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Page 12 text:
REV. FRANK UV. SMITH, Preridefzt
Outstanding in both name and reputation, Rev. Frank
W. Smith has established a fine record as President of the
Open Bible Institute. His passionate love for souls, and
power in dealing with men bespeaks a hidden life of
prayer and communion with God.
Vitally interested in the deeper meaning of God's
Word, he packs every class session with diligent, method-
ical delving into the Scriptures, and has been used of God
to enlighten our spiritual understanding.
Holding high the standards of Christian living, Brother
Smith consistently encourages the students of O.B.I. to
walk steadfastly before God, and spurs us on to give our
Rev. FRANK W. SM1T1-1
REV. LUCILLE IENKINS, Dean of Women
Her friendly smile warming the hearts of all those she
contacts, Sister Jenkins serves O.B.I. faithfully and effi-
ciently. Although her duties are many and varied, we have
never found her to preoccupied to share diiiicult student
Many a boy and girl in Dark Africa has found Ma
jenkins a source of unfailing inspiration, but her light of
love shines no less here in the Homeland, where her efforts
for the Master have been equally fruitful.
We are indeed privileged to have Miss Jenkins as a
member of the O.B.I. Faculty, and we pray that she may
continue with us-until God reopens the door to Africa.
best efforts in the Lord's service.
REV. LUCILLE M. JENKINS
Dean of Wornen
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REV. AND MRS. JOHN R. RICHEY
Prerideuf Elllgfiflhf and C0-Fofmder
HISTORY OF O.B.I.
Witlm a burden for souls and a vision for trained pastors and
teachers, john R. and Louise H. Richey began classes in the
First Church of the Open Bible at Nineteenth and Crocker, in
Des Moines. Through the years the enrollment grew, until a
new building was needed. No structure which was suitable to
meet the need of the school could be found. Finally, at the
Annual Convention of 1938, the founders again took the leadg
they presented the idea of building our own building, and gave
the initial donation. The spirit of God moved, and in that one
meeting ample funds were raised to begin the work. Through
depression and prosperity, prayer and sacrifice, working and
giving, O.B.I., students and faculty members have carried on the
building program, until today the hrst floor unit of our building
stands equipped and paid for--a 317,000 dollar memorial of
the grace of God.
The Open Bible Institute not only has made progress finan-
cially, but the Lord has blessed our school spiritually as well.
A God-given faculty, and students with consecrated talent and
a genuine burden for souls, comprise the real O.B.I. In a brief
history like this, one cannot tell the qualities and characteristics
of the students, their trials and victories, their joys and triumphs,
which go to make up the ever growing spirit of the Institution.
We anxiously await the time when the Lord, Himself shall
unfold tot us the completed story of the actual growth of the
Open Bible Institute and its far-flung outposts. Until that time
we shall faithfully occupy till He comes.
We shall take the burning of the mortgage and the estab-
lishment of the new Victory Building Fund as tokens of even
greater spiritual conquests as we march ONWARD to glorious
VICTORY in CHRIST JESUS.
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REV. R. BRYANT MITCHELL, Dean
The ministry of Rev. R. Bryant Mitchell, Dean of
O.B.I, is as far reaching as the span of the most extensive
imagination. His life is given to the preparation of Youth
today for Christian service tomorrow.
His colorful descriptions and homely illustrations enliven
even the most difficult subjects, and his classes are perme'
ated with interest and enthusiasm. How our very souls
throb with mingled joy and amazement, as he digs deep
and vividly unfolds before us the unsearchable riches of
God's Holy Word.
His self-sacrifice and deep interest in problems of
practical living have endeared him to every heart and have
inspired us to develop the same sterling character.
REV. R. BRYANT lVl1TCH ELL
MRS. HELEN FLOWER, Regirtmr
MRS. HELEN FLOWER
As faithful as a clock and just as essential to everyone
at O.B.I. is our registrar, Mrs. Helen Flower. Her kindly
disposition and cheery greeting is as much a part of school
life as the air we breathe.
Unperturbed by the usual last minute rush of students
around her, she capably performs her many duties. Habitually
saying little yet doing much, she has won the love of all and
has greatly blessed our school. Ever ready to offer an encour-
aging word, she has proven to be an inspiration to us to press
on toward the High Calling in Christ Jesus. Sister Flower
is a friend to all, and a faithful example for the Christ she
loves and serves. K
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