President Dan Brokke’s Weekly Report
I was struck this week with Jesus’ approach to His calling and mission in Israel. In Matthew 9:35-58 we read the account of this process. 1. He walked through all the towns and villages. 2. He preached the good news of the Kingdom. 3. He healed every disease and sickness. 4. He was moved with compassion for the people. The condition of the people as “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” was identified as a “field white for harvest.” His fifth action was to call for workers through a call to prayer.
The STEM team report (below) tells of a team that is prayer walking through the towns and villages of one particular province in Asia. It is as we see and engage that God gives us a heart of compassion. In chapel on Wednesday we heard about the persecuted church; this is real and it is today. It helps to engage our hearts and stir in us compassion for people who are harassed and for the cultures that are held in darkness. In the weeks ahead we will bring virtual “walks” through unreached people groups where the gospel is not known and there is not a church to evangelize their own people.
On Thursday noon we held a “Lunch in the Bindery” awareness gathering to introduce people to the vision and ministry of Bethany. We had about 100 individuals attend. Some were business people throughout the Twin City area and others were current donors and partners in ministry. Mike Beard shared of the impact of Bethany’s training in his life. I shared of how God is leading Bethany and His work through missionaries and partners to reach the unreached around the world.
Day Set Apart
Thursday, November 19 we will have a “Day Set Apart” to worship, fast and pray. I encourage you (wherever you are in the world) to take time with the Lord to pray, listen to His Word, and to worship. We trust that God will speak and bring revelation, work in us, unite us, and strengthen us in His will. All students, interns, volunteers, staff and retirees will meet together on campus.
Bethany History Available Online
The Bethany history book, “With Eternity’s Values in View” is available as a PDF document. To get your copy, click this link.
Nita Steiner is visiting campus and teaching a Kingdom Lifestyle course to the August students, while the January students are taking Old Testament I with Tom Shetler.
Last week we had 24 prospective students and 13 parents on campus for our fourth bi-annual Paradox College Visit Days. We have received great feedback about the campus and campus life. Thursday night Waylon C. preached the message of the Gospel, giving the current and prospective students an opportunity to respond. Friday there were seminars telling the students about different aspects of the college. The next Paradox will be in the spring.
Tim F. is in Kenya this week with Matt H. and Mike N. Tim writes, “Yesterday was our big partnership day here in Nairobi. We started out meeting with E. J. who is the GlobeServe Hub leader for East Africa. They are trying to start a national trainers school here and are hoping to open classes in April. After that we went to visit B. A. to talk about GlobeServe but also to share with each other about the progress of reaching the unreached here in Kenya. These were all excellent meetings and gave us good perspective on ministry among unreached peoples in this country.” On Wednesday we drove up to BCOM’s Global Internship site where we will meet with another GlobeServe partner.
Next week Tim will be in Ethiopia to meet with GlobeServe partners who are in the process of starting the first three of eight new missionary training schools.
The Prayer Support Team has gone through a lot of changes in the last few months and is working on ways to help you engage in intercession on campus.
There are different kinds of atmospheres in the prayer room:
- live devotional times led by one or two individuals
- ministering to the Lord times with music and verses
- instrumental music times and prayer
- praise times led by music teams.
To get more information about the prayer vision and for a look at the schedule visit the website: https://bethanyinternational.org/pray
If you have any prayer requests or would like to be involved in leading prayer meetings in the prayer room, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEM has a team in Asia, working in partnership with other organizations whose goal is to walk through every town and village in a certain province praying for God to bless each one. Here’s an excerpt from an email the team sent us.
“Today was our first day walking through villages. To our knowledge, we are the first people to ever set foot in these villages with the intent to pray onsite. The people are quite curious since these are not normally places where tourists visit.
Our team has already had opportunities to pray with and minister to long-term workers there. Please continue to pray for them and for God’s guidance and strategy in prayer.”