Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Graduation News

Summer is in the air here in St. Louis. Flowers are blooming everywhere. Growth is evident. Reminds me of the many Bible school graduations being conducted around the world. Here is a small sampling of those I’ve received reports on in the past week:

Equatorial Guinea, Africa:

There were a total of 12 men and women, representing 5 nations (Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Congo, Ghana, Nigeria), that received GATS Certificates after successfully completing the certificate level of training. This school operates in three languages: English, French, and Spanish.

It was an exciting ceremony, with a great attendance, including the Honorable Consular of the Republic of Congo and the General Secretary of the Minister of Justice of Equatorial Guinea. The service was very well organized and served as a very positive witness of the United Pentecostal Church in Equatorial Guinea. To God be all glory!

The service received coverage by national television and clips of the service were still being shown as of yesterday. One reason it drew so much attention is because our Bible school is one a very few in the country, and the government has begun to press all pastors to receive training for the ministry.

Sister Adams added on Facebook: The government sent a guy to video it and so while we were sitting in the airport waiting on our flight to leave, and the TV was on giving the news around the country, I was surprised when I saw my husband come on the screen, it was the graduation, they showed about 5 minutes of the graduation that took place on Saturday at the "Iglesia Pentecostal Unida de Guinea Ecuatorial Instituto de Fe de Teologia". The news media gave a very good report on the graduation.


We were privileged to preach the 2013 graduation of ACTS (African College of Theological Studies) in Accra, Ghana on June 15, 2013! On the same day, a graduation ceremony was held in Lomé, Togo for the Institut Biblique de Togo. What a blessing to be involved with these two great schools that continue to launch ministers of the Gospel into the harvest. Ten graduates in Ghana represent the next generation of leaders beginning their service to the Church! The eight graduates in Togo represent 3 different nations. Togo, Burkina Faso and Central African Republic are all now better equipped to reach their populations with the Gospel!


There were 12 graduates at Harvest Bible College 2013. . . truly a global group whose citizenship or parental land links with nine countries: England, Scotland, Zimbabwe, Ecuador, Columbia, Jamaica and Mauritius, USA and Canada. HBC does offer a program of excellence in training "Harvesters" to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Brother Burk, our executive assistant here at the office was busy, busy, busy last week printing about a hundred or more GATS certificates at various levels for the schools in Spain. Exciting progress.

Taking the Word to the World,

Jim Poitras,
Director of Education/AIM

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