Did you know that the disciples lived in a time of political chaos and uncertainty? The Roman Empire overtook the land of Israel and the family of Herod the Great was in control. John the Baptist was killed for being a mouthpiece of righteousness. Religious leaders were scheming to kill Jesus and to turn the government against Him. People were confused about who Jesus Christ was.
In the midst of those days, what did Jesus ask His disciples to do? In Matthew 16:24, He asked the disciples to “Follow Me.” The request of Jesus in those days still rings loud and true today. He is asking His children to follow Him.
The theme for the new school year is Follow Jesus. In the midst of political unrest and the uncertainties provoked by COVID-19, we are asking our college family to follow Jesus like they have never followed Him before. Pray for all of us at Ambassador to follow Jesus without reserve and wholeheartedly in this challenging day.
The disciples followed Jesus in a unique day and you can too!
Ambassador Baptist College is excited to open its doors for the 2020-21 school year. The college is committed to giving the student the highest quality in-class education in a healthy and safe environment. The administration has developed procedures and protocols in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations.
Two documents have been developed to inform students and their parents of the college’s plans for the fall. The Reopening Plan provides a general overview of ABC’s efforts to reopen the campus. It also lists procedures to provide a health-conscious atmosphere and continuity in classroom instruction. The Guide for Parents and Students gives students an idea of what to expect when they arrive on campus for the first time. It also gives a glimpse of what students can expect throughout the semester.
ABC will maintain a regular class and chapel schedule for the semester while practicing social distancing. When social distancing is not possible, masks will be required. Please refer to the documents listed earlier for specifics.
Over the past few months, we have asked God to provide wisdom according to James 1:5. Please pray for the spiritual and physical health of our students and staff as we prepare to begin classes on August 26th.
We are excited to still be able to have Camp Barnabas this year at Ambassador Baptist College! We have all experienced adjustments to our regular routines during the Covid-19 situation, and camp will also see some minor changes.
At camp check-in, we will be doing temperature checks on all campers and sponsors who will be staying for the week. (We will not be able to accept anyone with a fever as a camper or sponsor.)
We will do daily temperature checks and health screenings for camp staff, and staff will monitor campers daily for indications of illness as well.
Housing will be arranged to provide as much distancing as possible, and only campers and camp staff will be allowed to enter camp housing facilities.
Limits will be placed on outside visitors to camp during the week.
We will be performing additional sanitizing of high-touch and high-traffic areas throughout each day and ensuring that our campus is thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis.
Recently, the governor of North Carolina issued Executive Order 147 requiring face coverings in public places where distancing is not possible. This also applies to overnight camps, so campers and sponsors will be required to bring a cloth face covering and use them in designated situations. Camp staff and counselors will also be required to use face coverings.
There are some exceptions to this policy including young children, medical conditions, strenuous outdoor exercise, and eating meals. (Please refer to the full text of Executive Order 147 for the complete list of exemptions.)
Parents or sponsors may notify camp staff at registration of any medical conditions meeting the specified criteria. We plan to use distancing when possible and face coverings where it is not feasible.
We believe the Lord wants to do great things during this week of camp and we are looking forward to a memorable week together. Please contact our office at 704-434-0303 to register for Camp Barnabas or click here Camp Barnabas Registration.
Our college family was sorrowed to learn of the passing of alumnus Billy Abbott yesterday afternoon. Billy was a member of the Class of 2001 and a full-time evangelist. He was a strong Bible preacher with a heart for people. Billy was also the director of Camp Hosanna in Hiawasee, GA. Many young people were touched by his life and ministry.
An open casket visitation for friends and family will be held on Saturday, June 13 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Shining Light Baptist Church located at 4231 Traprock Gap Road near Blairsville, GA.
A closed casket funeral service will be held at 6 pm on Sunday, June 14th at Camp Hosanna located at 2201 Pope Road in Hiawassee, GA.
A final service will be held on Wednesday, June 17th at 2 pm at Clearview Baptist Church, 3345 Goodman Road East in Southaven, MS.
Please pray for his wife Diana and their children. Cards may be sent to the Abbott family at 6795 Goodman Road, Walls, MS, 38680.
Did you know that the sun never sets on ABC graduates? They are on almost every continent proclaiming the good news of the Gospel. For this to continue, we need your help by giving to the 2020 Graduation Offering at ABC. http://ambassadors.edu/go
Ambassador Baptist College is looking forward to opening its doors to welcome back students for the Fall 2020 semester! The campus will reopen to students for the final summer school session on August 17th. The dormitories will officially open on Friday, August 21st and the first day of school will be on Wednesday August 26th. The semester will conclude on Friday, December 18th.
Commencement for the Class of 2020 will be held at 7 pm on Friday, August 28th in the R.A. Torrey Auditorium. Evangelist Jerry Sivnksty will be the speaker. A detailed schedule of Commencement events will be posted soon.
The dates to remember for the fall semester include:
August 31 through September 4 – Opening Revival with Alton Beal and Bill Abbott
October 21-25 – Fall Break
October 26-30 – Missions Conference
November 14 – Rekindle Teen Conference
November 26-29 – Thanksgiving Break
December 11 – Christmas Concert
December 14-18 – Final Exams
ABC will continue to implement policies and procedures
needed to promote the good health of its students and staff in the midst of the
Applications for the fall semester are being processed now. Begin the online application process by clicking here.
Each semester, ABC recognizes those students who have displayed academic diligence. These designations are awarded to full-time undergraduate students and graduate students who take six or more hours. The college is pleased to recognize the following students for their hard work during the Spring 2020 semester:
We are actively monitoring the status of COVID-19 guidance
and any potential impact on our Camp Barnabas, which is scheduled for July
20-24, 2020. It is still our hope to
host the camp on its scheduled date. We
will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and do what is in the best
interest of our campers. A number of
other Christian camps are holding out their hopes for July as well.
In the event of a camp cancellation, all deposits and fees
that have been prepaid will be refunded.
In the meantime, pray that we will be able to host this special week in
July. The present situation in our world
only highlights the fact that the world needs Jesus!
Do you want to encourage a younger generation to serve the Lord in the ministry? Supporting the 2020 Graduation Offering at ABC is a great way to help and encourage teens and young adults prepare for God’s service. http://ambassadors.edu/go
Every year, Ambassador Baptist College celebrates the accomplishments and the potential of each graduate. Due to COVID-19, the Commencement service scheduled for Friday, May 8 has been postponed and rescheduled for Friday, August 28 at 7pm. This change has been made with the hopes that family and friends will be able to attend this special service honoring the Class of 2020.
More details on Commencement week activities will be shared
in the weeks to come.