Prison ministry in Cameroon

Dearest in Christ,

Greetings from this part of the globe. We are doing great after a short trip to Nigeria. Please join us to thank God as the government has restored our internet as we can now bounce back to give our weekly reports and do other things .

Last week was a busy one as our students are still busy getting things done with assignments and studying to grow and evangelize communities with the gospels; nurturing and empowering congregations in the country of Cameroon.

We shall have evangelism in the Kumba prison. This prison ministry is being run by one of our graduates , Agbor James , as he preaches for a congregation near to that prison. He is a very devoted and committed brother. Within the week we shall be there with the entire student body for the evangelistic exercise to help spread the good news. TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE - please keep us in your prayers.

Ayom village evangelism is still in planning - keep praying as we plan to go there to answer the Macedonian call. Bibles are needed to many congregations and individuals please if you can help, it will be appreciated.

God bless you , thanks for the help and your prayers.

Elangwe and family

By His grace director BVBIC-Wotutu

Posted on April 25, 2017 .

An encouraging update from Fiji

We finished up our first full eight week term with 9 students.  Jason and I are in the process of grading assignments and final exams and hope to have a report on how well our students have done soon.  

Each year during the Easter weekend the churches of Christ in Fiji get together to have an All Fiji Workshop.  This year the workshop was hosted by the Church of Christ in Nabouwalu.  There were representatives from at least 8 out of the 17 congregations of the churches of Christ in attendance. 

Nabouwalu is a village on the northern island of Vanua Levu and required a four and one half hour journey by ferry.  The workshop was a three day event that started on Friday evening.  Jason and I were both asked to speak for this workshop. Debbie and Devan were also asked to help teach ladies’ and children’s classes.  There were a total of 17 speakers with classes for men, women, and children.  All classes were combined in the evenings and for Sunday morning and evening worship. The Lord added 3 precious souls to His kingdom on Sunday morning and one came forward requesting prayer.  Another woman was baptized into Christ on Monday morning.

Since the All Fiji Workshop fell at the end of our first term we decided that this would be a valuable experience for our students’ first evangelistic campaign. Eight of our students were able to attend the workshop and six of our students spoke at this event.  On Monday, we had a door knocking campaign in the Nabouwalu community.  We passed out tracts, conducted Bible studies, and invited people to attend worship services at the Church of Christ.

Lord willing, this morning will begin our short courses.  Semi Matalau will be teaching a class in the mornings on the History of the Church of Christ in Fiji.  Jason and I will co-teach a second class on wisdom literature.  I will be teaching on Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.  Jason will take Song of Solomon. 

Vinaka vaka levu (a big thank you!)

Rocco & Debbie Pierce

Posted on April 25, 2017 .

Student success at ACSOP

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20). As our Lord Jesus Christ was preparing to leave this earth, He left us with this last will, that we should go and make others to be His disciples also. The charge was left to the apostles and to us all.

God through His servants, who lived in those times, granted His disciples many opportunities to be able to fulfill the command. He has blessed us with tools with which we can teach faithful men, who will in turn teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2).

The Andrew Connally School of Preaching has been a great tool to fulfill the commission. It has served the church here in East Africa since 2003. Thousands of souls have been reached through the effort done by this school. Many congregations have been established throughout East Africa. Students from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Zambia and one time from Nigeria have gone through this institution and went out thoroughly furnished to every good work.

This year, we started our classes back in February. We normally send out our students every Saturday and Sunday to work with the local congregations around the Arusha area. The school started this program so as to be able to show the students how to apply what has been learned in class. We let our second year students be mentors of the fist year. Whenever they go to a congregation the second year is the one who will be asked to lead in prayer, teaching bible class, leading songs and preaching, all these things are being done under the supervision of the local preacher.

Within the past two months, our students have been able to reach more than 230 souls, 178 active bible class, all have gone through lesson 1-3 of our correspondence courses, 35 baptisms and 12 restorations. It is a great blessing to be able to work with such great group of men who seek to please our Savior everyday.

Countless, selfless donors, who have been supporting both the school, have made all this possible and it’s plans. These are men and women who know their Bible which says, “And how shall they preach, except they be sent?”(Romans 10:15). Through their donations, we are able to send men out to reach as many souls as we can. Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH. We also continue to ask them to support this work now more than ever.

May the Lord bless you all every day as you are striving to please Him.

Till all have heard!

Your servant in Him,

Charles Mwanga

Director.

Posted on April 25, 2017 .

Graduation in Mbanga, Cameroon

Greetings from my wife, the church in Mbanga, and also from the the second batch of students in the BVBIC-MBANGA.

I will begin by appreciating all those who supported our first batch of from April 2nd 2015 to March 30th 2017. Our first experience was accompanied with a lot of success, both from the Mbanga and also in our out station campaigns.

Our last quarter was characterized with a lot of activities such as the course on marriage and family which ended with the celebration on I choose my spouse "again" and Elder Todd Crayton from the Frisco congregation was the speaker of the day and the mentor of the course. We are glad that all went well and the married couples could enjoyed it very well.

After the course, we proceeded on our graduation and matriculation where 6  students who started last April 2015 were awarded with an advanced diplomat in Biblical studies by our Coordinator, David Ballard.

The second batch of students started classes immediately and it was on the 2nd of April 2017 with 12 students, including 3 brethren from neighboring Chad. We pray for these brothers to pick up the zeal of serving the Lord and preaching the gospel to the lost ones, as some of them are already presenting the their willingness to serve. 

Our work in the permanent side is advancing as we just finish putting our ceiling this week end and the main doors are already set up. Monday we shall begin with plastering and plumbing so that come may ending we shall get into our new side.

Your brother,

Ititi 

Posted on April 25, 2017 .

The 2nd quarter begin in Arusha

It is my prayer and hope that this report will find you well and active in the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we all struggle to be Christ-like in this world which was never promised that all things would be easy and smooth, we all need to trust God in all things that we plan and do. For with Him all things are possible. Certainly we have seen Him doing greater things in His kingdom here and throughout this world we live. 

On the other hand, things here in ACSOP are going well as usual. Our second quarter of studies has started this week. Here are studies and teachers for this quarter for first year class; Christian Evidences – Ralph Williams, Acts – Charles Herbeth, Public Speaking 1, Old Testament 3 (Joshua – Ruth) – Desdery Massawe , Exodus – Deuteronomy – Bernard Kulanga, Personal Evangelism – Losotwa Michael . At the end of this quarter there will be a short course on May 22 – 26 for The New Testament Church (One True Church) - Jimmy Gee.

The second year are learning; Biblical Interpretation 2 [In depth study of Hermeneutics] – A. Kimaro , James – D. Massawe, Public Speaking 2 (Practical Homiletics) – G. Mngoma, Greek 2 – L. Michael, Old Testament 4 [Isaiah -  Daniel] – B. Kulanga. At the end of this quarter there will be two short courses; May 15 – 19 - Christian Ethics – G. Mngoma and May 22 – 26 - Gospel of John, – C. Herbeth. At the end of these short courses the students will home for holiday till August where by the school will be resumed.  

Finally, we really do appreciate God for you in this great work which is being done here in East Africa through your financial support. We will always remember you in our daily prayers that these greater things you are doing for us will not be in vain, but our loving God may pay you back as per His will.   

Your friend and brother in Christ Jesus,

Losotwa Michael
Dean of Academics, 

Andrew Connally School of Preaching

A Bear Valley Bible Institute International extension school

Arusha, TZ

Posted on April 25, 2017 .

Good news from Takoradi, Ghana

Dear Brethren,

Once again we are happy to report to you our operating for the month of March, 2017. We are thankful for God for His immense blessing during the period, and very grateful to our sponsors for keeping faith with us.

CLASSROOM WORK

Classroom work for both our regular and part time work went on successfully. All thirteen (13) regular students and thirteen (13) part time students were in attendance during the period.

We also reported in our last report that one of our regular students was admitted to the hospital. We are happy to inform you that a week after our report he was discharged from the hospital and has joined us in school. 

CAMPAIGN FOR CHRIST

By God’s grace our campaign for Christ came on successfully. We spent a total of one week in the campaign. There were no baptisms during the campaign, however, follow-ups by both instructors and students seem positive of producing some baptisms.

However, other evangelism efforts by both instructors and students around the school produced five (5) baptisms during the period. We attached, herewith, pictures of the campaign and other evangelism effort.

We thank you all for your continuous support and prayer and pray the good Lord will richly bless you and all of yours.

CHARLES 

Posted on April 25, 2017 .

The power of the Gospel!

"I NEED TO KNOW KNOW WHAT I NEED TO DO RIGHT NOW!", was the response of a man who was studying the bible in Tanzania. Once he was told what the bible says, he was baptized and left the denomination he was an elder of. Read more more good news HERE.

Posted on April 11, 2017 .

Campaign success in Cameroon

Dearest in Christ,

Greetings from the republic of Cameroon. We are doing fine and we do pray you are doing fine also over there where you are now.

I am writing to report what made news here in BVBIC-Wotutu. Our students were out for their ever first evangelism in 18 different locations. As I type this all of them have returned safe and sound and with great news about the power of God .

Some came to school with challenges from the resistant denominational people, some from the hurdles of bad roads that they used to go into mission fields, and one came back with wounds that he had after a motor bike accident as he was struggling to get to the village where he was suppose to evangelize. Our nurse sister Senge will handle that as he is back here. Some came with reports about many brethren in different villages who are sick of all kind of diseases, like eye problems, malaria, typhoid, epilepsy, and many others. Brother Felix, who met lots of this used up his personal money which was meant for his feeding and transit transport from the village to his home. He came back with tears how many Christians cannot fully serve God because of sicknesses. Please your support of fervent prayers is needed .

DELTA  BATCH FIRST MISSION WORK RESULTS

1 number of students ========================== 21 but one was not fully involved (weak)

2 number of villages assigned ==================== 18

3 Number of studies              =====================  approximately above 800

4 Number of baptism         ======================= 38

5 Number of restoration  =====================     22

6 Number of new congregations   ============== 1 Owe village

7 Number of revived congregations ============= 1  Lykoko village

The return of these students from the mission field always expands our work: ikle now the lyko and Owe congregations need us every week to make sure the Christians are fed, please pray for us. The sad news is that the lykoko congregations closed the doors on their permanent building because the few men who remain in that congregation don’t know how to preach and teach or pray, so they shy away from attending worship because they want to avoid the embarrassment of standing before others to lead. Please pray for us as we make sure these good brethren are nurture to grow .

God bless you , thank you very much for your priceless efforts towards this work , God will continuously blessed you and keep you strong in His vine yard , so that you will do more .Share this with others around you.

Elangwe and family

By His grace director BVBIC-wotutu

Posted on April 11, 2017 .

Excellent 1st quarter in Kenya!

Beloved of God,

Greetings from Kenya School of Preaching family, we pray and trust you are doing well. We thank God for His love and care as we labor in the Kingdom. Kisumu is still hot despite some slight rains and hope things will change during the April.

The break is over and all the 19 students are back in class for the third quarter, year one. This break was a very fruitful one, the faculty went to the field to work, the students were actively involved in the Lord’s work and the result is amazing. The excitement in the face of these students tells a lot and their daily spiritual growth is a big source of motivation to us and all that love the Lord.

Two new churches (Benongoi and Ildungiso) planted with total members of 37 by two current students, two churches (Meswondo 30 members and Sigaon 42 members) restored to true worship and stopped using instruments and hand clapping by former graduates in Bomet Rift Valley. 22 souls baptized and two restored with 51 new bibles studies established.

During the break Charles went and taught the book of 1, 2 Peter and Jude to 8 preaching students at Christians for preaching school in Sigomre for a period of five days. Later, Charles and Elias went to Nakuru for a two day gospel seminar and spoke on instrumental music and hand clapping. This is a major problem in many congregations that bear the name “church of Christ” here.

We also had another restoration plea meeting with liberal churches and denominations with over 50 attending in Homa Bay. The response was great and on April 15 they requested us to return and we will be discussing worship of the bible with them, keep us in your prayers.

This quarter the students will study Joshua-Ruth, Writing skills, Matthew, 1,2 Corinthians, Prison Epistles, Leadership and 1,2 Thessalonians. We have Charles, Elias, Mike Rowand and Ralph Williams teaching the classes.

We still keep on with the good work because of your unceasing prayers, support and encouragement. Thank you, God’s blessings be with you always.

His servant,

Charles Ogutu,

Director, Bear Valley Bible Institute extension school - Kenya.

Posted on April 11, 2017 .

A brief report from ACSOP

Student evangelism program –ACSOP

End of March report

Each week our students are involved in personal evangelism with 12 congregations around the Arusha area. A total of 23 students, both from first year and second year go out two by two to reach these precious souls with the truth. This program is part of their  training while are attending their studies. This week as I was reading from their report, this is what I found out.

Summary.

1. Number of Bible classes – 43

2. A total number of correspondence course – 65

3. Baptisms – 05 (only for march)

4. Restorations – 04.

Keep your prayers up for this program.

Arusha church of Christ

The Arusha congregation has been growing numerically for the past few months. As we continue to reach more with the saving Gospel of Christ, we thought it also necessary to put an internal check to the flock. We have increased more visitation and small group Bible classes during the week days in members homes. Last year we ended up having 72 souls obey the gospel, and 43 out of these are still faithful to the church. As we all know, Arusha is one of the business cities in Tanzania with a lot of tourist activities going on.  15 people who were baptized, went back to their local areas, and are still faithful. The leaders of the church have made it possible for them to be connected to the preachers in their hometowns.

The good news is that, for those who could not find the church of Christ in their places are still learning and growing in faith through listening to our radio program each week. Speaking of a radio program, for the past few week I have been receiving more calls for people who want to study with us more on the Bible. A number of people have been visiting our worship service and mid week Bible classes. Since we are aired on the second most popular radio in town, the statistics show that more than 400,000 people are listening to us each week. Please continue to keep your prayers going up for this effort.

“Until all have heard”

In Christian Love,

Godfrey Mngoma

Dean of Students - Andrew Connally School of Preaching

A Bear Valley Bible Institute International extension school

Arusha, Tanzania.

Posted on April 11, 2017 .

A good 1st quarter in Cambodia

Wes Autry, the Coordinator for the Bear Valley extension in Siem Reap, Cambodia, has sent us a comprehensive report on their activities and accomplishments in the first quarter of this year. I believe you will enjoy reading and seeing all the good that is being accomplished there. Simply click HERE

Posted on April 7, 2017 .

Good news from Ukraine

The news from Ukraine continues to improve and positive changes have been made in the school. We are happy to announce that Terry Harmon has rejoined the team and is the new Coordinator. Read about this and other news HERE. 

Posted on April 3, 2017 .

Graduation in India

Dear Brethren in Christ,

I bring greetings to you from Visakha Valley Bible College in the name of Lord Jesus Christ our saviour. We are so thankful to our almighty God for His great mercy and kindness. Once again we are able to send 12 equipped evangelists into the mission field, with a great anticipation of saving many souls.

Go into all the world’ this is an authoritativecommand issued to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus sentHis 12 equipped Apostles to fulfill His ministry. Like wise we now introduce our 12 Preaching Studentswho have completed their 2 Year course of study and ready to sow the seed of God’s word. These men are effectively trained both to be Evangelists and for doing every Good Work, as every man of God ought to be.              

Our association with Bear Valley Bible Institute International has been our strength.  Actually Standard of TeachingandTraining Methods are strengths of our school. But our strength had been increased as our Faculty has enhanced their Biblical knowledge by completing the MA course offered by Bear Valley Bible Institute .  Also there    was a tremendous development in our teaching system since some Teaching Aids were brought to use in the class room.  Noticeable strength is our Team Work attitude; our combined efforts with a proper guidance through the Directorof our school M. Samuel Raju, has been giving some inspiring results. Together we were able to share our ability and strengthin a great capacity to educate these young men and equip them to be effective evangelists . Ourgreatest strength of all is the output of our efforts which is the 12 graduates who successfully completed the course and are going to be the effective instruments in spreading the Good News across India.

We are so grateful to our God almighty for blessing us to accomplish this, we pray that our Lord would bless our efforts to keep sending some effective evangelists to rescue the lost millions from eternal destruction. Looks like the world is soon coming to an end, our Lord is dearly waiting in long suffering towards all the people to be repented of their sins; There is an Emergent need of evangelism in our society as the doors of opportunity are fading away due to the recent changes in power.

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach, except they be sent?” Rom 10:14 -15

Thanking you all brethren for sharing this exciting news, may God continue to bless you all. Please greet all the brethren that you worship with. Love you all so much.

In Christ,

Samuel Raju & John Dean Muppidi

For Visakha Valley Bible College

 

Posted on April 3, 2017 .

Big plans in Zimbabwe

MARCH 2017 NARRATIVE REPORT

INTRODUCTION

In Luke 10:2, Jesus raised a concern which keeps ringing in an evangelist’s mind. He said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest RSV). Bear Valley Bible Institute Zimbabwe exists to train faithful men towards the harvesting of souls for Christ.  In this report we give a glimpse of what transpired throughout the month of March 2017. The goal is to train men and woman who will become useful vessels and as answer to Jesus’ call.

1.0 DONNIE ESTEP VISIT

As reported in our last report, BVBIZ was privileged to have Donnie Estep from the 26Th of February to the 4th of March. Donnie is the regional coordinator for Bear Valley Bible Institute preacher training schools Southern Africa. During his stay he taught “World Religions,” to our students. Donnie had an opportunity to preach mid-week service at one of the congregations here in Gweru. In addition, he had an opportunity to go and see our maize and bean crop.

3.0 INTENSIVE TRAINING IN MUSIC

One of the important components in worship is singing. At BVBIZ we take music seriously as a component that can either wake or sleeps a congregation. This then demands that preachers be adequately taught this area. This was part and parcel of the subject “Worship” that was being done this term. To fulfil this requirement, we had a guest teacher, Joshua Jubane, a preacher in Victoria Falls and an expert in music. He was at BVBIZ from the 20th -24th of March.  Students were taught to read musical notes and also song leading. We hope to bring him back for another round before the students graduate.

The following was his overall assessment of students after having adjudicated each student; “I want to thank BVBIZ for affording me this chance to impart musical skills to my fellow preachers. I had an easy time teaching the students because their response was very good. None of them had done tonic sofa notes before but they showed a good effort. I was able to leave them with four songs which they mastered well.”

4.0 SPORT

After, much work and pressure, the body needs exercise. This month students started playing soccer at one of the open spaces near our campus. Appreciation goes to Brother O. Kufa for providing a ball for use.

5.0 CHICKEN PROJECT

Our second batch of chickens is almost ready. They reached the 5th week on the 31st of March. The mortality rate so far has been 0.02%. This batch was being taken care of by two of our students.

6.0 TERM ENDS

Our term came to an end on the 27th of March. Examinations were written successfully. Grading of answer sheets is in progress. Students shall be taking a month long break and will be back on the 25th of April. They have now completed their first year studies. We wish them a well-deserved but fruitful rest.

CONCLUSION

As BVBIZ goes for a break, we would like to thank everyone who has contributed one way or another to BVBIZ, materially, financially or morally. The school could not be where it is now without your support. May the God of heaven remember you all as you do your part in the furtherance of this noble work.

In His service,

Mathew Muchingam

Posted on April 1, 2017 .

Outstanding first quarter in Chimala!

CBI REPORT MARCH 31, 2017

Greetings! Hello to everyone we here at CBI we are doing 

CLASSES:

The first quarter students did very well and no one failed. This encouraged the teachers and we were very thankful for everyone to do his part. From March 13 we started second quarter we are doing well also on this today in the morning we had a meeting with faculty members to make sure we are the same page. 

EVANGELISM:

We thank God for His will upon us and the dedication of students in His work. Since we started the school we did a lot concerning evangelism through WBS Lessons, House to house preaching, seminars, and evangelism Camps.

As the results of the whole work From January until March 31 we do have 169 Baptisms and 67 restorations. We have also met with more than 45,000 peoples, given 15,000 tracks and 797 WBS Lesson and 1 Return Bible seminar for this first quarter. We also had 1 week Camp for practical evangelism which very was good everyone enjoyed it. The results were 22 baptisms and 2 restorations.

Here is a list of our summer activities:

SEMINARS & GOSPEL CHARIOT 2017

The Seminars this year will be:

Youth Seminar June 6 – June 8

Ladies seminar June 13 – June 15

Preacher seminar June 20 – June 22

Gospel Chariot July 24 – August 28

Here is a report on the radio program that is being broadcast in southeastern Tanzania.

Report of Radio Program – VWAWA

Feb 15 – March 15

Lessons presented for four weeks

  1. The Unity of believers
  2. Why am I a member of the Lord’s church or church of Christ
  3. What does it mean to worship in Spirit and truth?
  4. Does Instrumental music authorized at the Christians service?

The following places are the place we have follow up to answer various questions and sending lessons

  1. We went Utambalile
  2. We went Ipunga
  3. We went Mbewe village
  4. We went mawanda Momba.

ABOUT QUESTIONS:

  1. If Christ built one church mention its name?
  2. Another question if there is one true church where did the plurality of churches come from?
  3. We were asked any question by calls and to speak face by face

THIS REPORT IS PREPARED WITH

ELIA VUNDWE AND FREDY MWASHIWAWA

Radio evangelism preachers 

Thanks for your support and prayers,

Joseph James Haonga

Posted on April 1, 2017 .

An ending and a beginning in Tamale

The school in Tamale, Ghana (the far north) is eagerly sending soon-to-be-graduates out into the field, while simultaneously preparing to welcome a new batch of students. Read about the work these good brethren are doing in a difficult place. See their latest update HERE.

Posted on April 1, 2017 .