"The year 1993/1994 was nothing short of an "Acts 13” Experience! Asia Pacific Mission (Singapore) came into being under the leadership of the Holy Spirit incorporating Bethany School of Missions (now Bethany International University) as its training arm with a vision of fulfilling Habakkuk 2:14, throughout the greater 10/40 Window nations and beyond. Just like the leaders of the church in Antioch who came from very diverse backgrounds, APM-BIU leaders also came from diverse backgrounds. On a regular basis they spent considerable time in prayer and worship seeking the face of God. As a result of such waiting the Spirit of God led them into a tremendous Missiological breakthrough to impact nations. In sending out Paul and Barnabas as the first commissioned missionaries of the New Testament Church. The foundations of the spread of the Gospel across the Roman Empire was the result.
Likewise, BIU’s group of leaders came from very diverse backgrounds--Singapore, India, Africa and USA--Chinese, Indian, African and Westerners. We come from Brethren, Methodist, Anglican, Independent, Pentecostal and Charismatic backgrounds. Yet we have enjoyed a wonderful sense of unity in the Spirit as we have been on our knees before God, seeking His direction for this vision. In a way similar to the experience of the Antioch leaders, we are conscious of Spirit-inspired missiological breakthrough taking place.
We have commented repeatedly, among ourselves, about the wonderful sense of the leading of God's Spirit, as we worked on these programs. The prayerfulness, accountability, openness, vision-enlargement, hunger for the Spirit's leading, and fun-loving atmosphere have been an encouragement and refreshing to us all. This group became our ‘cell group’, as we have worked together for the purpose of the King!
Our intense burden and desire has been to discern the mind of the Spirit for Missions Multiplication across Asia, Latin America and Africa. The results include: a very improved Inter/Cross-Cultural Missionary Training Program; a freshly revised Non-Traditional Missionary Training program; and an exciting new Program for training Trainers of Missionaries!
We anticipated seeing thousands of disciples made in Restricted Access Nations, hundreds of thousands of churches planted among Unreached People Groups, and scores of Missionary Training Schools established across the "Greater 10/40 Window" nations and beyond, each in turn multiplying many more workers to fulfill the Great Commission!
Prayer has been foundational to every step forward, and as many join us in praying into being this vision of Missions Multiplication across the "Window". Prayer is a key element in the ethos of Bethany International University.
We exist to fulfill the Great Commission by serving in partnership with organizations God has brought into existence. Hence, Bethany International University, Singapore has the vision of facilitating, training and equipping men and women for fulfilling the Great Commission, especially Asians from Asia and Africans from Africa, and others who are called to fulfill the Vision of bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Salvation to the unreached people groups of this world, who are yet to hear the Good News of the love of God.