Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As our year wraps up and the holidays begin, we can only marvel at the Lord’s grace. We’ve had an incredibly busy and productive year, and because of your support, we’ve positioned our ministry for an even brighter future. I’d like to share some of our year's highlights with you.
Our big news in 2018 was the planting of Verse By Verse Fellowship (VBVF) in San Antonio. We didn’t embark on this undertaking lightly. We knew planting a new church is challenging work, but we also believed we had a unique opportunity to build the Kingdom in our city. Our style of in-depth Bible teaching is difficult to find in churches today, yet it's exactly what believers need to mature in their faith.
So in late January 2018, we launched Verse By Verse Fellowship (VBVF) to an opening-day crowd of nearly 150 people. During those initial weeks and months, the VBVMI leadership team guided the planting effort while VBVMI's financial resources supported the work, but amazingly within just a couple of months, VBVF was self-supportive and operating under its own leadership. We were greatly encouraged to see the Lord confirming our step of faith so quickly.
Naturally, as pastor of VBVF I dedicated the majority of my time and energy this year to supporting our church, so I traveled to teach far less than in past years and participated in fewer VBVMI teaching events, but the work of VBVMI didn’t stand still. On the contrary, we had our most productive year yet! Thanks to our dedicated staff and volunteers, the ministry launched some impressive new initiatives.
In 2018, we launched a completely redesigned ministry website, we conducted our very first Israel tour, and we published a new workbook study on Creation. We also held our sixth annual Bible Conference with the most attendees ever, and we’re ending our year by conducting a major teaching conference for our followers in Singapore. Through it all, we served up weekly lessons to thousands of students worldwide from our newest study in Matthew and our recently restarted study in Ezekiel (much to the relief of many students!).
In short, it’s been a great year of ministry! So as we prepare to enjoy our much-needed break celebrating the birth of Jesus in peace and joy, we praise Him for showering us with the grace of these successes. We are also thankful for your prayers and financial support, which enabled us to supply spiritual food to satisfy a hungry church worldwide.
Our ministry believes deeply in the power of God’s word to accomplish His will — to change lives and to change the world — and we remain dedicated to our mission of teaching God’s word properly and insightfully. Thank you for partnering with us to the glory of God. We couldn’t do this without your support.
May God bless your devotion to His holy word,
President & Founder
Verse By Verse Ministry International