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2nd Term Choir Tour Itinerary ( December 13-19, 2019)

Fri. Dec. 13 – 7:00pm East Union Mennonite Church – Orrville, OH

Sat. Dec. 14 Travel

Sun. Dec. 15 – 10:00 am White Cloud Mennonite Church – White Cloud, MI

Sun. Dec. 15 – 6:30 pm Sandy Ridge Mennonite Church – Bremen, IN

Mon. Dec. 16 6:30 pm Madison Mennonite Fellowship – Madison, IN

Tues. Dec. 17 – 7:00 pm Providence Fellowship – Auburn, KY

Wed. Dec. 18 – 7:00 pm Petrey Memorial Baptist Church – Hazard, KY

Thurs. Dec. 19 – 7:30 pm Pilgrim Christian Fellowship – Stuarts Draft, VA
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Second term is well underway as we enter our second week. We have 26 men and 25 ladies with us for the term! It's an exciting balance after WATER and first term were short in the men's dorms. One student arrived a couple days late after arriving at the airport and discovering that his passport was expired. Our final student for the term just arrived yesterday (Sunday). She was delayed by the tragic accident and death of a family employee/friend. We are grateful to have everyone together and look forward to what God is going to do!
Looking back, if you missed the opportunity to follow the blog from the Israel study tour you can still read it at walkintheland.wordpress.com
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Forty-three years ago, Green Hill School was purchased by Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute. Shortly thereafter, one of the charter board members, Leroy Gehman, noted a property adjacent to the institute and said, “SMBI needs to purchase that property.” With that, he began to pray to that end. In the course of time, the property owner was approached about selling, but had no interest.
Through the years, SMBI has encountered numerous land related obstacles. First, when needing to construct sand mounds for sewage drainage, we did not have the required land area for the project. After some difficulty, God provided just enough land to move ahead.
When SMBI developed plans to put an addition on the front of the school- now the offices, chapel, library, and ladies dorm- more land issues blocked the way. This time the property across route 30 included a small slice of land along the front of SMBI’s property. This made the setbacks too close for construction. Again, more delays. In this case, the neighboring property changed hands and the new property owner sold the land in question to SMBI for $1.
Later still, additional staff housing was needed. Once again, neighboring land owners were contacted, but there was no interest in selling even limited ground. This time we expanded the ground level and added a second floor to an existing structure on the campus. So, through the years, there has been repeated difficulties with property limitations.
Several years ago, Leroy expressed his continued thought that “SMBI needs to buy that property across the road.” Well, at that point, the owner didn’t share his opinion. However, he was beginning to think about selling “some time.” In the summer of 2018, SMBI was permitted to get an official appraisal of the property. Unfortunately, it was considerably less than the $290,000 the owner indicated he would like to have for it. So, we continued to wait.
During all this time, SMBI has rented two houses adjacent to the school for staff needs from the local Methodist parish. While providing needed housing, the accommodations are not the best, water supply is limited in the one, and mold has been an issue in the other.
With continued housing needs and decisions to be made, in May, the SMBI association decided to offer $256,000 for the purchase of the property. A counter offer of $265,000 was received and accepted on June 17, 2019.
After making this landmark decision, the next discussion was the payment of the 10% down payment by July 31. However, what the association did not know when making their decision was that a check for the exact amount needed had arrived at the office that morning, just hours before the meeting! God’s timing is amazing, if not always as expected!
So, that’s a few details in the long story of the prayer request that is being answered 43 years later. We wait to see how God will continue to answer this prayer with the remaining funds needed. Closing for the balance of $238,500 is July 31, 2020 or before.
The purchase of the property will add immediate housing with the current 1,673 square foot house that is on the 17.7 acres. The house was constructed in 1946, but has recently been fully renovated. Plans for the property include the development of a second house as soon as funding allows. Additional plans for use of the land continue to be discussed.
If you wish to contribute to the purchase of this property, you may mail a check to SMBI and designate your gift for the housing fund. Donors who wish to support this project anonymously may do so through the Anabaptist Foundation. Make your gifts payable to “Anabaptist Foundation” with “SMBI Housing Fund” written on the memo line of your check. Mail these contributions to: Anabaptist Foundation, 55 Whisper Creek Drive, Lewisburg, PA, 17837. AF can also advise you in creative giving if you plan to sell real estate or sell farm commodities.
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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