It is a joy to me to get back to you with so many interesting things that our Lord is doing here on the campus! I hope every one is doing great in the race that we have for Christ.
The month of March has been very productive for me and the students here, as I am continuing teaching from 1 and 2 Kings. I am so thankful that God is blessing me with great applications to use in the classroom- which are very useful to the students and to me at the same time. Last semester, I had six students in my class. This semester, the Lord brought fifteen more students from different states! I have had a great time teaching them a review all the way from Genesis to 1&2 Samuel. We reviewed right up to our current semester class, Kings. I taught them several classes on the flow of Biblical history, because they have never gone to Bible College before. It is wonderful to see how God gathers people from different provinces to meditate on His Word and to experience His Word and to understand it in a rightly divided way.
As I am going through 1 Kings with the students, these two verses have become very personal to me, “Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to His people Israel according to all that he promised. There has NOT failed ONE word of all his good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.” 1 Kings 8:56 and, “Let your heart therefore be loyal to the LORD our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, as at this day.” 1 Kings 8:61. Most of the students are doing well with their assignments and are following the time schedule. When I find a few students who are not doing well with their studies and obligations here, I talk with them. I remind them of what a privilege this opportunity is for them to study the Word of God here, and of the remarkable facilities that God has provided for them, so that they can focus on studies. I also explain to them the value of time while they are here on campus. As part of the classes, I am showing them videos of Solomon’s temple and other maps and locations to make the Word memorable and understandable. Students are asking great questions! I love to learn new things, and love even more to share what I have learned from the Word.
We are also so blessed with gifts from teams who visited! We and the local young people were blessed with soccer jerseys and the students got cleats. We played with the community young people a few times. We are praying for God to help us reach the community. I remember Pastor G.’s words to our team after the game. He said, “Remember, the purpose is not just to have fun playing a game with them. We are also not trying to get them to become just converts to Christianity. Our ultimate goal is to make them disciples of Jesus.” He then reminded us of Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Those words inspired us so much, and they became our fundamental “theme” words to continue to play with them and show them love.
We found that most of us were not good enough soccer players to compete with the local young people (even though it was a friendly game). So, T. took the responsibility to teach us how to move and play strategically. I am very thankful for him. His training was so effective and the students learned some good moves from him. The students also had a great time hearing his teachings on the letter to the Hebrews.
I should tell you about one more huge blessing! When the team was here, I was blessed with an ipad from Calvary Chapel S. J.! I have been praying for this device for the past several months, along with some other things, and I was so surprised to see how God listens to my prayers! The ipad is very useful to me while I am teaching. It also helps me make my own notes for my semester break preaching and so many ministry purposes.
It’s been a great time this semester to have pastor B.’s family here with us at the campus. We staff always learn many things from this sweet family! They help us grow in our personal relationship with God, and give suggestions on how to organize various aspects of the school.
We are having a great semester studying the Word, praying for each other and helping one another in spiritual things. Please continue to pray for the students as they are introduced to the new system of learning the Bible (verse by verse). They come from backgrounds where some of the servants of God teach topically with strange doctrines. So, please pray that the Holy Spirit will help them understand and encourage them towards Jesus as they are spending time in the Word.
I received emails from some of you. Please know that those are very precious to me. They made my day! Thank you for loving me and taking time to pray for me.
God bless you,