I would like to welcome returning students to the campus in Mandeville, Jamaica. It is hoped that you had a wonderful and meaningful summer break. The campus was indeed lonely without you; it is now full of life and energy, as we look forward to a productive and enriching school year, 2017-2018. From the reports I have already received, you have had a very rewarding holiday, preaching, teaching, conducting Vacation Bible School, and being generally involved in ministry. We are very happy you are back.
To the first years, welcome to the place where you will be spending some years preparing yourself to fulfil God’s purpose for your lives. We are happy that you have come to join the Bethel family. You have left family, church, friends, and familiar surroundings, to pursue growth and development in your knowledge of God, as well as self-knowledge, and to sharpen your skills in being His servants. May you make use of every opportunity to fulfil that objective.
It is my joy to welcome new and returning students to the extension campuses – Lucea, Montego Bay, St. Ann’s Bay, Pt. Antonio, and Kingston – and to wish for you a time of learning and personal development. Your churches and communities will only benefit from your sojourn in the programme offered, as you prepare yourself to serve more effectively in and through the local church.
To the staff and faculty of the main and extension campuses, I would like to extend welcome to the new school year. Last year was an eventful year in the life of the institution. We look forward to a blessed and fruitful time for 2017-2018. I am grateful for your continued faithfulness and commitment in “preparing servants to fulfil God’s purpose in the church and world”.
May all of us approach this year with enthusiasm and hope. We expect that the Lord will take us through. He has a track record for leading and delivering His people, so that they can achieve His will and scale heights of greatness. Let us trust Him.
May you have a blessed and rewarding year.
Donald A. Roberts, Rev. Dr.