Wednesday, March 14, 2012

From Venezuela

Dear Friends and Prayer Warriors:
I just wanted to give you a quick update from here in Venezuela.  Thank you for your prayers and support!

The Campus is an exciting place as the students take advantage of having Dr. Al Coppedge, retired professor of theology at Asbury Theological Seminary, teach Wesleyan Theology and Professor Wilmer Perez teaching at night the first course in Inductive Bible Study. Wilmer founded his church as a result of his experience in the Seminary and is one of our first Venezuelan faculty members.  He is also the President of the Assemblies of God Bethel Bible College which reaches all across Venezuela.  His experience as one of our first graduates gave him the credentials to do this for his denomination.

This weekend, I will be teaching Preaching for a Response, I, our core homiletics course. This will be at our Extension Campus in Nirgua.  Additionally, Dr. Dan Dunn and I are exploring the possibility of adding a Master's level degree. This is in response to the request of our alumni and students who will graduate this August. Please pray with us about this.

As you may know, this year we will celebrate our 10th anniversary of ministry in the Seminary. Along with graduation and anniversary festivities in August we hope to break ground on the construction of a new Medical Clinic on the main campus of the Seminary, as God provides the resources. 
With the input of several doctors here we have revised the plans for the Clinic and the revisions are in the hands of the architect who is producing revised drawings.  The doctors here had some excellent advice which included adding some room and building with the capacity of later adding a second floor for a lab and dental office. 

Also, we are making making significant improvements to existing buildings on the campus. We also increased our water storage capacity by 15,000 liters, an absolute necessity for both the Seminary and the Church Retreat Ministry we host when Seminary is not in session.

Please pray for and bring your friends to the Disciples in Song Benefit Concert at Mount Pisgah UMC in Johns Creek, GA, April 14 at 7pm.  This is a very strategic event in support of the Seminary and will result, hopefully, in significant new resources as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary!

Prayer Concerns:  For an outpouring on the classes meeting this week and this weekend in the Seminario Wesleyano de Venezuela; For Financial Resources for the every growing demands of this ministry, especially the offering at Mount Pisgah; For safety for the travel of the faculty, staff and students; For direction regarding a major decision facing the ministry,one that has long range impact.  I may share more about that later, but now just request prayers.

Of course, we need your financial support. This ministry would not be possible without the generous support of so many in the US.  You can give on-line through Pal Pal.

And you can mail a check to:  Venezuela Now,Inc. PO Box 1655, Duluth, GA 30096.

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