Changes In Chimala...

Changes of a wonderful nature recently began with the work in Chimala. Previously, two schools of preaching operated at the Chimala Mission. The Chimala School of Preaching (CSOP) is a nationally operated Tanzanian school taught in Swahili. The Chimala Bible College (CBC) is a Bear Valley Extension taught in English to students from Tanzania and Malawi.

Beginning this month, these two schools will come under one umbrella as one Extension for the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver. The Extension will be known as the Chimala Bible Institute (CBI). Both sides of the program will still exist, one taught in Swahili and the other in English. This approach will allow students from southern Tanzania and northern Malawi to learn in their own languages.

Garry Hill will serve as the Administrator for the Chimala Bible Institute. Several local men will share administrative and teaching responsibilities within both sides of the work. Howell Ferguson will continue to coordinate the Extension. Rebecca Benson will assist Garry in some of the administrative responsibilities, serve as the librarian and dean of women. A complete report is included below with all the development news. Please take time to read about the exciting news. Bear Valley is excited to see these two schools come together and serve as one extension for the Bible Institute.

Coordinator Updates

Reports from the coordinators are now located on the website, under Staff Reports. The address is /extension-schools/

Gary Fallis and Jerry Bates are now in Visakhapatnam, India to work with the Visakha Valley Bible College, one of Bear Valley’s Extension Schools. Please remember them in their travels.

Extension Reports

Powerful Preaching In Nigeria: Chad Wagner reports about the work in Nigeria, including information about the Extension in Abakaliki. Please read his report.

Chimala Reorganizes: The full report explains all the details about the latest changes in Chimala.

An Interesting Week In Arusha: Take a moment to read the news in the Gee's report.

Work Extends In Cameroon: The outreach of the new school in Cameroon is making an impact in several ways. Read the latest report.

Impact In India: John Dean explains the latest development with the work connected to the Visakha Valley Bible College in India.

Exciting News At ITL: This is worth the read. Byron and Hawatthia report about news of a van for the school.

Final Thoughts

I know the reports appear to be getting longer with each passing month in the Extension Work. It is exciting for me to see the flow of communication improving with those who are serving as coordinators, administrators, directors, teachers and everyone connected overseas.

As each report brings news of the activities in each location, we grow in our understanding of the work. For everyone receiving the Weekly Report, you are beginning to see the magnitude of what is taking place around the world. I am so thankful to have a part in such an awesome mission.

I think my favorite quote of the week is the motto for the Cameroon Bible Institute of Wotutu,  “Evangelism is our mission, and our mission is evangelism.” Now there is something worth chewing on. This should be the focus of every Christian in every country on every continent in the world. It certainly lines up with the purpose of Extension Training. Thank you for being a partner with us and sharing in this work.

I pray God will richly bless you all.

Make a great day.


Posted on January 24, 2011 .