Dale's blog

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year

My semester at KCU is now over. I am back at home in Rittman where Jeanie and I are planning a Christmas trip to visit Susy and Brian at their new home in Maine. I have about three more weeks before I head back to Colombia to resume my work in the Lord’s Kingdom there. So this is a bit of time for my “honey do” list, and for just relaxing a bit before heading back to the heavy work load I carry while in Colombia. It is a time to enjoy friends and family and be appreciative for all the blessings the Lord has poured out upon me over this past year.

Merry Christmas to all of You!

As I finished up here at KCU and we move into the Christmas season, I have reflected back on this fall. Today I taught my very last class here this fall semester. This is my third time teaching here as the Missionary-in-Residence has been a great experience. KCU is a great place where there is a solid commitment to Christ and His kingdom and yet rock solid scholarship as well. My colleagues in the school of ministry are the greatest bunch of guys and it has been an honor to serve with them for this fall semester. I have enjoyed this time very much.

A Busy Fall, a Big Blessing

The fall is passing quickly and my semester of teaching as Missionary-in-Residence here at KCU is rapidly drawing to a close. I am making sure I can cover all of my material in the time and have left and beginning to work on writing up the final exams for the classes I am teaching. It has certainly been fun and I can only hope my students have benefited as much as I have. It has been good to get back into the intellectually stimulating environment of the university.

Missionary-in-Residence, Fall Semester at Kentucky Christian University

Throughout my missionary career I have invested time in the preparation of the next generation of missionaries. In forty years that my wife and I have worked in Colombia, this fall will be the fourth time I have worked for a semester at one of our Bible colleges to encourage young people to consider missions and to train those who plan to become missionaries.

A Busy Week

This week has been a busy one. Each day I have arrived at the school to find a long list of students I needed to work with. I would arrive and almost immediately they would bring in the first student. I would spend whatever time I needed to listen to them, and then try to help them move forward in spite of the problems that were affecting them.

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Camp Expansion and the Colombian Church

The camp expansion has been a joint project with the Colombian church from the beginning. Some ten years ago, the church in Villavicencio purchased the original camp property. At that time, they could not afford the whole two acres and so purchased one acre with an option to buy the second. But they never could and when it appeared that additional land would be sold and lost to us, we stepped in to help the local church with the expansion of the camp property.

Tom Claibourne and the Bethlehem Work Crew

Now I Understand
by Tom Claibourne

Bogota. Villavicencio. Colegio Peniel. Down the mountain. Encroaching jungle. New road at the camp.

Until recently those were just places on a map or words on the page of a newsletter or website. Now they evoke pleasant memories and images of people, ministry, and opportunities.

Colegio Peniel Scholarships

The 2012 scholarship forms will be mailed out next week to all of the sponsors that requested the same student. We still have lots of students that don't have a sponsor. Due to the current economic climate in the US, some of our long-time sponsors have not been able to support their student for the 2012 school year. Here is one of our unsponsored students. A fifth grade girl named Angie Lorena Rojas Parra. You can see her thank you drawing below as well.

Taking a Necessary Break at the Camp Expansion

After three years full years of major effort in purchasing the land and beginning the development of the camp expansion, we need to take a break. We have now secured the title to the land and fully built one cabin. We have installed the electricity and ran a water line from the previous camp installation. We opened a second, dedicated entrance gate and put in a 500 foot driveway. We have made huge strides in a fairly short period of time. Many churches and individuals have generously partnered with us in this significant effort on behalf of the Lord’s work in Colombia.

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