Successful campaigns in Nigeria

Beloved in Christ Jesus, 
Greetings and appreciation for your continuous support and love for the Lord 's work in Africa most especially in Nigeria. 

The school authority divided the students and instructors into four groups for the end of the years programs. The groups leaders are :Bro. Makinde Ebens, Bro. Kayode Eniafe, Bro. Abiola Joseph Olusoji and Bro. Isaac Olaniyan while the year two students most especially those of them serving as an evangelist of a congregations such as Bro. Emmanuel Godwin  ,Bro. Obey Rimamsikwe, Bro. John Serimam, Bro. Ukori Godwin Johnson, Bro. Akilapa Samuel Timileyin, Bro. Samuel Peter Ortserga, Bro. Samuel Ogunleye and Bro. Anana Abasiama Effiong. 

My group are with Ikorodu Congregation,Lagos on December 16 where I served as one of the guest speakers during the SWSE -Ikorodu campus second annual Bible Lectureship where I spoke on How to prevent the Lord 's church in becoming lukewarm. 

The Lectureship in Ikorodu Congregation was attended by over 300 brethren from 15 congregations in Lagos State and 500 VOTI volume 94 and Mission Printing booklets were freely distributed to all participants. 

Makinde Ebens, Director 

Posted on January 10, 2018 .

Time being used wisely in Tamale

BEAR VALLEY BIBLE INSTITUTE, TAMALE, GHANA

December Report 2017.

Break:

We have ended the third term classes successfully and the students have gone home and they will be back to school God’s willing on the 15th of January 2018. They are to use this break to see their families, congregations, and also harvest their crops on their farms.

Administrative Activities:

Administratively, we are doing everything possible to keep the school on its feet to have the bright future as an Institution which is so dear to the heart of God. It is our prayer that we will be able to accomplish this mission to the glory of the Lord Jesus.

Invitation to Tatale:

As it has been the sole aim of the management team to bring on board all the Churches of Christ in the Northern Ghana in the school, we are being communicating with the Churches daily in all we do here in the school and now they have come to appreciate our work. Most especially they appreciate brother Steven’s effort to support the growth of the Northern Churches. Also, the action of our past students in the preaching field is enough evidence that the school stands for the growth of the Church of Christ in the North.

Having received the invitation to attend the Annual Northern Bible Camp to speak to the congregation about the school and to also support the camp with our preaching equipment was so wonderful. The school supported the program with equipment both day and night for four days and enough time was given to speak at length about the school. Francis Ayine, Jabado Alex, and Niipaak Laar were there to talk to the brethren how it is important for everybody support to build the school. Many brethren were touched in their heart and a brother from Kuntumbiyili promised to give yams to feed the students and fulfilled his promise the following day. The school stands a chance of having a good future if we continue to teach the congregations the importance of having the Bible school at our door step instead of going to the South to attend the same such Bible school.

Repair Works/Needs

There are some repair and replacement works to be done. Some doors need to be replaced. The toilets walls need to be plastered and paint and all the water closets need to be replaced. We also need a water storage tank so we can have water all the time.

School Farm

We will continue to do some farm on the property like we did last year where we had a good harvested of corn. This year depending on the weather, we may do some yam or groundnut or both. In future we will need a flowing bore hole to do some farming whenever we want to.

Continue to pray with and for us. God bless you and We Wish You a Happy New Year.

Alex Jabado

Posted on January 10, 2018 .

Many activities in Arusha

ACSOP DECEMBER 2017 Report.

GRADUATION:

I greet you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s my hope that everyone is doing well in the Lord’s work. Now, I would like to share with you a short report concerning graduation this year. It is a good time that God has given us to see another group of students starting a new page in the big task given by our Lord, Jesus Christ – that is to go and preach the Gospel without forgetting the task of teaching all: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.Joshua 1:8 

The School had two different levels of graduates. We had fifteen from the bachelors program From Kenya we had: The Tanzania 2000 Mission has two sisters schools, which were also involved in this graduation. They are the Arusha Bible School and the Kilimanjaro Bible School. The Arusha Bible School under the administration of brother Desdery Massawe, had five students who graduated with a certificate.  In this case we witnessed Twenty students graduating, ready to serve our Lord. This was great privilege in the kingdom.

It’s my great hope that these men have all the skills needed to reach lost souls. This has been realized by the performance in the class and outside in the field while they were still students. These ACSOP students were involved in the Arusha campaign, and outreach in deferent congregations.

Youth  Camps.

In this year God provided us with two youth camps. Future preachers Training Camp and Tanzania Christian Camp. First camp FPTC we had sixty – one youth trained as preachers. It should be remembered that this camp is another tool we have to train preachers apart from ACSOP. One of the camper was baptized in this camp.

Second camp had one hundred and fifty campers, with eighteen adult chancellors and teachers. God provided ten baptisms in this camp. We thank God for this opportunity to serve His.  

First we thank God and our Lord Jesus for these wonderful events. Likewise we want to thank our brother Neal Pollard, for encouraging us ,  and also for being our keynote speaker in the graduation. Also ACSOP thanks all brothers and sisters who are not sleeping  in order to look for ways that they can fund the school so it can operate. Again these all would not be done without your efforts, also ACSOP faculty and the best missionary team we have. God is blessing the church abundantly on this side because of your efforts. Please continue to pray for us as we serve Him together.

In His service,

Ahimidiwe Kimaro

Director, Andrew Connally School of Preaching

A Bear Valley Bible Institute International extension school

Arusha, Tanzania

Posted on January 10, 2018 .

Graduation in Accra

SOUTHERN INSTITUTE OF BIBLICAL STUDIES (SIBS), ACCRA

DECEMBER, 2017

APPRECIATION

The students are happy so also our instructors. Their praise to the Lord is that our God is mighty, good and loving kindness Who protects and provides our needs all times. We had never lacked either closed door to our prayer in request and thanks given. May His name be GLORIFY!

Our supplication to the Lord is that you shall never lack in times of need. May the Lord restore in abundance all your endeavors to put the school into good shape, seeking that the work is done and the truth is told.

COMPLETION OF SCHOOL AND GRATITUDE – 2nd Batch

18th December, 2017, as written on the upper corner of the Formica board by the students of SIBS, Accra, “7 Days More” has come to pass.

The students are greatly happy for the completion of their Diploma in Biblical Studies. With much temptation and struggles in their two-year stay on campus, the fruit of their lips is that “we thank you for your love, free tuition, accommodation, feeding, study materials, internet, and above all instructing them in the way of God through encouragement and exhortation.

The students appreciate the staff, especially brothers Keith Kasarjian and  Steven Ashcraft; the school directors, brothers Seth Osae Larbi and Emmanuel Odeng Larbi; the instructors, brothers Kojo Acquah Beenyi,  Yaw Amoo-Gyimah, Kwabena Gyan-Mante, Jonathan Obeng Agyeapong; the cook, sister Christiana Adziaka and the Administration for being with us in spirit and in love.

We are grateful for the presents, visit, and donation from the brethren.

THE FAREWEL MESSAGE BY THE STAFF

On Thursday, 14th December, 2017, was the last day for a visit to the students for their departure. Having stood up on behave of the staff, Brother Seth Osae Larbi, gave the students a farewell message.

His message was about our preparation for the field work and not just a mere completion but to fulfill our mission on this earth as preachers of the gospel.

Having done with the message he blessed us and with word of prayer. With a hand shake we salute each other.

PRESENTATION:

Brother Emmanuel Odeng Larbi presented Willmington’s Bible Handbook and Ministering Ethics to each student being what he has for our further study and research work.

TERMLY CAMPAIGN

This was our 4th campaign held on 4th – 10th December, 2017 at the township of Obeyeyie, Amasaman-Accra. In unify body: the current students, some of the past students and other preachers propagate the gospel for a week.

Minor challenges: Muslims and other traditional faith believers have dominated the area, yet with the help of God we had in all 8 converts, 7 new Christians and an old member who has just arrived in the town. Out of this effort we establish the church in this area with many of our contacts promising to come back. We were much grateful to the Lord for the wonderful things He has done.

NEW SCHOOL YEAR

The new year for the school, being our third batch of students is beginning on January 22, 2018. We have so far interviewed fourteen students and hopefully all would come to school come January 22.

As we beginning our new year, we wish you Happy New Year, praying that much good will be done and accomplished.

Posted on January 10, 2018 .

Summer break in Fiji

PROGRESS UPDATE: 

Bible Institute at Raiwaqa, Fiji

SUMMER BREAK

The school is currently in their summer break.  Seasons are reversed south of the equator.  In the words of one of the Fijian ladies to my wife, on a particularly hot day, “If is so hot, it feels like Christmas!” 

Our students are enjoying their summer break.  They have been staying very busy.  Movono has been able do some work in his plantation.  He also continues to preach for the Delaidamanu Church of Christ and teach a weekly Bible class.  

Some of our students were asked to speak on the Aliesa Lectureship.  This workshop was held on the island of Upolu in the neighboring country of Samoa, a little over 700 miles from Suva, Fiji (as the crow flies).  Three of our students (Emosi, Vili, and Va) and one of our teachers (Jason) along with four other members of the Raiwaqa Church of Christ flew to Samoa for the workshop which was held December 29 to 31, 2017.   The Theme of this Lectureship was “Being Approved By God” taken from 2 Timothy 2:15.  Emosi, Vili, and Jason taught classes during the workshop.  Sister Va taught the ladies’ classes.  

At this same time, Peter Lee, another one of our students, traveled by ferry to the northern island of Vanua Levu, Fiji.  He and his wife Moira worked with the Buca Church of Christ in Savusavu.  They passed out tracks in the city during the week and Peter preached for the church on Sunday.  

Lency, our first international student from the Solomon Islands, flew back to Honiara, Solomon Islands.  He then traveled to his home island (four days by boat) to spend time with his family.  During his stay, he is conducting Bible studies with his relatives and friends.  He sent the following text to my son, Jason:

"Hi brother,

l'm still in the village, here in my village they are all members of aglican church.  Only few individuals are from different religious groups. My family and I, we are all fine.  At the moment what I'm doing I'm easily teaching some of my relatives to understand the new testament church and the faith that we have in Christ.

Thanks,

Bro.Lency."  

LIBRARY UPDATE:

I flew to Denver to pick up 7 boxes of books, from Bear Valley Bible Institute at Denver to jumpstart our library.  These books along with another 7 boxes donated by John McCain, (Jason’s father-in-law) and 3 boxes donated by Tony and Cathy Duncan (from Cathy’s late father’s personal library) are being prepared for shipment to Fiji.

In addition to these books, we have had three more laptops and one desktop donated for our computer lab.  These resources will be invaluable tools for our students to use in completing their class assignments.

TEXTBOOK UPDATE:

Normally, Jason and I have been writing and printing our own textbooks. Because of the technical nature of the subjects, Jason and I felt it important to use some commercially published books from our upcoming classes on Greek and Bible Geography.  Due to the generosity of several congregations and interested individuals we were able to purchase 20 copies each of Basic Greek in 30 Minutes a Day, by James Found The Basics of Biblical Greek, by William D. Mounce, and The History and Geography of the Bible, by Bob and Sandra Waldron

Rocco Pierce, Director

Posted on January 10, 2018 .

An outstanding year in Liberia

Dear Brethren,

The month of December started very well both in and out of the classroom. Our fourteen (14) full time students are doing very well and are all in high spirit moving to the finish line. They all say hello.

Campaign

The school took up a campaign in a town called Garr Boosue to help a struggling and dying church and by God's special grace, the church has been restored and 12 souls were baptized and added to the Lord.

Agriculture Practical Farm

Our agriculture practicals continued to bring forth fruits. 98 watermelons were harvested and sold to help transport the students to the year end minister's network lectureship program in Weala, Bong County.

VACATION

The students and are now on vacationand will be coming back to school on the 14th of January 2018. We are hearing lots of good news from their ministers and church leaders about their evangelistic efforts in their church.

With your support, we were able to have seven (7) successful campaigns this year(2017). Four (4) of those campaigns were our normal academic campaigns for the school supported by Bear Valley, and the remaining three (3) campaigns were supported by the additional funds sent to us through brother Steven Aschraft. All of these seven campaigns efforts resulted in the follow:

  1. 115 baptisms

  2. 4 new congregations planted

  3. 2 dying congregations restored

  4. 43 falling christians restored.

APPRECIATIONS

We want to take this time to extend our sincere thanks and appreciations to you for all your sacrifices that are making it possible for the Lord's work here to go on. May God richly bless you.

Your Brother For Jesus Sake;

Robert P. Dahn, Jr.

Director- BVBI-L

Posted on December 26, 2017 .

Wonderful in Wotutu

Dearest in Christ,

Greetings from this part of the globe. We wish you the best for the season. We do hope all is well with you and the work. It was great to work with you closely this year of 2017 and we look forward to another blissful year ahead of us in 2018.

I am writing to share my annual report and how God has used us to accomplished great things in His vineyard here in Wotutu, Cameroon. Thanks for all your prayers and support. God bless you and keep you strong as we prepare to do more by His grace next year.

 Elder Randy, one of the overseeing elders in STC, along with his wife Robin, were in Cameroon to teach the students and their wives. He taught the students “1 Corinthians” while she was busy teaching the students wives “Holy Women of God.” They were great classes and were enjoyed by all.

Hinder-land mission took the stage after the short courses. Our destination was for 9 hinterland villages including my village where there are no passable roads. We trekked hours upon hours under a beautiful rain forest. It was hard, but our thoughts of souls motivated us to move on no matter the difficulties.

Our students are out to 19 different villages to preach, teach, and nurture congregations. They went out with new Bibles to give to previous converts. They went with the greatest weapon we have so as to dismantle hearts that are stubborn with the words of God. While in different villages, we shared the word of God and shared reading glasses to both Christians and unbelievers. It was a blessing to see some old people select glasses that would help them to see clearly again. To God be the glory.

We were engaged in preaching house to house and also from one market squares to another. Many paid attention and listened to the truth. You can see some of our graduates. It was awesome for some of our graduates whom we visited to welcome us in their area of work and share with us passions and visions about the work in their respective areas. WE ARE NOT ALONE AND WE SHALL NEVER BE ALONE WAS REITERATED AGAIN, bringing back that team work spirit to work together and developed the kingdom of God.

Brother David Ballard was the first white man to be in Mbiaka village. That is my home town. The children were really amazed to see him but they were not scared because they knew that some humans have that color as they watch that on TV and movies. They saw him live as a man that loves children. He was friendly with them and shook their hands. It was fun.

God bless you. Thank you for your sacrifice towards this success. God alone will reward you and replenish from anywhere you took resources to help make us be able to do the work smoothly. Thanks very much. Words cannot quantify our sincere gratitude to your efforts.

Do your best to greet families, church families, and neighbors around you. We lift up our eyes to heaven pleading for heaven to give us grace again to be partners in His work come 2018. We have dreams that will help us do more for the kingdom. God bless you as you continue to be a source of blessings to many.

Elangwe and family

By His grace director BVBIC-Wotutu

EVANGELISM IS OUR MISSION AND OUR MISSION IS EVANGELISM.2TIM2:2 2TIM4:2

Posted on December 26, 2017 .

Evangelism in Togo

NOVEMBER, 2017

THE LORD CONTINUES TO ADD SOULS TO HIS BODY

The pure New Testament message continues to impact people in the Kloto Region. The Lord blessed our efforts in the month with five souls responding to the gospel by submitting to baptism.

CHARIOT MISSION

The van continues to facilitate our outreach programs which include: Dawn preaching, tract distribution and campaigns for Christ.

CHURCH OF CHRIST RECOURCE CENTER

Are the ones assigned to the center. The centre is stocked with tracts and other religious materials for distribution to the public. The centre is also used as a contact office where Bible studies are conducted.

The Agogome Church of Christ now has a newly constructed place of worship.

 WEEKLY RADIO BROADCAST

Radio broadcast is playing a vital role in the spread of the gospel. We reach people where we cannot travel to. Several have been converted through the radio program over the years.

PREACHERS’ MONTHLY MEETING

One of the strengths of the ministry in Kloto Region is the leadership. All the preachers in the Kpalime area do meet each first Monday in the month to encourage one another, discuss pertinent issues affecting the local congregations, plan the work in Kloto and enjoy a meal fellowship. They spend time together to pray for their congregations and for themselves.

 Report by Willie Gley

Posted on December 25, 2017 .

Out in the field in Nigeria

Dear fellow ministers of God, 

Greetings from BVBIN and SWSE, Ibadan and fellow WBSFUW in South West States of Nigeria. 
The Mass Evangelism and Open Air Bible Lectureship held in Ileogbo, Osun State and that of Jago village in Ona -Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State resulted in to two conventions each. That is, two converts in each of the venue of the three days mass evangelism and Open Air Bible Lectureship. 

JAGO CONGREGATION : On Sunday, December 10, some of us worship with Jago congregation. Bro. Samuel Peter Ortserga led the church in songs, Bro. Andrew Adeolu taught on Holiness (Psalm 15)while I admonished the church on Building for the Lord from Nehemiah 4.
CAMPUS CHURCH : Bro. Timothy Adegoke led in songs, Bro. Abraham Idu Yeje taught on The collection of the Saints while Bro. Oba Justice Ugochukwu admonished the church on The Second Coming of Christ. 

ASEJIRE CONGREGATION :Bro.Kayode Eniafe led in songs, Bro. Dennis Okpachui taught on The Second Coming of Christ while Bro. Effiong admonished the church on Faithfulness. 
Other students were also busy working for the Lord in sisters congregations in Oyo, Ondo, Osun, Lagos and Ekiti States of Nigeria on the Lord 's day of December 10,2017.

Brethren, most of our students will be traveling to Igbara -Odo, Ekiti State and Ode -Aye, Ondo State on Friday for another three days mass evangelism and Open Air Bible Lectureship while I will be going to Lagos State to speak in the 2nd Annual Bible Lectureship organized by the SWSE, IKORODU campus on December 16 on How To prevent the Lord 's church from Lukewarmness and on Sunday morning will be speaking in Meiran congregation on The Church and the Preacher.

Beloved, we are proud of being a good partners with you all in the Lord's vineyard. May the Lord keep us safe till death in Jesus Christ name, amen. 
Your fellow soldier of Christ...... Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi (Director of Studies & Chairman of Administrative Council, BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan and WBSFUW)

Posted on December 20, 2017 .

A great first year in Sierra Leone!

Dear Brethren in Christ.

We have come to the end of our fourth quarter in the first year of our program in Sierra Leone; we thank God for your support in different ways for the school. We hope and pray that the Lord will continue to shower you with his blessings.

We are sending you photos of our school activities undertaken during this quarter of school ending 2017.

CAMPUS MINISTRY-SCHOOL & CHURCHES RELATIONSHIP.

There is a cordial relationship between the school and churches in Sierra Leone -Kailahun, Kenema, Tongue, and Taiama. Etc.  

On the 27th -29th Oct, a fellowship meeting between students and the youth of Kenema churches of Christ was held at the campus followed by a football match between the students and churches combined which ended in a 3-2 victory in favor of the school

This event of the school was witnessed by both Steven Asheraft the regional coordinator for West Africa and Bro Robert Dahn the director from Liberia (Bear Valley).

HOUSE TO HOUSE CAMPAIGN-KENEMA TOWNSHIP

Our door to door evangelism is on Saturdays where students partner in collaboration with the youth fellowship churches of Christ Kenema.

CAMPAIGN FOR CHRIST-KONO

30th Nov-3rd Dec, 2017 -Lectureship at Waima village in Gbane Chiefdom on Baptism was conducted where 36 members from a denominational congregation were converted and be baptized for remission of their sins through the effort of a student from that area by the name of Maxwell Temoindor. We instituted the lord supper and corrected other errors, like instrumental music in their worship, moving off shoes before entering the church edifice ect

EXPERINCIAL SHARING:

For the first time we hosted a short course lecturer from a neighboring country from Liberia to teach and share experience success stories in their school development such as large scale agricultural farming, extra classes conducted for part time students, Evangelism/ campaign, structural adjustment on teaching methods etc.

From lessons learnt from Bro Robert Dahn of Liberia we were able to correct our lapses and move forward. We hope this will be a routine process.

STUDENTS ACADEMIC WORK:

We have completed the first year fourth quarter of studies after going through vigorous training with our students in both academic and practical field work. The result will be published in due course to encourage students to give their best in the last year courses.

Yours in Christ

Ishmael 

Posted on December 18, 2017 .

Students finish their courses in Accra

SOUTHERN INSTITUTE OF BIBLICAL STUDIES (SIBS) ACCRA

We thank God, the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ for making this year a peaceful year, though much challenges yet we are almost at the closed of the year through His Protection.

We are always thankful to you and the instructors for the great effort made to the students of the Southern Institute for the support and the sound doctrine.

The staff and the students say God bless you all.

KEITH KASARJIAN’S VISIT

On 10th of November, 2017, was Br. Keith Kasarjian together with Br. Stephen and Br. Osae Larbi last visit to the school in Accra (full time department) to see how the students were doing.

His visit was a motivation to us and the farewell message encouraging them to buck up with their studies. Having said this, he further went to check out the books at the library and finally prayed for the students and left.

The students’ message to him was that they appreciate his concern for visiting them from the beginning and ending of their two years studies in Bible knowledge on campus.

SCHOOL BLOCK

Almost all touches on the school block are accomplished. A small portion of the painting work and the fence are yet to be accomplished.

END OF ACADEMIC YEAR

The school’s vacation for the Christmas holidays also marks the end of our two-year programme for school. Our second batch of twelve students ends their two-year vigorous and research-work based classroom studies in December, 2017. Even though they are ending their studies in December, their graduation will be in April, 2018. Three of the twelve are Liberians.

SCHOOL VAN

The school is blessed with a van that became possible through the generosity of the brethren in America. The van is mainly for use for Gospel Campaign, excursion and also for the use by the American brethren when they visit for short course, graduation or campaign and other vital purposes.  

STUDENTS’ PROFILE

The sport line of November student’s profile is one of our finest students by name David Antwi. He is married with three children, all boys. He preaches for Achimota College Church of Christ. Achimota is a suburb of Accra, our national capital city, and there are three congregations by location where David handles one of them. David is grateful to the school, according to him, he is now able to handle right with the scriptures and the brethren are happy for his work. The church has seen growth since he began preaching for the past years. It will interest you to know that the only survived preacher among the five first batches of preachers for the church in Ghana is a member where David preaches.

PRAYERS NEEDED

Please pray with us as we are about to end the year and to enter a New Year.

Posted on December 18, 2017 .

Graduation in Zambia

The First Graduation for Bear Valley Bible Institute-Zambia

The first graduation ceremony was supposed to be on 14th October 2017 but it was postponed to 14th December 2017. We are very grateful as a school to see a sizable number of brothers and sisters come from around the Copper Belt Province to witness the honoring of our first graduates. It was also a very joyous moment to the six students that graduated.

Andrew Mwila came specifically for the graduation from Lusaka. He wants to settle in Lusaka and work as a bricklayer while he does his preaching. Since he finished his training here he has been a tool to some congregations in the capital city. As he goes back, we have no doubt that he will be used to the growth and glory of the Kingdom of God.

Clive Kabika and Joseph Musonda have already positioned themselves to work with Roan congregation. They have been involved in evangelism programs at Roan Church of Christ. Albert Phiri is making his living through farming in Mpongwe district where he has a small piece of land. He is a very valuable tool in this area where there is only one active congregation. He has a plan to establish more congregations with the help of the one which is already there.

Boniface Sianjina the oldest and the only married student among the graduates is also doing some farming to support his family. He preaches on a regular basis at Mikomfwa church of Christ. And Stephen Ngosa who happens to be the youngest among the graduates wants to stay in the city of Ndola where most of his family lives. He is looking for a job to support himself and he is also planning to get married as soon as he settles down. He preaches regularly for a congregation in Ndola.

We really honor these men for the sincerity and commitment they pledged at the beginning of their training. They have proved to be so and we continue praying that the Lord will help them to remain so.

We were also very happy to see all our ten new students witness the honoring of their colleagues. It was indeed a momentous time. This will really leave an indelible impression upon our lives and that of the school.

We are very thankful to all the elders and all brothers and sisters on the Copper belt Province of Zambia who found time to come and grace the occasion with their presence. Brother Thomas Nzobo one of the elders at Kitwe Central Church of Christ was our quest of honor.

The gifts (Bibles and T-shirts) from Brother Donnie Estep for the students added value to the graduation ceremony. We continue thanking him for his generosity and his commitment for the work here.

Training of these men could not have been possible without the financial support of Woodland Oaks Church of Christ. We are truly grateful to them for their commitment.

Brotherly,

Cephas and Fred

Posted on December 15, 2017 .

31 students in Haiti

The work at the International School of Theology – Haiti (IST) continues to move forward.  We now have a total of 31 full-time students.  We have seventeen students in the first-year class and fourteen in our second-year class.  The students and faculty are reaching to several locations throughout Haiti with the gospel.  We recently had a visit from one of the local government officials and he was very impressed with the work at IST.  The news of IST has traveled throughout Haiti and we get inquiries from congregations and individuals regularly.  Our teachers and directors are asked to conduct seminars and special classes.  We have also had people from other countries to request information about attending IST. At this time, we are not prepared to receive foreign students.  

 A new congregation will be planted on the campus of IST, January 14th, 2018.   Brothers Martial Viciere and Origin Beaubrun will serve as the ministers; both of these men are graduates of IST. Martial is now one of our teachers and Origin is one of the directors of IST.  There have already been several baptisms in the community through efforts of the faculty and students.   We plan to air our first services live via Facebook so I encourage you to join us on that day, if possible.  Since it will be stored on my Facebook page, you will be able to view it later.  

Our new facility is almost completed!  Due to the help of several congregations and the kindness of many individuals, we now have office space, three good size classrooms and a room for our visiting teachers.  We will now be able to add our third class in August of 2018.  There are still a few things that need to be finished but we can now use the entire building.   Our major need now is to make sure we have electricity.  Electricity in Haiti is never a sure thing on a daily basis.  We may go two or three days with no electricity and can only count on having electricity about four days per week and then only for a few hours. It is like this throughout Haiti.  Therefore, we are trying to raise $15,000 to purchase an 11KW generator and new batteries as well as install solar panels and finish the building. 

Thanks to all who help support the work in Haiti.  This is not my work but it is the Lord’s work in which I am privileged to serve. If you would like more information about the work in Haiti, you may reach me at 731.798.0136 or lwaymire@gmail.com.

Posted on December 15, 2017 .

Busy in His business in Nigeria

Dear fellow ministers of God. 

Greetings from BVBIN and SWSE Ibadan and fellow WBSFUW in South West States of Nigeria. 
Our end of the years programs commenced earlier than scheduled. We shall be working on December 7-10 at Jago villages,Oyo State and Ileogbo town of Osun State in evangelizing in morning time and Open Air Bible Lectureship in the evening .I will be leading a group that will work in Jago village while Bro. Kayode Eniafe will lead the second group to work with Bro. Ayobami Ogunjimi and other preachers and WBSFUW in Ileogbo. 

On December 15-17,Bro.Kayode Eniafe  and Bro.Dele Shotola will be leading some of our students to evangelized Igbara -Odo in Ekiti State with Bro. Adebowale Olayisade while I will be busy working with Ikorodu Congregation and SWSE campus in Ikorodu, Lagos State and on Sunday will be speaking at a day Bible Lectureship in Meiran congregation, Lagos State on The preachers and the church. 

On December 22-24,we all shall be working with Onikokoro / Gbongudu congregation, Ibadan in a three day mass evangelism. 

On December 25-27,we shall be working with Bro. Emmanuel Nwaorji and Bro. Dele Shotola in a three day Indoor  Bible Lectureship .

On December 28,2017 through January 4,2018 ,all our students will return to their respective congregations and return to the school Lord 's willing on January 6 for the rounding up of our second semester classes and tests. 

WEEKEND EVANGELISM /CAMPAIGNS :We  divided ourselves in to five groups for weekend evangelism and campaigns. A group of four worked with me in evangelizing Kute area of Ibadan. Another group of four worked with Bro. Dele Shotola at Felele and Molete area of Oluyole L. G. A while another group of four worked with Bro. Samuel Peter Ortserga in evangelizing Jago and Badeku towns of Ona -Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State. Another group of four worked with Bro. Emmanuel Godwin and that group were blessed with two converts . And the last two group worked with Bro. Kayode Eniafe and Bro. Abraham Idu Yeje at Asejire, Osun State and Akinwande village .

POULTRY FARM : thanks be unto God for using The Healing Hands International via Bro. Ebenezer Udofia for sponsoring a small scale poultry farm in our school compound. This program is costing over N800,000 for a start. Presently, the Healing Hands International via Bro. Ebenezer Udofia have sent us the sum of N700,000 which was used in the construction and purchasing of 140 layers which is at the point of laying. 

WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL PROGRAM  : Bro. Akilapa Samuel Timileyin, Bro. Samuel Ogunleye, Bro. Obey Rimamsikwe and Bro. John Serimam join Bro. Kayode Eniafe in the recruitment of over 1,000 prospects for the free WBS correspondence courses in Oyo, Ondo and Osun State in the last three weeks while Bro. Ukori Godwin Johnson assisted in sharing some of the next courses for students in rural areas of Okitipupa and Ode -Aye towns of Ondo State in the last two weeks. 

APPRECIATION : We appreciate you all for your great contribution towards the growth of the Lord 's church in Africa most especially in Nigeria. May the Lord keep on using you and us for His glory in Jesus Christ name, amen. 
Have a great and wonderful day. 

Yours in His Grace......

Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi ( Director of Studies  & Chairman of Administrative Council, BVBIN and SWSE Ibadan and WBSFUW )

Posted on December 8, 2017 .

Classes, evangelism, and poultry in Takoradi

Dear Brethren,

We are happy to report to our operation for the month of November, 2017

CLASSROOM WORK

Classroom work was successful for both the full time and part time classes. All full time students (13) and (16) part time students were in attendance. Also, all five instructors were present making us have a successful teaching and learning period    

PERSONAL EVANGELISM

The students continued their personal evangelism and visitation in the villages around the school. Both students and instructors’ efforts resulted in the baptism of seventeen (17) souls. The provision of the motor cycle has greatly enhanced the evangelism and visitation schedules of the school

POULTRY

Again, we are happy to report to you that we had a very successful operation of the poultry project. All two hundred and forty-three (243) have been sold. We already have placed an order for three hundred day-old chicks to be delivered  on Monday, 11th December, 2017. We also have placed an initial order for twenty (20) bags of broiler starter feed.

CAMPAIGN FOR CHRIST

Our intended campaign for Christ which was fixed for the second week of December has again been re-scheduled. The brethren at Axim where we intend to have the campaign have reported to us that there have been a severe water shortage in the area. Taps are not flowing and the brethren believe until the problem is over, it would be difficult for us to have the campaign as planned. We are in talks with Shama congregation and would go there if our discussions are concluded successfully.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Charles Mensah

Posted on December 8, 2017 .

Challenges and excitement in Kenya

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Greeting from Kisumu Kenya.

This first week of December 2017 makes the end of 1st Quarter, 2nd year at the Kenya School of Preaching, Kisumu. The school had gone through various challenges occasioned by a disputed presidential election in August. The dispute led to daily violent protests and demonstrations that led to unfavorable environment for training and learning in general. The school had unusual breaks in two quarters to let the students go home to vote and to also seek refuge in a familiar territory and next to family when bullets were flying over the school and teargas was being felt within the compound. We thank God for keeping us safe during the dark period that led to several lives lost in Kisumu.

Whereas many families were mourning the loss of their loved ones through police brutality, KSOP family were also mourning the death of a student called Kevin Chabii. Everyone was shocked by the sudden death of this young promising preacher after a short illness. He left behind a widow and a daughter. We thank the Charlotte Avenue church and all the brethren who kept us in prayers and assistance during the time till burial. This was the first death of a student while still in school and was indeed challenging.

Despite the above, the faculty kept the school calendar on course and all the classes we taught as required by BVBI. Thanks to our coordinator Mike Reese and Peter Ray Cole who came to Kenya in the midst of the political crisis and taught two short course classes besides evangelizing the local villages within and outside Kisumu. Thanks for putting the Kingdom ahead of your very own lives. David Wasonga, Elias and Charles taught the other five classes and are excited to confirm that all went well.

The students have been great in class and in the field, two gospel meetings have been conducted in Bomet and Nakuru by the KSOP students, one “back to the bible” and another “Restoration plea” to bring people back to the New Testament church and worship. Personal evangelism has also been on top gear by the students and a total of 17 baptisms reported and 51 bibles studies established. Remember the students showed their zeal in the villages while the protests and demonstration were going on in major towns.

For almost six years now, KSOP has been using leased property to conduct the training. The property has served well despite the hiccups here and there. To overcome the hiccups that the school has been going through, Christians for Kenya bought land in Kisumu, 4km west of Kisumu International Airport. The buildings are going on well and we expect the students to move to the new facility in March next year 2018. Brethren, this is a milestone to Christians in Kenya and East Africa. We can’t thank you enough but great rewards awaits in heaven.

From Kenya, we wish you all Happy December holidays.

Blessings,

Charles Ogutu

Posted on December 8, 2017 .

David Ballard visits Cameroon

I am in Cameroon and wanted to give everyone an update on the work here on behalf of the directors. Randy Martin is teaching the book of I Corinthians in Wotutu while I am teaching the book of Galatians in Wotutu. Robin Martin is teaching “Holy Women of God” to the wives in Wotutu while Brother Glenn with Brother Giresse translating are teaching “The Home God’s Way” to the wives in Mbanga. 

The construction of the Mbanga Campus is almost complete and the construction of the Wotutu campus is about to begin. 

The two schools are still working together at times and independently at times in endless evangelism. Souls are continually being won to the Lord and new congregations are being established on a frequent basis. 

On Friday, David, Ititi, and Elangwe will start on more than a week long journey to the hinter lands of English Cameroon. We will be visiting some of our graduates who are working in some of the most remote and physically challenging villages in Cameroon. We are happy to be able to encourage the congregations, little children, and ministers face to face like the little boy in Mujuka. Jesus loves the little children and I do too. 

We thank you for your continued prayers and support.  This is your work. We are happy to be a part of it. 

We give God all the glory. May we honor him in our efforts. 

Blessings in Him Ephesians 1:3,

David Ballard

BVBI Coordinator

Posted on December 8, 2017 .

Successful evangelism in Zimbabwe

INTRODUCTION

We always give glory and honour to God who gives us the ability and zeal to advance the cause of His kingdom. We are always grateful when we look back in the month and see the hand of God in a number of areas. To Him, we remain grateful.. This report gives a glimpse to some of the issues, successes and challenges that transpired in the month of October.

ECONOMIC CHALLENGES

The past few months have seen the prices of consumer goods increasing because of a number of challenges the country is facing, both politically and economically. The following extract is a capsule of the situation;

Consumer prices in Zimbabwe increased 2.24% year-on-year in October of 2017, accelerating from 0.78% in September. It was the highest inflation rate since May 2013. On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up 1.54%, following a 0.38% rise in September.[1]

Cash shortages have also continued to haunt the majority of people. The shortages have remained the same for a number of months now. This is the environment that BVBIZ exists in and the school has not been spared either by these scourges. The rise in inflation has put more strain on the available resources. Our prayers are that things normalize. In the meantime, we request your prayers for both the country and the school.

STRATEGIC PLANNING AND CHURCH DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR

On the 17th and 18th of November, the school held a strategic planning seminar in partial fulfillment of the subject “Church Growth.” Brother Zungunde, a specialist in the area, was the facilitator. The 17th was reserved for students only while a combined and practical session was held on the 18th. Church leaders from 3 congregations in Gweru benefited from the session. The major goal is to see congregations growing, strategic planning being a major ingredient. It follows that churches do not grow by accident or through haphazard methods or chaotic exercises but through a spiritual and well thought out and planned effort.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR

The current students at BVBIZ are left with just one term and a field practicum to finish their studies. The school is now increasing efforts to systematically develop them for the other life beyond BVBIZ. One route is to have experienced preachers in the field sharing their experiences and survival skills to the students. On the 16th of November, Brother George Muhura from Kadoma spent the day with students. The thrust was to help students to appreciate the need for self-development and to remind them of some survival skills to use as they preach.

EVANGELISM

Practicals are key at BVBIZ.  Weekly evangelism programs continued in the month of November. Students went to different areas in the month namely; Julena, Mkoba 12, Mkoba 17, Nahville, Insukamini, Mambo, Harben Park, Kwekwe and Gokwe. The efforts resulted in 7 baptisms.

The rain season is here. On the 25th of November, the school planted almost a hectare of maize. We are hoping to plant about a hectare of sugar beans later in the season. These will go a long way to cushion the school in terms of food requirements.

HOLIDAY PREACHING

BVBIZ appreciates congregations that have requested our students to work with them during their 5 week break. The following table shows the students who availed themselves to the work and the congregations involved.

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. We appreciate all visiting teachers whose knowledge, dedication and sacrifices have taken BVBIZ to another level. 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.

Brotherly,

Mathew Muchingam

Posted on December 8, 2017 .

Graduation in Tamale

School Re-opened:

The term began with our eighteen students reporting on November 5th. For the first time in several years all the students reported on the day before re-opening day and organized themselves for the school and the academic work. They began their first class with Francis Ayine on Old Testament and at the same time preparing the ground for the upcoming lectureship and graduation.

All our instructors are well committed and taking their lessons very serious with the students. The school management team and the board of directors are all up to the task and everything is fined.

Lectureship and Graduation:

The school organized three days lectureship and graduation to past out the five dedicated students who have successfully finished with their two years course of studies in the school, past students, and current students. The theme was: “WORSHIPING GOD IN TRUTH AND IN SPIRIT”. The topics and speakers were:

1. Worship in the Old Testament-Anthony Antumwini

2. Worship in the New Testament-Kojo Acquah Beenyi

3. Lord Supper (do this in remembrance of me)-Ken Kesse

4. Giving (God loves a cheerful giver)-Francis Ayine

5. Prayer (pray without ceasing)-Timothy Niligirni

6. Singing (praising God and speaking to one another)-Thomas Donzie

7. Preaching (preach the word)-Keith Kasarjian

8. Worship in Spirit and Truth-Steven Ashcraft

The attendance was: Past students 28, current students 18, other preachers 9, board members 7, Church members 32, and American brothers 2 making a total of 96. Everything was fine and we had a sweet fellowship. Both the current and the past students were greatly edified.

We want to express our gratitude to Brother Steven and the brethren in USA who took it upon themselves to sponsor this program. May the good Lord bless all of you for your love and kindness.

The students graduated were:

1. Dokurugu Enoch Bilfort from Bakpaba

2. Mbun Akudugu Ezekiel from Baku

3. Madan Simon Gnayor from Saboba

4. Joseph Konlaan from Abese

5. John Tobu Nignan from Gbingbaliga

Students Produced Maize

Our students did some farming this year and their labour was blessed with good harvest of maize. Currently the maize is stored. In the recent 2-day lectureship, we all ate two meals daily from food prepared with corn and that saved the school some money. We are planning to grow some peanut (we call it groundnut) and yam too.

Grateful

We are grateful to have brother Keith Kasarjian visit us at Tamale. He spoke at our lectureship and was the Guest Speaker at the school’s graduation.

Sincerely,

Alex Jabado

Posted on December 8, 2017 .