Friday, December 22, 2017
Beyond Our Limits!
Our student body is growing! We have seen and felt the need to expand. Not only are we having to defer to a waiting list for married students, but we have no adequate childcare facility. With more married students come more children. They're adorable, and they need a spacious and fun place to be while Papi and Mami are in class.
This is one of two projects that we're praying can become a reality soon! A large family center which will include six to eight married student apartments and an adequate childcare facility.
Growth is a Good Thing
This "growth problem" is a new, exciting, and also disappointing experience for us. It is disappointing to have to tell young couples and families that there is no room at this time. The good news is that we have the property! The land is ours and paid in full. All we lack are the funds to begin building. Please pray that we can raise the funds quickly for this very important project. Plans are underway!
If you saw the picture in our last post which showed the large crowd at our graduation, then you may also have read about the need for a large hall where we can have our graduations and other important events. This building has already been started. Our home church, Destiny Christian Church, in Rocklin, CA, came in 2016 and put up the roof. The next phase will be to pour the cement floor.
This building is to be a gym/chapel or event hall that will be great for hosting large crowds of up to 400. It will be so good to be able to have this, not only for IBP's own events, like graduations, but for other events as well. During the breaks from classes, we rent the campus out for kid's camps, men's and women's camps, and family camps, etc. This is one of the ways IBP raises funds to provide for the ongoing operation of the school.
Thanks so much for your prayers and giving! Our Patagonian Bible Institute, one of only 3 resident schools in South America, would not exist without the help of friends like you! This is missions... being a part of what God is doing around the world.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
CELEBRATING THE GRADS!!!
The second bimester is always the busiest time of the school year. In the weeks following our Spiritual Emphasis week, the students, in addition to focusing on their studies, get ready to put on the annual end-of-year party honoring the ones who will be finishing their time here. Student Body Pics
Clad in black are our first year students. In red and white are second year, and dressed like movie characters, are the honored third year students. We had 21 graduates this year! Praise the Lord!
Below is their picture on graduation night.
This year for the first time we had our graduation ceremony at a nearby school. Looks like we will be needing to build in the near future as we have no facility large enough at this time for a large crowd.
There were close to 300 guests in attendance so there was no way we could do the ceremony on campus. In this picture you can get an idea of the crowd we welcomed that night. Congratulations Grads!!!