Sep 2013 Monthly Letter

Jerry & Ann Hogg 462 Amanda Circle * Knoxville, TN 37922 Phone: 865-777-1768 (USA) * Cell: 076-978-3465 (SA) Skype No.: 865-223-5858 * Email: September 30, 2013 Dear Brethren: How do you come down from the Mountaintop? It is an exhilarating feeling to drop swiftly into the valley! That is how we feel this week, after all but 1 or 2 of our Lectureship guests have departed for their homes, some to the States, some to Canada, Cape Town and other cities, towns and villages on this Great Continent of Africa. Plans and preparations were all completed on schedule, rooms cleaned, beds changed out, supplies bought, programs and the Lectureship books printed, campus grounds raked and cleared, students instructed in their expected daily duties, class rooms arranged, teachers for the Youth and kids were prepared, etc. etc. Everything was in place and in order as it usually is by Saturday before the big event starts on a Sunday morning each year. Now, it is back-to-the-normal-routine for us here at the Southern Africa Bible College! Some of our local people asked us “how” and “where” did we find such eloquent and inspiring speakers this year! I can tell you, it wasn’t the easiest task in the world to find, invite and confirm them this time. Usually most years by June, I have the Lectureship program completed, invitation letters sent, and even some lessons begin to arrive in our email box for editing and make ready for printing by at least mid-July. Not so this year! After I had selected some worthwhile topics, other issues came to the foreground, causing the staff here on campus to begin considering more pertinent subjects that needed to be addressed. So, it was back to the “drawing board” to plan things differently. Some speakers (especially the overseas ones) had been recommended to us by other brethren we knew and trusted, one or two had been here before, but we actually got a late start confirming lecturers and lessons completed. However, all our frustrations and hard work paid off in that we have enjoyed the most successful week (Sept. 22-26) of lectures imaginable! Stuart Jones (Sunset elder) began the week with, “Walking by the Same Rule” on Sunday morning, followed by John Tillman, Jr. (preacher/elder of Garden Oaks church in Houston) for the main sermon entitled, “Following Sound Doctrine.” Those two set the stage for the week to discuss our overall theme, “Defending the Faith.” Al Horne spoke Sunday night on, “The Sounds of Silence.” It was well received by the large audience, inspiring them to attend daytime lectures during the week. Every speaker, every topic expounded upon this firm foundation of encouragement and instruction, presenting some of the finest lessons we have ever heard. Brad Harrub of Franklin, TN gave us some insight to the Muslim religion and also spoke about “Being Sound in the Faith” - an excellent lesson. SABC faculty and graduates made up three-fourths of the program, in that 21 out of 34 slots were assigned and well executed by this group. We were so proud of them. Bill Elliott (of West End-Knoxville) came back to be here for Lectureship and he gave one of the finest lessons possible on “The Way, the Truth, the Life.” Another fantastic speaker was Jeff Jenkins of Lewisville, TX with several lessons - one in particular that we needed so badly was, “Correctly Handling the Word.” I am at a loss to describe this one. It was one of the best I’ve heard on this topic! When word came, prior to Lectureship, that a group of 13 Christians in Lesotho were going to come, we didn’t know what to do. By that time, every room, every bed on campus was taken. I decided then that we would move into a small flat we had saved for one of our speakers (who opted to stay in a hotel) and let this Lesotho group have our big house under the Chestnut Tree. So, using mattresses on the floor (because we only have 1 queen bed and 1 single), that’s what we did. Also, we were closer to the activities and able to officially welcome each one every morning, introduce speakers, etc. It worked out well! They enjoyed our home and left it “clean as a pin” as we did when we moved out! We could not do this important work at the Bible College without our friends and brethren. The financial support we receive from various sources helps us stay here preaching and teaching. We are due to go home to the States in November. Our hearts are full and thankful to so many who made the Lectureship such a wonderful experience for us and those who attended. It is a privilege for us to serve as a teacher and minister to folks here who truly appreciate everything we do for the Glory of God. Your missionaries on the field, Jerry V. Hogg P.S. Please send all donations with checks made payable to: SIBI Finance Office, 3723 34th Street, Lubbock, TX 79410, Attn: Africa Fund/Jerry Hogg.