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A busy week in Mbanga

My beloved people of God,

We Greet all in Jesus name. It is great to have you on our page again this morning. The Lord granted to us a gift of life this day. We give him all the glory. We had a beautiful week with the work in the vineyard of God almighty. He gave us another opportunity to exploit the world. It is a time to reflect on many things and we thank God for every possible solution. Accept salutations from my lovely wife and from my household.

 Just like we made mention in the beginning, the week was a very busy one. That is why there is some delays in sending this report.

Visibility work done in Mombo

Working in collaboration with brother Giress and brother Alfred, I made them travel to Mombo which is a subdivision next to Mbanga, for a visibility study. The report on the ground is promising as we met some internally displaced Christians during our second missionary trip to Mombo just within one week. We are already developing strategies on how to begin work in this community and in the space of no time, the wife of one of our present students shall be living in that community. A site for worship is one of our main difficulties and next will be worship setup such as benches, a table, and some other few things. I believe God is going to do great work in that community and its surroundings.

The students also took part at the burial ceremony of our little sister who died in Mujuka and was buried in Kombe. Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. It was time to mourn with the bereaved family and her little classmates who were just from writing the entrance exams to the secondary school in Cameroon but could not see their class mate there. It was a pitiful situation. God has a reason for everything. May her soul rest in peace.

Preachers forum in Bonaberi.

Present this year in the annual preacher’s forum in Bonaberi in Douala were some graduates from both our schools. All the instructors of Mbanga were present as well as some present students in Mbanga. It was a good one as we had lot of good lessons to study about. The next forum shall be in Bamenda.

We had on our very busy schedule 20th of May celebration.

This year’s national day celebration on the 20th of May was blended with the students and some members of the church who took part in the march pass as you can see with the placard. Our goal is to let the people of Mbanga know about the work of our school and the church in our locality. We had as one of our tasks the responsibility to share tracks to many people and by his Grace we shared about 1500 tracks along with world bible school lessons with our phone numbers on them. We are now waiting for the outcome. Thanks to our donors, the tracks have gone a long way to help many areas in our country. We pray and requesting for more of these different tracks and books. Thank you Barry Baggot with French World Outreach, Mission Printing, and others. We shall continue to preach the word. Oh, how I wish we could have a radio program in Mbanga so we could send the message more to the street, quarters and all over the surrounding villages. Please send up prayers for the work in Cameroon 

 The students are also doing great in class work.

 As days goes by, we are becoming closer to the end. The students are now becoming used to their new way of life in the campus. It is not easy for them to meet up with the climate change. Some are passing through a very difficult time as they repeatedly going to the hospital. Brother Prince, Bertrand, and Romains have visited the hospital in Mbanga and Douala and Bertrand have been asked to go for scanning. Some are getting some relief through our first aid box with the aid of brother Bako who is our student doctor. We pray for their good health in order for them to concentrate on studies. 

We shall begin with exams next Monday 27th of May. Short courses shall begin on the 3rd of June. May God be their guide.

May the Lord be with our mission work in Cameroon. The congregations in Cameroon are seriously waiting for our coming missions. Brother David, we welcome you and your team in Cameroon this June.

 Our graduates  

This is brother Memvi who graduated last March in Mbanga and is now working with the congregation in Mbalmayo. Information is reaching us that brother Memvi has been attacked by a stroke so that both of his legs are been paralyzed. My beloved brother Memvi is undergoing treatment in Yaounde but in a local way due to lack of finance. Even though he is receiving only local treatments, he Is asked to pay 7500 frs ($13) on daily basis. This few days old preacher seriously needs assistance to improved his health condition. Calls are already reaching us from the congregation that we should be sending students to come and help in preaching for they are still very young. This is one of the congregations established with the help of our Bible Institute.

Our graduates are in the field doing their work. Continue sending up prayers for them. A new congregation is about to begin in Douala as brother Raul who graduated In March, is following his goal to implant an assembly in a village of Douala. Brother Nicanor, who preaches to the refugees in Douala, is passing through a very long distance to come and do his job. He is soliciting for a place of worship. It    not been easy with the new beginning. More prayers are needed for these guys.

Thank you for your prayers and support,

Ititi Benedict

Posted on May 27, 2019 .

A special tribute in Wotutu

Dearest in Christ,

Greetings from Wotutu although I am in Douala now to send this report because the internet in Limbe is not strong enough to upload my pictures. Every Monday that I am supposed to send my report is ghost town on this side.

We are getting some relative calmness now in Wotutu for a while now and we give God the glory. We do hope this report finds you doing great. We are here and all of our activities are ongoing without any interruption. Keep us in your prayers.

 The Bear Valley Bible Institute Wotutu is fine and healthy as studies are going on without any problem. The military who are based in Wotutu now make sure peace is attained and are very appreciative to the church of Christ Wotutu through our early morning preaching and our daily prayers for peace to the entire nation. Students are gaining knowledge and are zealous for the work of God.

One of our daily wear in the preaching school is green. The green this year was changed and dedicated in memory of ELDER BRUCE of the STC congregation who oversee the work in Wotutu. The inscription is in gracious memory for the fallen hero Elder Bruce. We remember him for his love for the work here and for his personal love for me when I visited the STC congregation. He was full of fun. God bless and watch over his family.

The week was busy as students regularly ended classes and jump into the van for evangelism. We started the new work in Botaland village which is a new work. Evangelism is our mission and our mission is evangelism. In Botaland we went from house to house evangelizing to see how we could rob from the strong man’s house as we were pointing the truth to prospects and helping them to see the need to obey the gospel. After pointing out the truth, a Mission Printing tract is left behind for further reading.

This is Botaland village. It is one of their streets. This village really needs the gospel as one old man about 89 years confessed because of the rampant witchcraft in almost all the houses, and gross enmity among villagers. The truth has come to stay and the power of the gospel will help many who open up their hearts to follow Jesus. We told him and have assured him that God will do His work in the lives of many.

We met busy people who were busy to make themselves more beautiful but they gave us their time and listened to the word of God because the word transforms and make them more beautiful inside and outside.

PLAN

We have the annual preacher’s forum coming up in Douala. Keep the program in your prayers as preachers from all over the country will converge there to discuss pertinent issues affecting the church in Cameroon.

APPRECIATION

God bless you. Thank you for all you do. Keep doing it because it is good. Lives are being touched and God is being glorified.

Elangwe and family

By His grace director BVBIC-Wotutu

Posted on May 27, 2019 .

A new class of students in Mbanga, Cameroon

For the greatness of God is upon His chosen ones, a peculiar people. We are happy to be part of this great work going on in Cameroon and in Mbanga in particular. 

 Greetings to the family of God over the seas and oceans, thousands of miles away from my community. I know it has been for so long that our communication process has been suspended due to much commitment accompanied with some family challenges. Never-the-less, our God is great for taking us through these moments of crisis in my family. So long as God is still sitting on the throne, so long as my Lord liveth, my hope is in him for he is the lion in the tribe of Judah.

To begin with this day, it shall be the Church of Christ in Mbanga that sends salutation. The church in Mbanga is rapidly growing in number and in strength. The church is not totally depending on the students any longer to serve during worship as we are growing and nurturing into maturity. As many continue to flee from the crisis in the English speaking part of our country, or look for a place to send their kids to school, our number also keeps on increasing and by so doing, our students study room that we use for worship becomes smaller and smaller and can at times no longer contain all of our worshippers and so there is an overflow outside. The church is really in need of her own building and is pondering about it at church business meetings. Let us stay in prayer.

 My wife and I regret the loss of her mother, sister Ajoke Magrete. She came for the graduation ceremony in Mbanga in March but only the remains were taken back to the Southwest region for burial. God sees and knows everything. I am happy that she died in our hands even though we fought with her illness for close to a month before God finally called her to rest. This is sister Magrete on the photographs. The next is her children, in-laws and grandchildren after the burial.

 My wish is that you commit this family into God’s hands and especially my wife who is still in the village to round up with family discussions. She is in need of plenty of comfort but I had to rush back home to take care of the family, the church, and the school of preaching. Jesus Christ is Lord.

  A DIEU mama. We really love you but God is happy to receive you now.

 The BVBIC-MBANGA also sends greetings 

The old have gone and new have come.

 The men in blue you see are the graduates from the second batch of students and the men in white are the third batch. The students are doing well as they are still on observation, but some of them are already going out for evangelism on weekends to some areas for intervention. I believe this is going to be a great batch. I believe 3 is always great! We are already planning for our first mission work this June. Our mission work will be to Garoua and but mostly to Ngong were brother Mamoudou Estephane, a graduate from the first batch, is the minister.

It was also good to meet up with some graduates in the field and to see their work. I began with Mamoudou and Victor in the North to know how they are faring and to receiver some testimonies of the work from members of their congregation. It was good to have such a great trip. I think that is needed each year even though it was very painful and stressful. 

Thank you so much my beloved in the Lord. We also had about 4 souls added to the church in Mbanga since the coming of the new batch of students.

Thanks for your sincere work in the vine yard

The staff and administration of BVBI-M

Posted on May 14, 2019 .

Peace, for now, in Cameroon

Dearest in Christ,

Greetings from Cameroon. We are doing better but still in the ongoing socio-political crisis in English Cameroon. God is watching as His children seek His face daily for help.

Wotutu is relatively calm and farmers and others are busy with their activities without fear, Keep Wotutu and our country in your prayers. Sickness is disturbing many now because of the change in climate as we are getting into the rainy season soon. Cough and catarrh are disturbing many. I am also having it which disturbs my smooth flow of teaching on the pulpit, but we shall make it.

Last week at BVBIC-Wotutu was successful even though we have some lock down days. Teachers from the BVBIC-Wotutu and the Christian schools were transported to and from Wotutu with the van which is highly respected by the military and the separatists. Whenever they see any of the cars with the inscription “church of Christ”, they know that these are people for mission either going for preaching or taking a sick person to the hospital. So, our van has helped many souls who are not members of the church of Christ on lock down days when no car is supposed to move but we can still help rush people to the hospital to save their lives.

The “Homiletics” class is going on well and is helping our students with practical and deep illustrations from the instructor. The students are testifying that the decision they took to be trained is a good one because some men are out there preaching without any formal or informal training and because of that a lot of false teachings have plaque congregations for the past 40 years or so. That is why many now prefer to come and gain knowledge so that they will return and teach the word aright.

PLANS

In the weeks ahead we shall be in Bota Land village for mass evangelism. The aim is to establish a new congregation. Please pray for our dream to be successful. We take our time to venture into some communities because of the insecurity in Cameroon, but we shall venture into Bota land to rob from the strong man’s house. Bota land is a coastal village.

APPRECIATIONS

Thank you so very much for your prayers. Two of our students had hernia surgery last week and they are recovering well. God bless you for all your prayers and support. Keep it up, because without it, we shall not move anywhere.

Elangwe and family

By His grace Director BVBIC-Wotutu

Posted on May 13, 2019 .

32 baptized in Cameroon

Dearest in Christ,

Greetings from Cameroon. It is always great to stop by and to say hello to you for all that you do for the work here. We are fine although still in the crisis but our God is still sitting on the throne. Thanks for your prayers so far and keep your prayers going up to God.

I am pleased to report to you the very first mission work from the EPSILON batch as they just returned from their first mission work in 20 different villages and towns. The van was available to take some students to a reasonable distance with tracts from Mission Printing and some Bibles for new converts. Thanks for the presence of the van that is helping to transfer more students at a time. THE FIELD IS RIPE BUT LABOURERS ARE FEW  so this is a great tool to help in our evangelistic efforts.

Where motor bikes cannot go and where vans cannot continue, students will carry tracks on their heads and trek long distances because souls are important. We do all that is in our power to preach so as to eliminate all excuses.

Our students are so zealous! They penetrate villages and they meet villagers still in their very primary harbor like this one. But, in these very enclaved villages, the people will still open their hearts as well as their doors of their houses to still listen to the gospel. We want all ears to hear the truth.

The students returned with joy because God added 32 souls precious to the Church who will be worshiping the various congregations they are around. There was also a total of 26 restorations. We have discovered that the crisis has affected the many areas because the number of restored Christians has reduced drastically since we started in 2011 because we are able to fill up empty pulpits with trained preachers less Christians are falling away. The crisis has displaced many people so that now some have move into areas where they could not identify find the church. Backsliding therefore is also an aspect the church is suffering from as a result of the crisis. We are doing our best to establish congregations in as many new places as possible as well as help congregations and displaced members find each other. Please pray for our country. We have been neglected by the international communities and our neighbors.

PLANS

I am invited to speak in a lectureship in the French speaking part of Cameroon in the north. I will be speaking on “CHILDREN OF GOD AND SUFFERING.” Please keep me and my wife in your prayers as it is a very long distance to make it there.

We shall soon be back in our west coast mission.

APPRECIATIONS

Thank you for helping in the many ways you are helping this work. If not of you, it would not have been possible. God brought you for a purpose. Keep up the good work. His reward is sure.

Do your best to share with our reports with others.

Elangwe and family,

By His grace director BVBIC - Wotutu

Posted on April 10, 2019 .

Graduation in Mbanga

Things are going great in Mbanga Cameroon. The last few weeks were filled with many activities and celebrations. Brother Todd Crayton taught the final short course entitled, “Marriage and Family.” Following the class, there was a great celebration of marriage along with the registration of the marriages with the country of Cameroon. The couples had already followed the traditional marriage customs but took the opportunity to register with the state and celebrate with the church.

It is always great to have souls added to the kingdom. Pray for Juliette as she grows in the faith. The water is flowing well in the campus from the water tower. An addition filter for drinking water is not necessary but caution is always a good measure. The outdoor toilet is for the congregation and visitors as the inside toilets are reserved for the students.

The soon to be graduates were gave a defense of their research to the staff. They did a great job. We are proud of the students and staff of BVBIC-Mbanga.

The Bear Valley Cameroon Alumni Association met in Mbanga. It was great to see about thirty graduates some from each of our schools. They meet quarterly, if possible, to do mass evangelism together. This was a special meeting close to graduation to elect new officers.

The campus is getting some new looks with new paint, tiles, room labels, and sign boards. It is good that the people of Mbanga can follow the new signs to the building.

Graduation and matriculation went great. We graduated 9 and admitted 16. The school is growing. We will have 6 students from the country of Chad and 4 students from the far north of Cameroon.  We are seeing our dream of spreading the gospel into French Africa coming to life. The chief of the village thanks us for the many amenities like a gravel road, a night light, and available water. He congratulated the students and staff for their success and influence.

The students received an Advanced Diploma in Biblical Studies and their wives received a Certificate of Completion of the Preachers’ Wife Program. We have sent them forth to win souls and nurture congregations.

I enjoy taking off my coordinator hat and my teacher hat and putting my brother in Christ hat to enjoy door to door evangelism with my brothers. It is such a blessing to go to work with these guys in the field. Even those who a starting their two years of training are already able to give a great defense of their faith. As always brother Todd did a great job of teaching and preaching.

Brother Clinton was converted in the Mbanga prison and is now a student at Wotutu. He was assigned to evangelism in Mbanga. He is helping some brethren find a pair of glasses that will allow them to read their Bible.

Brother Clinton’s wife Juliette is the one that was baptized by Todd. I went to the school where she is the discipline master and greeted many children and teachers. We pray that these community connections will also help in the winning of many souls.

We ask that you continue to pray for the work. We appreciate your support,

 In Him,

 David

Posted on March 26, 2019 .

David Ballard visits Cameroon

Dearest in Christ,

Greetings from our beautiful Cameroon. We are doing the Master’s work with courage. We do hope this report finds you doing well.

Cameroon is still in crisis but the crisis cannot separate us from the love of God. That is why we are doing what we are doing with courage so that we shall not make excuses of any kind. We are pleading that you keep us in your prayers. We are confident that God is watching and will make things better for us as it pleases Him.

Last week in BVBIC-Wotutu was memorable as the EPSILON batch of students were able to complete the first quarter off their studies. They have left now with seven more quarters before graduation. They will conclude in a short the way that time flies. Please keep them in your prayers as they will be scattered to many villages and towns for mission work, evangelizing, and nurturing the Lord’s church. There are challenges that they will face but they are determined to go because even in this situation we find ourselves into now.

The students’ wives were in Wotutu for their very first class entitled, “BASIC BIBLE KNOWLEDGE.” I taught them the class. It was great and was characterized with questions to help give them a real picture of the Bible they believe in and that they will be teaching to others. We give many appreciations to sister Robin and elder Randy who took their time to composed that lesson. It is rich and has gone a long way to help these women as they prepare for ministry with their husbands. 12 of the 13 ladies attended. They are on their way to their different villages and are excitedly anticipating making it back to Wotutu in June.

PLANS

 We shall be in Mbanga for their second graduation ceremony on March 14. Our students will be out for two weeks and few days for mission work and vacation.

APPRECIATIONS

Thank you very much for all that you are doing for the work here. Our God will bless you and keep you strong as you continue to make the work here move.

Elangwe and family,

By His grace director BVBIC-Wotutu

Posted on March 25, 2019 .

Reaching French-speaking Cameroon

Evangelism is our mission and our mission is evangelism. We must go into the world and make disciples in every nation. Greetings from the people of uncommon transformation. The church, students, and staff send their greetings. We search for the lost souls everywhere and the Lord adds to the church daily such as are being saved.

As we are rounding up with the last quarter for this 2017-1019 batch, the students are greatly occupied with a lot of traveling. This is a mission work on an excursion trip to some villages around the central regions were some research was been done on African Traditional Religion. It was good to take them to some palaces where they can meet some custodians of the land such as the chief and some notables. They were to ask questions on some areas of their tradition and customs and most especially areas that do not correspond with Christianity. One of the reasons for this excursion, is to learn a bit about the kind of person you shall be taking the gospel too so as to know how to appropriately approach them with the word of truth. It was a successful trip and everyone enjoyed it. The chiefs and the notables were very happy to receive the school of preaching staff and students. We pray for another trip next year.

These souls were added into the kingdom of light in the church in Mbanga. We continue to pray for their active participation into the kingdom of God. They are sister Evangeline and sister Treasure. Commit them into the hands of the almighty God.

Even at the final stage of the training we do not relent our efforts on evangelistic mission. Our door to door methods is still helping us even though some people may say it is obsolete but is also more effective as we meet the prospect in person. We are still traveling to other localities during most weekends to carry out the Macedonian call. This was in Bonadale. It is a young congregation whose members are all displaced persons but we are planning to make a huge congregation in that locality. May God be our helper.

Our next and last target will be the campaign evangelism in Sancho that will commence on the 1st of March. So, immediately after they finish their exams that early morning, all shall travel to Sancho for a serious evangelism mission with some brethren in the western regions. We shall begin with our last short course come next week with elder Todd Crayton from Frisco, Texas USA and he shall be teaching on “Marriage and Family.” Please commit us into your prayers.

From your fellow worker in the vineyard. Remain blessed.

Ititi Benedict

 

Posted on March 12, 2019 .

Growth in crisis

Dearest in Christ,

It is another time to say hello to you and many people around you who are doing all in their ability to serve our God in many different ways. We bring sincere greetings to you from this part of the globe, Cameroon. We are happy you are doing great in all that you do.

Please, thanks for your prayers for us and the situation in our beautiful country. We are still in the crisis because no one among the actors are ready to surrender, neither the government nor the Amba boys. Insecurity is still high but our God is watching over His own and we are ever grateful to Him. We keep trusting Him because he is trustworthy.

Our Bible students keeps gaining knowledge and their performance in our weekly church activities is convincing us that they will do well even after they leave school. Keep them in your daily prayers.

Our early morning program and weekend evangelism with these new students are making waves as many are listening to the message and have access to our students during house to house evangelism as well as reading different topics from our mission printing tracts. He is a denominational pastor and this is the second time he is visiting our congregation during Sunday morning. He asked reasonable questions and when it is answered using the Bible he said, ”I LOVE THE CHURCH OF CHRIST PREACHING BECAUSE IT IS ALL SCRIPTURAL.” I told him we are just simple Christians who depend solely on the Bible for all our teaching and learning. That is why I gave him a copy of The Dickson Teacher’s Bible. It will help him more. Keep him in your prayers as we continue to study with him.

PLANS

The first mission work for these epsilon batch students will come in March. Keep us in your prayers as we make findings to send our students to places where they will be safe as they serve communities and congregations.

APPRECIATIONS

God bless you and keep you strong as you continue to stand with us. Many are facing big challenges here. Some lack basic necessities because of the crisis. Many are sick and many are homeless. We have accommodated some in what was the dormitory addition of our church building as the students are now in the new campus. It is not easy with me to make sure all of these challenges are under control.

Keep us in your prayers.

Elangwe and family

By His grace director BVBIC-Wotutu

Posted on March 12, 2019 .

Continued political unrest in Cameroon

Dearest in Christ,

Greetings from the country of Cameroon. We are doing better but we are still faced with the challenges we must face.  Most students are better in health but some are down.  We are doing our best to make sure they in good health. Many of them are struggling with malaria and eye problems. Keep them in your prayers. Our nurse sister Senge is making sure that all is well from her level.

Keep praying for Cameroon. The crisis is down a little in many areas but we keep hearing rumors of killings and shut downs in some areas. Christians are praying day and night. Even our children, when called up to pray, will always mention the situation of our country. My son Stevemarx who is less than two years will pray and talk of the many people in bushes. Many are still suffering greatly. Some in the bushes don’t have anywhere to go so they are bound to remain in bushes. How can life be in those places?

Students in the Bear Valley Bible Institute are struggling to learn more from the assignments given to them by the instructors. It is making them to know clearly that they need to study now and to suspend lots of their ideas on some issues.

PLANS

Weekend evangelism continues with two and three persons per group and we are also planning for a mass evangelism in ISOKOLO Mokindi village to evangelize and plant a new congregation.

APPRECIATIONS

Thank you for all that you are doing for the work here. If not of you, I doubt how possible this work would have been. God bless you for the good heart you have. He will reward you in due season.

PRAYER REQUEST

Please pray for the situation of our country. It is a big challenge to us and our homes are filled with displaced persons who are Christians. It is not easy to cope with life these days.

God bless you.

Elangwe and family

By His grace director BVBIC-Wotutu

EVANGELISM IS OUR MISSION AND OUR MISSION IS EVANGELISM.2TIM2:2 2TIM4:2

 

Posted on February 18, 2019 .

Upcoming graduation in Mbanga

Calvary greetings from this part of the globe. Blessed be the name of our Lord. By his grace, all in Mbanga, both the students and the church in Mbanga, are doing better but the crisis in English Cameroon is still a nightmare to most Christians and to a lot of people living in our country. Cameroon in general needs the concern of God. Therefore, I urge all Christians to put the nation into the hands God.

The work in the school has been going on smoothly so far since we came back in January. The school has been so busy with both the students and some staff members. Almost every week in this month has been very busy with mission work. The needs for evangelism are becoming so strong that in almost every single work in Cameroon, as the students are called upon to help. For this last two weeks, this is how things have been going.

 A lot of people are moving away from the two regions of chaos in the English side to look for a place that they can have peace. For about two months now we have received the Macedonian call in Douala in a quarter called Les Rails. This is the region just behind the hotel where brother David always eats when he has just arrived in Cameroon from the airport. This is the number we have been able to gather so far. The school sends students like Evaristus and Nicanor every week. I myself have also worshiped there.

As we approach our second graduation ceremony, the students are being motivated intrinsically. We are making plans with the congregation for graduation in March. We sat this week to make preparations for a massive turn out. We pray for another successful graduation ts 2019.

May God almighty keep on blessings us in Jesus name.

Ititi Benedict – minister Mbanga church of Christ and director BVBIC-Mbanga

 

Posted on February 18, 2019 .

Back in class on Mbanga

Greetings from Cameroon and from Mbanga in particular,

We hope all is well for you since we got into 2019. We are faring better and work continue both in the school and in the church. Our theme for this year 2019 is, My Year of Uncommon Transformation.”  (2 Corinthians 3:18) Our goal and objective is to transform our communities and the church, including the leadership of the congregation. Keep us in your prayers.

We glorify the almighty God for bringing us back safely to begin this academic year. All the 9 students who traveled out on December 13 arrived to their destination safely and engage themselves in serious work. We too, in the other part, were busy for our mission trip to Nigeria. Our students went into 8 different assemblies within 2 weeks on mission while assisting on lectureships and forums and visiting other congregations in their localities. À total of 22 souls were converted and 6 restored into the church while many people who had the privilege to hear the them speak the gospel became interested. Some even heard them over the radio and other medias. I think this was a great way to end the year.

We are back to school and studies continue with our last quarter and preparation for graduation. Recruitment for the new batch of students is also on going. We already have about 15 brothers who are interested in coming to begin studies by March 2019. 

God is great and we appreciate all His works in our lives. We pray that this year should be a successful one.  

Remain blessed,

Ititi Benedict Director BVBIC-Mbanga

Posted on January 28, 2019 .

New students are being challenged

Dearest in Christ,

Greetings to you all from your brothers and sisters in Wotutu and Cameroon at large. We do hope this report finds you well as well as all those around you. We are on here and life is going ahead amidst the struggle and ongoing crisis.

God is giving us the mind to be okay with the ongoing socio-political crisis because even though some part of the work of His vineyard in other parts are slow, we can still preach and teach in other areas where our lives are not in total danger. Please keep us in your prayers. We are praying that God will send peace makers to intervene and help brings things back to normalcy.

Last week in BVBIC-Wotutu went on well although it was characterized with some sad atmosphere as we lost some dear Christians who were sick and died. Apart from that, all is well. Students are getting settled into the new environment and studies are sounding good to many although some are feeling it is above what they expected. We are encouraging them to keep looking in front as they hold the plow because if they start looking behind it will provoke discouragement for them. Keep these students in your prayers.

The atmosphere in Wotutu is calm and the Bible Institute is going on without any problem as the military guys will always appreciate our early morning preaching and our fervent prayers for the nation for peace to return. Please pray for our daily efforts with the current situation.

PLANS

Evangelism in other locations has been requested as congregations have started making demands for our students to come, but we cannot start sending them alone to places for now. We need to train them and nurture them a little longer but pretty soon  we shall start sending them out alone.

APPRECIATIONS

God bless you for all that you are doing for the work here. We are blessed to have you all in our work. Keep standing with us.

Do your best to share our report with others.

 Elangwe and family

 By His grace director BVBIC-Wotutu

Posted on January 28, 2019 .

New students in Wotutu, Cameroon

Dearest in Christ,

Greetings and happy new year to you and your family. That is what we say here as we enter into the new year by the special grace of God.

  We trust God allowed you and your family to be partakers of this new year without any major problems. We are sincerely grateful to be safely into a new year regarding the ongoing crisis where many have fled their homes, many are still in the bushes, and many have suffered loss of property and other things. But, with His grace we are strong and still remain focused on the work of preaching, teaching, and saving souls in the midst of dangers and struggles.

Thanks very much for your prayers for and support to the many internally displaced persons in our area. We are accommodating some now even in our old dormitories who moved to Wotutu for safety. We thank God that Wotutu is serving as a refuge area for many. We bought some pots for some sisters whom we don’t know when they can ever leave Wotutu for their homes. Thanks for your support because your kind support has put food in their mouths, clothes on their bodies and medications to keep them healthy. Please continue! This gesture is a mile stone in our work.

20 new students made their way to Wotutu safely. Some took risks to pass through bushes as many roads at times are still being blocked by the separatist fighters. When I saw the new students making their ways to Wotutu and listening to the struggle they had to make it here, it brought out tears but gladdened my heart that we still have men with very strong faith.

Today the Wotutu congregation, as is their normal tradition, welcomed the students officially into the Wotutu congregation which will be their family for the two years they will stay in Wotutu. Please keep them in your prayers as they have already started classes on the 3rd of January 2019.

The Wotutu congregation organized a special fellowship meal as they welcome these students. It is always a thing of joy for us to see new students. We realize that we shall start knowing them personally as the days go by.

PLANS

Evangelism is our mission and that is our focus. We cannot miss that. This week we shall attend an alumni evangelistic meeting in Mbanga with these new students. We shall join with the old graduates to evangelize the area over the weekend.

APPRECIATIONS

God bless you more for all you are doing for the work here. Keep up the good work because without you we doubt how possible this work would have been. Share our report with others.

Elangwe and family

By the grace director of BVBIC-Wotutu

Posted on January 14, 2019 .

Graduation upcoming in Wotutu

Dearest in Christ,

Greetings to you all from the beautiful Cameroon. We are up and going and are still very active with the work entrusted in our hands. Our God is still sitting on the throne and is watching. With the ongoing socio-political crisis in our country we still trust God and we are prayerfully waiting on Him to intervene and bring a lasting peace to the crisis. It seems that men are failing. Bigger nations who are supposed to intervene are still delaying to do so. WE AS CHRISTIANS ARE NOT PART OF THEIR CONCLUSION, WE KNOW WE ARE NOT CHILDREN OF A LESSER god. OUR GOD IS MIGHTY AND KNOWS THAT WE ARE HERE! Please keep praying for us.

All in Wotutu is well. Our students are busy with their studies without any interruptions from anyone. Our children at the orphanage are all well. Our Brightland schools will be on this week as we needed to take more care to get things going in the midst of the crisis.

Many displaced Christians from other areas who are in Wotutu can feel love among us. We are very thankful for your support both financially and prayerfully. Your financial support has help put food on tables, supply medicines to the sick and transportation for family members to move around to check on other displaced in other locations. It has also helped get minutes on phones for these displaced persons to communicate with love ones. You can see the wide range for which your financial support can touch lives. It not only goes for food, medicines, and clothes but it goes to every aspect of a needy displaced person. Please keep doing it. It is helping.

 PLANS

Graduation will be coming up on the 13 December starting at 12 noon. We shall also formally admit 20 new students who will start their journey in the Bear valley Bible Cameroon – Wotutu come January 2019. We have started preparing things for our graduation.

Thanks very much and God bless you.

Elangwe and family

By His grace director BVBIC-Wotutu

Posted on November 24, 2018 .

Celebrating a new facility in Cameroon

Dearest in Christ,

Greetings from Cameroon. It has been a while since I have sent my report due to my trip with my wife and also the current crisis in Cameroon. The crisis has greatly affected most businesses. There are times that some internet cafés are not open because of fear of the unknown. Therefore, I must drive to Douala to send my report. I am sending this report now from Douala. Please keep our country in your prayers during the ongoing crisis that there shall be a solution in the shortest possible time. Our God is watching and there is nothing He cannot do.

Our students were out for mission work in different locations. They are back safe and sound and classes are on again as they are working to finalized their stay in Wotutu. Graduation will be on the 13th of December 2018 starting at 12 noon. You are highly invited to grace the event with your presence.

Cameroon organized a presidential election and our president, who has been there in power for the past 36 years, still won again. His winning has provoked angered and loss of hope to many Cameroonians who are begging for peace and for change now. Keep our situation in your prayers as we continue to serve Him.

Our new campus has a beautiful and spacious lecture hall. Each student has his own individual seat to keep the spirit of self-development and independency in their work. The lecture hall has a space for the air condition which will serve us a lot when the heat will be over head. The air conditioners will be mounted in the days ahead.

The dining section is great!  It has enough space for everyone to enjoy their meals and to enjoy fellowship with one another.

Evangelist Nda Mesack is teaching now in BVBIC-Wotutu to replace brother Norbert, one of our instructors who passed away in August.  As a first batch student, Brother Mesack has been able to see the development of BVBIC-Wotutu as we have gone from renting a small place and having classes in the worship hall to the present location with a fully enclosed campus. All glory goes to God.

This is the new campus. We are not done yet with the painting, but it looks beautiful already. This building is dedicated purely for the study of the Bible as men are being trained and prepared daily for the Master’s use. Many thanks to STC for their support to make things happen.

 PLANS

Our graduation is coming up on the 13th of December. Please, we are pleading for a gift of megaphones. We will need 19 of them. The graduates will be using them during evangelism in their different places. Please help equip these men with some tools for their work in the field.

 APPRECIATIONS

Thank you very much for your time when I was there with my wife. We appreciate all you did for us and we enjoyed our time together. Thank you for helping to make this work continue. May God’s blessings be with you until He returns to reward His servants.

Elangwe and family

By His grace director of BVBIC-Wotutu

Posted on October 30, 2018 .

Graduation upcoming in Mbanga

The students are preparing for their upcoming exams and short courses. You can imagine how that the conversation of the students now in school is all about graduation. Oh! How time flies and things keep on changing day by day. They have now been on a special mission for two good years and week evangelism even to very far places of the country. They are still welcomed and they are even solicited by other preachers to come and help their congregations for some time. The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few. But, the Lord is in control. We attended to a lot of mission work these last few days ranging from lectureships to youth programs. Souls were added in the kingdom in various areas of the country. 

There is joy in the presence of God over one sinner that repents and sister Therence decided to shun the devil on a blissful Sunday morning. She is à French speaking sister and the French are attached to a lot of traditional background things that do not really correspond with Christianity. She needs some encouragement so as not quench the Spirit.

My family and I have been doing well even though with a lot of responsibility in my home. Lately most of the children who are living in my home have fallen sick but God is restoring their health situation. On one of the trips visiting at the hospital, we encountered bro Eugen who was hospitalized with the daughter. It is with this brother that we established this young congregation at Kompenia. The situation of the child was horrible and I ended up by donating my own blood to the child in order for her to survive. God help that baby! We praise God that she is still alive today.

Upcoming events:  

The students and the church shall attend our next lectureship, which is in our zone this week-end. We shall be planning to host the Fako and Littoral lectureship in the month of October 2018. Field work is at- hand and we pray for safety.

We urgently as for you to for our country. Pray for the people who are suffering in the bushes. Pray for the country during the up-coming elections in Cameroon. Our God is a good God. We thank you for all your efforts. 

Evangelist Ititi Bénédict

Posted on August 28, 2018 .

The influence of Mission Printing in Cameroon

Dearest in Christ,

Calvary greetings to you all over there in your respective families and in the church family. It is with joy that I convey my report to you hoping that this report meets you in good health. We are here doing what has been entrusted in our hands. We do it with joy and without any fear even though we live in a time of crisis in Cameroon, for we know our God is watching as we cry unto Him daily. Last week we spent all of our mid-week activities going down on our knees praying because our Father is still on the throne.

The Bear Valley Bible Institute of Cameroon Wotutu is on. We still preach every 5 am and our students are still studying hard. God’s work under our care is moving on smoothly. Keep this work in your prayers as we are finalizing the preparing of these men. Soon they will be dispatched into the over ripened field of the Lord to harvest as much as the Lord will draw to Himself. Your prayers are needed.

Our Mission Printing tracts keep going from one town to another and from one village to another. Thierry is our graduate who is doing a lot with the tracts mission. Many desire to read and to ask questions concerning what they read. The responses are positive and we give glory to God.

One good thing with our Mission Printing tracts is that not only do our students, graduates, and other preachers make great use of the tracts in their evangelistic efforts, but our Christians are also using them to preach to their friends and relatives. Even my mother will select some of the tracts to share with her friends and say, “If you have any questions then ask my son who is a preacher.” My mother has never been to school. She could not read and write till now that she has attend our adult literacy classes, but it is still not easy with her. She is telling people what she was taught before she was baptized. I love my mom’s zeal for Christ’s work.

God bless you for trusting us and standing with us to do this work. May God bless your resources and bless you the more.

Share our report with others.

Elangwe and family

By His grace Director BVBIC-Wotutu 

Posted on August 14, 2018 .

Trying times in Cameroon

Dearest in Christ,

Greetings from the beautiful Cameroon. I do hope my report finds you well and busy in the things of God. We are here and still under the protection of our God as innocent citizens when it comes to politics. We are still busy even though with some tension and fear while serving our God in different capacities.

The socio-political situation in some parts of our country is killing down God’s work as congregations are scattered and unable to assemble. Economic situations are on a down a lot as well as businesses and farms have been abandoned and homes in safe villages are filling up with extra people. The burden on everyone is great. 

As a preacher, I have encouraged the Wotutu congregation to take this whole week to seek the face of God in prayers. We have suspended some mid-week classes so that we can fast and pray for the situation of our country. I am still having to go to Douala to get good internet to send my report. The internet on the English side is way down. Keep our country in your prayers.

The Bible school students are doing fine in their studies even though some are sick because of the change in climate as we are getting more rains now. God has been so great as to grant us a long delay in the heavy rain falling while many have been homeless in the Northwest and Southwest regions and have been living in the bushes because of this crisis. 

PLANS

Evangelism is at the top of our agenda and we are working tireless to make sure we reach out to many, nurture congregations, and show the reason for our living to many. We will reach as far and as long as we have the means. Keep our efforts in your prayers.

APPRECIATIONS

God who watches all of our actions will be able to reward you and your family for all the priceless sacrifice you make both prayerfully and financially to keep this work going. God bless you. Thank you very much for all you do.

 Elangwe and family 

 By His grace director BVBIC-Wotutu

Posted on July 31, 2018 .

Triumph over trouble in Cameroon

Dearest in the Lord, 

    It is a pleasure to have you as spiritual family. God created us and we are living in one home but from separate rooms. From this end in our room that is in Cameroon we bring to our greetings. We hope that all is well across the ocean. May our great Lord keep protecting you. It is regretful that our country is still living in great fear. A lot of people are moving from the English speaking (Anglophone) regions to the French speaking (Francophone) regions. People are still witnessing gun shots every day and people are losing their lives and property every day. We are praying for peace to reign again so that the displaced persons to get back to their homeland. 

In the midst of the crisis our schools are still operating and our students are growing to greater and greater heights. We are already exploiting the third week in the second quarter of the second year. Oh, how time flies. Soon and very soon, we shall be inviting you for another graduation and matriculation. 

The month of June was characterized by lot of activities that involved both the church and the school in particular. The sisters and children of the Mbanga congregation traveled to Wotutu for a vacation Bible school that lasted for one week. Our children greatly enjoyed the activities and I had the opportunity the spend the closing day there with brother Micah Crayton who preached during chapel. My regards to Karen Pond, Vicky Harris and daughter Savannah, Jonathan and daughter Makenzie, and to the men who helped also.

Meanwhile, the students were having two week long short courses with elder Todd Crayton from the Frisco church of Christ USA. His courses were on the book of 1 Corinthians and Leadership. The courses went on well. He also spent some time admonishing the congregation and God added one precious soul in the church who is now a great instrument to our congregation.

Still in the month of June, our students spend two weeks going to about seven (7) different communities for evangelism campaign. It was a great success. To begin with our field work analysis, during this field work they talked face to face with about 450 persons, about 250 received tracks in both in French and English, some were restored, and about 7 baptized. We are still doing serious follow up with those converts and some prospects as we still send some students out there on a weekly basis. The field is vast but the labourers are few. French Cameroun is really vast. 

 Upcoming events.

  A lectureship is coming up in Susan this Friday. Mbanga will be hosting the Fako Littoral lectureship in October. We have summer youth retreat next month and women are also preparing for the sisters’ seminar.

Let's us be praying for our country.

A report from Mbanga by his servant Ititi Benedict

Posted on July 17, 2018 .