Agriculture seminar in Zambia

July 2019 Report

Warm greetings to you all brothers and sisters!! We give honor and glory to God who has given us the opportunity to work in His Kingdom.

The school is on a short break and some students remained for catch up courses, the rest of the students have gone back to their respective home congregations. The school reopens for the first quarter of 2019/2020 school calendar.

We have received the good reports from all of the students who have gone for holiday are that they are doing fine in their work as preachers. They have been conducting personal Bible studies during this break with a number of people in their localities. Before going on short break, we had what we called “friendship evangelism” were students’ patrolled streets, houses and shops. This mission was intended for students to know how to make friends for evangelism. It was very interesting once again to see different talents. Students had set Bible studies with members of the community and they will continue as they resume their second year.

Brother Joseph Ilunga went back to Lubumbashi, DRC. He went to see one of his brothers who was reported to be sick but he has since recovered. Before coming to BVBI-Zambia, Joseph was doing some business ventures to enable him take support some of his siblings. Ever since his parents passed away, some of his siblings depended on him for their schooling and day to day survival. Hence even now, he has a very huge responsibility on his shoulders as far as supporting these siblings is concerned. Joseph has proved to be a dedicated servant of God and we believe he is going to make a good preacher.

Stephen Ngosa is one of the former graduates who is putting to use the knowledge he got from BVBI-Zambia. Stephen is totally committed and he is working closely with the youths at Luanshya Central Church of Christ in Luanshya District of the Copper Belt Province. Since his wife left him for another man, he has proved to be devoted to the work of God. Please pray for Stephen that he finds a life partner who can understand him and his work of preaching. On the other development Austin Musonda and Hornbye Mupengu have done a good Job this month by teaching the Sundays school classes as you will see in the pictures, Brother Cephas Mwamba has visited their respective congregations to see how these brothers are doing and indeed it is a great work.

Vinicent Simwanza, one of the devoted servants has been preaching and restored three souls back to the sheepfold. He got engaged to Twiniss Chanda who was a Pentecostal believer, Vinicent preached to her and she has since become a Christian. We believe they will make a good couple, we invited her for a short course, and she has proved to be a lady to support her future husband and his work. Pray for this upcoming Christian couple.

As mentioned in our previous communiqué that the students had a very successful survival gardening workshop with Brother John Dube from Zimbabwe. Brother Dube is the country coordinator of Healing Hands for Zimbabwe. It was a full packed one week of survival skills taught by Brother Dube. He taught gardening and entrepreneurship to the students and other members of the Church in Luanshya who attended the workshop.

The 2019/2020 school year starts with the following courses of the first quarter: “Church History” and

“Old Testament 3b (Study of Wisdom Literature: Psalms - Song of Songs)”. These two courses will be taught by Brother Cephas Mwamba and “Life of Christ 3 (The ministry of Jesus)”and “intertestamental History” will be taught by Brother Fred Kanangu.

We are also looking forwarding to having Donnie Estep come later in the quarter to teach “2 Corinthians” as a short course. And Brother Kennedy Mukuka will also teach “Marriage and Family Life” as a short course during the same quarter.

Our hearts are truly thankful to Woodland Oaks Church of Christ for financial support and all the encouragement in this good work. We will likewise pray that God will bless the works that you all are involved in as well.

Brotherly,

Cephas and Fred

Posted on August 13, 2019 .

An update from Arusha

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Grace and Peace to you friends.

I wanted to tell you about some of the things that have been taking place in Tanzania. The church in Elk City, OK was unable to take their normal campaign trip this year so they decided to do something a little different. They financially supported some of the churches on the east side of Arusha in conducting their own campaign. So the Manyire, Maji ya Chai, Usa River, and Lerai congregations worked together to conduct 50 bible studies and 3 baptisms on their own.

Also school has started back at the Andrew Connally School of Preaching. We're thankful to Mark Phillips for recently teaching a course in our graduate program. He had 6 students there working on their Masters degrees.

Meanwhile our brother, Yusuph, reports that the congregation at Ushirombo was able to turn tragedy into an opportunity for the gospel. A death in the congregation led to the chance to distribute 500 tracts. We pray those tracts find fertile soil. The death was of a faithful widow who leaves behind 8 children. The local congregation is trying their best to help with the needs of the children.

In recent weeks I've had the opportunity to connect in person with churches in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Kentucky. I have a trip to Texas and Oklahoma planned for early September, and I would like to get to Virginia and West Virginia in early November. If you would like for me to visit with your congregation, then I would love to make that happen! Just reach out to me and we'll get you scheduled.

I'll also be at Polishing the Pulpit next week, so if you'd like to get together there to talk Tanzania, then that is also possible.

Till all have heard,

Daniel Gaines
Director
Tanzania Missions

Posted on August 13, 2019 .

15 more souls baptized in northern Ghana

BEAR VALLEY BIBLE INSTITUTE, TAMALE

TAMALE, GHANA 

JULY REPORT 2019

We again thank God for His favor shown on us to witness the end of yet another month. We wish to express our appreciation for the good work you continue to offer to us as brothers in the Lord. May God increase you in every aspect of life to enable you finish or achieve your ambition.

LECTURESHIP

The classes for the second term are  ongoing, Brothers Acquah Beenyi Kojo for The New Testament Church 1 and Ayillah Roger Akumse for Old Testament 2 {Historical books Joshua-Esther  and The Life of Christ 1 is in session with Brother Albert Malir remaining two more courses {Godhead & Homiletic 1} to end the term.

BONGO CAMPAIGN

As part of the activities scheduled for the second term is a campaign at Bongo. Bongo is the capital town of Bongo District, one of the nine (9) districts in the Upper East of northern Ghana. Bongo is nearer to Bolgatanga, the capital of Upper East Region. It shares borders with Kassena-Nankana District in the West and the Bolgatanga Municipal District in the South.

Bongo is a rocky area, the Bongo rocks is a  tourism site, which provides a beautiful view of all the Bongo districts landscape and allow an easy ascent. The predominant occupation in Bongo district is subsistence farming along with some handicraft production. Nearly 90 percent of the district’s inhabitants speak Gurene/Frafra.

As a result, on the 29th day of July, 2019 the entire students’ body under the leadership of James Legend moved to Bongo where they stayed and evangelized for seven (7) days. Brother James led the team because the brother in charge of campaigns (Preacher Francis Ayine) had a car accident on the 22nd of July, 2019.

There were about fifteen (15) souls that were added to the Church through baptism. These were people we preached to from all the four (4) communities in and around Bongo. These fifteen people include the chief of a village called Agamolgo.

ADMINISTRATION WORK

We remain committed to the course of advertising and elevating the image of the college in Tamale higher to attract the attention of the prospects. Sixteen students are currently in school and more prospects are calling for the admissions that are not members of the Church. We are communicating tediously to convert them before we offer them the admission as the doctrine of the Church is concern. Some members who are government workers are also calling for part time course implementation to enable them also have the benefits. We need your prayer and discretion on these matters.

We are working diligently on the impending workshop for the Sunday School teachers and seminar for the preachers and positive responses from participants are realized and we have done our best to inform them the order of the programs. We can now ascertain the fact that the programs will be a fruitful one.

PROJECT

The wall work on the Church plot was perfectly done to the level of four blocks on two sides and other side three blocks. We are very happy about it because now we can claim full ownership of the plot as that have stopped the land being used as road.  We pray that you continue to assist us in such ventures like this to expand the work of the Church in this part of the country-Ghana.

God keeps us all safe in all we do amen!

Your steward in Christ

Albert Malir Tamanja

Posted on August 13, 2019 .

Off to a great start in India

Respected beloved brothers in Christ warmest greetings to you from the  Bear Valley Bible Institute, Tirupati-city, India. I take this opportunity to send you update news regarding our bible Institute.

Tirupati -city in India is a famous pilgrim place, Hindu religious people call it as temple city of India, because their prominent temple being constructed in this city on the top of seven hills, each day about 1,00000 to 1,20,000 people visit this temple,  there are seven universities have been established in this city by the Indian government .

Almost all we were praying and planning for the establishment of the Bear Valley Bible Institute in this city for many years , we did correspondence with the director of the International Biblical studies in Bear Valley in USA enough time, But God has His own  plan for everything to be established in His own time.

Behalf of the  Bear Valley Institute Mr.Keith Kasarjian  has visited India and  stayed with us enough time in January -2019 and completed the  survey work. In The month of May-2019 We have conducted one week youth camp and given awareness  of the Bear Valley Bible Institute,  and many of the students could able to take decision to join in the Bible College for the two years preachers bible training.

The Inauguration event of the Bear Valley Bible Institute took place on May 28, 2019, several gospel preachers from different local churches in India were able to attend and witness the program, they felt so happy to see the infrastructure of the Bible College and impresses to send the young men for the bible training.

Bear Valley Bible Institute’s first semester has  started on  June 3rd, 2019,  God has blessed our classes  with 24 students , they did hard work in following the most experienced teaching faculty as Bear Valley is having sound and effective syllabus, in our first semester we have completed The Books of Genesis, Job, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, How we got Bible, Basic principle of Indian constitution, English skills  and began the  Christian evidences, each day we had few guest students beside our regular students  for the  classes.

Our students are privileged  to attend for the local church  weekly programs, they did attend for the eight  midweek bible studies and  eight Sunday worship services and also for the few  praise meetings which we conducted in the families of local church.

Our First campaign of the first semester  we had  at Yerravaripallem village , it is about 40 miles away from the Bible Institute, it has been located in the hill side ,  on that day two souls were baptized and local church  members  over there could able to construct new church building in that hill side rural area, one of the student  from BVBI goes each Sunday for assisting them in preaching and every Thursday evening he goes for bible study.

We conducted second campaign at  Nellore district, Vidyanagar village which is about 100 miles far away from the Bible Institute,   we invited college young girls and boys, we had full day meeting  and presented good lessons concerning young people.

The Month of August is break time for the Bible Institute in Tirupati, during this short period our students were instructed to participate in the practical gospel ministry along with the recommended local preachers, they need to submit daily report  beside that they need to write assignment work from the completed syllabus and submit when they turn back to the Bible Institute after the short break.

Our coordinator Mr. Mark Reynolds did  correspondence with several guest teachers and able to fix few of them to visit us and teach in our Bible College, lord willing one of the brother Mr. Jerry Bates and his wife Mr.Paula Bates, (USA) may travel to our city  and they will be teaching from August 25 -30 in our Bible college, all the students, teaching and non-teaching faculty join with me to convey our biggest thank to our director Mr.Keith Kasarijian,  we appreciate his out standing efforts for the success of establishing the bible college in Tirupati-city,  we also thankful to our coordinator Mr.Mark Reynold, Bear Valley Bible Institute staff in USA and all the donors and prayer partners , special thanks to our local churches in Vidyanagar and Tirupati, Iam thankful to my wife swarupa for her great assistance in doing several things concerning college set up works and also keeping the  accounts most accurately for the sake of  Indian GOVT and also to be submitted to our Director and the coordinator , we are ever grateful to our good father in heaven for His continual guidance, love, mercies, grace, kindness and concern, we request each one of you to continue to pray for the function of Bear Valley Bible Institute in Tirupati, India for the glory of our good father in heaven.

Thanking you.

Yours brother in Christ.

B.Vijaya Kumar,

The Director of

Bear Valley Bible Institute in Tirupati

Posted on August 13, 2019 .

My recent visit to Nigeria and Ghana

It has recently been my pleasure to visit several of the schools in west Africa. Specifically, most of the ones I have visited have been of the 4 year, or “extended” model. There are a number of benefits to this model.

> It allows a student to keep his job and not face the dilemma of leaving home and family.

> The knowledge gained often makes an immediate impact on the church because many of the students are already preaching for churches.

> While the same curriculum is used and standards are expected, funding is much more manageable.

While we never intend to get away from the 2 year, or “accelerated” school model, the 4 year option is filling a much-needed niche in many places. Enrollment in these schools is now well in excess of 300 worldwide. What I found in my visits we eager students, who were appreciative of the opportunity to to learn and prepare themselves for even greater service in the Kingdom.

Fraternally,

Keith Kasarjian

Posted on August 12, 2019 .

Things are going well in Philippines


The extension school in Cebu, Philippines is blessed to have Jerry Bates as our instructor this June. He taught our students Introduction to Biblical Interpretation. Jerry has been a part of the work in the Cebu, Philippines for many years but it was his first time to visit Cebu.  Our students learned a lot from him and they are excited to have him back next year.

Last Summer, two of our students, Bonifacio Labroso J.r and Rene Silva joined by some of the brethren in Cebu had an evangelistic campaign in Toledo City and it was a successful campaign. They baptized 6 souls and they were added to the Lord’s church in Toledo.

Lastly, one of the our student, Luisito Oliveros started a Bible Study Center in his area. He is now entrusting the Word to faithful people. All glory to God for these wonderful works.

God has blessed the work in this part of the world and we are excited for His plans for us in the coming months. Thank you for all your prayers and support.

God bless us all!

Neil Emperado

Director-BVBI Philippines

Posted on August 12, 2019 .

Summer outreach in Ukraine

Dear brothers and sisters, as well as the churches,

Currently our Bible Institute has summer evangelical practice for students. Many of them take part in the VBSs as teachers, volunteers and helpers.  It is a big blessing that many congregations of the Church of Christ can host their VBS utilizing local resources. 

There were 7 VBSs during last month: in Poltava, Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, Vorokhta, Dnipro, Brovary, etc. In the middle of this month our congregation in Bela Tserkva is having the VBS as well. The preparation is under way in full force. It's always an exciting time for our congregation.

As for the next school year we have recruited 5 new students. They filled out the applications and submitted all necessary documents. And there was also a couple who refused to finalize the application process at the very last minute because the college they were currently attending extended the time of studies for another 6 months, and they were under the contract to complete those studies.

Two weeks ago my family went to a sea side for a vacation. My family really enjoyed the week off. They deserved to get some rest. On the way back we stopped at the city of Nikolaev to see a Christian family. The population of the city is 600,000 people and as of right now there is only a handful of Christians who congregate in private houses. We tried to encourage them and spend a few days together.

We had a group of American Christians in Bela Tserkva for 6 weeks. They were doing the LST program. The idea is to teach English using the Bible. Thanks to the effort we've got a lot of new contacts. In the beginning of August, they returned to the States and we are following up with the students. Of course, there are many opportunities to study English these days. In Kiyv, the capital of Ukraine, a lot of people understand English. But in little cities people are excited about the opportunity.

The Bible Institute classes will start in the first week of September. We have 7 second year students. I sure hope all of them are coming back. Unfortunately, in the previous years we had some sad instances where a student wouldn't return after the summer break. We need to continue praying for our students.

As always we are very appreciative of your involvement and support of the Bible Institute. We are going to start training new students and it means the Institute will need funds. If you are interested in supporting the program, please contact Bear Valley Bible Institute Ukrainian extension coordinator Terry Harmon.

Your brother and co-worker in the Lord's Vineyard, Dennis Sopelnik.

Posted on August 12, 2019 .

Campaign planned in Fiji

Bula Vinaka from Fiji!

Things are going well at the Bible Institute at Raiwaqa. We just finished up our short courses. My son, Josh, came out and taught a class on Youth and Family Ministry. Josh has been a youth minister for about 24 years and did a great job. The interest level was high and we had three to sit in on the class in addition to our regular students. We also had Paul Meredith, who taught a class on Church History and did great as well. This is Paul's second time to teach and he relates well to the students and does a good job of presenting difficult material in a way that it can be easily understood.

We are currently on school break. Lord willing, Emosi (one of our instructors), his wife Nancy, and I will be traveling to the north to spend a little time with the congregations at Labasa and Buca. We plan to make an audio and video recording of their singing to produce a CD and DVD to be distributed to other congregations to encourage them and to help them learn new songs. We will be working with Atu (whom I hope to persuade to enroll in the school at a future date) who is an excellent song leader. He has singing practice every Saturday and he has several that come regularly to learn new songs and practice old songs. This will be the second time I have recorded them. This has been a real encouragment to the brethren in Fiji.

I have also purchased my airfare to Denver to attend the annual fall staff retreat. Lord willing, I will leave Denver on Sunday afternoon and arrive back in Fiji on September 2. Jason and Emosi are teaching the classes in my absence. When I arrive back in Fiji I will work on finalizing preparation for the upcoming campaign to Nadi, Fiji.

Two weeks ago Jason and I spent a weekend in Nadi so that we could meet with Jone Qoro, the preacher there. We were able to finalize plans for the student led campaign which is scheduled to take place September 9 through the 15. We plan to knock doors during the day. The students will be divided into two teams. One will focus on visiting wayward members and the other on inviting people of the community to the lectureship on the family, which will be Friday night and all day Saturday. The students will be teaching in the program as well. Please keep the campaign effort in your prayers and also the brethren in Nadi.

Following the campaign, classes resume on Tuesday, September 17. I am excited about teaching the Scheme of Redemption. This will be the second time I have taught this at the Bible Institute at Raiwaqa and I have spent a good deal of time updating and reediting my textbook for this class. I will teach this course for three weeks and then I am scheduled to teach Paul's Prison Epistles for two weeks. Jason will be teaching Old Testament History II, Hebrews, and Ethics this term. Emosi will be teaching Denonominational Doctrines.

May God bless you with a wonderful day!

Rocco

Posted on August 12, 2019 .

Incredible student practicum results in Zimbabwe!

                                 JULY 2019 NARRATIVE REPORT

INTRODUCTION

The great commission continues to be obeyed and disobeyed in many circles. At BVBIZ students are trained so that they be able to obey and fulfil this commission. Despite the various challenges that the nation is facing, BVBIZ continued to do her part in fulfilling this commission in the month of July. The major activity in the month was the field practicum currently underway. This is reported hereunder.

1.0 FIELD PRACTICUM

The field program that started on the 22nd of June progressed well  in the month of July. The program will end on the 8th of September.  During this year’s program, students have had their fair share of joyous moments and challenging incidents and situations. All these are vital in building a highly competent servant of God who will be able to transform communities. Great appreciation goes to the congregations and individuals who are sponsoring this work in terms of food and accommodation. Teachers followed up on the students many times during the month. Their task was to evaluate students, observe challenges and other notable issues.  The visits will continue in the month of August. The month of July saw 35 souls being baptized and 37 being restored to the Lord.

Students based at Igava Mission have been dealing mainly with the Primary and Secondary Schools there. Their work included devotions at assemblies and in classes. As schools go on break in early August, the word shall now be taken to communities. On the other hand a new congregation has now been established at the town of Redcliff. Students. From the many pictures that were send from the field, we have included some at the end of this report.

 

2.0 SITE DEVELOPMENT

After constructing two rooms measuring 6mx4m each, a house (hostel) to accommodate students is the next building project. The plan for this building was submitted to Vungu Rural District Council and was finally approved on the 23rd of July.  A plan for pit latrine (toilet) was also approved. Gathering of materials for the construction of a foundation for the student house started on the 30th of July and will continue into early August. Currently all bricks, pit sand and river sand needed for the foundation are now at site. Construction of the foundation will start during the month of August. More resources will be needed to move to another stage.

CONCLUSION

Great appreciation goes to God for taking us this far and for guiding students who are currently in the field doing their practicum. Please continue to pray for them as they put theory into practice and in their in obedience to  the Great Commission. We also appreciate our partners for their many sacrifices being made towards this work. To God be the glory!

Posted on August 12, 2019 .

Upcoming lectureship in Nepal

Nepal Center for Biblical Study

July  2019


Respected brothers in Christ,

Greetings to you all in the precious name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. May grace of God, love and peace always be with you.

Our regular teaching at classes

We have almost finished our curriculum. This month brother Jerry review classed from different topics: (1) Lesson and sermon preparation & presentation (2) How to interpret the scriptures rightly (3) How to teach the Bible to the Hindu and denomination people? (4) How to mature individual and local congregation.  I was repeating New Testament books on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians, 1, 2 and 3 John. Arun was reviewing books of Pentateuch. This month sister Sunita came to the school and gave lessons of series to only our lady students. All of her lessons were based on "Fundamental truths of Christianity".

Campaign

We were thinking to do one more campaign before our graduation. But, due to heavy rain fall, mud slide, land slide, and damages of the road, we planned not to do any campaign till graduation. We are locally visiting different congregations within Kathmandu valley. We will do one campaign after graduation.

Local evangelism

Every week we take our current students in two different local congregations beside school building worship service. Two of the current male students are given opportunity to give sermon and lessons on the local congregations every Sunday worship. While there are women's classes most of our female students are giving classes and lessons. Twice in a month we had women's Bible study and men and Women combined Bible study. We studied book of Ephesians in our combined groups of study in July. Four of teachers presented their short lessons from Ephesians and we had discussions. Women had chosen their study book from book 1, 2 & 3 John. Six of the ladies prepared and presented their 20 minutes of lessons and had final groups' discussions conclusion.

Preparation

We are beginning our preparation work for lectureship and graduation on the month of September 24th-26th September 2019. Beside of this preparation we are translating Voice of Truth International into the Nepali language.

Thank you all of your prayer, love, suggestions and guidance.

Brother in Christ,

Gajendra Deshar

 

 

 

Posted on August 12, 2019 .

Student practicals underway in Nigeria

Dear fellow ministers of God.

Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord and Sustainer Jesus Christ and from students and staff in BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan located in Butubutu village of Ona-Ara Local Government Area, Oyo State.

FOURTH SEMESTER CLASSES CONCLUDED  : All subjects and tests for this last semester came to an end on Friday, July 19,2019 While the last week was used in preparing students for a month teaching practice. I taught on Three ways of Evangelism at the Wednesday chapel and on Ready to serve( Neh. 4:6) during the Friday sent forth .

STUDENTS NOW IN A MONTH'S TEACHING PRACTICE: All our students were sent forth on Friday afternoon, July 26 for a month teaching practice to eleven States of Nigeria and they are expected back into the school campus on August 26,Lord's willing. Five hundred(500) VOTI Volume 100 and 1,000 of VOTI Volume 101,30 cartons of Mission Printing International booklets and 10,000 copies of 5 of our local tracts were distributed to students to aid them in their one month teaching practice.

VOTI VOLUME 100 AID IN CONVERTING SOULS INTO CHRIST'S BODY AND......: Report reaching me from some of the recipient of VOTI Volume 100 shows that VOTI booklets aid them in converting many souls into Christ and many edified.

Bro.M.B. Archibong inform me of the conversion of three souls  Afaha Obio Eno on June 18 and another three souls at Mbiakpan Atan Ibiono and another two souls on July 21 at Ekim Ebebit town of Akwa-Ibom State while many others inform me of how the materials has been of great assistance in their evangelistic campaign and In-door Lectureship. Also, Bro.Lawrence Peter Abiodun just inform me of how the material help them in converting a lady evangelist into Christ at Owode-Yewa in Ogun State last week.

OVER 1,000 STUDENTS RECRUITED BY OUR WBSFUW : Our WBSFUW in Oyo,Osun,Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti State recruited over 1,000 students for WBS correspondence courses.

ABOUT A STUDENT: Bro. Mojana Nte Darius is one of our present year -2 students that will be graduating on August 30,2019 Lord's willing.
He is a member of The Church of Christ, #3, Creek Road ,Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Born in 1975 at Dema town in Rivers State and became a member of the Lord's Church in year 2001.
Through his efforts, the Lord's Church was planted late last year at Rivers State Civil Servant Housing Estate, Port Harcourt. His mission is to be one of the season ministers of God in and around Rivers State.

SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: With the help of the Lord, we(myself, Bro.Kayode Eniafe and Bro.Dele Shotola) were able to help the Church of Christ, Ido-Ekiti, Ekiti State to solve the problem caused by a corper- brother who have divided that congregation with his teaching that only  evening Communion is Scriptural .
I taught on Establishing New Testament Authority on Time of Communion, Bro.Kayode Eniafe taught on History of the Lord's Supper While Bro.Dele Shotola admonished the Church on Careful Observation of the Lord's Command.

COMING EVENTS: The BVBI Sandwich degree program will come up on August 19-30,2019. Bro. Isaac Olaniyan will be teaching on HERMENEUTICS-1 and Bro.Steven Ashcraft on Greeks-1.
Also,our 17th annual Bible Lectureship and Graduation of successful 29 students is coming up from August 28-30,2019 at our Small -London, Butubutu village, Ibadan, Oyo State Lord's willing.

CONCLUSION: We thank Bro.Joel Coppinger and associates, Bro.Steven Ashcraft and associates, Bro.Chad Wagner and associates, Bro. & Sister Doug Wheeler, Bro.John Branard,The Lough family and you all for your partnership and support for the continuation of this good work in Nigeria.  

May you all be blessed today and forever in Jesus Christ name, amen.
I remain your fellow labourer in Christ's vineyard......

MAKINDE Ebenezer Olufemi 
(The Chief Servant of BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan and WBSFUW)

Posted on August 12, 2019 .

A lot of good in Cambodia

IBISR
The third trimester of IBISR's academic year ended on the 28th of July, 2019. Our institution has been starting the last trimester of the first academic year. This trimester has four courses which had already taught two courses by our two instructors (Run Darat and Rin Piseth). We still have two courses left for this trimester. Brother Yeng Vannak our Dean of Students will be teaching in the future quarter.

SHORT COURSE
We were exceedingly delighted with brother Wes Autrey and Tyler King who had spent their time with us in order to provide us with the Bible knowledge about :
1 Spiritual Development.
2 Bible Leadership.
It was a great privilege to enjoy studying with you both, and it was very helpful lessons for the local preachers, the staff, and our new Bible students as well.

LADY BUG CAMP
We have heard from all of the ladies who had been participating in this camp, they said that they really appreciated the new experience and couldn't wait to join this camp again. This shows how much they were willing to participate and how much advantage they got from this special occasion. We hope that we will make it possible to happen again and again. And if it is possible to invite some of the church members at the villages to join this camp, it will be great to build a relationship and gaining the Bible knowledge.

We really appreciate your help with the all the work in Cambodia. Especially, your long journey to visit us in Cambodia, and did a great job in teaching and spending time with us. Thanks for supporting our institution, we could do all things through Christ who strengthens us. God is amazing and made all these things happen.

Servants of Christ,
Piseth Rin - Co Director
Pros Rok - Staff

Posted on August 12, 2019 .

Graduation upcoming in Haiti

What a great week it has been in Haiti! A bit warm, daily temperatures from 98-102 but a cool 75 at night.

The new class schedule is almost finished, the student handbook will be finished soon. The graduating students are excited and the new students are nervous. We will have the first graduation on our campus on August 10th. This is an exciting and major step in our development. This also means, more people will be visiting our campus, speaking with our students and seeing that God's word and His are the focus of our teaching.

As of today, we have 12-15 new students who will be attending. It is also exciting to announce our first two female students. The church in Haiti and around the world need more ladies who are able to share God's message with lost souls. More information and pictures will come soon.

We are also adding a three year Saturday program! This will allow those who have full-time jobs to attend IST. I have been meeting with students, the directors and some of the teachers as we approach the new year. On the 30th, we will have an all-day seminar with all of our teachers. To have well-trained students, it is important to have well-trained teachers. Therefore, a continuing education program is being implemented to help our, already great teachers to become even greater.

This week we had a youth retreat at IST. We had between 40 and 50 youth, spending three nights at IST. The singing was great, the classes uplifting and challenging and they spent one-morning knocking doors in the community. Someone made the stated, "maybe next year some of the American youth can join us." Maybe!!!!

My birthday was the 29th and Brother Viciere and our directors Brother Felix and Beaubrun gave me a surprise birthday party. I am so thankful for my Christian family in Haiti.

Keep the work in Haiti in your prayers. "God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." 2 Timothy 1:7

Larry Waymire

Posted on August 12, 2019 .

Even more success in Guinea!

Gueckedou Bear Valley Bible Institute Activity Operations Report for June 2019

Greetings to you all, our readers and supporters of the gospel work in Guinea. As usual we are writing to give you an update of what transpired at the Gueckedou, Guinea Bear Valley Bible Institute during the month of June which falls in the wet season of the year in this part of West Africa. Also, our activities were limited by the second quarter break which was a week off the month of June. Notwithstanding, the grace of God continues to be manifested in our gospel preaching as souls are being converted.  While it is true that many of our outdoor activities have reduce, there was little or no effect on our indoor activities as classes continued in their normal order. On the over all, the results were good and I am glad to report the following details:

Classroom: As per our course schedule, we were able to go through 2 major courses – the “Major Prophets and Biblical Interpretation 2” just before the campaign week followed by the second quarter break. We are still with all the 17 students on roll with everyone doing his best in his category of study.

Evangelism: News of our preaching during the month of May drew one elderly man some 3 kilometers from his village of Yaladou to be a member of the church when he met us in the village of Damas. In response to the question “how did he know about us and why did he want to be a member of the church”, Mr. Lambert explained “we are hearing about you and people are saying that that church has so much truth”. After the worship service that Sunday, the 1st of June the man was baptized after a brief Bible discussion. We have unfortunately lost his conversion photo. Then on the 16th of the Month, 1 old age woman obeyed the gospel in the village of Foidou. Finally, the conversion of 3 other souls – 1 in Gueckedou and 2 in another village of Yabehma on June 30th was the close of our evangelism for the month. In all, we baptized 5 souls!

Campaign: We had 6 days of public preaching – 18th to the 23rd June and we surveyed 2 main areas. First, we all spread out – house to house in a quarter of Gueckedou town until the 21st. Then on the 22nd, a portion of us left to visit Yaladou, the village of Mr. Lambert, the first convert mentioned above during our evangelism. Although we met him very sick of a swelling foot, brother Lamber had informed the local authority and had invited many who came out in a public square to listen that Saturday night. Unfortunately, the rains interrupted and the people scattered with only a few entering in an unprepared hall. Nevertheless, 1 soul was baptized the following day plus 4 others in Gueckedou town on the same Sunday of June 23rd. In total, 5 souls were drawn to the Lord during our June campaign.

Transportation means: Our request for an additional motorbike to facilitate transportation especially for evangelism and congregational visit was granted by the Bear Valley authorities through the effort of our West Africa Coordinator, Steven Ashcraft who advocated for us. From the funds provided for that purpose, we were able to purchase 1 more motorbike of the same quality (but of a different color – Red) as the first. The funds were enough to provide for all documentation including 1 year of complete insurance.

Conclusion: The month of June, though a rainy period in our area with some inconveniences was nevertheless successful. Our indoor, classroom activities went well. Also our evangelism and gospel campaign efforts resulted to a total of 10 souls converted to Christ.

In our next report, we will give you details of Niceville, Florida church’s positive response to our May request for evangelism equipment.

Thanks and appreciations to you all.

Francis

Posted on July 28, 2019 .

Special lectureship in Liberia

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Dear fellow Workers of Christ,

Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord and Redeemer Jesus Christ from your fellow servants of God, hoping all is well with you and your families. We truly appreciate God for your partnership with us in this great work we have to do here in Liberia, West Africa. Below are the happenings in June 2019. Please accept our gratitude for your encouragement and support for the school.

REGULAR CLASSES
We are so grateful to God that classes here in the school are going on very well without any major problems. All the students and instructors are in very good health and sound mind toward the second quarter Curriculum.

MINISTER'S AND LEADERS FELLOWSHIP / LECTURESHIP

Twice every year, the Ministers and Leaders of the Lord's church across Liberia gathered at two different local congregations to encourage and strengthen ourselves in the faith. In these meetings, lessons are taught to help ministers and leaders to stay with the one truth gospel no matter what come their way. House to house evangelism is also done to strengthen the host congregation. The first fellowship or Lectureship for this year was held by the Corn Farm Church of Christ in Buchannan City, Grand Bassa County from June 25-30. Lessons taught included the following:

Church Discipline & Growth

True Worship of the Lord's Church

Church Organization

Evangelism and the Personal workers

Preachers Support

In view of the above, the Bear Valley Bible Institute Liberia saw this as another opportunity to expose our students ministers and get them acquainted with other congregations and their leadership. This truly was a great experience and blessing for my students

APPRECIATION AND CONCLUSION

We want to thank all of you so much for standing by us financially and prayerfully supporting the work in Liberia. Without you, this effort would not be possible. May God richly bless you.

Report By: Robert P. Dahn, Jr.

Posted on July 28, 2019 .

Updates from Arusha

Grace and Peace to you friends.

I would like to begin by noting that they Maynard family's term in Tanzania has come to an end for now, and they have safely returned home. Justin and Anna worked energetically over the past three years, and have made a significant impact on the work. I want to express my appreciation for their efforts and sacrifices. They are in the process of moving to south Alabama to work with the Spanish Fort congregation. We wish them the very best in their ministry moving forward.

Also the Duncan family has returned to the US for a well-earned furlough. We wish them safe travels, and look forward to their return to Tanzania later this year.

Now I would like to share the following report from Charles Mwanga regarding this year's Safari for Souls campaigns:

"Safari for Souls (Journey for Souls) the evangelistic effort done by the Churches of Christ in East Africa mainly hosted by The Church of Christ Tanzania Missions. This program brings people from all over East Africa and the United States of America for one goal, TO REACH THE LOST SOULS WITH THE TRUTH. Hundreds of Souls will one day be in heaven because of this program. This program has been in existence for over 19 years now. The main purpose was to establish and grow the Arusha and Kilimanjaro congregations to become self- sustaining in their evangelistic efforts. As to what our late brother Cy used to say, “What God control, grows!” this effort has grown beyond measures. Hundreds of congregations has been established through this evangelistic effort.

"Through out years many groups have been coming from USA to help furthering the cause of Christ, for these past two years our focus have been the Kisongo Church of Christ. This year we have had groups from Central Church of Christ which is located in Augustus, Georgia, Hoover Church of Christ which is located at Birmingham, Alabama and Kensington Woods Church of Christ which is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi (this group had two teams, the first one came early May and worked in Dodoma region and the second one came in the midst of June to the end of the month and worked at Kisongo area). Both these groups brought a total number of 32 workers who did a great job in the Kingdom.

"Through God’s help, we were able to conduct 105 bible studies, 35 Souls were added in His Kingdom, the local team is doing a great job on follow up, making sure that those who have obeyed the gospel remain faithful and also following up on those who are still interested on learning more. We have 30 active bible studies which are carefully followed. The church here has classes for new converts to make sure that they are grounded in the Truth.

"We would like to that all those who makes these efforts possible, we know it requires money to run this program but furthermore it requires manpower. Thank you so much to brethren from both America and the Churches of Christ all over East Africa especially Tanzania for being part of this year. May the Lord of peace be with you all as you continue to serve Him. Glory be to His Name both now and forever."


Till all have heard,

Daniel Gaines
Director
Tanzania Missions

Posted on July 28, 2019 .

A new group of students in Sierra Leone

To Our Beloved Brethren in Christ Jesus, May the grace and Peace of God be with us all. Greetings from me together with those that labor with me in the Lord; The management, staffs, and students of the above noble Institution sends their greetings. I wish above all things that you are in good health.

Know that you are sincerely appreciated for your joint efforts in bringing the Gospel into our doorsteps.

Bear Valley Bible Institute in Kenema team of Management went around towns and villages recruiting new students for the next Academic School Year. 20 students in number were officially recorded for 2019 – 2020 school years. These students are from Freetown; Magburoka; Kailahun; Koindu and Kenema.

Immediately after the recruitment 11 students were interviewed and classes commence the next day. An able Brother from our neighboring country Liberia in the person of Brother Robert P. Dahn Jr. was in preparation to handle Personal Evangelism, one of the courses in the curriculum for a week. The eleven students who were on campus benefitted the lectures as grades were displayed on the school notice board.

During this same period the graduation fever of 16 students who have successfully meet with the requirements of Bear Valley Bible Institute for the awarding of Diplomas in Biblical Studies was a showcase in the minds of many.

April 13th the long awaiting day was here and to the glory of God Almighty, these gallant men were colorfully robed and rewarded for their devotion and completion of their course studies. I was blessed among the living to witness the ceremony and graduation. This has been my dream like many others to see Churches of Christ conducting a full-time Bible Institute in Sierra Leone. We pray and look forward to the extension of Bear Valley in other parts of Sierra Leone. 

SUMMARY OF MAY 2019 ACTIVITIES

The Management of Bear Valley Bible Institute Kenema Sierra Leone together with the West Africa Coordinator for Bear Valley Bible Institutes Brother Steven Ashcraft has consultative meetings for the furtherance of the Institute. The needs of the Institute and welfare of students were top of the discussion. The following were prioritized

(a)   Refurbishment of Student’s dormitories

(b)  Relocation of  School Kitchen extension

(c)   Provision of clean and pure water

(d)  Renting of two-bedroom apartment for Lecturers coming from far distances

(e)  Purchasing of Kitchen utensils 

As God would have it done, 90% of these needs were practically made available as showed in the pictures above.

In addition to all of these needs, a final settlement for the piece of land owned by Bear Valley Bible Institute situated off Dama Road Kenema became successful and sole ownership is placed to the Institution. In conclusion to these, on behalf of our local management, we express our sincere thanks and appreciations to our sponsors/donors for making these needs available for the effectiveness of the Institution. May the good God continue to bless their families Amen.

CONCLUSION

In final summary, we wish to let you know that we have Sixteen (16) students on roll who are ongoing classes for the pursuance of Diploma Certificate in Biblical Studies for 2019 to 2021. We need your continuous support and prayers for our students as well as management and staffs. Kindly remember us in your prayers as we do the same for all.

Presented by your humble Servant in the Lord

Jacob Osman Sesay

Admin/Director


Posted on July 28, 2019 .

Church plants in Malawi

Bear Valley Bible Institute – Ekwendeni (Malawi)

July 2019 Report

Introduction

Time flies so quickly! We are just one month after the middle of the year! The questions are; what have we done so far? Are we doing what we planned to achieve this year? Well, in this report we will just quickly give an update of what we have done. We have done a lot in teaching, evangelism and looking into the future of the school. We have had visiting teachers who came to teach the students and some just came to encourage us. In February we had Brothers Donnie Estep and Jim Kerns, in March we had Brother Navie Theu and in June we had Brother Richard Rogers and his wife Carol. Just in two weeks ago we had Brother Matthew Muchingami the Director of the Bear Valley School in Zimbabwe and also we were visited by Chad and his wife Rena. Chad visited lot of places, but he thought it good to come and say hello to the students and the teachers, this has been a year of visitors – what a blessing!

Teaching

We are almost about to finish our curriculum and looking forward to the graduation in September. The time table has really been followed perfectly. The coming in of the visiting teachers has helped us move very quickly. We are thankful to all the brothers who came to help us teach.

Congregations established

Since February this year, we have been involved in establishing three congregations. One of our students, Brother Chisamba Tembo organised the two campaigns during the holiday time and end up establishing 2 churches namely; Kalema and chiporwa all in Ntchisi District. This is very encouraging to us as teachers and to those who support this work when we see the fruits of our goal in training faithful preachers – 2 Timothy 2:2! The time the students were on their holiday, the teachers and one former student organised a preaching campaign in the western side of Mpherembe and establish Emandhloveni church. We hope it will be a very fruitful year both in class and in the field. The total number of souls baptized in these three congregations started since February, 2019 is 61 and in addition to these baptisms, 21 more souls restored!

Campaigns

We are having two more campaigns before the student’s graduation in September. The major challenge we are facing so far is transport to take us to where we want to preach. This time we are thankful that the Lord has provided us with funds to hire the vehicle to take us where we are going this month end the Lord willing. 

We always appreciate Bear Valley International for the support. Your prayers and kindness mean a lot to us. We always pray that God continues blessing your families. Think Souls!

Yours fellow servants in the Lord,

Ephron and Clergynton

Posted on July 28, 2019 .

Student Evangelism in Togo

June 2019 report:

May the peace and grace of the Lord be with each of us. Thank you, Lord, for your great blessings especially as a new congregation is established in the region of Bassar thanks to the evangelists of Kpalime.

BVBI-Kpalime:

Every Wednesday evening two students either APEWOKE Kokou and SABOUTEY Koffi go to Avetonou to study and invite people to church on Sundays, or SEGLA Joli and TOSSOU FOFO go by motorcycle to AGOU-ADZA where they study with the population to establish a new congregation because it is a large village located on the road to Lomé. Sometimes to allow a large number of people to participate in the study, a motorcycle takes 3 to 4 people.

Some students see their evangelistic work and their zeal to convert denominations; we have hope for a better future. Among the 14 students, 7 lead the assemblies on Sundays, and the rest help the evangelists on the churches.

Agriculture and livestock:

The students started their first experience on the agriculture project and visited the pigs. They have taken to sowing soybeans, and in the coming days, they will receive instructions in each area.

Saturday's classes:

Currently, as you see in the photos, we can already count on the students in Kpalime and Lomé as a hope for the next class of the Bear Valley Institute. So next year when we will have two more classes in different parts of Togo, then each city or village will have a candidate trained to work as an evangelist at home.

Evangelization:

Togo for Christ is our slogan every Friday as we set off for the village where we go to preach the gospel. Every student knows that the work to save souls is in the power to preach (evangelize) the gospel to lost souls. For it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. We also need, once or twice a year when students travel for three days of evangelization, to set up or grow an assembly.   This would give them experience for ministry.

May the peace and grace of our Jesus Christ fill all his blessings for the support you bring to the Institute.

Thanks

Your brother

NYEMANTA Essotena

Posted on July 28, 2019 .

Improvements made in Takoradi

OPERATING REPORT FOR JUNE 2019

Dear Brethren,

We thank God for another successful month of operation and I am glad to present to you our operating report for the month of June, 2019.

CLASSROOM WORK

Again, we thank God for successful month of teaching and learning. Students for both the regular and part-time were regular and present in class activities which helped enhance our classroom work.

EVANGELISM / BAPTISMS

We are currently in the rainy season and as such not much evangelism work took place. However, bits of efforts by instructors, students and some past students resulted in the baptism of five (5) souls. These, in addition to the 10 from last month.

SCHOOL COMPUTERS

We are grateful to inform you that we were able to buy five (5) computers for the students to use in their computer class. Ten (10) were needed, and we are happy to get some of them to manage with the eleven students.

REPAIRS / MAINTENANCE

Occasional strong winds accompanying the rains ripped some sheets off the roof of our building and also caused damage to the school’s television set and other electrical connections. This also caused some black-out for some days to the school. A new generator was purchased to enable us have lights until we were re-connected. (We are yet to obtain a new TV set for the students). Termites have also eaten up a door flame and trap door whose repair, maintenance and cleaning raised our expenditure.

We still need to undertake some repairs and maintenance work to the classroom block. We have desired an estimate so we could know how to resolve them as well.

Thank you and may God bless us all.

Joshua Aidoo.

Posted on July 28, 2019 .