“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3-4).
Another quarter has come and gone. As usual, it was filled with trials and blessings, which we realize are all part of the process of being broken, so we might grow spiritually. It is a constant cycle we must all endure as Christians in the sanctification process; a process, which at times seems as if we are failing, but one in which overall, we should see steady growth. We praise the Lord for the ups and downs and for the countless answers to prayer.
During this past quarter, we started the final year of the three-year program for the Bible college. Please continue to pray for each of the students: Tee-vee, Sry lee-ap, Soe-paak, Maa-paa, Rate, and Pee-sut. Pray they would be diligent in their studies, learn the lessons taught, and dedicate themselves to fulfill the Lord’s Will for their lives. Their graduation is set for the 26th of March 2019.
We haven’t written about the Bible institute for quite some time. It differs from the Bible college in that it is free, there are no prerequisites, and only Bible classes are taught. Several years ago, the Bible institute classes began to be held in conjunction with the Bible college, since only a few students attended. One of those, a pastor of a church in a nearby village, has encouraged a group of his members to come on Thursdays to study the Bible. We started a new class, “The Life of Christ,” just for that day. Presently, there are ten new students with about half of them being teens. So, on Thursdays, we go from a class of six to a class of eighteen. It does get crowded and hot, but they don’t complain. Please pray that the new students will not only learn many, new biblical truths from this study, but that they will develop an unquenchable thirst to learn more about our God, our Saviour, and His Word.
We mentioned in the last quarterly prayer letter that I was working on a witnessing course for the Bible college, which was completed and taught at the Bible college/institute about a month ago. We have resumed the soul-winning/visitation outreach again around the church and in the areas nearby. The students seem somewhat more confident, but work is still needed to focus on using the Word of God more as they witness. They like to use charts and tracts, which are good, but can’t fully take the place of God’s Word. Please pray the students would apply the things they have learned and depend completely on the Holy Spirit and His Word as they share the gospel. The Lord has answered prayer in giving boldness and leading to new contacts.