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Off to a great start in India

Respected beloved brothers in Christ warmest greetings to you from the  Bear Valley Bible Institute, Tirupati-city, India. I take this opportunity to send you update news regarding our bible Institute.

Tirupati -city in India is a famous pilgrim place, Hindu religious people call it as temple city of India, because their prominent temple being constructed in this city on the top of seven hills, each day about 1,00000 to 1,20,000 people visit this temple,  there are seven universities have been established in this city by the Indian government .

Almost all we were praying and planning for the establishment of the Bear Valley Bible Institute in this city for many years , we did correspondence with the director of the International Biblical studies in Bear Valley in USA enough time, But God has His own  plan for everything to be established in His own time.

Behalf of the  Bear Valley Institute Mr.Keith Kasarjian  has visited India and  stayed with us enough time in January -2019 and completed the  survey work. In The month of May-2019 We have conducted one week youth camp and given awareness  of the Bear Valley Bible Institute,  and many of the students could able to take decision to join in the Bible College for the two years preachers bible training.

The Inauguration event of the Bear Valley Bible Institute took place on May 28, 2019, several gospel preachers from different local churches in India were able to attend and witness the program, they felt so happy to see the infrastructure of the Bible College and impresses to send the young men for the bible training.

Bear Valley Bible Institute’s first semester has  started on  June 3rd, 2019,  God has blessed our classes  with 24 students , they did hard work in following the most experienced teaching faculty as Bear Valley is having sound and effective syllabus, in our first semester we have completed The Books of Genesis, Job, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, How we got Bible, Basic principle of Indian constitution, English skills  and began the  Christian evidences, each day we had few guest students beside our regular students  for the  classes.

Our students are privileged  to attend for the local church  weekly programs, they did attend for the eight  midweek bible studies and  eight Sunday worship services and also for the few  praise meetings which we conducted in the families of local church.

Our First campaign of the first semester  we had  at Yerravaripallem village , it is about 40 miles away from the Bible Institute, it has been located in the hill side ,  on that day two souls were baptized and local church  members  over there could able to construct new church building in that hill side rural area, one of the student  from BVBI goes each Sunday for assisting them in preaching and every Thursday evening he goes for bible study.

We conducted second campaign at  Nellore district, Vidyanagar village which is about 100 miles far away from the Bible Institute,   we invited college young girls and boys, we had full day meeting  and presented good lessons concerning young people.

The Month of August is break time for the Bible Institute in Tirupati, during this short period our students were instructed to participate in the practical gospel ministry along with the recommended local preachers, they need to submit daily report  beside that they need to write assignment work from the completed syllabus and submit when they turn back to the Bible Institute after the short break.

Our coordinator Mr. Mark Reynolds did  correspondence with several guest teachers and able to fix few of them to visit us and teach in our Bible College, lord willing one of the brother Mr. Jerry Bates and his wife Mr.Paula Bates, (USA) may travel to our city  and they will be teaching from August 25 -30 in our Bible college, all the students, teaching and non-teaching faculty join with me to convey our biggest thank to our director Mr.Keith Kasarijian,  we appreciate his out standing efforts for the success of establishing the bible college in Tirupati-city,  we also thankful to our coordinator Mr.Mark Reynold, Bear Valley Bible Institute staff in USA and all the donors and prayer partners , special thanks to our local churches in Vidyanagar and Tirupati, Iam thankful to my wife swarupa for her great assistance in doing several things concerning college set up works and also keeping the  accounts most accurately for the sake of  Indian GOVT and also to be submitted to our Director and the coordinator , we are ever grateful to our good father in heaven for His continual guidance, love, mercies, grace, kindness and concern, we request each one of you to continue to pray for the function of Bear Valley Bible Institute in Tirupati, India for the glory of our good father in heaven.

Thanking you.

Yours brother in Christ.

B.Vijaya Kumar,

The Director of

Bear Valley Bible Institute in Tirupati

Posted on August 13, 2019 .

A new group of incoming students in India

Dear Brethren in Christ,  

I bring greetings from Visakha Valley Bible College. By the grace of God we are doing well.  We thank you so much for your prayers and timely encouragements for successfully training the men to become effective evangelists in fertile lands of India.  Certainly it is a blessing to train up evangelists for His cause. With the rapid changing over in our society both culturally and materially people are becoming more materialistic. Even the generation following will not get a good knowledge on God and Its creation unless this generation is being taught about the Truth. We are very thankful to God for blessing us with this great opportunity to light up several souls with the word of God, it is being possible only through sending of well equipped men of God.

Summer effect:

This summer had been the worst of all;  recently monsoon season has begun, not quite rains but a shower here and there, however weather continues to be very very humid. Visakhapatnam has experienced worst ever record breaking temperature this year. Since it is an industrial area weather is usually pretty warm, in summers it add up to terrible degree. Looks like global warming is true….want to visit  Vice President Algore to appreciate his argument about global warming years ago.

New Bore Well:

While this has been the case we are struggling with,  We had some worst time of the year since the end of April at our school, that is lack of water. Of course We were able to buy drinking water, due to downfall of the ground water level in our water well, it was needed to dig a new bore well at the  same place where we have dogged the well before. It has severed for several years, from last few year water has become scarce almost to the point its dried out, see the pictures 3,4. With the help of the brethren from Lake Houston we are able to  dug a new well. We are thankful the process went well and good ground water was found, it took 4 days to get the installation of submersible pump and also new motor. It is definitely the providence of God that we had those funds to meet our desperate need. We praise God for His mercy.

New Academic Year:

Our new academic year has begun, we have 10 students enrolled for the batch of 2019-21; more to join with this group in a week or two. We are going to have our faculty meeting on the 8th Monday to discuss several things about upcoming academic year. The first two pictures show the newly enrolled students filling the application form and taking the Entrance exam.

The newly enrolled students, would  usually filled up the application form and will take an entrance exam. This entrance exam will help the faculty members to understand the standard of the student.  This batch students have helped so much while the new bore well being dug. We are excited to see these young men becoming part of our Visakha Valley family. Hoping that they would continue their enthusiasm in learning the word of God to become effective evangelists of Christ.

Kindly pray for this new academic year, may God bless us with some more good students who would love to be trained and learned. Brother Jerry Bates will be visiting with us in the middle September to teach a short course. Always love to have Bates, looking forward for their visit. We always welcome any new visiting faculty that would be interested to teach a short course or two.


We are always grateful to God for His mercy and providence. We do appreciate our loving brethren at Lake Houston Church of Christ and Strickland Church of Christ. Thankful to God for brethren at Strickland who are overseeing the Preaching School, we work as diligently as possible to keep up the trust and confidence.

Kindly continue your prayers as we also pray for you daily. Give our greetings to the Church you worship with and also to your families. May God bless you all.  We with best salutations from all of us at Visakh.

In Christ,

Samuel Raju Muppidi

John Dean M

Posted on July 13, 2019 .

The new school in India is BV school #40!

On June 3 a new school began in Tirupati, India. Not only is this monumental for the Lord’s church in that part of India, it also marks school #40 in the Bear Valley family.

Tirupati is a city of a half million people that is best known as one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites, due the the existence of a famous temple. The temple hosts 50,000-100,000 people daily. It is sad to see so many dedicated, well-meaning people being deceived by false teachings.

Being a Christian in a predominantly Hindu culture is not easy. In fact, it took months to finally find someone who would rent us a building in which to house the school. But, not only does the church exist in this bastion of Hinduism, under the leadership of Director, Vijay Kumar, we are now also training gospel preachers to share the good news in their country of 1.3 billion souls.

Classes began with the maximum of 20 students, as well as several others who want to audit the classes. We anticipate untold eternal good being done through this school. If you think you or your congregation might like to partner with us in this, please write me at



Posted on June 25, 2019 .

10th Anniversary in India!

Dear Brethren in Christ,

Greetings to you in the precious name of Lord Jesus Christ our savior.  By the grace of God I returned home safely completing my 2 months visit to USA. It was  pleasure visiting you all, must thank you all for your kind invitation and hospitality when I visited your place. I firmly believe that my visit helped to strengthen our relationship, I praise God for blessing me to visit you all.

Faculty meeting:

Right after my return from USA we held a faculty meeting in the second week of June, A meeting we usually hold once in every two months to discuss about how is everything going, where we at and how students are learning etc., normally It takes a combined effort to train up the young evangelists, in this process sharing of ideas and experience has  been always been a very useful thing. All our faculty was present for the meeting, it was more than three hours of discussion and sharing of things and doctrinal issues in the Church in this area. We all have made a firm decision to stick to the N.T truth of preaching Christ and His only Church.

Part of the meeting, I was glad to update them about my visit to Lake Houston & Strickland Church of Christ, meeting with the Elders and also about my reporting to the Church. All the faculty members were very happy with my visit and how you all felt about the school. Of course our faculty is being appreciated very much for their doctrinal stand and their cooperation in training the Men.

Student’s Schedule: 

Preachers Training program is going on well, present students are doing their best in learning and acting according to their learning.  Let me brief you about how our students spend their day. Actually, student’s time table starts at 5:30 in the morning. They began their day with a devotional first, then cleaning their dormitory etc., We are trying our best to instruct these future preachers to discipline their body by following the time table; also instructing them to use their time wisely.

We are very much concerned about our students memorizing the Bible verses, of course we encourage them to study/read the Bible every day; in addition to this they memorize one verse from the Bible every day. One of the faculty is always watch them doing this, after each of the student quote the scripture that is written on the black board they conclude that with a prayer then proceed for lunch.

10th Anniversary:

What a blessing, we rejoice in sharing this exciting news.  it has been 10 years since we started the Preaching school in Visakhapatnam. Of course we have to wait for another year to celebrate our 10th Anniversary association with Bear Valley. However, its time to celebrate. We are going to have a Preachers meeting on the eve of this 10th anniversary. We are inviting all the teachers and faculty members and old students for this special occasion. We praise God for this blessing of running a preaching school for 10 yrs at Visakhapatnam, where ours is the first full time preaching school, it is certainly blessing. It was a great history of 10 years preachers training at Vaisakha; a preaching school that is sending full time ministers to reach the unreached millions.

Evangelical News:

Brethren, We always feel very proud of our graduates who are working for the Church full time, even though their finances are not up to the mark, they have changeless enthusiasm which is giving some wonderful results; we appreciate their efforts so much. They share with us, their evangelical efforts  of preaching,  holding personal Bible studies, door knocking and  also the results which is the addition of souls to the Lord’s Church. Attached are the pictures that you may like to see, we are very happy to share these with you.

“So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase. “ Acts 9:31

Voice of Truth International: We are so thankful to the brethren at World Evangelism, especially sister Betty Choate for sending their Magazine regularly. We receive them without any problem, we are distributing them with our students and preachers in this part of Andhra Pradesh. They have been a great literature, helping our students to understand God’s wisdom, also helping them to prepare to teach/reach others. Very helpful gospel tool, thankful to all the brethren who are behind this in several ways.

Thank you so much brethren for your prayers which is a great strength for us to work for the Lord. We do thank the brethren at Strickland for overseeing our work and for also sending brother Jerry Bates to teach & Check on the work.  Especially we thank the brethren at Lake Houston Church of Christ for their trust and confidence in the preaching School. We appreciate their continued support and encouragements. We also thank the brethren at Bear Valley for accepting our school as their extension school. Do thank all the brethren who made this possible. We are mindful of all the brethren, like Denny Petrillo, Bob Turner, Ralph Williams, Steve Wiseman, Garry Fallis, Keith Kasarjian, Mark Reynolds and sever other wonderful Men of God who made this possible. 

With all your prayers we continue to strive for His cause, we love you all so much in the Lord. God bless you all. All our students, faculty and staff members pray for you daily.

In Christian Love

M. Samuel Raju, Director

M. John Dean

For Visakha Valley Bible College

Visakhapatnam, India.

Posted on July 6, 2018 .

My visit to Nepal and India

It was my pleasure to return to Kathmandu, Nepal after a 3 year absence. The last time I was there was only 5 weeks after the catastrophic earthquake they had suffered. Much has changed! In addition to rebuilding in the city, more importantly, the Nepal Center for Biblical Studies has a new facility to meet in and house the students. The building is also used to host various area wide church activities.

I was able to meet with Director, Gajendra Deshar, Arun Ree, and Jerry Golphenee regarding how the school is doing and also discuss plans for the future. Nepal is 95% Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim. Pray for our brethren ae have certainly have our work cut out for us.

After leaving Nepal I was able to visit the Visakha Bible College once again. I had been asked in advance to teach the students "Homiletics", which I always enjoy doing. I was impressed by the students! Their level of knowledge coupled with the complete attention was encouraging.

Also, I was blessed to be able to address the topic of "Leadership" to an area-wide meeting of preachers that exceeded 75 in attendance. There is a lot of good being done in and around this metropolis of several million souls.


Keith Kasarjian

Director, Bear Valley Extension Studies

Posted on April 24, 2018 .

Things are going great in India!

Dear brethren in Christ,

I bring greetings from Visakha Valley Bible college to you in the precious name of Lord Jesus Christ our saviour. Hope this message finds you all good. First of all let me thank you all for your prayers, God has been blessing our efforts in this time of growing opposition to the Christianity in India.

It has been a long time since I have written a full length report about the preaching school activity in Visakhapatnam. First of all we are thankful to God for blessing us to run this preaching school.

Jerry Bates Visit:

We had a great visit of brother Jerry Bates, it was good two weeks of work we had. As usual he has done a tremendous job of teaching the Master’s Class students for these two week. While he was here, we were bit concerned about how the government/Intelligence would react, thankfully nobody had showed up at the school checking on them.

Master Classes:

We had more students this time even though a couple of students were absent. We had 13 students who regularly attended classes for these two weeks. It was great time of learning and fellowship. All the students really admire brother Jerry Bates’ patience and his simple way of teaching those students who are not eloquent in English.  Most of the students had turned in their due work, this inspired rest of the students start working on their assignments as well.

About the Van our Gospel Chariot:

Attached are some pictures showing the Van and how it is being used. Recently when Jerry stayed with us, our van was the mode of transport. We have brother Nageswara rao who is a recent graduate is helping to drive this van to transport students to attend gospel meetings and bible classes in the city area. It is a greatest blessing to the School. We thank the elders and mission committee at Lake Houston for helping us to purchase this van, we admire brother JY Brown for encouraging the congregation to provide for this need. 

Trade Education:

This new trend of Preacher Training we implemented first time at our school. We have discussed about it earlier after seeing the possibility and adjustment of time and other things we finally have decided to provide some time for the students to learn a trade. Our students have started learning Tailoring as part of the Trade Education.  This program has brought a new spirit of learning in our students; for four days in a week, one hour each day the tailoring instructor would come and teach a theory class, followed by a practical class.

Also we found one of our graduate who is capable of teaching basic computer education to our students, with that he is able to help our students to teach how to use computer and make a word document.


Mega phones  are a big time need for preaching in rural areas and also motor cycles, we pray that that our Lord provides this need to help our graduates who working in very remote areas where there is bus facility.  Kindly pray that our Lord provides.

We are need of more books, if you find anybody those who are interested to share their books with us, we would be glad to have them. We are thankful to all those who donated their books, they have been a great help for the Masters Class students. Our students have been learning to do more research, certainly it is an accomplishment, hoping that it would continue and reach the highest point of making it as a habit.


We always thank God for giving such a kind heart to the brethren who are behind this preaching school. Strickland church of Christ for overseeing the work and Lake Houston church for considering to help regularly to run this preacher training school. We appreciate your kind support also for your prayers. We hope and pray that our supporting churches would continue to support our mission spot for the years to come.

From all of us at Visakha Valley Please convey our greetings to your families and Church families as well. We pray for you daily..!!

In Christ,

Samuel Raju Muppidi, Director

John Dean M, Dean
Visakha Valley Bible College

Posted on November 7, 2017 .

A new enrollment in India

Dear brethren in Christ,

Greetings to you in the precious name of Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.  We are doing good, and the Lord’s work is going on great.

Faculty meeting:

The new batch of students have started taking classes from the first week of July, that is on the 3rd.  We have 14 students enrolled for this batch so far. On the 19th of June we held faculty meeting to discuss about our new academic year and corresponding place. We also discussed about who teaches what subjects. We spent whole discussing these things in two sessions, we are thankful the God is giving us knowledge to enhance our capability in training the next generation evangelists.

Gospel Campaign Week:

Last week our students spent a week long time in the villages near Pydikonda. Gospel campaign week, its a program to hold personal Bible Studies, gospel meetings and Bible classes.  They have travelled from Visakhaptanm to Pydikonda on train from there they travelled on Auto to reach the destination.

It was a team work for those days by the faculty and the students. Daily schedule begins with a Prayer and devotional. They start the program with a prayer, divide into groups and walk in the streets of the villages.

Some of the near by preachers have also joined with us. Our students have visited 1600 homes and distributed gospel tracts. Our students and faculty have divided up into groups and held 54 personal bible studies during this campaign. This campaign also given opportunity to visit hundreds of family who are not Christian but have asked to pray for them.

This given opportunity to our students to  learn and understand the need of evangelism also comforting. We truly believe that so many people are in need of comfort, because our modern India’s economical benefits are not reaching several millions of people especially those who are farmers and lives on small businesses and daily labour are facing it more. So the prayer of comfort and strengthen the soul was done during our campaign. Our students have learned to encourage those who are without hope and faith.

In addition to personal bible studies, gospel tract distribution and offering prayers, during this campaign we held three gospel meetings in the night, one final meeting at the end of the campaign. As a result 3 souls have been added to the Church, we have given bibles as a token of welcoming them in to our Church family. Attached are the pictures showing the activity of the gospel campaign held last week.

Truly our students are blessed to learn to about the one on one study and also public evangelism. Our task of training the next generation evangelists has begun for this year with this new batch of students. We are hoping that they will gradually learn the word of God in the class room and evangelism work through the out reach programs. Hoping to see them completing their two year program. Kindly continue your prayers.


We are thankful to the brethren at Strickland for their continued support, we do thank the Elders for overseeing this work also for sending Bro. Jerry Bates to check on the work in real time. We highly appreciate the Elders and members of the Church at Lake Houston Church of Christ for their continued trust and confidence.

We have been hearing in the news about the flooding caused due to hurricane Harvey, we are mindful of those victims, may God comfort them and provide them. I have been in touch with brother James Brown, one of the Elders at Lake Houston to find out the welfare about the brethren living in the Houston city, especially in Humble area.

Things are keeping us so busy, they are just indescribable, your continued prayers would be highly appreciated.

Thanking you all so much, in Christ and His service,

M. Samuel Raju,  Director

John Dean M, Dean

Visakha Valley Bible College

Posted on September 11, 2017 .

New students and a new van in India

Greetings to you in the precious name of Lord Jesus Christ our saviour. Hope this message finds you all good. I bring greetings from the students of Visakha Valley Bible college.

By the grace of God and your kind support, we have finally bought the Van for the Preaching School. We had to wait for a longer period than we thought. However, we have successfully purchased this Mahindra Supro, it’s small Van that can carry 8 people. However we can carry at lest 11 people including the driver. 

We praise and glory to God, It all happened according to the time I suppose, because right now we have couple of students who lives in the suburb of Viskahapatnam who can drive as well. So, they are very excited about this van meant for the purpose of taking the Preaching Students to different places as part of evangelism. We are very blessed with the addition of this new vehicle. Definitely it is going to be a big help in reaching out ministry.

We are so thankful to all the brethren Lake Houston, especially brother J.Y. Brown for corresponding with me about the funds and purchase of this Gospel Chariot.  We do thank the Elders and Mission Committee for being so kind towards helping us fulfilling this need. It is going to help hold lot of mission programs that would bring more people to the true Church, we praise God for this Van.

Recently we travelled to a village where brother Suresh, one of our graduate is preaching. He is actually working in two different places. On the 23rd of last month he invited us to attend the Preachers Fellowship meeting, where he invited the local congregation and also preachers around.

We are thankful to God for blessing the efforts of our graduates. Brother M. Rama Rao reporting a couple being baptized into Christ for the remission of their sins. We rejoice with the newly added souls to the Church.

We have begun the fresh batch classes, Class of 2017-19. Right now we have 11 students enrolled, few more coming by the end of this month. We are very excited to see the good number of students being enrolled, hopefully it will be a big size group this year.

We thank the brethren at Strickland, MS for overseeing the work, we do thank them for helping us their part in running the preaching school also forwarding the funds. We convey our heartfelt gratitude to the Church at lake Houston for the new Van, we love you all so much. We appreciate all your prayers and encouragements, may God receive the glory and honour.

In Christ,

M. Samuel Rau, Director

John Dean M, Dean
Visakha Valley Bible College

Andhra Pradesh, INDIA

Posted on July 12, 2017 .

New students in India

Dear Brethren in Christ,

Greetings to you in the precious name of Lord Jesus Christ our saviour. By the grace of God we are all doing good. We are thankful to you all for your prayers towards the Preaching School in Visakha. We do thank you brethren for your part in training our men to carryout the gospel to the lost millions. We appreciate you all once again for your prayers towards the health of Bro. M. Samuel Raju who is the Director of the school/College. We give glory and honour to our mighty God for His mercy being shown upon him and blessed him with good health. Kindly continue your prayers.

Brethren, Kindly allow me to update you all about what’s going on with us at Visakha Valley Bible College.

Gospel OutReach: We receive reports that our students are doing tremendous job of evangelism in various places of their districts. They are conducting gospel campaigns and gospel meetings. They are also doing door knocking campaigns and personal bible studies. As a result people are being added to the Church. Our students are blessed to receive some valuable gospel tools as a gift at the time of their graduation. Thankfully enough we were able to do the same this time with the help of the brethren at Strickland Church of Christ. We have given each of the graduate a Bicycle and a Rechargeable Mega phone. What a joy it is to see those tools are being used in the mission field. Some of the previous batch students who have not received them are trying to buy a megaphone for themselves, some are asking if we can help them in anyway with a Rechargeable Megaphone. Hope our Lord provides. In addition to the mission efforts of our students we also continue to attend & conduct Bible classes, Gospel meetings in various places of our state.  

New Admissions:

After the summer break is over we are in the process of obtaining the applications from the students who wants to enroll in the two year Preacher Training College. Some of the students who shown interest to join in the school has attended our Future Preacher Training program conducted at Skinner’s Garden. This has given us an opportunity give them an understanding of how the training is going to be. I would say its an orientation program. 8 of the students have filled their applications, they will be meeting us at the school on Monday 12th June for taking the admission test and also to provide the required information for the admission in the training program.

Brethren, thank you all so much for being part of this wonderful program, we cannot imagine doing this without your part. We continue to strive for His cause, we would appreciate your prayers, Thanking you.

In Christ, 

M. Samuel Raju, Director

M. John Dean, Dean

Posted on June 19, 2017 .

Graduation in India

Dear Brethren in Christ,

I bring greetings to you from Visakha Valley Bible College in the name of Lord Jesus Christ our saviour. We are so thankful to our almighty God for His great mercy and kindness. Once again we are able to send 12 equipped evangelists into the mission field, with a great anticipation of saving many souls.

Go into all the world’ this is an authoritativecommand issued to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus sentHis 12 equipped Apostles to fulfill His ministry. Like wise we now introduce our 12 Preaching Studentswho have completed their 2 Year course of study and ready to sow the seed of God’s word. These men are effectively trained both to be Evangelists and for doing every Good Work, as every man of God ought to be.              

Our association with Bear Valley Bible Institute International has been our strength.  Actually Standard of TeachingandTraining Methods are strengths of our school. But our strength had been increased as our Faculty has enhanced their Biblical knowledge by completing the MA course offered by Bear Valley Bible Institute .  Also there    was a tremendous development in our teaching system since some Teaching Aids were brought to use in the class room.  Noticeable strength is our Team Work attitude; our combined efforts with a proper guidance through the Directorof our school M. Samuel Raju, has been giving some inspiring results. Together we were able to share our ability and strengthin a great capacity to educate these young men and equip them to be effective evangelists . Ourgreatest strength of all is the output of our efforts which is the 12 graduates who successfully completed the course and are going to be the effective instruments in spreading the Good News across India.

We are so grateful to our God almighty for blessing us to accomplish this, we pray that our Lord would bless our efforts to keep sending some effective evangelists to rescue the lost millions from eternal destruction. Looks like the world is soon coming to an end, our Lord is dearly waiting in long suffering towards all the people to be repented of their sins; There is an Emergent need of evangelism in our society as the doors of opportunity are fading away due to the recent changes in power.

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach, except they be sent?” Rom 10:14 -15

Thanking you all brethren for sharing this exciting news, may God continue to bless you all. Please greet all the brethren that you worship with. Love you all so much.

In Christ,

Samuel Raju & John Dean Muppidi

For Visakha Valley Bible College


Posted on April 3, 2017 .

An outstanding trip to Nepal and India

This trip was my first to each of the schools I visited on my trip. I felt it was important to get into each of the schools I am working with as soon as possible to get to know the directors, students and key components of the schools since starting my work with Bear Valley. 

I visited the Nepal Center for Biblical Study first (January 15-20). I was greeted at the airport in Kathmandu (where the school is currently located) by Jerry Golphenee. Jerry has been working as an instructor for the school since it opened seven years ago. He has been living in Nepal working as a dentist for more than fifteen years. In that time he has helped several young people get an education by raising money for their school fees and other necessities. I stayed in Jerry’s house for the week, and was treated to wonderful hospitality. He was a wonderful host! One of my favorite parts of the trip was the three-mile walk Jerry and I enjoyed to the school each day. It gave us time to talk and get to know each other. He does a marvelous work in Nepal.

The director of the school, Gajendra Deshar, greeted me at the school on Monday morning, and gave me a quick tour. Gajendra is a wise and humble man with wonderful organizational skills and is a natural leader. I taught a personal growth class covering the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount, and the Christian Graces from 2 Peter 1, as well as a special lesson on Church Growth. In addition to the students who attended the class, several graduates of the school and many members of the church participated in the course as well.  Gajendra and his assistant Arun translated for me while I taught.

On Thursday afternoon after class we visited the site where the new school building is being built about an hour from Kathmandu. It is located in a rural setting, which makes it much less expensive to operate the school. Gajendra’s parents donated the property on which the school is being built. This is even more remarkable because his parents are still practicing Hindus. We pray this will change soon. The school is nearing completion, and they hope to be in it by early April.

I can’t say enough about the people of Nepal, especially the Christians I worked with for the week. They are some of the sweetest, kindest people I have ever met. This school is in fine hands under the leadership of Gajendra. Space will not allow me to write about so many of the things that need to be said about this school. If you would like to hear a more detailed report, please email me at I would love to visit the congregation where you are to give a better report.

I left Kathmandu and arrived in Vishakhapatnam, India on January 20. I taught the course Marriage and Family to the students, their wives (those who are married) and several of the members of the church who wanted to attend. As is usual, in most public classes in India, the classes were packed each day. In order to fully appreciate how fun this class was to teach, one must understand the culture in India. They do not publicly display their affection toward their wives like we are sometimes accustomed to here in the United States; nor do they talk about romance and the types of things covered in a marriage class publicly. It was so much fun to watch them talk about and study these things in the class. There was one student, in particular, who has been married for several years who made the class especially enjoyable. All in all, things went well and we learned what God has planned for Christian marriage.

John Dean is the local director, and does an outstanding job leading the school. He and the other instructors make this a top-notch school both academically and in real experience for the role of a preacher. Just like Gejendra in Nepal, John Dean is very organized so nothing slips through the cracks.  Jerry Bates is the coordinator of the school here in the States, and makes multiple trips over there each year.

I can’t say enough good things about both of the schools I visited on this trip. They have a strong foundation, which will keep them on the right path for the future. Please join me in prayer for each of these schools as they will be holding their graduations in the coming months, and the students will leave to begin their new works.

In Him,

Mark Reynolds

Posted on February 4, 2017 .

The Director in India reports

Dear Brethren in Christ, 

Greetings to you in the precious name of Lord Jesus Christ our saviour. By the grace of God and your prayers I have arrived in India safe and feel very glad to be back home. I was really excited to see my wife and daughters after a long time.  However, it was a wonderful time to visit the brethren and share the progress of the Lord’s work in India.

I was delighted to meet brother Mark Reynolds other brethren during this visit, that makes my visit very special. It was pleasure meeting brother Mark Reynoldswho recently took over the responsibility of working as Coordinator for the Bear Valley schools in Asia. It was wonderful to talk about our future plans to work together in India in our first meet itself, this tells how much excited he is about the Lord’s work in India. We are looking forward to working with him soon. 

I have been busy ever since I returned home. So many events have taken place during the time of my visit to USA. Even though these have happened in last four months time period, they absolutely convey the busiest schedule we had at our school. 

Master Classes: We had two sessions of master classes conducted by brother Denton Landon and Jerry Bates. Brother Denton visited in the month of July and brother Jerry visited in the last September and first week of October. I really thought I would get to visit brother Jerry bates upon my arrival, unfortunately I missed my connecting flight to India from Newark so my journey was delayed for 24hrs, this made me to miss brother Jerry Bates, however I had the opportunity to talk to him about various issues of our school.

We are certainly privileged to resume the Classes for this Master Class batch, earlier batch was unable to fulfil required amount of work, due to which that class was cancelled. Brother Garry Fallis under his kindness has agreed to start another batch from this July. Brother Denton was the first person to teach this batch of students. We had an enrolment of 9 students for brother Denton’s classes and two others joined during the classes of Jerry Bates. According to what I heard from the students, they are very thankful to Bear Valley for conducting these Master Classes, they are very helpful not only for them personally but also very useful to teach their home congregations.

During the visit of brother Jerry his wife Paula visited with him. She almost wants to keep her calendar busy. We were able to hold classes for Women & Preacherswives at our school premises, sister Paula always does a great job of teaching these women.  

Brother Denton Landon during the Weekend break has visited Skinner’s Garden and preached at couple of congregations and witnessed three young ladies being added to the Church.

Gospel Campaigns: During the last four months our students have done two Gospel Campaigns in two different districts. Our students certainly gets a hands on experience during these campaigns. Before they go out of the preacher Training school they would learn to speak to strangers about Christ our Lord. During these campaigns they conduct personal Bible studies, Bible Classes and Gospel meetings.  As a results they witnessed 9 people being added to the Church.  We do hear from our students time to time about the addition of souls to their congregations. 

State wide Fellowship Meeting:  Congregations in the state of Andhra Pradesh have decided to meet twice in a year at a certain place in the state to have a fellowship meeting. This is to help each other to grow in the faith and build up in unity. These meetings have been giving great results in the brotherhood, our students were privileged to attend this meeting travelling for 12 hrs on train. Director of the School M. Samuel Raju has lead our group for this special meeting. Our group has gotten the attention of the 600 preachers that represented various congregations in our state. In this way our school was well notice among the brotherhood.

Gratitude: We are very thankful to the brethren at Lake Houston for their kind support and much thankful to the brethren at Strickland for their continued Oversight. I really had a great time to visit with both of these congregations during this visit, this has helped increased our relationship  and continued trust and confidence. We would look forward to keep up great relationship for betterment of the Lord’s work India, especially training the Men. If everything goes well a group of 14 students will receive their course completion diplomas in the month of April’17, kindly pray.

There are more to come in my next email with more updated information about our Preacher Training program in Visakha. All the staff, faculty and students of our school convey their heartfelt greetings to you all. Kindly pray for us that our efforts may be successful in rescuing the lost souls.

Please greet your family and the Church family for us,

In Christ,

John Dean M

Visakha Valley Bible College

Church of Christ, Visakhapatnam. 


Posted on November 3, 2016 .

Reflecting On The Success Of 2015 And Looking To A Great Year Ahead...

Dear Brethren in Christ,

We bring greetings to you in the name of Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. This has been another busy year as the Lord’s work continues to increase. We went to several remote places and hill areas where our graduates recently began preaching. It is very encouraging to see most of our students working at various places preaching the word of God.

Preacher Training work is keeping us so busy...this is 9:42 pm and I just got to the school campus in Visakha after attending the Preacher’s Fellowship Meeting at one of our graduate’s village. His name is ‘Hebel.’ We were able to take him Bibles. He was a denominational pastor when he heard about the true church and being converted to the true doctrine faced a lot of problems in the community. However, with the help of our Lord he began to teach the truth to his villagers. They are about 20 people gathering every Sunday. So, our meeting today was to help the congregation understand the New Testament church and its pattern. Our time was well, spent around six preachers who preached from morning until evening. Three people came forward to obey the truth. We were uplifted by the encouragement of his batch of mates in holding this meeting and also helping him time to time in sharing the Gospel in this year. Through this meeting we had the opportunity not only to meet some denominational pastors, but also to teach them from the Bible about the New Testament church.  

We thank the Bear Valley Bible Institute for the mission and vision of establishing extension schools across the world. We appreciate the elders at Bear Valley who make this possible. We are privileged to be called aa Bear Valley Bible Institute International school. Thank you for keeping our reports on the website up to date. We appreciate the concern.  

Year 2015: It started with great enthusiasm and a plan to reach out more than usual. Through the blessing of God we were able to complete this year with great results. Results included the establishing of churches in the remotest places of our state. We were blessed to have new curriculum and printed material, a building expansion, campaign week program, gospel meetings, and preacher’s fellowship meetings.  

We praise God who enabled us to spread the wings of His ministry through various programs such as gospel meetings, Bible classes, campaign week program, preacher’s fellowship meetings, and preacher’s seminars. Our students received hands-on experience about how to hold and organize the above programs. By attending these programs they are understanding the great need of doing such programs to carry out the gospel to the lost millions in our nation. An earlier batch of students learned the same evangelical concept and now they are implementing it, which has given us an opportunity to participate and encourage them.

Another blessing this year was that our faculty and students: Yeah, new curriculum that was introduced this year has brought a phenomenal change in our teaching system. Both students and faculty are enjoying the new material that was supplied to us on various subjects. It is also a great opportunity to enhance our biblical knowledge. So, this year can be said as a year of blessing.

New Projector: This has provided a great opportunity for our students to learn so many other subjects and topics that was provided by our brethren from World Video Bible School and  Apologetics Press.

Air Conditioning Library Extension: This was another blessing to help preserve the books in the library and also to have more books in our library. Our guest room is ready with air condition for visiting brethren, this will help them relax in-between classes. They certainly need that break in a hot weather country like India.

Brethren, we are thoroughly blessed with the great encouragement we received from the Lake Houston Church of Christ and Strickland Church of Christ. We are grateful to God for their continued trust and confidence, which is a great blessing. Thank you brethren for being part of these results. We convey our heartfelt gratitude on behalf of our students, faculty, staff and preachers working in Visakhapatnam area. They were encouraged by our school program so much, we pray that our Lord will bless us to do more continually. As we continue to spread the word there are some results we witness, but some we may not. When we do hear about them we praise God for such results of saving souls.

Here are Some Results of our efforts:

Number of Graduates sent out this year - 12
Villages visited – 127
Bible Classes & Gospel Meetings conducted – 148
Preachers Seminars – 2
Leadership Workshop – 1
Preachers Fellowship Meetings Conducted – 28
People obeyed the Gospel – 452
New congregations Established – 8
Church Meeting Places Dedicated – 6

In Christ & His service,

Samuel Raju & John Dean Muppidi
Visakha Valley Bible College
Church of Christ
Andhra Pradesh, INDIA

Posted on December 20, 2015 .

A Recent Campaign And New Library Benefit The Lord's Work In India...

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  Acts 1:8

Dear Brethren, 

Greetings to you in the precious name of the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. We thank you all for your prayers and encouragement through which we are able to what we do. Thank you all so much for being a big part of this expanding Lord’s ministry in our part of India. May God receive the glory and honor.

Recent government statistics show the least growth of Christianity in the country as a whole, but where as in our state it is growing steadily. We are not so much excited or surprised about it, but we rather see what we can do help with the growth of the churches in our part of the nation.

Campaign Week:
ill area Preachers’ Fellowship meeting: this is the first time ever we visited this remote place in this part of our State. Reaching the Unreached: this was our slogan during the campaign week. Our graduates worked as a team to fulfill what our Lord said ‘you shall be witness unto me in the uttermost part of the earth.’ Certainly these places are in a very remote place, high among the mountains. There was no cell phone service, no regular electricity, and no pure drinking water available. This is one of the reasons these people often suffer with typhoid, also due to mosquitoes, they suffer from malaria and other viral fevers. We often hear such health problems from our students too.  Only very few have TV facility.  They are not uncivilized but they are far away from all kinds of modern facilities and living style. Of course they are good number of young people who had High school education, some even college, which really benefits the efforts our students.  We have students coming from Lambasingi, Lothu Gadda and other nearby villages, where you can only go by walk, you are lucky if you have a motor cycle. They speak three Languages; Telugu is our state language, Odiya (language spoken in the neighboring state of Orissa) and their local Tribal Language.

Before we went to this place we stopped at Narsipatnam to meet with the preachers gathered there. We have taken that opportunity to help the preachers to understanding Word of God and presenting it rightly. There was gathering of 60 preachers for this meeting. We have explained about our School program inviting them to encourage their young men to go through Preacher training for the benefit of the Church as the present government is trying to shut down the missionary activities.

After finishing this meeting we reached our destination ‘Chithapalli’ which is about 2700 Ft above the sea level, 110 Kms from Visakhapatnam.  We were invited by our Bro. Satyanarayana who is preaching in the near by village ‘Kalaparri’, we preached that night about the Church that the Bible Teaches, encouraging them to remain faithful. This congregation is building a Church building but their financial backwardness held it to complete.

Old Students, when they heard about us coming to their hill area, they invited over hundred young people to attend the Preachers Meeting. We had all the students who are graduates of the school were present along with the other young men. That was a great gathering of young people who are interested to learn the Word of God. Our faculty and other preachers who joined with us has done a great job teaching the word of God.

In all our conversations and preaching we emphasized the fact of learning the Truth and Teaching it efficiently to establish the True Lord’s Church in their area. We are thankful to God because through this program we were able to present the need of being trained to become efficient preachers to the young people in this area as a result we have 2 more students enrolled in this batch. After visiting these brethren who are living far away from this modern world, we have decided to make regular visits to the congregations who are being established by our graduates. As our Graduates go to new places and establish congregations great need of encouragement is increasing too.

This encouragement requires time, money and effort, kindly pray that we would be able to form up into teams to encourage the congregations in this area through our regular visit. Certainly these congregations need encouragement as they are in the infantry stage. 

M. Rama Rao: Preachers Fellowship Meetings were giving a great opportunity to meet with the Preachers (some of them are our Graduates) to gather together. We had one full day preachers Fellowship meeting, several preachers have delivered some good lessons from the Epistle of Jude. After the Preachers meeting is over, 3 responded to the invitation and brother Rama Rao Baptized them.

Later, we went into the streets of this village proclaiming the True God and Savior and pleaded the people of this village to believe in Jesus for the remission of their sins. While distributing the gospel tracts in this village we had faced an unique situation, that is there were group of men who are playing brackets/gambling, we stopped by them and encouraged them to realize the value of life and advised them their life would be changed if they believe in Jesus, to our surprise they heard the Word and received the gospel tracts we distributed.

We are thankful to Brother Jerry Bates who has been very instrumental in gathering more books to our Library. Sister Doris Ford of Grand Prairie, TX donated some books of brother J. Monroe Tharp, who taught Greek at Bear Valley Bible School. Our students are really blessed to have all these books. We are so thankful to  During the hermeneutics class they have learned in detail about using the Library for a better understanding the Scripture. As the number of books are increasing and so as the number of students we are thinking about extending the Library facility so that we would have more room for the students as well as to the books.

Special Guest:
We were very excited to hear about the proposed visit of the Preacher ‘Brother Kevin Hahn’ from Lake Houston Church of Christ in the month of Jan’16. We have met this brother before there was any relationship established between the Lake Houston Church and our Bear Valley Extension School. This brother was very instrumental in establishing the connection between the School and the Church. We are very much looking forward for his visit, hoping to see that we would be blessed with his visit. This is not his first time to come to India, but this is his first time to visit with our school, very much looking forward for that.

Once again we thank the brethren at Lake Houston for their continued trust and confidence in the Lord’s work at Visakhapatnam, we do thank the Elders at Strickland Church of Christ for their concern to oversee the Lord’s work here. Kindly convey our greetings and gratitude to the brethren at your congregations. Greetings from all of us at Visakha Valley Bible College.

In Christ,

Samuel Raju, Director
John Dean M, Dean

Visakha Valley Bible College,
Visakha Patnam
Andhra Pradesh, INDIA

Posted on October 18, 2015 .

News From India Demonstrates The Power Of Training Preachers...

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Ti. 3:16 -17

Dear Brethren,

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

We pray this email finds you all well. We are thankful to our mighty God always for His great kindness and mercy through which we are dwelling in this world with a hope of eternity to dwell with Him in heaven forever and ever.

Brethren, we are thankful to our God for blessing us in the expansion of our ministry through preachers who are being sent out. ‘Furnished for all good works,’ things they have learned while going to school now they are putting into action.  As part of the schooling, our students go through some practical training program besides preaching and teaching; that is how to organize certain church related programs/activities such a conducting a Thanksgiving meeting, Memorial service, Wedding ceremony etc. Our students have been doing very commendable work in the Lord’s vineyard. We are very much encouraged by attending these programs to see how these equipped men are doing every good work.

Wedding Ceremony: We are thankful to God for blessing us to perform and participate in various programs in the northeast region of our state, Andhra Pradesh. A Christian marriage is what one always would like to attend in our society with lot of excitement. While there is nothing other than just idle watching done in other religious weddings, where as in Christian marriages there is a lot taught from the Word of God about the system of marriage, who established it and why it was established, how the wife and husband are to live together etc. Since materialism is overtaking our good traditional Indian culture now a day’s, divorce/separation has become an easy thing. It is very essential that God’s system of marriage needs to be educated more in our society; we take these occasions of Christian marriages as an advantage to proclaim this.

Preachers Fellowship @ Viswasi: We had two Preacher’s Fellowship meetings in two different places. Most of our students in Vijayanagaram district along with some preachers in that area attended these programs. We were very much uplifted by the attendance. Besides the inconvenient weather, we also praised God for blessing their efforts for the growth of the Church in this area. Brother Viswasi who is one of our graduates is working in two different places and helping with two other preachers in this area. We really witnessed a great deal of teamwork in this area. Through these meetings we help them stay united to accomplish some wonderful things for the glory of God.

New Baptisms: It has been a great blessing to witness the baptism of brother Cornelius’s family. He is one of our graduates and has been very influential in drawing people to the Church. His son, who is going to medical school, wanted to be baptized. Brother Cornelius’ wife also wanted to be baptized after several months of hesitation. Now the whole family has become a complete Christian family. John Dean held a Bible study with them before they proceeded for baptizing them. Malleswar Rao: One of our faculty has reported a couple of baptisms recently in their home congregation. Director of the school, brother Samuel Raju, has witnessed several baptisms during these two months.

Public Meetings @ SR Kavitha: Besides the dominance of the predominant religion in our country, Christianity has a ray of hope because of what it teaches. However, it sure does make a difference in the way it is being proclaimed or said. What we mean is….the way of approach makes the difference. Certainly this is what happened in one the suburbs of Visakhapatnam.  Brother S.R Kavitha, who is one of our faculty that recently joined our school, held a gospel meeting in a Hindu community. He has been preaching in this area for several years, held Bible studies, conducted personal counseling, and several charitable services, too. However, drawing several to the Lord is still a challenging task as part of reaching this community with the Good News. Their local congregation held two days of Gospel meetings where our faculty members were given opportunity to preach. The way of approach does make a difference to make these meetings more pleasing to the community here. As a result couple of families began to study the Bible with the preacher, we pray that they would come forward to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.

New Course Material: We thank brother Jerry Bates for sending almost all the material that is required for each student in the Bear Valley International School. We downloaded this material and made them as spiral notebooks to distribute to our students, as required. Definitely this is an enhancement in the teaching material we have provided students so far. We thank brother Bob Turner for enabling us to have this material for the school; it has been a blessing to our school.

Short Course : Since the cancellation of Brother Bruce’s visit to India to teach in the school, we made some modifications to share the job of teaching the subjects Bruce wanted to teach. We are happy that our faculty were willing to share the burden.

Dear brethren, very commendable work is being done by our students. Thank you brethren for being part of this glorious Lord’s work. We thank the brethren at Lake Houston for helping with us to train our men. We do thank the elders at the Strickland Church of Christ for overseeing the school. With all your prayers and encouragement we continue to do the very best in training the men to become effective evangelists at our school.

Thank you all so much for your prayers. May God continue to bless you. We shall be coming to you with more exciting news in our following newsletter.

Greet all your family and the church family you worship with…Glory be to God..…!!

In Christ and His service

Samuel Raju Muppidi, Director
John Dean Muppidi, Dean of the School

Posted on September 6, 2015 .

Completing A U.S. Visit, Devastation From Recent Hurricane...

Dear Brethren in Christ,

Greetings to you all in the precious name of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior. I hope this email finds you all good. I am doing fine, in a couple of weeks from now I will be winding up my visit to USA and heading back home. It is my privilege to share this work report with you all, thank you very much for your concern.

Visiting Bear Valley & Lake Houston
I was thoroughly blessed to attend the 50th Annul Lectureship at Bear Valley. It has been a great privilege for me to visit with some wonderful brethren who went to school at BVBID and have been preaching, especially doing an outstanding job in the mission field across the world.

Also, It is a blessing to visit with the brethren at Lake Houston, who have been a great support for the Preacher Training School in Visakhapatnam. I certainly believe that this occasion has given a great opportunity to meet all the brethren in person and to thank them for their part in this successful Lord’s ministry in India, that is training our men to carry out the gospel. I do thank them for giving me time to explain our 20 year work plan of establishing 500 congregations in this part of our country. We pray that our Lord will keep us bound to work more rigorously to educate several men to reach out the lost millions for the rescuing them out of the eternal destruction.  

Report on the Hurricane Hudud:  As it was portrayed by the weatherman, a Category 4 hurricane sure does damage beyond the expression of human words. We were able to take pictures of a few among thousands of other damaged spots in Visakha and other northern districts. Power lines, cell-phone towers were collapsed, the airport was damaged, along with several church buildings and prayer sheds were badly damaged.                                         

The glass doors were torn into pieces, due to which Rice bags in the store room were damaged (became wet). The front wind screens, in front of the main building, that was torn out. The compound wall behind the building was damaged. We have 6 rest rooms outside of the main building those were broken and torn into pieces. In the same case several preachers and congregations in this area were very badly affected too.

Gospel Out Reach
Besides the circumstances, our faculty and students were able to attend a couple of Preachers’ Fellowship meetings. During the same time our students held a campaign to reach out to several people with the good news, distributing gospel tracts and holding Bible studies.

In a few months from now, 15 students will complete their two year program to receive their diploma. We are planning for a week long class on Christian counseling in the third week of January ’15. On the last week of January ’15, brother Jerry Bates will be teaching ‘Preacher and his Work’ to the under graduates.

During my visit, I met brother Therman Hodge, who is willing to teach couple of classes with the Master Class students.  We have scheduled his classes to be in the third week of March. 10th April our class 2015 will be graduating, brother Jerry Bates is planning on being there.

Mission Report Sep. - Oct.:
Number Gospel meetings held - 12
Number of doors knocked: 238
Bible Studies Held - 43
Number of People Baptized - 6

We are grateful to God for His mercy who spared us from the recent Hurricane, at the same time we are mindful of those victims who are still suffering from the after affects. Please continue your prayers as we also do for you. We thank the brethren at Bear Valley for their commitment to reach out the unreached, at the same time appreciating the brethren at Lake Houston who are helping us to fulfill this great mission.

God bless you all, in Christ,

John Dean M

Posted on November 16, 2014 .

Mission 2011

Happy New Year!

I hope all of you had a happy holiday season. Another year has come and gone, and it is now time to begin another year. 2010 was another good year for the World Evangelism team as we try to evangelize the world, particularly Southeast Asia. The work actually expanded significantly in 2010. Let us recap what was accomplished. We made three mission trips overseas. In May, Jerry made one trip to Takoradi, Ghana in Africa to help a Bear Valley school. Later, we both traveled to Tamale, Ghana to teach in the Tamale Institute of Biblical Studies, which was combined with our fall trip to India.

Three trips are currently planned in 2011, but we will tell more about that later. The two Bear Valley schools in India continue to do well. The one in Chandigarh has been having facility issues. They actually had to move to a different place. Hopefully that will soon be settled so that they will have a permanent home. The school in Vishak will have their first graduation in April of this year.  

Literature distribution has also expanded significantly. Seventy-six different tracts were printed and are currently in our warehouse, in addition to printing several new books in 2010. Thousands of copies have already been shipped to various countries in addition to some that were ordered for use in the U.S. We made some contacts with groups that are sending containers to various countries. Since shipping by containers is much cheaper than current mailing rates, this allowed us to ship many more books, magazines, tracts, and old Bible class literature than we normally would. In August we shipped about 2,000 pounds of books in a container shipped by Mission Printing to Ghana. About the same amount went to the Philippines in November. Betty took several boxes of French books to the Crieve Hall church in the Nashville area to be loaded on a container bound for Benin in Africa. The same weekend she also carried some French books to Judsonia, Arkansas to be sent to Haiti. Plans are being made to do even more of this in 2011. This is great for the church wherever the books are sent, but it requires much work on our part to get these shipments ready.  

Book Distribution

November started with a bang with four volunteers from Middle Tennessee coming to help us organize and pack books to be sent to Nigeria and other foreign schools. One of the ladies was Ruth Orr. Some of you may be familiar with her. She makes several trips a year to other countries herself, working with World Bible School contacts. She has been to Nigeria many times, thus she personally knows many of the preachers in that country. These volunteers helped us pack many boxes of books to be sent to preachers. We are also shipping one copy of all our books to various Bible school libraries in various countries. This is a tremendous undertaking, considering we have over 110 books currently in print, not counting our mission books, which are not usually sent overseas. These have to be packed in three different boxes. Many of you would be amazed at the number of libraries in other countries. When volunteers come, they help greatly, but of course, that makes us work even harder. All of our other work nearly ceases, then we have to work to catch up.   

On November 18-19th, we made a quick trip to Dallas, Texas to deliver some books which were sent to the Philippines on a container. We had about 2,000 pounds of books and Bible class literature. This Bible class literature was collected from several congregations, and we are glad to be able to help reuse leftover literature. 

We did not take too much of a break even during the Christmas and New Year holidays. On December 29th, some of Betty’s family visited, and they gladly consented to help us pack books. Ed Mosby from Searcy, Arkansas made several trips to Nigeria, and he sent us nearly 350 names of preachers to whom he wanted books to be sent. Thus, Betty’s family helped us pack a small box of books to be sent to them on the next container. We had our youngest member ever to help us, Betty’s six year-old granddaughter. We take any help that we can get. She really enjoyed the work. They did not hardly complete the process, since we included one more book on the Holy Spirit, which was being reprinted. That book arrived January 5th, and a large group from Strickland and Plain View, near Henderson, TN, came down to help us finish the job. 

Mission Printing in Texas is sending a container to Nigeria the first part of February. For this reason we are making such a diligent effort to get so many boxes ready to be sent to Nigeria. We do not want to miss such an excellent opportunity to ship literature to that country. On this container we will probably send about 8,000 pounds of books.

We print four issues of the Voice of Truth International each year, and we always work in the shipping and receiving of those in between our mission trips.  The last issue arrived December 21st,  and on that same truck, we shipped out about 75 boxes of books bound for New York, which would then be shipped to various countries.  

Other Activities

These two months have also been very busy with other activities. We have been very busy as usual visiting congregations that support us. We are continually visiting with other missionaries whom we can assist by sending literature or other ways. Some of the missionaries with whom we regularly correspond are Robert Martin in the Pacific Islands, Loy Mitchell in Zimbabwe, Ed Mosby in Nigeria, Barry Baggott in the French work, Gordon Hogan in Singapore, Rod Kyle in New Zealand and James Jones in Kenya. One day, we and Wayne Barrier, visited with Steve Worley in Savannah, TN. He works in four different countries in Africa, Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Uganda. He helps schools in all those countries. After being very ill this last summer, he wanted to visit with us about helping out in the future in case he was not able to continue. That was an interesting meeting. Due to our very busy schedule, we will not be able to get as involved in that work as he would like, but we might be able to help in case he is not able to continue. This simply illustrates how far-reaching our work is and one never knows what future opportunities may come our way.

Future Plans

The next four months promises to be very busy as well. Jerry leaves on January 13th for one week in Nepal and two weeks in India. He will be teaching in a Bear Valley Extension all three weeks. In some ways, it is a relief to travel overseas. When we are here we are busy with books, visiting churches, getting lessons ready, etc., and so it is nice to have a change of pace. Jerry has also been very busy this last month getting his lessons prepared for his next trip. He hopes to be able to meet with a brother from Nepal who wants to translate the Voice of Truth into the Nepali language. Many times, we can accomplish multiple goals on our trips, which, of course, allows us to do more, with little more effort. Paula will not travel on this trip. She will stay here and do all the end of the year activities that has to be done in the World Evangelism office.

About mid-March we will embark on our normal spring trip. We will spend two weeks in Myanmar teaching in a school there, teach a week-end seminar in Sri-Lanka, and then wind up with about three weeks in India. We will arrive back in the states about the end of April. We always look forward to these trips with anticipation, but we are also always glad to return home. We thank God for the opportunity to serve Him as we do, and we constantly are mindful of all of you who make it possible for us to do this work. Keep us in your prayers, and may God bless you with a happy and prosperous 2011.

Jerry & Paula Bates

Posted on January 16, 2011 .