WHEN WE BEGAN THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR, WE COULD HARDLY IMAGINE THAT OUR THEME, “CONNECTED”, WOULD BE SO APPROPRIATE.
As you read all of the updates and see the many projects, please know this is only possible because God has gone before us and enabled wonderful friends of the ministry to generously provide the funding. I am also keenly aware that you can see all this and wonder, “Are they losing their focus?” I want to assure you that we are committed to the process of providing a life-changing experience at the Word of Life Bible Institute; an experience that is focused on teaching the Word of God, investing in each student through discipleship, and providing ministry opportunities that teach students that living a life of service is a full and complete life. At Word of Life, we desire to teach the Word of God in such a way that it will become the foundation of your life. As you study, develop relationships with others and get hands-on experience in ministry, you will learn Biblical truth and practical skills that will be invaluable for the rest of your life, regardless of what you do for a living. – ROGER PEACE President of Word of Life Bible Institute
As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated, the Bible Institute and virtually all its teaching sites around the world quickly adjusted to a completely remote instruction model within days. Staff and students in discipleship relationships found new ways to connect. Students were enabled to continue to engage in ministry, and did so with fervency, even as the remote learning format changed the types of ministry opportunities that were available. To say that I am proud of every team member would be an understatement. Their desire to serve students, parents, and one another during this time has been simply outstanding. While none of us expected COVID-19, the team responded with incredible care and Christlikeness. The students adapted withmuch tenacity and excitement, proving their desire to glorify God through their studies and passion for ministry. I am thankful we have been and continue to be connected to God, one another, and connected in our commitment to reaching the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, even amidst the pandemic. THIS YEAR, WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THE TREMENDOUS TURMOIL IN OUR COUNTRY OVER RACISM AND SOCIAL INJUSTICE. We are resolved in our efforts to listen, learn, and respond with love in action for the people of color on our campus and throughout the entire world. Word of Life Bible Institute is taking bold steps in the areas of listening, training our faculty and staff, as well as our students and Camp Crew, and our overall awareness and effort to serve and love the black community and people of all colors and ethnicities. These past months many from the Bible Institute team, including myself, have been interacting and learning from recent alumni. We recognize that we can do better, and we are committed to doing exactly that. Over the coming months, we will be divulging some of the steps we are taking to serve all people of color and different ethnicities in a way that exemplifies and glorifies the name of Jesus Christ.
We are so thankful for the provision of these projects that equip us to better serve students and guests of Word of Life. I hope you will find the updates encouraging! Turn the page to see!
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