Monday, January 23, 2012

Nirgua Extension A Great Success

 We just had our first off-campus extension class in Nirgua, Venezuela.  25 Students attended the class, 18 of which came for the first time! Praise God!

The class was graciously hosted by a new student and her husband in a beautiful mountain home just outside of town.  She has been a Christian for some time.  He has been a very secular successful businessman.  An accident resulted in him breaking his leg and being confined to bed.  There he met Jesus.  He testifies to a complete change of heart and life. He sold his business and is developing his farm to be a "Refuge for the Saints," as suggested by Bishop Juvenal Perez when he stayed in the beautiful farm house.  They were absolutely gracious and provided everything needed for the weekend class.

Several years ago we looked at buying a small farm house and moving the Seminary from Barquisimeto to Nirgua.  God helped us understand we needed to stay near Barquisimeto because of its role as the land transportation hub for the nation.  However, we have had a warm place in our hearts for Nirgua.  God provided in a way we could never have expected or even dreamed.

Two of our first graduates are pastors from Nirgua.  Dr. Alberto and Professor Wilmer both shaped their ministry after what they learned in the Seminary.  They have both come on the faculty and often teach on the main campus.

It was their dream to have an extension of the Seminary in their town.  They said if we would provide the faculty, they would provide the students and the location.  And they did!  We are so happy with the result, as are they.

Pictured here (L-R) are Chris Cisneros, translator, Warren Lathem, Professor, Dr. Alberto, Professor and Host, and Pastora Nurys, Alberto's wife, Student.

Warren taught 1/2 of the Course: Mission of the Church.  This is one of our Seminary's foundational courses and has been essential in shaping a new and effective way of understanding and being the church in Venezuela.  This course and others like if have resulted in remarkable ministries being done in the churches served by our students.

Please pray for our students, staff and faculty as we work to equip and empower leaders to reach the lost of Venezuela!

You can send a gift for the ministry to::
Venezuela Now, Inc.
PO Box 1655
Duluth, GA  30096

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