Students registered for the new school year on February 29 and classes started the next day. The freshmen class was smaller than expected but they have all expressed a strong call of God for ministry.
One young man, has known for 10 years he should be at JBI but he has honored his parents and helped in family obligations until they gave their consent. Another is a new member of a Bible translation team and needs a good Biblical foundation. Another has come to prepare to go back to his village as the first trained pastor for his church. We feel so privileged to be in a position to help prepare them for God’s call on their lives.
Thank you for your support which enables us to be here at Joy Bible Institute, training the next generation of pastors for Vanuatu.
On Sunday, November 22rd, the Joy Bible Institute 2015 graduation service was held at Evangel Temple. The church had been severely damaged by Cyclone Pam and was undergoing renovations right up until the night before. The pastor, church members and building contractor worked very hard to complete the inside sanctuary in time for our graduation.
Eight wonderful men and women made up the 2015 graduating class. They are from five different islands in Vanuatu. John Nampas from Santo was the class speaker. Rev. Dave Wood, newly arrived PAOC missionary from Canada and new pastor of the English-speaking International Church which meets at JBI was the graduation speaker.
We had a wonderful service. The church was packed with hundreds of friends and family members. And at the end of the afternoon, while the graduates were still in the receiving line, it began to rain! After months of drought, we have been praying for rain so we all soaked it up!
Please pray for our JBI graduates as they return to their home islands that they will be mightily used and please continue to pray for more rain to end our current drought in Vanuatu.
Joy Bible Institute 2014 graduation service was held on Sunday, 23 November, 2014 at Evangel Temple, Tebakor. Four men and one young lady graduated after three years of study. It was a wonderful service and commissioning of these new church workers.
We do not have many photos to share as our good camera broke 6 months ago and cannot be replaced here. We are hoping some friends with photos will share some with us.
From left to right: Louis Duvu Vira from Ambae Island, Simion Iati from Tanna Island, Nasak Joseph from Tanna Island, Donald Kalfred from Malekula Island and Nicole Moli from Maewo Island.
Louis Duvu was the student class speaker. The main graduation message was given by our missionary colleague, Bryan Webb, who works up north on the island of Santo.
All of these men are married and have gone back to their islands to pastor churches. Nicole is from the Church of Christ and she will be ordained by her church on December 24th. Pray for them all as they reach out to the lost and needy on their home islands.
Almost all of our JBI students are at school by faith. The school has a policy that students must pay their school bills before they are allowed to take final exams at the end of each term. Recently, three students have been on my heart and I would like to present them to you.
- R. is a young lady who comes from a broken home and was raised by her grandparents. Her family grows vegetables to sell at the local market. A few years ago, R. met the Lord and her life was completely changed. Her family has not supported her conversion. R. loves the Lord and two years ago felt God calling her to come to Bible School. She enrolled at JBI and is now in her second year. Coming to Bible school has not been easy because she has no steady income. She comes to school every day on the bus from her village. Every afternoon she returns home to work in her gardens raising vegetables which her grandmother sells to buy food and help pay for R’s schooling. This hardworking young lady also cooks and sells food to help pay her school bill. Unfortunately, all this time spent working in the fields prevents her from having quality study time. Recently, she asked me to pray with her that God would lay it on someone’s heart to help her financially so she could come and stay on campus next term. We would love to see R. get a scholarship and move in to the girl’s dorm for the next term starting August 10th. $450 would pay for tuition, room, board and books for this young lady’s next school term.
- JP pastored an Assemblies of God church on a northern island in Vanuatu before coming to Bible School. For many years he longed to come to Joy Bible Institute for training but his church was not able to sponsor him. Last year he stepped out in faith and came to Bible school anyway. His wife and children are still living on their home island while JP is at school. This separation is very difficult as JP only gets home once a year. JP does not have regular sponsorship and we feel like there can be no better recipient of a scholarship than one of our young pastors. $450 would also fully support JP for this next school term.
- J. is another married pastor currently attending at JBI without his family. J. pastors a village church on a large island in northern Vanuatu. His family has remained at home and are also living by faith while he attends Bible school. $450 would also cover J’s expenses for this next school term. A one time gift of $450 or full year scholarship (3x$450) would be such a blessing to any one of these dedicated students.