Greetings in Christ from the Koppens! I pray this letter finds you enjoying the goodness of the Lord even in the midst of a broken world and challenging days. As I look back over the past 10 months since I last did a full prayer letter, I am amazed at the ways the Lord hasContinue reading September 2021
Dear friends and prayer warriors, I can’t believe the summer is almost gone! The Staff Retreat, which marks the beginning of the new school year for our staff and faculty, is just two weeks away!
Planning to travel over 7,000 miles in the winter during a pandemic…what could go wrong?!? One of the great responsibilities of my job as president is to travel on behalf of the school; one of the great privileges is to travel with my family. Here is a “photojournal” of our trip a few months agoContinue reading May 2021
What a month February was! I have four HUGE praises to share with you: 1) We dedicated the Learning Resource Center (as mentioned in my last update). The highlight video was shot and edited by a student, It was posted in early February; see here to watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNg54MSXxnM.
Hello friends of IBC! I hope that the first month of 2021 has been a time of encouragement and growth for you, just as it has been for us here at the Indian Bible College and in the Koppen home.
Merry Christmas! IBC Christmas 2020 Newsletter See our IBC’s Christmas newsletter, which we just mailed out last week to over 6000 churches and individuals. This newsletter includes my front page article on all that the Lord has been doing during this “season of COVID”, an update on all four of our institutional initiatives on pagesContinue reading December 2020
Dear friends, Thank you for praying for the requests I sent in my last update. We’ve seen some great answers to your prayers over the last several weeks:
Greetings in Christ! The Fall semester is one-third over, and we are seeing the Lord’s hand of blessing in so many ways. We praise God that we haven’t had any incidents of COVID-19 on campus since the summer. Staff and students are amazingly healthy. We continue to monitor staff and student health closely, thanks inContinue reading October 2020
Dear friends, Greetings in the name of Christ! I apologize that I am several weeks overdue for an update. The last few months have been hectic and challenging, but I wanted to give you a quick praise and prayer update as we are now just a week away from regular classes (which begin on AugustContinue reading August 2020
Happy summer! I pray this email finds you blessed and strengthened in the midst of challenging times. Here are some praises and prayer requests:
Dear friends, We are on our way home! Please be praying for our travels.
Aloha and Happy Easter from beautiful Hawaii! Our sabbatical here has been a great blessing, and we are excited to share with you about it!
Dear friends, Aloha from beautiful Hawaii! Our sabbatical here has been a great blessing, and I was planning to tell you all about it in my first update in over two months; unfortunately the coronavirus crisis is pre-empting focusing on our personal matters, so I’ll send out more information on that next week
Dear friends, I write this to you on the eve of our departure for Hawaii. Our bags are packed (all 17 of them!) and our tasks of handing things off have been completed. We’ve spent a lot of time visiting family here in Oregon, including time with 12 of the 13 cousins. We visited ourContinue reading January 2020
What a blessing to serve the Lord here at the Indian Bible College. And this month we are delighted to share with you a photojournal of our praises and prayer requests.
Dear friends, IBC’s school year is off to a good start! We are halfway through the semester and we are seeing significant growth in student lives! The spiritual warfare I referred to in the previous email is still going on, but we are experiencing God’s goodness and protection–thanks in part to your prayers!
Dear IBC Friends, Happy September! IBC had an eventful summer, with new staff joining the team, seven work teams improving our facilities, a local fire and the possibility of flooding, and much more. My family traveled for the school for the month of July; we are grateful for the connections we were able to make.Continue reading September 2019
The Indian Bible College just wrapped up an amazing school year! Here are a few of the highlights: Four Native Americans leaders joined the staff. We had more full-time, on-campus students (35) than ever before. IBC graduated more students with bachelor’s degrees than ever before in one year—all of whom were leading discipleship groups ofContinue reading June 2019
Dear friends, First of all, let me share that the Lord has answered your prayers for an Academic Dean! Just last week Gene Stevenson was offered–and accepted–the role of Academic Dean. He is in his late-30’s, is pursuing his doctorate, and has a great passion for cross-cultural ministry–and a growing burden for Native Americans. GeneContinue reading May 2019
The Koppen Family has been very active these last four months. This is a glimpse into our lives in 2019.
Thank you so much for your prayers for our two significant events last month! Both the ANAM Southwest Regional (where IBC staff have students served three years in a row) and the workshop at the ABHE Convention went exceedingly well.
Dear friends and ministry partners, The new semester is up and running and going well! We’ve had a total of five full-time students leave IBC over the last four months, but two new students started in January, so our full-time enrollment is 32. We seemed to be too full last semester, so this semester isContinue reading February 2019
Dear friends, The picture above captures one of my favorite moments of the semester: while teaching the Indian Bible College Core Values to the twelve students in my Human Relationships class, our new President’s Cabinet came into the class to help model our fourth Core Value (team leadership).
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! This year’s “Thanksgiving edition” of my update is going to start with the prayer requests, then move to ALL the things I am thankful for.
Dear friends, The new school year is up and running and we have a packed campus! Thanks for your prayers for our preparations.