The Extraordinary and Ordinary Acropolis and the Apostle Paul

I will be writing a blog or two on our ministry training school in Athens, but first I wanted to share an image of the Acropolis which towers above the city of Athens.  While walking around the Acropolis, the Agora (market place), Mar's Hill, ancient Corinth, etc., you get a real feel for what life would have been like during the days of Jesus, Peter and Paul.  It's absolutely amazing.  As you stand at the Acropolis, looking down on other temples, Mar's Hill and the Agora, you can't help but think about how impressive all of this would have been during the time when Paul spoke to the people of Athens about God, Christ and the reality of the resurrection.  What a blessing to have a opportunity to walk in his footsteps! It's extraordinary!

John and Rosemary Perkins

John and Rosemary Perkins, formerly of Fort Worth, have moved to Lubbock and will be working with the SIBI International Division.  John will be serving as the Administrative Consultant to the Dean of International Studies and Vice President for Institute Advancement at Sunset. As Sunset begins offering degrees to the graduates of qualifying international schools, the SIBI administration sought someone with the administrative and organizational skills to assist in developing and implementing a degree plan for international ministry training schools.  Sunset has been given permission by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer BBS and MBS degrees in Biblical Studies (for a full explanantion regarding these degrees, please refer to the www.sibi.cc website). John will assist Sunset in offering these degrees to qualified individuals around the globe.

Stealing the Cross

It is amazing to walk through the Roman Colosseum!  The historical significance is staggering and the spiritual implications are overwhelming. The Colosseum looms over Rome and is so huge and powerful in appearance, but this is nothing compared to the significance it has in history. Here great battles were recreated for massive audiences, gladiators fought to the death, wild animals battled, and Christians were fed to the lions.  Different Caesar's reigned over the festivities and people all over the world at that time marveled at the thought of seeing the incredible shows and barbarism.  A focal point in the Colosseum today is a metal cross that stands where Caesar stood and ruled over the festivities.

Fellowship Makes A Difference

I have no problem traveling to various mission points and international schools around the world alone, but it is far better to travel with family members and fellow Christians. In the attached picture, my wife Brenda is by my side and we are pictured with our good friends Mark and Kelle Samsill.  We are floating up a canal in Venice, Italy before I move on to teach a seminar in Athens, Greece.  As you can see, we were enjoying ourselves and celebrating how wonderful it is to share special experiences with those we love in Christ. 

It was a special blessing to have Brenda travel with me on this trip.  She worked hard to save up vacation days and we saved up some funds to take a couple of days in Italy before going on to Greece. 

Rainy in Rome

Greetings.  God has blessed us with safe passage to Rome.  We enjoyed seeing this incredible city and are now looking forward to seeing Venice for a couple of days before heading on to Athens. Our luggage showed up a day late, but we have been reunited and are grateful.  It's been great to have Brenda on the trip with me. It's also a blessing to be traveling with the Samsill's from College Hill. Remember us in prayer and I will be praying for you as you live for God this week.

 

In Him,

Chris

Partnering in Interactive Videoconferencing

It is amazing to see our Executive Director, Truitt Adair (standing), and a classroom of students from the Quito School of Biblical Studies in Quito, Ecuador studying at the feet of Armando Alaniz from the Texas Gulf Coast Bible Institute in Houston, Texas!  Brother Alaniz, who taught at Sunset when I was a student in the late '80's teaches Spanish speaking students in the USA, Central America and South America from the classroom in Houston by interactive videoconferencing.  Armando can see the students and the students can see him and even ask questions in real time.  What an incredible way to spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus around the world!

Holiday Greetings and Job Transition

I want to wish a Happy Holidays to all of you.  For those who speak a different language, I hope that you can find the appropriate message in the picture to the left.  This has been an incredible year, and I thank God for His blessings and divine providence and for blessing me with you.  You are a special gift from God and I am grateful.

A Great Experience So Far!

Greetings, Truitt and I have had a great time teaching seminars at the school in Quito, Ecuador and being a first hand witness to the amazing job of ministry training being done here. I look forward to reporting more in the school and ministry efforts here, but I could not be more impressed with the administration (Kent and Sharla Marcum have been here for 20 years doing in amazing job!), faculty, students and graduates of the school here in Quito. There are already several arriving for the Pan American lectures and I anticipate a great experience. Wish you were here! More later...

Africa Mission Report 3 - The Lakeshore of Malawi

We have been working with 4 gospel preachers in the Lakeshore area of Malawi.  If you are looking at a map of the country, you will find the Lakeshore area to be the far northern area of the country near Lake Malawi, around the city of Karonga. While this area is poorer than most other areas of Malawi, it is beautiful and pleasant and the people are very friendly and considerate. I am always happy to visit our brothers and sisters in this area of Malawi. 

Africa Mission Report 2 - Mark Samsill and College Hill in Malawi

Mark Samsill and I traveled to Malawi five years ago to visit native preachers supported by the College Hill congregation in North Richland Hills, Texas. Mark (pictured here preaching in Malawi with Brother Malik Ghambi interpreting for him) was one of the mission deacons at College Hill at the time, and is now one of the Shepherds there. We were so excited to see the work of the preachers in the Lakeshore area of Northern Malawi and in the city of Mzimba. They were faithfully preaching the Word of God in multiple congregations, planting new congregations, and were so evangelistic.  We encouraged them and were blessed to teach them. The only problem we saw was that these preachers were spread out among multiple congregations and doing all that was possible for them to do, and there was no one trained to assist them and no one being trained to take their place.

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