Thank you for your prayers for the January board meeting! We had a very meaningful two days together, discussing such exciting matters as a master facilities plan for expansion, how to help Native staff raise support, and aggressive plans to grow the size of the board with gifted individuals able to help IBC move into the future. Of course, there were also the more mundane (but important) matters of approving the annual audit, approval of staff salaries, and the editing of policy. One of the highlights for Sarah and I was when the board prayed for my family. I greatly value the blessing of submission to authority (Hebrews 13:17) and to have the prayers of my leaders was a great joy. Please continue to pray for the growth of our board.
Sarah and I are BOTH leading discipleship groups of upper classmen on Friday afternoons this semester. This is not easy with young children, but thanks to some childcare help from one of the married students we are making it work. The focus of our discipleship is on confession and repentance for the purpose of addressing strongholds in their lives (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). All four of these students are on pace to receive their bachelors degree in the next two years and three of them should be leading their own discipleship groups next year. Please pray for the Lord’s deep work in the lives of Richard (Anglo), Efrain (Quechua from Peru), Fredericka (Navajo) and Christine (Navajo).
The Spring semester is well under way and we are grateful to have 17 full-time students, some of whom have tremendous potential to do amazing things in the future (like the students mentioned above). These numbers are, however, the lowest enrollment at IBC in four years. This week the staff spent significant time at our Monday morning prayer meeting discussing the practical reasons for this and how we can remedy our smaller student body size. The most important response, of course, is that of prayer, as this is a spiritual battle more than a practical one (Ephesians 6:13). The enemy has become increasingly effective at talking prospective students out of coming and existing students out of staying. So pray with us for gifted and called students to come TO and stay AT IBC!
Thank you for standing with us in prayer and financial support. It is a privilege to serve as your partners in training the next generation of Native American Christian leaders.
Jason and family