The Bridge – Updates from the Office of the President

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From the Office of the President…

November 23, 2020

The Bridge: November 23rd

  “Yes, my child is home, but…” If you are like me, I love being together with family for Thanksgiving and Christmas. In fact, some years ago as a family, we made the decision to stay home for Christmas instead of traveling, simply because we love being with our family in our own home (Of course, it doesn’t help that my home’s interior and exterior look like a winter wonderland– Cathy makes it tough to want to travel). I will never forget when our oldest came home for break the first time… we had built up so much excitement. The siblings were anxious to hang out; as parents, we had thoughts on his return, and our oldest had expectations as well. Little did we understand– our child had changed, we had changed, and we were about to experience change together as a family. Here are a few thoughts to consider as your child rejoins you at home this Thanksgiving or Christmas. Manage Expectations: Whether you realize it or not, you, your student, and your family all have expectations. Expectations in any relationship can quickly derail meaningful fellowship into a crash course in disappointment. May I suggest early in the process… Continue Reading

November 13, 2020

The Bridge: November 13th

  Dear Parents and Guardians, This week has been a busy one! The students participated in camp work days, a pop-up party, different activities, and studied hard. Tomorrow (Saturday) at church, some students are planning to be baptized. It’s truly incredible to watch them grow in their relationships with the Lord and knowledge of His Word. What a blessing to see them live it out through baptism! Below you’ll find updates on upcoming events as well as more about this past week. I hope reading them encourages you as much as it does me!   Break Lodging Available Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks are coming up quick! And you know what that means– finding housing here in the Adirondacks when you pick up and drop off your students. Did you know that Word of Life has a property right down the road that houses guests year-round? This property, Lakeside, has 11 rooms and 4 duplexes. If you call 518-494-6000 and choose option 1, a customer service representative can help you book a room. If you are an alumnus of the Bible Institute, you get 25% off! We also have a 10% discount for military, pastors and seniors. Standard rooms (4 people… Continue Reading

November 6, 2020

The Bridge: November 6th

Dear Parents and Guardians,   What a joy it is to walk around campus and interact with such a vibrant, spiritually minded group of young people! This past week has gone very smoothly, despite the snow! The Adirondacks are gearing up for winter, and it’s truly a breathtaking sight to behold– and with it comes even more ministry opportunities. We’re very grateful for God’s blessing upon this place. Read on to find out more about this past week at WOLBI.   Student Life We have seen over 185 students connected with staff members through our 1-on-1 discipleship program and our discipleship groups! We’ve also had a great turnout with our counseling center groups. These groups are focused on providing community and accountability concerning specific sin issues. We also have 10 new home groups starting with staff. Home groups are at a staff members house and are a relaxing way for students to get off campus and hang out. We do consider these discipleship based, but there is always great conversation to be had! Our student leadership team (Resident Advisors/Student Experience Program) have been doing a great job at peer to peer discipleship and encouragement as well. We are thrilled to… Continue Reading

November 5, 2020

The Bridge: Updated Break Information

  Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians, Below you will find our updated Thanksgiving and Christmas Break options. We hope you find these adjusted guidelines helpful as we seek to protect the safety of our students, faculty, and staff as well as provide reasonable options for students to enjoy school breaks with loved ones. Thank you for your continued patience in this endeavor. We will continue to keep you informed of any adjustments to the guidelines. California, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Washington are no longer considered “Non-Travel Advisory States,” thus students will not be able to travel back to campus after being in these states for Thanksgiving. Students whose original plans were to travel to any of these states for Thanksgiving Break and return to campus will need to submit a new Thanksgiving Intent Form with a change of plans. If students are not traveling to California, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, or Washington, they do not need to submit another Intent Form. Thanksgiving Break Dates: Tuesday, November 24 (beginning at 1 pm) – Monday, November 30 (return by in-dorms) All options given take into consideration the New York State Travel Advisory Guidelines. For details concerning the NYS Travel Advisory, please click here. We are doing our best to both follow the… Continue Reading

October 26, 2020

The Bridge: October 26th

  Dear Parents and Guardians,  Autumn is progressing nicely here at Word of Life Bible Institute, and the students have settled comfortably into the rhythm of academics, ministry and campus activities. I hope you find the following updates helpful, and as always, please let me know if I can serve you in any way.    Academics Next week we are excited to welcome to our campus Dr. Stephen Bramer, Chairman and Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary. He will be teaching our Freshmen students a course on the book of Proverbs. Our Sophomore students will be taking a Biblical Ethics course with Professor Chris Eppling, the Vice President of Student Services at Truett McConnell University. On our Florida campus, our students will continue their studies in the book of Romans. Their professor will be one of our alumni, Phil Moser. Pastor Moser is the Teaching Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Mullica Hill, NJ. He brings to the classroom years of ministry experience, coupled with a great understanding of the Word. On both campuses, our Freshmen and Sophomore students also continue their semester-long courses with their Resident Professors (Dr. Davis, Professor Sewall, Professor Strout, and Dr. Weaver).  … Continue Reading