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God is good all the time! KBC has officially started the fall 2014 semester. We were able to kick off the semester with a cultural dinner the first week of school and the Hanai-A-Student Dinner the following week. Both dinners went really well and everyone enjoyed getting to know more about the Hawaiian culture and the ohana at Crossroads Christian Fellowship! 

KBC Updates

There have been a lot of things that have gone on since the last newsletter we sent out so, we hope that you are glad to hear of all the ways God has blessed us recently. Firstly, there have been quite a few significant donations that we have received in the last few months. Because of these donations we have been able to address some of our biggest needs. Up until this semester, the tables and chairs in our dining area were the original ones we purchased when the school was established in 2007. Over the years, with all the rain and humidity, they have taken quite a beating. But, because of people's generosity towards us, we were able to purchase brand new LifeTime tables and chairs that should be able to last for the next few years! KBC was also able to make some repairs to our school vehicles, upgrade some of our kitchen supplies, and purchase external hard drives to help with administrative tasks. We also purchased two GoPro video cameras, which were on our wish list, so now we can create videos to advertise KBC to the public! All of us at KBC are very excited and thankful for these improvements and would like to extend a big "Mahalo" for those of you who have made contributions to our school!

Aside from those prayer requests for physical improvements being answered, we also had  prayer requests related to our student body. Our primary request is always that God would send us the exact students that He wants us to disciple. Well, we're happy to report that God heard our prayers and answered them again by leading 24 students (17 new & 7 returning students) to join us for this fall semester! The students come from 12 different states in the U.S. and represent 2 different provinces in Canada. The diversity of the students has been a big blessing to us and we're praying that, despite their cultural and geographical differences, they will draw close to each other and even closer to the Lord.

On top of all that, our home church (Crossroads Christian Fellowship) is in the process of installing solar panels on their office building. The Bible College will also benefit from the electricity generated by these panels. The entire process will take some time to complete, but by the end of it, KBC should be able to finally have power outlets and lights in all the dorms and shower houses. The first phase of the installation process is already underway and all the girls are excited to know that they will have electricity in the tents by the end of this week. 

Thank you to all who partnered with us to see God's blessing at KBC! 
 
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Pure Hearts
 
Psalm 51:10 says, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."  God has been showing this concept of cleansing our hearts and being pure before the Lord frequently with everyone here. Matthew 5:8 says, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."  Our hearts are the very center of our being. Our words and actions are physical evidence of what is in our hearts. When we fill our hearts of the filth of this world (such as: gossip, lust, lying, etc), we will have a break in our relationship with God. Instead, we should be filling our hearts with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. When our hearts are filled with the things of the Lord, there is no room for wickedness. The promise in Matthew is that when we purify our hearts, we will be able to see God; we will be able to see God working in our lives and we will be able to hear him speak to us.
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Staff Updates 
 
As many of you know from our last newsletter, KBC was looking for someone to replace Heather Suard in the role of Kitchen Administrator. This is a big job here and it is not easy. With lots of prayer and God's guidance, we found someone to fill that position: Jewel Cucjen. Jewel moved out to Kauai about a year and a half ago with her husband Josh. Josh is the Registrar at KBC and, up until this semester, Jewel had been helping with the youth group at Crossroads Christian Fellowship. When offered the job, Jewel did not initially want to take this position at KBC.  However, after praying about it, she realized that God was calling her to take the position. So far, she has done an excellent job and everyone at KBC has reaped the benefits of her obedience to God in this. 

Aside from the great transition that we've had with Jewel, we also have some unfortunate news to report. Will Schumacher, our property manager, broke his neck during the first week of classes while bodysurfing at Kalalau Beach, one of the most isolated beaches in all of Hawaii. Miraculously, he survived and has complete feeling in and use of all of his extremities. Although this may seem like a completely tragic event, the Lord has used it mightily to bring Himself glory. We don't have the space necessary to fully explain all of the details, but you can click here to read about the incident on the KBC Blog. You can also click here to listen to our home church pastor (Pastor Bob Hallman) interview him during a church service in which he was able to testify to the Lord's goodness towards him. We are extremely grateful for everything that the Lord has accomplished so far through this process, but we would also like to ask that you take some time and pray for Will to continue to recover completely.

Although Will's life and mobility were spared in the accident, he is still limited in his capacity to carry out many of the tasks associated with his job. Because of this, we have made the decision to hire Ben Clawson as an assistant property manager. Ben is a former intern and staff member who worked with us a couple of years ago. His familiarity with the school and the island in general should help him acclimate quickly to his new position. Ben is also gifted in the area of IT/Media and will be assisting in those departments as well. 
He will be arriving on October 14th. Please join us in praying that Ben will have a safe trip over here and adjust quickly to the abrupt change in life. We are very grateful for his consistent willingness to help KBC and we look forward to seeing him and working alongside him again.  

Lastly, it is our desire to inform you that Curtis Zeigler, the KBC Director, will be leaving the island at the end of the current school year. He is very grateful for the opportunities he has had while ministering in different capacities over the last 5 years at KBC, but feels that God has called him to go plant a church. Although he knows that he's called to go plant the church, he is still seeking the Lord for the exact location of where God wants him to go. However, he is currently content to be waiting for the Lord to reveal the location in His timing. In preparation for his next steps, he will be starting a prayer group that will include anyone who is either interested in going to plant the church with him or simply has a desire to pray for what the Lord is leading him to do.  

With that said, we want our followers to know that we are accepting applications for the director position which will be vacated towards the beginning of next summer. Please note that the director position is seen as a pastoral role over the Bible College. If you or someone you know are interested in the position, feel free to send a resume to: employment@kauaibiblecollege.com.
 


Events

At the beginning of September, KBC held a Hanai-A-Student Dinner to allow all the students to meet the families of Crossroads Christian Fellowship. Every semester families of CCF "hanai" (Hawaiian for adopt) the students for the time they are here. This has been a blessing to both the students as well as the families involved. It's a blessing to the students because they can have a family to fellowship with while they are away from their family on the mainland. It is a blessing to the families of CCF because they are able to interact with the students and develop friendships with them. Currently, all of our students are hanai-ed and enjoy spending time with their new "Hawaiian Families."

In the middle of September, Crossroads Christian Fellowship held a Newcomers BBQ at the river. At that event, five of KBC's students chose to be baptized alongside other church members. God has done a lot of work in the lives of the students in such a short time. It is always amazing to see how God works. Heath, Eddie, Kyle, Paige, and Liana all decided to make a public declaration that Jesus is their Savior. This was a glorious time for all! 

 
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