It’s finally Finals week this week at Covenant of Grace Bible Institute! Our new students have been working hard all semester and they are about to earn their Christmas break (although my final exam isn’t going to make it easy on them). They are a terrific group of young people–I’ve been posting their pictures and testimonies over at our Facebook page (Facebook.com/IBAGHaiti). Eliakim (to the left), who regularly camps out on a mountaintop to fast and pray, puts my spiritual disciplines to shame.
On Sunday, we are also going to graduate our 10th class of students! At our school, we have a tradition that I really like. Each graduating class names itself after a prominent figure from church history. In the past, we have had classes named after people like Augustine, Martin Luther, the Apostle Paul. After much deliberation, this class chose to name itself after the Apostle Peter. I love their choice! Peter is one of my favorite characters in church history because of how clearly his life illustrates the truth that Jesus doesn’t give up on imperfect people. On the night that Jesus was arrested, Peter was a coward who denied Jesus three times, but a few weeks later, he preached the first great revival sermon in church history that brought 3,000 people come to Christ in one day.
Peter reminds me that God doesn’t need extraordinary people. He just needs ordinary people who are extraordinarily available. The English revivalist John Wesley said, “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.” We are believing God to raise up a generation ordinary (but extraordinarily available) young church leaders for Haiti.
Speaking of which, we also need some ordinary (but extraordinarily available) givers. Right now, we have a reliable income stream of $9,000 a year, which is just barely enough to cover our professors’ salaries. We are hoping to increase our annual income to $20,000, which would allow us to give each one of our professors a badly-needed raise. It would also allow us to expand our library (also badly needed), and begin the process of recording our classes and putting them on the Web (more on that in the future). If you or your church would like to become regular supporters of high-quality, low-cost church-leader training in Haiti, please use the links below to make a one-time or to set up a recurrent donation.
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Mail Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC 27532 / (919) 751-8188 & please earmark your gift for Haiti.