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A couple pictures were posted from the WATER team in Liberia. Pray for all the teams today as they enter their third week on the field. They will return next week with wrap up on Friday, Aug. 2. Forty students are spread around the world in Cambodia, Ireland, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Liberia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Malaysia, and here in the states in York, PA and CO. ... See MoreSee Less

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Scripture in Cultural Context

Yes, if you haven't heard, that is exactly what SMBI will offer this fall as part of our first-term enhanced program. There are still several seats available. Also the term or tour can be experienced independently. If studying in Israel is not in your dreams, there are standard study opportunities available in first term or the other terms through the year. First term also has a unique opportunity for 10 days of urban ministry or music ministry. Contact the office or visit smbi.org for more information.

Here are more details for the Israel study tour...

We are excited to offer this study opportunity in biblical culture and history. This is an opportunity to study Biblical Cultural Foundations during our First Term Enhanced program, then take a hands on study tour in the footsteps of Jesus. The tour will take you beyond the typical tourist sites to explore the geographical /archaeological sites, the cultural context, and the historical background of the text of scripture. To access these sites, tour members can expect 6-10 miles of rigorous hiking/climbing/walking during each day of the trip. Learning and experiencing the text will not be an end in itself, but will grow our relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and deepen our call to live the text in our time and culture.

This tour will be led by Joe Mullet from Talmidim Studies in Sugar Creek, OH. Joe has been leading study tours in Israel since 2013 and has prepared this tour especially for SMBI students and alumni. He will be assisted by a native, Messianic Jewish guide.

All applications for the tour will be received. The 40 seats for the tour will first be given to First Term Enhanced students, then SMBI alumni with remaining seats awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. The priority application deadline for the tour is May 1. A passport is required with an expiration date of May, 2020 or later.
Tour costs include transportation from SMBI, air travel, lodging, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all site and entrance fees, guide services, taxes, and tips. Lodging is double occupancy in hotels with one night scheduled at a desert Bedouin camp. Cost is approx. $3650/person.
To apply use the standard student application with a $500 tour deposit. An additional $1250 will be due May 1, $1250 due June 1, and the balance due July 1, 2019. If applying only for the tour, you may use the tour application on the third page of this Monitor.
Tour members can expect a life time of experiences and memories as they explore the Negev, visit the desert Tabernacle, discover the ancient community at Qumran, walk in the Judean wilderness, and are refreshed at the Oasis of Engedi. Visiting Masada, Galilee, Nazareth, Mount Carmel, the Sea of Galilee, Samaria and more will make the stories of scripture come to life. Celebrating Shabbat in Jerusalem, exploring the Old City, and experiencing the Jewish synagogue are all on the schedule. There will be plenty of surprises along the way as we focus on understanding the story behind the story.
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Six weeks, such a short time and yet when it's lived in the context of SMBI it leaves a significant impact on so many lives. Six weeks (x2)- that was the amount of time Gabriel Hochstetler, (Seneca, SC) spent here as a part of our lives. Six weeks- it's also that long ago, this evening since Gabe encountered a tragic set of events that swiftly took his life. Six weeks- they pass so quickly, yet can mean so much in specific context.

There are many students that pass through these halls and we attempt to remember them all. However, Gabe left an impression on our children and family that made him easy to remember. I suspect this was true for many people that he met. Specifically, he took a special interest in our children and took time to play, read, or tear around. Some time after being here as a student, he returned to visit. Since we were gone at the time, he stuffed a large pink teddy bear in our relatively small mailbox for our daughter, Ariana.

Today, we remember, reflect, and ponder six short weeks. We stand with his family and friends who continue to grieve and remember. May God help all of us to be faithful in our stewardship of these next six weeks that lay fresh and new ahead of us.

Blessings,
Clifford and Melody Schrock
SMBI Administrator
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sharon mennonite bible institute introductionIntroduction to SMBI

The Lord of the church has given his body a variety of gifts and roles “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12). This verse contains a three-fold directive for every born again follower of Christ.  As saints, we are called to move toward and into the ongoing work of sanctification and perfection in our own lives.  As Christ works in us, we become His hands and feet continuing the ministry of redemption which He initiated before mankind ever needed redemption.  Finally, since we are designed to function as a body and not an isolated ear or foot, we must band together as a body to build up and encourage our fellow pilgrims as we journey together.

At Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute it is our vision to function as a support to churches and families as together we endeavor to see these directives fulfilled in our lives and the lives of our students.   We have no desire to become another option in the smorgasbord of entertainment and diversion, but rather to be a dynamic tool that God can use to perform His work in and through each of us.  We appreciate your support as we strive to perfect the saints, equip them for ministry, and build up the body of Christ.

Clifford Schrock, Administrator