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An Open Door!

Director’s Message

2019 will be an exceptional year and it’s going to excel the previous years! Entering a new year can bring with it many new things, it can also refresh old things giving it a different perspective. Learning to view a glass as half-full rather than half-empty, redefining problems as opportunities, and putting on new lenses to view more options as viable might be the new perspective that works this year. Perspective is the way one looks at something, it is also an art technique that changes the distance or depth of an object on paper.

2018 is past but re-capturing encounters where God apprehended us are so very important. These encounters are keys God has given to unlock doors. Doors which were once closed and are now opened. I hear the Spirit say, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit of God is saying.” And in Revelation 3:7-8, Christ tells the angel of the church in Philadelphia: “These things says He who is holy, He who is true, ‘He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens’: … ‘See I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it.‘” And since the opening of the bible college in May 2015, we have graduated seven cohorts of the School of Ministry, prayers on the college ground are growing in strength with the faithful saints, and we desire to see the whole college estate becoming a place for God’s habitation.

This is the season of the open door! God is opening doors that were once shut and it’s time to embrace this new season with great anticipation of what’s to come! I’m going to be bold to say that we’ll not have to knock on doors in this season to make things happen nor to do it in our strength and power.

This word is precipitated from an encounter I had in March 2017, where I was brought back to a vision I had twenty years earlier. In short, I was showed a staircase that led upwards to an immensely huge open wooden door in heaven and this open door is now before us–this is the hour. And when the appointed time comes, this is what you’ve been preparing for your whole life. It can’t be forced and what God is about to do will result in the expansion of His Kingdom for His glory and name’s sake!

I see fresh faith rising and we’re to sow where His presence and power are moving. We’re to sow the miraculous seed to bring forth the miraculous harvest in the presence of His glory. We’re to cultivate what He has given, to sow into the ground of His presence. Again, God says to sow where His presence and power are moving, the miraculous seed will cause a miraculous harvest as you sow into the soil of His glory. And where you had invested into others and they didn’t produce the fruit of your labour, God is going to make it good and it’ll be as though they did. God will cause you to prosper in the presence of your enemies and His hand is upon you, for all will see and glorify God.

As Habakkuk 2:14, says, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.God is restoring everything and restoring time which was lost. God is positioning us for His divine purpose and for the assignment which He longed to accomplish through us. God is going to make whole and restore things that were taken. God is going before us to make every crooked way straight, and angels are all around to escort us to the door He has opened.

We read in Acts 14:27 recounting, “He had opened the DOOR OF FAITH to the Gentiles.”, in 1 Corinthians 16:9, Paul points out that, “…a great and effective DOOR has opened to me” in Ephesus. In 2 Corinthians 2:12, it says, “…when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a DOOR was opened to me by the Lord…” And finally, in Colossians 4:3 it says, “…that God would open to us a DOOR for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ.

This open door to the church in Philadelphia is still open for those who belong to the church in Philadelphia. As God specifically says, “I have set before YOU an open door, and NO ONE can shut it.”; it is the ability of the church to preach the gospel in all the world, a witness to all nations before Jesus Christ’s return. The true Philadelphians will be “pillars” in the temple of God and they’ll go out no more. They will go through the open door, Christ, into the temple of God, and to be pillars there.

When Jesus said to Peter, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom…” in Matthew 16:19, – Did heaven waited on Peter to decide when to use the keys of the Kingdom or were Peter’s decisions following those made in heaven? God has set before us an open door, so don’t go around looking for another door; it is to step in and walk through the door, to allow God to work through us. The only thing that will limit the effectiveness of an open door will be our lack of faith, not God’s unwillingness. We can never go through if we are constantly looking for an exit. Do not live with a victim mentality looking for the closest exit. The Spirit of the Lord is revealing that we are the closest entrance for the reality of the love of Christ to manifest and He wants to show up through us – right where we are!

Set before us now is an open door, the hour is upon us!

I end with this excerpt from Mr Rees Howells’ diary – “So now we come to these end-time generations and the faith and unity required to bring about My purposes on earth as in Heaven. This is not the time to be thinking about having a good time, but there are good times to be had. This is not the time to be thinking about the cost, but there is a price to be paid, and this is definitely not the time to be self-centred, but centred on My Son. For I am sorely troubled by the fact that many in the Church today, still have little or no understanding of the true nature and purpose of its calling or My purpose for it. My intent is that now, through the Church, My manifold wisdom should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the Heavenly realms, according to My eternal purpose which was accomplished in Christ Jesus [Ephesians 3:10-11]. Not a legacy of inward fighting and petty squabbles where the uncrucified flesh is more important than the Every Creature Commission.”

In Christ alone we serve,
Pastors Tuck Yoong & Daphne Yang
Directors

Connections & Conversations

Last November, more than 70 pastors and friends of the Bible College gathered at the Pastors’ Prayer Breakfast as we officially launched the “Bless Wales” conference, right here in the heart of the land of Revivals.

There is a passionate cry for God to stir and awaken the hearts of men and women, to stir them onward into the destiny for Wales. Through “Bless Wales”, we desire to partner with local churches in activating believers, empowering them to take up the Lord’s mandate and to bring the Kingdom of God into our world.

It is with great anticipation in our hearts as we join hands with the body of Christ in Wales, to participate and witness what the Lord will do! We are seeking for Him to move mightily amongst us and our prayer is for God to “Do it again!”

The School of Ministry

There were two consistent themes that solidified the journey for this cohort. The first was going deeper into the call of Christ. After a series of prophetic words spoken over the class they adopted the name, ‘Battalion Deep’ to describe the corporate anointing shared among them. The second theme that emerged was surrender. It became apparent that to go deeper in God, a personal and corporate yielding to the work of Christ was necessary.

Together they journeyed in these two themes by humbling themselves before God and before one another, took risks to be vulnerable in sharing personal challenges, and pursued the heart of God through consistent intercession and worship for revival in many nations.

The following is a summary exhortation to the class from Valedictorian Christopher Hart:

“Though we have come from many nations we have become a family, ready to be shot out into the world after graduation! God has taken our rough edges and made them smooth by the waves of His grace as we surrendered and humbled ourselves before God and each other. We have not fully attained all the mysteries and depths of God but I believe He has done what He said He would do in us at this time. If you take a moment to look into one another’s eyes, you will see a light that burns much brighter than when we first arrived because of the freedom, love, and humility we have gained by opening our hearts to one another and allowing God to shape us and our time together.”

It is with great joy that we witness the making of history makers from the 7th Cohort and we pray that they will be launched into their God-given destinies, establishing His Kingdom on earth here as it is in Heaven. Read about their journey and testimonies in the student magazine found here.

Registration for the Spring and Autumn 2019 term are open, do prayerfully consider applying for the next school term for a life-changing experience. For more information, visit our website or write to us at mail@bcwales.org.

We are excited to announce that we will be having our very first SOM Alumni Reunion which will bring together students from the past seven terms since August 2015. This event will be held on the 25 May, Saturday, 2019 at the BCW and is exactly four years to the date when the estate was first re-opened and dedicated in 2015. It will be a glorious time to hear what God has done through our Alumni since the time of their graduation. Many of our Lecturers will also be joining us on this momentous occasion! For our Alumni, do remember to click on this link and RSVP by 31st Jan 2019. We want to see you at this 2019 Gathering!

Heritage Centre Visitor Feature

The BCW Heritage Centre has had the privilege of receiving guests from all around the world. One of the notable visitors was Mr. Graham Lippett, who was deeply connected to the Bible College. Mr. Lippett served as the Headmaster of the Emmanuel School founded by Mr. Rees Howells. The school was established to provide education and care for children whose parents served as missionaries in the mission fields away from home. Mr. Lippett shared with us the history of the school and how it has enriched the lives of many children whilst not having their parents close to them in their formative years. He also presented to us the Fifty-Year Anniversary Magazine Issue of Emmanuel School between the years of 1933-1983.

We invite you to visit us at the Heritage Centre and immerse in the rich legacy of the Bible College. To arrange for a heritage tour, write to us at mail@bcwales.org

Christmas Outreach

Christmas is a season of giving, to share the love of our Saviour. Here at the BCW, our staff lovingly prepared satchels of gifts for our neighbours. This year our resident gardener, Dave got into his Christmas Elf suit to add to the festive cheer! We pray that the peace and love of Christ will fill and bless their homes.