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The Bridge: May 17

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

It is hard to believe that we are just days away from wrapping up our time in the classroom here for the 2021-2022 school year. At our recent mission’s conference, Pastor Paul Purvis said something to our students that has stuck with me. He said, “You are Acts 29. You are the next chapter.” Of course, the book of Acts only has 28 chapters. Believers like Peter, Stephen and Paul are in glory, and yet the mission of the church continues. God calls us; He is calling our students to continue the work of reaching this world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am excited to see what God does through our student body in summer ministry and beyond as He literally scatters them around the world to proclaim the good news.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 

MR Update and Story

Praise God, we finally were able to send our students out on mission trips again! We were able to have 3,628 gospel presentations and 791 professions of faith. Here is one story from Freddy who went on the Navajo Nation trip: 

“During the trip, I was able to use my passion of cooking for God. I was tired and sometimes I just wanted to leave everything and let someone else do it, but God reminded me about Luke 22:24-27, For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.’ God reminded me that He has sent me to serve. God challenged me a lot to be more like Him every day when I interacted with people who were hard to interact with. I felt a little disappointed when we only had 4 kids for the first rally that we held, but God reminded me that even if it’s just one kid that gets saved, or even if no one gets saved but they all hear the gospel, then it will be worth it. The next rally we held, God brought 20 kids and I was able to run program with my friends and it felt so amazing! God had heard our prayers, but He also wanted to remind us that sometimes there won’t be many kids. Thank you to everybody for your prayers and for supporting all of us. God did an amazing job!” 

OAE Update and Story

This is the first year since 2019 that we could go down to New York City to participate in Open Air Evangelism with Sam Frey and his team. This year, our students raised support to be able to go and thanks to the generous donations of their friends and family as well as friends of the ministry of Word of Life, every student raised the funds they  needed. We arrived on a Wednesday night to the historic New Yorker hotel, which was located just across the street from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. It was amazing to think that we were back where it all began, on the streets where Jack Wyrtzen began preaching, just like our students did, and across the street from the same arena that was filled with young people who had come to hear Jack preach the gospel. The first day was sunny and beautiful. We were in parks and on street corners with rope tricks, riddle boards and numbers games, engaging people in casual conversations that turned into gospel conversations. The second day, the weather completely changed and it was cold and pouring rain. Our students were not deterred. They dug deep and went into the subways and train stations, telling people the good news of Jesus Christ. By the end of our trip, our freshmen had presented the complete gospel message to 2,592 people and saw 42 of them pray to receive Jesus as their Savior. One of those was a young man named Micah, who happened to be passing by Penn Station when one of our students was presenting his rope trick. Micah stopped and listened. That presentation turned into a conversation and that day, on that street corner, Micah joined the family of God.

This missions trip to New York City changed the lives of 42 people. It also changed the lives of 200 staff and students. To God be the glory.

Summer Break details in regards to leaving and coming back

Please be advised that your student’s summer break begins after the 8:00 a.m. exam on Friday, May 20!  Students are free to leave after the exam on May 20.  Any student not present for the exam will receive a zero.

Below are the dates for your student’s arrival for summer ministry. They should know what camp and position they are in to know which date they will return for camp.

  • June 2nd – Pines & Youth Camp Unit Leaders Return
  • June 4th – Everyone else for the Pines return between 9am-1pm. Camp Crew registration will start at 2pm.
  • June 7th – Youth Camp student return
  • June 11th – Youth Camp Crew Registration 

Graduation Information

Below we have provided some information about graduation to help you plan (details are subject to change).

On Friday August 12th, we will have graduation registration for your student from 1-3 pm in our Huskies Health and Athletic Center. This will be followed by rehearsal at 4pm then dinner and open activities to follow.

On Saturday August 13th, graduation will start at 10am with lunch to follow. Graduation will be outside (weather permitting) again this year, so no tickets will be required to attend. All are welcome. We do have an indoor backup plan for rain, in which case each student will receive two tickets. An on-campus overflow space for extra guests will be provided to watch through livestream if we are forced indoors. Both the Friday dinner and Saturday lunch is provided free of charge for students. Meal tickets for friends and family will be available for purchase. 

Please note we will follow up with more information for you in the coming weeks. This will be our last Bridge for the school year.  

Because of Grace, 

Brian Baker
Vice President
New York Bible Institute and Camps

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