Dearest in Christ,
Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ from your fellow brethren in Nigeria.
Brother Abraham Idu Yeje and I were the speakers at a day long open-air Bible Lectureship at Ogunbunmi village. The event was a great success, even though the program fell on the Salah festival.
On Sunday, at the Onikokoro / Gbongudu congregation, Ibadan, I taught lesson 4 of the Great Commission title “The How of the Great Commission,” while I also admonished the church on “Facing Challenges with Faith” (1 Samuel 17:40-50; John 11:38-44).
Brother Kayode Solomon Eniafe, one of the SWSE Ibadan instructors, taught on “Be Strong and Be Courageous” at the Egbeda congregation, Ibadan, and brother Nwarorji Emmanuel, a year 1 student of the SWSE Ibadan, taught on “The NT Church” at the young congregation in Ilisan Remo, Ogun state, while brother Dele Shotola admonished the church on “The True Worship.” They had 22 in attendance at the young congregation in Ilisan Remo.
All our year 2 students were very active in the service of the Lord on the Lord's day of Octobter 5th, 2014.
Brethren, the school will be on Vocational Training from October 10 - November 7, 2014, while the second semester classes commence on November 10, 2014 - Lord willing.
Beloved, we thank you for all you are doing for the Lord. May the Lord of blessing continue to bless all your undertaking in Jesus Christ name.
We started our first semester examinations at the Ibadan main campus on Monday. October 4th,2014 and concluded on Friday afternoon to enable our students go on the month long vocational training in Lagos, Ibadan, Oyo state and Osun state.
At the Monday morning devotion, between 5:00 am to 6:00 am, I taught at the campus on “The Winning Formula” (study from the life of Christ). Brother Kayode Eniafe taught on “What Does It Profit A Man” (Mark 8:36) during the Tuesday morning devotion, and brother Abraham Idu Yeje, our campus minister, taught at the Wednesday morning devotion on “Looking Unto Jesus” from Hebrews 12, while I taught on “Obedience…The Eternal Principle” (1 Kings 17 & 18) during the Wednesday chapel.
Brother Nwaorji Emmanuel, one of our year 1 students taught on “Grace Means Service” (1 Peter 5:1-11) during the morning devotion.
Beloved, Lord willing, I will send you the semester results on Monday of October 13, 2014 in order to glance at the students performances.
Our plan is to reduce the number of students at the Ibadan campus to twenty five from the 2nd semester that, by God's grace, will commence on November 10, 2014.
In conclusion, I cannot do without thanking those of you who have been contributing in one way or the other for the growth of the Lord's church in Africa, Nigeria in particular. I deeply appreciate all our critics, both positively and negatively. All things work for good for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Thanks once again for your partnership! Earth holds no treasures but perish with using, however precious they be; yet there's a country to which I am going, heaven holds all to me. Heaven holds all to me.....Brighter it's glory will be; joy without measure will be my treasure. Heaven holds all to me.
I won't give up, shut up, or slow down for the cause of Master Jesus. I must go till the end, preach all the truth that I know, and work in His kingdom till He calls me home. I will serve Him in any situation that I find myself and when He comes for His own, by His grace, I will be among the numbers that will be saved. Evangelism is my task and heaven is my goooooal!
One of our year one students, named brother Nnamdi Blessing Eze, admonished the staff and the students at the Friday morning devotion at SWSE Ibadan main campus on “Remember Me In Your Kingdom,” while I dismissed the school with a 30 minute sermon on “The Ambassador of Christ,” in the afternoon.
Brethren, we (the WBS TEAM) in Oyo state are in our way for this weekend house to house evangelism at Jago village with the few students that are doing their vocational training inland. Brother Kayode Eniafe will be leading the SWSE students in Osun state for this weekend assignment.
We (the WBS team in Oyo and Osun states) evangelized Jago village over the weekend with the remnant left in that congregation due to the storm of life that nearly devastated this young congregation planted two years ago by the staff and students of SWSE Ibadan.
Before I arrived at Jago with brother Dele Shotola, brother James Waleola, and some SWSE students who are in Ibadan for four weeks vocational training, brother Kayode Solomon Eniafe and brother David Edor (the evangelist working with Jago congregation) already divided the participants, mainly the SWSE Ibadan students, into four groups.
Three groups were assigned to house-to-house evangelism, while I, brother Dele Shotola, and brother Kayode Eniafe worked with brother David Edor to visit the erring brethren on that Saturday. Our joint effort resulted in the restoration of two families of seven.
Today, Lord's day, I concluded my five Sunday teaching on “The Great Commission” at the Onikokoro / Gbongudu congregation in Ibadan, as I taught on the “Why?” of the Great Commission, and brother James Waleola admonished the church on “Living a New Life” (Ephesians 4:17-32).
Beloved, I will be home resting till Thursday and, Lord willing, I will travel to Lagos state with some SWSE foundation members to pay a condolent visit to the family of our late brother Philip Okome. On Saturday I will teach on “The Fundamentals of the Faith” at our new campus in Ikorodu, Lagos.
Brethren, it is a blessing to be part of the soldiers of the cross. A big thanks to you all for your encouragement in words and in financial support! May the Lord of blessing continue to bless each and every one of you in Christ 's name, amen.
Keep on laboring in the Lord's vineyard, for we shall be rewarded here on earth and over there in heaven (Matthew 10:41-42; Hebrew 4:11)
I remain yours in His grace as a servant,
Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi (Director of studies)
Southwest School of Evangelism (SWSE), Ibadan & Lagos campuses, Nigeria