Sundoulos - Fall 2010

Alumni Focus

The Talbot Miracle of May!

by Rick Bee

The sound of heavy earthmoving equipment and saw-cuts is floating across the grass of the Calvary Chapel lawn on an almost daily basis now, as we move towards a new facility for Talbot!  If you haven’t heard about the Miracle of May yet, I hope you will take the time to check out Talbot’s Development web site and read a little about God’s amazing faithfulness in April and May as the university and Talbot faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends entered 40 days of prayer and fasting for the Talbot project.  By the end of the 40 days, more than $6,000,000 was received in gifts and pledges towards the new Talbot complex, making it possible for the university to proceed with groundbreaking.   God had moved in such amazing ways in the hearts of our alumni and friends, that it was obviously His hand!  And I love that!

I was meeting this week with a young missionary couple, an alumna and her husband, who are serving in a jungle village in Peru.  I was reminded that our Western faith has so little room for miracles.  The things they are observing in their ministry are so outside of the Western “box,” and they are amazed and affirmed in their faith on a daily basis.  In their short time of ministry, they have experienced healings, miracles in the church family, and wonderful examples of God’s provision, care and encouragement for His people.   The same has held true for Julie and me as we have served in India and heard testimonies that amazed us of God’s miracles for the purpose of the Gospel and outreach.  Stories of children recovered from deadly disease, food and finances given in amazing ways, and even resurrections from the dead!

When the challenges of life come upon us, how often we fail as God’s children to cry out to the God of miracles for Him to step in, and for us to step-out!

I was blessed in recent weeks as a member of our own staff who was told that her pregnancy was going to lead to a malformed child, with potential for significant brain damage, and shortened life expectancy.  She would not accept what the doctors were telling her.  The world’s counsel was to abort the child.  She and her husband, a wonderful Talbot student, wouldn’t do it and clung to the promises of an all mighty God to heal their unborn son in the womb…  They delivered, a week ago, a healthy baby boy!  So, when we ask, miracles do happen.  This young couple, and all of us who watched it, know they do! 

I think that’s what is so unique for us in the Miracle of May.  Talbot is getting a new facility that will radically change how we prepare the next generation of Christian leaders for ministry around the world.  Many doubted that in this economy it would happen… or even could happen.  But, God did it, and the funds to do it were provided in miraculous ways.  I hope you didn’t miss the miracle, and will join us in celebrating God’s faithfulness to Talbot. 

And, like us, I hope you are looking and expecting the miracles in your life!

Rick Bee
Biola ’79, Talbot ’90, ‘01
Senior Director of Alumni Relations

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639