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APRIL 2020 NEWS

Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:19-33 feels strikingly relevant right now. He teaches that we are not to store up treasures for ourselves on earth, which can easily be lost, but rather to store up treasures in heaven that are eternally secure (vv19-21). He then goes on to say that we are not to be anxious for our daily needs, such as food or clothing (vv 25-30). It is a big challenge.

We are facing a time when our ‘earthly treasures’ are being stripped away, be they our jobs, our ability to get what we need from the shops, our times visiting friends, and our routines of gathering with our churches. Occasionally, we might even question whether our normal way of life will ever return.

However, our passage concludes in verse 33 where Jesus says that if we seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, then our essential needs will be provided for us. The challenge is for us to stay Kingdom-focussed in circumstances when our natural instinct would be to focus on our own immediate needs. Again, it is a big challenge. It is perhaps in times when we feel the weight of these challenges that we most need well-trained Christian leaders to keep reminding us of the counterintuitive nature of the Kingdom as we learn it from the pages of scripture.

We need women and men who are trained to shepherd the people of God through the grief and loss many will experience during this pandemic. We need them to teach sound biblical truth, and to respond well to deep questions of faith and mortality. We need them to strengthen the local church and nurture faithful community—even in strange and new settings like the online world. And at times like this, the gospel still needs to be proclaimed to those who have not heard and who have no hope apart from Jesus. In short, there is as great a need as ever for faithful believers to be trained and equipped for effective gospel ministry. This means that the work of Bible College SA remains critical.  

It is uncertain how long the coronavirus pandemic will continue, but what is certain is we need to keep preparing the next generations of gospel workers for Adelaide, South Australia and beyond.

Given this, we would like to ask you now if you are able to continue partnering with us and storing up eternal treasure.
 
Our classes are still continuing through live and interactive online platforms as we carry on training and equipping our students for gospel ministry. Please pray for both faculty and students, that they will teach and learn effectively in the digital classrooms, and that this will be a great time of preparation for future ministry. Pray for our wider staff team as we adapt to working from home and ensuring the whole college is functioning well through the pandemic. Pray also for our Board as they continue to provide oversight during this unique time.
 
Student enrolments only cover around 60% of College income and, like many Bible colleges across the country, we rely heavily on donations for the remainder. Moreover, most of our costs are continuing through the pandemic—we still need to pay our staff and pay our bills—but some of our income streams have shrunk: we have lost some regular rental income and have had to postpone an intensive course. Of course, we realise that many individuals have also been impacted by the effects of the coronavirus and are not in any position to donate at the moment. If that is you, we remain so thankful for your partnership in prayer and advocacy. However, for some people, their disposable income has remained stable, or even gone up, as their regular household activities and budgets have changed. If that is you, would you consider one of the following?
 


1. A one-off gift.

2. A regular monthly donation. Even a small regular donation is a great contribution to our operations.

3. Increasing your existing regular donation by 10%


All gifts given to the college are tax deductible, and you can organise your giving easily and simply either through our college website at:

www.biblecollege.sa.edu.au/donate or by calling the office and speaking with one of our reception staff on 8291 8188.
 

Any financial gift you are able to offer is gratefully received. Everything received goes towards our sole focus of supplying our city, state and world with the next generations of faithful and capable gospel workers.
 

Can you please tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in Canberra with my Mum, Dad and 2 younger brothers. I moved to Adelaide at the beginning of 2013 to work at RAAF Base Edinburgh. I spent a total of 10 years working in the Air Force as an electrical engineer before beginning a ministry apprenticeship at the beginning of 2019. After one year in the ministry apprenticeship program, I knew that I wanted to pursue full-time vocational ministry further—so here I am at BCSA to get prepared and trained.

Outside of work and study, I love all kinds of sports. AFL, Cricket and American Football would be my favourites. My family also had a table-tennis table so I've had many years of training against my brother preparing me for the famed BCSA table-tennis tournaments.

What are you currently studying?
First semester into a Masters of Divinity.

What do you like most about studying at BCSA?
The community is fantastic. As a new student, it's been easy to step in and feel at home. And even amongst all the recent changes and dramas, the community spirit hasn't suffered as everyone has willingly adapted to taking college online.
Additionally, being able to commit full-time to studying the Bible is certainly a privilege, and having experienced faculty who can show and teach things you never would have seen or understood only adds to the experience.

In what ministry do you hope to work when you finish at BCSA?
My thought at this stage is pastoral ministry in Australia.

What is one thing you are learning at the moment that is particularly insightful?
It's something that I've learned many times before but it's a lesson that often needs to be repeated—things rarely go the way we planned! But God remains sovereign over it all and will use the circumstances to continue growing you more and more into his son's likeness. He's in control of it all, so just keep soldiering on for the kingdom.
 

FOR YOUR PRAYERS:

• Pray for both faculty and students, that they will teach and learn effectively in the digital classrooms, and that this will be a great time of equipping them for future ministry.

• Pray for our wider staff team as we adapt to working from home and ensuring the whole college is functioning well through the pandemic.

• Pray also for our Board as they continue to provide oversight during this unique time.

• We give thanks for our valued partners and ask for God’s continued blessing over them as they continue to give financially to the College.

• Pray for all of our partner colleges, both here in Australia and around the world, that God would continue to use each facility well, especially during this time of the pandemic, as they train and equip gospel workers for future ministry.
 
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