OC’s sole Mexican partner focuses on addressing conflict biblically
Founded in 1959 to evangelize and plant churches, Puebla Bible Seminary (PBS) began as a Bible Institute located in the fifth largest state in Mexico (Puebla). As the country has grown and the population has become better educated, PBS changed from an institute to a college. The seminary offers Bachelor degrees and modular Master’s degrees and is working toward offering Doctoral degrees and Internet-based extension courses. Night courses are also available.
PBS has proven to be a regionally significant institution within Mexico where challenges include poverty, corruption and conflict. In response, PBS launched a Diploma in Reconciliation program, as well as an initiative to help the Church address conflict biblically using Peacemaker Ministries. The seminary sees itself as a force for reconciliation among churches and is expanding to provide mediation to those in conflict. PBS says conflict must be the first challenge addressed in order for poverty and corruption to be addressed successfully.
The interdenominational school of 235 graduates hosts mission conferences in order to provide a forum for international speakers to share with the local church and leadership. In addition, PBS seeks to make better use of their property and become self-sustaining by developing a commercial building to generate rental income.
Faculty scholar Luis Trujillo is studying toward his Master’s in Intercultural Studies in Cordoba, Argentina. Luis also serves on his church’s missions committee and is the Director of the World Missions Department at PBS. “[My studies] have been a great help in both ministries,” he says. “I have incorporated much of what I’ve learned in my classes. God has permitted PBS to offer this same Master’s degree now. Thanks to your help and these studies, the seminary has a greater impact than we ever thought possible.”