BPI new academic year
On January 14, 2013 the sixth academic year of BPI started with small celebration.
Kaspars Sterns, assistant bishop of new church planting led the devotional time by reminding the students that the studies and the choice to enter ministry will not be a sprint but a marathon.
Students were addressed by the head of the fellowship of ministers Edgars Mazis reminding not to rely on charisma, abilities, and outward attractiveness but to experience weakness, inner insecurity in order to experience dependence on the Holy Spirit both in studies and starting and continuing ministry. From his own study experience he encouraged the men to take in as much as possible during their study time like sponges filling with water; not to spend themselves in too many ministry activities during the studies because many years of ministry are before them. E. Mazis with humor that is characteristic to him pointed out that although BPI professors and leadership treat students with grace, laziness; even if it is called sacred laziness will not be tolerated.
The dean of BPI international affairs Chuck Kelley piggybacked on the topic of laziness saying that students are mistaken if they think that by entering such a spiritual establishment as BPI they will automatically become more godly and will develop a natural desire to wake up two hours earlier in order to read the Bible for an hour and then pray for another hour. Chuck Kelley pointed out that even at BPI students will not develop immunity towards temptation to be idle. He quoted one of his own professors who had said that it is a sin to bore people, especially children, with the word of God. He encouraged students to preach Biblically, accurately but at the same time to be interesting and to enjoy God’s word.
At the end of devotional time the ministers of ULBC prayed and blessed each new student, their studies and also ministry as they embark on this new journey.
This year eight men will begin full time studies. They have courageously responded to Christ’s call to leave their normal life and to follow Him.
Studies at BPI this year will begin following students: Arnolds Berzins (Auce Baptist church), Raivis Deksnis (Jelgava Baptist church), Indris Egle (ministers in Ziedkalne and Tervete Baptist churches), Andrejs Goloborodko (Grobina Baptist church), Gatis Jurmalis (involved in a new church plant in the center of Riga), Rudolfs Kroics (ministers in Varaklani) and Martins Straume (Tukums Baptist church), Klāvs Kārklis (ministers in Tukums Baptist church).