AP/Class Staff Bulletin

February 2022

Why Did We Move to Mybsf.org? 

We know you have been on a journey through the transition from our old system architecture in Class.bsf to the new system – mybsf.org or BSF 2.0. We apologize for the discomfort and disruption this change may have caused you. 

Perhaps you have been wondering why we made the move to the new system when we did. Consider this analogy:  

All of us live in housing of some kind, some much older than others.  

Class.bsf was like a very, very old house. 

  • It had been lived in for a long time, comfortably. 
  • It began to break down and collapse around those of us living in it. 
  • It was no longer sufficiently safe or secure. 
  • The risk and expense to renovate and repair the old house to meet the family’s needs was too great to continue living there. 
  • So, we decided we must build a new house. 
  • And we needed to move into the new house as soon as we could.

Mybsf.org is that new house.  

  • It is safer, more secure, and eventually will be more comfortable when further updated.  
  • Construction (design and development) began on the new house (mybsf.org) over the last few years. 
  • But, while we were building, we were also maintaining. So, we had to pay for both houses, which was very expensive. 
  • Construction progressed, and by the time the foundation, walls, electricity, and plumbing were in, we needed to move into the new house because the old house was in such disrepair.  
  • This means some things are missing – for now – that were in the old house. Countertops and the kitchen sink are missing (but on order!), so for now, dishes are being washed in the bathroom sink.  
  • Many of us miss the comfort of the old house. We had figured out how it worked, amid all its quirks and out-of-datedness. 
  • However, over time, the new house will be finished! And it will be far more functional than the old house (which still had an icebox and coal furnace) ever was!

The baseline build of mybsf.org is in place, and the new system will continue to improve in functionality daily, weekly, and monthly. 

In business terminology, this upgrade of mybsf.org used an “agile” philosophy in which you build incrementally rather than deliver a whole, nearly flawless system. What’s delivered to the customer – Headquarters and you – is the “MVP,” the Most Viable Product, something that functions but is not yet at full capacity. This way of operation is relatively new to BSF. Fun fact: Our BSF Online leaders and members were the first to experience this agile philosophy! 

Our prayer is that you continue to pray with us for the continued improvement of functionality and usability of the new mybsf.org. We can all look forward to an ongoing improved user experience over time. 

We thank God for your classes! Despite some issues with the new system, you are still able to meet each week and participate in in-depth Bible study through which God is transforming hearts. That is what we all get to be a part of.  

Continue to shepherd and care for your members and leaders. Remember to refer members to the BSF app. Mybsf.org will continue to improve over time. We are praying for you. 

 

Happening Soon

BSF App Update 

The BSF App is receiving a big update soon. This new version contains enhancements that integrate the app with the new mybsf.org.   

With the enhancements you will log in using mybsf.org credentials so that you can:  

  • Access your encrypted lesson answers across multiple devices and new devices  
  • Listen to audio Lesson Notes  
  • Listen to, watch, or download lecture audio/video 

Announce the BSF App update to your class this week.

Prayer Requests

Praise God for: 

  • Filling His people with joy and passion to lead the next generation in the study of His Word. 
  • His constant presence and leading BSF through the School Program Redesign.
  • Faithful leaders in the Preschool and School Programs who continue to persevere whether in-person or online.

Pray for: 

  • All participants in the SP Redesign to be blessed and encouraged by the process and the product.
  • Wisdom and creativity in the preparation of materials to launch the new program.
  • SP leaders to share the desired goal to reach the next generation by learning a new way of teaching.
  • God to protect and preserve His children as this change brings increased opposition from the enemy.
      Click to Read More Prayer Requests

      Pray for: 

      • Areas struggling with large numbers of leaders infected by the Omicron variant – for speedy recovery and protection, and that BSFers, weary from Covid restrictions, will flourish in their faith in the Lord as they study His Word. 
      • Passion for Jesus Christ will increase in class leaders and members as they study the increasing opposition to Jesus Christ in the Matthew study. 
      • God to prepare many class members to answer the call to leadership for the next study.  
      • Discernment for Class Staffs as they identify and interview potential leaders. 

      Pray for:

      • Member Support to provide timely accurate responses with Christlike care and concern for every member. 

      NEW mybsf.org

      January Global Zoom Support Sessions

      Thank you to all Class Staff who attended one of the January Global Zoom Support Sessions on navigating Mybsf.org on January 19-20. We are so grateful you spent time with us and want you to know that we want to support you any way we can and we are here for you! We are praying that as you learn this new website you will experience unexpected blessings. The site will continue to evolve and improve and we thank you for your patience as we learn and navigate together.

      In case you missed it, a recording of the meeting (Mybsf Navigation Zoom Video) can be found in your Resource Library as Matthew Resource Links Class Staff/AP. The FAQ from the January Global Zoom Support Sessions is still under development due to the volume of questions submitted. We hope to make this resource available soon. In the meantime, check out the Mybsf Reference Guide Supplement in your Matthew Resources. See link for Class Staff below. 

       

      Mybsf.org Transition Changes in Procedures

      The transition to Mybsf.org brings with it a shift away from several longstanding CA procedures including but not limited to attendance reporting, online registration, and re-registration for the next study year.  

      Please encourage your GLs and CLs to begin weekly attendance reporting for their respective group or classroom this year during the Matthew study. ALs may assist GLs and CLs, but no longer have primary responsibility for attendance reporting for groups and classrooms. Work as a class staff to train GLs and CLs to ensure that your class attendance is reported correctly each week.

      Any class member can see and manage their registration info after an account/user profile is created on MyBSF.  For those CMs who cannot enter or manage their data, please continue to provide support and assistance. This will likely reduce the amount of time CAs and ALs spend managing member data.   

      UNDER DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT: 

      NEW POLICY: Mybsf.org will automatically register all current CMs and leaders for the next study year. The TL and/or GLs may inform CMs of this change to an automatic registration prior to end of the current study year.  Class members will have the opportunity to decline the next study registration by ticking a box on their Member account for the Register screens that will be available in April.  There is no need to edit a member’s placement status in mybsf right now. Class Staff will be able to view and edit member registration status for next year when the Register screens become available.

      NOTE: Because Re-registration procedures have changed in mybsf.org, please refrain from printing member registrations and asking CMs if they plan to return for the next study year. Please support and assist CMs who do not have access to technology. Even though registration is automated, GLs and Class Staff may encourage members and leaders to continue with BSF in shepherding conversations.

      NEW POLICY: Children MUST be registered for the next study year by a parent/guardian.  

      Children’s registration is changing from a Registering Adult model to a Parental Consent model. Registering Adults (RAs – those bringing a child) will not be able to re-register the children they bring. The child’s parent/guardian must register the child.  Enhancements are currently under development and will be released as soon as possible.  

      • Continue as usual for the remainder of the Matthew study or until you receive additional instructions.
      • Parents/Guardians will have the option to decline registration for their children. 
      • Parents/Guardians will be prompted to sign the appropriate consent forms for the next study year and when they do, registration will be complete for those kids. The forms enable the child to attend in-person or online. Online forms and printed forms will be available. The forms listed below will be included online and as a new printed form for the next study year.
        • I 104a Child Registration 
        • I 104b Parental Permission 
        • VPC Verified Parental Consent (for SP Zoom Participation) 
        • CP110 Video/Photographic Image Release

      Watch for more information in coming bulletins. 

      Financial Reporting

      When submitting your monthly financial report, you may be required to select one of these two options:

      1. No HC Payment
      2. Request HQ to pay for HC Contribution

      There is no option for “paid by class.” If the class is paying the HC, select the first option, “No HC Payment” which will allow you to confirm and submit the report.

      Mybsf Reference Guide Supplement

      There’s a newly posted Mybsf Reference Guide Supplement posted in the Matthew Resources with the role-specific Reference Guides with current tips and helps. Check it out!

      Track Volunteers Using CP 107

      Please continue to use Attendance Preschool/School Program (CP 107) and existing procedures as outlined in the CA/CS manuals to track volunteers in Preschool and School Program classes. Plans are underway to track volunteers in the new database in the future, but this feature is not yet available.

      Leader Support and Gmail

      For any leader who submits a Leader Support ticket with a Gmail account, check your Promotions folder if you have not received a response. Once you find the incoming Leader Support email, add the address to your Safe List or Contacts. Most Gmail accounts will receive these responses in the Promotions folder, unless it’s already in Contacts or marked Safe. 

      Group Naming Tip

      Consider renaming your groups to a more standardized naming convention, for instance, name your groups after the meeting they are in (i.e. groups in the base class would be named – Base class 1, Base class 2, etc. Satellite groups could be named – Satellite Name 1, Satellite Name 2, etc.) This eliminates the need to create new groups or edit group names when changing leaders.

      Class Directory Report

      Thank you for your patience as we continue to resolve issues with reports. Until this report is fixed consider the following options:

      • Use Find a Person to locate Class Staff at other locations
      • Use Find a Group to message Class Staff if Staff name is unknown

      Need to Know

      Be sure to read across all positional buttons related to your class.

      Next year’s study unveiled

      People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided

      We are announcing to all BSF members next week our 2022-23 study: People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided!

      • It covers the narrative in 1 and 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles.
      • Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah will be studied where they fit into Israel’s storyline.
      • Isaiah is folded into a four-week segment exploring major themes while relishing the rich passages within this beloved book.
      • The study also contains material new to BSF content: Jeremiah and Lamentations!

      The BSF Old Testament studies have been reorganized to maximize our grasp of the historical flow of Israel’s story alongside God’s redemptive plan. Joining Genesis and The Life of Moses to our Old Testament BSF study lineup, Kingdom Divided is one study of a four-part People of the Promise study series:

      • Part 1 – Joshua and Judges
      • Part 2 – Israel under Saul, David, and Solomon, plus the wisdom literature.
      • Part 3 – The kingdom divided up to the exile, and all the prophets within this period. (People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided)
      • Part 4 – The post-exilic narrative books, and all of the prophets within this period.

      Parts 1 and 2 constitute what was formerly known as People of the Promised Land I, which we studied in 2018-19. The Kingdom Divided study resumes where we left off.

      The careful and prayerful development of this new study has involved guidance and input from theologians, a global review team, dedicated translators, and many others.

      Please continue to pray for the final phases of the development of this study series.

      A New Strategy to Reach the Next Generation

      A primary reason for the School Program Redesign can be found in your own class data on mybsf.org. Take time to review your Inactive list on the Children tab in mybsf.org. 

      Every name you see here represents a heart, a mind, and a life who attended the BSF School Program at one point and for one reason or another, no longer participates. 

      Today, we have a terrific opportunity. Currently, only three out of 10 members who have school-age children bring their children to BSF. We want to reach the other 70%! So, to serve our current BSF students better and draw those who are not yet coming, we’re upgrading the School Program in our continued desire to magnify God and mature the next generation of God’s people!

      We’re excited about these changes that promise to make the BSF School Program more engaging, interactive, and transformative. We desire to stir students’ hearts with delight, rather than the duty, in exploring God’s Word in community.

      Want to know more? Check out the School Program Blog.

      Recruiting SP CLs for the SP Redesign

      The School Program Redesign leads us to a new way of thinking about recruiting and training CLs. 

      Here are some traits to consider as you pray for, look for, recruit, and interview potential leaders. Look for leaders who:

          • Are joyfully pursuing their Savior
          • Are dependent on God for leading
          • Want to have an eternal impact on the next generation
          • Connect well with people
          • Are curious about others and about God and His Word
          • Have a “discipleship approach” to life

      It’s not required that a potential SP CL be a long-time BSF member, have a lot of extra time, or possess a great deal of experience with students or teaching. BSF will provide all the resources a CL needs to flourish in shepherding the students God puts in their care.

      The new curriculum has been developed with the assumption that a CL needs only their Bible, the Leader Guide, and the Adult Lesson Notes. School Program lessons are written so that deep, targeted, weekly preparation, aside from their personal BSF study, should not exceed 90 minutes. And the training CLs will receive before the next study begins will be sufficient for any leader to serve as a SP CL. Every new or returning SP CL will be onboarded. So, we’re all first-year leaders this year!

      Next steps for you to consider as you recruit CLs and determine if existing CLs are called to continue serving in the School Program: 

      • Share the characteristics described above with all leaders so that they can help identify potential new SP CLs. 
      • Have a conversation now with your current SP CLs about their passion for discipleship and desire to be a part of what God is doing in the SP. Gauge each CL’s flexibility, relational skills, and joy. 
      • Prayerfully offer other opportunities for CLs who may be following God’s call to serve somewhere else in BSF. 
      • Share with current ALs and GLs about the opportunity to be a trailblazer as a new SP CL. 

      With the above in mind, interview and gather commitments for potential CLs as usual. Let them know that they will receive training in July or August. 

      Much more information about the SP Redesign will be shared at the June Launch regarding curriculum, a manual, and the first set of lessons. 

      Reassure all new and returning SP CLs that they will receive sufficient training to begin their service and ongoing training throughout the year. (Note: The three-week observation period is not required to begin serving as a SP CL for the beginning of the next study year. It’s preferable for new SP CLs to receive the new training only and not to observe the current model.)

      Recommending OGLs

      BSF Online continues to grow. There are more than 22,000 members representing 156 different countries. As more people choose this global online option, please pray for and recommend men and women for Online Group Leaders.

      • For BSF class leaders
      • For BSF Online leaders 
        • Recommend new leaders by clicking Apply and Recommend on the Navigation menu in the BSF Online website.
        • Complete the Recommendation form and submit.

      HQ Transitions

      After 23 years of faithful service, Rick Mazur is stepping down as BSF’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). We are so grateful for his leadership and dedication. We are pleased to announce Jamie Lawson, the current Director of Finance, will transition to CFO effective February 9. Rick will remain on staff to aid in the transition until March 31, 2022.  

      Our Ministry Development team has had some changes within the past few months: 

      • Joyce Newhall is our Chief Ministry Development Officer, whose responsibilities include supporting the following teams: Children’s Division, Class Support, Regional Directors, and Training. 
      • Nate Thoreson is the Regional Director Lead, who serves a team of Regional Directors and Administrative Assistants serving AP and classes around the world. 
      • Linda Deal serves as the Training Division Lead, following the faithful service of Cicella Monroe, who is retiring from BSF after serving the ministry in various roles for more than 20 years.

       BSF is Hiring!

      BSF is Hiring, please check our Careers page on www.bsfinternational.org. BSF is a great place to work!  Please let your leaders and class members know!

      Updated 2022 US AP Expense Report (US AP only)

      The IRS has updated the mileage reimbursement rate from 56 cents per mile in 2021 to 58.5 cents per mile in 2022. Revised US AP Expense Reports are in your Resource Library on mybsf.org. Please use the 2021 version for expenses incurred in 2021 and the revised 2022 version for all expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2022.

      Global AP Training

      Sign up now for the second Global Training for all Area Personnel and Online Area Personnel! 

      Two identical 60-minute sessions will be held on March 10. The training is designed to help you understand the SP Redesign and your role in supporting the program and your leaders.  

      Please sign up for the session that works best for you: 

      Look for the release of a pre-watch video in early March. Contact events@bsfinternational.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing you again soon! 

      SP CS Changes Email Address

      Please email SPCS_Changes@bsfinternational.org to communicate the resignation of SP CSs and the approval of the replacement SP CS. This email address helps us invite the incoming SP CS to Launch 2022. Please copy your RD when you email.

      Launch 2022 Sign-up

      Don’t forget to sign up for Launch 2022! Your registration helps BSF determine how many hotel rooms we secure. Click https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/APLaunch to sign up before Friday, February 11. 

      Visa Invitation Letter Requests for Launch 2022

      Please email events@bsfinternational.org if you require an invitation letter to submit with your visa application in order to attend Launch 2022. Put “Visa Invitation Letter Request” in the subject line to help us see your request. Look for a reply within 48 hours from Hello Sign with instructions on how to complete the invitation letter with your personal identifying information.

       

        Launch 2022 Sign-up

        TLs: Don’t forget to sign up for Launch 2022! Your registration helps BSF determine how many hotel rooms we secure. Click https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Launch4TLsOTsDOTs to sign up before Friday, February 11. 

        Visa Invitation Letter Requests for Launch 2022

        Please email events@bsfinternational.org if you require an invitation letter to submit with your visa application in order to attend Launch 2022. Put “Visa Invitation Letter Request” in the subject line to help us see your request. Look for a reply within 48 hours from Hello Sign with instructions on how to complete the invitation letter with your personal identifying information.

         

        You’re up to date and doing great work!

        Be sure to review the New mybsf.org section above.

         

        Global Training for School Program CSs/AsstCSs

        SP CSs and SP AsstCSs: Sign up now for the second Global Training for all School Program CSs and AsstCSs! 

        Two identical 60-minute sessions will be held on February 24. The training will help you understand the SP Redesign itself, including the second component of Transformational Discipleship: Discover Truth.  

        Please sign up for the session that works best for you: 

        SP CSs: Please forward these links to your AsstCS(s) so they can sign up for the training. Contact events@bsfinternational.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing you again soon! 

        Launch 2022 Sign-up

        SP CSs only: Don’t forget to sign up for Launch 2022! Your registration helps BSF determine how many hotel rooms we secure. Click https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SPCSJune2022 to sign up before Friday, February 11.

        Visa Invitation Letter Requests for Launch 2022

        Please email events@bsfinternational.org if you require an invitation letter to submit with your visa application in order to attend Launch 2022. Put “Visa Invitation Letter Request” in the subject line to help us see your request. Look for a reply within 48 hours from Hello Sign with instructions on how to complete the invitation letter with your personal identifying information.

        Training New and Continuing SP CLs for the Next Study Year

        CSs, you may be asking how to train your continuing and new CLs for the BSF School Program. 

        Be comforted: You will receive thorough training from our HQ Staff team during the June Launch. 

        Be patient: You will have more training resources than before, but these resources will not be available to you until the June Launch. Let CLs know they will receive training in July or August. (Note: New SP CLs should not observe the current program for the usual three-week period.) 

        Be active: Help your TL discern those God may be calling into leadership and those God may be prompting to a new role within leadership. Message to both new and continuing SP CLs that we are all first-year leaders this year! Pray for God to plant a desire to disciple and a passion for His Word within the hearts of your current and potential leaders. 

        Be informed: The School Program shares monthly blog posts written for you at lead.bsfinternational.org/schoolprogram. 

        Be confident: God will provide all that you need to bring the gospel to the next generation through the School Program Redesign and the next study. 

        Be excited: Think about what God might do as students around the globe who visit BSF classes build community, discover truth, and live differently!

         

        Launch 2022 Sign-up

        D-OTs: Don’t forget to sign up for Launch 2022! Your registration helps BSF determine how many hotel rooms we secure. Click https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Launch4TLsOTsDOTs to sign up before Friday, February 11. 

        Visa Invitation Letter Requests for Launch 2022

        Please email events@bsfinternational.org if you require an invitation letter to submit with your visa application in order to attend Launch 2022. Put “Visa Invitation Letter Request” in the subject line to help us see your request. Look for a reply within 48 hours from Hello Sign with instructions on how to complete the invitation letter with your personal identifying information.

        Next year’s study unveiled

        People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided

        We are announcing to all BSF members next week our 2022-23 study: People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided!

        • It covers the narrative in 1 and 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles.
        • Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah will be studied where they fit into Israel’s storyline.
        • Isaiah is folded into a four-week segment exploring major themes while relishing the rich passages within this beloved book.
        • The study also contains material new to BSF content: Jeremiah and Lamentations!

        The BSF Old Testament studies have been reorganized to maximize our grasp of the historical flow of Israel’s story alongside God’s redemptive plan. Joining Genesis and The Life of Moses to our Old Testament BSF study lineup, Kingdom Divided is one study of a four-part People of the Promise study series:

        • Part 1 – Joshua and Judges
        • Part 2 – Israel under Saul, David, and Solomon, plus the wisdom literature.
        • Part 3 – The kingdom divided up to the exile, and all the prophets within this period. (People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided)
        • Part 4 – The post-exilic narrative books, and all of the prophets within this period.

        Parts 1 and 2 constitute what was formerly known as People of the Promised Land I, which we studied in 2018-19. The Kingdom Divided study resumes where we left off.

        The careful and prayerful development of this new study has involved guidance and input from theologians, a global review team, dedicated translators, and many others.

        Please continue to pray for the final phases of the development of this study series.

        BSF Online and Mybsf Merge: A Work in Progress

        Progress continues to bring our BSF offerings (BSF in-person and BSF Online) together into one place.  

        • BSF Online users, you may see that you can click over to MyBSF (in-person) by using the Navigation menu link to MyBSF.   
        • Once you are there, use the Navigation menu to select your role to see your resources.   
        • You may go back to BSF Online by selecting your BSF online role to see the pages and the resources you need there. 

        Recommending OGLs

        BSF Online continues to grow. There are more than 22,000 members representing 156 different countries. As more people choose this global online option, please pray for and recommend men and women for Online Group Leaders.

        • For BSF class leaders
        • For BSF Online leaders 
          • Recommend new leaders by clicking Apply and Recommend on the Navigation menu in the BSF Online website.
          • Complete the Recommendation form and submit.

        HQ Transitions

        After 23 years of faithful service, Rick Mazur is stepping down as BSF’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). We are so grateful for his leadership and dedication. We are pleased to announce Jamie Lawson, the current Director of Finance, will transition to CFO effective February 9. Rick will remain on staff to aid in the transition until March 31, 2022.  

        Our Ministry Development team has had some changes within the past few months: 

        • Joyce Newhall is our Chief Ministry Development Officer, whose responsibilities include supporting the following teams: Children’s Division, Class Support, Regional Directors, and Training. 
        • Nate Thoreson is the Regional Director Lead, who serves a team of Regional Directors and Administrative Assistants serving AP and classes around the world. 
        • Linda Deal serves as the Training Division Lead, following the faithful service of Cicella Monroe, who is retiring from BSF after serving the ministry in various roles for more than 20 years.

        BSF is Hiring!

          BSF is Hiring, please check our Careers page on www.bsfinternational.org. BSF is a great place to work! Please let your leaders and class members know!

          Global AP Training

          Sign up now for the second Global Training for all Area Personnel and Online Area Personnel! 

          Two identical 60-minute sessions will be held on March 10. The training is designed to help you understand the SP Redesign and your role in supporting the program and your leaders.  

          Please sign up for the session that works best for you: 

          Look for the release of a pre-watch video in early March. Contact events@bsfinternational.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

          Launch 2022 Sign-up

          Don’t forget to sign up for Launch 2022! Your registration helps BSF determine how many hotel rooms we secure. Click https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/APLaunch to sign up before Friday, February 11. 

          Visa Invitation Letter Requests for Launch 2022

          Please email events@bsfinternational.org if you require an invitation letter to submit with your visa application in order to attend Launch 2022. Put “Visa Invitation Letter Request” in the subject line to help us see your request. Look for a reply within 48 hours from Hello Sign with instructions on how to complete the invitation letter with your personal identifying information.

          Shepherding OGLs

          From OT/AOT manual:  Aim to develop leaders who depend more on God than you. God shows you the right amount of care and time to invest in shepherding your leaders. When problems must be addressed with individuals, aim to redeem and disciple a life rather than teach a lesson. 

          These words are a wonderful reminder as you seek to shepherd, lead, and train your OGLs. Watching Jesus interact with others in the book of Matthew gives us an example of seeing through the problem to the person. May we all learn to follow our Good Shepherd’s example as we shepherd others. 

          Launch 2022 Sign-up

          OTs: Don’t forget to sign up for Launch 2022! Your registration helps BSF determine how many hotel rooms we secure. Click https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Launch4TLsOTsDOTs to sign up before Friday, February 11. 

          Visa Invitation Letter Requests for Launch 2022

          Please email events@bsfinternational.org if you require an invitation letter to submit with your visa application in order to attend Launch 2022. Put “Visa Invitation Letter Request” in the subject line to help us see your request. Look for a reply within 48 hours from Hello Sign with instructions on how to complete the invitation letter with your personal identifying information.

          Inspiration

          BSF Class Brings Hope to Their Community

          Half of the Boulder CO DW class were directly affected by the December 30 Marshall Fires. Four Class Members lost their homes and many others are living in partially burned neighborhoods. The class immediately moved online in January through mid-February to support their Host Church, who is hosting Samaritan’s Purse during this time. The TL is vision-casting for staying online to make BSF easily accessible to this traumatized community. They are walking out the truths of our Matthew Lessons: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Matthew 14:27). Please pray with and for this BSF class.  

          Hope deferred makes our hearts sick. We ask that you remind us, Lord, that while we grieve the loss of homes and the destruction of our beloved community, they were never the source of our hope to begin with. 

          Do you have a unique story to share from your area? We would love to know how God is working in our members. You can submit BSF stories at stories@bsfinternational.org