Growth In Challenging Conditions...

Believe it or not, summer has arrived across the United States. However, as I think about the warm temperatures ahead, it does not seem to compare to what I am reading from others who are enduring incredible temperatures around the world. As well, I am encouraged to read about the tremendous ways they are reaching out with the gospel in spite of the challenging conditions where they are working.

Now that graduation is behind us at Bear Valley, the activities of the Future Preacher’s Training Camp in Denver and a support raising trip are ahead for the summer. I love the opportunity of sharing the news about the Extension Program with others. There is a great sense of wonder and amazement when brethren are able to see the power of the gospel at work in the lives of great Christian brethren around the world.

I am appreciative of the reports received each week about the work occurring in the various schools Bear Valley is privileged to partner with in the Extension Program. These reports help keep every area of the work current so others are able to know the specifics of each location where men are being trained to preach the gospel.

This week’s report is especially loaded with great news about the graduation ceremonies at the BVBIU in Ukraine. There is also news about the outreach in several locations where souls are being added to the Lord’s kingdom. There is a little humor and so much more to encourage you and glorify our God.

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/

Howell Ferguson is in Gorlovka, Ukraine as part of the graduation ceremonies for the BVBIU. If you would like to see the report with pictures of the class, click here.

Extension Reports 

Visiting Cameroon: Josh Austin is visiting Cameroon this week and the work continues to grow in this part of the world.

Challenges For Baptizing: Two students desire to be baptized in Chandigarh. However, the lack of water locally is creating a challenge for the immediacy of their obedience.

Local Christians Support Evangelism: The local congregation in Siem Reap, Cambodia has been financially supporting the evangelistic outreach.

Brother In Christ Goes Home: While the loss of a husband, father, brother and friend is difficult, it is exciting to see a brother in Christ go home to his heavenly reward.

The Work Is Bearing Fruit: The outreach from students with the Visakha Valley Bible College in India continues to see fruit as the gospel is preached.

Graduates Face Challenges: As the school in Tamale, Ghana seeks to establish contact with graduates about their work, they are learning of the challenges these men face.

A Double Dose: Two weeks of reports from the Gee family are found here and they are worth every word to read. The work is growing. 

Final Thoughts
If you took time to look through each report, you have been on an incredible journey around the world. It is impressive to know that at the touch of a button we can read about the activities of God’s people around the world. It is also encouraging to see their willingness to carry out the Lord’s work even in the difficult situations they endure.

All of this is possible because of wonderful and sacrificial people like you. Your vision for the kingdom, love for the Lord, His church, and the lost, along with your dedication all blend to make this the greatest work on earth.

Thank you!

God bless

Posted on June 3, 2012 .