MARCH 2017 NARRATIVE REPORT
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.”
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.
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,