“Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.”
I Chronicles 29:11-12
May I begin by encouraging you to read that passage once more? Slowly. I know that you know that God is still on His throne! May He grant us the grace to live our lives everyday in the light of that reality. Be encouraged! He has everything under control!
I am happy to be able to tell you that some of our study centers have begun operating again! And we have some churches who are planning on beginning to use our materials soon. Another, who had suspended their classes a few years ago, is ready to begin again. We are grateful for these new areas of ministry! Please continue to pray for those who are still not able to begin yet.
About half of our income comes from study centers, primarily in the US. So, this long delay has certainly impacted us financially. Because we aren’t shipping materials as frequently as we normally do, our expenses have also been down, so that has been a great help. (Though we would much rather be shipping materials out!) Also, as you might expect, we have lost some support from churches who greatly suffered from the pandemic. Despite all of that, God has been faithful to meet every one of our needs. Your prayers, even more than your financial gifts, have sustained us through this time.
It seems that education is suddenly on everyone’s mind these days, particularly here in the US. Schools and colleges have all had to wrestle with difficult decisions about how to operate. Should students return to class? Should they study at home? Is some combination of the two best? Some institutions and districts have gotten highly creative in their attempts to educate their students. In a similar way, many businesses are rethinking their operations as well.
This is old ground for us. Our system is already non-traditional. Our professors teach “virtually” (via video) to students who have gathered in their local church buildings. No one needs to travel far from home. Our class sizes are small. Supervision and mentoring is provided by the pastor. And the church benefits directly from these newly prepared workers! Thank you for helping us provide education – today and always – that is Biblical, accessible, and sustainable.