December 2019

Studying in Vietnam

Tran Hang An is a third-generation minister/evangelist working in the nation of Vietnam. It was during the Vietnam war that his grandfather gathered the faithful in hopes of getting everyone to safety.
But before the helicopters could arrive for their rescue, Saigon fell and they were left to fend for themselves during the onslaught of war. During that time those few continued to plant churches and minister as best they could in that war-torn country. Following in his father’s footsteps, Hang An’s father walked a circuit of some 300 km weekly to teach, evangelize, and minister to the lost and Christians living along the way. At his side, the young Hang An would travel with his father, listen to the message being shared, and would soon become a part of the team that would preach, teach and evangelizes much of the southern half of the country.

November 2019

Solar Mission: Portuguese/Creole

The Solar Mission is working to provide 3,000 solar players to all of the Portuguese speaking nations and in Creole to Haiti.

Portuguese is the world’s 5th largest language with a major presence in Africa and South America and in some island nations.

This Portuguese/Creole Solar player effort can reach many people in Africa to aid the rapid growth of the church there, primarily in rural areas. It will help plant new churches in remote parts of Brazil like the Amazon River basin. In the Northeast part of that country, it will help to continue the significant growth of the church. Just as importantly, it will help to follow up with and strengthen churches that are scattered all across Brazil.

Creole is the language of Haiti, one of our close neighboring countries.

Staying Off the Sidelines

SeniorAIMSunset often talks about the exciting things God is doing with young people or with new places or with new opportunities; however, God is not just the God of the young. He is also very much the God of the old. Across our culture and our world, there are millions of people with experience who are marginalized and minimized and characterized by the things they are no longer able to do without regard for the unique gifts and wisdom they possess. SeniorAIM is a ministry at Sunset that contradicts what the world would have us believe about what we are able to do after we retire.

Senior Adventures in Ministry (SeniorAIM) began with its first class at Sunset International Bible Institute in January 1995 with eight students. Since then, the ministry has been blessed with almost 300 students studying for one or more school terms. These students have included men and women, couples and singles. The age range has been from the mid-’40s to over 90 years old. SeniorAIMers have taken the Gospel all over the United States and to many foreign countries. They serve in many areas including preaching, teaching Bible classes, leading VBS, church planting, and more. They speak many languages, including sign language.

Partner Schools Developments

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Sunset has worked over the past two decades to foster relationships with ministry training schools around the world. Over the years, these schools have varied greatly in their origin and even in their stated purposes. Through the years, Sunset has established relationships with partner schools in more than 40 countries. Sunset has helped to start some of these schools, but others have been in existence for many years and have become partners with Sunset only recently. Here are two examples of schools that are partners with Sunset.

New Faces

Zane Perkins

My Vision

Tim burow with coffee"I know that I stand on the should on the shoulders of great men."

It is only natural for people to wonder how I see Sunset going forward into the future, and so I want to begin by sharing that very thing.

When I think of Sunset International Bible Institute, I think of more than a simple school on the South Plains; I think of a work of Almighty God for the aid of His church in its great purpose of seeking and saving the lost. To me, she is a thing of beauty, made so by her Lord and through the work of His great servants. I know that I stand on the shoulders of great men: people like Cline, Truitt, Ted, Truman, Charles and others who have held positions of administration in this institute and have allowed themselves to be the instruments of God for the sake of institutional greatness only for the purpose of His glory.

My vision for Sunset is one that sees it as a premier training institute that supplies our brotherhood with quality evangelists, ministry organizers and kingdom leaders. In other words, it exists “to train whole persons to proclaim the whole gospel to the whole world, wholly to please God.”

I see us maintaining our commitment to the all-sufficient and inerrant word of God in today’s world of ever-changing hermeneutics, role confusions and worship “styles.” Our brotherhood is crying out for the clear ring of Scripture’s eternal call for purity in doctrine and behavior. SIBI has ever been a voice in the middle of extremes taking a balanced, interpretive view with sound, biblical reasoning governed by faith and grace. We are first and foremost a biblical institute committed to the faithful study and proclamation of God’s good and perfect will. We have the finest faculty anywhere in the brotherhood for the continuance of our exceptional curriculum. We must stay committed to our faculty, and they to us, so that quality not only continues but improves. Additionally, the recruitment of more and more quality students with appropriate scholarship assistance needs to be pursued and realized. Quality people are at the center of our future.

October 2019

Baptizing Refugees

The story actually begins in 2001, when a Christian family living in Egypt was forced by terrorists to deny their faith and convert to Islam. Two sons and three daughters were forced to convert, but the older son Malak escaped and fled to Cairo. Their mother also fled and sought sanctuary in the Coptic church. Their father did not give up easily, he searched everywhere trying to capture his family and force them to convert.

September 2019

DiscipleTrips in Guatemala City

We met this Guatemalan grandmother on a DiscipleTrip in November 2018. She was peddling homemade tortillas with her grandchildren outside a popular chicken restaurant. We were in the area handing out invitations to an OPEN HOUSE for the church. I was partnered with Nicole Fitzgerald, a former missionary to Honduras. I walked over to pass out flyers to people in the parking lot and when I returned, I couldn't find Nicole.

Takin' It to the Street

“Take this message to my brother

You will find him everywhere

Wherever people live together

Tied in poverty's despair”

handing out glow sticks during street preaching at night.

August 2019

Pan-American Lectures in Cuba

The final Pan American Lectures was held on a cruise that departed from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and traveled down to Havana, Cuba. While in Cuba, the Pan American Lectures group made up of almost one hundred people, visited the historic 10th of October Church of Christ in Havana. This congregation has been in existence since the late 1930s. On that evening local members of the church in Havana joined with the Pan American Lectures group for an evening of worship, fellowship and celebration of faith between American and Cuban Christians. Praise to God!

-Arthur Puente


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