A Compassionate Plea For Training Preachers In Nigeria...

Dear fellow soldiers of Christ,

Grace and mercy be multiplied unto you all from God our Father and from Christ the chief commander of the troop.

The students and the staff of the Southwest School of Evangelism (SWSE), Ibadan main campus played active roles in a two day open air Bible lectureship organized by the church at Ikoyi-Osun state and brother Kayode Solomon Eniafe on September 19 & 20, 2014. 

I spoke on “Freedom from Bondage (OT law)” on Friday night, while brother Kayode spoke on “Tithes and NT Giving,” and on Saturday evening I spoke on “Christ -The Last Prophet of God” (Deut. 18:18-19; Acts 3:22-23), while brother Kayode, the host minister, concluded his teaching on “Tithes and NT Giving.” The turn out was impressive. Two souls was restored on Sunday as the result of the exercise.

Brethren, as we are relaxing on Friday night around 8:00 pm, I received a call from brother Matthew Idowu and a tex message from brother Dairo Joseph Abiodun announcing the sudden death of SWSE foundation secretary, brother Phillip Okome, who passed away at the age of 50, after a brief illness. His body was laid to rest on Saturday afternoon at his house in the Agoro-Ijoko area of Ogun state. He is survived by children and his young wife! 

On Sunday morning at the Onikokoro / Gbongudu congregation, Ibadan, I continued my four Sunday’s teaching on “The Great Commission,” as I taught on the four "alls" in the Great Commission before we moved out of the meeting hall for one and half hours door-to-door evangelism, which resulted in the conversion of a young boy of 17 years named Mayowa Akindele. 

In the evening, I admonished the saints on “Why Cumbereth it the Ground” (Luke 13:7). Brother Kayode Solomon Eniafe taught on “The Narrow Way” at the Egbeda congregation on September 21, 2014.  

At the campus church, brother Abraham Idu Yeje, our campus minister, taught on “Helping the Helpless,” while brother Akinade Oluwaseun Akinleye , one of our year-one students admonished the campus church on “Idolatry in the House of God” (Ezekiel 8:1ff).

All our year-two students were all active in the Lord's service on the Lord's day of September 21 in their respective congregations.

Brethren, we thank the Almighty God for His mercies on us all and we appreciate you all for your kind gesture and partnership. May the Lord continue to bless all our joint efforts in Christ’s name, Amen.

The report reaching me now from brother Dele Shotola (one of our  2013 graduates) and brother Nwarorji Emmanuel shows that their three week door-to-door evangelism in Ilisan -Remo town has given birth to another congregation in the city. They were eighteen in attendance in the first worship on September 28, 2014.

Reports reaching from the SWSE instructors shows the conversion of two souls by brother Matthew Idowu during their end of the month evangelism at Ijegun Ikotun area of Lagos state, while brother Abiola Joseph Olusoji reported the conversion of one lady at the Agege congregation and five at the young congregations in Mary Land Lagos. Brother Dairo Joseph Abiodun reported the conversion of two during their monthly Open-Air Bible lectureship at Ota, Ogun state and brother Isaac Olaniyan reported the conversion of one at Ijoko-Ota, Ogun state this Lord's day.

Brethren, the SWSE Ibadan and Lagos campus’ have been operating since August 11, 2014 to the present date on money borrowed from friends and relatives with the hope of refunding or paying the loan back on November 17 or 18, 2014.

We rely totally on God and godly men and women such as you for our survival and the continuity of this good work of training more soldiers of the cross.

Therefore, be compassionate on us at SWSE, Ibadan and Lagos, Nigeria and please give your fellow laborers in Christ 's vineyard whatever you can afford now to keep us marching forward for the Lord in this 2014 / 2015 session. We budgeted $23,000 for this 2014/2015 session.

Brethren, October 1, 2014 is our Independence day. Please, keep on praying for us and next year’s election.

We deeply are appreciative of your dedication for the cause the Master, Jesus Christ.

My best regards to the saints over there.

Your fellow laborer in Christ's vineyard,

Makinde E. Olufemi (Director of Studies)
Southwest School of Evangelism (SWSE), Ibadan & Lagos, Nigeria

Posted on September 28, 2014 .