Beloved Truth International began with a question…”I wonder if I could lead a Bible study online?” Then the question became a conversation with the Lord detailing all the reasons I could not lead a Bible study online. In 2009, I knew literally nothing about computer “stuff”! The extent of my technical expertise was retrieving my email. I had teenagers at the time and I overheard their dialogue about “MySpace and Facebook”. What in the world was a FACEBOOK??? What transpired after that can only be described as a God story and a to God be the glory story!
BTI started as an Online Bible Study Community with a “Chat Room” and a handful of people hungry to know God’s Word for themselves. I led a weekly Precept Inductive Bible Study in the chat room with people I neither could see nor hear. We met and discussed the Bible using our computer keyboards and it worked! We were studying the Bible online and most of all…together. The Holy Spirit of God somehow connected the hearts and lives of people from around the United States in a simple chat room. No bells and whistles! We had the Scriptures, Jesus and each other! To God be the glory!
Not long after, I began to pray and ask the Lord and some close friends their thoughts on adding a Podcast to the BTI Online Community. A Podcast to help people understand how to study the Bible using the inductive study method. Who was I to start a Podcast??? The only thing I knew for sure in all of this was that I loved God’s Word and wanted others to fall in love with the Jesus of the Bible. I longed for them to discover what I had experienced…the joy and healing that the Word of God alone can bring to a sin sick life. To God be the glory!
Over the next few years, to be totally honest, I continually prayed and asked God to release me from doing “Online Ministry”. You see, I am a “people person”! I like to give big “in person” hugs and teach in local settings. His answer through a variety of circumstances was consistently no! No! NO! You can’t stop yet! Thankfully, technology was advancing at lightning speed and the LIVE online Bible studies began to be held in Video Conferencing Rooms and I could see the students faces!!! To God be the glory!
At the end of 2016, Beloved Truth International was at an absolute stand still. My partner in life and ministry, my husband Bob, and I believed it was time to cancel our Online Classroom Venue and see where God would now have us serve Him. But God’s plans are not always our plans. My plan was to cancel our Online Venue subscription before the next bill came due. Within 24-48 hours before I was to connect with our sales person to shut down the ministry, God intervened to stop me from making that call. I wish I could share in detail the way He intervened, but let’s just say “it was a God thing!” In one day, He brought me a team of selfless and dedicated Online Bible Study Leaders and volunteers. A whole TEAM!!! Men and women, passionate to share God’s Word online and see people learn how to study the Bible for themselves using the inductive study method. To God be the glory!
BTI was “reborn” in January 2017 and the Lord has been doing amazing things for which He alone can get the glory. Beloved Truth International is not a one person ministry, but a united team of leaders and volunteers whose goal and mission are the same…
“To passionately impart the Gospel and God’s Word online to people around the world. To encourage and help people dig deeply into God’s Word, so that they grow in their personal walk with Christ and become disciple makers themselves.”
And now…BTI has come full circle! We have our own Online Discipleship Network again. We so desire to connect with people around God’s Word and to come alongside to encourage them and fellowship. To God be the glory!
Did you pick up on a key repeated phrase in the words above? Those words are and will always be why we as a team do what we do. We want God to be glorified! To God be the glory, great things He has done!
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