February was a great month to be able to get ahead in preparing sermons and making plans for the future of the ministry here. Many exciting things are happening, and we praise the Lord we can have a small part in it.
Dalian Baptist Seminary: Back in November of 2014 we started working on organizing and laying the foundation for our Bible training center. We had a few students who were partially interested in ministry. At the beginning of the year, I started a class in the evenings with those who were interested. Every Thursday night we would meet for class. We finished a course on “Galatians” and then over the break the young men who were involved became busy with their work at the universities they still attended and needed to choose one or the other. Each made their decisions and classes were suspended by July 2015.
Now, it is March 2017, and we are starting back up. We made some initial mistakes at the beginning, but we have learned from those mistakes and the advice of others. This month we are re-starting “Dalian Baptist Seminary” with full-time classes (the first class was held on February 27th). We will be having day-time classes with 18 credit hours this semester taught by five teachers. We are excited about this opportunity to train young men to be pastors and investing into their lives.
Students: We have two young men in their twenties who have surrendered to full-time ministry. Both men are married without children. Their English names are Lebron and Charles. Lebron has purposely quit his job to start taking classes full-time with us. Charles recently sold his restaurant and decided the Lord was calling him into ministry the day before we started class.
Please pray for the following: (1) Each of the teachers will be able to accurately and clearly teach God’s word. (2) For more students and young men who forsake their life plans to serve full-time in ministry. (3) Wisdom for me as I will be doing a bulk of the teaching this first semester.
Thank you! We know that we couldn’t do anything without the help of God’s people. Thank you for giving, praying and being a part of our team, Project China.