The news continues to be exciting within the Extension Program. The Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver will be working together with a staff of men in the Cameroon Bible Institute of Wotutu (CBIW) as the 15th Extension of the Bear Valley Bible Institute.
After much prayer, a successful survey trip, and a tremendous amount of labor on the part of the leadership in Cameroon, we are thankful to say the CBIW will open its doors in January 2011. The interest level for the school has been overwhelming.
In recent months I referenced our trip to Wotutu, Cameroon. The purpose for our trip involved meeting with potential leaders for the school. In addition, we wanted to meet with congregations in the area to see if there was enough interest and a good student base to begin. Our efforts were to determine if an Extension School in the Southwest Region of Cameroon was a possibility.
More than 50 Christians were present from 19 congregations. At last count, 26 men have expressed their desire to be a part of the first class of students. These men are from several congregations in the surrounding area of Wotutu / Limbe, Cameroon. Our time together with these men was encouraging. The interest level was very high.
Due to the amount of space and funding, only 15 students are able to participate in this first class. The staff will begin administering entrance exams and doing student evaluations this week. The process will help determine which students will be involved.
The school will open under the leadership of Elangwe Esowe Gregory. Brother Elangwe will serve as the director of the school. He and three other men, Obed Anthony, Abasiama John, and Itali Ignatius Aghen, will serve as instructors for the program. These men are all well qualified to serve as the staff for the school.
We are confident, under their leadership, men will be well equipped to preach the gospel throughout the Southwest Region of Cameroon. Plans have already been made to strengthen the church in this area, along with reaching out to others who have never heard and obeyed the gospel.
There is still work to be done to complete each step of the process between now and January. However, much work has already been completed. As we near the starting date in January, we ask you to be praying about the work of preparing men to preach through extension training. We especially ask you to pray about the work in Cameroon.
Gary Fallis and Fred Cabler are now in Ghana, West Africa. Both of these men will begin teaching today in the West Coast School of Preaching in Takoradi. They will finish up their classes on Friday, November 19th and return home. Please be praying for them while they are in Africa.
Remember Howell and Mary Ferguson as they finish up their work in Chimala, Tanzania with Garry Hill. They will return to the U.S. some time next week.
Donnie Bates will be finishing up his classes in Nepal later this week. You can read his reports at the following address:http://donniebatesreports.wordpress.com/
There were no reports turned in this past week. I know several will be coming in the days ahead and we will provide them in next week’s extension report.
We continue to move ahead with the work in Denver and around the world. Thank you for taking time to read about the work of training men to preach the gospel. Our God is so great. I am thankful for the opportunity to do this work and I thank you for helping make this work successful.
More next Monday.