A New BV Extension In Kenya!

Kenya will be the host of the next Bear Valley Extension School. For the past 8 months discussions have been developing to get involved with the work in Kenya. Several graduates from the Andrew Connally School of Preaching, who are from Kenya, have been working in Western Kenya to plant the church and develop a base for students to train in the preaching and teaching of the gospel. How awesome to think we are working with a second generation school. The efforts of the ACSOP are being seen in another country as a school begins to continue the work started in Tanzania years ago.

All the necessary requirements have been put in place for the beginning of this new school. After a successful survey trip last year, Keith Kasarjian, along with Mike Reese, have been working diligently to work out the details for establishing a school with the Ahono Church of Christ in Luanda, Kenya. The overseeing stateside congregation for this work will be the Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Mike Reese will serve as the coordinator of the work and the director of the school will be Charles Ogutu. Brandon Kerns, who has been instrumental in the development of a school in Western Kenya, will also serve as a liaison for the work.

This is the first of several locations we are looking at for the year ahead. There will be more information forth coming about the development of the work in Kenya, as well as, additional locations in their development.

We are living in exciting times, as many around the world see the need and are looking to prepare men to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. As we continue to grow and develop a greater understanding of how the work can be more effectively accomplished, we give thanks to our God for opening the doors by placing the right people in the right locations at the right time.

Thank you for being part of God’s purpose in the development of Extension Training. You are making a difference.

Now on to the reports...

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

African Catfish and 4-Inch Cockroaches:  Are you intrigued? Howell Ferguson recently sent an update on their work in Chimala. Read more from his report by clicking here.

Extension Reports 

A Good Look At Growth In Cameroon: The news from the Cameroon Bible Institute of Wotutu continues to show the increase God is giving within His kingdom.

Why They Come To School: The stories behind the students who attend the Chimala Bible Institute demonstrate the dedication to prepare themselves for the Lord’s service.

A Year In Review: Willie Gley shares a review from 2011 of the work in Togo with the Center For Biblical Studies.

The Message For East Africa: Francis Wechesa shares the message needed for East Africa, and perhaps for all of Africa and the world.

When Seconds Count: The report from Arusha, Tanzania shows the importance of a quick response when fire breaks out. As well, the news is exciting. 

Final Thoughts
This week, my wife and I are taking to the road again, making a few domestic stops to share the news of Extension Training with others. Over the next three weeks we will visit with several congregations and attend the Freed Hardeman Lectureship. It is always enjoyable to see so many people come together to hear lessons from God’s Word. The fellowship is awesome, the singing is incredible, and the opportunity to share the work with others is a blessing.

Thank you for the tremendous ways you are involved in making this work possible. Your prayers, generosity, encouragement, and involvement keep us strong in the faith and dedication necessary to see the work moves forward. I pray for you daily.

God bless

Posted on January 29, 2012 .