Congrats to the Grads!
The Bethany College of Missions graduation was held Saturday at Bethany Church. I am so impressed with the spirit, vision, and intentionality of each graduate to “be” missionaries as a life style, not just a vocation. When I asked them their thoughts about the future; here is some of what they expressed: “Heart for Muslims – I want to minister to Muslim women. Go back to Asia…God has put a burden on my heart. Be a church-planter among the unreached.” Others are going on to specialized training in community development; some are staying right here on campus to mentor, others are going home for a season to reconnect with family (and get married). What is common to all is they are on a pursuit to fulfill God’s purposes in their lives. At graduation we do not want to merely recognize accomplishment of the BA degree (which is significant), but bless and dedicate them to the Lord.
Next week is a transition week—saying goodbye to students and preparing for the new students. The new students arrive August 24. I am really excited about this coming year. As we continue in faithfulness and obedience in all God has given us, we open the doors not only for His abiding presence, but also for His divine blessing. I pray that each of these students will know the powerful work of transformation, equipping, and blessing. – Dan Brokke, Bethany International President
The Online Master of Arts in Intercultural Leadership and the Certificate in Cross-Cultural Studies began the new term on August 10 with 20 students. I am convinced online education is the wave of the future. We have students from around the world not only learning from instructors Tom Shetler and Ed Dudek, but from each other. Believe me—this is exciting. I know because I am one of the students.
I invite you visit our website. – Rick Boswell, Director of Online Admissions
Teams with Impact
Thanks for your prayers for STEM teams this summer. In a period of three weeks, we had 11 teams out. One urban team spent much of their time with a mostly unreached people group living right here in the Twin Cities.
- Aug 16 – 23 – Our last Biloxi team for the summer. It will be the second group sent from a Korean church in New Jersey. Please pray for health, safety and a good productive week.
- Also STEM Share staff members are finishing up a visit to another “closed” country in the middle-east, setting up logistics to take future teams there. Please pray for divine appointments and clear direction from God for us.
Were you praying for us between 12:30 – 1:30 EDT on Wednesday, July 22? During that time slot, in six different locations, unplanned and unknown to each other, team members in the Dominican Republic were praying with individuals to accept Christ as Savior. In Monterrey, Mexico, after a week of intense evangelistic efforts, God used a team of very young teens as a catalyst for a pastor to plant a new church. The poor heard clear gospel presentations when literally hundreds of children from very poor urban and rural areas attended VBS with STEM teams. Again, thank you for helping to send people out in obedience to the Great Commission.