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New congregation in Harare

Harare Extension students continue to do great work in the areas were they are attached. Of great interest is the new work established in Charlotte Brook. Gellie Chenche (our student) is resident in that area and was a member at Borrowdale church of Christ. Due to distance and the biting economic challenges, the knowledge acquired had to be put into practice.

A team of ten (10) went for weekend evangelism on the 20th and 21st of July and the work was done.
The first worship service was held on 21 July 2019. On that day six (6) prospects visited and two were added to the Lord through baptism. On the second Sunday, another soul was added and we praise God.

As we praise God for the work started, we thank Borrowdale church of Christ for being a mother to this new work. It is my sincere hope that the work will grow by day.

HOPE FOR THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER CONGREGATION

The month of September 2019 will mark the beginning of another congregation in Dzivaresekwa Extension. The planning for this work has reached an advanced stage and the place of worship has been secured. The church in Dzivaresekwa and the church in Westgate have come together to mother this congregation until such a time when the congregation is weaned to stand on its own feet.
As Harare Extension school, our plan for 2019 was to establish two congregations and we have also adopted a strategy whereby we have existing mature congregations who will adopt the work and work with the newly established congregations until they reach a stage of maturity.

May God bless BVBII for all the work being done around the world. We are grateful for the cooperation we have and may the Almighty bless you always.

STAY BLESSED AND BE A BLESSING TO ALL

Stay blessed and be a blessing to all,

Howard Suwari

Posted on August 26, 2019 .

Successful campaign in Harare

According to our 2019 plan, BVBI-Harare Extension planned to start new work and we are pleased to say that we are right on track. Dzivaresekwa Extension is the place we hope to make this dream fulfilled. Dzivaresekwa Extension is six kilometers from Dzivaresekwa (were I reside).

Last weekend, 18 and 19 May 2019 saw us taking the first step in making the dream a reality. A team of eight (8) spent hours in the streets of this location distributing tracts, booklets, sharing the Word with people and meeting people who were interested in the Word. We subdivided ourselves into two two and the work was done so well. It was such a great experience to all who attended and the interest shown was just so inspirational. 
After walking in the streets of Dzivaresekwa Extension, the team withdrew for feedback - see photo Weekend Evangelism 2 and 3 - but as duty calls the feedback turned into more Word sharing moments as passersby stopped by for the tracts, booklets and to receive a share of the Word.

During the exercise we met 168 people, distributed 300 tracts and booklets, and distributed thirty-seven (37) World Bible School introductory lessons. During the exercise we also managed to meet a family who are members of the church and were members of Alaska Mine church of Christ in Chinhoyi - Mashonaland West province. They have been staying in this area for two years and according to them they have not been meeting with the church unless if they travel back to their home congregation, that is once in a long time. Again we met another lady who said she is a member of the church but she could not find the church in the area and she is ready to come to church. 

STUDENT RESPONSES:

Tonderayi Kafile: "I personally realised that its easier talking to people in the streets other than visiting their homes. Firstly maybe because at their homes they will be bound by their different beliefs. Then secondly some women are not comfortable to have people discussing anything at their homes due to homes rules and regulations put by their spouses.Also the insecurity caused by poverty ie having nothing to feed the visitors also makes them uncomfortable to have visitors at their homes but in the streets today it was marvelous they talked freely brethren thanks for the experience bro Suwari."  

Brian Matutu : "It was certainly an eye opener for me.  Although it was not my first time I can confidently say it was my most successful outreach.  
Firstly the tracts were very appropriate and effective.  The reception and interest from all prospective was humbling. Not even one prospective was antagonistic. Even those who initially appeared skeptical eventually changed as discussions proceeded. More than 90% of those we met promised to contact the contact names we gave them.  Sister Ncheche and I were also extremely edified by the experience.  We certainly look forward to a similar exercise. 
All thanks to you for guidance and to our mighty Father for his grace."

Richard Nyamanhindi : "A day well spent. Literature was appropriate with diversity and the aspirants were receptive, keen and ready to hear the word. Some were eager to know where the church is. People are hungry for the word. Street evangelism is not as difficult as we think. It was a fruitful day inherently and with those we discussed with. Follow up is indeed necessary."

Edson Julius : "I enjoyed every moment. This was an eye opener,surely we can reach out to many people by these arrangements .This method is effective and exciting."

As a way forward, brother Batsirai Zisengwe (in blue coat) is making some arrangements for a place were we will start assembling. As that is being done, we are planning to have preachers who will go for another round of evangelism, and this time house to house and followups on the addresses and promises we got last week. Westgate and Dzivaresekwa churches of Christ have agreed (in principle) to work together in this work and we also have a preacher in this area, Leonard Magaya. He has also agreed to be involved in the work. In the meantime BVBI-Harare Extension is working hard to start this work and establish this work.

May you please pray for this work.

Stay blessed and be a blessing to all,

Howard Suwari                            
4277 First Street
Dzivaresekwa 1
Harare, Zimbabwe

Posted on May 27, 2019 .

Outstanding progress in Harare, Zimbabwe

JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2019 REPORT

INTRODUCTION

Harare Extension School is now into the second year of its existence and we always credit our being to the Almighty God who gives us life. Secondly we are mindful of the fact that Bear Valley Bible Institute International is always by our side; physically, spiritually and financially. This report will look at the work done by our students in their different locations were they serve. 

CLASSES

The lessons started in all earnest in January but we were disturbed by the events that unfolded that led to a national crisis after protest were met with a heavy military hand by the government leading to even the loss of life. Dzivaresekwa suburb was one of the most affected areas as this crackdown went on for about three weeks. This disturbed us as gatherings were viewed negatively. 
In February we continued with the lessons. The Second Years were doing Denominational Doctrines and the Books of 1 & 2 Peter and Jude; the First Years were taught Personal Evangelism 1 and Synoptic Gospels. 
Donnie Estep visited the school on the weekend of 23 and 24. He taught World Religions to the combined class. He also preached during the Sunday worship service at Dzivaresekwa church of Christ. We are so grateful for Donnie’s visit and as a family we are grateful for his stay with us. On behalf of the church and my family, thank you brother Donnie. Evans Nyamadzawo will take over from were Donnie left and complete the lesson. During Donnie’s teaching Evans was also part of the class.

CONGREGATIONAL AND PERSONAL COMMITMENTS

Our students come from congregations were some of them are in leadership roles. In improving their congregational relevance we always advise them to be active and put what they are being taught into practice. We always urge them to be self-starters and actively work for the church. They are also supposed to have eyes outside their local congregation. 
1. Wellington and Shingirai Nyoni (Second Years) managed to visit Proton church of Christ, a congregation that was established in September 2018. The local preacher is Emmanuel Tsikada.
2. Charles Mugadza (First Year) also visited the congregation on 27 January 2019 and was given the opportunity to song lead. After the worship service the local preacher briefed them of the greater needs at the congregation including the need for manpower to evangelise the area.
3. Augustine Fata is a member of Highfield church of Christ and on the 24th of February 2019 he was invited to teach Sunday bible class at Mufakose church of Christ.

FUTURE PLANS

1. On the 23 and 24 March we will be going to Proton church of Christ for weekend evangelism programme. As alluded to above the report from our students led us to this decision and we will be going there on the said dates. Proton church of Christ is located at the outskirts of Harare, about 30km East of the City Centre.
2. Second Year students will be attached to preachers who are working with congregations commencing this February 2019. This will help the students to understudy thereby gaining experience from practicums.

CONCLUSION

It is our continued hope that God will help us fulfill all the plans ahead. We continually remember BVBII’s contribution in this great work, we thank you.

Stay blessed and be a blessing to all,

COMPILED BY: Howard Suwari

Posted on March 12, 2019 .

Outstanding news from Harare, Zimbabwe

INTRODUCTION

Towards the end of His earthly physical ministry, Jesus Christ is quoted by John the apostle in his gospel record, praying, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” (17:4 - KJV). As we keep going doing the Lord’s work, how often do we ask ourselves soul searching questions in relation to this verse in doing the work and finishing our part of the work? Bear Valley Bible Institute Harare Extension continue to look into the future asking ourselves, where is our next evangelical mission? Where are we spreading our wings to next month? With this in mind, we always keep ourselves on our toes ready to take-on our next mission.

LEARNING PROCESS

We are always encouraged to learn from the learners that they are truly being equipped and the Word which they are receiving is sound and true. During the second weekend (13th and 14th) of October 2018, Brother Donnie Estep visited, for the first time, Harare Extension School. The two classes were merged into one and they were taught part of The Prison Epistles by brother Estep. It was good to have him for the whole weekend (see photo A1). Besides being in class teaching, Donnie also took to the pulpit on Sunday the 14th and he blessed the church in Dzivaresekwa with the message, “Is Your Name Written in the Book of Life” (see photo A2). The message was received with all gladness.
Matthew Muchingami and Evans Nyamadzavo managed to complete the Prison Epistles. 

OUTREACH

Our planned outreach in partnership with Borrowdale church of Christ to Munyawiri in Domboshawa, on 20 and 21 October 2018 was cancelled at the last minute due to protocol observance challenges. The area is in rural setup so going into the area need formal arrangements through the office of the local chief and village heads. So this process was not done properly and on realization Borrowdale church of Christ cancelled the outreach.
In November 2018, we partnered the Church of Christ in Westgate for a week’s gospel outreach (19 to 25 November 2018). We are also so grateful for the Gweru team who did a great job in this area. As Harare school we managed to come for evangelism and also participated in preaching and teaching. We had three slots of preaching during the week’s daily devotions and on Sunday, Stephen Mazambani taught during the Bible study and Shine Murambiwa was on the Lord’s Table (see photo A3). Gweru was represented by the Director, Mathew Muchingami who gave the sermon of the day. It was a gospel week well planned and God’s knocked on the hearts of those taught the Word. The public address system was so helpful and it really added relevance to the gospel week outreach as some people were reached with the messages preached whilst in the comfort of their own homes. Comments from the homes of the people who were close to the assembly point, testified to this, they heard the Word also.
This work in Westgate produced four baptisms and three expected baptisms (see photo A5). Forty-two (42) people were taught the word and the average attendance for the daily devotions was sixty (60). 
We are so grateful to the Gweru team and all the efforts made in reaching out to the lost, the backsliders and those who needed encouragement.

CONGREGATIONAL COMMITMENTS

In their local congregations, our students are doing their best in improving congregational responsibilities. Our students, Tawanda Tinofa, Shine Murambiwa and Charles Mugadza are members of the church at Chitungwiza church of Christ and through their efforts they managed to lead the church into a week (29th of November to the 04th of December) of daily worship and outreach. The results of the work done produced seven (7) baptisms and six (6) more promising baptisms. It has been such an experience for them and accordingly Tawanda had this to say, “This was a pilot program to prove that its possible, everyone is happy in the church and we want to build on the momentum and win souls.”

HARARE GOSPEL LECTURESHIP – 2018

The Harare annual gospel lectureship was held from the 07th to the 09th of December 2018 at Seke church of Christ. Harare Extension School was represented by Sajeni Nyakadzumbu and Shine Murambiwa who managed to participate during the lectureship. Besides their participation, we also managed to bring our relevance in the life of the church in Harare by providing the Public Address system.

2018 OVERVIEW

ENROLMENT
The year 2018 marks the year in which the church of Christ in Zimbabwe history book added a script which enabled the church to be equipped from within. In January BVBI-Z Harare Extension was born with an enrollment of twenty (20). Four (4) out of the twenty dropped along the way and in that class we now have sixteen (16).
In September 2018 we opened our doors to another class which has an enrollment of eleven (11). This brings our total enrollment to twenty (27).

SUBJECTS COVERED
Hours covered (or to be covered) to the end of December 2018 are 396 hours and we have so far done sixteen (16) subjects, which are: 
New Testament Church
Old Testament Law/Pentateuch
Christian Evidences 
How We Got The Bible
Personal Evangelism 1 & 2  
Public Speaking 
Life of Christ 1 
Hermeneutics
Homiletics  
Godhead
Hermeneutics
Homiletics
Acts 
Books of History – Joshua to Esther
Prison Epistles
Galatians
The weekends 01 and 02, 15 and 16 December are reserved for examinations. I am grateful that the students are managing to meet their assignments deadlines and are doing very well. But there are a few who need a small push and encouragement so that they catch up with others. 

OUTREACH PROGRAMMES HELD
In August we started programmes of going out to evangelise, programmes which I prefer to call Weekend Evangelism and Outreach Programmes. The places that we managed to work in are:    Mufakose, Manyame, Dzivaresekwa, Macheke, Mazowe and Westgate. We are grateful to the preachers in these areas who were mentoring the students on the practical part of personal evangelism. In these areas, members were strengthened/encouraged, the Word was planted into the hearts of the lost and powerful sermons were delivered. Since we started weekend evangelism and outreach programs in August, one hundred and eighty-eight (188) people were directly taught the gospel in the areas mentioned above; and six (6) souls were added to the Lord’s body. 

MATERIALS ACQUIRED
The Harare Extension School would like to appreciate the help and assistance offered by Bear Valley Bible Institute International in buying materials. 
Our current asset register consist of:
•    25  Desks
•    25 Chairs
•    1 White Board
•    1 Projector
•    1 Wooden Cabinet
•    1 Desktop Computer
•    PA System.
We are also grateful to Brother Donnie Estep who personally helped us to install WIFI. We are now connected and we are so grateful to him for helping us this way.


FUTURE PLANS
1.    Solidifying our relationship with congregations and give room for more work to be done. In our quest to fulfil this, we will be requesting congregations to focus on backsliders and the lost. The local church to be fully involved in the work.
2.    Work on establishing two congregations in 2019.

CONCLUSION

As we close the first year of our existence we are grateful to the Almighty for taking us this far. As BVBIZ Harare Extension we are so indebted to you. Your coming on board in support of the Harare extension work is so much appreciated and what we can guarantee is our continued dedication and conviction for the Lord’s cause. True and sound teaching is all what we stand for.

COMPILED BY:
HOWARD SUWARI

Posted on December 18, 2018 .

Door-to-door in Harare

The Harare Extension School continue to give the church more reasons to believe in it. Our focus on practical work in evangelism, inter-congregational approach to evangelism, the students’ work in their local congregations and the added knowledge base of the students, have led the Harare congregations to plan the evangelical programmes with the school in mind. As a school we will continue to give the students the necessary tools in content and practical, that will make them effective and noble tools in the Lord’s field.

CONGREGATIONAL EXPERIENCES

The work of the Lord is being done in the congregations and we are happy that the men and women being trained are very active in their respective congregations. Below is some of the work done:

1.      Stephen Mazambani of Borrowdale 
Besides participating in church worship service, he has been doing evangelism in his area. He has an ongoing study with a family of the African Apostolic Church or the Paul Mwazha sect. The discussions held so far are on dispensations, Sabbath, dietary laws and dressing. 
As Steve continues with the studies, we are persuaded to believe that he will do his best in teaching and (as it is surely God’s will) our God will let the seed germinate.

2.       Lavert Zungunde of Nora Valley
As the Nora valley congregation continue to grow, one soul (a male adult) was added to the Lord. Of major interest in the work of Brother Zungunde is the social media evangelical and edification route. Accordingly, he indicated that he is receiving amazing responses from members and non-members and due to this exercise; there are three (3) individuals who are being counselled on their family and general issues. We continue to be grateful that as BVBIZ, we always encourage on the ability to see opportunity and utilise it in our mission to reach out and edify the church. Our goal is to let the truth be told and let the truth lead and let the truth save God’s creation.

3.      Wellington Nyoni of Ruwa 
Congregational relevance in serving and aptness in teaching will remain some of the marks that will give the school and its products the worthiness we deserve. The Ruwa congregation could have noted these in Nyoni and during the month of September, he managed to teach three (3) Bible study lessons and preached twice on Sundays. During mid-week meetings, he taught for the four (4) weeks.
In doing all this, BVBIZ uphold the high standards of teaching and preaching. These are obtained through hard-work, study, doctrinal soundness and employing the correct hermeneutical and homiletical approaches. Delivering such healthy spiritual food will give spiritual satisfaction to the hearers. 

MAZOWE OUTREACH

On 22 and 23 September 2018 a team of ten (10) went for outreach in Mazowe. The local preacher, Lovemore Manyanhaire, started the work in this area in April 2018. Lovemore is such a hardworking preacher. According to him, the congregation now has a membership of nineteen (19). 
We divided ourselves into four (4) teams and each team was allocated an area to go. Each group was given a local person to accompany and give directions.
Team 1 – Wellington Nyoni and wife, and Mrs Manyanhaire
Team 2 – S. Nyakadzumbu, L. Zungunde and sister G. Chenche.
Team 3 – A. Fata, P. Toperesu, and L. Manyanhaire.
Team 4 – H. Suwari and wife, and D. Nyoni. 
The working hours were from 10:30 to 15:30hrs on Saturday and making follow-ups on Sunday after the church worship service.
The total number of people taught was thirty-six and the reception was generally warm and many of the prospects were so promising.
On Sunday service the worship was handled by the students, with brother Nyoni W. preaching; Brother Zungunde L. on Bible Study and brother Toperesu on communion and giving. Seven christians responded to the messages and pleaded for prayers from the church.

NEW CLASS

As indicated and promised in my August update, we opened our doors to a new class on the 15th of September 2018. Out of the eighteen (18) who had enrolled ten (10) managed to attend during the first weekend of the lessons. The following names constitute the new class as at 16 September 2018:
1.      CHITANDA SIMBARASHE     M                       
2.      JULIUS EDSON                    M                                                       
3.      MATUTU BRYAN            M                       
4.      MAZHANDE B.                     M                                                       
5.      MAZHANDE JOSEPHINE      F                                                       
6.      MOYO METHOD                     M                       
7.      MUGADZA CHARLES                 M                                                       
8.      MUTUMA BRIGHTON                 M                                                       
9.      SIMEMEZA KUDAKWASHE     M               
10.     SHUMBA THERESA G.               F 
The first subjects offered to this class are The New Testament and How We Got The Bible.

UPCOMING PROGRAM AND EVENT

1.      Donnie Estep will be visiting, for the first time, the Harare Extension School on 13 and 14 October 2018. He will be teaching a combined class and the subject will be the Prison Epistles. We wish Donnie a safe travel as he will be doing the work in Southern Africa.
2.      The Borrowdale church of Christ has extended an invitation to the Harare Extension School in the work of starting a congregation in Munyawiri area in Domboshawa on 20 & 21 October 2018. This is a new area and currently there is no congregation. 

APPEAL

I am appealing for a Public Address (P.A.) system which is very useful in our outreach programmes. The current price is $680.

OBSERVATION

1.      Our outreach programmes, and inter-congregational evangelical and edification activities continue to drive the students into true patriots of the church. The interest generated in our Mazowe outreach has produced many suggestions and proposals of starting new work, working with new congregations and boosting manpower in struggling congregations. 

2.      As a school our movement into all these, will be hinged on the transportation providence of the students. I am grateful that some of the students own cars and they are using these for the glory of God. The school is surely indebted to these men and women who are giving such resources for the advancement of the work of the Lord. It is not easy to move and travel but they are making it easy for us. We are grateful. 

CONCLUSION

As congregations continue to invite BVBIZ to partner them in the work of evangelism and edification, the future is truly bearing a bright light for us. The infusion of true and sound knowledge plus practical will truly produce a functional product that will fit in any environment. The local congregations and the church in Zimbabwe have truly been blessed.  
Thank you for your prayers and your unwavering support.

Stay blessed and be a blessing to all,

Howard Suwari                            
4277 First Street
Dzivaresekwa 1
Harare, Zimbabwe. 

Posted on October 16, 2018 .

The newest Bear Valley school

WEEKENDS EVANGELISM AND OUTREACH

The month of August saw us engaging the students to different congregations.

1. The 18th and 19th saw the first team of four students going to Mufakose area in Harare for evangelism, and they did great work. Eight hours of service was given to the Lord during the two days (Saturday – 10:00 to 16:00 hours; Sunday 14:00 to 16:00 hours); forty-six (46) people were taught and one soul was added to the Lord.

2. On the 25th and 26th, five learners joined the Manyame area preacher in evangelism. The hours of service were from 10:00 to 16:00 hours on Saturday and 14:00 to 16:00 hours of Sunday. Fifty-eight (58) people were reached with the gospel and we thank God three people accepted Jesus as her personal Saviour.

3. In Dzivaresekwa the evangelism program was done on the 25th and 26th. This was a women outreach program in which the target group was the widows and the disadvantaged ladies and women. My wife was leading this group of five. The aim was to give a hand of fellowship and a listening ear to these ladies. Eight (8) families were visited on the day. Please see the attached report which I received from the group.

4. Macheke area was another place which the weekend (25th and 26th) outreach program was held. The ladies, with the help of the local preacher did a good job and we thank God for the efforts. Two ladies managed to give seven (7) hours of service to the Lord. From their report, the outreach took them into eleven households and thirty-four (34) people were blessed with the Word of God, the Good News.

UPCOMING EVENT AND PROGRAM

1. On September 22 and 23 we will be going with all the students to Mazowe (about 40km North East of Harare) for an evangelism outreach.

2. As indicated in my last report we would be starting a new class on the 15th of September 2018. We had initially scheduled to start this weekend but due to a clash with Greater Harare men’s workshop and women fellowship we are forced to push our dates to the 15th of September.  We pray for God’s hand in this noble service.

OBSERVATION

1. The experience brought about by the weekend evangelism is driving the students to be evangelically responsible. The Dzivaresekwa team said this has to be done more often and the Manyame spoke the same words and added that meeting and teaching people stirs up the sense of purpose.

2. Movement from one place to the next was made easier by the availability of cars owned by some of the students. This made the movement from house to house much easier. When the group that was here in Dzivaresekwa enquired from us how we travel during evangelism and home visits, we told them that we foot from house to house. Yes the distance on foot affects the time factor and we get tired too quickly and this limits the quantity and quality of the work done.

CONCLUSION

We continually give honour and praise to God for His presence among us. The school’s practical approach is already bearing fruits. Many congregations are already appealing for evangelical help from the students.
Thank you for your prayers and your unwavering support.

COMPILED BY: 

H. SUWARI
BVBIZ – HARARE EXTENSION                  

Posted on September 24, 2018 .