Southwest Servants' Academy is swiftly approaching and we are excited about this year! Our theme is "Serving the Lord with All Humility" taken from Acts 20:18-19. Below you will find a button to download a basic schedule for the week. We look forward to seeing all those who signed up!
All the staff at SWSBS would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the outpouring of love for the school in the passing of our brother Don Walker. Don was associated with the school for many years and though his directorship was not long, his hard work will be appreciated for years to come. For those of us who knew Don well, he would be the first to make sure the work at Southwest School of Biblical Studies continued training men and women in the Bible and for service in the Kingdom. To this end, we continue to serve and are praying for the elders as they seek out a man to fill the role of director.
The students continue their training and studies. This weekend we are at a student lectureship in Victoria, Texas at the kindness of the Midtown church of Christ where Ronnie Scherffius, one of our part-time instructors, labors. This upcoming Thursday begins Southwest’s second annual Arise! Seminar. We hope you will join us for this time of fellowship and edification!
In His Care,
I feel an obligation to begin this correspondence with statements of gratitude. Though this is Thanksgiving, believe me when I say my gratitude goes far beyond this one day a year and is merely a coincidence that this is coming at this time. My thankfulness is a daily thing as I give thanks to our Father daily for all of you that read this letter. I thank you for your prayers that are offered up on my behalf and I thank you for your concern that you have and have displayed in many ways for me. I am especially thankful for my brethren at Southwest and at SWSBS. My brethren have been heavily burdened because of my incarceration or stay in the hospital, it is just a matter of semantics, and have done so with grace and without complaint at all. They have gone above and beyond and filled the gap expertly. I do not have the words to adequately express just how I feel here. I appreciate the elders for their great patience, the deacons and all the saints that meet at Southwest. I’ve had a great respect for the men that oversee this congregation and that respect has heightened through this time. I am blessed beyond words to labor with all these brethren.
Now concerning my situation. I am physically stronger and in the best shape I have been in in years. I walk for my easy days, climb stairs (up to 12 flights) for my medium work and I have a cardio therapist, who is a trainer for heart patients, and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays he puts me through strength training for my heavy days. It is very intense and is helping me to not only bring back tone to my muscles and add strength, but also there is a cardio value. So as I mentioned above physically I am doing well and should go into this surgery better prepared than what was the case in my last surgery. My “lab numbers,” both in the context of kidneys and heart are all doing well and I am just waiting for an available heart. My neighbor in the room got the call this week and I am now “in the batter’s box” to borrow my doctor’s words. I am next. My doctors act as if it could be any day, but there is still that uncertainty as to exactly how long or when. I request your continued prayers in these matters.
I suppose that pretty much brings things up to date as far as my situation goes. I am now in my seventh month of being here in the hospital and counting. As is always the case we hope that all we does will bring glory to our God and we desire His will to be done for we know it shall be the best and better than what we would prescribe. Godspeed to you and may our Lord richly bless you as you labor in the kingdom.
It has been a while since I updated my status. Forgive me for the delay, but I was waiting for more solid information. Before that comes all things usually remain the same one-day after another. However, I am blessed to say that at this point change has come and the news is good. We have been down a long road and we still have a ways to go, but we are ready to begin the last phase.
I have been placed on the transplant list, and with the conditions that I have I am placed in a high category. In fact, since there is no one in category 1, that means those in category 2 are at the top of the list. There is only one person in this category and that would be me. So that translates to me being at the top of the list with no one ahead of me. All of my numbers associated with blood and kidneys are very good. I am stable and waiting. So in every way I am ready when the Lord wills and a heart comes available.
I know an innumerable amount of prayers have been offered and continue to be offered. For this I am grateful and request that these prayers continue.
As far as the school is concerned things are good and moving right along. We have added another full time faculty member. Brother Logan Summers, who was teaching part time has been added to the SWSBS family. Finals are completed and now the students have a well-deserved week’s rest. The second quarter begins November 5 and we ask that you remember our students in your prayers.
Brother Cody Kilgore is a wraparound student and has finished his time at SWSBS and is heading to Chicago to fill an one-year intern position after which he will be looking for a congregation to work with full time. The congregation in Chicago is only able to provide a portion of Cody’s support for this one-year and he has the task of raising the rest. At this time Cody still needs to raise approximately $1500 to 1700 a month. Cody is a good man and did well while here in school. If you are willing and able to support Cody please know any amount will be helpful. You can contact the school concerning your desire and we will give you the needed information to contact Cody. Also if, in the future, approximately nine to twelve months, you hear of a congregation looking for a good young man to labor with them, I know Cody would appreciate hearing about it.
We are grateful for our Alumni and other supporters of the school. Our prayers are with you and offered often. We bid you Godspeed and may our Lord Jesus Christ richly bless you in your work. Until next time we encourage you to know Jesus and make Him known.
Don Walker (’79)
The school attended the Lubbock Lectures this year and enjoyed the fellowship and hospitality of the Southeast congregation on Quaker St. This year's theme was Jesus Christ.
(Not all of our students are represented in the photo above.)
Students from Southwest travelled on Friday to the 9th Annual Fruitvale Lectures.. Rachel Garza and McKenna Miller spoke at two women's sessions on Saturday, and our men spoke on Saturday and Sunday at 7 sessions for everyone—Cody Kilgore, Danlee Queen, Brennan Hooper, Jonathan Lopez, Scout Betz, Joshua Dugan, and Garrett English. One sister said she enjoyed every lesson so much, she wanted to hug each one of them.
As some of you know, Fruitvale's building caught fire last year and they are still in the process of rebuilding. This year, the Edgewood congregation opened their building to us. It is amazing how God can take something as horrible as arson to bring about something as pleasant as the fellowship we experienced this past week.
We thank everyone who housed us and fed us. We are grateful to the Fruitvale congregation for their continued support, and allowing Carl McCann to travel down south once a week to help teach. And we are blessed to have met the brethren at Edgewood.
It may very well become a tradition for the students to visit the huge chunk of salt pictured here. I believe they call it "salt lick"...for obvious reasons. (It is a good thing it is not a chunk of ice.)
Dear Alumni of SWSBS
I know it has been a while since our last update, but there was not much change or clarity concerning direction. However, that has changed today.
They have finally brought me down to my "dry" weight, which is approximately 174 lbs. This, now, allows them to begin taking me off IV medication. They must do this slowly as they wean me off.
If this is successful, then I will be heading home to wait to be put on a transplant list. That will be approximately 4 months, which will total 6 months of recovery after surgery. Then it's just wait until a heart is found.
I want to express gratitude for all of your prayers, and request continued prayers. May our God be glorified in all we do. I bid you Godspeed in your work.
The 2018 school year is in full swing. Monday and Tuesday were busy with orientation. Wednesday was our first day of classes.
We have a great class of 1st year students. Our 2nd year class is as strong as ever. Scout Betz was absent today because his wife is expecting to deliver their first child. Please pray for them.
We also want to thank you for your continued interest and prayers for our director, Don Walker. He is still in the hospital making progress, but not without the challenges that accompany the kind of procedure he endured and that comprise the recovery characteristic of such surgery.
We are celebrating our 40th Anniversary this year. It is finals week. Term papers are being handed in, tests being taken, and sermons preached. The Graduation Banquet is this Friday, and Sunday evening after services we will conduct the Graduation Ceremony. Luke Norman, Baldomero Lagua, and Dakota Kilgore are our graduates. Brother Kilgore is a wrap around student, which means he will be with us one more quarter.
Carl McCann will be our guest speaker, preaching both services on Sunday and teaching our Bible class in the morning.
Continue to pray for brother Don Walker. We will provide an update on him soon.
A group of young people have travelled to be with us that has made this year's academy a pleasure to be a part of. Mike and Joann Parks provided tickets for the entire group to attend the Round Rock Express Baseball game last night. We had great seats and enjoyed our time together. Thanks, Mike and Joann.