Dr. Joyce Porcadilla
We are grateful to our Abba Father because He has definitely blessed us beyond what we deserve. We are thankful to all of you, our ministry partners, because you remind us always that we continue to exist here because of God’s gracious hand. Through your prayer and financial support, God allows us to experience and taste His daily sufficient grace. We are keenly aware that without the grace of God that has been manifested through your partnership, it would have been truly difficult for us to exist this long.
Allow me to share with you some highlights of our school year so far.
360 YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM
The first semester ended with a successful and spirit-filled 360 Youth Leadership Forum which was led by a team from the U.S. composed of Clint Cook, Executive Director; Jim Pratt, Mission One Coordinator; Barry Cullen and Darrell Hillhouse, Pastors of Providence and Mt. Zion General Baptist Churches, respectively; Tyler Feller, Pastor of McLeansboro General Baptist Church; and Landon Sartin, Worship Pastor of Strong Tower Church. The said 360 Youth Leadership Forum was held on October 22-25, 2018.
While fund raising is still going on since we do not have the full amount ($120,000) yet to start the first phase of the construction, a simple groundbreaking ceremony led by our Executive Director, Clint Cook, was held on October 22, 2018. It was a rainy afternoon then but this did not stop us to celebrate God’s providence as we broke ground and anticipate the start of another facility that will house our future leaders. Please continue to fervently pray with us that the amount needed to build this new dormitory will be raised soon. We hope that before the next school year will start in June 2019, we will have the funds so we can commence construction.
The Stinson Institute of the Philippines finally took off with 19 students on October 15, 2018. The curriculum, as presented by GBIM Director Mark Powell in April, was designed in coordination with the General Baptist International Missions (GBIM) and Oakland City University (OCU) to provide further education for GBBC and MBI graduates as well as lay people or professionals who have received the call to ministry. Dr. Jim Pratt and Dr. Darrell Hillhouse were the first professors who taught the first batch of modular classes. The next sessions will take place in April 2019 where another group of professors will be coming to teach.
INDIA MISSION TRIP
A group from GBBC left for a short mission trip to India as part of the missions exposure and cross cultural immersion experience. An advance team left November 21 specifically to document and to take part in the different ministries on the other side of India. The rest of the team left December 2, all returning on December 12. We thank God for His provision and for His guidance. We thank all our ministry partners who continue to pray for us and who have contributed financially to send this team from GBBC to go to India. We are truly grateful because we have been given this great privilege to go beyond our borders, share the Gospel and the love of God and make Jesus known.
We continue to seek God’s direction and His protection as we continue to commit our lives in faithful service to His institution. We are thankful that we are halfway through with school year 2018-2019. We are grateful to our Almighty Father for all the opportunities He has given GBBC to minister to its pupils, 0students, their families, surrounding communities, and even beyond our borders.
We also seek God’s provision as we work toward the improvement of our campus, physically, academically in our course offerings in all levels, and in our human resources.
I sincerely thank all of you for the support, encouragement, and prayers that you give to this institution especially for the affirmation, trust and confidence you give to the administration, faculty and staff.