Former Bible College Of Wales Set To Re-open After Major Refurbishment

9926792-largeTHE former Bible College of Wales is set to re-open next month, following major refurbishment.

The venue in Derwen Fawr was founded in 1924, but its last pupils graduated in 2009, and since then has seen a development of housing on part of its land.

But the restored building will once again be used a bible school, prayer centre, hall of residence and church.

The refurbishment has been carried out by Cornerstone Community Church, an independent Pentecostal congregation based in Singapore, which bought the property in 2012 to honour the work of British missionaries in Singapore, and to ‘preserve the history of revival associated with the site’.

Church founder Reverend Yang Tuck Yoong said: “Wales is undoubtedly the nation of revivals. No other nation on the planet has seen more revivals, with the possible exception of Israel. The revival that broke forth in Wales in 1904 is of special importance because of the power and influence it generated.”The Christians in Singapore are indebted to the missionaries from the UK who brought us the gospel. Redeeming and re-establishing this Bible College, is our way of expressing gratitude for what we’ve received, and faith for the things god will do through this college.

“We are working with the local body of Welsh believers to re-establish the collect in its original commission of intercession and equipping the saints for the mission field, and we believe that this will precipitate a spiritual awakening in Wales. This could be a sign to the Welsh that their time has come yet again to make an impact in the nations beyond their shores with the power of the gospel.”

The college is due to re-open on May 25, exactly 85 years after the College’s inaugural dedication on Whit Monday in 1930, and is expected to be attended by former students.

It will start accepting students from autumn.

It’s aim it to produce men and women with leadership and ministry skills, with a three month course with more than ten lecturers from different countries.

Principal Rev Dr Colin Hurt said: “One vision that the college’s original founder, Rees Howells, was that the whole world could be reached with the gospel in his generation. He did not live to see that vision fulfilled, but I believe that we can pick up that vision, and see it become a reality.

“That was the vision of the Bible College of Wales, and that is the vision.”

Information about the college can be found at: http://bcwales.org/

(Article from South Wales Evening Post by SWEPnino at http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/)

THE BIBLE

From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett comes The Bible — an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. This historic television event is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.

The Bible is an epic five-week, 10 hour television miniseries on the History Channel from Emmy Award winning husband and wife team, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

The Bible Mini-Series Debuted on the 3rd March 2013 on The History Channel

The highly anticipated mini-series, The Bible, debuted on the History Channel in what is sure to be one of the networks highest rated shows in years. What started out as the subject of a casual conversation over tea four years ago, has turned into a 20 million dollar special effects blocthe-biblekbuster that producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, Shark Tank) says rivals big budget Hollywood films.

“No one had tried to tie it all together and use modern computer graphics to bring images like Moses parting the Red Sea to life on screen,” said Burnett.

What sets The Bible apart from similar attempts is instead of looking at the bible as a whole giving viewers an overview of the book, Burnett chose to focus on specific stories in the bible, delving deep into each characters story, emotionally engaging the audience. After slowly depicting the story of creation, The Bible detailed the lives of two of the bible’s better known subjects, Abraham and Moses, giving viewers a never before seen glimpse into their lives.

Burnett shot the majority of The Bible in the deserts of Morocco in 2012 to give the film an “authentic look and feel.”

For two hours each Sunday night millions of viewers will see the Bible come to life in a way never before seen – with two episodes airing each week. The final episode of the miniseries will air on Easter Sunday and will feature the death and resurrection of Jesus.

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The Bible miniseries is not a documentary, it is a scripted, acted docu-drama filmed on location in the Middle East and Morocco. Inspired by re-watching the classic Ten Commandments film, the Mark Burnett and Roma Downey set out to show the scarlet thread of redemption found in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, using the latest special effects and quality film-making techniques.

To help insure the accuracy of the miniseries many Christian scholars served as advisors and hundreds of Christian leaders have given their endorsement for the miniseries – click here to see endorsements.

According to an interview with Ms. Downey the miniseries, “…is being made with full hearts. We’ve had scholars and theologians help. We’re not pretending to be biblical experts. We brought experts in once the scripts were created to take a look at the scripts to make sure we were accurate and true to the Bible, but obviously we’re making a movie, and so we breathed creative expansion into that.”

Endorsements

rw“I’ve probably seen most, if not all, of the films about the Bible produced in the past 50 years. This one stands alone, in a class by itself, as the best I’ve ever seen. Brilliantly produced with stunning cinematography, a Hans Zimmer score and academy-worthy acting, it stands head-and-shoulder above the rest. Too many ‘Bible’ films end up feeling like documentaries, with stilted dialog, second-class sets, and narration that feels like a lecture. In contrast, this series, draws you into the story from the start. The key to its effectiveness is that it lets the Bible speak for itself, without commentary, excuse or qualification, which makes it unique. This is living history at its best!”
– Dr. Rick Warren, Author, What On Earth Am I Here For?, The Purpose Driven Life

tj“Unlike any other film or miniseries I’ve ever encountered, The Bible brings the Word of God to life in the full richness of its scope, diversity, power, and magnificence. History and mystery collide as Mark Burnett and Roma Downey infuse every scene with their divinely inspired vision for sharing the poetic beauty and timeless wisdom of Scripture. This series helps us all to experience the flesh-and-blood stories of the Bible in a new light and draws us to the Divine Author who continues writing His eternal masterpiece. You will be enthralled, encouraged, and inspired by The Bible – seeing really is believing!”
– Bishop T.D. Jakes, author, pastor, The Potter’s House

lp“I can’t think of anyone better than producer Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey to bring to television The Bible. The Holy Bible is the greatest book ever written, for in its pages God Himself speaks to mankind. I’m thrilled that this coming Spring 2013 millions of people, many for the first-time, will discover through this 10-hour docudrama the history, power, inspiration and life changing message of the Bible. The Bible alone truly answers the greatest questions of life. I’ve seen video clips of Mark and Roma’s straightforward interpretation of some of these greatest stories in history as told in The Bible and the production is absolutely captivating, especially the telling of the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This will easily do for the History Channel what Roots did for ABC-TV back in 1977.”
– Luis Palau, president of Luis Palau Ministries

 

(Content taken from The Bible at http://www.bibleseries.tv/ and Outreach at http://www.outreach.com/campaigns/the-bible-resources.aspx)