What is it?
Bibleville is a 40-acre nondenominational Bible conference center in Alamo, Texas, where “Winter Texans” (also called “Winter Volunteers”) share their faith and participate in various activities during the winter months. Although it has hookups for mobile homes and RVs, it is not primarily a mobile home park. Her emphasis is ministering to Winter Texans residents and local citizens, many of them Hispanic.
Bibleville can accommodate over 500 seniors through its 100 connecting spaces and 180 rented mobile home lots. It has an 800-seat auditorium for regular religious services, Sunday schools, Bible studies, prayer groups, Bible and religious conferences, holy concerts and jams, including its own Glory Band, religious entertainment, crafts, dinners, and assorted gatherings for special projects. .
However, in 1993 Bibleville merged with the Rio Grande Bible Institute in nearby Edinburg, Texas. The latter is a non-denominational four-year Bible college for the training of Latin American missionaries, which includes the border regions between Mexico and the United States. It was founded in 1946 by a Danish evangelist, MC Ehlert. At first, this university taught in both English and Spanish. But in 1955, it was only Spanish. Provides a one-year intense Spanish course for non-Spanish speaking students who will serve in Spanish speaking countries. Therefore, Bibleville encompasses both Latin American ministries as well as those for the Winter Texans and local citizens.
Can anyone stay there?
Yes. Anyone 55 and older can request to stay there and spend 28 hours a week doing missionary work during the winter months. However, the park wants applicants who are Christian with references. Additionally, anyone serving on the park board or in certain leadership roles there must commit to 15 full Articles of Faith in writing.
How much are connections and rentals?
Through Internet sources, about $ 250 per month for six months.
What are the specific missions of Bibleville?
Their missions are to help, to be useful, and to be charitable. These can include cleaning, sewing, cooking, house keeping, and handicrafts such as mowing the lawn, trimming trees, plumbing, electrical, and various types of repairs, as well as collecting food and goods to donate to areas in need.
Are these Winter Texans involved in Latin American ministries?
Probably not, or rarely. Retired and senior winter Texans generally don’t have the time or energy to take four years of college or take an intensive language course that requires passing an aptitude test. However, they can serve locally or in impoverished areas along the border and elsewhere as mentioned above.
Can Winter Texans take the year-long Spanish course alone?
Not really. This course requires the missionary commitments assigned to the university itself. No one can take this course just to learn the language.
Is there something about this park that stands out for people who are not familiar with it?
Yes. Bibleville’s holds five or more free Bible conferences in its auditorium each year between January and early March. These weekly lectures are given by renowned doctors and ministers from various parts of the continent. Attendees also come to these evening lectures from all over. The only cost for out-of-town visitors is room and board. Winter Volunteers who live in the park can attend as many as they want.
This park also has at least nine religious or gospel concerts open to the public on Saturday nights during this period. These concerts are talented traveling musical or theater groups. Cost: offer of free will.
Bibleville is definitely Bible oriented. Even its streets have biblical names. In addition, it offers a useful purpose for those “snowbirds” who want more out of their winter valley life than entertainment and relaxation in hot weather, although they can do so at their leisure. God uses everyone.