Twenty-nine prospective students were on campus last week. They were challenged by “Who do you think you are?”-an encounter experience concerning their identity in Christ. They joined our students for worship and heard Grayling Trees share how God took ordinary men (Peter and John) and gave them a message that brought transformation, healing, and salvation. Many responded to give their lives completely to the Lord. In addition, they learned from student panels and workshops about the BCOM experience. The event concluded with an International Dinner.
Bethany Center for Global Studies
The Spring D Term began last Monday, for the first time incorporating video content by professors. The accreditation process has produced some changes to the Global Studies structure, including the addition of three of our own doctoral associates. Tom Shetler and Ed D. also facilitate our graduate studies program as core faculty.
The Summer B Term begins May 30 and runs through July 24. Check out the website for more information on enrolling in a summer course.
Summer Course Offering:
ICLS 506 Intercultural Leadership Development
ICLS 509 Issues and Trends in Global Leadership
Partnership with Teen Mania
Rachelle Rieke and Bethy Veiman went to Teen Mania in Texas to promote BCOM. The experience was outstanding! Thirty-nine students took informational packets about the College, 36 people completed lead cards and 49 individuals showed interest in a potential new program between the Honor Academy and Bethany College of Missions. Please be in prayer for clear direction in the lives of these young people.
Bethany International Ministries
We are thankful that Bethany workers in Japan-the Dugans, Reiko Sunde, Worungs, and Greeffs-are all safe following the earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan. Continue to pray for the many people affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
Our GAP (Global Access Partnership) strategy focuses on “Taking the Church from where it is to where it is not” through church planting and mobilizing the church to join in the task. It depends on partnership and collaboration of Bethany’s ministries along with nationals and partner ministries on the field. As BIM works to develop GAP locations in strategic regions around the world, Thailand has been on the list of projected sites. Recently, we have seen the potential for GAP implementation; as another Global Internship team is due to arrive there this fall, BIM workers are on the ground working with a Bible translation project. New workers plan to locate in Thailand for ministry activities which include evangelism to university students and medical outreach.
Paul S. left for a two-week consultancy trip to Senegal. He will work with a network of agencies to help them work through the process of developing a new missionary training school. Please keep Paul in prayer during these weeks of workshops.
STEM’s partnership with Haiti continues to be a main focus in 2011. Two spring break teams went there and there are six more teams planned for this year.
Jim L. led a team from Indiana to Haiti. The team included several nurses who passed along their skills to Haitian nursing students. As the long-term recovery continues, let’s ask the Lord to use STEM teams to refresh their Haitian hosts. A year after the earthquake reconstruction has barely begun. More than a million displaced people still live under tents and tarpaulins. Emotional and physical scars remain. Please continue to pray for a major work of God’s Spirit to renew and revive his church in Haiti and to combat the forces that have kept Haitians in spiritual darkness for centuries.