The Appelget Family - 961 CR 1143 Tyler, TX 75704 - May 2004
Greetings from School of the Bible - Tyler, Texas. We are traveling on the road of determination and perseverance. The School here has 41 Students from 16 nations. Nations from Africa, Asia, Europe, South Pacific, North, Central, & South Americas. So God is working to bring His kingdom over all the world.
Recently SOTB had a multiplication conference. Other multiplication teams are going to South Africa, Nicaragua, as well as our location in Brazil. We took time to seek God and get right before him. We received from God and overall strategy to multiply SOTB. So stay tuned to more updates on multiplication!
SOTB - Texas went on their spring outreach. I have some testimonies of the outreach below:
"You guys seem real. You really care." Jason (a street kid) told the Houston team.
Kareem (a rehab student) said, "I don't want to play games with God anymore."
A lady with thrombosis had prayed that God would make Himself real to her. Today as Naraleska (Venezuela) and Sophie (Namibia) pray for her, she becomes overwhelmed with God*s love.
Naraleska was privileged to speak over a non-Christian radio station.
Josh (Ohio) after teaching, washes the Mexican Christians' feet. A couple days later one of them told Josh that that night he passed his kidney stone and was so rejoicing in God's goodness.
Janelle reports, God wants Amer/Mex reconciliation. We had an awesome time. None of us had been to Mexico before. Everything is new & exciting. The Mexican people are so open.
A Mexican pastor humorously tells Voelker (Germany): "When I grow up, I want to be like you."
In El Paso/Juarez Mexico the doors for teaching were wide open both in English and Spanish. Ronnie says, I so experienced the peace of God as I was teaching.
In Atlanta, GA the team taught, did street ministry, and bonded wonderfully with Afro-American churches.
Philip, reports: "In Tracey, CA, we linked with 5 churches and youth groups. The five groups worked together and gave away 400 candy bars to the people in stores who had to work on Friday night. The Tracey kids are so inspired to form a ministry core group, and strengthen one another. God has started the gears turning. We have such an open door."
In Sacramento, CA after a teaching session, Chris tells us, "I want to do good things for the right reasons. I don*t want to live for myself anymore."
Returning to Texas, our van broke down in Tucumcari, New Mexico, and we had to stay at a motel. The motel manager was moved to tears as God opened up doors for us to encourage her, pray for her, and give her a card and special financial gift to help her with her needs. "That's too much money!" she said. We responded, "Not, from the eleven of us!"
We are proud to announce the possibility of two Brazilians coming to Texas to complete School of the Bible. They are ready, willing and want to come. And they are planning to return to Fortaleza to help us plant School of the Bible there! The problem is that they need finances for the school here. The school here is willing to give 1/3 scholarship. So that means we need the other 2/3. Please see the chart.
Also we have included some of our own personal needs. So once again we are at a challenge point. But are looking to God. Please be ready for our phone call or e-mail. Please help us. .
Paul & Enid Appelget firstname.lastname@example.org www.disciplenations.com
"In SOTB, one thing that struck me the most is that the Bible in the hands of the individual is the seed of liberty. When it is understood and applied, truth brings freedom. So many people in the world are so hungry for the truth."
Tiffany Hinton, FL
"Just look around. The signs of a fallen world are all around us - a murdered man, a homeless child... These are the word of a popular song. We turn on the TV and see tragic reports. Our responsibility as Christians has never been so obvious. I believe this world is in desperate need of the truth. Jesus declared, 'the truth will make you free.'"
"The Bible offers the way of hope, the way of salvation, the way of freedom for the nations. This is why I am involved at SOTB because I believe that if we really see the truth, and let it penetrate our lives, we will change the nations."
"The problem is - so few people today are willing to commit their lives to actually see truth become a part of them. If we see the truth become the fabric of our lives, we will impact nations for God. The more thoroughly founded our lives are in the truth, the more we will affect others."
"And that is why I want to see missionaries raised up through SOTB. We are training missionaries from the nations - nations like Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Bangladesh - from 41 nations so far. Our goal is to see them empowered with God's truth and God's Spirit, going out to reach the nations."
Paul Allen, Texas
"The SOTB gives you a strategy behind the message. It gives people a way to apply truth to their whole lives."
Tamara Deas, Columbia, SC
"Before coming to SOTB, as I read the Bible, I found myself asking all these questions. I had such a hunger and thirst to know God and His truth. SOTB has been a very great help to me. What I have learned is so important. I want to disciple people in the churches. As I look back, I see that it would have been so good if I had done the SOTB sooner." Denise Tarrazona, Philippines
"My nation was once declared a Christian nation. Now I realize that does not make it so. Yet God is at work in and through history, and each one of us is called to contribute to what He is doing. I have been challenged to understand the Scripture and actually apply it in a practical way. I have been very privileged to come to this school." Benny Sinkolongo, Zambia
"School of the Bible, for me, was a scary step in my life to step out and go, but God was calling me to learn. Now I am looking at the world in this new light. Before I did not know why I believed anything. Now I have the truth and the words to back it up."
Logan Lake, Michigan