The Nepal Summit...

The Liberty congregation outside of Houston hosted the first Nepal Summit over the weekend. The focus was on the work of the Nepal Center for Biblical Studies in Kathmandu, Nepal. Don Prather and Mike York have been working stateside to assist the work in Nepal. Both men serve as a co-coordinators for the work. They are assisting Jerry Golphenee who works on the ground in Kathmandu along side director, Gajendra Deshar. 

Jerry was able to attend the Nepal Summit and share the latest information about the work of the school in Nepal, along with the development of the local congregations in Kathmandu. There is a great deal of excitement associated with the work of the school in helping prepare men who will strengthen congregations. The impact of their work is already making a difference as local Christians witness the difference in the ability of these men to preach God’s word.

I enjoyed the opportunity of sharing in the Nepal Summit and providing information about the development of the overall Bear Valley program. With the development of working together with congregations in four new locations, training men to preach is taking on new wings. With the partnership in Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, and as the work in Paraguay begins in March 2013, there will be approximately 350 men in 18 locations involved in preparing themselves to take the saving message of Jesus to their people.

There is nothing better than being able to report about the progress these men are making as they are studying and evangelizing at the same time. Their work is already making a difference in the lives of so many people around the world. This week’s reports continue to support the reason this work is so necessary.

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/

I recently received a report on the progress of the work being done by Gage Coldwater, who provides the extension program with training for students in agricultural / vocational development. If you would like to see the report with pictures and learn more about Manna Farm, please click here.

Howell Ferguson’s report with recent pictures of Howell’s grandchildren can be seen by clicking here.

Extension Reports 

Short Courses Soon Lead To Campaigns In Cameroon: This is the last week for short courses at CBIW and the students then travel to 17 locations for campaigns.

Celebrating 15 Years Of Training: The very first school where Bear Valley began working in Extension Training is now celebrating 15 years in Ukraine.

Local Congregation Is Growing In India: The local church meeting where the Visakha Valley Bible College is located is seeing numerical and spiritual growth.

Mission Groups Visit Paraguay: A group from Virginia recently visited the work in Paraguay and their efforts were positive.

Three Precious Souls: A recent campaign in northern Togo and in Ghana has seen fruit born as three obeyed the gospel.

Demonstrating Love For God, Even When Persecuted: It is amazing when someone obeys the gospel and then must stand for God, even though persecuted. This is a powerful read.

A Beautiful Sunday In Tanzania: The beautiful nature of Tanzania is a great backdrop to the beautiful nature of the work in Arusha. 

Final Thoughts
As the program continues to develop in the months and years ahead I am thankful for the privilege of working side by side with those who have dedicated themselves to the task of training preachers. There are a number of levels and numerous men who have made great sacrifices to contribute to the success of this work. Thank you! As well, for most of you reading this report, you already know the prayers, financial support, encouragement, and sharing these reports with others is helping spread the word about the Extension Program. Thank you! All of us, working together, is what is needed to make an eternal difference in the lives of others. Only God knows how many lives will be touched through this work. Thank you!

God bless

Posted on September 9, 2012 .