New Directors at the Patagonian Bible Institute (PBI)
A Term of Transition
If there is one thing that we have heard throughout this school term at PBI*, it is that this transition of directors has been smooth and healthy. As the outgoing directors, Martin and Charlotte Jacobson have been very busy with all the details of their move back to the states, they have placed more and more responsibility into our hands.
*(interchangeable with IBP - Instituto Bíblico Patagónico)
We have so appreciated all of their hard work in making IBP what it is today and for their presence during this time... staying with us being supportive and encouraging and helpful to the very end of their time here.
Eddie and I are learning all we can from them before they leave. I have learned so much from Charlotte about how to run the library and just how much work is involved in being a librarian.
Eddie has gradually taken the wheel of the directorship.
He has actually served as interim director on three other year long occasions while the Jacobson's were itinerating. He will do well, although the responsibility will be great.
This bimester I was able to travel with Eddie on one of IBP's ministry trips. It is always great to see the students getting their feet wet in the communities and churches we visit.
|Mate: A tea-like drink shared with friends.|
Drinking"mate" is always a part of these trips. As we share mate we share friendship.
Passing the Torch
Our bi-annual Spiritual Emphasis week was very unique this year. It was basically three special days with special classes for the students in the mornings and special services in the evenings. The first evening was a very special "passing the torch" (or mantle) service where the leadership of IBP was officially transferred to Eddie and I. It was a humbling and emotion-filled evening for all who were there.
The second evening was focused on this special place that God has raised up. Following the service was a special time of prayer by this cornerstone pictured below, where we dedicated IBP to the Lord of the harvest for his purpose and plans.
The third evening was dedicated to honoring and celebrating our new Director Emeritus, Martin and Charlotte.
This bimester's IBP Youth Day was another great success. It was a combined effort with our national church youth leaders.
|Arrival and registration|
Nearly 300 young people and youth leaders, including our
students, came together . . .
|Opening the event - "Shine with Your Light!"|
. . . representing 20 different churches from several denominations and cities . . .
|One of several workshops that the youth attended. |
This particular session addressed Gender Ideology.
. . . to learn, to grow,
to serve . . .
(Workshops included not only Youth leadership, but also, the Christian's Response to the Gender Ideology Movement, creative evangelism, multimedia, etc.)
|Our students leading worship.|
. . . to worship our God.
We thank God that IBP can be such a blessing for events like this.