By Brother B
There are now two similar buildings side by
side on the campus of JBC in Southeast
Asia. I first saw this site as an open field
of long grass back in 2011.
In early 2014, two bamboo and tin roof structures
(a dorm and a kitchen) were erected and the Bible
School moved from rented quarters to this new campus
location. The student body jumped quickly from 30 to
50 students. The growth necessitated a very inexpensive
quickly constructed dining hall and boys’ dorm,
which were actually built twice within a month due
to windstorm damage.
Two years ago we shared with you the story of how we
prayed and committed to the Lord the desire to have
a large, solid three story building for the school. We
“planted bricks” in the ground during this prayer time.
By God’s grace, seven months later the building on
the left was officially opened for the 2016 -17 School
year. Just a few months later the building was paid in
full through miraculous ways following much prayer
by students, friends, a women’s prayer group and a
house of prayer.
As student numbers went up to 58 and then over 80
in the following year, prayer continued. A second
building was needed. And
so another hole was dug in
November, 2017, and prayer
offered for another building
that only God could provide. During that same week
while I was in Asia, the necessary resources had been
received for this unannounced project, and the following
week a desired lot beside campus became available at
a greatly reduced price. A special gift, followed by
the response of our Canadian friends, allowed the
lot to be purchased. This time a building was built
on land that was not even in the School’s possession
when the ground breaking hole was dug! The second
building was completed on June 15, 2018.
Now there are two miracle buildings.
Then, another blessing came. The original kitchen was
never really used as a kitchen due to lack of electricity
and the cost of running a generator.
Talk continued from time to time
about electrical connection to the
grid-line, but the price and the
possibility of accomplishing it was never a realistic
plan. After four years of waiting, in July this year,
the price came down, and the details came together.
Today, the cooking can be done on campus instead
of two kilometers away. Lights can remain on longer,
fans can be used, and there will no longer be the need
for students to miss class and drive carefully back and
forth to get the food from the rented church building,
which also housed a kitchen. (There was at least one
accident and two worn out motorbikes over four years.)
There can also be an air conditioner in the library to
keep the books dry in a humid climate.
Lian and Daisy, and AIM, are praising the Lord for
this place where the current crop of 79 students is
studying, and they are already reaching out to their
neighborhood. Forty-one graduates have spread
across the nation with the vision of reaching their
country for the Lord. And this is just the story of
the most recent miracle of planting bricks which will
be followed by the stories of the fruit of the ministry
of the grads.
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Students seeking to study the Word and receive training for ministry typically have very few options. Most are either
too poor to study and/or their families are in opposition to their new faith and are unwilling to support their Bible
School studies. Therefore, most young believers in Asia need support in order to study. Support of $55/month
provides for approximately half a student’s tuition needed to study at one of our partner’s Bible Schools.
posted on November 28, 2018