|This year, for the third year, we featured the IBC students’ creative works before commencement ceremonies. I had the privilege of sharing some closing remarks at the end of the Student Ministry Showcase event. Here they are in edited form:|
“In the beginning God created . . . “ (Gen. 1:1 )
“So God created man in His own image . . . “ (Gen. 1:27)
God is frequently referred to as “The Creator,” especially in Native American circles. His amazing creativity is seen in multi-colored fall leaves (who would have thought to place beauty in the act of death?) . . .
the diversity of animal life (green, blue, iridescent, orange, red, purple birds, serving no practical purpose other than the display of beauty!) . . .
art in nature (snowcapped peaks standing in brilliance against a deep blue summer sky; rippling water sparkling with sunlit diamonds; a reflective dew drop hanging tenuously from a delicate wisp of grass; broad brush strokes of pink, lavender, orange, and gold flashed across an evening sky) . . .
music, invented by God before the worlds were framed (“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundations? . . .while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” [Job 38:4-7]), a curious combining of intervals and vibrations to form beautiful aural art . . .
and the amazing array of cultures, languages, peoples.
The nearly infinite variety of creative renditions that God has provided for us “richly to enjoy” is instructive for us to express ourselves in creative ways as well. . . .
For generations Native people have been nearly silent in their creativity, caught between two cultures, unable to express themselves adequately in either. But at IBC God is renewing minds through His Spirit and His Word! Creativity is blossoming through word, drawing, painting, music, color, and carving. Rejoice with us and in God’s creative expression through these sons and daughters of the Creator!
God blessed us with four Bachelor, five Associate, and six Certificate of Biblical Studies graduates this year. In spite of difficulties at the beginning of the semester with Monieka’s suicide, the students persevered. Thank you for your prayers.
You all have stood with me in ministry to Native Americans for 33 years now. I can hardly believe it! I am so grateful for your faithful support in prayer and finances. I have always been well supplied. You have had a part in developing these students into creative, Godly men and women.
In closing, I would like to share with you about the needs of a former student of mine who is currently a full-time staff member. Daniel Esplin graduated from IBC in 2005 and became the school’s first Admissions Counselor (student recruiter) in 2006. As you probably remember, all staff at IBC raise their own support. Daniel has been working at it since 2009 and is still significantly under supported. In 2011 he married Coreen, also an IBC graduate, and a former student of mine, and she too serves full time on staff, as Dean of Women. I know that most, if not all of you are already committed financially as much as you are able, but just in case God has laid it on your heart to become involved with one more person at IBC, I wanted to bring up Daniel’s need for your prayerful consideration. Speaking of creative, he and Coreen are both very creative people. Whenever I need a brochure designed, I go to Daniel for his expertise. If I need advice on layout, Coreen is the best one to ask. She actually studied graphic design and formerly worked for Kodak.
Daniel is also a talented musician. He leads music for chapel one day each week throughout the school year and travels with an IBC music team as part of his recruitment efforts. He is leading and developing a course on Native masculinity that is ground-breaking. His ministry at IBC is invaluable.
Daniel and Coreen traveled to Massachusetts this past summer (2014), along with several current students, to put a Native face to IBC for those supporters of mine who were able to attend the event at Christ Community Church in East Taunton. You may remember them from that.
If you believe God has called you to be involved financially with Daniel’s financial support, please print and return the slip below to Indian Bible College. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me.
As always, thank you so much for your faithfulness. I am honored to have you on my team. May He bless you this summer.