Donnie Bates Reports

February 17, 2011

Edmond, OK – February 17, 2011

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Day 17 – February 14 – Today was mostly a free day.  Bob and I walked around the neighborhood of El Zarzal some and then passed by the church building where we met with Hector and left a copy of the pictures Bob had taken during his time here.  While we were there, Oscar came into the office and informed us that his nephew had been murdered in San Pedro Sula, in the northern part of Honduras.  No details were known at that time concerning what had happened.  Our hearts and our prayers are certainly with Oscar and his family.  Later in the morning we did some shopping in the central part of town.  The day ended with a staff meeting and dinner at a local restaurant.  Tonight, we pack for our return tomorrow.

Day 18 – February 15 – Today is the Day!!  We were picked up a little earlier than expected at the hotel for our trip into Tegucigalpa and our flight, so we arrived at the airport around 10:30 a.m.  This gave us time to get checked in and relax a bit before the flight.  I had called Howard Norton yesterday and given him our schedule so he met us at the airport and we had a nice visit before catching our plane.  My flights were uneventful and I arrived home a little past 9:00 p.m.  I want to thank everyone for their prayers for my safe trip and my family in my absence. 

God bless you all,

Donnie Bates

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February 13, 2011

Danlí, Honduras – February 13, 2011

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Day 15 – February 12 – Today was a day to relax.  A lot of weight seems to have been lifted with the completion of the graduations ceremony.  Bob and I walked into town and looked at a few things before walking back to the hotel to spend the hot part of the day in the hotel.  At 6:00 p.m. we had another class taught by brother Nery who, as usual, did a good job.  Tonight, Bob’s son Chase spent the night in our hotel room.

Day 16 – February 13 – My last Sunday at El Zarzal on this trip.  I have come to feel that this congregation is my home congregation away from my home congregation.  They are a great group of brethren.  Bob preached this morning and one of our graduates, Hector Viera, translated for the first time and did a good job.  After church, we filmed an interview with Hector who told what Bear Valley has meant to him and his classmates for the last two years.  I hope to have more news about that later when we decide how and where we are going to make that available.  It’s been another good day!

God Bless,

Donnie Bates

February 12, 2011

Danlí, Honduras – February 12, 2011

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Graduation Day!!  The day began with the final exam for the class in Hermeneutics, which took about an hour to complete.  Afterward, Nery took Bob and I to look at potential property sites for the future of the Institute.  Later, Nery and I ran errands in preparation for the graduation ceremony tonight.  The ceremony itself was a great success!  We are so proud of our graduates!!  Congratulations to Oscar Morgan, Yoni Gonzalez and Hector Viera.  We wish them well and pray God’s richest blessings on them in their future work in His kingdom.  As for me, I am tired but very relieved that things went well.  Now for some rest.  Thank you all for your continued interest, prayers and support.

God bless,

Donnie Bates

February 11, 2011

February 11, 2011

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Day 8 – February 5 – Jesus Paguaga and I headed to Tegucigalpa and the airport this morning at about 10:00.  Denny Petrillo’s flight was due in at 1:12 p.m.  We arrived just in time to greet him as he came out of the Customs area.  We arrived back in Danlí and the hotel shortly after 6:00 p.m. and after dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, retired to the room.  It’s been a long day of driving (including a long wait in a traffic jam caused by an accident involving a large truck).  We were ready for lights out.

Day 9 – February 6 – Today I am half way through my stay here on this trip.  It is Sunday and Denny and I headed over to the El Zarzal church building for worship and Bible Class with the brethren there.  Brother Nery preached a powerful sermon and afterward taught a great class.  After church, we walked over to a nearby strip mall and got some lunch, as well as, took advantage of the free wi-fi there and caught up on some email.  We then returned to the hotel to get some rest.  This may surprise some of you, but we are able to watch the Super Bowl here, even though the play-by-play is broadcast in Spanish.  Tomorrow, Denny starts his class on Hermeneutics.

Day 10 – February 7 – Denny Petrillo began his class on Hermeneutics today.  I was a little intimidated to begin with because brother Cesar, who is Denny’s translator, was not there.  When we finally got in touch with him, he said he was on a bus headed our way but stuck in traffic…still in Tegucigalpa!!  And the only person who could possibly fill in was…gulp…me!  Well, I told the class to help me and Denny to go slow and we made it just fine.  Cesar arrived sooner than I expected and things continued to go well.  The students (and visitors) are really enjoying the class.  After class, just like last Monday, we loaded up and headed to Jacaleapa for a soccer match.  A good time was had by all.  We were pretty tired when we got back to the hotel room, ready for a good night’s sleep.

Day 11 – February 8 – Today, after chapel at 7:30, I left Denny with the class and I came back to the hotel to get some work done here.  I returned to the class around 10:00 and was with them the rest of the day.  Today, there were approximately 10 in the class, counting the visitors.  After class, we returned to the hotel.  We learned of the very serious condition of Denny’s mother-in-law and he has made arrangements to fly back two days early to be with his wife.  Our prayers will certainly be for their family.  Tonight, we had our regularly scheduled class.  Yonis Gonzalez taught a class on Acts 6; there was good participation.  After class, Nery and I discussed some of the details concerning the feeding of the 5,000…er, the 80, that we expect for graduation Friday night.  Denny stayed at the hotel so that he could prepare the final exam for the students, since he is leaving tomorrow.

Day 12 – February 9 – The last day of classes!  Denny was able to finish his material.  Everyone has been very pleased with this class and very appreciative of the opportunity to be involved.  We have had visitors every day, with three teenagers being there every day.  Prayers are continually being offered on behalf of Denny and the Roberts family in their time of grief, as well as, a safe journey for Denny.  This morning early, Nery and I headed out to put a down payment on the food we will need Friday night.  On our way to getting dollars changed into Lempiras, we ran into car problems.  After trying to get it going again on our own for about 35 minutes, we called for help.  Luis came and took me to the bank and Nery waited for the mechanic.  Fortunately, all went well at the bank and the problem turned out to be a condenser, so no major repair bills.  For dinner, I scheduled our regular staff meeting at a local restaurant (Ovi & Ser) which serves quite a delicious menu.   We were joined by three of our teachers.  We presented these three with a nice portfolio from Bear Valley (that matches one the graduates will receive, but they don’t know that, so don’t tell them).  We also talked about the future of IBH.  I expressed my appreciation for the work they have done over the past two years.  I also told them that the teachers who have come to this school over the past two years from the United States have told me how impressed they are with the Institute and that we must do what we can to continue.  Denny added his appreciation for these men and their work in the kingdom of God, and told them that this is a very important part of the Bear Valley Extension program, that the students and faculty of the Institute in Denver pray regularly for IBH.  For their part, the teachers expressed their appreciation for the confidence that Bear Valley has shown in them and that they are determined to continue and working with us together to make this a success for the cause of Christ.  We returned to the hotel around 7:45.  This has been a good day!

Day 13 – February 10 – Today was Denny Petrillo’s last day in Honduras for this visit.  He, Jesús, Cesar Tábora and I left Danlí about 9:30 a.m. and headed to Tegucigalpa and the airport.  Denny’s flight was later than the arriving flight of Bob and Chase Turner so he was able to see their plane land before heading through security.  We were sorry to see him leave early, as was he, but we understand he needs to be with his family.  His class was well attended and very profitable for the students.  Bob and Chase had a good flight down from Houston and after lunch we headed for Danlí.  Cesar stayed in Tegucigalpa.  We arrived back in Danlí around 4:00 p.m.  We were able to see the school some (from the outside) before heading over to the home of one of the members of the congregation for the Thursday night class.  It has been another good day!

God bless,

Donnie Bates

February 4, 2011

Danlí, Honduras – February 4, 2011

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Day 5 – February 2 – After class today, Nery and I met with the management of the hotel here to see about renting a room for the graduation ceremonies.  There are a couple of options open to us; the facilities here are very nice.  Afterward, we went looking for someone Nery knows who could cater the meal for us.  We were not able to find him (he has moved), so the search continues.  The days continue to be warm and dry.

Day 6 – February 3 – Today we finished the material for our class.  The students have the rest of the day to prepare for the Final Exam tomorrow morning.  One student, Yonis Gonzalez, will take it this afternoon so that he may get a head start on the weekend and travel to his hometown.  Tomorrow, Denny Petrillo arrives, Lord willing.  I’m anxious for him to see the institute here.  I learned today that the wife and daughter of one of our teachers, along with a co-worker, were robbed at gunpoint in Tegucigalpa this week.  They are fine, but lost their money.

Day 7 – February 4 – Finals today!!  There were five in class today to take the final exam; one student took his yesterday and one of the teachers who has attended the class will take his Monday.  There is not much else going on today, except that I will be meeting with the students at a local department store to look at suits for their graduation.  Brother Denny Petrillo, president of Bear Valley, was due in today, but his flight was cancelled.  So, he won’t be here until tomorrow.  More later.

God bless,

Donnie Bates

February 1, 2011

Danlí, Honduras – February 1, 2011

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Reports on Trip to Danlí, Honduras – January 29 – February 15, 2011 Day 1 – January 29 – The flight to Tegucigalpa was the best kind; uneventful. The weather in Honduras is beautiful right now, with temps in the mid to upper 70s and the nights are cool. I was met at the airport by three of our teachers: Nery Irías, Jesús Paguaga and Cesar Tábora. After a nice lunch at a restaurant near the airport, we headed toward Danlí. We didn’t get far, however, before getting stuck in a huge traffic jam. Brother Cesar was close enough to his home to get out there. We were finally able to move after about a half hour delay and the rest of the trip to Danlí passed without incident. I arrived at the hotel about 4:20 p.m. After unpacking I was able to rest for a bit before Bible Class at 6:00 at the El Zarzal church building. After many greetings and a good class, I returned to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Day 2 – January 30 – Worship at El Zarzal begins at 10:00 a.m. Sunday. I was blessed to be able to preach again for these good brethren. After worship services, the congregation divided into their various classes and brother Nery did an outstanding job with the adult Bible Class. After worship services and class, I returned to the hotel and grabbed my computer and headed off to get some lunch at my favorite fried chicken restaurant here (Chester’s Fried Chicken); I like the food that workers there know me by now, but it’s also a place that has free wireless internet. On the walk over, I did have a bit of an adventure. I was walking along when I heard a motorcycle getting closer behind me and before I knew it, he had pulled up beside me from behind and I heard a male voice say, “¡Manos arriba!” which, of course, means “Hands up!” It was one of my students this week. I rested much of the rest of the afternoon, preparing for tomorrow, the first day of classes.

Day 3 – January 31 – Today was the first day of our class on Revelation. With the introductory material to cover, we had a long day, dismissing class just before 4:00 p.m. I was invited to watch a soccer match after class, so I immediately returned to the hotel after class to drop off my books and pick up my camera and await my ride. We drove to the nearby town of Jacaleapa where the match was to be held. I learned that this was part of a program of working with the young people of the area. There were, in total 25-30 people present and two full teams of 11 each were fielded. The game ended just about the time it was too dark to see and we loaded up and those who lived in Danlí headed back in this direction. Just before we reached the city, however, we came upon a serious accident. It seems a car had hit a motorcycle and on the motorcycle was a family of three. I understand that the mother and little girl (I do not know how old) had broken bones (I think the girl had a broken leg). The man was still lying on the pavement at the side of the road. The only thing I heard about his condition was that he was still alive. I could see him moving some, but I could not see much else. There was quite a bit of damage to the car (I did not see the motorcycle). It is definitely not safe driving a motorcycle here at night. As a matter of fact, I had just been thinking how dangerous it was to be out since we passed two bicycles on the hills with no lights and it is very dark here outside of the city. Assured that the police were on their way (and there was a huge crowd of people already gathered to render aid, we continued on into town. I am now back at the hotel typing this report and will soon lay my head down for another night’s sleep.

Day 4 – February 1 – Another good day of classes today. I let the students and visitors (we’re having about 7 – 8 in class each day) go a little early today. The temperature is about 90, so everyone was agreeable to that. We have a Bible Class tonight at 6:00 and one of the students will be teaching, so I’m looking forward to that. I learned a little more about the accident from last night. Apparently there were only two on the motorcycle, a father and his 9-year-old daughter. Both had broken bones, but will survive. We are thankful for that.

God bless,

Donnie Bates

January 27, 2011

January 2011 Newsletter

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Last month I began by asking where 2010 went.  This time I’m wondering the same thing about the first month of 2011.  I didn’t believe it as a child, but time really does go by faster as you get older.  As I write this, I am finalizing my plans to travel to Danlí, Honduras.  I will be leaving, Lord willing, Saturday, January 29.  My plans for the trip are to teach Revelation the week of January 31 – February 4.  Denny Petrillo, President of Bear Valley, will arrive in Honduras on Friday, February 4 to teach his class on Hermeneutics the next week.  At the end of that week (February 12) our first class of the Bible Institute of Honduras (IBH) will graduate.  As I have said before in this newsletter, I am very proud of these men and the work they are doing and will do in the kingdom of the Lord.  I am glad to call them brethren and friends. 

For the graduation, Bob Turner, Director of Extensions at Bear Valley will also travel to Danlí, with his son Chase.  The sponsoring congregation for IBH, the Hillcrest church of Christ in Neosho, Missouri, will also be represented by some of the elders.  I am very excited about this trip and I ask your prayers that all will go as planned (or better).

I plan to return home on February 15, but the Spring schedule seems to be filling up.  I will be home for a little over two weeks before heading to Guatemala to teach a short course.  Graduation is scheduled for the Latin American Theological Institute there the first weekend of April (more on that in a later issue).  For now, let me thank you all for your continued support of this work. 

Noma and I are doing well.  It has been a mild winter here in Central Oklahoma so far, although temperatures have been pretty low a few times.  We are thankful that no crises have arisen.  Noma is busy with her teaching and studying in her night classes and I continue to teach the Early Bird class on Wednesdays at the North MacArthur congregation. 

If you would like any further information about our work, I encourage you to contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  We are trying to do more of our reporting on the school’s website at:  www.WeTrainPreachers.com .  I encourage you to visit the site and learn more of the work Bear Valley is doing around the world.

You may also find information specifically dealing with the extension program by visiting the blog:  http://extensiontraining.wordpress.com  

You may contact me at: 

2013 Rushing Meadows

Edmond, OK 73013

Cell Phone:  (580) 326-1914

…praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ… (Colossians 4:3). 

Thank you and God bless you all.

Donnie Bates

January 5, 2011

December Newsletter

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Where has 2010 gone??  A lot of people are asking that question today.  It has certainly been a busy year for us.  This year, for the first time, I achieved Gold Elite status with my frequent flyer miles…that’s 50,000 miles.  Some of my colleagues reading this, travel more than I do and that won’t seem like such a big deal, but almost half of that came in the last one fourth of the year, making the last three months seem like I was always in the air going to or coming back from…somewhere.

December is usually a quieter month for me, since the overseas trips are done for the year.  I try to begin making reports to my supporters during December and January and I have been able to do some of that.  However, I am already making plans for new trips in 2011.  Currently, I am translating the class material for Revelation which I will be teaching in the Bible Institute of Honduras (IBH) at the end of January.  I will be staying over an extra week there on this trip because our students will be graduating at the end of this quarter.  The graduation is currently scheduled for February 11, 2011.  I am extremely proud of these men who have worked so hard in their studies and who are already doing such a great work for the King in His vineyard.

I plan to return to Central America and teach the short course Minor Prophets II (Nahum-Malachi) the first week of March at the Latin American Theological Institute (ITL) in Guatemala City, so I will also be translating that material over the next few weeks.  The students of ITL will also be graduating at the end of the next quarter.  Their graduation activities are scheduled for April 1-3, 2011, and, Lord willing, I will be there for that.  Again, I am very proud of the students in both these schools for their hard work.

The rest of the year looks to be busy, but very rewarding.  I am excited about what lies ahead over the next twelve months.  I want to thank all of you for your continued support, both financial and prayerful.  You are a great part of this work and I never forget that; I appreciate you all so much!

From Noma and me to you, we wish each of you a very Happy New Year and God’s richest blessings on you all!!

If you would like any further information about our work, I encourage you to contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  We have recently made some changes to our website at:  http://www.WeTrainPreachers.com.  I encourage you to visit the site and learn more of the work Bear Valley is doing around the world.

You may also find information specifically dealing with the extension program is a new blog:

http://extensiontraining.wordpress.com  

 You may contact me at: 

2013 Rushing Meadows

Edmond, OK 73013

Cell Phone:  (580) 326-1914

www.WeTrainPreachers.com

 …praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ… (Colossians 4:3)

Thank you and God bless you all.

Donnie Bates

November 30, 2010

November Newsletter

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News of the Work

Greetings in the beloved Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  I hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving and beginning to the holiday season.  Our family enjoyed the time together at our house.

The month of November saw the end of a very busy few months on my schedule.  On October 28 I began my journey to Kathmandu, Nepal where I taught a class on Prayer the week of November 1-5.  It was a great class, with good participation and questions by the students.  The only blemish on a great trip was that I lost my passport and money the day before I was scheduled to return home.  Needless to say, that was a stress-filled several hours before I was able to replace my passport with a temporary one obtained from the American Embassy.  Without going into all the details here, let me say that God watched over me and I arrived home without incident (almost) .  It occurred to me that I had spent a great deal of time in my class making the point that we, as Christians, can always find something for which to give thanks, no matter what happens.  It seems that I was given the opportunity to put my money (literally) where my mouth was.  I am ashamed to say that it took me a little while to understand that application of what happened, but I am happy to say that I did learn that particular lesson, and one or two others, I might add.

Once safely back on American soil, I concluded that 15-week whirlwind tour with a Gospel Meeting in Blossom, Texas.  The lessons were very well attended and received and I appreciate so much the good brethren of the Blossom congregation.  I am very blessed to have them among my supporters.  Thanks to brother Evan Butler for scheduling the meeting and providing much moral support and the brethren who provided some medicine when my health threatened to upend the meeting as it was beginning.

For the next two months I am scheduling times when I can travel to supporting congregations to give reports on this year’s work.  I appreciate the prayers and support (financial, moral and prayerful) of all of you.  I love you all very much!

School News

I do not have a lot of new news from the schools in Honduras and Guatemala, other than to thank brethren Zane Copeland and Lindell Mitchell for their recent trips to teach short courses in Honduras.  Graduation for the first class of each school is scheduled for the Spring.

In 2011 I will be spending much more time in both countries, trying to help both schools as much as my presence will.  It is my intention that the newsletters next year will have more information on each school. 

Travel Plans

As mentioned above, I am currently scheduling reports to supporting congregations.  If I have not contacted you yet, I will soon; or, if you have an open date and would like to check with me at your convenience, please feel free to do so. 

At the moment, I am scheduled to speak at the 4th & Jackson congregation in Hugo, OK on Sunday morning, December 5 and the Blossom, TX congregation that evening.  I am also scheduled to give a report to the 7th & Beech congregation in Durant, OK on Sunday evening, December 19.

If you would like any further information about our work, I encourage you to contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  We have recently made some changes to our website at:  www.WeTrainPreachers.com.  I encourage you to visit the site and learn more of the work Bear Valley is doing around the world.

You may also find information specifically dealing with the extension program in a new blog:

http://extensiontraining.wordpress.com 

You may contact me at: 

2013 Rushing Meadows

Edmond, OK 73013

Cell Phone:  (580) 326-1914

…praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ… (Colossians 4:3). 

Thank you and God bless you all.

Donnie Bates

More Pictures from Kathmandu

November 3, 2010

Report from Kathmandu, Nepal – November 3, 2010

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Well, what can I say?  It’s been another outstanding day with the men of the Nepal Bible School.  We did, indeed, take a little longer today since we had more material to cover.  Jerry was not at the school today, but worked in the dental clinic seeing patients.  I was very well cared for, however, by my Nepali brethren.  We had a good time and I think a good class.

Tonight, I think I will explore this tourist area around my hotel for a bit before eating at one of the restaurants within walking distance and then retire for the evening.   Have a great day everyone and thank you again for your continued support and prayers.

God bless,

Donnie Bates

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