On Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 7:30, the graduation ceremony of the Greek Bible College took place. Sixteen students graduated from the one-year program, two from the three-year program, and eleven from the International Student Program. The absence of the college president Jeffrey Baldwin was noticeable. However, he sent greetings along with a letter that was read to honor Mrs. Marion Baldwin and Mrs. Maria Hill for their contribution to the work of the college.
Professor Robert Hill, who has been serving the Lord in our country for more than half a century, gave a moving graduation speech, along with two other great speeches given by the three-year program graduates, Elina Karabatsou and Christos Koufos. Friends and relatives congratulated the graduates, and the evening ended with treats and a time of fellowship.
Like every year, the Greek Bible College went on a spring tour, this time traveling through important biblical locations like Athens, Berea, and Thessaloniki. The students presented full programs with testimonies and Bible lessons at the Greek Evangelical Churches in the following cities: Larissa, Berea, Milotopos, Katerini, Thessaloniki, and Volos.
We also had the chance to see the palaces and tombs of the Macedonian kings in historical Vergina. Afterwards in Berea, we visited the historic Jewish synagogue, unique to the Balkan region, found in the heart of the Jewish quarter that was abandoned after the Holocaust. In Thessaloniki we visited Byzantine and Roman monuments, while also having the chance to enjoy a coffee near the sea.
The continual presence of love, hospitality, and care from our brothers in Christ along our journey was especially moving.
On Saturday, March 29, 2014, sixty teenagers from seven different churches of various backgrounds spent a day together with our College students.
The teens separated into four different teams and competed against each another in six different games. Also, after sharing a meal together with our students, they were given a tour of our campus to get a taste of what life is like at our college and to ask questions. Immediately after, everyone gathered in the chapel for a presentation by our magician (who presents clever Christian messages through his tricks), a funny skit, and to close the day’s program with a time of worship through song.
So this was a great day for these teenagers to meet many of our students and professors and start thinking about potentially coming to study the Bible at the Greek Bible College one day.