On this day in 1945, soldiers and chaplains, all veterans of World War 2, crowded into the tiny living room of a missionary couple in the newly liberated  city of Manila, in the Philippines.

As many of these men fought on the Philippines during the war, they began to grow a deep love for the people.  So after the war was over, they gathered together to discuss the best way to reach these people they loved with the Gospel.  It was in this meeting, on Sept. 21st, that the vision to put up a Bible school was deeply felt. In prayer, they committed themselves to start Far Eastern Bible Institute and Seminary.  The work was spearheaded by Russell G. Honeywell (Who had served as a chaplain) and Carl Urspringer (a missionary).  Their vision for the school was to train up Filipino nationals who would be able to start churches all around their island.  The idea caught on and soon everyone in the group was getting involved, through gifts, prayer, and their time.

Less than three years later, the school officially opened with 20 students.  Recognition had been given to the school by the government and they were qualified to  offer the four-year Bachelor of Arts program. Majors in Bible and Theology, Pastoral work, Missions, Christian Education and Church Music were the thrusts of the program.

In 1972, the college that was begun by Americans officially became “indigenous.” The management was turned over to the Filipino nationals. Dr. Gadiel Isidro, a 1954 alumnus, served as the first Filipino President. Throughout the years the Far Eastern Bible Institute and Seminary maintained its high academic standards and training for future pastors, Christian workers and evangelical leaders.  Thousands have gone through the program and are now faithfully serving on islands throughout the Pacific.

 

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