Holsby welcomes the world

by Luke Thomas - Bible School Principal

This coming September our Holsby family will welcome its 42nd group of Bible school students. Though you may not be here in person, I hope you welcome them as well, through your prayers and ongoing testimony of what Jesus did in your life when you came to Holsby. As for my wife and me, September will be the start of our fourth Bible school here in Holsby, which is as hard for me to believe as the wonderful fact that we are going on six years of marriage and expecting a third child this September.

Holsby chapel

Each year it is a blessing for Holsby to be able to offer full or partial scholarships to students from areas of the world where Bible teaching and a supportive community are not so accessible. In the past years we have had students from Poland, Romania, Armenia, Latvia and Russia. These students are always a great addition to our student body and invaluable agents of change in their home countries or wherever they go. We can usually support 1-2 students every year, but this year we have had three requests from Mongolia, Poland and Uzbekistan. We are delighted to make it possible for all three students to join our community! 

Below you will find a picture and short testimony from each of these students. We ask our scholarship students to raise the money for their flights and visa, and then depending on their financial status, a certain percentage of their tuition. If you are at all interested in supporting our scholarship program and the immediate need of these three students, you will find information below the student bios on how to give.


Hello, my name is Tuvshinjargal from Mongolia. My family and I very happy to study in Holsby Bible School. My prayer requests are:

1. I really want to know God’s words and live in Jesus Christ.

2. Please pray for me and my son’s future life.


My name is Salim. I am 22 years old, and my nationality is Tajik. I am a Christian from my childhood, and from Uzbekistan. Above all, from this year I’m looking forward to God’s blessing. I would like you to pray that all ended perfectly school year and have learned more about God. 


My name is Agata and I am from Borne Sulinowo, a small town in  northern Poland.

I’m 23, and by God’s grace, His servant for six years. I do love God’s Word and I really like to learn Bible from leaders of my church and study it with women and teenagers.

I have heard about Holsby from my pastor, Tomasz Krążek, who was there 11 years ago. I have dreamed about it since few years, but I think the perfect moment for me to do it is now. I’m looking forward to know my Lord better, to know Him deeper, stronger, closer.

If you are interested in supporting our scholarship program, you can send financial support to: 

From North American (tax deductible): A personal check made out to Holsby Bible School with “Holsby Scholarship Fund” written on the memo line. You can mail your check to:

Holsby Bible School
P.O. Box 3581 
Estes Park, CO 80517

From Germany (tax deductible): For purpose of payment (Verwendungszweck) you can write “Holsby Scholarship Fund” and if you want a receipt from Bodenseehof at the end of the year, be sure to include your address. If you don’t need a receipt for German tax purposes, then use option three below.

Christliches Jugendzentrum Bodenseehof e.V.
Ziegelstrasse 15 
88048 Friedrichshafen 

Sparkasse Bodensee
BLZ 690 500 01
Konto Nr. 20 118 949
IBAN Nr. DE35 6905 0001 0020 1189 49
Swift / BIC – Code: SOLADES1KNZ 

All others (not tax deductible): Wire directly to our Swedish bank. The information is below. Be sure to include in the information that it’s for the “Holsby Scholarship Fund.”

IBAN CODE: SE3980000081505244126421
Attention: SWEDBANK Vetlanda
Clearing # 8150-5. Account # 24 412 642-1
Name on account is: Fackelbärarna. Make sure to include your name on the wire.

Luke Thomas - Bible School Principal

About Luke Thomas - Bible School Principal

One of my favorite words when thinking about the Christian journey is the word “discovery.” When departing every moment of every day in dependence on Jesus Christ, one discovers a worthwhile adventure that defines authentic Christianity. The gospel saves us and the gospel grows us, and that is what excites me about life and what takes place on a daily basis at Holsby in the lives of students, staff, and guests. The Lord has blessed me to enjoy this journey with my wonderful wife Cheryl and our and our children Emmalise, Ember and Hudson. I met Cheryl while serving as an English teacher in Mongolia, where we then spent our first year of marriage and later returned to her home in southern Kansas to work on the family farm. I grew up in Colorado at a Torchbearer school by the name of Ravencrest, which instilled in me a love for the Torchbearers ministry that has now led us to Holsby. On our irresponsible days we enjoy about anything related to sports and the outdoors. I particularly enjoy a good soccer game, being on a mountain trail, catching up on a good book at the café, or any type of casual time with friends and family. I also enjoy an occasional blow on the bagpipes when there is an eager ear to hear.

24. August 2014 by Luke Thomas - Bible School Principal
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