In 1976, former president Charles Coil described IBC (HCU) in one word, “evangelism.”
Forty years later, the word is as relevant as ever. This spring, faculty and students set time out of their schedules to participate in one and two-week campaigns for real world ministry experience. Some campaigns were based here in the Shoals, while some were as far as the Philippines. This re-occurring semester tradition, is an invaluable time of practical learning, mentoring and ministering.
Starting as early as February, and continuing into April, this semester’s campaigns took place in areas such as Mexico, Myanmar, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, Haiti and the Philippines.
Here is a brief highlight of these trips.
Adjunct Professor Justin Guin taught at the Myanmar Bible College March 30-April 8. His courses focused on Christian leadership and marriage and the home. He reports seven baptisms from his visit. Also, Chairman Don Posey and student Steve Christian taught in Myanmar during February. Don and his wife, Teresa, are back for another teaching trip this week and will return the 30th. They will be spending most of their time at Kalay.
Students Erick Chaney and Trent Thompson accompanied Professor Wayne Kilpatrick to Mexico for a week of sharing the gospel in the Tizimin region. Trent also accompanied alumnus Jon Lucius and Adjunct Professor Joey Barrier to Myanmar to teach at the Myanmar Bible College. In northern Myanmar, they trained five men who had just returned from successful campaigns in Yunnan, China. They distributed copies of Dr. Steve Williams’ book, What is Christianity, that was translated into Lisu. During and following their time in Southeast Asia, eight souls were baptized into Christ.
Professor Dr. Jeremy Barrier, alumnus Robin Dunaway and their team taught for two weeks in Vietnam, Sri Lanka and India. In India, they released the Heritage Press book, I Am: A Study of the True and Living God, in the Telugu language. They also participated in a leadership seminar attended by more than 200 Indians from over six different states (and even Nepal). Collectively, the seminar resulted in 93 baptisms. In Singapore, they met with three different congregations in the country, trained over 50 people and helped secure three newly planted churches. Four were baptized, adding to 31 baptisms from December to March. In Sri Lanka, Joey Barrier and father, board member Wayne Barrier met up with Jeremy’s team to visit a congregation in Colombo. They made extensive plans regarding a training program that is ramping up in Sri Lanka.
Dean Bill Bagents taught and spoke for Asian Christian University in Bugalloon, Philippines for two weeks. During his trip, he taught an intensive course on expository preaching to 21 students. Among them was a young man who is slated to become one of the preachers for the Beijing Church of Christ soon. Dr. Bagents also spoke at the third annual Fil-Am Lectureship. He witnessed two baptisms during the trip.
Adjunct professor Arvy Dupuy continued his work in Haiti in March. He taught a one-week intensive class on systematic theology to 31 students at Haiti School of Biblical Studies. Arvy also spent time with the Croix des Bouquets congregation and the vocational training center, Ninety-Nine.
Locally, mission efforts ran deep through a spring semester course, Fishers of Men. Sixteen students conducted over 157 personal Bible studies and baptized five. On April 11, students and Ron Maynard, the instructor, concluded the course with a banquet graduation.