School of Evangelism.

Looking To The Future In Cambodia: The development of the church in Cambodia gives hope for leadership in the future.

Classes, Breakdowns, And Evangelism: Recent travel challenges demonstrate the difficulties often faced in Chimala, but the work continues.

Souls Are Added To The Kingdom: The God we serve continues to give the increase as souls are obeying the gospel in Arusha.

Fun, Fun, Fun in Tanzania: While there is much activity in Tanzania, this is cute and provides a missionaries perspective on the events on the mission field.

One Special Night In Arusha: Nothing is more special than the opportunity to baptize your own children then they are ready to accept Christ. 

Final Thoughts
At times I find it very difficult to adequately express the depth of my gratitude. There are so many areas for which I am thankful. I am thankful to God for the opportunity to share in this work with each of you. I am thankful for each person who plays a part (there are no small or insignificant parts) in the overall work. 

I look forward to the future in our efforts together to make an eternal difference in the lives of people all over the world. God is GREAT!

God bless

Posted on April 29, 2012 .