July 2018

Dear friends, IBC teams are always well received by Native churches as they are amazed and blessed to interact with the joyful, mature, developing leaders that are IBC students. In May the Indian Bible College sent six teams of people out for “Promo Weekend.” Five of these groups of ambassadors for the Lord and theContinue reading July 2018

June 2018

I am working feverishly to get caught up on my time-sensitive projects so I can begin some family vacation, but wanted to take a few minutes to update you on the end-of-the year events that you were praying for. Celebration weekend was amazing! Here is a  breakdown on what took place May 24-26:

May 2018

Greetings in Christ! At our annual Feedback Chapel on Tuesday, we asked students a number of diagnostic questions to get their perspective on our strengths and weakness. We asked about student life discipleship, academics, facilities, financial services, and more. Here are a few of the responses to the question “What do you wish other peopleContinue reading May 2018

February 2018

Dear friends, 

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!

January 2018

 

Happy New Year to all!

Jason has asked me (Sarah) write the update this month so I can share with you about the family and some of my ministries. I thought I would take you through a typical week for our family.

 

Christmas 2017

Beneath a warm autumn sun IBC students and a few staff leap from the school van and file expectantly into the imposing church building cowering beneath the mountain. Only returning students have an inkling of what is about to take place. Staff who have arrived earlier to prepare
welcome them at the door with handshakes, smiles, and verbal greetings.

Inside the building there are seats for 34 of us around a horseshoe formation of tables decorated for fall. In the center sits a smaller table carefully holding a wine goblet filled with juice, and an unbroken loaf of bread. Welcome to our annual Lord’s Supper Chapel. Do you smell the pork roast?

The atmosphere is a bit subdued as we anticipate the meal. Teaching is given from I Corinthians 11 on the Lord’s Supper; did you know that our Christian gatherings can do more harm than good (v. 17) if we are being selfish instead of loving (v. 21)? Wow! What does that mean for our gathering today?…for the gatherings as the church?

November 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!

The semester is going very well! We are thankful that we are on pace to see all 23 of our full-time students finish the semester—a rare occurrence, given the incredible spiritual and cultural pressures they face to drop out.

October 2017

Happy new school year!

As I write this letter, IBC is in the throes of a new school year. The staff is busy teaching new classes (including two extension classes), establishing trust in new discipling relationships, and training student leaders. Most of last year’s students have returned and we have some great new students! We are excited for all the Lord has in store in the new year!

Aug. 25, 2017

From the Desk of the President

Dear friends,
New student orientation is underway and regular classes begin Monday! We have NINE exciting new students that arrived on campus yesterday. This may be the most motivated and ministry-minded freshman class I’ve seen in my 9+ years at IBC! You can begin praying for them right away…

June 2017

Dear friends,

What a joy the end of the school year was! We had 12 graduates, including four bachelor grads, who received a certificate or diploma. Many of the presentations in the Friday night Student Ministry Showcase were very inspiring, we had almost 20 alumni represented at our Saturday morning alumni breakfast, and Commencement speaker (and Navajo Nation Vice President) Jonathan Nez did an amazing job.

May 2017

Dear friends,

The end of the school year is upon us! You’re invited to join us for the celebration—see the picture below. Pray that all these events are honoring to the Lord and that all those joining us (friends, family, IBC partners) will be blessed and encouraged.

April 2017

SACRIFICE.

This word permeates the good news of Jesus Christ: that our Creator came to earth to live a sinless life and to die in my place–and yours—so that we might have eternal life and a right relationship with God. It is almost impossible to reflect on the events of “Holy Week” in anticipation of Easter and to miss the central aspect of sacrifice. Philippians 2:5 tells us Christ’s mindset is to be our own; sacrifice is to be the way of life of the Christian (a title which means “little Christ”). To be like Jesus (Romans 8:29)is to be a person of sacrifice.

March 2017

Dear Friends,

BC Staff Standing in Recognition of Candidate Status 

It gives me great jot to announce that IBC was awarded Candidate Status by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) on February 7th! Thank you for your prayers for this.

November 2016

Dear friends,

Thank you so much for your prayers for the Site Team Visit October 18-20! The team was extremely positive about IBC and it is looking very promising that we will be able to step into the next phase of accreditation in February 2017. Our staff and students did a great job hosting the team.

On October 27th we dedicated the new entrepreneurial training workshop. Members of the community (including the Chamber of Commerce) came for the “ribbon cutting” and I was able to share God’s view of work and of our need for Christ with several non-believers. Pictures will be coming next month.

August 2016

Greetings!

It is monsoon season in Arizona, and so Flagstaff has been receiving a tremendous amount of rain over the last few weeks. Rain in the (high) desert! What a beautiful reminder this is of the Lord’s grace and provision for us in the difficulties and challenges of life.

Summer 2016

Dear friend of the Indian Bible College,

What a year we’ve had, filled with challenge and opportunity, struggle and victory, weakness and strength! In II Corinthians 12:9 the Lord tells Paul “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul goes on to say that he will boast about his weaknesses and delight in insults, hardships, and persecutions. We’ve definitely seen our share of struggles this year: staff unity challenges, walking several students through the intense “Restorational Discipline” process, and even the loss of several students and a few staff. But through it all, the Lord has been strong and gracious! We persevere because of Him!

June 2016

Dear friends,

Summer is here! We had a great end to the school year with Celebration weekend, where we do “four in 24” (four events in 24 hours): the Student Ministry Showcase Friday on Friday night and the Alumni Breakfast, Graduate Lunch, and Commencement Ceremony all on Saturday. Praise the Lord all the events were well-attended and God-honoring and the student presentations were fantastic! Since then we’ve had a week of inservice staff meetings, begun the annual staff evaluations, and I taught a one-week block course on Christian Family.

May 2016

Biblical. Relational. Transformational
From the Desk of the President

Dear friends,
May is here! The end of the school year is here! How did it get here so quickly?!? We have just two more weeks of regular classes and then a finals week followed by our Celebration Weekend, including the Student Ministry Showcase and Commencement (see attached for an invite to these two events). Many students invite friends and family to these events—some that don’t know Christ. Would you pray with us that they are God-honoring events that clearly declare the good news of Jesus Christ? Please also pray that students end the semester well, especially for the nine students that have a chance to receive a certificate or degree?

April 2016

Dear friends,

Last week was the 10-year anniversary of Sarah and I moving to Arizona. We’ve been Arizonians for 10 years now! The time has flown by.

We are in Phoenix this week and visited the church that we helped plant 10 years ago and MY how things have changed. The leadership is different, the name is different, the building is different, yet we see the impact of the lives we invested in all those years ago. We came away reflecting on the fact that everything we enjoy in this life was paid for by the blood, sweat, and tears of others, most of whom we will never know their names. Thankfully, we know the Name of the One who paid his blood, sweat, and tears for the purchase of our salvation! I pray that your celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is continuing, now that we are over a week away from Easter Sunday.