January and February have been two of the busiest months we’ve had in a long time! Here is a glimpse—through pictures—of what has taken place: In early January we planned a trip to Phoenix to pick up a potential staff member from the airport. Sarah and I drove down separately, and the school minivan she (and the kids) were in broke down north of Phoenix. Most of the school vehicles are older with high miles, so have “old vehicle issues”.”The day did not go as planned, but thankfully we were able to get the van “towed” (pictured here) and still pick up our new friend from the airport!
In mid-January I flew to Portland to lay the groundwork for our 60th anniversary celebration there. My son David came with me (all three of his older sisters have had their turn). He had a great time seeing his grandparents and cousins. While the whole family makes sacrifices for the ministry that God has called us to, we are so thankful that we can create significant blessings for our children in the midst of the busy-ness.
The IBC board met at the end of January. They only meet twice a year, so it is a significant event to prepare for. The picture above shows one of my favorite parts of the meeting, when the President’s Cabinet (the new staff leadership team) met with the board for discussion about IBC’s strengths and weaknesses. Particular focus was given to the blessings and challenges of being a Bible college that does discipleship first AND quality academics. I am SO thankful for “the boss” and the staff team God has given IBC and me!
In early February we had our second 60th anniversary celebration, this time in Sun City (a suburb of Phoenix). About 20 of the staff and students drove down for this event, and it was a great blessing to hear the student testimonies and interact with those who are praying for and giving to the work of the ministry here. In April we “hit the road” for more celebrations through Oregon, Washington, and Idaho!
Two weeks ago, IBC had “Serve Weekend”, where a portion of the staff and students went to Phoenix to participate in the Southwest Regional Conference of the Association of North American Missions. I am chairman of the regional, and had worked together with the committee to plan a teaching theme on raising up the next generation of Christian leaders. There were four sessions on discipling the next generation; the picture shows the IBC team of staff and students that spoke Friday evening.
The conference ended with a panel discussion of most of the presenters (pictured above).
The majority of the students were back in Flagstaff serving around the community for Serve Day in Flagstaff. They did street cleanup, served neighbors of the campus, and packed boxes at the local food bank.
I am writing this to you from Florida, where I came for the annual ABHE (i.e. accreditation) conference. I’ve met with several other leaders in biblical higher education, have connected with several existing and new ministry partners, and am making several visits to our financial partners throughout central and south Florida. Thanks to my parents coming to stay with the kids, Sarah came with me! We’ve worked in a couple of fun times together as a couple, including a Detroit Tigers spring training baseball game and a quick trip to the Florida Keys (both first time events for us)!
Even more exciting things are happening at IBC—watch your mail and email for a historic announcement coming in early March! We hope you enjoyed this “photo-journal” of some of the highlights of a very busy couple of months. We are thankful the month of March should be somewhat less hectic!
Thanks for partnering with us through prayer, giving, and serving!
In Christ’s love,
(Jason, Sarah, Abby, Lizzy, Angie, and David)