October 1966: Chuck and Charla Pereau and Roy and Nell Bean were lost in the Baja Peninsula. Seeking help, an elderly man led them to the old adobe buildings once used for a gambling casino and brothel. Charla heard children’s voices where there were no children…and was given a vision of a waving field of grain. The four joined hands and prayed that God would use this place for the homeless children that roamed the streets and forged for their daily bread from the garbage dumps in Mexico. They interpreted the waving field of grain to mean that one day this would be the site of a great harvest of souls. Charla said, “Someday there will be a Bible school here, like the one I attended, where Jesus became the Lord of my life.” They never believed that God would use them as part of the fulfillment of the prophetic vision.
It took more than twenty years for the Bible Institute to be birthed out of the vision that Charla received on that day in 1966. But in January 1989, the doors opened for the first class of students.
How You Can Be a Part of This Vital Ministry: Sponsor a Student
The Children’s Home had been established long before, and many changes had come to the San Quintin Valley. One change was the discovery of an underground river that made farming very profitable. Large ranchers in the area began to import hundreds of Indians from the interior of Mexico to work in their fields, placing them in camps with deplorable living conditions. The need of these people was so great–the Mission outreach mercy ministry was born. Thousands of field workers accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord–churches were raised up almost overnight, and the envisioned “field ripe for harvest” became a reality.
One critical need remained. Where were the leaders that each new church must have? While visiting friends at the Christian Renewal Center in Silverton, Oregon, Charla presented the unfulfilled vision of a Bible school for training nationals (especially indigenous peoples) for the work of the ministry. They responded by sponsoring a remarkable young man, Terry Yarbrough, who came to Guerrero in 1988 to administrate the founding of a Bible Institute and Discipleship Training. The dedication of the school was in 1989.
A devastating flood washed away the buildings in January 1993, but the school carried on, and new buildings were constructed and dedicated in 1997.
Today, the graduates of our two-year training program include pastors, teachers, evangelists and missionaries ministering throughout Mexico, Latin America, and the world.
This vision has grown into a vital ministry. Mexican nationals are being trained and sent as pastors, teachers, church planters, and lay workers to reach all of Mexico. At the Bible Institute, we equip Mexican nationals to preach the Gospel. We have a special heart for working with the largely unreached indigenous people groups from the state of Oaxaca (wa-ha-ka) in southern Mexico.