We praise the Lord for enabling us to hold the Bengali Bible class for Bengali pastors and lay leaders, who cannot refer English commentaries, during May 11-14, 2010 at NEIBBC Campus. 10 participants from 2 states attended the Bible Class. The topic was on Holy Spirit and Second Coming of Christ. The lessons were taken from ROGMA correspondence course and the instructors were Mr. Jacob Ahmed and Rev. Gobin Singh. Dr. Nabin Singha also discussed his own book titled ‘Why to become Christian in this civilized world’ with the group. Every evening I took Bible Class from the first 4 chapters of Genesis.

Pastor Jerry Vanhooser from Calvary Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant, IA taught a course on Biblical Counseling during June 7-11, 2010. Twenty seminary students and 20 other Indian pastors and missionaries attended the course. The pastors and missionaries were mainly graduates of NEIBBC & S. They came from 4 different states of NE India in spite of heavy rain and road blockades. All the participants found it very beneficial for their life and ministry. We hope and pray that pastor Jerry will be able to visit us again with his wife to teach the next level of the course. I was also very pleased that the graduates had a great reunion in the midst of the course since some of them met after 5-10 years. I believe that this course has re-equipped them for their ministry in the field.

The new Academic Year started at NEIBBC & S on June 7, 2010. The Entrance tests comprising of Written and Personal Interview were held on June 3rd and 4th. We selected 28 new students making our students strength to 74 (increase of 12 students compared to last year). The new students were welcomed on June 12, 2010 in a Fresher’s Welcome program where the speaker was Pastor Jerry Vanhooser.

Let me share with you the statistics for your better understanding:

Total Number of Students – 72

Total Number of Special Students – 2

Total Number of Undergraduate Students – 53 Total Number of Postgraduate Students – 21 Number of Students State-wise: Assam 14, Manipur 34, Nagaland 6, Mizoram 3, Maharastra 1, Tripura 14, Arunachal Pradesh 2 Total Number of Students getting Full Scholarship – 38 Total Number of Students getting Half Scholarship – 22

I am teaching a course called ‘Spiritual Leadership’ to final year M.Div./M.R.E. students (2 Credit Hours) and Special English to all those who are weak in English at NEIBBC & S. These classes are held on Saturdays & Sundays at 7.00 PM at the Chapel.

Dr. Ishak Ahmed, President of NE Baptist Bible College & Seminary

Silchar, Assam, India