Preparing For The New Year...

Students in Denver focus on finals in the week ahead. This is the last week of classes in the second quarter. After finals, students enjoy a short, but well deserved, break. Reflecting on the the last two quarters of studies brings a light of encouragement for these men who diligently worked to complete all their assignments while balancing family and personal obligations. 

Once the Christmas break is behind us, a new group of students will begin their journey at Bear Valley the first week of January. Although the number of students beginning in January is usually a lower number than the August intake, they are quality men all the same. We are encouraged by men who leave their jobs and the “normal” way of life to prepare themselves for a greater task - preaching the gospel.

The same is true for each of the men who train throughout the world. The extension program continues to be a beacon in eighteen locations where we work alongside the greatest people on earth. The year ahead promises to be an exciting and encouraging year as two new schools begin in February. Additionally, the potential exists for starting several more schools before the end of 2016. Please join us in praying about these opportunities.

We are only a few weeks away from seeing the year-end numbers provided by each school in the extension program. The work completed by staff and students in these locations provides a strong boost to the morale of everyone involved in this work. We eagerly anticipate sharing the information with you.

Prayer Request: We ask each of you to take time to pray for Cy Stafford. Cy returned to the states from Tanzania suffering with an illness that is still unidentified. Doctors are running tests to determine what exactly is wrong and the cause. Cy is currently in the hospital and the latest update points out there are tests still pending. We all, especially Cy and Stephanie, appreciate your prayers on his behalf.

Now on to this week’s incredible reports...

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

The latest report from Jerry Bates can be read by clicking here.

Extension Reports

10,000 WBS Lessons And Tracts Used In Nigeria: In addition to the ways God gave the increase in Nigeria, the word is planted through the use of WBS lessons and tracts.

All That Is Done By The Mighty Hand Of God: True to his character, Cy Stafford focuses on the powerful ways God continues to bless the work in Tanzania.

Registering New Students For The Swahili Intake In 2016: After a successful graduation at the ACSOP, the staff prepare for a strong intake of students for the next class to begin in 2016.

Final Thoughts
As we close out another weekly report, please know how much we appreciate each of you. All you do to make this program successful cannot be overstated. You are a blessing to the lives of thousands, if not millions, of people around the world. We value your love for God, His church, the lost, and the trust you place in us to train preachers.

God bless

Posted on December 13, 2015 .