March 23, 2013 was a historic day for Bethel Bible Institute in Thailand. This glorious day began with the Dedication of the New Library together with all Local Board members,
I participated in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Rev. Kwok from Toronto, Canada offered the Dedicatory Prayer with great singing from all students.
Last year, the ECF Board in USA donated about 4,000 Chinese books for this new library.
At this exciting event, Mrs. Dorcas Szeto, on behalf of the Board presented another 735 books written by 24 renowned Chinese Christian authors. This is a rare collection developed during the last 30 years in America.
After a short visit in the New Library, about 500 entered the conference hall for the graduation ceremony and the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the founding of the school.
Principal Too officiated the entire celebration which last almost two hours with six choirs, Dr. Yeh's solo, many speeches and gifts presentation.
Dr. Timothy Jeng, a graduate in the mid 1960s, challenged all with a personal reflection on "The Blessings I Experienced at Bethel".
Chairman Tan and several Board members presented diplomas, Bibles and gifts.
I gave a short encouragement and witnessed 27 graduates were sent off to different fields to serve God in various churches or church planting. Rev. Samuel Kho, our former Principal, closed with the benediction.
When we walked outside, about 1,200 came to celebrate this historic occasion. Due to the limited seating, several hundred sat outside and on the grass to witness God's glory.
Many came from minority groups in Myanmar. About 50 alums, (some with families) returned to the campus and helped prepare enough food for over a thousand people.
Praise God for what He has done through and with our dedicated workers in Thailand. From a humble beginning in 1960 with only 5 students; today, the student body is over 100 with two departments:
Thai and Chinese. Please continue to pray for us and support this practical and meaningful training program in God's kingdom.