STEM Ministries has a goal of sending out 42 teams in 2011. The goal is not just a numbers issue—we believe God has given us a mandate to help Christians “get out of the pew and onto the mission field.” We have open invitations from over 25 hosts both domestic and abroad to bring on the teams. One host in a country closed to traditional missionary work stated, “STEM Prayer teams are the greatest contributing factor to what God is doing here.” We give God glory for what He is doing and will do through ordinary people who step up in obedience to the Great Commission. Presently we have 25 teams scheduled to minister in eight locations in 2011, and every day our staff is answering more requests for information about STEM teams. Please consider forming a team from your church or small group and please join us in prayer as we seek to send out laborers into the harvest.
Bethany College of Missions
Each fall and spring the College has campus visit days for prospective students. We call this BCOM Preview. Forty-seven prospective students and their parents were at Bethany for the fall Preview event on November 4th and 5th. This is the highest attendance to date! Already nine students have been accepted for Spring Semester (January) with another 25 applications in process.
Bethany International Ministries
Laura S., Ashley S. and Clare M. attended the BIM candidacy course in October. Laura is planning to return to Kenya next fall to assist with the launch of a literacy program. Ashley is exploring opportunities in Kenya and Clare is exploring opportunities at a few BIM sites. Pray for each of them as they seek God and prepare for the next steps in pursuing the ministry He is placing on their hearts. Pray also for others in process to serve with Bethany in planting the church among least-reached peoples and mobilizing the existing church to do the same.
The leadership at Bethany believes it is wise to seek accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education at this time. Many potential students who are interested in Bethany choose to go elsewhere since the College is not accredited. Our application will be submitted November 15. If we are accepted a site visit would occur November 2011. If we fulfill the requirements of ABHE we will then become candidates for accreditation. The entire process to full accreditation will likely take two to three years.