Ilagan Bible Institute
The history of Ilagan Bible Institute (IBI) dates back to the time when a group of Bible school students graduated at La Loma Bible Institute. The La Loma Bible Institute founded by Rev. Melvyn L. Brown, produced fine Christian men and women most of whom are now in full time service to the Lord as pastors and missionaries in different parts of Luzon. Among them are Pastor and Mrs. Jose B. Cabajar. By strong faith and dedication to the Lord's work, and by the grace of God, the Ilagan Baptist Church was established and formally organized in January 1989.
In November of 1990, the Ilagan Bible Institute (IBI) was started which offered a three-year course leading to the Graduate of Theology Degree with the primary purpose of training and developing students to properly divide and communicate the Word of God, equipping them for the ministry and other areas of Christian service. Along with this aim, the Institute is dedicated to the task of developing the quality of leadership that is much needed today.
The Ilagan Bible Institute (IBI) Officers include Rev. Jose B. Cabajar as the President and Mrs. Maria Nelly A. Cabajar as the Registrar.
In October of 1993, IBI produced the 1st batch of graduates who successfully completed the requirements for the degree. Seven(7) students graduated during the said year and from among the graduates, one (1) pioneered a work in Cabarroguis, Quirino. He is now serving the Lord as full time Pastor of Cabarroguis Baptist Church (CBC). In 1994, three(3) students graduated and one (1) from that batch is serving as IBC staff worker. Year 1995, IBI yielded three (3) graduates, and from that batch, one (1) started a pioneering work in Maddela, Quirino. He is now serving the Lord as full time Pastor of Maddela Baptist Church (MBC). Seven (7) students graduated in 1996. There was no graduation rites in 1997 since no student qualified the requirements. In 1998, four (4) graduated and one (1) presently serving the Lord as IBC staff worker. In November of 2000, three (3) students graduated and one of them was led to serve the Lord as part-time staff worker. We also had the ordination of Pastor Privado Uy of CBC and Pastor Armando Reyes of MBC. Early this year, Bro. Gomer Montereal, a 1998 graduate, started another mission work in Nagtipunan, Quirino, together with an undergraduate student. There was no graduation rite in 2001, but we are expecting a number of students to graduate next year. The students, as well as the alumni are actively involved in home and campus Bible studies, extension classes and other Christian services to spread the good news of the Lord.
Souls are crying and dying. The fields are ripe unto harvest but the laborers are few. The Lord is still patiently waiting for men and women who will forsake all and serve Him. Let's keep on praying that more Christians will take heart and heed the call of God to go to the regions beyond where the story of Christ's love has never been told.
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