From time to time, within the pages of Reason & Revelation we try to give “honor to whom honor” is due (Romans 13:7), by mentioning efforts that we believe to be deserving of recognition, commendation, and recommendation.
One such work is World Video Bible School (WVBS), which is a non-profit work located in Maxwell, Texas (near the state capital of Austin). WVBS began in 1986 when a group of dedicated Christian men (Rudy Cain, Charlie DiPalma, and Chuck Horner) recognized that the “wave of the future” was education via video technology. These men and their families decided to devote their lives to spreading the Gospel via this medium, which rapidly was working its way into practically every American home, as well as many homes in other countries around the world.
In a very careful and painstaking manner, goals and objectives were laid out, and time frames were set in which to accomplish them. The idea of WVBS was to produce courses on video that people could study in the comfort of their own homes, or, if they preferred, in more formal Bible class study sessions (e.g., quarterly classes in churches, devotional settings, etc.). The ultimate goal was to produce videos that provided in-depth studies of every book of the Bible, in addition to related topics (Christian evidences, hermeneutics, homiletics, etc.). The emphasis was then, and continues to be, faithful, conservative, balanced Bible instruction.
After months of preparation and planning, the search began for men who were sound in the faith, and who were willing to do the study and preparation necessary to produce the videos. Little by little, slowly but surely, the work began. Now, almost a dozen years later, the dream has become a reality. Through WVBS, serious Bible students can view high-quality video tapes to aid them in their personal study, or to help them reach the lost. In addition to videos on the books of the Bible, tapes are available on church history, personal evangelism, world religions, the origin of the Bible, and many other related topics.
Just last month, WVBS announced a serious expansion of its efforts. The Video Bible Institute (VBI) is a self-paced correspondence school that also includes a preacher-training curriculum. Using the video tapes and written materials available through VBI, students can work their way through a well-designed, fully integrated course designed to: (a) increase their own Bible knowledge; (b) help them convert the non-Christian; or (c) become better teachers and preachers of God’s inspired Word.
Because the work of WVBS is strictly non-profit, costs of the video tapes and written materials are kept as low as possible. Tapes may be rented or purchased. Currently, rental costs are only $3.75 per tape (which includes $2 for postage to and from WVBS offices). Written materials cost only 8¢ per page (to cover photocopying fees—which in this day and age is a real bargain).
We want to recommend to our readers the fine Christians at WVBS, and the great job they are doing. We have a deep and abiding respect for their efforts, and the sacrifices made by everyone associated with their work. If you, or someone you know, might benefit from WVBS materials, feel free to contact them at RR 1, Box 121, Maxwell, Texas 78656-9797 for more information [512/398-5211 (voice); 512/398-9493 (fax); e-mail— firstname.lastname@example.org].
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