Dear readers, students, supporters and friends of BIH,
Three months ago on March 18, due to the emerging worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, BIH notified you of our plans to cancel all classes being offered in the soon-to-start Spring quarter. In addition, we were unable to say when classes would resume. Non-essential businesses and industry were shutting down and local, state, and federal governments were prohibiting all manner of public gatherings including those requiring church buildings and classrooms.
We are now eagerly planning and preparing for classes to physically resume in either the Fall or Winter quarter. Churches are slowly opening up, feeling their way forward to find safe, approved, and acceptable methods of gathering together again. While this process is gradually taking place, BIH has decided to step out in a new direction that will offer the Christian community safe and immediate access to a BIH classroom where they can study and learn the Bible with others from gifted Bible teachers.
Click on the "Courses" menu tab above to view our classes with descriptions, schedules and pricing for three online Bible classes starting mid-July. These classes will be held using the online Zoom platform that many of you have become familiar with over the past few months. Zoom is a very simple and easy-to-use program enabling both large and small groups to participate in 2-way audio and video conferencing with each other and the instructor. It is ideal for online studies and using the service will cost you nothing.
As for the cost of the classes, the BIH Board has decided to provide a scholarship to cover 50% of each student’s registration fee for our pilot online classes in July. For those of you who have an unused registration fee held over from the cancelled Spring Quarter, please indicate when you register how you would like to apply those funds. They can be converted to a tax-deductible donation to BIH, or used for this, or any future registration fee.
We feel certain that these online classes will prove to be a productive and enjoyable method of studying the Bible and will continue to be an option for presenting BIH classes even after churches have once more opened up their classrooms.
Mahalo, and may God bless and protect you and your loved ones. We’ll see you in class!
The BIH Board of Directors and Staff