Lisa and I hope and pray that all is well in your world as you receive this. We seem to be in a time of waiting at the moment.
A time for waiting.
We are regularly fielding questions about the precise location where we will be opening the Bible college here in Dumfries. Folks want to know if we’ve found a building yet.
Unfortunately we cannot secure a location, or even so much as accept any student applications, until we receive approval to operate from the government of Scotland. It seems like a bit of a strange situation because Charis Bible College has been operating here in the United Kingdom for over 20 years now.
Yet there are somethings about the United Kingdom that don’t seem very united. The oversight of charities is one of those areas. Scotland is a separate legal jurisdiction for charities from the rest of the UK. Therefore the ministry has been working for the last few months on the approval process with the Scottish government to operate here in Scotland.
There is not much we can do in the natural to speed up that process. However we know as believers that we have access to the Courts of Heaven, where things are decided which affect what happens here on earth. So please join us in prayerful agreement that the application is approved quickly so that we can begin organizing the details necessary to open for classes this fall.
We fully believe and expect we will receive that approval any day now.
River Nith in Downtown Dumfries.
I told the head of the ministry here in the UK that I feel a bit like a racehorse in the starting gate. I’m banging around some just waiting for the gates to be thrown open so that I can start running.
Let me point out that several folks have expressed interest in attending the new Charis location in Dumfries this fall even though we cannot officially accept any student applications just yet. As soon as we get the approval back from the Scottish government we should have our first official registered students!!
Oh, and as an aside, most folks don’t realize that the first Charis Bible College was located in the UK. The school was founded in the USA as Colorado Bible College. That name didn’t seem to make much sense in England when they started the school there. So the school in England started as Charis instead. It was only after the school in the UK was up and running that the school in Colorado changed its name to Charis.