A Heart to Mentor

By Susie Rowan – BSF Executive Director

Each year, the BSF Board of Directors encourages the Executive Director to take a one-week sabbatical as a means to enjoy time and reflection with the Lord.  

This week is my sabbatical. 

Throughout this week, I’ve enjoyed long walks with the Lord.  

I’ve enjoyed moments of solitude with the Lord. 

I’ve enjoyed food and conversation with my family, to the glory of the Lord. 

And, perhaps because this year is my final year to serve as Executive Director of Bible Study Fellowship, I’ve found this week’s sabbatical rest to be particularly poignant.

A few weeks ago, I conducted a webinar for another organization on the topic of mentorship. Preparing for the webinar was a delight as I reflected on the past and present relationships that have marked my life so significantly. So many of those relationships were birthed in a BSF context. Now, this week, as I enjoy my final week of sabbatical rest, the Lord has continued to bring these relationships to mind. As I think back throughout my life and career, it is indeed true – we need one another. We need those who have gone before. And we need those who come behind.

Seasons to Grow

In my own life, I think of my grandfather. He was the first to intentionally invite me into his daily life. From the time I could walk, he invested in me. I went to his large corporate conferences and was introduced as a 7-year-old. A man nearly 60 years older than I was invited me to walk with him and to participate with him in his corporate life, even as a small child. This inspired me to lead.   

But there was more.   

My grandfather introduced me to Jesus. My grandparents were the primary Christian witness in my life for many years. I watched him lead as a businessman and worship as a believer.   

Then, when I was a young woman, my BSF Teaching Leader, Jacque Sanders, showed me the depth of commitment required to be a true Christ follower. She showed me the wisdom of patience and persistence in prayer. 

And when I was a missionary in Brazil, my BSF Area Advisor, Linda Hunt, taught me how to pursue others and love honestly without judgment.  

As Executive Director, a fellow board member, Bruce Smith, met me with kindness in mistakes, willingness to listen and wise council when needed. He showed me how to have difficult conversations with Christ as the center.  

And now, as I transition out of BSF leadership, I’ve sought council from my husband, Roger, board members Mark Bailey, Mike Duke and Garth Bolinder. In preparing for the future, executive coach Steve Graves and former business executives Ron DeLeenheer and John Duffy have shared their wisdom. 

I am also deeply grateful for my life-long friend, Sharon. Like many of the others, I met Sharon in a BSF class. Sharon is several years older than I am and gives great wisdom as we talk about marriage, grief, children, and grandchildren. She teaches me about aging gracefully. She is compassionate and creative. 

Each of these individuals has offered me wisdom, care, comfort, strength, and love – those same qualities they received as they have walked with Jesus through the years.  

But there are more.  

Seasons to Learn 

In 2017, Janie Stephens agreed to join the BSF staff as my Executive Assistant after we met at a BSF class in Dallas. Through the years, we have worked closely, and I have watched Janie grow professionally and spiritually. When she needed a formal “mentor” during her master’s degree program at Dallas Theological Seminary, Janie asked if I would fulfill the role. Janie learned not only from my successes but also through my failures because she was with me every step of the way.   

What began as a leadership relationship developed into a deep friendship. Though I’ve helped Janie through some difficult seasons, Janie has also taught me invaluable lessons about what it means to follow Christ.   

Through each of these relationships, I’m reminded of the joy-inducing gift of Christ-centered community. I have found that community in Bible Study Fellowship over the decades. Something unique happens in relationships centered around the Word of God. Ultimately, our goal in every friendship is to encourage one another to grow in Christlikeness, to look more like Jesus.   

Tethered Together

As I reflect on this concept, I recall an illustration from Melissa Kruger of The Gospel Coalition. In her book, Growing Together, Melissa recalls as a young girl watching her father work in the yard. On one particular day, Melissa’s father noticed a young thin tree in the yard bent over and suffering from the damaging effects of a recent storm. Melissa watched as her father took a rope and tethered the young tree to an older tree – one that was sturdy and strong. By tying the two trees together, Melissa’s father ensured the older tree could offer support and strength to the younger tree. 

The same is true for any mentoring relationship – a younger, less experienced individual is tethered to a more mature individual for a season so the younger individual might grow and develop.

With this in mind, take a moment to reflect on those God has use in your own life to guide and direct your steps toward Him.  

Hebrews 13:7 tells us, “Remember your leaders, who spoke the Word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way, and imitate their faith.” 

And finally, ask God to reveal specific opportunities where you can help others around you grow and develop. Where can you share your perseverance in hope and the wisdom you have gleaned?

It is indeed true – we need one another. I pray that through Bible Study Fellowship you might find opportunities such as these — opportunities to mentor and be mentored through close relationships that develop around the study of God’s Word in community.  

Susie Rowan

BSF Executive Director

Under Susie’s leadership as executive director, BSF membership has grown to serve more than 385,000 adults and 66,000 children worldwide, and the ministry has introduced BSF Online and WordGo Bible study platforms, and four new studies – IsaiahRevelation, and People of the Promised Land I and II (Part II coming in 2022). Susie and her husband, Roger, have been married for 45 years and have two children, Jerry and Sally, and four grandchildren.

 

657 Comments

  1. Thankyou Susie for sharing on the importance of mentorship. May the Lord lead you into the many more opportunities that are yet before you.

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  2. Hi Susie, thank you so much as you served our Lord in mentoring. BSF has show the love of Christ, understanding and wonderful fellowship internationally along with the face to face time with my Christians sisters. Where would we be as we walk with our Lord through our daily lives? Nowhere. I thank God for you and and all who serve to make this ministry a rich treasure. Prayers to all. Blessings in Jesus.
    Sincerely Cherie USA

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    • I am very much encouraged with your walk with God and how HE placed people in your life nurturing you at the same time. I, am also thankful that I have gone through certain stages in my life where HE help to grow.May we never give up on His Love.

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  3. Quiet an elaborate insight on mentorship. May God continue to bless you

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  4. This is a great look into mentorship from childhood. Your humility indeed enriches me to want to serve as I look to Christ alone.

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  5. Susie you are such an inspiring God’s servant. May He continue to give you more years ahead to coach, mentor and train during your retirement. Thank so much. With kind regards

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  6. Thank you for your service!!

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  7. Enjoyed a Heart to Mentor
    Thank you for sharing 💕💕

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  8. Beautiful encouragement. I firmly believe God directs the paths of His children. He reminds us to remember the work He does through us to encourage one another. To share, to be His witness of the struggles and victories He works out in each of our lives.
    As I read, “A Heart to Mentor” this encouraged me to take the time and reflect; not only on God’s work throughout my life, but those He has brought along side me to encourage and be encouraged. What an amazing Father we have. We have so many blessings from Him as we continue to stay the course. Thank you for your faithful leadership.

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  9. Blessings for your words of wisdom for each of us to pray about and to think on before the Throne of Grace. You and your will enjoy the
    next door God chooses to open for you. .Praises!!!!!

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  10. Susie Rowan, I am pleased to have you share your wisdom of our Lord, Jesus Christ, but I am not pleased by you leaving BSF as the leader. I joined BSF about 2 1/2 years ago and am gradually getting used to the program with you at the helm and now, you are relinquishing your leadership position. How can you leave when you are needed here. A song by Leo Sayer (30 yrs ago), When I need you, is most appropriate and applies here. You can’t leave ! Well, I can’t stop you from leaving but I wish I could.

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  11. These are encouraging words for me today as I am in a life transition. I reflect on mentors that guided me as I stumbled through youth and parenting. The person I am now is not the same scared, lost soul I started as. I see the knowledge and guidance of those early mentors living inside me. Years ago, I bitterly mourned the loss of each cherished sage. Now I am starting to see that as they left me they passed on to me a Batton of light. And even though I didn’t see it, they, along with the Lord, have equipped me with that same gift of mentoring. I am writing this mostly to officially open up my heart to be ready to see God’s calling and boldly witness and serve where He guides me. I want to be a mentor to others as my grandma, friends and BSF leaders were to me.

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  12. Thank you so much. God bless you more!

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  13. I am pleased and benefitted from reading your sharing . Am always interested to mentor others just as I have gotten much from being mentored. In fact BSF has made me see how participants have been greatly helped not only in following a disciplined inspired study but also from the sharing and discussions

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  14. Susie,
    Thank you for your leadership; God has used you mightily through BSF and will continue to do so. Thank you for
    accepting His call and helping us grow and be nurtured through the study of His Word!!! I know you will find great
    satisfaction in having more time with family, especially your grandchildren! With appreciation and love, Shirley M.

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  15. Thanks Susie for your faithfulness to the call of God to BSF. Because of your faithfulness, I’ve been truly blessed. Well done to a faithful servant. Continued blessings as you continue to follow Him.

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  16. Thank you Suzie for the God centred leadership and wish you the very best in your next endeavours. Thanks to BSF international too for such a wonderful opportunity to learn Gods word in the most captivating way. My life is changed forever because of BSF and all glory to God only.

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  17. I am very new to BSF, thank you Susie for your devoted service to this program.
    May your life in Christ continue to blossom.
    Sincerely, Emily Mabry

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  18. Very encouraging. I have really grown in the love and trust in GOD.

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  19. Look at God! I’m speaking before a prayer ministry on Thursday morning, 5:50AM. The Scripture is 2 Timothy 3:10-17. The theme is, “Remember the Word of God”. Your blog this month is a living testimony (a show and tell) of my message to, “continue in the things that you have learned and been assured of. Knowing from whom you have learned them. Abide in them, never let them go.”

    May God continue to bless and keep you as you journey down the path to righteousness that He has set for you.

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  20. Thank you, Susie! This was beautifully written and very timely, as I have just been asked to mentor a young woman at our church. It is very encouraging and helpful to me. I pray that in our time together, we keep Jesus the main focus and that perhaps we will grow into a wonderful relationship like you have had with Janie. God bless you as you and your family move into this new season.

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  21. Thank you for sharing your life experience with us Suzie, once again it is proven the importance that grand parents play in a child’s life… I believe of introducing Jesus Christ to the child while he / she is still in utero, for I can still remember what my mother told me about God walking the earth, and what an significant role that played in my life over the years.. Today I am 71yrs and I can still remember it. Thank you Suzie may our Dear Lord bless you in your future endeavors

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  22. thank you for your willingness to serve and for your godly leadership. You have inspired and touched me every time I have read your blog/post with your love of God and for the serving of BSF community. it’s been a great blessing to us. Continue to pray for your new role and your spiritual journey.

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  23. Thank you to let me in to the BSF members and found so many insight through digging each scriptures. And your heart and work in God’s path are very amazing and inspired me to endure my life path in Christ Jesus.

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  24. Thank you Susie, for your Godly leadership, and its has been a blessing in my life to learn and mature along with other women of God as we study His Word May God continue to bless you are you move forward in your next christian walk.

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  25. God bless you. Thank you for sharing with us; you have been a BSF pillar.

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  26. So beautifully written, Susie! You touched my heart. Thank you for all you’ve done through BSF to the glory of God.

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  27. Thank you for your leadership. I sincerely appreciate your efforts to grow BSF online. It made the difference during the pandemic.
    Blessings to you and your family as you move into another season of life.

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  28. God bless you Susie for your wonderful leadership that made me continue with BSF when new books were introduced after what used to be just seven years.

    Just wondering, what happened to the study on the books of ‘ MINOR PROPHETS’. I loved that study

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  29. All Glory be to God.

    Thanks for inspiring me to mentor others and learn from them as well.

    I wish you all the best.

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  30. Dear Susie, It is a privilege serving in the BSF ministry over many years and growing in Gods Word. You have boldly, through the power of the Holy Spirit, made some major changes and impacted the direction of BSF in a most positive way. I was so thrilled to attend the conference in Portland several years ago. Your leadership is of highest quality and magnitude. I will miss you but it is to God’s glory that you said yes to His calling as Executive Director. Thank you

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  31. Thank you for the wise words

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  32. What Fantastic Woman of God! Her God-given words are a delight, golden, gentle and a balm to our hearts. They encourage me to persevere, to shake off my tired shackles and step up to be what God is creating. Thank you!

    On another note, when will we see the study of Isaiah? Please!

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  33. This is beautiful. Knowing and being sure about God’s purpose for my life has been giving me unrest. I’m certain, through prayer and your encouragement that sharing the word with others is the greatest blessing i have. Thank you for the insight

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  34. thank you for your insights ..it has been a pleasure to read your encouragements over the years ..thank you for the time ,the energy and the heart you gave ..

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  35. I am so excited to study the book of John in a BFS bible study. I look forward to being mentored by a strong Christian woman from our church. This is an answer to prayer. I’m continually in awe and amazed at God’s love and grace in my life!

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  36. Thank you Susie for being a great inspiration to me during the many years I have been in leadership in BSF. Though we did not have a personal relationship you have been a blessing in my life each time I heard you teach God’s Word and read your blogs. May God bless you in this next phase of your life.

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  37. Thank you for all your hard and heart work. I have been in BSF for 15 yrs and later became a GL. I enjoy your leadership and the Retreats we used to have. Unfortunately Covid19 has caused a lot of drawbacks. With social distancing and many new health rules, i felt so restricted. But God is Great, He make use of the evil tr8cks of man and turn it to grow His church. I can see more people joining BSF via ZOOM.
    Thanks to the Holy Spirit for leading BSF to digital.
    I was looking for a digital copy of Revelation to benefit my church in this time of Movement Control Order (MCO), but having written to HQ, it seems no one has a copy. How wonderful if i csn have a copy to help my church to study Revelation introducing BSF version.
    Anyway, i wish you all the best in your future endeavours. You look for me via Michael Yong when you last in our last Singapore Retreat.

    God bless you, and hope we will meet again.

    Michael Mah.

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  38. Thank You, Susie! I too have been so very blessed to have mentors in my life, especially in BSF! I appreciate the reminder that in different seasons of life we are called to come alongside others to teach and guide! Being that I am in the same season as you I am so looking forward to the opportunity and blessing to mentor more of our younger generation!

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    • Connie, praying for you as you seek to share God’s wisdom and love with the next generation. If we don’t tell them, how will they know?!

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  39. Thanks for sharing your story. It’s refreshing to see your steps in growing. And how important other Christians are in our lives. And then there is family, what would we be without them.

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  40. Thank you. I believe that is what the Lord has in store for me- to be a mentor. How, when and where is in God’s hands. I will be listening for Him to let me know. Be Blessed

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  41. Thank you for sending this to me. I have been teaching Tae Kwon Do for over 44 years. I have had several “kids” and parents thank me for showing them belief in our Lord, God and his son Jesus Christ. Also to see students of all ages change the physical and mental abilities is truly awesome and motivating for me as well.
    My wife and I have hosted international students now for 5 years (this fall will start the sixth one. It is a pleasure for us to have these young people come into our home and see what a family is about What the Lord can and will do for them. To see these people grow in the right direction is so heart warming.

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    • Just want to add that BSF is totally true and accurate. My wife, Maria, has been in for 9 years and myself for 6. Some of these students we host and our son, Matthew, have had such a delight in this program.

      Maria has taken her skills that she learned being a Group Leader for the ladies and children as well and taken over the 4 year old and under children at our Chinese Christian Church. I am taking the items from BSF lessons and group sharing to volunteer as a Bible Study Partner for New Creations Prison Ministries. Helping those for sure in need is heart warming and gives me many smiles. These folks comment on how their life is changing due to learning about and believing the Lord. Using skills from BSF and my faith in Him makes it all possible.

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  42. Thank you Sharon

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  43. Susie,
    I love you loving the Lord. Thanks for being an authentic leader in BSF and toward the things of God.
    God’s favor on you, Roger, and your family. God rewards your work. Amen!

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  44. Dear Susie, I am humbled and inspired to hear from you. Indeed with the topic a heart to mentor, I believe God is equally using me to mentor other young ones in my church and in BSF as well. Thank you for sharing

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  45. Thankyou Susie for your service to Christ and family of believers, really value your love and commitment.
    Much Thanks 😇

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  46. Thank you and all the staff for giving so generously of your time to help us all grow in our knowledge of the bible. I came to the LORD at age 9 and have never been disappointed by my love for HIM. I can see where HE guided my path and watched over me through out my life. He also put people in my path to mentor and I never turned down that opportunity to do so. My church does a food drive and I am mentoring some of the people HE has put in my path through this outreach. Once again I thank you for you selfless generosity.

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  47. Thank you for sharing and being a blessing to those you share with. May you continue to trust God and be used by Him. God bless you and your family. Thank you.

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  48. when will the bsf on matthew be starting this fall. and where the location be..

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  49. Thank you for your leadership and for sharing your experiences with gracious mentors. What you’ve expressed is helping me get understanding so I can continue to grow strong, deep roots in The Lord.

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  50. Thank you Susie for your words of encouragement. Our study of Genesis was so enlightening. The life of Joseph and his brothers is very timely in today’s society.

    Mentoring, also is very important, as I reflect on my life, I am grateful to the mature mentors: my late mother, older seasoned women in my church, and a few other people that God placed in my life. As I think of them the common thread was their perserverance in the Lord thru their life experiences so I too feel I was tethered to a deep rooted strong tree. May God Bless You.
    our Genesis study, the life lessons

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  51. Thank you Susie for your faithfulness and contribution to BSF under your Leadership It was a great honor to be in the same room with you & a special treat to have you visit our
    Lincroft NJ Women’s Class virtually
    back in November

    May God continue to bless you and your family

    I am entering my 33rd year at BSF
    Albany NY 1989-1993

    Lincroft NJ 1994-to date
    Group Leader 2010-present

    Fondly
    RoseAnn Cosentino
    GL Lincroft NJ

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  52. Thank you Susie for your leadership to BSF. I have studied inBSF for 10 years
    and it has been auch beaaing IN MY LIFE to be able to have the opprtunity to
    learn and study the bible in such aetailed and thorough way ,that is offered in BSF.
    And I want to thank you for your leadership service that made thiis possible.

    Now may you go and take a BESSD retirement break and all of the BLESSiNG s
    that GO has stored up for you because God has to be pleased for the deication
    in service thT YOU CONTRIBUTED to his Wil for so many women in the wodld
    in thee times that we are liviing. You are truly a part of God*s plan for such a time
    s thisAnd as we have learned inBSF GOD plan marches on.

    Go inblesed peace and joy to receive all the Blessins God has stored up for youBeacause
    One of the things I have learned about i that:”You cant beat Gods Giving”

    GOD BLESS

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  53. Thank you, Susie, for sharing your heart for the next generation. I’ve been a BSF’er since 2001, and have mentored women of all ages for the past 40+ years . . . I will be 82 next month, God willing! BSF has been a solid mainstay. Personally, there’s no greater calling for a seasoned godly woman to help other women in their myriad of struggles! Jesus markedly notices when one of His wanders off and/or is struggling; He makes it His aim to restore them without condemnation. We, as women, need each other because we all struggle at times; we need to celebrate and encourage one another, while at the same time feel confident that our conversations are safely guarded. I’m so thankful for each woman who has come into my life. There’s a reciprocity involved and to be gained and God smiles.

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  54. Thank you, Susie, for sharing your humble heart through this article which God is using to continue to confirm my answering the call to become a Shepherd Leader after retiring from 30 years of BSF involvement/leadership in 2019.
    I realize we do not retire from service, but that the Lord is leading in other ways. Through the pandemic upheaval, I found myself in several mentoring/shepherding relationships and have known this to be a spiritual gift from God, but never did I anticipate a year later, I’d be called to serve in this way with BSF. In fact, I didn’t even know there was such a role!
    Well, since God equips those He calls, I am looking forward to His plan for me for my good and His glory! Jer. 29:11. Blessings!

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  55. Thank you, Susie, for these inspiring and motivating words which I know come from our Lord. I think of my past and present mentors and I want to write a note to some of them to let them know how much of a blessing they have been to me. This includes the friends who invited me to BSF a number of years ago. Unfortunately, some of these dear people are no longer with us physically, but I hope they know spiritually that they planted a seed in me and were a light for me to follow. Now I pray I can be a servant to the Lord and bring Him glory as I continue to mature my faith in Jesus and light the way for someone else.

    You have touched so many lives and you will continue to do so, because you answered God’s call. Thank you.

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  56. Dear Mrs Rowen:, I want to thank you for sharing these invaluable truths and gems with us all!
    Yes, we need to remember and be truly greatful for the people God has touched our lives with, and through them has given us great truths about Himself and about reaching others with His Word and His compassion and love! Many blessings upon your life as you move on to other responsibilities!
    Many blessings indeed!

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  57. Thank you for your words, words of encouragement. The word “tethered” stuck out to me, as I’ve wondered why I’m in some peoples lives. I think it’s to tether them to me and I to them. I’m now retired, 66, trying to find my place, pray for me.

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  58. What words of encouragement… thank you Susie.
    I’m sure God is not done with you.

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  59. Thank you, Susie for sharing your desire on us to be a mentor.
    Actually last year while we were studying on Genesis I shared each lesson with my Korean friend. I translated each question in Korean and we shared our thought together. Sometimes I was discouraged about her walk wasn’t fast as I desired.
    With God’s help we could finish the Genesis. We plan to study the Matthew together this September. Please pray for my humble and thoughtful attitudes.

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  60. Not sure if I am called to mentor I think I need to study and learn more and learn to listen rather than push and control thinking I always know the answers.

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  61. I appreciate the Bible Study Fellowship study, reading the Bible and learning more in depth about Gods word. I also really enjoyed hearing the other Women in my group how they answered the Questions. My answers were not always the same, they sometimes challenged me to read more of the word and learn more. I think God has taught me that even though I have been a Christian since I was a child there is always more to learn. God loves us ,he knows us and I believe he puts us where we are needed. I think you have done a great job for BSF. My leader was Stephanie she did a good job, I hope she was blessed by our group.

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  62. Thank you, Susie, for a thought-provoking, heart-felt and inspiring message.
    Sabbaticals are wonderful “gifts” which allow us to re-claim time by slowing down and taking several deep breaths and giving all praise and honor and glory to our God in the name of Jesus!

    I am looking forward to less hustle and bustle and distraction that seem inherent when we are fully engaged in our secular pursuits.

    Love and blessings!

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  63. Susie thank you for sharing your heart.

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  64. I am interested in mentoring – and in coming to San Antonio within the next 3 years to attend a session or volunteer wiht BSF – I have a few dear friends in San Antonio and I love the city as well as friends in Houston and Dallas and Austin. I joined BSF January 2013 and met a wonderful BFS sister who lives in my city – Jersey City, NJ – I am retired now.

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  65. Reading Susie’s life story is such an encouragement for me . Last 8 years of my BSF deep study of the word God helped me to grow spiritually and also strength me in my faith . I pray that Our Good Lord use Susie mightily in the coming days more than ever for His glory and honor.

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  66. Susie, God bless you as you go to the next adventure with God. Thank you for your wonderful service to BSF and to us as members. Best regards

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  67. We give glory to God for your life. Thank you for all you have shared with us. God keeps you and bless you, your children and grand children!

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  68. Ty for your words of wisdom.
    I have also enjoyed and am continuing to learn from my bsf friends.
    Prayers for your future endeavors in Jesus precious name. Amen

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  69. Recently, I have been reflecting on how to teach young people to “be teachable”. It is becoming harder and harder to teach young people young people. Reading this is very helpful. I also went back in all the memories of my time as a class member for a short time and a leader for many years. I have grown in my faith and matured in my walk with the Lord as I studied together the Word with other ladies. Fellow BSFers and the retreats I had privileged to attend have give me so much confidence in my faith. Thank you for sharing this, I will miss you Susie.

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    • It is very true that nowadays young are hard to teach. May God give them the specific grace they need and make them teachable; and may our efforts be blessed by God so that it won’t be in vain, in Jesus name. Amen

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  70. Thank you Susie. BSF has been a great encouragement in my life. I was introduced to it by Bruce Smith’s mother, Anna Smith. I learned to mentor others when serving as a Group leader. My bible study has vastly improved through BSF and learning to search the scriptures for myself.

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  71. Susan, “ Thank You” so much for being such an inspiring teacher, leader, and having so much love and compassion for all and just being there. God has sent you, a special loved leader for all. If I was close to you, I definitely would enjoyed being taught, inspired by you. May you enjoy life and with God’s love. Mary C Cowan from Harrisville, EV. In Christian love and Thanks for everything

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    • Sorry, I am from Harrisville, WV. A past class associate of Zoey Myers. This goes with the comment above. Take care now

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  72. Susie, I also happy to read about your Christian life experience since early age. Your life is filled with God’s blessings of leadership. Thanks a lot for your service. May God continúe leading your way. I am fairly new in this organization but I love it. I am looking forward to the study of the book of Matthew.

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  73. Thank you Susie for your service and may God continue to bless your life!
    Nan wright

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  74. Really appreciated all that you shared in this post. Was introduced to BSF by a lady friend at my church who was in need of a true christian friend and our *loving & merciful Heavenly Father* brought us together! As always, God’s timing is awesome. I had recently retired at the time and didn’t have a close christian friend myself. What you have shared about mentoring really hit home. I am currently mentoring a 50 year old single lady who has been struggling with her walk with God. As it turns out, she too had been introduced to BSF by my church friend. She started coming to fellowship at our church’s recreation center, was invited to church service and bible study (my class in particular). And Praise the Lord, now He has joined all three of us in fellowship at our church. She is also looking forward to joining BSF again in the Fall!

    Again thank you for all the valuable experiences, examples you shared; plus, your valuable leadership in the BSF organization. Believing the Father, His Son & His Holy Spirit will lead you, guide you & protect you on the rest of your journey. (Psalm 32:8 – Psalm 34:7)

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  75. Susie, this was beautiful! Thank you for sharing from both perspectives, too, that of being mentored and of mentoring.

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  76. I have often thought that being a mentor would be a good thing for me to do. I can share my experience but it would be nice to have some training. Is that webinar on mentoring avaliable?

    Susie thank you for your leadership. BSF has been a fondation for me and I have grown so much by consistently being in God’s word
    With sincer apprecation
    Trenna Lutz

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  77. It is so wonderful to see how BSF has Grown. I became a Member in 2007 or 2008. I was invited by an Older Sister Spiritual and Physical. Not knowing the date it has been a long It has been years. My aInvuter has gone Home to be with Our Lord AJ Renee I Deeply she was in her S to Indy of Gods Wor.
    I Pray that God willl Bless you and your Journey.

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  78. Susie, thank you for your leadership through BSF. May God continue to bless you and your family as you demonstrate His power and faithfulness in other ministries!

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  79. The opportunity to mentor and be mentored is one of the greatest blessings of being in God’s family. Thank you for this encouraging blog and all you’ve done to mentor this wonderful Bible-teaching organization. May Gods continue to bless your future activities.

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  80. Im so inspired by your post. Im also glad to be apart of the BSF family. Looking forward to the study of Matthew.

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  81. Thank you for your faithful service. Even in my brief time in BSF I have experienced such a community of Christ’s love. Your example of mentoring is evident in those within the small group as well as those leading. Prayers of thanksgiving for you and God’s blessings as you continue to step forward in His work.

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  82. What an inspiring testimony. Thank you for the challenge on mentorship and how we can play a role both as a mentor and a mentee as we all grow tethered together in Christ likeness Thank you Sussie for your exemplary servant leadership over the years. May our God the one who called you in His service reward you immensely as you start the next chapter of a life centred on Him. The one who called you is Faithful. He will do it. Amen

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  83. Susie , Thank you so much for all you do, you are a blessing to many!
    I have been in Austin just two years , but in BSF in San Antonio a long
    Time. The Lord has blessed me with many B.S.F. friends I’m so thankful for
    everyone of them, Thank you so much, Blanca

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  84. Thank you very much for your leadership. Blessings upon blessings. Younhave challenged me to start mentoring ,am now mature in Christ to ve able to reach out to others confidently

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  85. Thank you Susie Rowan for your spiritual and physical leadership. You are a blessing too so many people, your leadership will never be forgotten. Thank you for sharing your story. You are Christ like – doing His will – sharing the gospel everywhere you go – showing Jesus Joy. Hallelujah!
    May God continue to bless you and your family. Amen!

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    • Thank you for your leadership Susie Rowan. I thank you for what you have done, what you are doing and what you will do in future endeavors, to continue the spread of the good news of the gospel, love, care and action oriented service to others. You have been a great example. Thank you

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  86. Wonderful thoughts! One of my lifelong mentors (since marriage) is a co leader with me at our church and also in leadership with me in BSF! I thank God for her every day and marvel at how God has provided for us as we have served together for decades. He is so good!

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    • Terry, this is amazing. I pray for these God-ordained friendships for the young men and women who are joining BSF classes for Matthew!

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  87. Thank you, Susie. Thank you for leading us in BSF all these years and for your courage with some difficult decisions about the direction of BSF. The Lord knows all the ramifications of calling you specially for us in these times. May He continue to reveal His ways for you.

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  88. I have been so blessed with the BSF leaders and with the discussions groups we are placed in. Long ago, when I sat and looked at the women sitting around me, I got tears in my eyes because it was a sign of the hope in me for our country. I knew there were families all across our nation that sought to know the Lord. The small groups and the discussions are such precious times to listen, learn, share, and grow! I have known the Lord since a child. I know the WORD goes forth and BSF is one of the ways and tools to cause His WORD to go forth. Thank you, BSF for being a Christ/tool for His Kingdom.
    I am truly grateful. Having in my heart an
    Open doorway for His
    Presence to
    Expand my personal WALK in Him!

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  89. I thank God for calling you to this position. Enjoy your future.

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  90. Blessings! Thank you for so boldly sharing your heart

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  91. This is really inspiring as we grow we need to hold someone’s hand
    All Christians need to mentor and be mentored
    I have taught Sunday school for more than 10 yrs now and most of first students I taught are now youth and need mentoring, I will reach out and walk with a few

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    • Thank you for all your hard work for BSF. Mentoring widows in my church. After growing up in Christian home, Christian school and church, BSF opened up my eyes to the Lord and his Bible. I had the privilege to shepherd and mentor many women as a DL for many years. BSF has a special place in my heart. God bless you as you leave this wonderful ministry.

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  92. Thank you so much for sharing your life experience with the BSF family. It is very inspirational and an encouragement to us in our walk with the Lord

    God bless you and yours

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  93. I want to just simply say thank you for your leadership filled with much hope! It has been both an honor and privilege to serve in BSF. There are no words to express how my family and I have been shaped in so many ways for God’s glory! Enjoy your well deserved retirement.

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  94. Interesting that you address mentoring. A local flight school contacted me to do an instrument pilot ground school for a pilot (a single student). I wondered about the feasibility. The answer I gave involved using ‘Zoom’ to do the class (twice weekly) for eight weeks. It’s mentoring; however, I think the flight school operator prefers a stand up class type presentation. There is doubt he will be able to make the numbers to justify the facility use if attendance is down.

    I did a mentoring of another pilot on-line using ‘Zoom’ previously.

    We have made use of it for BSF meetings during the restricted time this past year. We will likely continue as the confusion over open meetings continues among churches and medical advisors.

    Technology may be the way for mentoring this year. For those unable to attend the typical classroom presentations it offers a means. The instructor preparation is different but getting to BSF is a way to reach out and using the available means seems to be appropriate even if there is extra work.

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    • Everett, such an amazing use of technology! Thank you so much for sharing. Praying that those who need to see this comment will read it and feel encouraged to use these tools in new ways …

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  95. Susie,
    Thank you for your leadership as the Executive Director of BSF.

    Numbers 6:24-26 NIV
    The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
    the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
    the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.

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  96. Thank you for sharing and reminding us who we are in Christ and the purpose for all of us as we walk this journey here on earth. Thank you for your devout service and may the Lord bless you and keep you and your family on your continued journey with His purposed future placed in you. Enjoy His presence!

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  97. Thank you Susie Rowan for the fraank sharing of how you have been mentored and have yourse;f been mentor to others. Yes BSF provides a wide platform to develop relationships with people and spiritual growth drawing strength from others. Thank you for your leadership and expansion. Thank God He made me to be a part of it Glory to God.

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    • You cannot imagine how many lives you have positively impacted. Thank you for your introductory lecture on the Book of Revelation when you visited Abuja.Thank you for for your steadfastness in your leadership of BSF. Remain blessed.

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  98. Dear Susie, thank you for sharing your story. I found it very enjoyable, encouraging and uplifting. I haven’t been with BFS for long (only for 6 weeks while in the latter part of book genesis), but just reading about your journey and how God guiding your steps is just awesome. Susie your blog has motivated me to want to do more for God and be a good mentor some day soon. I’m so glad my friend recommended BFS.
    God bless you and your family

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  99. Susie, you are a great leader! I praise God Almighty for the journey He led you through, maturing you and using you to help others! Whenever I read your words of counsel, I cannot stop to thank God. May the Lord continue to use you.

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  100. Thank you for this encouragement to continue growing.
    We are praying for the new term. God bless you.

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  101. All you have mentioned here are quite true. We need one another to strengthen each other using each others talent given by the Lord for His glory and purpose in our life. Those who are ahead of us gave their time to build us up to have a strong relationship with our great God, thus we also have to imitate what they have done to us in gratitude and lead the younger generation next to us.Thank for all your hard work in serving BSF. It is such a blessing . God bless all the works of your hands🙏😇

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  102. Thank you Susie for your inspiring words of encouragement challenging me to ask God for opportunities to mentor and to be mentored using God’s Word as the center.

    Thank you too for your leadership in BSF & for your smiling face that reflects the love of Christ.

    May the Lord continually guide you in this journey of life as you continue to go and make a difference.

    With God’s Blessings & Mine,

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  103. As a new GL, I had the privilege to hear you speak in Cincinnati. I was challenged to ask myself and my ladies… “what is your heart work this past week”… “heart work”… how is the Spirit leading/guiding… and am I being obedient..?! And the the other take away was…”ladies this morning we are starting with the last question!”… wow that through a lot of them for a loop… but oh what sweet sharing of God’s work in their lives.
    May God continue to bless you wherever He calls you to serve.
    Thank you and I praise God for how He has used you to mentor me and so many others…
    For His Glory!🙌🏻

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  104. Thank you Susie for sharing. This is indeed a testimony of God’s faithfulness in your servant leadership. Am so encouraged and motivated to serve and shephard my discussion group in excellence.

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  105. Thank you for leadership and Godly wisdom.

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  106. God bless be with you and us! Thanks for good news!

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  107. Thank you so much for your leadership in BSF, especially through last year. Your calm presence in the videos showed God’s peace and grace through a very difficult time. May God bless you abundantly in the next adventure He has for you!

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  108. I never knew you , but have been blessed by your leadership ability, your love of Jesus. I served in leadership over 30 years and am so thankful for the truth of God’s word that still lives in my heart. I know God’s plan for you will be just what you need to continue your ministry. May you enjoy many joy filled days with your family. Rest in the Lord. May He give you the desires of your heart. Thank you for your leadership.

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  109. I have always loved listening to Suzie‘s lilting voice during summit meetings through the years. She inspires us as BSF group leaders to do more, give more, be more, love more. Especially to love Jesus more.
    I pray God’s richest blessings on you, dear Suzie, in this next season of your life with Jesus!

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  110. Thank you Susie,
    May God continue to bless you and all your loved ones abundantly!!

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  111. What an inspiring and motivating message. God bless you Susie for your humility in leadership and your great contributions towards the growth of BSF. You will be missed but our God has a bigger task ahead for you.
    God bless you and your family

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  112. Susie,
    You are what BSF needed for the season that you served – I can’t tell you how very grateful I’ve been for your leadership taking BSF in new directions to love those who attend our classes; the online groups are a vital link for many who can’t attend in person classes. Please don’t miss the gratitude I have for your leadership! (I had to say it twice – it carries that much weight/importance). I know you have served to hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” That’s who you are! But the courage it took to lead, is one I work to follow. To God be the glory now and forever,

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  113. Dear Susie,
    By God’s grace I had the privilege of serving under the mentorship of Shirley Tan, Area Advisor and during your tenure as Executive Director. The growth of BSF in Asia in this period has been a tremendous joy to witness. I miss fondly the precious time we had together in multiple area retreats in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, as well as in travelling to visit classes in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. I am eternally grateful for the life-changing work that the Lord has done through BSF especially during your tenure. God is not done yet however with you and Roger. It remains for me, and on behalf of son Ricky, to wish you both a happy retirement from the day job and good health and joyful spirit in the next leg of your faith journey as you continue to serve in a different capacity. With love and blessings, Catherine Lai

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  114. Hi Susie I am so thankful to have been introduced by a lovely family member who has been with BSF for over 20yrs. I believe the Lord used her as a vessel in guiding me through my First year studying The book of Genesis despite my health issues God has provided a way and I am continuing my amazing journey with my BSF group I can’t be more excited to began my Second year studyingi with my BSF family. I didn’t get to know you that well but your stories are so inspiring I feel very fortunate to get the opportunity to correspond with you. May God bless you and your family in your endeavor with your walk in Christ. ‘We are Family

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  115. How wonderful and inspiring Susie. May God bless you and your family and use you greatly in the next step of your life.

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  116. This is beautiful and much needed!! Thank you. God Bless 🙏

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  117. BSF is truly a blessing and an answered prayer for a deeper study of God’s Word. BSF studies (Revelation, John, People of the Promise Land I, Acts, Romans and Genesis) and community have taught me so very much about God’s work of providence, preserving, and governing all his creatures and all our actions for His eternal purposes according to His will for His own glory which He has fore-ordained all that comes to pass. All things work together . . .

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  118. Thank you for your sharing and I pray that my journey with God to help others is always guided by the Holy Spirit.

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    • Terrance, praying that with you!

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  119. Ms. Rowan; your Christ centered leadership has been a gift from God. Praise Him! and thank you. This is an encouraging message; and we watch to see where He will send you next.

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    • Thank you for your service to us all these years.You are an inspiration to us all to be mentors. It has been the prayer of my heart to be a true mentor and help disciple women for Christ.

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  120. Thank you Sue for working tireless in the Lord’s vineyard. Your post has motivated me and l see you are great roll model to many . May the lord richly bless you and your family.

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    • Thank you Susie for your faithful and humble leadership.

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  121. Wow, this is great Susie, we give God all the Glory for your service without reservations. May you continuously be blessed and your family

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  122. God’s Blessings be with you wherever you go and whatever you continue to do as unto the Lord. A job well done. Thank you for your wisdom, encouragement and understanding. God bless you and your family.

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  123. So inspiring. Thanks for such a great reminder. My mentors are in my mind while reading this article. Thank God for their lives.

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    • Lea, thank you for sharing!

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  124. What a wonderful blog on mentors.Praising God for our Shepherds in BSF .Their prayer support and guidance has helped us to a great extent and motivated me to be a mentor to my Bsf friends as I lead a small group.Glory to God for our Shepherds like Susie Rowan.

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  125. I am challenged by Susie’s testimony of being a mentee and now a mentor to us in the BSF right now I can point out my mentors but I am not sure if I have someone who can stand straight to say I am her mentor. Susie this is making me check myself how much have I given myself to God to use me mentor someone oh Lord I truly surrender to You Lord

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    • Kate, me too!! Praying that God will reveal those opportunities and that we will have eyes to see those around us.

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  126. Hi Susie, thanks for your sharing. I am indeed blessed with bsf. It has been a great advantage for me in my prison ministry. Honestly, every lesson has been edifying spiritually and encouraging my walk with God. I wanna thank God for you and all the other mentor for their good work. God bless you and bsf.

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    • Jaba, thank you for faithfully serving in prison ministry! God is so faithful to call His people, thankful for you

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  127. Thank you Susie for serving our Lord.
    Being confident of this, that Father God who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
    Blessings to you and yours!

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  128. Thank God for the faithful services of Susie as our Executive Director edifying many of us giving glory to our Lord Savior Jesus Christ our Creator God !

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  129. Hi Susie,

    I have enjoyed your posts for about four years time. Your leadership in BSF has inspired me in many ways to seek God. I wish you well whatever path God sets you on next. Your messages help me so much as a discussion leader.
    You will be missed in BSF as a strong leader for the Lord. May God pour out His blessings on you and your family

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    • Many thanks for your wonderful leadership and encouraging, uplifting message – May the Lord bless you and strengthen you in His word and in His ways always!

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  130. Hi Susie,

    I have enjoyed your posts for about four years time. Your leadership in BSF has inspired me in many ways to seek God. I wish you well whatever path God sets you on next. Through you God has accomplished so much during your time as BSF Executive Director. May God pour out His blessings on you and your family

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  131. I thank God, as many said have said that you came into BSF as Executive Director at the time you did. I thank God that you were given the courage to be you. I thank God that you were motivated to implement change where there were clear blocks to the gospel going out. That you allowed us in the field to be innovative and inclusive in ways that reached many. You were an inspiration in Godly perseverance for the Word of God to go out. Last but not least, your Godly desire for integrity in relationships will always be a blessing to me, my family and for many throughout the generations.

    All my love, thanks and prayers go with you and your family. 
    Numbers 6:24-26 – “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.””

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    • Tracey, I totally agree! I’m also thankful for Susie’s God-given direction during her time in leadership. My groups have been wonderfully welcoming and always Christ centered. Thank you for sharing!

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  132. Susie, you will be sorely missed. BSF is life changing and my walk with our Lord has definitely been deepened by you. I believe I could listen to you teach all day. I know God will be leading you during this new stage of life. May God bless.

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  133. Thank you for your many years of service to BSF especially this one!

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    • Amen! Called for a time such as this ❤️

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  134. GLORY BE TO GOD. Thank you sister Susie for the tireless commitment in your leadership. God has been speaking to me in various ways to come out and serve Him in a big way, God send a man of God who voluntarily offered to hold me hand mentor me in this course, am humbled even to your closing remarks. God help me to see the specific opportunities to mentor and to be mentored. Pray for me to have courage in Jesus Name
    May God bless you more exceedingly abundantly and above all.

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  135. Thank you for your service!

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  136. Thank you for your leadership over the years. By that leadership you S. Rowan have been mentoring me. Again thank you

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  137. Well done, so encouraging…
    What a legacy,
    Thank you..

    IHMS,
    All of us,

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  138. I love the voice of truth and patient obedience to the word of God you address. It’s with so much hope and trust in Jesus calling you onward to the next works He has for you and mentoring challenges me too this season. I am working towards this currently and looking forward to seeing more of what Gods good doing.

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  139. Excellent blog! I often thank God for those that He placed in my life, spiritual giants, who walked beside me to disciple me. It’s what the Lord commanded us to do and yet you rarely hear of anyone taking the time to shepherd or do discipleship. It’s not a class that you join for a few weeks….it’s a relationship and time. I will be sharing this with others. Thank you!

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  140. I love this

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  141. I need this so awesome

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  142. Thank you Susie for your dedication to God and to us. God has blessed you so richly and you have been our mentor for sure. I know you won’t retire from God’s work as Christians never do. You will truly be missed.

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  143. Dear Susie,
    Thank you for your inspiring leadership, and your loving teaching spirit !!
    Also, thank you for sharing your memorable “seasons” with us. I made a reminder note of the ‘wisdom and patience in prayer’ season. I am blessed to have the opportunity to know and learn from your ‘seasons’ as I walk through mine. In CHRIST we grow. Marion

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  144. Thank you Sue, you have been a blessing and a great mentor over the years. God bless you. I’ve been thinking about children evangelism, now will think of how to develop that “Tethering Together” LORD teach me how and appoint divine helpers who can help develop the idea.

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  145. Thank you, Susie, for your leadership and guidance in BSF! BSF is a wonderful organization committed to serving Christ and I am glad to be a part of it and it has helped me to grow stronger and closer to the Lord. May the Lord be with you and all that you do and bless you and thank you for your latest blog.

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  146. Thanks Susie for these words of wisdom. I enjoy mentoring younger women. I’ve been waiting for our church to create a structured program, but after reading your blog realize, I can do it without a structured system. I need to pray for and look for the opportunities the Lord will provide.

    Thank you for all you have done for BSF. I know the Lord will continue to guide you and use your gifts and talents for His glory.

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  147. This brings back memories of people God has used to help me in my Faith.
    Thank you for this blog to always remenber those who share Christ with me.
    Also, thank you for your leadership in BSF.
    God Bless

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  148. Thank you very much, Susie for leading us with passion and also as a role model.
    May the Lord continue use you for His Kingdom and bless you and your loved ones.
    Best regards… : )

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  149. Thank you for the beautiful reminder to look back and recall those special people who mentored me over the past 60+ years. The special friendships through BSF, wisdom, guidance and growth over the past 10 years. As I take on a new leadership roll this coming year, may the Lord direct my ever step. Many blessings to All.

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  150. Beautiful letter…very touching–May the very best be yours as you travel a new path.
    Your leadership has been amazing and you have touched many lives in ways you do not know.

    You will always be remembered….thank you.

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  151. I so enjoy reading your words of wisdom in your emails. You have been such an encourager to me in my walk through BSF and life. Thank you for all your hard work and stability in BSF.
    God bless you and your family.

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  152. Thank you for your commitment to the Lord and BSF. You are truly an inspiration to this organization. May the Lord continue to teach us all to study His Word and follow His commands.

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  153. Thank you for the sharing and it indeed encouraged me to serve in BSF and develop true close relationship with other in Christ.

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  154. Amen and amen. Thank you for your commitment in BSF. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors

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  155. Congratulations! God choose You to open the doors of so many and teach the word of God to those who need to learn more and more!
    You were calling to do a great Job! To open the hearts of so many and let Jesus enter into their lives! I learn so much during many years I have been participating in the Bible studies in which I’m so proud to be chosen by my Lord.
    God keep continue blessing BSF and spread the teachings all over the word.

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  156. I was called to mentor a young girl who was 9 years old and a child of an incarcerated father.

    We had to talk weekly by phone. I had just started attending BFS . My husband if 45 years died and I was emotional crushed. God loved BFS in my path and I embraced it.
    My young girl and I, every week did BFS lessons together. I emailed her the children’s version each week along with the questions. We grew with God’s guidance together. She graduated HS at 16. She has been working and taking college classes to become a nurse. Feel thankful and blessed to be apart of BFS. I was 65 when I first attended Bible classes. Never too late to hear our Father’s calling. Thank you for your leadership.

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  157. Dear susie
    I feel humbled by your words from God. I know I have a calling from God. The church dosent fill me. Something is missing. .my be that something is missing in me. Hope faith knowing God will lead me though this discomfort into his glory in his time not mine. Blessed is God’s plan for us. I wait on the Lord. The deafth of fear is great but the but the love of the Lord is greater. I feel open and von rabble at writing these words. It’s like God himself has prompted me to trust in his love more deeply. As we come from love of the father son holy spirit that waits for our call to him
    Blessed is his name above all name’s our savour. Thank you for all your good work its not finished yet all prase and glory be to the living God amen. Rachel with kindness love joy parse be to God

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  158. Dear Suzie

    Glory to God!
    This is inspiring!
    Thank you for all the God given wisdom that you have shared here and in BSF. The wave of your leadership and mentorship do reach and us in South Africa.

    May God continue to bless you and your family

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  159. Thanks Suzie for your leadership. I’ve been with BSF for just one short year. I am an older person and have a few mentoring relationships in place. it truly is a unique privilege to share another’s life in this way.

    I pray God’s best as you continue the journey of investing in others. It has been interesting to read your blogposts about the transition. There’s plenty to do in God’s world, just the function and role change-that’s been my experience
    Blessings
    Anita

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  160. Thank you, Susie, for sharing your experiences and thoughts on mentoring. Your memory of a young tree being tethered to an older tree for support and strength is a poignant picture of the mentoring relationship.

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  161. I have been blessed through the BSF and under the leadership of Susie. I reflect on interactions during those times. My testimony as a Christian will not be complete without BSF. God bless.

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  162. The Genesis Study was my first experience with BSF. I was truly Bless with the Genesis Study and the fellowship with my new found sisters in Christ. I am looking forward to the Matthew Study and the possibility of mentoring with great women of wisdom. I desire a closer walk with GOD each and everyday.

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  163. Dear Susie, thank you much for leading and encouraging us! God bless all.

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  164. Thank you for your kingdom work. Thank you for inspiring us to be a light and beacon of help and hope to other women coming after us. We all need one another. Our work is never over until the Lord says come home my child…Well done.
    May you continue to serve and finish well in these coming years .
    God is not through with you yet.

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  165. Dear Susie,
    Thank you for your beautiful blog, very well written. A good reminder to reflect back over the years. So blessed to be a part of BSF, how I have grown!, Praise God for the mighty work He has done and will continue to do through BSF. Susie, thank you so much for your faithful service

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  166. Dear Susie
    I remember hearing you speak one time you came to visit in one of our meetings. You are one of those ladies that when you speak those around you know you’re the real deal. Aside from your knowledge of the Word, your gentle spirit and soft voice made me feel like all is well in the world.
    I know that wherever God leads you, as long as you keep Him at the forefront of your life, He will continue to bless you and give you peace.
    Thank you for all the work you’ve done for all of us through BSF. A crown of glory for you Sister.
    Blessings to you and your family.

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  167. Thank you so much for your leadership in B.S.F. , I have been in the program 22 years, it was through BSF that I came to know the Holy Spirit, I am a devout Catholic and have brought some of my sisters in Christ to BSF, they have also recieved so much from our studies, we have been able to share with others how studing God`s word has brought so much joy in our lives, God Bless all of our leaders, without all of those who work so hard for all of us we would not have this wonderful study year afer year, again, thank you so very much, God Bless as you contiue your walk with the Lord.

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    • Thank you, Susie. We are so blessed to be a part of BSF. God uses His Word and so many mentors and anonymous leaders to cowork with the Holy Spirit. Our spiritual journey is true. God shows His faithfulness and love through His promises and miracles revealed in our Bible study. We thus realize His purpose for each of us day by day. Thanks for your faithful and sacrificial service these years, which God uses to make tremendous impact around the world. May the Lord remember you and your families, and keep using you to bless many more.

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  168. I thank God for your faithfulness in upholding the standards initiated by Ms Audrey Johnson and for introducing new programs of your own.
    I read that there is no retirement for Christians in performing the works which God had prepared for them before the world began. I do pray that God will continue to use your abilities in another special assignment.

    Please save the Deltona Class

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  169. Thank you, Susie, for your reflections and for the reminder of the people the Lord has put in my life – especially in my almost 30 years in BSF. He has richly blessed me and used you to bless us all in your wisdom over your years as our great Leader. Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you to be a blessing to us!

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  170. Truly Susie was anointed by God for her position at BSF and we all have been blessed by it. So far I am a 30 yr member and have been richly rewarded in my study. Thank the Lord for His plan of using Susie and thanks to you Susie for letting God have His way in your life. 😍💕🙏🏾🌺

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  171. Thank you Susie for such great sharing and encouragement. May the Lord continues to bless you in your new area of service.

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  172. Read your message is very delightful and inspirational. You are a great example of Christian woman.

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  173. BSF has been a growing experience in my life. I have been mentored by 2 women who have added much wisdom to my spiritual growth.
    Thank you!
    Shalom

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  174. Thank you Susie. Your blog resonated personally to me, encouraging me to pursue God’s lead, to grow in His Word and to love all the people He brings my way. May He use me as a channel of His blessing and light.

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  175. Thank you Susan for your labour of love. I’m not sure why but in addition to my name, in brackets the place where I live is mentioned, it’s so personal and for me.

    I came to faith when I was 44 yrs and am 61 now. When I was a relatively newbie at 48, I was asked to co lead a ladies mentor program in my church. The leader suddenly left and the program did not really take off. I was not confident to lead and today it remains an IOU in my heart to God that it’s an assignment He have which I didn’t fulfill.

    He’s amazing though as my first born who is also in BSF invited me during this lockdown season if I will have devotion with her 3 mornings a week. Oh what joy and delight. Just last week I asked if mid week we could meet and pray online, roping in my second child and her husband ( both don’t know/belief that Jesus is the only living God) joined us for this short prayer time.

    Our God is gracious , kind and merciful. He knows of the IOU note in my heart and perhaps He’s giving me opportunity with these small doses of mentoring. To God be the glory and blessings for you and your household in the next season of your life. His timing is always perfect.

    Thank you again Susie

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  176. This article was beautifully written, it so touched my heart; I too have Christian mentors of similar qualities. I will forever love and treasure each BSF class leader who walked with me through life’s highs and lows over the past eight years. I appreciate the eloquence in which Mrs. Rowan captured each mentor’s value in her life. I was eager to read this blog, I have been encouraged by her writings over the summer, I pray for God’s continued blessings over her life, as she has blessed me and other BSF members with her godly wisdom and encouragement.

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  177. Thank you for sharing your walk. I am encouraged to be poured into and to pour into others as the Lord leads. Thank you for your leadership and dedication to BSF,

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  178. Wow what a wonderful strong and dedicated leader. the ground work you have set down is such a blessing to your successor.
    Thank you so much for your excellent leadership these past years and making BFS
    stronger for all of us.
    Good luck to you in your next endeavor.
    Sincerely MaryAnne

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  179. Thank you Susie for sharing your encouraging insights. The Lord bless you as you continue serve our Lord wherever He leads you. Thank you for serving as Executor Director of BSF.

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  180. Dear Susie, Thank you for the love for God and His people you have lived through these years with BSF. I know my life has been changed deeply and helped to see the Lord through some of the most challenging parts of my life. Thank you also for sharing your journey of being mentored and mentoring others. It sets the spotlight towards the Lord and His goodness in such real life ways. Prayers and blessing to you and yours as you move to the next stage of your journey.
    In Christ’s Love,
    Kaye

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  181. Susie, Thank you for your leadership of BSF. I know God will bless you in your retirement from BSF.

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  182. Thank you for the blogs and inspiration. I have met many wonderful women, both mentors and friends through BSF.
    Good luck with your new ventures.
    Debbie Patterson

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  183. Susie,
    Thank you for all work you did in BSF. We will miss you. I know God will bless you in any way and in any place. I have been in BSF – SP – Brasil for 12 years and it has been a great blessing in my life. Thank you so much.

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  184. Wow, this is so beautiful, Susie! And mentorship is something THE LORD has been speaking to me about lately. So I’m listening.

    Thank you for sharing

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  185. Definitely an encouragement to me to continue to find opportunities to mentor and encourage others, especially in the times we live. Thank you for your leadership and your devotion to serving the Lord.

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  186. We praise God for Susie and all that He blessed her to accomplish to date in her life. Information shared thru her Blog, BSF’s community has been mightily blessed by Susie and what God has allowed her to help accomplish in BSF as it thrives to bring people to the knowledge of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She will be sorely missed as a BSF Leader with great skill and abilities which she so generously shared with us for many years; yet we know God has more for her to do for Him with others who are in need of her experiences, knowledge, wisdom, talents and skills.

    Our prayers and thoughts will be with Susie wherever God places her in the future. We know God will bless her to be His warrior in an unbelieving environment and bring His light of love to the dark places she will encounter. Our prayers and thoughts will be with her and her family and we know that God is always with her.

    Thank you so much, Susie, for your strong, fearless leadership, faith, compassion, hope and perseverance in doing the will of God as you were led by His Holy Spirit during your season with BSF. So many of us have grown so much in our walk with the Lord and our faith in Him as He carries us thru all trials and tribulations. We are blessed by you and other strong men and women of faith who lift us up, teach us, and tow us along with great patience, love and compassion hoping no one is left behind. May God continue to be glorified by your life as you press on to that mark of a higher calling in Jesus Christ as His Beloved Daughter.

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  187. Thank you so very much for guiding me on the wonderful journey through Genesis. May God’s blessings follow you through your next adventure! ❤️

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  188. Susie thank you for your faithfulness and dedication to our Heavenly Father!
    Because of that, many of us have been changed for all eternity. Oh my! What a beautiful crown you shall have to place at the feet of our Beloved Savior!
    Hugs and kisses dear Susie! God bless you!❤️

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  189. Your life testament has been a plethora of inspiration to me. We often times do not think of how we impact others through our interactions with one another by the behaviors we model in our day to day lives. Just in your sharing I have seem many characteristic traits within myself that have been planted firmly in the path of neighbors and friends I have met along my spiritual walk. My roots in my focus on God was planted by the love of my great grandmother who lived a faithful life. I wanted to understand what this truly personally meant for her. I aspired to be more like her because her light always shinned so brightly until the day that she left to go on to be with my Lord and Savior. A seed left within me that has been growing since. My BSF group of mature women helped to bring out qualities of strength and personal growth from the relationships we forged. Like a blossoming flower I feel that now this plant has to come to fruition to plant seeds of her own from the transfiguration of God in my life.

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  190. Susie thank you for all your hard work. Bsf has brought me closer to the Lord, therefore helping others with their journey. I can’t say enough.

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  191. Susie’s blog was such a strong and beautiful tribute to all those who have worked with her and those she has mentored. She has been such a blessing to BSF and will certainly be missed. Thank you Susie for the tremendous leadership you have given through the years.

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  192. When I read your email it always inspires me to get up and go and look to the future with hope thanksgiving thank you I wish you gods blessing fore the future venture

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  193. I am Truely Blessed by this write up.God Bless You Susie, in all Your endeavours.BSF is more than A Bible Study to Me.
    I’m almost in My 14 th or more plus years now & it’s made My Committment to Abide in Christ so exciting.May God reward You Immensely,& keep You Blessed.

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  194. This past BSF year was hard! I had covid, along with most of my family! They all got better faster than I did! It has been very trying especially because I also developed a heart condition, atrial fibrillation. But the worst is that I have never fully recovered my normal heart rhythm, and I had ended the previous year feeling drawn toward helping with a small group in some way! Which seems totally out of the question now. But my husband and I have been reading Daniel and Revelation, and we believe that this may very well be the generation that sees our Lord’s return! He believes we are in the early stages of the tribulation now. But I am so looking forward to Mathew! And I have so enjoyed your leadership and fellowship!

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  195. Thank you for serving the Lord and reminding me to mentor but also be mentored..GBU

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  196. Dear Susie,
    Thank you for your blog that speaks volumes about the journey of life and the impact each and every one of us is called to make during our time here on earth. I especially like how you mention the people who paved the way for you during your walk with Christ and how we are called to do the same.
    The people who went before us and those we meet impact our lives in our walk of faith. I can say with confidence that BSF has helped me grow in faith and I pray that I too can help others along their journey of faith. I believe that we are blessed to be a blessing to others. Thank you for being such a blessing to many.
    The Lord bless you in your new season.

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  197. Very encouraging, thanks Susie

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  198. Thank you, Susie, for your leadership to BSF. You have always been an inspiration as you continued to point us back to Christ. I thank my God for you everytime you come to mind. May the Lord continue to bless you in your new journey. I will miss you at BSF. Gratefully, Bonnie Kaczmarczyk

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  199. Thank you so much Susie for your Leadership and abiding in Christ as you lead others. It really shows up in your life how much you adore our Savior and Lord. You inspire so many and will be missed by many! Praying for your future endeavors and God’s leading in your life. God Bless You and keep you in His care as you trust solely in HIM! Jer. 1:4-5.

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  200. Susie, thank you for sharing your experience with us. You have been a wonderful leader and your absence will be noticed although your replacement as Executive Director will have their own perspective and contributions to make. Mentoring can be applied in all aspects of life if we listen and advise as Jesus did to so many. May the Lord bless you in your new endeavors as we are all sure He will.

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  201. Thank you Susie for the years of service you gave to BSF. Your blog brought tears to my eyes because it is so encouraging to know that God can still use us for His glory. BSF have truly bless my life for several years beginning classes in New York early in the morning fellowship with the women. May God continue to use you mightily as you move forward in ministry. Wishing you and your family love peace and joy.

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  202. Well done. Faith.true loving, compassionate and a most worthy servant of our glorious and Sovereign God. Enjoy this time with family and friends and know that our Triune God will call you to serve Him in a new and different way. God Bless and stay well. R. John Paskey

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  203. Thank you Susie for all the love and wisdom you have poured out to each and every one of us through your leadership. We have grown in our love for Christ and desire to share and lead others as well. Blessings to you as God moves you into a new journey chosen especially for you. 🤗

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  204. It’s a joy to me to read these comments and see how God has loved us all through godly relationships centered in His Word.

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  205. Yes, we need our more mature Christian”s to help us grow in the Lord. I recall my babysitter, a beautiful older mature Christian lady. She helped me grow so much in the Lord. I pray that I can be used by the Lord also.

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  206. Very uplifting and inspiring words.

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  207. Dear Susie,

    Thank you for your hard work and all of your inspiring encouraging words throughout the years! I pray God’s
    best blessings will continue to flow over you and your family and that He will bless all of your future endeavors!

    In Christ Jesus,

    Robin

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  208. I love the relationships I have acquired with other Christian women during my years in BSF. Very thankful to God for the special people He has placed in my life. Thank you for giving to the Lord!

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  209. Thank you Susie for mentoring me as I meditated and reflected on every word and sentence of your special. “blog”.
    God will bless and reward you, your family and BSF. I LOVE the studies in Genesis. John and Revelation. Ma, I don’t really know why. Please don’t be tired, share your thoughts.
    Susie, I’m akso fourty five years in marriage and been with BSF for about 25years.
    In Him.

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  210. My wife Pat and I too have found much of the same fruit as Susie did while serving with and through the BSF ministry. It fostered not only our personal relationship with Jesus but expanded our role as disciples to other BSFers as well as those involved in our day to day lives.

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  211.  May God teach me how to pursue others and love honestly without judgment.   Thanks for sharing this article, and BSF shall miss you as its Executive Director.

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  212. Hello Susie, your testimony was certainly inspiring. And yes I have been praying and asking God to guide me on what steps he wants me to take. Thank you so much for your insight. May God continues to bless and guide you through the next chapter of your spiritual life journey.
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  213. This mentorship blog helped bring memories of all the people who have been in my life and the many things they have taught me in my spiritual walk with the Lord.

    I am writing a autobiography of my life and all the challenges God has brought me through to encourage others. Now I have a title for one chapter which I didn’t think about. These mentors are invaluable, priceless and wonderful to have in your life! I took them for granted until they start dying and couldn’t call them anymore! Don’t take your mentors for granted, appreciate, encourage, thank them and pray with and for them each day!

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  214. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.
    Isaiah 26:3

    Your future with GOD IS GLORIOUS

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    • Amen!

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  215. Truly appreciate your inspiring blog. Thank you for your service. I pray God’s continued blessings, guidance and protection in all your future endeavors. Best wishes to you and your family.

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  216. Susie,
    I think this is one of the best messages I have ever heard from you !! When you mentioned “ Mentor”, my antenna really went up. Some of the best, most enduring friendships I have ever experienced were a result of providing or being mentored. Our churches today are making a colossal mistake if they fail to incorporate this in ministry.
    Great job at Lois McCall’s service by the way!!! Love in Christ,

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  217. Thank you Susan so much for sharing a portion of your walk with our savior. We do need each other and our GOD knew it from the beginning. May our good LORD always let you feel HIS spirit in your daily life.

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  218. Thank you, so much, for all your precious work!

    Many blessings from above to you, your family, and all your staff.

    Lisa

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  219. Hi Susie, I loved your blog, thank you for all your hard work, you are to be commended, and I love BSF, this will be my 31st year. I don’t know what your next adventure is, but I’m sure it to be exciting. Be sure that everyone at corporate understands just how much more than a bible class BSF is. BSF truly changes lives, you might not recognize who I was then, to who I am now. I’m super proud to be able to tell you, that I know God personally and I’m good friends with His Son.

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    • Susie, I so enjoyed your blog. Thanks for sharing. GOD will/does provide to us what we need when HE sees fit that we need it, HIS will. I’ve truly enjoyed my BSF experience, however I’m still waiting to be tethered to my own older individuals to be able to grow even more in the LORD’s WORD. Yes, agreed, we do need one another in this life. GOD is so good! May GOD continue to bless and keep you in your next Godly endeavor. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Susie. Thanks sooo much for your great leadership over the years. So much has happened in BSF and sooo many people have been a part of it. I found friends to be close to and to pray with. Praise God! Enjoy all of your family as you spend more time with them. How precious! God bless you in all things!

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    • Dearest Susie Rowan, I’m sorry and regret to hear you’re leaving us so soon. Regret because I’ve not been constantly looking into my emails especially your lovely sharing and follow up on me and the many others. I read a book and it mentioned to have spiritual father, then I told God my spiritual Father is “God Himself“ and complained that no one cared enough to be my spiritual father. A young convert once approached me to be her mentor and by God’s Grace I humbly accepted her, now I’m asking Sis Susie Rowan can you to be my mentor? I wish you Susie Abba Father’s Aaronic Blessings over You and Your Family. I pray God’s Word is a Lamp unto your feet and a Light unto your Path and you are under the shadow of the Almighty! God Bless

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  220. Susie,
    Thank you for your leadership in BSF.
    What an amazing example you have provided for all of us, especially during these trying times of Covid.
    BSF has brought me into a deeper and more fruitful relationship with our Lord. I will always be grateful to my friend, Robin, to introducing me to this wonderful relationship.
    May the Lord bless you as you as you continue in a deeper and deeper relationship with Him and guide others to Him.

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    • Thank you Susie for your faithful leadership and your blog on mentor ship. I started BSF In the spring of 1990 during a pilot study and have not missed a year since. I’m now 74 and have benefited from mentors I sought out my whole life but now find myself in the role of being a mentor to younger men and a few women. Since I’m widowed my time is the Lords time and I’m free to help where I’m needed. Most of my biblical learning has come from BSF and what I’m able to share with others had come from what I learned in BSF. It has been a huge part of my life and I’m thankful for leaders like you who have kept me and others to the high calling of God in our lives.

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  221. Thank you so much Susie for leading us in BSF so well and in conformity with God’s word. The Lord bless and keep you safe always

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    • Thank you Susie for the insights about mentorship and the challenge to take up the role of mentorship. May God richly bless you and your family as you transition from BSF leadership.

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    • Just a note to say how fond I am a Bible Study Fellowship. I have met such wonderful ladies who have a love for the Lord. Thank you for the opportunities to be in such a great study.

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  222. Thank you for your blog . So well written!
    May the Good Lord Bless and Keep you and Shine His light upon you and protect you and your family wherever you may be. God Bless!🙏

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  223. As I read your blog, you reminded me of what a blessing BSF is to so many. Thank you for sharing. Your background with your Grandfather is like mines. As a child my Grandfather could not read, but knew the scripture because he was in a Bible based Church that read the scriptures as the sermons were given. When I learned to read, he would tell me the Chapter he wanted me to read. BSF and the means used to help us grow in the Word, the friends I have met during the years have been a blessing to me. In addition, God assigned me the job of raising 4 of my grandchildren who also attended BSF with me when they were in my home. They are now young adults, but still remember BSF. BSF is a wonderful tool to lead you to God, and help you mature in the Word. Thank you for sharing.

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  224. Susie, Your words regarding mentoring resonated with my experience of being involved with studying the Word in BSF through so many years. The friends I have made through studying with are those with whom my bonds are the tightest. We are on the same page with the truth. One friend who is 10 years older than I am has been one of those to whom I have been anchored to and has been a friend I look to for that direction and wisdom. So grateful for those relationships God has provided.
    May this next season of your life be joy-filled and productive.

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  225. Susie, your words have been an encouragement and a reminder of those God has placed in my life to shape and to mold me for His kingdom and for His glory! As a long time member of BSF, I reflect on my blessed mentor who strongly encouraged me to join this Bible study in 1987, only to become a leader 6 months later! Fifty years of marriage and nine grandchildren(one being a great), I am still here to serve, and realize that it is by His grace that I am able! Groomed to meet the lives of other women through His power and to His glory, I press on.
    Thank you, Susie, for mentoring us all these years with such wisdom and humility. You bring great glory to our great God!

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  226. I enjoyed reading your message.

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  227. Dear Susie,
    Thank you for inspiring leadership within the Body of Christ. The gratitude that the Holy Spirit has planted in your heart has grown into a beautiful bouquet of love for those who have mentored you. Your kind words bring to my mind those who have done the same for me.
    With prayer for you as you enter this new season of living with Jesus in the joy that He has prepared,
    All for God’s Glory, Karen

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  228. Susie,
    Thank you for your service in God’s Kingdom through BSF. I love your story Janie and how that relationship be me one of a reciprocal nature and deep friendship. As we struggle through life to apply God’s word, those dear friends help us grow and receive God’s love in ways we did not understand before. God bless you Susie on your next steps to serving Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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  229. Mrs. Rowan
    I would like to personally thank you for the words of comfort and support you always give to us all. This year and last year have been very hard for me and family due to the loss of over a hundred family members and friends my last loss came in June 6, 2021 of my oldest sister she was my encourager, strength and confidant. But I realize now that God was all of those things and more and he continues to give me all the strength I need to go on. I am a prayer warrior and it is time to do what God has call me to do. I would love to be a mentor one day believe that my testimonies will help others.

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  230. Thank you for your sharing the article. Wish you the best for your next endeavor.

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  231. I love your testimony. It shouldn’t surprise that God puts the right people in our path whether we are mentoring or being mentored. He is just that glorious!

    God luck to you!

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  232. One of the great advantages of being elderly is to look back to your past and thank God for the people that He has used to make you what you are today. I enjoyed your “blog”. It made me go back to my journey in faith these past 41 years that I have been a believer. God is good and faithful to His children!

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  233. Very beautiful sharing Sister Rowan. Since I’ve joined BSF I have considered all the GL’s that I have been as mentors preparing me for when I would lead my own group. By God’s grace I have been offered to lead, or I would say serve in BSF. I was hesitant at first, however, I accepted the challenge after I was told that the leaders would first pray for wisdom before it is offered to anyone. I now believe that it is my calling to serve. I pray that the Lord will allow the Holy Spirit to guide me in this new role I will be taking. I look forward to the training that I will go through. Pls include in your prayers the leaders, old and new to have a heart that is teachable and a heart willing to serve to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. To God be all the glory!

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    • Thanks Susan for sharing.
      It is a reminder for me to be thankful for the friends and mentors God has placed my way who have guided and counseled me in my career, personal life and Christian living.

      May God grant us wisdom to shepherd people in similar manner. God bless

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  234. Thank you Susie. Good mentors habe been such a gift from Christ and now we humble ourselves and ask Christ to use us

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  235. Thank you for sharing your journey of faith and the many mentors who have directed, strengthened and guided your journey. I was especially blessed by the illustration about the two trees. Our prayers go with you!

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  236. Mentoring is so Biblical and life impacting. Thank you for sharing your mentor ship stories, a true source of encouragement.
    In Him

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  237. Thank you Susie Rowan ! As always your words are thought provoking, and the message a timely blessing! May the Lord reward your service to us in BSF and give you unspeakable joy in your next season.

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  238. I thank God for the sharing of His Word in Brazil through BSF. Thank you Susie for your love, time, commitment and sacrifice invested in their lives. I see the change towards Christ in the hearts of people there. This is such a blessing to me. I praise the Lord! His mercies are new everyday♥

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  239. Thank you for your genuine and heartfelt sharing and witness.

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  240. Thank you for sharing your journey in knowing and serving our Lord Jesus Christ. The thought of intentional bringing into mind those people who have influenced and edify your faith inspired me to do the same and write in my journal how Christ brought them to me and our encounters together with the Lord. I love to teach but mentoring is far different in many ways as it involves giving a part of you and your life away — without hesitation. Many people can teach but very few are called and were gifted to be a true mentor. One needs to earnestly pray for it first. I praise God for your life. You are blessed to be a blessing!

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  241. Dear Susie

    I thank God for the mentors He has given me through BSF. My teaching leader Margaret Woody was an important mentor in my life. She taught me that perseverance in service to the Lord leads to much fruit when we depend on Him for strength to do His work. Despite life long health challenges Margaret led the Abbotsford day women’s class for at least 30 years.

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  242. Thank you so much for this encouraging word and challenge as we seek the Lord daily. Reminds me to keep my eyes open and heart ready to respond.

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    • It is a joy for me to read your comments and thank God for each one of you. God is so good to give us the shared experience of godly relationships centered in His Word.

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    • GOD Bless ! Precious Susie, Thanks for sharing & your commitment to the Bible & Prayer
      Enjoy the next steps with JESUS! Thank you for your service to BSF , to our LORD. & to we women & children & the men’s program also. Psalm 100.

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  243. Susie,

    Thank you for your wisdom and strength that you left behind to so many women. You have being a great mentor t
    o me.

    Blessings of the Lord

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  244. Thank you for all that you have done to make BSF successful!

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  245. And the greatest of these is Love. Love is illustrated in each section of our paths. A testimony given as required.
    Retirement is not the ending but the beginning for the rest of our Lives.
    BLESSINGS as God continues to lead/guide you on your path.

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  246. Thank you for this wonderful message. It made me think of the much needed mentors God has sent me. And I pray I will be able to be a mentor for others.

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  247. Thank you for your tremendous leadership and spiritual devotion! A committed heart and genuine love for Chrjst is refreshing and truly evident. You haveve shown us what a true leader looks like, and our strong mentor along the way. THANK YOU and best personal regards.

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  248. Great insights
    Thank you for sharing
    Wish you well
    Shall miss your mails😘🤩😍

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  249. Dear Sister Susie,

    Thank so much for your sharing and encouragement to me.
    I was so happy 😀 BSF gives the biblical knowledge more

    Glory the Lord

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  250. Thank you so much Susie for sharing your heart and the things that you have learned alone the way.. Your wisdom and insight will be missed. May God continue to Bless you and your family richly, on the next chapter of your journey called Life..

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  251. Thank you very much Susie for your Blog & your lifelong experience with the Lord & others helped you through the years . This is a great testimony & encouragement to all of us . Thank you for the great service you made in this ministry to Honor & Glorify God . Wish you a blessed joyful time in the next chapter of your life .

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  252. Thank you for sharing your journey. Yes I do have a heart for mentoring or even to be mentored but I want to do it God’s way and through His will and not my will. That’s the reason why I want to know more about Him through bible studies and most importantly to develop that intimate relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

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  253. Thank you!

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  254. Dear Susie,
    What a wonderful reflection of how God places people in our journey to our heavenly home. I too have many mentors throughout my life that have led me to my closer relationship with Christ. BSF has been an amazing part of the past seven years for me, and every year it gets better as God provides wisdom and understanding of his truth – God’s Word.
    Thank you for your leadership and wishing you a wonderful retirement.
    Blessings

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  255. Thank you for your dedication to BSF and for being an example of what it looks like to be a strong woman anchored to Christ and His Church. I have enjoyed your leadership and wish you well in your future endeavors. I pray to be open to the call of God as you have been.

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  256. God bless you, Susie

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  257. Great article and Best Bible Study ever I’ve had the privilege to be part of. Thank you for your sacrificial service and incredible leadership! To God be the glory, Great things He has done!

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  258. Susie,
    Thank you so much for your sharing your story and years of service in BSF.
    May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you in your next journey with him.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  259. I have been in BSF for about 30 years. I have met treasured people along the way that have mentored me & I have encouraged. I love the 4-step method of learning when God has shared His wisdom & understanding so that I can live my life His way. I have attended at least 3 leadership conferences, love coming face to face with the headquarters staff & you, Susie have spoken to my heart every time I listen to you. I thank God for the privilege to pray for you & your staff & for God introducing me to BSF!I tell everyone, I am a BSF lifer; if you don’t see me, I am in heaven!

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  260. Thank you for always sharing your faith and life experiences with us so we can see the loveliness that can come from a relationship and obedience to God. Your wise words are always inspiring to me and keep me coming back to BSF .. one of rhe most grounding forces in my life , teaching me that Gods Word is still
    alive and pertinent and He remains in control . I need Him and my community of believers and to share my faith . Blessings on you as you move into another phase of your life !

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  261. Thank you Susie for your inspirational leadership. May God continue to bless and keep you as you continue your Christian life.

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  262. Thank you, for your service to BSF, also, for sharing your wisdom in this blog. May the Lord bless you and keep you safe.

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  263. Because of my training in BSF and through God’s enabling I am mentoring a student athlete. I came into BSF a new Christian and now 17 years later and many mentors ago I have this privilege of walking with this young lady as she journeys through college. Susie, thank you for your service to so many and may God bless you in your next season.

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  264. May Yahweh continue to bless you and your family as Yahshua leads you and the Holy Spirit guides you during the End Time period. Thank you for your devoted service.

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  265. Thank you so much Suzie for your leadership. BSF has evolved since the 80s when I was first introduced by a member. During the time BSF was led by foreigners in this part of the world. Kenya is a country in East Africa that came into the limelight during President Obama’s leadership. I mention this so you can see the impact BSF has had worldwide and the positive changes that I can say have made it easier for those of us who had to leave BSF because of the strict rules that would dismiss a member after missing class 2 or 3 times. For me this became a challenge as God opened an opportunity for a Job that involved travelling not less than 2 weeks every so often. I had been in BSF for 5 years then. About 3 years ago a friend told me that BSF was more liberal now and all I had to do is inform the leader that I was travelling and that should take care of my absence. This happened at a time that I had joined a fellowship that took place on the same day as BSF but as God would have it a class for a different day was opened near my house so I could attend and not miss my other fellowship. This goes to show that under your leadership there has been consideration and room to accommodate all of us. Thanks to God for allowing you to use your experience that you gained from those ahead of you to impact many lives across the globe. I pray that you will continue to touch and mentor as God directs. May God bless you and your family and open new avenues of expanding His kingdom to the glory and honor of His name.

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  266. Susie, thank you very much for your service to others and for this article! I appreciate your words about mentoring and the importance in your life. I pray God will use me to encourage others as much as you have encouraged so many and I will reach out to find and recognize mentors in my life. I wish you many blessings in your retirement. Love you 😍

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  267. Susie, thank you very much for your service to others and for this article! I appreciate your words about mentoring and the importance in your life. I pray God will use me to encourage others as much as you have encouraged so many and I will reach out to find and recognize mentors in my life. I wish you many blessings in your retirement. Love you 😍

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  268. I truly enjoyed this blog. More importantly, I appreciate it. As I read, my mind was drawn to the people who have lovingly mentored me. I am challenged to continue being guided along by the godly wisdom of Mary Starnes, whom I met through BSF, and also to continue leading the young women whom God has led my way. May I do so by His grace and love.

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  269. Best wishes in your next season after BSF leadership. Thank you for your service ✝️

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  270. Thankyou dear Susie for taking time to write & share this. God has strongly impressed the significance of mentoring others on my heart in recent years as He reminded me of those He has placed in my Life over the years to mentor me.
    I am so grateful to each one & many have come through my journey in Bsf leadership.what a special gift of “ each other “ He has given us, I so value those whose shoulders we stand on. Thankyou for being one of them Susie. I remember at the Revelation Institute, Anne Graham Lotz commenting on how “ God just oozes out of you “… He truly does. May God shower you with His blessing as you step into this new season of life💕

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  271. Thank you, Susie, for sharing your wisdom as you walk with God and reflect over the years of your life. You have been a mentor to me, though you do not know me, and I am grateful to have shared this ministry with you. I find that the older I become the number of people on whose shoulders I have been carried grows greater with every passing year and I have learned that from every person another can learn. Thank you for the ways that you have taught me through these email messages over the years. God bless you with a mentoring future.

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  272. Thank you Susie for the reminder of how important it is to have a mentor and to mentor others. I loved that you shared about your grandfather as being the first mentor to you I his relationship with Christ. I remember my grandmother relationship with the Lord and her favorite hymns that she would sing. I find myself thinking about how she would see a stranger and would offer a ride, a meal or just speak to say hi and then she would begin to speak about the God she loved, how He loved her and if they had a relationship with God. I could not understand as a child, but today I can relate.

    Susie, thank you for sharing. May God blessed you and your family in the next chapter of your life.

    🙏🏽🥰🙏🏽

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  273. Susie, I thank you for sharing your BSF journey with us. It encourages me to reflect on my own life to recognize those whom God has placed in the tapestry of my life to mentor me. Along the way others have shared with me how God has used me to make deposits in their lives. My journey begins with my parents and continues today. Perhaps I will add these thoughts to my journey with God. I thank God for your BSF leadership. My BSF journey began with my mother in law , Mrs.. Eva Oxner in 1995 . She has passed away but my journey continues. May God continue to bless you and your family in your walk with our Father. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! Barbara A. Oxner

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  274. Thank you for sharing your story, it’s very encouraging and thank you for all that you are doing in serving the Lord. All Glory to God.

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  275. Susie,

    Thank you for overseeing this great journey that BSF is taking so many thousands on, may your retirement be as great.

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  276. Susie, I love the journey of your live. May you continue being close to Christ.

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  277. Thank you Woman of God Susie Rowan, you have really blessed some of us and open our minds and hearts to develope a very close relationships and show wisdom, deep commitment and finally love honestly without judgement to enable us mature, be Christlike and acquire the opportunities to mentor and be mentored, you are very much blessed and thank you once again.

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  278. Dear Susie,

    Praise be to the Almighty God
    I thank God for your life and using you mightly to encourage us with the Word Spiritually am empowered and strengthened to share with others and making the word of God to become real in my daily. bringing God close to my life and my family and friends.

    God bless you please, continue to share as the HOLY SPIRIT leads . thanks for loving us.I have learnt not to give up struggle continues until we meet in that everlasting life with JESUS. God bless you.

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  279. I am enjoying my time in BSFand proud to say that I had a chance to meet you in San Diego. I pray success in whatever you endeavor next. God’s blessings to you

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  280. Dear Susie,
    Thank you so much for bringing to mind your loved ones who intentionally brought you up into their own lives to be able to witness for Christ.
    As I read through your blog, I was reminded of my loved ones who showed my a glimpse of Jesus through their own lifestyle and preview of Who Jesus was.
    I am privileged to be a part of BSF as a GL (DW Egmore, Chennai India).
    My journey began 20 yrs ago along with my spiritual mom who led me to Christ . Today I have been able to share Christ through many areas of my life and ever grateful to God for introducing be to BSF helping me understand My Jesus .
    Thank you once again !!

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  281. Thank you Susie for your leadership and the advancement of BSF. I pray Gods best for you and your family.
    I treasure BSF teaching, fellowship and sharing.

    In His Love,
    Elizabeth Davis

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  282. Yes, dear sister….Jesus is calling me to become a good mentor for others coming after me, instead of being “satisfied” with personal Bible study for increasing my own knowledge.

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  283. To ,Ms.Roowan Wow what a Awesome journey through the leading of the Holy Spirit ,I pray that you pass the mantle of your experiences to your children’s so that your wisdom and understanding of God word will propel the yo be good Christian leaderships Thank you ,your reflection ofgrowning through BFS,,never let go you are a EXCELLENTLY Mentor please continue to Teach God word in season and out of season, remember season come and go ,your journey is not over ,so lookbeyond your horizons and live to capture your promise land ,enjoyed your journey ,Lord allow me to tackle and pursuit God word ,Thank you again, now rest for a little while and write your Books

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  284. Thank you Susie for sharing. I am passionate about mentoring and in this blog, I am greatly inspired. May the good Lord continue to uplift you as you mentor many people out there.

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  285. Thank you Susie, my interactions with you through your blogs have been a mentorship of sorts. I have learnt so much from you, I give God thanks for the season we have had you. I pray for grace to mentor others as well. May your next season be blessed.

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  286. Thank you Susie for showing me the mutual treasures in mentoring. May you find joy and fulfilment in serving the Lord in more ways beyond.

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  287. Dear Susie,
    Thank you for your leadership in BSF. God has clearly guided your steps and I praise Him for guidance, wisdom, mercy and protection of Bible Study Fellowship.

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  288. Thank ypu Susie for sharing your experiences and your journey. I particularly like the story that as a 7 year old your grandfather took you with him and in that way indirectly mentored you to be a leader and to be Christlike. It encourages me to know that I should be intentionally with all relationships young or old to either learn from them or be exemplary in the way I live.

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  289. We praise our God the Father for His faithfulness and perseverance in our BSF journey. We thank God for providing you, Susan Rowen to extend His kingdom. Grateful that our paths crossed and to be given the opportunity to serve the Lord in Bsf under your leadership. Grateful to the Lord for Susie Rowan’s fervent heart and good work. May God be with you, Susie Rowan, in all your future endeavours in Him. God bless.

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  290. What an encouraging read! I praise God for your leadership through the years, though I have not been blessed to have known you personally I feel how God binds His people in a very special way such that we feel close to each other like no other relationship that this world can offer.

    BSF has been such a huge instrument of God throughout my spiritual walk and I treasure all the learnings, excited about the future nuggets of wisdom that God will continue to reveal to me through His Word as taught by BSF.

    God bless you, Susan, in your new season of life. I know God will continue to use you mightily for His purpose and glory.

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  291. Inspiring, encouraging and food for thought. Thank you, Susie for your care and support over the years.

    Every blessing in Christ.

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  292. Dear Roger and Susie,
    Thank you for your exemplary mentorship testimony. Your leadership at BSF has left an unerasable mark on the fellowship community around the world. May the Almighty God meet the aspirations of your heart and family. Amen

    God bless
    Robert and Margaret Ssekidde

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  293. Thank you Susie for sharing this very wonderful information.

    I have enjoyed BSF because of your inspired labour.

    May God continue to use you for His Glory.

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  294. We should serve our God with all our heart

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  295. Thank you so much Susie for your inspiration and encouragement. As I read I saw myself, and the many who have been of great influence in my life. From the time as a young girl, how God planned every step of the way and used my mum and dad, believers through Scripture Union and through Bible Study felliwship. What a journey! To God be the glory.

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  296. To the glory of God Almighty, I salute you for your great leadership, thankyou for allowing yourself to be used of God and to be a role model to me and many others. God bless you abundantly as you transit to your next assignment. Shalom

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  297. Thank you Susie, for your timely words of inspiration and wisdom. Looking back, its amazing how God sends the right people to nurture and mature us exactly when we need them. May God bless you as you venture into your new ministry.

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  298. Thank you for this great article and the wonderful encouragement of the reminder that we need each other, either as Mentors or Mentees. May God richly bless you and direct you as you serve the final year at BSF

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  299. Yes, a heart to mentor, to learn, to teach and pass on to the next generation is certainly the Key for BSF moving forward.

    We are glad to have you to be the God ‘s instrument to build the foundation and make many strategic changes in the content and process whether it is online or offline. You certainly have the heart for God to expand God ‘s kingdom so that many people can engage and learn more about His Word. I really hope that this will be continued to be the main focus for BSF- Go Deep into His Word, Magnify God and Mature His people.

    We are BSF family with the same heart in mentoring others as I was serving for over 17 years and like you had taken this time to reflect . Would like to feedback on the using of the “3 questions” method in facilitating since you are talking about mentoring. Hope we can fine tune as this has resulted in missing out the line by line understanding of the whole passage. There is a danger of missing certain important phrases and learning points for the lessons. One of the core objectives is for members to grow deep in the relationship with Christ through in-depth study of His Word.
    Probably the “3 question” is more for of an extension of learning and to have a more lively discussion but lack the learning in detail and in-depth.
    The lecture should be a more Bible verses focused rather than a corporate presentation teaching . Good to expound line by line after giving the overall context.

    I would also like to praise God for Ms Hollie Roberts to take over the baton from you to continue the good work in BSF and wish her a very enriching and Spirit filled journey for the way forward as I see how God had led BSF so far.
    And for you both,
    May God establish the works of your hands and may Christ’s name be magnified in your new endeavour.

    Genesis 12:1-4a   Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him…

    God’s blessing is not limited to one’s own benefit. Its purpose is to unleash the power of God’s love and enable his people to be a blessing to others.

    God bless
    Kenny Foo

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  300. Sound advice from the heart ,Susie. Will surely help those who are mentors today or are being mentored. Wish you all the best in your new journey in Christ and fond regards to you and the family

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  301. Thank you for your commitment to the ministry of BSF. It has been such a lifeline through bad times, and such a great comfort. Every blessing on your onward journey, God will surely guide you.

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  302. May God bless you.
    Rich insights.

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  303. Hi Susie!

    We thank God for your able leadership and deep sharing on the topic of mentoring. This is well appreciated!

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  304. Lovely message

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  305. Such a blessing Suzy. Our prayer is to the effect that we may continue to grow in our faith and relationship with the Lord our maker and that we shall always be together tethered with him in Faith, without which it would not be possible for to maintain the fellowship and relationship as is between us with Him our Father God through His Son Jesus Christ. Thank God for BSF, for through it i have developed by the grace of the Lord our Lord, a more intimate and personal understanding of Him whom we serve and whose faith we confess. God is God, and always He shall so be. Thank God for you as well and as you contemplate to take a rest, i believe it is only administrative, yet may God grant that you shall continue impacting lives all over the world as you have always been doing. you are blessed Siz Rowan.

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  306. Reminds me of my BSF leader Mike Bundy. He leads with the desire and hope to help each of us grow. I started my BSF because of my desire to be lead by him. Not a perfect guy but with God’s help we all know how to grow and become the person God wants us to be.

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    • Thanks for sharing! We also are so grateful for Mike and the many volunteers like him who serve with such love for our members.

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  307. Mentorship is such a huge part of life, and thank you Susie for sharing your journeys of mentorship, some ring true to my life also. I love your comment on mentorship around the Christian community and faith.

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  308. Am so encouraged by this topic of mentorship and it has reminded me of those people who have held me by hand to see myself where lam now. Am reminded to do the same but also look out for my mentors. Thanks Grandma Susie Rowan for this great message

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  309. This is so profound. I am so challenged as I look around, who in the past has influenced my spiritual growth, but most importantly who among my circle of friends is walking with me? And how am I mentoring others in Christ’s walk. May God help us to see the the many opportunities He brings our way, to witness about His great love for us. BSF is one of those opportunities God has given.

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  310. Hermoso testimonio de una vida enfocada al servicio, me ha sido de inspiración a pesar de mi mayoría de edad. Dios llama a su servicio. Y respondo Heme aquí envíame a mí

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  311. Thank you so much to serve the Lord in BSF while same time you are there, bless where ever you go and so much love we can draw from your message over the years, the BSF retreat and the changes from headquarters of the team you led, for our Lord’s glory and mercy, we are there continue to be His witness to those He places to us till we meet again, amen 🙏

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  312. Greetings In the Mighty Name of our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ

    I enjoyed studying the Book of Genesis. I want to know; how can I also be one of the Mentors.

    Regards

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  313. Thank you, I pray I asked GOD to help me read more about different things people,and places then I receive your email read it. So much to say about your email. I will learn how to put it on paper letting the LORD Jesus use me.
    I’ve been going to BSF my grandbaby was three yrs. old she’s 13 years old now. I just want to say thank you Sis.Susie

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  314. Really inspired, thanks for sharing. God bless you Susie.

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  315. Thank you Susie for reminding us to be mentors as we relate to people God brings our way as we journey to eternity. May God help us to reflect our faith in our relationships

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  316. Thank you so much for your leadership and example. May Gad continue to bless you and your family. Love in Christ

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  317. The name of the Lord be praised for you and yours. This is really encouraging.

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  318. Thank you for this. It is a confirmation. God bless you 🙏

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  319. Thank you Susie for this unique inspiration of mentorship in God’s word! May the Lord God bless you and help us to see the practicalities of it in our communities

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  320. Thank you for sharing your story of how God influenced you through BSF. I’ve been so blessed the past 6 years personally in BSF, which had enabled me to pour into other women of all ages.
    I am so excited and nervous to serve for the first time as an OGL international leader. Isaiah 55:8-9.

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  321. Thank you Susie, am encouraged to continually reflect on my life,and see how far God had bought me. Also to take a leap of faith and encourage and mentor others using what God has done for me.

    Thank you and God bless you, even as you take the next phase of life,may He lead you to where He wants you to be

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  322. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and mentorships. It is very encouraging and food for thought. Thank you also for your blogs throughout the year. God’s Blessings!!!

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  323. Thank you Susie, am encouraged to continually reflect on my life,and see how fr Go had bought me. Also o take a leap of faith and encourage and mentor others using what God has done for me.

    Thank you and God bless you, even as you take the next phase of life,may He lead you to where He wants you to be.

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  324. Thank you, Susie for your being such and encourager and mentor through you blogs. I am sure God will continue to use you in your retirement even if at home with your love ones. Have a great bonding time with your family. God bless

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  325. Thank you Susie
    We thank God for the wisdom from the Word of God on mentorship. We bless the Lord for you and for sharing about mentoring in a practical way.
    I have learnt a lot.
    Thank you

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  326. BSF has been a great blessing to my family and myself. Jesus is my LORD, my Savior, my friend, and teacher. There is no merit on my part in attaining the Kingdom of God (Titus 3:5). I praise God for what He has done worldwide through BSF and in my life!

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  327. I remember this great woman of God when she mentored me about prayer, she told me that when praying I do not need to keep on calling on the name of God/Lord as the moment I called on Him first He heard and is attentive. This changed my prayer life and I have passed this to others. Am for ever grateful. This was at All Saints Church in Kenya. We were starting a new BSF class.

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  328. Thanks for the wonderful guidelines and thank you for serving the Lord faithfully.
    Many Blessings

    Melanie

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  329. I thank God for having someone like you, Susie. You have a great passionate, faith and courage to lead God’s ministry. And I believe it’s all God’s grace, making you as an obedient and humble woman. May God keep using you to be His true faithful witness…

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  330. Susie, I have been in BSF for many years and have had various roles in leadership. I have learned that if God calls you to a role, He will equip you for that role. He has certainly equipped you to lead us all in challenging and changing times in our world. I appreciate all you have done for us all. Blessings as God guides your next steps of joyful service.

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  331. Thank you for your service and for sharing your heart with us today. It is truly amazing what God can do with a willing and yielded heart. I am a new group leader this year. I pray that God will use me as a mentor to the ladies in my group and that I will be a yielded vessel through which God can pour His love and tenderness. Thank you again for being used.

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  332. Very thoughtful and encouraging. Even though we mentor others, we continue to be mentored to all our lives. Each person in our lives is important focal point. Just as God’s grace and mercy never ends our learning continues in our lifetime.

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  333. What a beautiful and encouraging testimony, Praise to the LORD. May the LORD be your guide and stay as you continue to have long walks with Him. My desire is for my two children to join BSF. Praying especially for my daughter in Houston, Texas, who is very busy and unchurched.

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  334. Thank you sister Susie ,So uplifting message .May God continue to lead you in your future ministry

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  335. Thank you for sharing your story Ms. Susie Rowan and thank you for leading BSF.

    BSF studies have always been refreshing and encouraging – not only the lessons but the sharing and the relationships developed among group mates. I considered my BSF sisters and leaders as part of my spiritual family. Just like you, mentoring a non-believer and even “mentoring” the youth by sharing the wisdom of the Bible verses in an applicable situation have been a natural response. As I grow in my faith, I believe God planted that

    in the heart of every believer and follower of Jesus. The joy of knowing Jesus and having His presence in my life cannot be kept or contained on my own, sharing and delivering the joy of the Lord is a natural response which indeed fulfills me as it becomes a way for me to honor God in this life He gave me.

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  336. Susie

    Thank u for your encouraging life story and the history you have with bsf…

    I don’t know what I would’ve done without Bsf… When I joined I was 27 and single and I am now 67 married and have five grandchildren… All three of my boys went through the Bsf children’s program when they were little… I Call bsf “the masters of Bible studies“

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  337. Very inspiring to go through the blog
    All praise& Glory be to God

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  338. Susie:
    Thank you for your leadership over the years, your guidance, your witness and most of all for your compassion and love for all those you’ve come in contact with. You certainly have inspired me and it has been a privilege to have you periodically join our leader’s meeting and class with sweet
    Sharon! I love you and will miss you! I hope our paths will cross again on this side of heaven❣️Blessings to you during this next adventure in your journey as you glorify our Lord in the process. 😘💕 Coleen (Naples DOT)

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  339. Susie – you will be missed. You have offered phenomenal leadership through your years of service to BSF. Thank you! May God bless you and your retirement.

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  340. Yes, it’s a reminder to me, God calls to be a mentor, and God Himself provides the people/ disciples for that mentoring. He Sovereignly crosses our paths with such people. Glory to Him. Amen.

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  341. Hello Susan,
    It has been my privilege to become a group leader this past season. I am working with Stan Chen from Vancouver. I have been with B.S.F. for nearly 10 years studying other books.
    I enjoyed my 83rd birthday celebration this past April.
    I have always had a great desire for God‘s word since my being under graduate from Moody Bible Institute. Also I graduated from Prairie Bible Institute now called Prairie College. That was in 1963.
    I am now mentoring several younger men through the YouVersion devotional online program. It is such a blessing to see these men grow in the Lord and their tenacious desire to learn gods word.
    I am looking forward to the study of Matthew with BSF come this fall.
    Thank you so much for your blog and I will continue praying for you and the ministry of Bible Study Fellowship.

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  342. Susie, thank you for the transparency in your life. Do you intend to make mentoring a program of learning, sharing, and application?

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  343. I am so thankful for my study the pass 14 yrs. in BSF. Getting to live in my relationship with him and being able to share His promises and goodness from time to time . My best and most rewarding experience was when God open my husband’s heart to receive Him as Lord and Saviour of his life before going home to be with him. God meet him right where he was and changed his walk. What a difference it made . To God be the glory for All He allow.

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  344. Thank you Susie for the encouragement. Walking with Christ is to grow spiritually. BSF has really changed our lives. My prayer is to complete my walk with God and in God. Stay blessed

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  345. Dear Suzie,
    Thank you for your leadership and your passion for the gospel. I pray that the Lord will continue to bless you and your family!

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  346. I just wanted to take a moment to thank Susie for her willingness to serve and lead. I am in awe thinking about how she has allowed God to use her as a teaching instrument. Her commitment and tireless dedicated and sacrifice has not gone unnoticed. May the Lord continue to bless her every step in the next chapter of her life.

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  347. Thank you so much for sharing. Your words, as usual, are an inspiration and never fail to touch my heart.

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  348. I appreciated this reflection on mentoring, being a mentor and what it means to have special people in our lives who truly care for us know matter what age we are. I have been honored over the years to mentor young people as they try to make sense of what is going on in their lives whether with family, school or just life in general. Thanks for reminding us of the importance of mentoring.

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  349. My sister, Shirley, suggested that I find a BSF class in the Atlanta, Ga area when I moved there with my husband in 1996. Bsf kept me focused on the Lord and provided me with new friends in the area. Now here it is 25 years later and I”m still committed to Bsf. It is so wonderful to share the bible with believers and to share our lives with each other. To God be the Glory!

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  350. This is very enlightening. I thank God for you Susie Rowan. I attended the leader’s retreat in Nairobi in 2016 and you impacted me alot. God bless you more. 🙏

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  351. God’s beloved,
    Shalom, God is good, thank you for sharing the awesome testimonies. I thank God for having the privilege to join BSF. I am learning so much about God thru BSF and will continue the walk with Him thru BSF. I wish to thank every leader for leading & praying for us.
    May our Lord blesses you and your families full of His abundant life and grace.
    God Blessings !

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  352. Dear Susie,
    I just want to say thank you for your inspiring leadership. God bless you as you go. I will miss you ❤
    Love in Christ,
    Laurel Yates

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  353. What a beautiful message and such understanding ! I feel so much happier by knowing You, Susie. It is with great pleasure and much love from God that I was allowed this sweet touch from Susie. My reason is love.
    May God Bless you and your beloved family.
    BSF is from the soul and turned around with great strength for our God and Jesus.
    Saved by the Lord!
    In thanks we Praise ❤️
    Rae Cox Lindsey

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  354. Susie thank you for loving us all and may God blessings and grace be with you always love Sonya West.

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  355. What beautiful life examples…Praises to Jesus! This was very encouraging. Thank you! May God bless you and your family!

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  356. Hello Susie,

    Good day!

    Appreciate your encouragement thru this email. It is my great joy and privilege to be a part of this Bible Fellowship Group. These fellowship teach me to really understand the Bible and grow more about our Lord.

    Thank you so much. God bless you all!

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  357. Susie,
    Thank you for passing along the wisdom you glean as you walk through each season of your life. The Lord blesses me as I learn from your encouraging challenges. You overflow with the fulness of God’s love. Thank you for giving to the Lord!

    To God be the glory,
    Deanna Pratt
    CS SP WD Maplewood, MN

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    • Greatly encouraged by this testimony, Susie. Thank you for sharing. Encourages me to review aspects of my relationships with all the Lord has put in my life, by His divine will; particularly those whose temperaments l consider extremely prickly. Question to ask is> what is the Lord teaching me. Only He can show me how to come alongside them and be a mentor.

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  358. Some times we are mentored other times God leads us to mentor people around us..both are learning and growing process..

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    • Dear Susan

      Thank you so much for your sharing. I hope one day i can share a piece like this. Right now, i have a long way to go before i can mentor someone. I pray God would show me a mentor.

      May God continue to guide and bless your walk with Him.
      future ministry

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    • It amazing what the Glory of our God does in our lives and for others. It’s a true blessing when we’re mentored and just being a witness of our faith can be mentoring for others as well. God bless and keep giving Glory to all he does!

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  359. Thanks so much Susie for sharing your gratefulness and appreciation for your mentors and friends. I wholeheartedly agree with you that our lives are really inundated by all the blessed souls that God sent our way, regardless of our awareness or even needs. Like you, I am always grateful to those who had helped my family and me through my life journey, and it is precisely all those gift of grace and care that is fueling my passion of continuing on to helping others; even though I could consider “retirement”. God bless you in your new ministry!

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    • Loved the words. Thank you for your service.

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  360. Susie,
    These words are timely and a great encouragement.Thank you for your service and love.

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    • Thank you Suzie.
      The message is truly inspirational

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  361. What a great article reflecting on the importance of mentoring Susie. You have and will continue to be an inspiration to do many others by how you live out your faith in our wonderful Lord – glorifying Him in all you do. I wish you all the best as you continue ministering to those around you.

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  362. Thank you, Susie, for your words & appreciation to enjoy and value Christian relationships. As I’ve aged, now 73, I have realized the endearing relationships of my Christian friends/mentors, and BSF has drawn me to new friends.

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  363. Dear Susie, though we had not spoken face to face before, but I would like to let you know that I’m inspired by every speech and message you had made during my 6 years in BSF. I thank you and thank God for your leadership and services . May God bless you and Roger with good health and even closer relationship with God our Father as you move to different season of your life.

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    • Thank you, Susie for a job well done! I know we will miss you when you go, but I also know God always provides. I have enjoyed all the emails ( information and articles) you have sent. You truly are an inspiration to all of us. God bless you, my sister in Christ!
      Pat Donaldson

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  364. Thank you, Suzie. Bon courage as you open the door to this change of pace — retirement.

    Muriel H. TEUSINK
    (Formerly Addis Abeba EW; now Paris EW on zoom)

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  365. Thank you so very much for sharing your Wisdom and Prayers with us. Truly appreciated you reaching out to me and I pray God will help me to use what he gives me as I learn more of him. As I am Mentored I will Mentor. Again Thank you and Less you in your journey 🙏❤️

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  366. Thank you dear Susie for taking the time to write this beautiful blog on mentoring. I am now reminded of so many women in my life who have brought me to the place where I am now, strengthening my relationship with Christ Jesus giving me resolve to persevere through difficulties, and coming through the other side of trials with great joy. I will now turn my pen to the paper and write these women all letters of thanks!Also I will be mindful myself of how I can invest with intention in the life of another. God’s love and mine<

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  367. Thank you Susie for your years as executive director, with each change in leadership brings sadness but yet excitement as new leadership comes on board. You have with God’s help have taken BSF to new highest. Also thank you for this reminder of what my next role could be. As I have spent the last 4 months in the hospital by my husbands side after a set back on the operating table waiting for God to heal him, well He did heal him he is with the Lord. But as I walk through these lonely days or separation, you remind me that there will be opportunities if not already to mentor and encourage other individuals. We do need others, and as others help me through this time, I will help others.

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  368. Awesome. Powerful testimony of a heart that is totally sold to Christ and a willingness to serve unconditionally. Indeed we all need each other – past, present and in future. Thank you Susie for sharing your encouraging and inspiring journey. God bless you richly

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  369. Thank you for this wonderful letter and especially the part of mentoring the younger women. A few years ago our Church began a Ministry called
    Heart to Heart that asked Older Mature Women of Faith if they would be interested in this program. Many women came forth and we then invited the younger women in the Parish the opportunity to sign up for this Ministry. It was very successful. Blessings to you and your family and thank you for your gracious and loving letter to the BSF Community.

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  370. Loved this article

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  371. Dear Susie, thank you for a well written, inspiring and encouraging testimony. I am one who was and still very blessed through BSF study and fellowship. Its has indeed help me in my growing up and age gracefully. Thanks and praise God for such wonderful blessings through His Words and all those people around me. Join BSF EWS Klang since its started, there are still many lessons to learn from each other and to be used by God and to serve Him faithfully to the end.

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  372. Thank you Susie. You have been a wonderful example to me as a BSFer over the years. I am grateful to God for you and others He put in my life in BSF. To Him be the glory!

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  373. Thank you Susan for your service to BSF and God! May your “retirement” 😉years be blessed! 🥰🙌🙌

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    • Dear Susie,
      Thank you for always sharing with us, it inspires me and many others to keep the faith in faithful Service to God. Thanks for your humble guidance.🙏👏

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  374. Susie is a great mentor the time I have been here. I like BSF
    I learned a lot in years

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  375. Love this. It is so true. When I came to Jesus at 38 I had lived as an atheist for years. I had a wonderful to mentor me. Thru the classes I teach at church I try to sometimes comfort as ND ladies thru difficult days. And in turn they have helped me.

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  376. I enjoyed reading your blog. My hope and prayer is that I will grow closer to God even at my age, through my studies with BSF.
    Thank you for words of inspiration.

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  377. Thanks for a wonderful year. This was my first and I pray that there will be many m ore

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  378. Dear Susie,

    I always anxiously open your emails. They always offer me insight and encouragement in my walk with God. You have been a real blessing to me and to others. Enjoy your retirement, but I’m sure God will lead you to more sheep to shepherd!!

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  379. Susie, thank you for your service to BSF as our leader. for these many years. My involvement
    in BSF began in 1985 in the study of John. I found Jesus; I should say he found me in that first year of study. At 81, I could not be more enthusiastic; looking forward to the study of Matthew and reuniting with my men in person this fall.

    I am confident that our God will continue to use you in ways you can’t imagine.
    God is good, Roger

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  380. Yes mentoring is a noble work as we can with years of experience in diverse field can share are experience and through this help the next generation in their journey of life .As God leads us and guides us every moment of our lives ,it is blessed to be a mentor to those in need.

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  381. Hi Susie, thank you for your email and sharing your blog. This is my first time being a leader to the BSF. I am looking forward to this new challenge in my life. Thank you for all your hard work in serving the Lord and BSF. May God continue to protect and bless you and your family.

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  382. Thank you Susie for your faithful service to our Lord in BSF ministry. God’s richest blessings be with you and family as you continue your life’s journey for the fame and love of our Lord Jesus.

    BSF Men Class Perth , Australia

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  383. Thank you!

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    • thank you so much for wonderful work God give you blessing

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  384. Susie, thank you for being such an inspiration to me , especially in the year of 2020. God’s richest blessings to you and your family during this next journey in Christ.

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  385. The Genesis study is my first encounter with BSF, and the good Shepherd leadership of Dana Malloy.The weekly Zoom gathering of devoted Christian women during the 2020 Pandemic was a time of sharing and study. They were my Tuesday AM family. I was lead to read the A.Wetherell Johnson autobiography, “Created for Commitment”, and in my heart I feel the “deep gratitude” expressed by Ms.Johnson to readers. I look forward to the September Matthew study, and many more hours of time spent with my special Group 25.

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  386. Hi Susie, thank you for keeping me inform about BSF. I would ask for prayer about my neighbors that they would seek Christ and become a Christian. Also, I am needing prayer on my job in understanding the procedure and to give excellent customer service and trusting Jesus that he will help me. It seem every job I get I need to put my faith in Christ. Please pray for favor. Thanks.

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  387. That was SO HEARTFELT & encouraging to read. I printed it off to keep & reread many times more!! Thank you beyond words for ALL YOU HAVE DONE for SO MANY!!! 👏👏💕💕😁🙏🏻💕💕💕
    I am enrolled for my 2nd BSF season & it has wonderfully brought me MUCH CLOSER to our LORD GOD. 💕💕💕Patti H

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  388. I am truly blessed to have a number of mentors in my life. Their inputs, guidance, teaching, encouragement, understanding and believed in me gave me hope to lean on the LORD Jesus.
    Proverbs 3:5-6.
    I am grateful to all of them to have godly women and men to speak into my life in good times and in difficult times.
    Thank you LORD for such invaluable blessing.

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  389. Dearest Susie,
    Thank you for sharing your sabbatical and words on mentoring. I too had a Grandaddy who let me sit in on his Sunday School class of adults when I was a child. I remember being told of my Grannie kneeling beside her bed to pray for her family.
    I will remember fondly of your leadership as our Executive Director. We saw so many changes and you encouraged us to be faithful through all of them. I served on the first AP team for southern Idaho before we went to two member teams. I had the privilege and blessing to be trained in San Antonio and sit beside you at breakfast one day. I felt like I was sitting with a friend. You had just returned from China and you shared your trip and your wisdom in working with a less then friendly government. 😉
    Thank you again. You will be remembered as a mentor to thousands!
    Love
    Martha

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  390. Dear Susie
    Thank you for your leadership, patience and perseverance. God has truly used you as His vessel to enhance Bible Study Fellowship. Only He has known about this Covid 19 virus to give inspiration to your team under your leadership to launch the BSF Online class. As one of the participants of the international online class, I am forever grateful. God has used many mentors through BSF to prepare me for the tragedy that I faced in 2017. I still have not recovered! But when He has refined me and I believe He will, hopefully I can be a mentor to someone. Thank you for fulfilling the mission of BSF and for being an example of dedication and commitment to all. Thank you for being a mentor from a distance but spiritually near.
    May God bless you and may He bless whatever project He has in mind for you after passing the baton to your successor.

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  391. Thank you Susie for that beautiful share. It has truly inspired me to be a blessing to others.
    I have a lot to learn and grow from BSF and I praise God for my walk with Jesus. I pray that I will be able to imitate Christ and wonderful leaders like you all. Together in Christ…

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  392. Dear Susie,

    Thank you for your sharing. Want to hear more.

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  393. What a blessed gift to be mentored and to mentor is great joy. Thank you for your service in the kingdom.

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  394. Thank you for sharing this. I believe it is time to become a mentor and to train myself as best as possible to influence the younger and little girls, my granddaughter looks up to me and, well, at the young age of 10, girls her age and above need us women to help them develop into God fearing, lovely, strong, confident and tender hearted, to serve and help others to know Jesus.

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  395. Dear Susie,

    It has been a blessing for me to read your sabbatical reflection. It reminds me of my former and recent mentor to pray for them as Hebrews 13:7 strongly reminded, “Remember your leaders, who spoke the Word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way, and imitate their faith.” . Since I trust God has provided them to be a tools in my faith journey.

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  396. Thank you Susie for your insight. The post pandemic had brought us to a new world. A new season to learn and grow. We need to grow together, God had been great, He had prepared us to get out of the comfort zone and be ready to serve.

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  397. Thank you so much Suzie, for your godly, skillful leadership of BSF. All the many changes I’ve seen make it so much more culturally fitting. David and I met you in Nairobi at an area retreat in 2012 (?). We were both TL’s in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Starting the EW BSF class there was the hardest and most blessed experience in my life and career. We are grateful beyond words for BSF, to our wonderful Lord Jesus, and to YOU, Suzie Rowan.

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  398. Thank you, Susie, for your faithfulness to lead our wonderful world of BSF.
    Your message is speaking to me especially at this time. God was leading me in prayer this spring to share the gospel and my testimony with a group of colleagues, we are all psychotherapists specializing in working with children. Only one other person is a Christian in this group of 8-10.
    By God’s Grace I proposed we all spend time sharing our own stories with each other, and move on from listening to Podcasts.
    Everyone agreed. I am asking God to show me if there is one who I could come along side and mentor.
    May your last year be a blessing.

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  399. Thank you
    I’m sad your term will be up.
    I very inspired thank you.
    Your work hasn’t ended till God calls you home.
    I pray for new doors to open for you.

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  400. Great testimony of faith and wisdom. We all need one another to grow up and be a mature Christian . I’ve been aBSF member for more than 20 years and it was a turning point in my life. God bless you in your new mission, Susie.

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  401. Thank you sister Susie Rowan, really appreciate for your encouragement. Hope my faith and love was growing with the purpose to encourage other people as well. May Lord leading my path to walk forward with joy and faithful love.

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  402. Praising God for His call for you Susie, thank you for your excellent example, love and dedication to our Lord. You have served Him well in BSF, well done good and faithful servant ❤️

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  403. I truly enjoyed reading this. I have also had the opportunity of someone mentoring ne and seeing ne grow. As women of faith we need one another to lean on and share. Thank you for this reading.
    With love in Christ
    Fondly,
    Dollie Cardwell

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  404. Susie this was so encouraging and even though my leadership would not compare to yours I have remembered all those that have encouraged me in the things of Christ since I was a child. This is my 7th year in BSF and 6th as a group leader ! I love studying the word with women and I thank God for all those who have discipled me !

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  405. Thank you Susie for your commitment & encouragement.
    May you be able to enjoy your retirement from BSF. You
    truly will be missed. God bless you!

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  406. Thank you for you reflection it has lead me to also reflect on those in my past that have guided me in my Christian journey.

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  407. Dear Susie, you have truly inspired me to persevere at times through the commitment to BSF GL role. Though we haven’t met in person but I want to praise and thank the Lord for your life, your love and commitment as executive director of BSF for many years. You have set an example for me and others to follow and I will remember you as a leader, a spiritual mentor who speak the Word of God and emulate Jesus who is instrumental in paving the way for the extension of His kingdom.

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  408. Yes we need several mentors to fulfill our needs to develop our capacity to grow and serve God continually, serving Him where He calls us …

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  409. Beautiful and inspiring! She will be missed!

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  410. Thank you for your service
    for the cause of Christ!

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  411. Dear Susie,

    For the first time I read through what you wrote. I was able to sense how beautiful your relationship with Christ as well as with people around you have been! I finished the first BSF for Genesis the past year. I enjoyed the fellowship a lot. I hope I can build up another good fellowship this fall.

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  412. Thank you for your leadership and inspiration. God’ s blessings to you

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  413. I really enjoy BSF it has made me read more than I ever would have. Questions are awesome: Ready to get started and praying we can come together in present ❤️❤️❤️🙏🏾

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  414. Susie….A life that is being well lived.

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  415. You are ver blessed by so many. I am 82 and have 14 years of BSF and 27 year’s served in Stephen Ministry with 25 as a leader; retired from SM last Nov. l love BSF due to study putting all on the same page with focus. I like staying with the Word. I like you had my grandparents as my lead to walk with Our Lord through life. Much to be thankful for.

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  416. Excellent!

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  417. I’m impressed by your journey as leader. What made you decide to retire?

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  418. Thank you Susie for mentoring us for the past years. May Our Lord continue to bless you in all your future endeavours.

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  419. Thank you Susie for sharing your very inspirational story of how much BSF has introduced you to God and for reminding us to reflect on the people that has inspired us in our journey with God.

    BSF has inspired me so much I thank you for the leadership that you have imparted to your leaders of which we became beneficiaries as well.

    I had a very late introduction to the bible and still have a LOT to want to learn and the people I have met from BSF is another story.

    “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” HEB 6:10

    Thank you Susie

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  420. Hi Susie,
    Although this might be your final year to serve as Executive Director of BSF, God will still use you in other fields. Even as a member, I’ve grown a lot through BSF, I fully know that sometimes growth came from the few mistakes I’ve made. Yet the importance is i learned! Praise the Lord! May God pave your future path and continue to use you and guide you along the way. We praise God for using you and thank you for your passion in serving.

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  421. “Love honestly without judgement”.Love that statement. And your whole communication. Thank you.

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  422. Thank you so much for your sacrificial service and role you have played in the growth of so many!

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  423. Thank you Susan for your commitment to Christ, BSF and this blog. It is timely and applicable to my life right now. Peace and blessing to you and your family.

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  424. Praise God for a well-traveled journey with BSF. May God bless you as you venture into other tasks of service designed by the Lord. Thank you for a job well done.

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  425. Susie’s Blog has created a wonderful movie in my mind! Her journey of walking with Jesus through the years inspires and excites my heart and proves my supposition of “heaven on earth”! This foretaste of Divine Intimacy just CAN’T END; this surely will be a continuous saga. I’m looking forward to the sequel! (But while waiting, I’m encouraged to pray, seriously considering how my own map of Saving Grace might look)!

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  426. I liked your article. I’ve felt Gods call on my life to mentor and joined as a leader last year. It was a wonderful experience but I felt it kelp me so busy that I couldn’t be the mentor hid had called me to be. I wish there was a way that bsf could incorporate mentors somehow. How does one do it all?

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  427. i enjoyed reading this…i miss BSF and the people I’ve meet both leaders and students

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  428. Very well written.
    Will begin to value my mentors even more.

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  429. To God be the Glory for the things He has done in my life .
    He has always provided directed my path at every season , in my early 20s , mid 40s and 60s .
    Like my late dad who did a formal Bible study for senior with the Singapore Chinese Presbyterian Church when he was in his early 70s , I joined BSF in my early 60s. I also thank my Heavenly Father for giving me the passion to sing as I have been in the choir for over 50 years including the year when I sang at the Singapore 1978 Billy Graham Crusade together with 2499 singers !
    I now am serving as a worship leader together with my pianist wife Christine and vocalist son Mark . Praise the Lord who has allowed me to be this little beacon in my community.

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  430. Thank you, I needed to read this today

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  431. Thank you Susie for your life service to us in BSF. Joining BSF has changed my life and study habits in the WORD. I am indebted to all of those who have served and do serve in BSF.
    Love to you in Jesus

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  432. Thanks be to God for His calling on your life and your sharing all of that with all of us! “God be with you ’till we meet again”!

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  433. God bless you and continue to shower His blessings and provide all your needs.
    You are our mentor and may God help all the group leaders to be mentors for the group members and for the families.

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  434. Susie, thank you for your words, blogs and encouragement. You will be greatly missed.

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  435. Thank you for these wise and inspirational words. As a long time member of BSF, I have been truly blessed.

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  436. I loved how you said your Grandfather intentionally invited you into his life. My Grandfather did the same with me. His walk with the Lord impacted my life greatly. He was not a corporate leader like yours – he was a house painter. I remember going to “work” with him where we would talk about life, school, and the Lord. My Dad was another great mentor in my life. Again he walked closely with God! He taught me how to not be judgmental and how to forgive. There are others in my life including so many of the BSF leaders I have had. Mentoring is so necessary in sharing the Lord’s love. I try to model it with my children, their spouses, our grandchildren – we have 22 plus 1 in heaven – and a great-grandson. May the Lord bless you as you finish your sabbatical and your future plans away from BSF. Your blogs have mentored me too!

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    • What a blessing to have godly parents (and grandparents)! And all 24 of those dear ones are so lucky to have you! Thank you for sharing just a slice of your story.

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  437. Truly, another anointing script that many should take time to read. Every blog that I have read flows with the love and compassion for those you speak about, and those you are trying to reach.Your tethered tree spoke to my heart. I’ll miss your Blogs.
    Gods blessings to you and your new footsteps that are ordered by the Lord

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  438. Thank you very much!

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  439. Dear Susie

    May you continue to enjoy what God has lavished in your heart. Thank you for sharing what you have learned in your daily walk as a Christian, they are inspirational and stimulating. I hope what BSF have rubbed on me as a participant would lead me to a bountiful fruition, just like you! Let’s continue to light many in finding their way to Christ and that they too, may experience the warmth of Jesus’ love! Praise you jesus!

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  440. Thank You Susie for for leading Bsf.

    14 years ago coming to Faith, Our Lord has lead me to BSF.

    It is a wonderful walk with my hands held by TLGL and discussion group. Most importantly guided by His Words.

    Thank you Susie n Bsf for mentorship to many from East to West.

    Praying for you n all in Bsf that Our Lord Jesus shall be our Guiding Light.
    psalm 119:105

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  441. Thank you Susie!!! Prayers and live in Christ, Catherine, Tulsa

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  442. I believe you have shared an important mission for each faithful person in this life. Lifting each up from a small child to an elder. We learn and grow in wisdom together.

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  443. I happened to read your mail by coincidence on opening my phone. It was inspiring to read what you have written from a larger perspective and vision.
    Thank you and God bless you for sharing on mentorship .

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  444. I am so grateful for the life that Susie has lived as the executive director of BSF, her dedication and desire to be the best she could be for the Lord and for the BSF ministry.
    Thank you for your faithfulness and desire for excellence, every step of the way.
    May HE bless you and yours richly in this new chapter of your life.
    Peggy Tous
    Fountain Valley Class, CA

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  445. Tremendous Susie. Thanks so much for sharing this compelling story. GOD BLESS YOU and your wonderful family.

    Regards,
    David

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  446. A beautiful reminder that not only have I leaned on others to grow and develop a deeper walk, the Lord invites me to be an encourager in others’ lives. Often we don’t feel qualified, but as we step out in obedience sharing what He has done in our own lives, He can work in the lives of others. Thank you for your leadership and God’s richest blessings as you go on to “what’s next!”

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  447. Thank you for your wonderful leadership and your love for Jesus. I hav been so inspired from your emails over the years I have been in BSF. You and so many have help me grow closer and more like Jesus. This past year has had a lot of changes. The first was my husband getting Covid and God brought him home to be with Him. Without Jesus, my BSF family, my church family my self and my family would not have made it through all of it. But because of the years in BSF it taught me to draw close to Jesus and He gave me the strength to get through and to help our children get through it together. My your next chapter be a blessing to wherever God is taking you.In Christ Love, Kay Eiswirth

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  448. I joined BSF after being invited by a friend, and has found it to be so inspiring. As an older woman, it excites me to see the younger women bringing their children to also be touched by the sharing of God. Truly, it has kept me on a closer with our Lord and has given me the faith to share Him with others.

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  449. Thank you Susie for your encouragement. I definitely needed this as I’m going into my 4th year in leadership and will be stepping into the children’s program. I am encouraged to draw from the women I will be serving with and offer myself to them and the LORD for HIS GLORY. Praying for you as you also make changes.

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  450. Susie I thank God stop and took time to Listen to that small still inner voice . May God continue to guide you and keep you as you inter into your new Season. I will pray for you and your entire Family. love BB.

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  451. Praise The Lord

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  452. Thank you Susie for your selfless, untiring, devotion to Christ!. Thank you for inspiring us in words, thought and action to embrace God and one another as one body in Christ. Your recent correspondence about being “tethered together” and serving as mentors and being mentees is continued wisdom on display. I have no doubt that all you have experienced is but a prelude to greater service to God. Again, thank you for being uniquely you. Love ya!

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  453. It has been a real blessing and honor to have been a group leader under your leadership these past 5 years. I have learned so much from workshops and seminars you’ve made available to us. They have been so valuable to me and I hope those I’ve had the privilege of having in my group. Praise God for all!

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  454. Thank you, Susie, for these many years of mentoring us in BSF. And, as a GL, I thank you for your leadership example and encouraging words.
    “She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:26
    It is so very true about the remarkable and sweet bonds we form with others as we study God’s Word, fellowship, and pray
    with one another.
    Blessings and Shalom as you begin a new chapter.

    Blessings and Shalom as you begin a new chapter.

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  455. I’ve been doing bsf for 6 yrs I look forward to studying Matthew in September on Monday nights I love it I like getting closer to jesus when we study the word

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    • So glad you are joining us! We’re looking forward to studying alongside you!

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  456. Wonderful testimony. I appreciate your leadership and dedication. She has been a inspiration for my life and ministry. God bless a lot to her and precious family. Bernie.

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    • God has used Susie mightily in BSF! Yes, so thankful for her leadership and dedication!

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  457. Thank you. It doesn’t seem enough to say but it comes from my heart to yours. God bless you on your new journey. We all will miss you. Thank you again.

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  458. I appreciate your gifted leadership. In BSF! Loved reading your blog and pray I can follow through and share more of God’s Word with my children and grandchildren. I pray I will be more motivated to reach out to my neighbors and especially to my friends who do not appear to have a personal relationship with Jesus.Thank you for serving so well! God bless you in your next chapter in life.

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  459. I love bsf I’ve been doing it for 6 yrs I’ve been Christian since 1978 but love bible study every Monday night and look forward to Matthew in September

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  460. Thanks very much Susie.
    I hope I can follow your advice have some good Christian friends as my mentors.

    Thanks again for introduced the two new studies ‘Revelation and People in the Promised Land I’
    Paul Hua, Vancouver BSF Men’s Group

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  461. I have enjoyed being a small part of BSF by participating in a BSF class with Melissa Marston, a marvelous teacher. She has indeed been a wonderful spiritual guide for me, especially since I recently became a leader for our church ladies’ Bible study group (zoom).

    Hopefully, down the road, I will have an opportunity to also lead a BSF class. I would appreciate any thoughts or comments on how this might be obtained. I have been officially saved since 1972 and became a Sunday School teacher for children, including high schoolers. I worked in Christian Schools from 1980-1987 as a high school instructor, primarily English, but other subjects as well. I continued teaching Sunday School until I moved from CA to CO when my husband died in 2019.

    Thank you so much for all you do and have done.

    In Christ,
    Jan Keifer

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  462. Thanks for your leadership. I truly enjoyed having you. All the best in your next venture.

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  463. Thank you Susie for this timely sharing. Your humility and sharing of the areas of growth and how the specific people had contributed to your growth had taught me to reflect and remember and give thanks for those He had placed in my lives too and how we can be that same support to those around us. Yes, it is a journey but … never alone… great joy can be drawn from it too as we learn to smell the roses together with others along the way.

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  464. Just Beautiful!!

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  465. Thank you Susie for your ministry to BSF. May God richly bless you, as you continue to follow His call for your life,
    – Chaplain Jack

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  466. Thanks Susie for your relentless faith and mentoring spirit.
    Your blog had encouraged me greatly.

    Through BSF, I have not only learned on God’s word, also now understand what is it to serve God through mentoring.

    Pray that God will grant me opportunities to help others to grow and develop. Also, I will grow deeper and rooted in His words

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  467. A timely reminder of God’s words and work during the summer break. Thank you Susie to be our mentor to draw us closer to our unstoppoable God.

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  468. Wonderful! I am inspired, strengthened, and encouraged.

    Thank you.

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  469. Susan, I wish you the best in your successful journey.

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  470. Oh Susie BSF has literally saved my life. My husband passed away, we were only here a year and a half, it was his home town and many relatives live in the area. We were established in his home church. When he died the church simply left me to get over it . BUT BSF completely rescued me. I was invited to BSF and since then , has continued too. Thank you for your leadership these past years. I praise and thank God for this wonderful blessing, my amazing leaders and all the wonderful friends who I can share and care with

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  471. Dear Susie Rowan, Thank you for sharing your words of encouragement. Bible Study Fellowship has changed my life. It is so true what you said it is our goal in every friendship is to encourage one another to grow in Christlikeness, to look more like Jesus. To study God’s word with other sisters in Christ has been a blessing to me. To pray for each other in good and difficult times knowing God is our hope and strength. I pray God’s blessings for you in all your endeavors.
    Love in Christ,
    Linnea Robbins

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  472. Thank you Susie Rowan for your life and your leadership role in BSF. I joined BSF when the study of Revelation just started and I can tell you, that was a revolution for me. It was mind blowing that I wanted more and since then, I looked forward to other studies.
    I had wonderful experience in my class, BSF offer me the opportunity to meet great and beautiful sisters that have shaped my life in various ways and I am grateful to God our paths crossed.
    I am really grateful for the initiative of online study app. It came at a time I needed it most. Work took me to a location where there is no BSF class, with pains I bid my class sisters farewell. The thoughts of missing the study on Genesis was quite tormenting but God made it happened for me with the app. I am so grateful for that.
    You have done a great work in BSF, your exemplary leadership and mentorship extends to us all and I appreciate you for that. Looking forward to seeing you, excelling to greater heights as we work in the Lord’s vineyard.
    Peace to you and your family

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  473. Thank you Susie, for sharing your heart. I enjoyed what you had to say. May the Lord bless you.

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  474. I absolutely agree with what you’ve written. But BSF impedes this process by not allowing groups to share phone numbers or email addresses. I have often felt that I would like to follow up someone’s prayer request with a phone call. I know that I could ask a person directly but sometimes A surprise phone call shows that you care and could lead to a mentoring relationship.

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    • I agree with you! I asked my leader if our group could share emails or texts with each other. She checked and somehow we were able to connect with those willing to disclose the information.
      It did make a difference in the Fellowship we shared!

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      • Thanks for your feedback, I’ll share it at HQ.

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  475. Thank you, Susie, for not only your years of service to BSF but this wonderful reminder on reflecting the mentors in one’s life.

    I am going to take the time to reflect, document, and thank those who have mentored to me.

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  476. Hi Susie, Brenda E Rhodes. What a joy and pleasure to have met you at the St. Louis Conference. You elude sure joy, love and enthusiasm. As we travel this earthly journey you have been such a wise and gracious mentor to all levels in our Godly walk. I am reminded of seasons God takes us through and developing a time to recognize when God’s timing is individualized for each of our given seasons. Continue to love and grow the gifts God gives to all believers and share. I thank you for helping me walk into the the technology arena with boldness and joy. Such insight in this season of world-wide contagious and deadly illness. Oh the joy to learn and fellowship electronically. God’s glory and blessing to you and your family (personally) and your BSF
    Family. As you always say to God be the Glory!

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  477. interested in becoming a Leader to facilitate a further Biblical Christian walks is a Blessing!
    Opportunity to be a Blessing to BSFers is grand thought! Need training….

    Due to relocation and societal issues, tabled many things (we ALL did) and continued BSF studies without interruption!
    Becoming better versed Biblically was a great benefit for a closer walk with the Lord.

    Still distant dreams of facilitating BSFers = lurking in background.
    Contact via email with any questions!
    Hope to be considered.
    Thank You!

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  478. Thank you Susie, for all your service in BSF
    I
    You will be miss,
    I truly enjoy studying God’s word through bsf.
    And building relationships with other women.
    Thank you and God bless

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  479. Thanks for the strength and integrity of BSF. For several years people encouraged me to join in but I was already heavily involved with church programs. Once I took part I knew it was a special blessing. Each year I look forward to the next adventure. May we all be stronger as we carry on beyond Covid.

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  480. Very inspiring! I will seek to mentor as well as continuing being mentored by those in BSF.

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  481. Thank you Susie for these encouraging words I never felt like I had a true mentor in my life but I have learned so much thru my years at BSF and thru so many of the teachings that I hope I will be a good mentor to my grandkids if no one else. Thank you for your dedication and service to us thru these years.

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  482. Hi Susie, thanks for your sharing and testimonials on how God has been so close with love in your life.
    Truly I see God works and His plan in your life. Every overcoming is a glory to His Amazing works.
    Christ Center, persistently in pray, fellowships are the key words you mentioned in your message and many more inspiring content in how to grow with and together in the Lord.
    I pray and wishing you the coming “ new season “ to be success and victory in Lord Jesus.Christ.
    Thank you for your live and commitment in BSF. I am so blessed.

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  483. Susie, Thank you for reminding me of the many Sisters in CHRIST who loved, prayed + shared their faith with me. Thank you for the many years of sharing yourself + service as BSF Director. Tears will be shed + I thank you that I was touched by Bsf. It has changed my life + I hope I can be that strong tree for many younger bsf women.

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  484. Reading Susie’s comments I though of many people who have influenced my life to draw closer to Jesus. Thank you.

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  485. I too have learned a lot from BSF, in fact I consider it my discipleship group. This will be my 10th year straight at BSF. Ms Susie your story is inspiring and motivating i wish to also find one to mentor and be mentored as well

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  486. Susie, your mentorship blog reminded me of all the mentors in my life,. Although some of them are no longer with us, there are still many living a vibrant & abundant life. PTL! Thank you for your faithful service! We’ll miss you! Enjoy your sabbatical!🥰

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  487. Thank you Susie for your service to the Lord and your service to those of us who attend BSF. Your faithfulness to the Lord has benefited many…including myself. I’m sure the Lord will continue to use you in a mighty way. May He bless you on your new journey!

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  488. BSF has been a wonderful blessing to me and has helped me to see others as God see them something I needed to learn.

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  489. What wonderful words to reflect on. Yes, I have been mentored by older women through the years, that are still dear to me. I find myself mentoring some women younger than I am. God has been so good through my life and this firms it up and reminds me of His Grace and Goodness.
    Thank you Susie for your years of commitment to BSF and beyond.

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  490. Thank you for your courageous and faithful service for God!

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  491. I need a mentor too, Amen

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  492. Oh, I hate to see you leave, it’s only been a couple of years, or at least it feels that way. I am missing you already, to me everyone is Family to me. But there is joy that God has something more for you to do. So that is great. You will be missed. May God Continue to Bless & Keep you Always. Much Love To You.

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  493. Susie we will all miss you as Executive Director pf BSF. You did not mention what new adventure God has in store for you

    once you retire. I am sure you will have many new exciting adventures ahead of you. I have been in BSF for about twenty years and have seen so many changes since my first years in BSF. I remember when we were not allowed to wear pants and must wear skirts or dresses. We could not participate in our group if we had not finished our lesson for the week.
    I finished all seven years and then when Revelation was added some years ago I joined again and have been cotinuing ever since.

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  494. Thank you for leading BSF these past years.
    Participated in my first study last year on the book of Genesis. It certainly enriched my spiritual connection to the patriarchs and to realize that I am an adopted daughter from the patriarchs. Great study.

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  495. It is so encouraging me to see many people around me by new angle and new way. Thank you so much.

    Edward

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  496. Thank you for your challenging words to mentor in a special way with special people who are standing close by but may not even think about their particular relationship with the Lord. I am called right now to step in to leadership of our own little “Women of Faith” group. Our leader has cancer and will not be able to continue. So I’ve been asked to lead that group. Only with the sufficiency of our Father and whispers from the Holy Spirit will this work. So excited to see what happens but covet prayers!

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  497. I need to purchase Mathew book for next years study. The article was wonderful!

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  498. Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful message Susie on mentoring!
    As you were explaining, I feel that I have indeed received mentorship and I have mentored some ladies.May the LORD our GOD shower you and your family with many many more blessings to to come

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  499. Susie, you have been a great mentor and leader for BSF. To some degree we are all mentors, directly or indirectly, in the things we think, say, and do…good or bad, the process never ends.
    BSF provides many types of mentorship. Prayerfully, through His blessings and glory, He becomes our mentor with wisdom to share with others.
    Thank you for your BSF service. I am confident that service and your Christian influence will continue in venues you have never thought of.

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  500. I joined BSF two years ago; I thank God for my group leader (Cindy Jordan) who has couched me along the way. The more i get into the word, the closer I get to God.

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  501. I prayfully thank you for your guidance of BSF. It means a lot to me to have this Bible study. I have been a member for over 20 years and learn more and more each year. I know BSF will continue your godly work. Blessings again on what you have done for us

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  502. Thank you Susie for encouraging me to look at my mentors with thanks and to ask God to show me younger women Hr might lead me to mentor! Thank you for serving us in BSF so faithfully

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  503. This is my 4th year in BSF. I love it. I feel that I have grown to know the Lord far more than I could have imagined. You and your position has made this possible for me to do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I was ask to lead a class in my city so my growth must shine on me to others. I am so excited to do this…..

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  504. This was inspiring to read. Thanks for sharing your journey

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  505. A met encouraging article. It has given me food for thought at how I might better serve our Lord at age 78 and help others. I was encouraged by the reference to Melissa Kruger, as I am personal friends with her brother, Rob Bryan and her parents. I have all of her books. I live in the Pacific Northwest (Olympia, WA) and have extra time on my hands. I will pray about possibly serving BSF in some small way in the coming new season.

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  506. I have just stepped into a mentoring relationship through my church. Your words are an affirmation of that call.

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  507. I’ve only been in BSF for six years but I have found that when I am around other Christians, like people and BSF, there is A unique energy and a desire to know God and to serve God. It is so true that these relationships nourish us and help us to grow in faith. Thank you for serving as the executive director all these years and for sharing your wisdom and faith with us. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors, whatever that may be. Knowing that God will be walking right alongside you wherever you go.

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  508. Thank you for the words of wisdom that you shared today. You touched my heart. I am a new BS F group leader this year for the first time. I am humbled and so excited to see what God is doing in our lives. Thank you for the encouragement.

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    • So glad you were encouraged! Praying God continues to bless you as you lead. We’re so thankful for you!

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  509. Good Luck Susie!

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  510. Thank you Susie for this blog on mentoring, looking back in my life, the present and those I might help encourage along their way in their walk with Jesus!! You have been a blessing to me and so many during your time as Executive Director! Thank you for saying yes to God’s call! Love and prayers in all you do!

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  511. Blessings for whatever our Lord is preparing for you, in His name🙏

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  512. I am indeed being used by our God to encourage other people on our everyday walk as bonded Christians. Almost 90 years old and and asking God to lead me. Commit to the Lord whatever we do, and our plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3.

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    • Amen Leola!

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  513. Dear Susie Rowan,
    Thank you for your leadership as your role as executive director at BSF!
    God gave you great understanding in changing how BSF runs today. When I became a leader in 2005 it seemed the pressing issue of the day included “should leaders wear pants!” I knew fresh air was in the house when that became a non issue.
    Although I’m not a leader currently, I’m sure there may be a day when I’ll have that privilege again. In the meantime, I’m thrilled that my daughter will become a children’s leader this fall.
    I pray the change of leadership is smooth and that you enjoy what God has for you! Thanks so much!

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  514. Dear Susie Rowan,
    Thank you for your blog to spur me on to be an intentional mentor to anyone God brings into my life. Thank you for mentioning how your grandfather was an active part of your faith in God in growing up! I am and will continue to support an organization called Legacy Coalition, which is challenging grandparents to be Intentional Christian Grandparents. It was started by Larry Fowler, he is the CEO and Founder of it. Every Monday night I watch webinars that they make available to watch and have various speakers on how I and my husband, Chet, can be intentional Christian grandparents.
    I am investing time with my three grandchildren by learning how to text them blessings from time to time. I also have been doing BSF Bible Study using the BSF School Program questions, with 2 of my grandchildren, using Level 3 and Senior Level BSF questions. It has been such a blessing to be able to use the BSF resources made available to me. We started with Acts from 2019-20 and are now are on Lesson 14 of Genesis.
    I have been an active GL since 2010 and off and on as a GL and CL since 1980 with TL Marion Mann. My daughter, Leah, was a YA GL for 5 years. I am so grateful for BSF and the opportunities they have given me to invest into the lives of my family and now my grandchildren. Once again, thank you so much for spurring me on and giving me opportunities as a GL to continue to mentor and shepherd the women God has entrusted to me through BSF. May God continue to use you for His glory!! “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Heb.10:23, 24 Love in Christ Jesus, Carol Yoshizaki

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  515. Dear Susie,

    My church is forming a group of us to be evangelists. I am afraid to do this work but I do think God is calling me to do it. Having a mentor to help me is what I need! Maybe more than one.
    Thank you for this. You have helped me just at the right time.

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  516. Thank you Susie for your leading , guidance and teaching over the last decades and more. Praise GOD for bringing you to BSF.
    Asking Our Sovereign Father GOD to continue to shower you with HIS GRACE , Protection and Peace. GOD be with you every step of the way in your next journey walking with HIM.

    Have a GRACE filled Summer !

    Immanuel,
    Irene

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  517. Wishing you all of God’s best for you as you begin a new season of your life. Thank you deeply for your service to BSF.
    A sister in Christ,
    Oval Lee McKenzie from
    NC USA
    Malaysia night class.

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  518. Such inspiration in these words from a leader that is strung, courageous and a true follower of Christ Jesus! God bless your service as you mentor to others during this season of your life!

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  519. I’d be happy to mentor one person but I’d need input on how BSF prefers it done, please?
    If possible, I’d also appreciate a mentor, God willing.
    Blessings,
    Caroline

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  520. Susie,
    Thank you for your service to BSF and the Lord. We are so blessed to have had you at the helm. Enjoy your retirement life with family!

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  521. Thank you for sharing your life and growth in the Lord. So inspiring. Surely God had great plans for you, Susie, as you start a new chapter in your story… God’s Story. Blessings Of good health , safety and an even greater passion for Jesus , God’s Word and The Great Commission ! God’s Blessings too, on your loved ones ! With God’s Love. Numbers 6:24-26 🙏✝️❤️

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  522. May God continue to Richly Bless you !

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  523. Thanks for sharing and reminding all of us our responsibility to one another in growing in the faith.

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  524. Dear Susie,
    I love the idea of being mentored & mentoring others. I mentored a couple of young women a few years back & I’m currently mentoring another. It is such a privilege & I feel very blessed! We both are learning so much as we meet two Saturdays a month for 90 minutes. Thank you for your encouraging words! God bless~Alice

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  525. Oops, I didn’t realize this was a public comment. I am not too familiar with how blogs work.

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  526. Please have someone from Fargo, ND BSF contact me for fall session.

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  527. Love your leadership and because of great leaders like you it has made me a stronger Christian and one who just can’t learn fast enough. Thank you for your leadership and God be with you on your next adventure

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  528. Hi Susie,
    I just want to thank you for your heart for God and His people. I am one sheep who has been cared for by God through BSF. Your blog on mentoring struck a cord with me as I have recently been praying for God’s guidance in both being mentored and mentoring others. I have been involved in this before, but in a period of life with a lot of loss and heartbreaking circumstances with kids, my out reach has been different. As God is bringing about healing and renewed trust and hope, I would just like to ask for prayer that God would show me His heart and plans regarding my life and walk ahead. In Christ’s love, Kaye Manning

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    • Kaye I’ll be praying that the Lord will cover you in His love and help to show you clarity in your walk ahead. <3

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  529. Thank you so much for your service for our wonderful Savior through BSF. God bless you!

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  530. This is very amazing experiences.

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  531. It has been such a joy to serve in BSF under your leadership, Susan. Your smile and words of wisdom will never be forgotten! I wish you and your family God’s best as He leads you onto another journey! You will be missed! God bless you and keep you and give you peace!🙏🏽♥️😇

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  532. I’m happy to be part of BSF, and I hope very soon we will be able to meet and have a regular fellowship as before the pandemic. Have a happy and blessed summer.

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  533. Thanks for sharing it has been a blessing to me. Be blessed

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  534. Thank you so much, Susie, for your leadership!!! God’s blessings to you and your family.

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  535. Thank you Susie for your faithful leadership over some tumultuous times. There’s no where better to be than in God’s Word through uncertain times.
    God brought The Song of Moses to my mind. May He bless you as you read Deu. 32:1-4
    May your new season bring you great joy and continued glory to Him.
    Love Kathy Morse

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  536. Great message. Worldly pressures of people and circumstances easily get us distracted with details of living and we pass by the the scriptural message to bear fruit. Daily time in the word and in prayer is essential for our spiritual nutrition, growth, and perspective.

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  537. Susie,
    You are truly an inspiring woman and thank you for the time and wisdom you have passed to the rest of us here at BSF. Many blessings in your retirement. God Bless You.

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  538. Thank you Susie. You have been a mentor for me, though we’ve never met face to face.

    Also: I’ve forwarded your message to my adult daughter who has been asked to be a mentor to two young women, for I’m certain it will be helpful to her.

    Thank you, also, for all the wonderful new developments in BSF while you’ve been the Director!!!!!! I love them all!!!!!

    God bless you & yours, Susie ❤️

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  539. Thanks so much for your encouraging comments. It brought a lot of important things back to my remembrance.

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  540. That was a wonderful message filled with encouragement and strength in the Lord, Thank you Susie for your perseverance, leadership and sharing your walk with Jesus! I’m not sure I’m ready to mentor but you have planted the mustard seeds with this heart felt message it reminds me to share my story as well.

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  541. Love reading the blogs! I will take away the picture of the two trees. What a wonderful example of sharing our strengths and weaknesses with another through God’s love and shepherding.

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    • Gail I loved the tree example as well!

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  542. Thank you Susie for sharing this wonderful note ‘A heart to Mentor’, it resonated well with me and I’m sure with many others.
    Thank you too for transforming BSF in terms of the new BSF online, WordGo, 4 new studies and pivoted BSF to cope with Covid, a huge disruption indeed for many BSF groups. The growth of BSF memberships has proven God’s hand in your amazing leadership and management of the pandemic.
    My wife and I wish you well in the next chapter of your life and I’m very sure God will continue to lead and guide you to fruitful pastures of His.

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  543. Hi Susie,

    You remain a great mentor to me, the write ups you share in blogs very encouraging. I pray that I will apply what I have learnt from you to mentor the youth in my church. May God grant you good health and strength to enjoy long life and use you where He wills for His glory.

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  544. What a delight to read your mentoring experiences! Thank you! His called me to begin mentoring several years ago and it has been a rich season in my life. As I reflect back on those that have formally mentored me, I thank God for always sending someone to walk beside me to point me to Jesus!

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    • Pam what a sweet gift to have someone to walk beside! I love that <3

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  545. Gods Word continues to strengthen me- guide me- encourage me- to reach out to others in fellowship , hospitality, friendship and accountability. Through BSF my Journey with Jesus continues to amaze me and bless my life & my family’s. I’m so thankful for the BSF tools.

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  546. Thank you for sharing this wisdom!

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  547. Dear Susie,
    Thank you for your example and encouragement to follow Christ.
    Your leadership has been meaningful and appreciated.

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    • Amen Maria!

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  548. I would to become a Mentor for BSF. Thanks for sharing.

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  549. Thank you for your wonderful account of how the Lord has prospered you and your input in BSF. Godblesss you for your service to him!

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  550. Thank you Suzie for your faithful service! May God bless you immensely in the coming years for the glory of His kingdom!

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  551. Beautifully written. Thank you for this hearfelt sharing. God bless you in all your future endeavors.

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  552. Thank you for telling your stories, and thank you for your leadership. How we all need mentors to learn from and model. I praise the Lord for your encouragement and leadership. Blessings, Eugene DeHoogh

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  553. Thank you for reaching out. I also have had a lot of mentors. This year I am focusing on my grandaughter. She is 12 and has such a kind heart. I look forward to BSF this year. I love the way BSF works. Thank you for your service and commitment. Lori

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  554. Dear Susie Rowan,

    Thank you for your kindness and warmth and love. This leadership quality was evident not only in good times but also through much difficult times during CoVID and helped us to focus on Christ for purpose and meaning. May the Lord bless you as you go forward to embrace His plan for you in green pastures and still water.

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  555. What dose a mentor do

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  556. Thank You for sharing, it is really nice to hear more about your journey to Christ. And have a very strong teacher in the Faith of Christ, it really meant a lot to hear those words and reflect on my own journey to Christ.

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  557. Have two years behid, I received the oportunity to know the BSF. It’s was a greater time to study the bible, training my english and I’m learning to put my mind and preocupations in Lord, trough of faith. I growt day each in perseverance and resilience. Thanks for the oportunity

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  558. Think you so much for for your leadership and the passion you have for the Lord. I’ve have learned so much. My leader is Karlynn Bucher, she is do dedicated. Her love for our father of awesome. I love you both. Good luck in the future.

    Bless you, Martha David

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  559. I’m having surgery hip replacement on Aug 3 I ask for prayers for 1 and done and everything goes smoothly.

    VERY NERVOUS!!!!!!!

    Had surgery on the other side a few years ago and it took 4 surgery’s and 5 hip dislocation. Don’t want to repeat that again.

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    • Cindy I’ll be praying that the surgery goes smoothly and for the doctors hands as they operate! Praying that the Lord will calm your nerves before the surgery and for a quick recovery <3

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  560. This is so true and as I look back on my years of BSF, that is where I have grown the most. We can’t really follow God and learn to walk and lean on him without being in His word. Thank you for this reminder and illustration of a life in and with Christ.
    We are just having our carpets replaced and the wife of one of the workers came to bring lunch to the guys. We were able to enter into conversation and as I prayed, God opened the door to talk with her about what it is to truely “walk” with God. What a blessed time that was, thank you BSF.

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  561. I enjoyed reading about your mentoring experiences with BSF.
    Mentoring is very helpful to new mentees; they have the opportunity to learn from other successful leaders as you. As a grandmother, I have tried to teach my grands the importance of listening to older persons whenever they have the opportunity. I am convinced that mentoring is very helpful to youngsters as they enter the workforce or other endeavors.

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  562. God bless all the servant and the people who serve and BSF I had a class last time when we study Genesis It was really so much blessings then I’ve got and I can’t wait till we start studying Mathew also and our Arabic groups

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  563. Thanks for your leadership, I only wish that we had an alternative to going to Sarasota for those of us here in Manatee County, We have lots of new families in the area, two years ago we met at Parrish First Methodist, Covid stopped that, I don’t like the night drive to Sarasota and I think with some prayer and advertising and a good leader we could make things work here also.

    Lord Bless you

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  564. BSF is definitely a community that fosters mentoring and building lifelong friends in Christ . Thank. you for this insight.

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  565. I just finished my 7th year in BSF & Blessed that my personal Dr. asked me one time,” What do you do on Monday nights?” I’ve said to my small group a few times that my BSF meeting on Monday nights is the most significant thing I do. We’ve had the same Lecturer (Troy) all those years & he is magnificent in his presentations.
    I’ve also enjoyed your comments as well. Thank you for shepherding us!

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  566. Thank you very much Susie, I am blessed to hear your story of faith.

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  567. Thank you for your amazing service to BSF. I love reading your blog. I’ve been going to BSF for 26 years. My mom was a leader in the 60’s. She pushed me to go for many months. We went together for 21 years she passed away 6 years ago. Her legacy that she left me was to follow Christ and pray for everything and keep my eyes focused on Jesus. I still look for her every Wednesday morning at BSF she would save me a seat way up front. How blessed I am to have had a mother to lead me to BSF and live my life for Christ. Looking forward to the Matthew study. Thank you for letting me share.

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  568. I loved this! Thankyou

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  569. I am very lucky to be part of BSF, and thank you for your great leadership.

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  570. Thank you Susie, this was a truly wonderful read. I pray God continues his blessings on you and your family.
    Love,
    Michelle

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  571. Thank you for sending this bsfblog! It is encouraging and true!

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  572. Thank you for sharing A Heart to Mentor with emphasis on the need for one another, learning from one another, developing friendship that will ultimately bring Jesus to many many others. I always claim and share with many how BSF has molded n strengthened my personal relationship with Jesus, leading me to totally surrender to Jesus n make Him master of my life. Jesus is my all!

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  573. What a beautiful reflection of your mentors and those you have mentored.

    Thank you for your years of service and for sharing this.

    I have a lot of growing to do yet, and pray that I also help show the way to others as well.

    Love the small tree and stronger tree illustration.

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  574. Thank you Susie for your leadership in BSF and service to Christ and words of wisdom. The support of others is so important and it is often the little things we do that impact the most often without realising it. I am reminded of a young Mum who had spoken at a conference I had attended who shared she was having a Mastectomy the following week for breast cancer, I was amazed at her courage to share. As a relieving nurse I was amazed to discover I was allocated to her care for the day- Gods hand at work as I didn’t know where she lived or what hospital she would be at. We were both blessed by that encounter. The next day I was allocated elsewhere and as she wasn’t in her room when I went to let her know I left a note. A few months later I met her again and she expressed how much she appreciated that note and even kept it in her Bible. I can’t remember what I wrote but God used it.
    Another example is my husband who is a great support and encourager. We were on a long bike ride which had a number of hills which I struggle with. On one particular hill I was about to get off and walk and he came alongside me put his hand on the small of my back, not giving a big push but enough to enable me to get up that hill. I saw that as a valuable lesson that we are to be “a hand on the back” to others, to give that little bit of encouragement to overcome the hills in life.
    Thank you Susie, enjoy your retirement and God bless you and all those at Headquarters. BSF has been a wonderful instrument of God in my life, I have been in assorted roles over many years which has grown my faith.
    Yours sincerely Caroline Krollig (Adelaide South Australia)

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  575. Thank you for your service and faithfulness to our Lord. May Jesus richly bless you as you continue your journey with Him. I do love BSF! I love Jesus!

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  576. I look forward to BSF every year

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  577. As I read Susie’s blog, I’m so inspired by her story and how God has guided her through the different phases of her life. I began BSF back in the late 80’s when my children were small. I am so grateful and thankful for the foundation it gave me in my walk with the Lord. I have been privileged throughout the years with many great teaching leaders, discussion leaders and have made life long friends through BSF.
    They poured their lives so generously into others for the Kingdom. I pray for Susie as this is her last year and for where God will take her beyond to fulfill His mission as He will give her the desires of her heart.

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  578. Thank you susie for your commitment to Bsf.
    Bsf has helped me these last few years to keep focusing on Jesus. I’m 1962 I gave my life to Jesus and he transformed my life. My husband was Vicar for 48yrs we were married got 45 yrs. he died 11 yrs ago. Thank you.

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  579. What a great testimony Susie! So encouraging.
    To God be the glory.

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    • Amen!

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  580. Just loved the blog. God has been faithful. Will miss Susie’s encouraging writeups …. God bless you and may He use you mightily for His glory wherever He places you in the coming days ..

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  581. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENCOURAGING WORDS & YOUR TIME SERVING BSF!

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  582. Wonderful that you gave a tree metaphor to describe an older seasoned tree strengthening a weaker tree.

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    • Dawn I loved that metaphor as well!

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  583. Thank you, Susie, for your encouraging words about mentoring and being mentored. Now that my husband and I are grandparents to four grandchildren, I am praying that God will use us to be mentors to our grandchildren. BSF has had the greatest impact in my life with regard to applying God’s Word to my life. I’m so grateful for those who have gone before to diligently study and share the Word through this amazing format. May you enjoy this new season in your life to continue encouraging many others in their spiritual walk in new ways. God’s blessings!

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  584. Dear Susie, thank you for sharing your life and your heart for God Our Redeemer. I am quickly realizing I can’t hear enough, study enough, pray enough or do enough without knowing that God is everything. I loved your sweet stories of the people God has put in your path to mold your life for him. I’m just now doing a study on Job, wow! I know God has a exciting year ahead for you and thank you for your devotion to BSF.

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  585. Shalom Susie as you transition out may Adonai’s blessings be upon you always n still using u mightily for His kingdom to preach the good news and l thank the Lord for having chosen u to be Executive Director, BSF ur going to be missed n thx for ur faithful work in BSF for Adonai in Jesus name hallelujah praise the Lord amen. Gbu🙏👍🌟✝️💟🌺

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    • Cynthia we’ve been so blessed to have had her be our Executive Director! She will be missed <3

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  586. We pray Grace and peace continue to be yours in eternal abundance Susie.

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    • Amen Daniel!

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  587. Thank you for sharing your experiences strengths and hopes as it involves Christian growth through BSF and other areas in your life thank you.

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  588. Thank you for sharing your story. It’s amazing how God brings people into our lives for a reason. I know you had to give a lot of time of your self in order to teach others what you learned in your study of theology and being lucky enough to be raised in a positive Christian family. We are lucky to have had you as our model and I wish you all the best in your next endeavor. God bless you 🙏

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  589. Thank you for your encouraging words. I so agree…relationships are so much deeper and meaningful when centered around the study of God’s Word.

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  590. Thank you, Susie, for your leadership and inspiration in my life as a follower of Christ.

    Thank you for all you’ve done in leading the BSF community. Lifechanging organization!

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  591. Thank you so much Susie for your commitment, years of service, and Godly example you have set for all of us, BSF leaders. You will be missed!

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  592. Dearest Susie,
    Thank you so much for your blog. I am very inspired by your awesome walk with God. Thank you for your great work serving in BSF. We will miss you a lot. May God bless you and family.

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  593. Well said, Susie Rowan! BSF has changed my life. For 10-12 years now I have been involved, probably 8 or so as a group leader. I cannot tell you how many good, faithful men I have met thru this organization. And thru them and by the grace of God Almighty, I’ve been gifted a God-centered view of the world. And that view has more beautiful colors than I knew were possible. Thank you for your wonderful leadership thru the years. I saw you speak twice in Milwaukee. God bless you and God bless BSF.

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  594. What a blessing Susie has been! She has mentored so many of us as TLs. Grateful for her leadership & wisdom!

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  595. Thank you Susie Rowan for your dedication to this ministry, and for continuous prayers for people’s eyes to be opened to God through His Son, followed by the desire to learn more through His Word.

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  596. This blog is full of biblical truth walled out. Thank you Susie for this. God bless your next season of life with Him!

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  597. Beautifully said and a great reminder that each person mentor’s the other in a deep relationship. We will miss you but so grateful for the journey that we have had with you. You, in your quiet and distant way, have mentored me and for that I will be forever thankful to our Lord that He would allow our paths to cross in order that I may walk alongside of you. May our Lord continue to bless you, keep you, shine His face upon you, and be your peace as you walk alongside of Him in this new assignment. Until we meet again…

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  598. Thank you for sharing. I, too, have been blessed through BSF. Your leadership is much appreciated….a job well done and pleasing to the Lord.

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    • Amen Linda!

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  599. This account reminds of people who matter in my Christian journey too. As Susie lists her mentors and mentees, so are mine running through my mind. Susie you are one of my mentors in the area of prayer, the picture of you praying during one of your Israel travels will not leave my memory in a hurry. Thanks for being a wonderful leader.

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