The Bethany Board of Trustees arrived on campus February 21 for the first of three board meetings they will have this year. Along with receiving reports on the College, International Ministries, and Bethany Press, they will focus on Bethany’s vision and priorities for the next few years. There are several objectives that flow out of Bethany’s mission.
- Penetrate the darkest places, bringing the church from where it is to where it is not
- Establish regional platforms for partnership with national churches, networks and ministries (Global Access Partnerships)
- The church everywhere has access to culturally relevant mission training (GlobeServe/Go100)
- Grow mobilizing (ACTS) workers for church planting, training, prayer, and justice
- Establish training and field programs that effectively work in different nations in a sustainable way
All of the campus students are enjoying the third week of their Old Testament I course with instructor Tom Shetler.
This week in the prayer and fasting time and in the weekly chapel, Haiti was brought to the forefront. We heard that the earthquake in Haiti is likely the worst natural disaster in history in terms of percentage of people from one nation impacted. STEM is on a fast-track to get disaster response teams there, beginning with the first one going February 27, the second on March 6, and the third on March 13. We still don’t know every aspect of what the teams will do, but we do know God has called us to bring more than humanitarian aid. We are called to be ministers of reconciliation, going in the opposite spirit of fear perpetrated by the voodoo religion. We also are to be ministers of comfort, bringing comfort just as we have received comfort from God (2 Cor 1:3-4). We are booking teams to go to Haiti throughout the remainder of the year and into next year.
Speaking of “comfort” we have another team of 31 ministering in Dulac, Louisiana this next week (Feb. 21-27). Please pray for their safety as they work, as well as for those divine appointments in which they will be able to minister the Kingdom of God to people open to receive.
Paul Sunde Remembered
A memorial service will be held March 3 at Bethany for Paul Sunde, who served as a Bethany missionary in Japan for many years. Feel free to call the Welcome Center at Bethany for details: 952-944-2121.