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A productive break in Tamale

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BEAR VALLEY BIBLE INSTITUTE, TAMALE GHANA

AUGUST REPORT

We are grateful to God for His grace and love bestowed unto us; for He has given us the opportunity to witness yet another successful month. With your support and prayer we shall use this opportunity judiciously to establish and expand the mission He avails through the Church.  As matter of fact we acknowledge the bold decision you have made to support Bear valley Bible Institute in Tamale.

STUDENTS ON VACATION

Students are on three weeks’ vacation to visit their families and the churches they left behind to keep the members active in the Church activities. They also use this opportunity to attend to their farm work to enable them get foodstuff that can sustain their wives and children while they are in school. They would be back to school God’s willing on 7th September 2019, to continue their studies.

LECTURESHIP

The following courses were treated accordingly by Brothers: Thomas Donzie Godhead, Albert Malir Life of Christ 1 and James Legend Homiletics 1, class work and exams conducted respectively.

ADMINISTRATIVE WORK

The Lord’s work in Tamale in flourishing or making progress as we continue to work fervently and selflessly putting things that will cultivate the habit of stimulation and admonishing to exhibit the philanthropic work Bear Valley is rendering to humanity in Africa.

The school and church plots had been tired and corn, yam, beans and peanuts as well as some vegetables are cultivated on school land. Our communication continues corresponding to all the three regions on the Sunday school teachers, preacher’s empowerment and graduation seminars as planned. We are working hard to secure a favorable place for the join campaign for Tamale and Accra schools as the feasibility studies has being done in the area of the campaign.

Your steward in Christ

ALBERT MALIR

Posted on October 7, 2019 .

Preachers seminar in Takoradi

OPERATIONAL REPORT FOR AUGUST 2019

Dear Brethren,

Our operations continued after the month of July with preparations for the seminar being intensified. Classroom work, however, was not disrupted. Both the regular and part-time classes were held throughout the month.

PERSONAL EVANGELISM

Studies with prospects around the school continued. Again, one soul was baptized.

SEMINAR, 2019

We thank God we had another successful seminar for preachers and church leaders. Our instructors from the U.S. had joined two local instructors. The seminar began on the 19th of August and ended on the 22nd of August, 2019. In attendance were two hundred and fifty-six (256) preachers and church leaders, coming from all regions of Ghana. Robert Dahn, a past student from Liberia who had returned to oversee the school in his home country was in attendance. The preaching school in Accra, SIBS were also in attendance. Attached are some photographs taken for your attention.

NEXT CAMPAIGN FOR CHRIST

The date for the school’s next campaign for Christ will be between November 11 and 17 (seven days program). And as part of the school’s program, we are going to plant a new congregation of the Lord’s church. The details of how this work is going to be carried out will follow soon.

Again we thank you all our sponsors and pray the good Lord replenish you with all you panted which enabled us have another successful period of operation.

May He bless us all.

Joshua Aidoo

Posted on October 7, 2019 .

65+ students in greater Accra

Introduction

Report on July for the external and internal activities for the full-time school and extended schools.

Prologue

We always thank God for the help and mercies He bestows on us throughout all activities in the benefit and progress of the schools. Praise is to God for the remembrance of our brethren, who support the schools in diverse ways and the brethren in Ghana who also gave out their resources for the progress of the school. Our prayer is that God continue to bless everyone.

REOPEN

This is to mention that the full-time students went on break and hopefully, resumed for the continuation of their programme. The school resumed on 14th of July and classes started on 15th July. The first instructor to teach was Amoo-Gyimah Emmanuel followed by Kojo, Gyan-Mante, Emmanuel Odeng Larbi, Samuel Sasu Ntim and George Osafo.  

We have thirteen students and they have all reported.  We are so grateful to see our students in good condition.

COURSES FOR THE THIRD QUARTER

This is third quarter courses which include Denominational Doctrine, Life of Christ IV, World Religion, Epistle to the Hebrews, Galatians, Counseling, English Language and Computer Studies.

Br. Amoo-Gyimah has started teaching his course on Life of Christ IV and followed by the subsequent instructors.

STAFF MEETING

Land

The staff of the school has met to discuss on the school land registration and the preparation to start the building on the said plan. As per the directors’ comments, the registration is in progress starting with search and indenture.

Students Visitation to the congregations

The last quarter students visited assigned congregation to improve their practical ability and as per the order, there has been rotation which commenced on 18th August, 2019.

Activities for in August discussed

In our discussion the following were activities to carry out:

·         Evangelism (follow up) at Obeyeyie – Accra

·         Evangelism (follow up) at Ada Ngiresi – Central Region

·         Evangelism (Church Planting) at Ayaldu – Central Region

·         Attend up Seminar in Takoradi – Central Region

·         Attend up Graduation which would be held in Tamale – Northern Region  

It is the hope of the staff and students that the Lord sees us through successfully in all preaching and transportation.

We request that you pray with us as we embark these activities to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

KASOA

The regular attendance was 12 of the 13 students in each day in the month. The courses were The Scheme of Redemption which was handled by Kojo Acquah Beenyi and Old Testament II by Roger Asante.

Most of these students are preaching and teachers in their congregations and they are grateful to the school as they see how the school is being a blessing to them.

The school here was blessed with the visit to us by Keith, as he encouraged us and admonished us to be faithful to the work we have chosen to do.

Posted on August 26, 2019 .

15 more souls baptized in northern Ghana

BEAR VALLEY BIBLE INSTITUTE, TAMALE

TAMALE, GHANA 

JULY REPORT 2019

We again thank God for His favor shown on us to witness the end of yet another month. We wish to express our appreciation for the good work you continue to offer to us as brothers in the Lord. May God increase you in every aspect of life to enable you finish or achieve your ambition.

LECTURESHIP

The classes for the second term are  ongoing, Brothers Acquah Beenyi Kojo for The New Testament Church 1 and Ayillah Roger Akumse for Old Testament 2 {Historical books Joshua-Esther  and The Life of Christ 1 is in session with Brother Albert Malir remaining two more courses {Godhead & Homiletic 1} to end the term.

BONGO CAMPAIGN

As part of the activities scheduled for the second term is a campaign at Bongo. Bongo is the capital town of Bongo District, one of the nine (9) districts in the Upper East of northern Ghana. Bongo is nearer to Bolgatanga, the capital of Upper East Region. It shares borders with Kassena-Nankana District in the West and the Bolgatanga Municipal District in the South.

Bongo is a rocky area, the Bongo rocks is a  tourism site, which provides a beautiful view of all the Bongo districts landscape and allow an easy ascent. The predominant occupation in Bongo district is subsistence farming along with some handicraft production. Nearly 90 percent of the district’s inhabitants speak Gurene/Frafra.

As a result, on the 29th day of July, 2019 the entire students’ body under the leadership of James Legend moved to Bongo where they stayed and evangelized for seven (7) days. Brother James led the team because the brother in charge of campaigns (Preacher Francis Ayine) had a car accident on the 22nd of July, 2019.

There were about fifteen (15) souls that were added to the Church through baptism. These were people we preached to from all the four (4) communities in and around Bongo. These fifteen people include the chief of a village called Agamolgo.

ADMINISTRATION WORK

We remain committed to the course of advertising and elevating the image of the college in Tamale higher to attract the attention of the prospects. Sixteen students are currently in school and more prospects are calling for the admissions that are not members of the Church. We are communicating tediously to convert them before we offer them the admission as the doctrine of the Church is concern. Some members who are government workers are also calling for part time course implementation to enable them also have the benefits. We need your prayer and discretion on these matters.

We are working diligently on the impending workshop for the Sunday School teachers and seminar for the preachers and positive responses from participants are realized and we have done our best to inform them the order of the programs. We can now ascertain the fact that the programs will be a fruitful one.

PROJECT

The wall work on the Church plot was perfectly done to the level of four blocks on two sides and other side three blocks. We are very happy about it because now we can claim full ownership of the plot as that have stopped the land being used as road.  We pray that you continue to assist us in such ventures like this to expand the work of the Church in this part of the country-Ghana.

God keeps us all safe in all we do amen!

Your steward in Christ

Albert Malir Tamanja

Posted on August 13, 2019 .

My recent visit to Nigeria and Ghana

It has recently been my pleasure to visit several of the schools in west Africa. Specifically, most of the ones I have visited have been of the 4 year, or “extended” model. There are a number of benefits to this model.

> It allows a student to keep his job and not face the dilemma of leaving home and family.

> The knowledge gained often makes an immediate impact on the church because many of the students are already preaching for churches.

> While the same curriculum is used and standards are expected, funding is much more manageable.

While we never intend to get away from the 2 year, or “accelerated” school model, the 4 year option is filling a much-needed niche in many places. Enrollment in these schools is now well in excess of 300 worldwide. What I found in my visits we eager students, who were appreciative of the opportunity to to learn and prepare themselves for even greater service in the Kingdom.

Fraternally,

Keith Kasarjian

Posted on August 12, 2019 .

Improvements made in Takoradi

OPERATING REPORT FOR JUNE 2019

Dear Brethren,

We thank God for another successful month of operation and I am glad to present to you our operating report for the month of June, 2019.

CLASSROOM WORK

Again, we thank God for successful month of teaching and learning. Students for both the regular and part-time were regular and present in class activities which helped enhance our classroom work.

EVANGELISM / BAPTISMS

We are currently in the rainy season and as such not much evangelism work took place. However, bits of efforts by instructors, students and some past students resulted in the baptism of five (5) souls. These, in addition to the 10 from last month.

SCHOOL COMPUTERS

We are grateful to inform you that we were able to buy five (5) computers for the students to use in their computer class. Ten (10) were needed, and we are happy to get some of them to manage with the eleven students.

REPAIRS / MAINTENANCE

Occasional strong winds accompanying the rains ripped some sheets off the roof of our building and also caused damage to the school’s television set and other electrical connections. This also caused some black-out for some days to the school. A new generator was purchased to enable us have lights until we were re-connected. (We are yet to obtain a new TV set for the students). Termites have also eaten up a door flame and trap door whose repair, maintenance and cleaning raised our expenditure.

We still need to undertake some repairs and maintenance work to the classroom block. We have desired an estimate so we could know how to resolve them as well.

Thank you and may God bless us all.

Joshua Aidoo.

Posted on July 28, 2019 .

The students are back in northern Ghana

JUNE REPORT

We are very grateful to God for the absolute protection, peace, joy and grace bestowed on us through His son, we pray that many who have not had the opportunity to benefit from this scheme come to the knowledge of God’ s manifold wisdom through the Church. In that we remained committed to appreciate you for the might work you are doing in Ghana and West Africa as a whole. We also congratulate you for your consistency in making sure that the operational demand of Bear Valley Bible Institute in Tamale is always met.

STUDENTS ARE BACK TO SCHOOL.

As reported last month, students have come back to school to continue their academic work. Thirteen of the fourteen students have reported leaving one who promised to come next week, due to family clashes he could not report on the reopening day. We shall continue to pray for those who also made decision and are not able to come this term.

LECTURESHIP

The classes are ongoing successfully, Christian evidence is in progress with Brother Adjei Mensah Daniel and next course will be The New Testament Church 1{one true Church}, Brother Acquah Beenyi Kojo will teach in that class. There is a campaign planned this term as the students and staff will be going to Upper East for campaign. We are hoping to see the successful end of the term with full of activities.

ADMINISTRATIVE WORK

We are working closely towards the impending programs being hosted in the school. They are Sunday school workshop, seminar for preachers and graduation. Letters have been sent to various churches in the three Northern Regions and positive responses are received. We have also been able to work out  the graduating students transcripts to enable the Bear Valley award the students who have successfully completed the courses of Bear Valley curriculum and worthy of Diploma certificate. Coordinator Kojo Beenyi as usual visited the school to teach and also ensure that things are in order regarding impending programs.

Brother Caleb a visiting America young man worshiped with us for about two months and had gone back to America. We attended his get together party with my family and it was a nice party time, many regards to him.

Please continue to pray with us. May the peace and joy of God rest upon you all now and forever Amen! 

Posted on July 28, 2019 .

Three "extended" schools in metro Accra

BEAR VALLEY BIBLE INSTITUTE

EXTENDED SCHOOLS REPORT

Koforidua, Kasoa, Nsawam

We are most grateful to the Lord for His hands on the schools, blessing the schools with regular admission and the love of the brethren, who always desire to support us for the truth. Bear Valley, Extended schools mentioned above started in January, 2019.

Koforidua is a Regional (State) Capital and the school is meeting in the meeting place of Ada Road Church, one of the six congregations in the city. Currently, the school has 13 students and is growing. Gyan Mante, one of the instructors of the school in Accra is the director.

The school in Kasoa, a District capital, meets in a congregation called Papaase No. 2. The school has 12 students. Kojo Acquah Beenyi is the director.

Nsawam is also a district capital. This is the first among the three and has 20 students. It meets in the meeting place of Adoagyiri Church of Christ.

These congregations have also given out all their facilities to the support and progress of the school. Their light bill as well. Basically, the instructors for the Accra school are the instructors and they teach base on courses assigned.

The school runs on weekends – Fridays, 4 – 8pm and Saturdays, 8am – 4pm. As part of the academic program, all students partake in the campaign programs, lectureship and other activities.

The fascinating character of the schools is that the truth is maintained and has yielded a positive influence all over the churches in Ghana, in which most of the churches are sending their men to study the Bible for the sustainability of the truth. With the help of the instructors, our students keep improving in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and the scriptures.

Our students have appreciated the consistent support of the brethren, especially our brethren at Riverside Church of Christ. Currently, with your help in finance, we’ve been able to afford 50 new folding study-chairs which is improving the comfort in the studies.

 

Posted on June 25, 2019 .

Evangelism in Accra

Introduction

This month has been fruitful to us and a cool season, being the raining season in Ghana to the glory of God. We appreciate the wonderful works of God throughout the period; our classes, administrative task, teaching and non-teaching staff in Ghana. And the marvelous contribution of our dear brethren, we never cease praying with you in our various congregations.

CLASS & EXTERNAL ACTIVITIES

Classes are on-going, and students participating in their lessons effectively. In few months, the third batch (full time students) will be completing their program for the two years and some of the weekend students in like manner be completing their course at the his year 2019. Due to their number, students yet to be completed, has been separated to enable them quickest completion for the rest of their courses.

As part of the program for the full time, thus church visitation exercise, the students are participating effective and doing well in the churches assigned to. The aim for this visit is to let our student improve in the homiletic presentation and practice.

We are also grateful to the Lord for bringing Kojo safely to Ghana and also thankful that he is doing well, very energetic and looking handsome. Immediately he arrived, that week, he started teaching for Kasoa Extended School. Also, he has made trip to Tamale to check on how the school and the church are doing over there, as well teaching in the school.

We cherish your remembrance of us in your prayer.

Keep praying with us. God bless you all. Amen.

 

Posted on June 25, 2019 .

Classes resume in Tamale

BEAR VALLEY BIBLE INSTITUTE, TAMALE GHANA

TAMALE GHANA

APRIL REPORT 2019

We are more excited for the good and perfect work God continue to do for us in this ministry in which we are proud to be part or members of life saving or transforming. In that, we remain committed to thanking and appreciating you for your faithfulness and consistent support. We shall carefully and consciously manage whatever is kept in our custody as a faithful steward of Christ.

SCHOOL REOPENED

The school has reopened on April, 8th 2019, as indicated in the last month report. Fourteen students happily reported to start the academic work that would thoroughly equip them for every good work into saving souls. It is our prayer and hope that the remaining prospective brethren who have also picked the admission forms and submitted them will possibly make it next term as we have assurances from some of them. Nothing should hinder them to denounce their conviction in Christ. That is our plea to you to pray with us.

LECTURESHIP

The first week, Brother James Legend treated Hermeneutics 1 with the students. This course was successfully taught and students examined with performance encouraging. Second week, Brother Adjei Mensah Daniel took students through “The Scheme of redemption”, this course too was fairly treated as well and test conducted respectively and students performed wonderfully. Third week, personal evangelism 1 was also handled by Brother James Legend.

There was an intensive teaching and learning for three days in class room and three days for one on-one Personal Evangelism, Students were monitored by the instructor as to how to approach their prospects, one sister Evelyn from Volta region who when she migrated to Tamale became a member of one the denominations was restored and has since be active. Although there was no positive response as a result of Tamale being the Islamic community or dominants, but some prospects were figured out and we dedicated some students to constantly visit them so that with the support of your prayer and our prayer God will choose His people for us.

Fourth week, “How we got the Bible” was also treated by Brother Albert Malir with the students, class work and final exams was conducted and students performance improving. Fifth week, “TheOld Testament 1” was handled by Brother Francis Ayine , there was that kind of inculcating teaching  and learning between instructor and students with Students performance after exams satisfied. The last course which was “The Cost of discipleship” for the term was also dealt with by coordinator of Bear Valley Bible Institute in Ghana Kojo Beenyi Acquah. Class work and final exams was conducted respectively and students performance improved. We pray for the successful end of the term and also happy to announce to you that students are going on 17th 05, 2019 to visit their congregations and families and also do their farming work as this season is favorable for planting. The school will be reopened in July 14th, 2019. It is our prayer and hope that God will help us all to live to see these faithful days as we geared toward the activities of the year {seminar, campaign & graduation}.

ADMINISTRATION

We are working collaboratively with the students, coordinator, short course instructors, board members and all members of the Church to make the school conducive and philanthropic for all humankind who wish to know the truth about Jesus Christ and His Church. The school campus, baths and latrines are tidying every day. Part of the school land is cultivated with yam and the remaining part would be used to cultivate maize, generally school environment is decent for one to behold. Transition is made successfully, the other class room by the school office is used for Dinning hall, and Brother Albert’s wife Afia Modesta is the cook, we are making progress in all administration activities. The church blocks that are molded in the school campus are conveyed to the church plot bit by bit by the students and we are happy for that, these students are hard-working, well behaved to be leaders of the Lord’s church. We have extended water to where the food is cooked to lessen the work load on the cook.

We went to Ghana Revenue Authority to secure Tax Clearance certificate {Tin} to enable us obtain the school and church land document completion and we were told to apply which we did and waiting for their response. When this {Tin} certificate is ready we shall forward it to the lands commission for further documentation.

May the peace and joy of God rest upon us all amen!

Posted on May 27, 2019 .

Youth Forum in Takoradi

Dear Brethren,

We send greetings from West Coast School of Preaching, Takoradi, Ghana, West Africa. Thank God we are also doing well and by His grace we continue to see progress in our work here at West Coast School of Preaching.  I am glad to send to you report on our operations and finances for the month of April, 2019.

CLASSROOM WORK

Regular classes were held until 18th of April, 2019 when we had a break. The part-time classes continued throughout the period.

CAMPAIGN FOR CHRIST

Two of our immediate past students organized campaigns during the period in their respective congregations. There were three (3) baptisms in the first campaign while five (5) backsliders were spotted in the second one. Efforts are continuing to restore them.

PERSONAL EVANGELISM

The congregation at Fijai where brother Francis Ayillah preaches organized house to house evangelism. Two of our part-time students also worship here. Two baptisms were recorded during the period. There were other reports from two of our part-time students in the Central Region and in the Eastern Region where evangelism campaigns were held. A total of four (4) baptisms were recorded in those two campaigns.

YOUTH FORUM

Brother Joshua Aidoo organized a one-day motivational youth forum for churches of Christ in and around the Sekondi-Takoradi area. As first of its kind, observations were that the program be adopted and held twice every year. There were about two hundred and sixty (260) youth in attendance including some preachers in the area. These members were drawn from various congregations that uphold what is taught by the Bible and for that matter, West Coast School of Preaching. Brother Joshua has a vision of raising the image of the West Coast School of Preaching so high among the churches of Christ Bible institutions in both the Central and Western Regions, and so, coming up with this youth forum is one of the means to achieve his goal. The theme of the program was : “Preparing a Purposeful Youth For The Future.” And the topics discussed were: (1) “Never Give Up On Your Hopes And Aspirations—By Joshua Aidoo; (2) “Innovation And Entrepreneurship: The Solution To Youth Unemployment”—brother Emamanuel Justice Ofori (a part-time student); (3) “Persistence: The Key To Climb The Success Ladder”—Joshua Aidoo.

POULTRY PROJECT

We have just completed sales of our birds. We will try to include a comprehensive report in our next report.

Thank you and may God bless us all.

Joshua Aidoo

Posted on May 27, 2019 .

Classes resume in Accra

PROLOGUE:

By the words of the school, praise be to the Almighty God who has opened a new door of glory and continually blessing the school with understanding, wisdom and increasing daily the number of students. Blessings to our fellow brethren who in diverse ways, helping to increase the teaching of truth and generously giving to the glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ. May you flourish daily.

CLASS ACTIVITIES

We are grateful for reopening. New courses are actively ongoing for this 2nd Quarter of the last academic year, 2019. All instructors are greatly partaking their responsibilities in the teaching work except Kojo who has travelled to USA and on his return, 31st April, will be taken two full courses for the two short course period.

The students, 12 in number per our records, 11 are present taking their classes regularly except one student by name, Joseph Boafo who has not been regular due to his work yet will not be graduated until he has met the academic requirements for the pass out.

In this 2nd quarter, the students are studying 1 & 2 Peter; 1 & 2 Thessalonica; Old Testament 5 (Study of the Minor Prophets); The Book of James; The Book of Romans, Christian Leadership, communication skills and IT.

STUDENT’S PERSONAL WORK

As the work of the Lord demands, our students embarked on personal evangelism work at Obeyeyie, a town within Amasaman – Accra. They have baptized four (4) souls for Obeyeyie congregation. We are grateful to the Lord for this mission.

STUDENT’S VISITATION ASSIGNMENT

As part of the school’s academic exercise, our students are on the process of visiting various churches for their practical activities in the Accra – Eastern Region vicinity. This exercise will be carried out for a quarter and then rotated. With this, our students will experience various environment and strengthen them in the work of preaching and church management.

As per our request, pray with us.

Southeast School of Evangelism

Posted on May 14, 2019 .

Continued progress in Takoradi, Ghana

Dear Brethren,

I send sincere greetings to you all our beloved brethren and thank the most High God for keeping us all safe throughout the month of March, 2019. Our success on this end has largely been the strength the Lord has bestowed on you for you to continue to give us the backing to be able to go through these years of operation. We are sincerely grateful to you all. May He continue to bless us all.

CLASSROOM WORK

We had an intensive and successful classroom work with both instructors and students (regular and part-time) being punctual to class enhancing teaching and learning period. All eleven (11) regular and twenty-two (22) part-time students co-operated for the success we achieved during the period.

PERSONAL EVANGELISM

After taking the regular students through a course in Personal Evangelism during the period, there has been some encouraging reports from the regular students who have demonstrated their skills around the school area and while at home with their various congregations resulting in some baptisms.

CAMPAIGN FOR CHRIST

The congregation at Mpintsin where brother Joshua preaches organized a 5-day night street preaching. Speakers were brother Joshua Aidoo and Douglas Armah, also an instructor at West Coast School of Preaching. The program was streamed live on Facebook. Also the congregation at Kwesimintsim where brother Charles King Arthur preaches organized a 6-day house to house evangelism and night street preaching. This program was also hooked to one of the radio stations in Takoradi. Some of our past students and brother Joshua’s evangelism team joined the congregation in this program. Ten (10) souls were baptized here.

POULTRY PROJECT

Our latest birds are growing well and are due to be sold next month.

 Again I want to express sincere appreciation to you all and appeal for your continuous prayer for us as we do same for you.

Thank you.

Joshua

Posted on May 14, 2019 .

Souls won in Accra

CLASS ACTIVITIES

All courses were successfully taught throughout the first quarter of the year 2019. This is to apprehend that all students were successful in the participation of the courses except Joseph Appiah who missed some of the classes which by the administration, he will not be able to graduate at the end of the year, 2019.

Also, per the administration of the school, both regular and all extended schools have been well informed of their academic performance to buck up and fulfill all the academic requirements of the school pertaining to the award of certificate.

LAND

The director of Dobro school (regular class), has made the administration aware that due to the litigation of the first land, the land owners have secured the school with another on at the same area of Papase. The owners have agreed to prepare new indenture and site plan for the school. Currently, the administration has decided to start the project on plan this year.

CAMPAIGN / OTHER BAPTISMS BY STUDENTS REPORT

This is a follow up campaign which was organized by the Nungua Church of Christ, bro Amoo-Gyimah Emmanuel being the preacher, requested the school to join the church to evangelize, a house to house and open air evangelism.

Under assessment, the people were receptive in the word but there were many promises of visiting the church on Sunday and three (3) souls got baptized. The church extends her appreciation to the school authorities for accepting their request for the student’s participation in the activities. Their expression of appreciation is that may the Lord bless you in your effort for an effectiveness and succession of the program.

Hopefully, some of the weekend students in Adoagyiri Church of Christ won two (2) souls whereas Panpanso No.1 Church of Christ won one (1) soul. Two souls were able to be capture but per the report I had from brethren other three got baptized during the campaign and one in the weekly activities.

CONCLUSION

The staff and all the schools are thankful to the Lord and our Saviour Jesus Christ for successful activities this quarter and ask the Lord’s blessings for you.

Keep praying with us.

Posted on April 23, 2019 .

A new class of students in Tamale

BEAR VALLEY BIBLE INSTITUTE, TAMALE GHANA

MARCH REPORT 2019

Glory be to God for the successful operation of yet another two year studies for our beloved brothers who have dedicated themselves to the course of His work in the northern Ghana. We enthusiastically rejoiced with them for the perfect love and grace of God He bestowed on us through His son Jesus to witness yet another completion.

We are at this time want to express our appreciation for your perpetual prayer and support, we cannot reckon or enumerate the indisputable works you have done in Africa, either can we recompense your kind or cash but what we do have is that May God who has dominion over all things remunerate you for your faithfulness.

STUDENTS BACK TO SCHOOL

Our 6th butch of students were able to finish the remaining four courses for their two year studies in school. Brothers Albert Malir treated the book of Revelation in the first week with students, James Legend treated English four with students, Francis Ayine treated 1st & 2nd Thessalonians with students and Adjei Mensah treated marriage and home and all tests and exams conducted respectively. Hence, they have finished their two- year school.

CLOSING CEREMONY

Cleaning up exercise took place on Saturday the 30th March, 2019 and farewell service held on 31st March, 2019. It was a ceremony done to usher them into the world of preaching what they been taught and done during the two years of being in school. The students have since departed and have all reached home safely to carry on with their farming activities alongside the preaching work until the graduation day

NEW SCHOOL YEAR

Next butch of students being sixth {6th} will have reported to school on 7th of April, 2019 and classes in progress. Over twenty students supposed to have reported for next academic year 2019, but thirteen have reported so far. There are more assurances from most of the students, until one week after reporting we may not be able to give a precise number.

DOCUMENTATION OF THE LAND

We visited THE lands commission with the coordinator Kojo Beenyi Acquah to check on school / church land documentation process. The document was given to us to send to court for court registration and their seal as part of documentation. We did, sent it back to lands commission, and they assured us that the document would be completed shortly. They however, told us to get the Tax clearance certificate ready.

May the unconditional love of Christ richly dwell among us all now and forever.

CONTINUES VISITATION AND CAMPAIGN FOR STUDENTS

We embarked on our first visitation and campaign for students for the incoming academic year in the Upper East, Upper West and some part of the Northern Region on the 4th of March to the 10th  of March, 2019. Our journey was through Bolga, to Navrongo, Sandema, Tumu, to Heing, Wa, Ponyentang, Nyoli, Through to Bole, Damongo, Back to Tamale.

The journey was embarked by James Bisong Legend and Jacob Awintoya, a past student of the school who now preaches for the Sunbrungu congregation in the Upper East Region. It was a very inspiring journey that gave us the opportunity to meet several preachers in these locations above.

I left Tamale around two pm on the 4th (Monday) of March, 2019 to meet Preacher Jacob in Bolga. I arrived at Bolga at exactly 4:12pm. We rested and drew our plan for action.

We had a very busy day on the 5th, Our first call was to Preacher Rodger Ayila, of the Bolga Central, who happens to be a board member for the school. We had a brief meeting with him and he promised to advertise the school to his congregation. We went to Sunbrungu congregation which happens to be Jacob’s local congregation where we interacted with some youth and also booked an appointment to meet them on the following day which is one of their weekly meeting days.

From Sunbrungu, we passed through Navrongo to Sandema where we visited Elijah, one of the passed students of the first butch. We met him with some leaders of the Sandema congregation and had fruitful discussions with them. They took four forms and promised to also persuade some youth who are in the church leadership and have the desire of working for the Lord to take up that responsibility.  They also advised us to make it a point to visit them time to time as other Bible schools have been coming to them; they also urged us to participate in their Bible Camps. Brother Elijah also led us to other congregations around Sandema locality. There are four congregation; Sandema town, Wiaga Central, Farinsa, and Sinisi congregations, with only one trained preacher in the person of Elijah.

From Sandema, we came back to Navrongo where we met the Navrongo preacher, Brother Peter, a health worker. Brother Peter was very zealous to come to the Bible College but, was constrained by his work as a married man with a child. Brother Peter wished for a weekend course even if it’s going to be in Tamale, he could come. It was there some contacts were made to other congregations like, Paga and other places and we had seventeen people who came to meet us and were ready for a weekend course. Since when we left Navrongo, Brother Peter kept calling on us on the possibilities of the weekend course for Navrongo or the Upper East Region. Some six forms were also given to them as we ended our activities for the day. We came back to lodge at Bolga.

On the 6th morning, we visited Tongo congregation as we have informed their preacher, Rockson to prepare to meet us. Brother Rockson also happens to be a product of the school. We met him with some of his leaders and youth and told them our mission and they also welcomed the idea and promised to pass the information to other congregations nearby. They have six congregations around Tongo locality with only Brother Rockson as the only trained preacher. They also took two forms. From Tongo on the same 6th, we contacted Isaac Ayamga from Shirigu and also went back to Sunbrungu in the evening and met with their congregation, where Jacob spoke extensively with them and also encouraged them to take up the opportunity. We had three people who were willing to come but said; the time was very limited for them to prepare themselves in terms of caring for their family whiles in school. However, we gave some four forms to them. We therefore brought our meeting to end and we lodged to Bolgatanga again.

On the 7th of March 2019, the Navrongo brethren called on us to meet them before moving on to Upper West Region as we scheduled to move to Upper West. We met them briefly to have another successful discussion on the possibility of a weekend classes for them. This time, there were brethren from Paga, who also put in their voice. From there, we moved to Tumu straight, which is about 124kilometers, about 77miles, on a very bad road. We stopped at some villages anyway, enquiring of the possibilities of the Church around, to no avail. We got to Tumu late in the evening, where we met Preacher Anthony Antunwini, preacher for Tumu congregation, who is also a Board member of. We passed the night there, where he gave us information about a seminar coming on where the Upper West preachers and leaders were to attend on the 9th of March, 2019. We added that to our program.

We left Tumu on the 8th of March, 2019 for Wa. We got to Wa around 11am. We decided to go to neighboring communities where there are Churches, whiles putting Wa town congregation on a hold because of the leadership seminar coming up on the 9th. We went to the University of Development Studies congregation around Bamaaho, where we met some brothers and had a discussion with them, they had no train preacher. From there, we moved to Ponyentang and had successful discussion with them and they needed four trained preachers, one for them and the rest for other communities around them that they have established congregations. Preacher Albert Akoa Adjei, who happens to be an old preacher around that area, who was part of the meeting. He is the only preacher helping all these churches around that area, They took six forms from us.

 From there, we went to Nyoli and had another successful meeting with them, proceeded to Gyidabor and Kolmasah as well. All these congregations don’t have preachers and promised to encourage young men who have the interest to take up the opportunity. From there, we lodged at Tuna. We had fuel shortage at this stage and called on our able Coordinator (Kojo), who was quick to come in to help us through our administrator (Albert).

On the 9th, our major program went towards the preachers Seminar at Wa. We left Tuna around 5am to go and participate on that program to make good use of it. It was well attended, the Auditorium full to capacity. Two of our board members were present (Preacher Anthony Atunmini and Thomas Donzie). The program started around 8:48am. We were given the opportunity to meet with the preachers at noon around 1pm to discuss our agenda with them. They were happy after our presentation and asked some few questions, which we did answered. 22 forms were taken by some of the preachers who pledged to announce to their congregants. That ended our program for the day.

On the 10th of March, being the first day of the week, we went to worship with the Bole congregation, where preacher Ali is the preacher. We left there around 11:18am, and drove straight to Tamale around 3pm.

Posted on April 23, 2019 .

New beginnings in Takoradi

We greet you all our dear sponsors and thank you most sincerely for keeping faith with us all through these years. We pray that all of you are doing well.

I am grateful and thankful to God for the opportunity to be sending reports on behalf of the West Coast School of preaching, Takoradi, Ghana, West Africa for the month of January and February, 2019. It has become necessary at this point for me to send the reports due to the absence of Brother Ebenezer Amable who was responsible for sending them.

Due to the administrative changes that took place in the school from the beginning of September 2018 followed by the long break in school work, the school re-opened on the 7th of January, 2019 with eight (8) new students. On re-opening, we needed to do general thorough cleaning in the school.

ORIENTATION FOR NEW STUDENTS

From the 8th to the 11th of January, 2019, the new students were taken through orientation for them to be conversant with what they are required to go through while in the school.

CLASSROOM WORK

Classes for both regular and part-time students began immediately the school re-opened.

EVANGELISM / BAPTISMS

The orientation for the new students included the need to continue evangelizing the area around the school. There was one  (1) baptism during the period. On re-opening, we agreed to revive the five (5) out of six (6 ) congregations which were established by the school. We were able to go to Sofokrom for which we now send some of the students to visit with the congregation.

OPERATING  REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2019

CLASSROOM WORK

Classroom work for both regular and part-time students went on successfully. All students and instructors were on hand which resulted in a successful teaching and learning

CAMPAIGN FOR CHRIST

Students from the West Coast School of Preaching joined in a campaign for Christ at Ankaful near Cape Coast which was organized by the congregation at Ankaful. The campaign took the form of night-street preaching and personal evangelism during the day. By God’s grace we were blessed with seven (7) souls. Also, one of the students went to his village on one weekend, had personal studies with his prospects, and God rewarded his labor with one soul. 

POULTRY PROJECT

During the month of February, 2019, we took delivery of five hundred (500) day old birds on the 14th of the month. This is the 5th week and we thank God they are growing well. Attached are photos of them

Hope this brief information about the school’s activities from January to February will encourage the brethren, God bless you for your wonderful contribution.

Thank you.

Joshua Aidoo.

Posted on March 25, 2019 .

A guest teacher in Accra

Prologue:

Another new moon the Lord has made and seen us through massive activities successfully, may His name be honored forever and ever, Amen.

It is always appreciable for such a wonderful period with its trips, support in prayer and in kind. We extend our thankfulness to all brethren.

CLASS ACTIVITIES & TRAVIS HARDESTY’S VISIT

During our school activities we were blessed to have one of our brethren, bro. Travis Hardesty, where he partook immensely in the teaching of the course of Intertestamental Period of the Bible, both at the extension programme and the full time as short course.

With the much love for the progress of the school, he did not only impart knowledge but he also donated greatly to the  School by providing Air Condition for the instructor’s and guest room and a large Industrial Sink for use in the kitchen with its installation funds.

Furthermore, he visited the following churches: Achimota, Nsawam, Agona Swedru and Kasoa to exhort and teach them the way of the Lord.

STUDENT’S APPRECIATION TO HIS VISIT

To the students, he has been helpful to us for these first and second visit in Ghana, especial for the school. They also appreciated him with gift of Ghanaian dress by the full time and words of citation by the weekend students. We all say, may the Lord bless him.

BEREAVED KOJO ACQUAH

Sadly, and to thank our Lord for whatever happens in our lives, bro Kojo’s sister sadly passed away just some few months,  the staff and students joined in to mourn with him and the burial services. God being great in all things, we successfully brought it to a peaceful completion.

VISIT BY STEVEN, MAX ROBERTSON, MARK TUCKER AND THEIR WIVES

This is a wonderful visit I have ever experienced that brethren came to Ghana to evangelize and organize a programme for the Women Bible Class in Cape Coast, Chapel Hill Church of Christ, with their wives. This is impressive to have brethren evangelizing effectively both in house-to-house and public preaching.

To the glory of God, during the evangelism activities, I recorded seven (7) baptisms for the Lord’s church at Ankaful in Cape Coast. These faithful brethren worshipped with the congregation in Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipality, church of Christ-Adoagyiri, were the extension programme of BVBI is established thus “Sammy’s Congregation.” Our brothers participated in most of the church worship; Bible class, Exhortation, Prayers, the Lord’s Supper and Giving.

CONCLUSION

We humbly thank our Lord for all activities which He journey with us successfully. Greetings to you all both in Ghana and in USA for such wonderful love shown to us.

We always ask you to pray with us.

Posted on March 25, 2019 .

Back to business in Accra

Prologue:

Thanks be to the God Almighty, who has made our living fruitful since last year to date. Peace be with you brethren, for the time spending on remembrance of us in your daily prayers, we are grateful to hear about you from time to time. Stay bless and long live.

NEW ACADEMIC YEAR BEGINS

Praise the Lord with us for His guidance through numerous challenges we had in the past year and mercifully made everything new in this year, 2019. Our hope is that everything continuous peacefully.

Praise Him!

BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAMME STARTED

On 11th January, 2019, the Degree in Biblical Studies, started with thirteen applicants. Orientation was organized by Mr. E. O. Larbi and students were introduced. Beginning of the programme, the students sat for an entrance exam in order to check exactly if they qualify and that they have varied entry requirements. In order for them to start the general course, series of assignments has been given to them to be completed and submit before or on the next school day. This will show if they will be capable for pursuing the program or not.

SCHOOL RESUMES (DIPLOMA PROGRAM)

14th January, 2019, the Accra school resumed from Christmas holidays and classes commenced with the following courses: Hermeneutics 2, Life of Christ 3, Pastoral Epistles, Marriage, Inter-testamental Period, Communication Skills and Computer.

STUDENTS / INSTRUCTORS PUNCTUALITY

Currently, 13 students are for the full time department. 11 are present and seriously pursuing their regular courses. The 2, Daniel Agyei, one of the instructors in Tamale and at the same time a student at SIBS has not reported and hopefully, will come to Accra to complete his courses when he completes his duties in Tamale. Also, Joseph Boafo has not reported due to his job schedule and the board is yet to discuss the necessary action due a student who reports late to school or for class.

All teaching and non-teaching staff are present and warmly carrying out their responsibilities as per the schools’ time table for this quarter.

CAMPAIGN

As per the schools’ quarterly activities, there are two (2) campaigns scheduled. One in Sekyi-Agyakwa School, Nsawam and the other at Nungua, Accra.

The Nsawam campaign has successfully completed with two (2) baptisms. In the full 7 days’ activities, the programme was held in three aspects; open air in the evenings, dawn and house to house preaching. All the students participated well as per those who were able to attend up. Two instructors were present to see to it that the activities went through well.

We are highly impressed with the effective of the students’ participation and eager to do the work.

We still ask that you keep us supported with your prayers, God bless you. Amen.

Posted on March 12, 2019 .

A great start to the year in Tamale

JANUARY REPORT 2019

We shall forever be committed to the course we are charged to keep in order to propagate the gospel. For we are grateful to God for His faithfulness to the promise He made to us as His adopted children. For He had warranted us a favor by given us yet another year to work in His vineyard for growth and survival of His kingdom, the Church. As matter of fact we sincerely appreciate you for the wholehearted and bold decision you have taken to support Bear valley Bible Institute in Tamale. May God richly replenish you in all your daily activities both spiritually and physically for your continual love for the Lord’s work, May He also expand and enrich your source of income to enable you meet your target this year 2019.

STUDENTS BACK TO SCHOOL

As indicated in last year report, all the students had a successful new year celebration with their families and Church members and are back to school to carry on their academic  work, and so far three courses have been treated with brothers, Ascraft Steven, Albert Malir and James Legend leaving two more courses to be treated. We wish to end this term too successfully in next two weeks.

ADMINISTRATIVE WORK

Our effort in campaign for students has yielded positive results, nineteen students successfully interviewed and more applicants yet to come for interview. It is our prayer and hope that these prospective students will stick to the decision they have made and report to school on 8th April 2019 academic year to commence classes as we keep on preparing towards that.

May the grace and peace of God rest upon you all in Jesus name Amen!!

From the staff and administration of Tamale Institute of Biblical Studies

 

Posted on February 18, 2019 .

Campaigns in Takoradi, Ghana

Dear Brethren,

We greet you all, fellow workers in the Lord’s vineyard. By God’s grace another month has ended and we are very thankful to the Lord for His guidance and direction and grateful to you all our brethren for your continuous prayer and support to us at West Coast School of Preaching here in Takoradi, Ghana. This month under review also is the last in the year, 2018. Very thanked again to our Maker.

We give below, the report of activities by the school during the month of December, 2018.

PART-TIME CLASSES

The part time classes continued till the third Saturday of the month. Twenty two continually reported for classes all through the period. It continued to be the tur of Joshua Aidoo who took them through the classes.

CAMPAIGN FOR CHRIST

As part of the School’s evangelism campaign, we collaborated with both Mpintsin and Kojokrom congregations to assist them in a major campaign for Christ. All the immediate past students and the current students who had been offered admission were invited to join in. In all about thirty men participated in the campaign. The church at Mpintsin paid for the cost of a live broadcast on a particular radio station here in Takoradi which made it possible for most residents in both the Western and Central Regions to be able to listen into the program. At the end of each day's presentation, time was allotted to the listeners to ask questions and also give directions as to their locations for a possible follow-up. This lasted for five (5) days.

This was continued with another five (5) day campaign at Kojokrom. For lack of funds this last one could not be aired live on the radio. It also streamed live on both Facebook and YouTube. All these were followed with house to house evangelism during the day.

LECTURESHIP

Two lectureships were held at Aiyinase and Kojokrom during the period. In all these brother Joshua Aidoo was part of the speakers.

RECRUITMENT

Recruitment for the regular classes also continued and all prospective students were contacted and interviewed.

His servant,

Ebenezer

Posted on January 29, 2019 .