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Patricia asked:

I am currently teaching first grade at a small-town elementary school in Texas. Knowing that God has called me to foreign missions, I obtained my Bachelor's degree in education (2004)largely due to the fact that education seems to be one of the fields that makes "closed countries" more accessible to missionaries. I have contacted several agencies to inquire about their Bible/theology requirements since I have no undergraduate work in Bible. I believe further study of God's Word is essential to being a well-equipped missionary. While some agencies require graduate coursework in Bible/theology/missions, others only indicate that a strong foundation of Biblical knowledge is necessary. Those who require college coursework generally ask 30 credit hours of missionary candidates. I have considered Liberty Home Bible Institute as an option and have viewed the websites of many seminaries and graduate schools, with a particular interest in distance learning courses. LHBI only gives the option of associate or bachelor's credit upon completion of their program, and I have found other universities to have extremely high tuition costs. (I do not have any college loans from undergraduate work and hope to avoid debt during my further studies as they can be major deterents to missionary service).I am praying for the Lord's direction as to the next step in my life and am also looking at the options that are available. I am wondering about the pros/cons of Master's level coursework versus a program like Liberty Home Bible Institute. I also wonder about other distance learning programs - are there any others with a relatively low tuition?What kind of Bible training have other missionaries participated in to prepare for the field?I didn't intend to write such a lengthy question but felt I needed to add some of the details to better communicate my question.Thank you for your time and response.

Jack Answered:

Thanks, Patricia, for your letter. I agree with the importance of receiving at least 30 credit hours of Bible/theology/missions. Your research has shown you some options. In addition to LHBI, I would encourage you to investigate Columbia International University (http://www.ciu.edu/college/) and Moody Bible Institute (http://www.moody.edu). Both have distant learning and both have a heart for missions. I don't know how their prices would compare with LHBI, but it would be worth exploring. It might be worth while to take some courses on line and then take a full year in residence.

May the Lord guide you, Patricia. Thanks, Patricia, for your letter. I agree with the importance of receiving at least 30 credit hours of Bible/theology/missions. Your research has shown you some options. In addition to LHBI, I would encourage you to investigate Columbia International University (http://www.ciu.edu/college/) and Moody Bible Institute (http://www.moody.edu). Both have distant learning and both have a heart for missions. I don't know how their prices would compare with LHBI, but it would be worth exploring. It might be worth while to take some courses on line and then take a full year in residence. Thanks, Patricia, for your letter. I agree with the importance of receiving at least 30 credit hours of Bible/theology/missions. Your research has shown you some options. In addition to LHBI, I would encourage you to investigate Columbia International University (http://www.ciu.edu/college/) and Moody Bible Institute (http://www.moody.edu). Both have distant learning and both have a heart for missions. I don't know how their prices would compare with LHBI, but it would be worth exploring. It might be worth while to take some courses on line and then take a full year in residence.

May the Lord guide you, Patricia.

Jack

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