The Himchal Bible College & Seminary Campus in the Himalayan Region of North INDIA
As we arrived at the HBCS Life Center facility at Palampur HP, INDIA, December 2-11,2023, and entered the front entrance of the building you will see the signage Berachah Life Center. Berachah in Hebrew means expression of praise. In Greek it means a blessing. True to the meanings Himachal Bible College & Seminary is a place of expression of praise and a true blessing unto the Lord as students are taught to prepare them for the future of ministry in the building of the Kingdom of Christ to many different regions of India and beyond.
Having been there 8 years ago, I was blessed again to meet the director of HBCS and some of the staff who have faithfully served there for many years. Pastor Raymond Burkholder and myself (John Michael Nolt) were honored to be a part of the HBCS bi-annual Spiritual Enrichment week of Biblical teaching.
Pastor Raymond taught “Profiles of Faith & Folly” from the Book of Genesis of the Characters of Faith and Folly. Two of the examples would be the Faith of Abraham and the Folly of Lot. Pastor Raymond has a very good PowerPoint and along with his zeal spoke to all. If you ever have a chance to hear him teach/preach this, it would be a good stepping stone in your Christian life.
I taught on the subject of “The True Christian” The term Christian has become so broad today that we need to enter the term TRUE. We touched on how God created us body, soul and spirit. Satan works through the body and God works through our spirit. In my teaching I explained the New Birth etc.
The HBCS/MTM Attendees Students & Faculty
The student body were from 7 states of India and 7 were Burmese. 17 languages and dialects. Evening sessions students from another extension Bible College were able to zoom in. We taught in English but over the weekends when the local church was present, we taught through an interpreter.
I was blessed again to be involved in a small way of teaching these young people to prepare them for their future call of Contending for the Faith of the Lord Jesus Christ. These precious souls are willing to go into regions where being a Christian they will face rejection and persecution.
Editor’s Note; The above article was written by John Michael Nolt. John Michael & Joyce have been married 38 years. They live in Jonestown PA. They have four daughters just like Philip the evangelist in the scriptures. Three of the daughters are married and they have 7 grandchildren. John Michael serves as a pastor for the Reading Christian Fellowship Congregation in Reading Pa. The church is located in the south side of the city. The congregation is involved in a children’s ministry and reaching out to the needy of city life such as the homeless, drug addicts etc. John Michael works at Shady Lane Farms which is an egg processing facility near Myerstown Pa. May the Lord reward you openly for your labor of Love for the Lord at HBCS.