SEANBC experiences dramatic growth

Southeast Asia Nazarene Bible College set high goals. By 2020 they hoped to have 600 students in 20 centers. In 2015 there were 187 students in seven centers, so the Bible college rechristened the direction of the school towards extension education.

This year the college has 605 students enrolled in 21 centers in four countries, surpassing their 2020 goal. These numbers representing the men and women who are preparing to make Christlike disciples are not the whole story, however. SEANBC continues to work to raise contextualized theological training. Thirty teachers from countries throughout Southeast Asia have been appointed and resources have been invested in for faculty development programs. Theological material, including the Course of Study handbook, have been produced in Burmese with Thai and Lisu translations in progress.

As SEANBC sees the growth of Myanmar migrant churches in the world, they have been working to develop distance education program for Myanmar disciples in the nations. With the close partnership of the Indianapolis district, USA/Canada SEANBC is planning to offer the first Myanmar language course of study for Myanmar migrant churches in southside Indianapolis, Indiana. Ray McCrary was appointed as the founding director of SEANBC USA/Canada and plans to open the first online class in January 2018.

Not content to have merely reached their goal, SEANBC has already revised their 2020 goal to now have 1,000 students in 40 extension centers. 

--Church of the Nazarene Asia-Pacific

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