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Outstanding work in Abuja!


Greetings from the faculty and students of the Bear Valley Bible Institute – Abuja (BVBI-A).


The period witnessed less extra activities but more with school works; class works, memory verses, term papers etc, dominating the activities.


Academic activities continue with students participating in classes at the two centers (Kado and Nyanya).

God’s Plan for Salvation.

Old Testament I

Public Speaking-Homiletics.

The New Testament Church

The enrollment was a total of 40.


The students of the Nyanya center were engaged in a house-to-house evangelism on 23rd August 2019 at Mararaba Central, Nasarawa state, and open air campaign on 24th September 2019 at Aku village, Nasarawa state (where a newly established congregation is located). Note, the preachers of the two congregations are students of BVBI-A.


Printing of Exam Paper: The school exam paper was printed for the school use during examination period. This was done through the contribution of the faculty.


The students of the Kado center participated in a 1-day Leadership Seminar organized by the World Bible school Abuja team, with the theme “Pulpit Management”. Topics such asThe Pulpit and who manages it’ and ‘Content development for effective Pulpit management’ were treated to the understanding of the participants by seasoned teachers and preachers; Osita Onuora and Mike Udam.


The school 2nd evangelism campaign comes up in November 2019. The date and location will be communicated in due course. Also, our students will be participating in other evangelism activities within the period, such as ‘The Mobile Evangelism’ and ‘The Gospel Chariot Evangelism’.


Our students are more excited about the opportunity Bear Valley Abuja offers them and the church, because of the exposition of the courses offered so far, and the quality of the teachers handling the courses. They are more committed to the study and activities of the school.

We have received enquiries from more students who are interested in enrolment into the school program.

We appreciate the partnership and support of the Bear Valley School in building capacities of preachers and members towards the growth and development of the church in Africa, especially Nigeria.

Thanks and God bless you.


Director, BVBI-A

Posted on October 7, 2019 .

Restorations in Nigeria

Fellow ministers of God.
Greetings from students and staff of BVBIN  &  SWSE, Ibadan situated at Butubutu village, Ona-Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State.
Here is the report of some of our activities in the Lord the month of September 2019.

1. First Semester classes continue
2. Weekend Evangelism resulted into five conversions.
3. VOTI led to conversions of many souls in Nigeria.
4. Ajagba congregation restored again.

FIRST SEMESTER CLASSES CONTINUE: As God will have it,the first semester classes are in is 5th weeks. I (Bro.Makinde)is teaching :New Testament Church-1,Evangelism-1,Church Problems, and The book of James. Bro. Kayode S.Eniafe is teaching: Scheme of Redemption, OT & NT Survey and OT History-1. Bro. Isaac Olaniyan is teaching: 1,2&3 John, & Life of Christ-1( Matthew). Bro.Gbenga Ojo is teaching : The Pentateuch and Godhead. Bro.Abiola Joseph Olusoji is teaching: Denominational Doctrines & OT Wisdom-1 while Bro.Silas Guda Mazi is teaching :Prison Epistles.

The Evangelism / Gospel campaign of Saturdays in the month of September at Butubutu and nearby villages, Kupalo & Jago villages, Ikire & Ikoyi in Osun State resulted into conversion of 5 souls and restoration of another 2 erring brethren.

Reports reaching us from some of the recipients of the VOTI publications ,most especially Volume 100 & 101 shows the conversions of over 100 souls and edification of thousands as the result of this free distribution among the churches in Nigeria.

The Lord's Church in Ode-Ajagba town,Ondo State now restored for the second time within 15 years. The Church was restored in year 2005 by we ministers of God in Western States of Nigeria under the leadership of Bro.Paul Akinwale but went to apostasy after the relocation of their third preacher to Asejire-Ondo State. Now,with the help of some Ondo state indegenes and the BVBIN & SWSE IBADAN ,we have now restored the Lord's church in Ode-Ajagba town. One of our graduates, Bro.Samuel Olorode is now serving there with the little financial support from our Evangelism allocation from early September 2019 .

Bro.Imbia Maxfied Elangwe is from one of the English speaking cities of Cameroon, Weme Nbonge ,SW Region. He is one of our year-1 students. His mission is to become an evangelist in the South Western Region of Cameroon after his two years training.

With the loan of N800,000, we were able to purchase an Evangelism bus(pictures attached) worth N1,500,000 from Owode-Titun congregation, Ogun State to foster our Evangelism / Gospel campaign in both rural and urban areas of the South Western States of Nigeria on September 16,2019.

Now that the Lord has blessed us with a fairly used Bus for evangelism and gospel campaign. The school will be working with Egbeda town congregation, Egbeda Local Government Area of Oyo State on October 4 & 5 in evangelizing Egbeda town and follow up on some of the erring brethren in and around Egbeda.
Also, in the evening of October 8,we shall be surveying Ajia town,the Head Quarter of Ona-Ara Local Government Area with the hope of planting the Lord's Church in that town in late November 2019 Lord's willing.

We thank you all for your moral and financial supports toward the growth of the Lord's Church in Africa most especially in Nigeria. May the Lord keep on blessings all we do for His name in Jesus Christ name Amen.
I remain yours in His Grace as a servant,
MAKINDE Ebenezer Olufemi

Posted on October 7, 2019 .

Annual lectureship in Nigeria

Beloved in Christ Jesus.

Greetings from your fellow servants of God in BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan.

Below are report of some of our activities in the Lord for the month of August 2019


1.  Students one month teaching practice

2. 17th annual Bible Lectureship and graduation.

3. First Semester classes begins with 31 students.

REPORT  OF  A  MONTH STUDENTS TEACHING PRACTICE :The one month students teaching practice that came up between July 26 and August 25 results in to the conversion of 25 souls and 40 restoration of erring brethren. Bro.Awoyale Gabriel, Bro.Ugo David,Bro.Nsini Ubot,Bro.Moses Samuel and Bro.Oviri Iruo-Oghene report the conversion of three souls each from the congregations they served.

17TH ANNUAL BIBLE LECTURESHIP & GRADUATION: The three days annual Bible Lectureship held at Doug Wheeler's events center of the BVBIN &  SWSE IBADAN was blessed with conversion of two young boys on day 2 .Over 250 brethren from 15 States of Nigeria witnessed the program that centered on Biblical Eschatology .
The graduation ceremony came up on August 30 for the 28 successful soldiers of Christ .
NKJV Bible,Bible dictionary and Thompson reference Bible from Bro. Steven Ashcraft were presented to all graduands and packages of VOTI Volume 100 & 101 and Mission Printing booklet and our local tracts was distributed to all attendees .

FIRST SEMESTER CLASSES BEGINS: First Semester classes for year 2019/2020 begins fully on September 2 ,2019 at our main campus in Butubutu village, Ibadan. 18 students for year -1 and 13 for year -2 program.

ABOUT A STUDENT: Bro.Aniefiok Effiong Udo is one of our year -2 students. Born on September 1979.A native of Ibakesi,Uyo,Akwa-Ibom State and a member of the Church of Christ, Ijoko-Ota,Ogun State.Happily married and blessed with children. His mission is to wherever is service is needed.

CONCLUSION : We deeply appreciate your partnership and supports .May the Lord of blessings continue to bless all our work together in Jesus Christ name, amen.

 I remain yours in His grace as a servant,

Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi

(The Chief Servant of BVBIN&SWSE, Ibadan & WBSFUW)

Posted on September 10, 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.


Keith Kasarjian

Posted on August 12, 2019 .

Student practicals underway in Nigeria

Dear fellow ministers of God.

Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord and Sustainer Jesus Christ and from students and staff in BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan located in Butubutu village of Ona-Ara Local Government Area, Oyo State.

FOURTH SEMESTER CLASSES CONCLUDED  : All subjects and tests for this last semester came to an end on Friday, July 19,2019 While the last week was used in preparing students for a month teaching practice. I taught on Three ways of Evangelism at the Wednesday chapel and on Ready to serve( Neh. 4:6) during the Friday sent forth .

STUDENTS NOW IN A MONTH'S TEACHING PRACTICE: All our students were sent forth on Friday afternoon, July 26 for a month teaching practice to eleven States of Nigeria and they are expected back into the school campus on August 26,Lord's willing. Five hundred(500) VOTI Volume 100 and 1,000 of VOTI Volume 101,30 cartons of Mission Printing International booklets and 10,000 copies of 5 of our local tracts were distributed to students to aid them in their one month teaching practice.

VOTI VOLUME 100 AID IN CONVERTING SOULS INTO CHRIST'S BODY AND......: Report reaching me from some of the recipient of VOTI Volume 100 shows that VOTI booklets aid them in converting many souls into Christ and many edified.

Bro.M.B. Archibong inform me of the conversion of three souls  Afaha Obio Eno on June 18 and another three souls at Mbiakpan Atan Ibiono and another two souls on July 21 at Ekim Ebebit town of Akwa-Ibom State while many others inform me of how the materials has been of great assistance in their evangelistic campaign and In-door Lectureship. Also, Bro.Lawrence Peter Abiodun just inform me of how the material help them in converting a lady evangelist into Christ at Owode-Yewa in Ogun State last week.

OVER 1,000 STUDENTS RECRUITED BY OUR WBSFUW : Our WBSFUW in Oyo,Osun,Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti State recruited over 1,000 students for WBS correspondence courses.

ABOUT A STUDENT: Bro. Mojana Nte Darius is one of our present year -2 students that will be graduating on August 30,2019 Lord's willing.
He is a member of The Church of Christ, #3, Creek Road ,Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Born in 1975 at Dema town in Rivers State and became a member of the Lord's Church in year 2001.
Through his efforts, the Lord's Church was planted late last year at Rivers State Civil Servant Housing Estate, Port Harcourt. His mission is to be one of the season ministers of God in and around Rivers State.

SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: With the help of the Lord, we(myself, Bro.Kayode Eniafe and Bro.Dele Shotola) were able to help the Church of Christ, Ido-Ekiti, Ekiti State to solve the problem caused by a corper- brother who have divided that congregation with his teaching that only  evening Communion is Scriptural .
I taught on Establishing New Testament Authority on Time of Communion, Bro.Kayode Eniafe taught on History of the Lord's Supper While Bro.Dele Shotola admonished the Church on Careful Observation of the Lord's Command.

COMING EVENTS: The BVBI Sandwich degree program will come up on August 19-30,2019. Bro. Isaac Olaniyan will be teaching on HERMENEUTICS-1 and Bro.Steven Ashcraft on Greeks-1.
Also,our 17th annual Bible Lectureship and Graduation of successful 29 students is coming up from August 28-30,2019 at our Small -London, Butubutu village, Ibadan, Oyo State Lord's willing.

CONCLUSION: We thank Bro.Joel Coppinger and associates, Bro.Steven Ashcraft and associates, Bro.Chad Wagner and associates, Bro. & Sister Doug Wheeler, Bro.John Branard,The Lough family and you all for your partnership and support for the continuation of this good work in Nigeria.  

May you all be blessed today and forever in Jesus Christ name, amen.
I remain your fellow labourer in Christ's vineyard......

MAKINDE Ebenezer Olufemi 
(The Chief Servant of BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan and WBSFUW)

Posted on August 12, 2019 .

First campaign in Abuja



The Bear Valley Bible Institute Abuja 1st Evangelism Campaign was organized after a prospect follow-up exercise conducted on a listener of the 'Let the Bible Speak' program of the Church of Christ, Kado Abuja, in a remote village of Tunga Madaki Gaku village, behind the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, on the 1st June 2019 at 8am.

The campaign featured students and faculty of Bear Valley Bible Institute Abuja, World Bible School Abuja team members, and members of the Church of Christ, Iddo-Sarki, with a total of 56 participants, consisting of 42 students, 6 faculty, 4 WBS team members and 4 Church of Christ Iddo-Sarki members. A team of Medical & Health officials from Talk Project Consulting provided health services to the members of the community.



Among the activities for the campaign were house-to-house preaching, open-air campaign and health services. The house-to-house preaching produced three (3) baptisms (2 male and 1 female) . Also, the open-air campaign had seventy-nine (79) participants in attendance, with  ten (10) visitors from different denominational churches, such Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Evangelical Reformed Christian Church (ERCC), Evangelical Church of Winning All (ECWA) etc, including a retired Pastor of ERCC. Over 100 members of the community benefited from the free health services, which includes High Blood Pressure check, sugar test etc.


The seed of the word of God had been sown into the hearts of many through the campaign, and many hearts received but few accepted, else the need for follow-up and study time. The good news about the campaign is the relationship built with the community chief, though a Muslim, but wholeheartedly received and accepted the team and approved the open-air venue and a land for the church use.

We give God the glory for the opportunity to be used for His work and special thanks to the students and faculty of Bear Valley Bible Institute Abuja, World Bible School Abuja Team and others for their contributions and participation in the campaign.



Posted on June 10, 2019 .

60 students every weekend in Nigeria

Dearest in Christ Jesus,

Greetings from BVBIN- WEEKEND SCHOOLS in Agege, Ikorodu and Ibadan.
Bro.Mfon Etim of Ikorodu school taught today on The Geography of the Bible at BVBIN-ONIKOKORO,IBADAN and 13 students were in attendance. Bro.Lawrence Dada of Ibadan weekend school taught on 1&2 Peter and Jude at Ikorodu weekend school and 22 students present while Bro.Emmanuel Odo taught on 1&2 Thessalonians at Agege School and 25 students present.

Thanks once more for your partnership and support. May the Lord keep on using you and all of us for His glory is my fervent prayers. Amen.
Bro.Isaac Olaniyan will be teaching from Monday, June 10 on Life of Christ-4 at BVBIN AND SWSE, Ibadan, Butubutu village. 
Have a wonderful weekend.
Sincerely His & yours........
MAKINDE Ebenezer Olufemi

Posted on June 10, 2019 .

Reaching the most populous country in Africa

Beloved fellow soldiers of Christ.

Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord and great Redeemer, Jesus Christ from your fellow servants of God in Nigeria,most especially in the BVBIN and SWSE Ibadan main campus located in Butubutu Village via Badeku/Jago,  Oyo State.

Here are some of the report of our activities in the Lord for the month of May 2019.  


i.  Students now in a month Vocational training.

ii. The Lord's Church planted in Salako's Village via Igbo-Oloyin Road,Ibadan.

iii. 4th Semester begins on June 3 through August 25,2019

iv. Four muslim believers converted  during WBS Seminar in Itu, Akwa-Ibom State.

v. 6,000 Copies of VOTI Volume 100 ready for distributions in Nigeria.


All our year one students are presently in a month Vocational Training which will end on June 1, 2019 while the year two students return to help their different congregations in the evangelization of their communities and in edification of the saints. Nine of the year one students are with me in Ibadan studying electrification, tailoring,motor mechanic, e.t.c.


In continuation of our mission as a School of Biblical Studies and Evangelism, the staff and seven of our year one students and one of our graduates and one of the recent students in BVBII degree program, Bro.Oladokun Samuel and a fellow WBSFUW named Bro.Dele Shotola evangelised Igbo-Oloyin,Salako and Aroro villages in Ibadan rural area on May 10 and 11 and started the first Church worship in Ile Olopa ,Aba Salako(I.e, Police' s house,Salako's Village) on May 13 with 12 brethren and the total collection was N2,250.On May 20, a soul was restored after many years of self disfellowship from the Lord's church. Bro.Oladokun Samuel and one of our students is now working with that young congregation in Aba Salako. To God be the glory and honour.


Our last semester for this session begins on June 3 and will be concluded on July 26 follow by a month T.P( Teaching Practice) between July 27 through August 25,2019. We are planning to send the 33 students to four out of six geographical zones in our country, Nigeria. This will cost us between $600 to $750 for transportation and reprints of our local gospel tracts and we can conveniently raise about $200 among Nigerian brethren for this spiritual exercise.

A DAY WBS SEMINAR: A day World Bible School Seminar conducted by Bro.M.B.Archibong in Mbak Itam, Itu on May 15 led to conversion of four Muslim believers. Several tracts from both local and gospel mission International and Voice of the Truth International volumes 98 & 99 were freely distributed during this one day WBS seminar.


The BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan ,Butubutu village is  using this opportunity to appreciate in advance Bro.Keith Kasarjian and the BVBID and association for assists us with fund to purchase a bigger generator plant to supply electrification to our schools community. We shall be purchasing the generator as soon as we receive the fund on June.

6,000 VOTI VOLUME 100 : The Voice of Truth International Volume 100 is now ready for distributions to churches in Nigeria. We deeply appreciate the World Evangelism crew for this great job for the growth of the Lord's church in Africa and the world as a whole.

ABOUT A STUDENT: Bro.Baruch Uchenna Okpulor is one of our year one students. A member of the Lord's church in Osusu Elendu,Aba,Abia State.Join the school in 2017. Became a member of the Lord's church in 1987.A graduates of Enugu state University of Science and Technology. Presently, our student's leader. His mission is to be trained as a preacher of the gospel and to become a missionary in the near future.

OTHER COMMENT: The Onikokoro /Gbongudu congregation have started another three month series of Studies every Lord's day under the theme:THE NEEDS OF THIS CONGREGATION and I spoke on Our Present Needs on May 13, The Needs for Sound Preacher on May 20 and Not Being Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ on May 27,2019. Another brother will be speaking next Lord's day .Our average attendance now 36 with average collection of N5,500=

CONCLUSION: We thank you all for your moral and financial supports toward the growth of the Lord's church in Africa, most especially in Nigeria. May the Lord continue to bless all our joint efforts in Christ Jesus, amen.

I remain your fellow servant of God, MAKINDE Ebenezer  Olufemi (The Chief servant of BVBIN & SWSE-IBADAN and WBSFUW)

Posted on May 28, 2019 .

Exciting lineup of classes in Nigeria

Beloved in Christ Jesus..

Greetings from your fellow brethren in Nigeria, most especially most especially the BVBIN and SWSE Ibadan main campus located in Butubutu Village via Badeku/Jago, Ona-Ara L.G.A Oyo State.

Here are some of the report of our activities in the lord for the month of March 2019.


i.  3RD semester classes continue

ii. Evangelism in Oyo, Osun, Ogun and Ekiti State

iii. Bachelor’s degree program commenced

iv. WBS Seminar in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.


This semester classes begins on March 18 and will be concluded on March 10,2019. A 3 days Mass Evangelism will hold in Odo-Sida area in Ondo town, Ondo State from May 3 through 5, 2019. The instructor for this Semester are: Bro Kayode S Eniafe who is handling OTP(minor) & OT Wisdom-2, Bro. Abiola J. Olusoji handling 1&2 Peter & Jude and Christian Home, Bro Isaac Olaniyan handling LOC 2 and Hebrews,Bro Ojo Olugbenga handling Biblical Eschatological and 2 Corinthian, Bro.Silas Guda handling Bible Geography and Romans, Bro Abraham Idu Yeje handling 1&2 Thessalonian while I, Bro.Makinde is handling NT Church-2(Worship),Preacher's Work & Life and Teach with Success

3.EVANGELISM: Our Students continued in  the evangelisation of cities and villages in Oyo, Osun, Ogun and Ekiti States throughout the weekends in the month of April 2019. We evangelized Gbongudu and Kute-Ibadan, Ikoyi-Osun State, Ajibawo-Ogun State, Adeyemi area-Ondo State and lastly, Igbara-Odo-Ekiti State and the Lord crowned our efforts with five restoration and a convert.

4. BVBIN BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAM. As the Lord would have it, the first two classes in the Bachelor’s degree program came up at Anuoluwapo’s library in BVBIN and SWSE, Ibadan compound between April 1 through 12,2019. Bro Isaac Olaniyan taught the first class on Research Method-1 while I, Bro Makinde took the second class on the Fundamentals of Faith. Sixteen Students registered for the degree program presently, more serving gospel Preachers are expected to join the August 19-30 classes which will feature Bro Isaac Olaniyan and Bro Steven Ashcraft.

5. WBS SEMINAR: The World Bible School Seminar held in Afaha Obio Eno, between April 12-14,2019 resulted into conversion of six souls and hundreds of WBS lessons were shared and One hundred and Fifty copies of VOTI Volume 99 were freely distributed.

6. ABOUT A STUDENT: Ohaebuka Chinonso Philemon is one of our year 2 students. Presently serving as an evangelist of a congregation in Adeyemi Aea of Ondo town in Ondo State. Born to the family of Bro Cletus Ohaebuka in April 1995 at Imo state. His mission is to be one of the competent gospel ministers in Nigeria in the nearest future.

7. OTHER COMMENT: I taught on Life Ordered by God’s will on April 14 and Patient in Suffering on April 28,2019 at Onikokoro/Gbongudu Congregation during the Sunday morning Bible Class . I’m now teaching on Prayer-Our great privilege in our Wednesday Bible Class. I started the class on April  17 and hope to conclude this class on June 2019.

CONCLUSION: We thank you all for your love and partnership, may the Lord continue to bless all our efforts in his vineyard in Jesus Christ name,Amen.

I remain your fellow servant of God, MAKINDE Ebenezer  Olufemi (Director of Studies, BVBIN & SWSE-IBADAN and WBSFUW)

Posted on May 13, 2019 .

Annual lectureship in Nigeria

Beloved in Christ,

Greetings from  staff and students of Bear Valley Bible Institute Nigeria & Southwest School of Evangelism, Ibadan and my fellow WBSFUW in Southern part of Nigeria.

Below is the summary of our activities for the month of March 2019:
i) Evangelism in Jago 1 & 2 and Butubutu village- Oyo state and Ikoyi and Ikire-Osun state
ii) Third Semester Classes begins.
iii) 17th Annual Leadership Seminar, a great success.
iv) Agricultural Seminar by Healing Hands International. Kenya

The staff and students of BVBIN & SWSE,Ibadan and fellow WBSFUW in Western States of Nigeria are very busy in evangelizing their community, most especially  Jago 1 & 2 and Butubutu village of Ona-Ara Local Government ,Oyo state and Ikoyi and Bale Ayo of Osun state throughout the Saturdays in the month of March 2019 and the Lord crowned our joint effort with a convert in Jago on March 21 and three convers in Bale Ayo in Osun State on March 24,2019.

Our third semester classes begins as scheduled on March 18 and we shall be closing on May 10,2019, Lord’s willing .Our instructors for this semester are Bro.Isaac Olaniyan, Bro.Abiola Joseph Olusoji, Bro. Gbenga Ojo, Bro .Emmanuel Godwin, Bro.Silas Guda , Bro.Kayode Solomon Eniafe, and myself- Bro.Makinde Ebens.
4. 17th ANNUAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR: This year annual leadership seminar held in our main campus at Doug Wheeler Event Center was attended by over 100 brethren from 13 States of the federation and from over 50 congregations. Over 30,000 of our local tracts and ten gospel booklets from Mission Printing International were freely distributed with 315 Bibles to all the participants..We thank you all for your partnership and support. Most especially we appreciates the financial support from Bro.Steven Ashcraft and associates and that of Bro. Chad Wagner and associates for the fund raised for us to purchased Bibles.

5.  AGRIC SEMINAR : The resource person for the one day Agric Seminar, Bro.Ebenezer Udofia of Healing Hands International, Kenya arrived Ibadan city on Thursday evening. The one day Agric Seminar centered on How to raise Poultry and Piggery farm .The seminar started as early as 8.30am and come to an end by 1.30pm. 68 brethren from 13 States and 60 congregations participate in the seminar.

6. ABOUT A STUDENT: Bro. Samson Paul is one of our Year 2 students. Born in the year 2001 at Ibadan. And presently serving as our Campus Minister. His mission is to be one of the competent ministers of God within and outside Nigeria.

7. SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: With the help of the Almighty God, coupled with the supports of Brother Steven Ashcraft and that of Brother Chad Wagner, we were able to provide a two meal per day from Monday through Wednesday and 3 meals on Thursday and Friday for all the participants in the just concluded 17th Annual Leadership Seminar 2019 at BVBN and SWSE, Ibadan and 315 Bibles freely shared plus 10 carton of Mission Printing International booklets and tracts.

8. OTHER COMMENTS: Lord’s willing, we are starting the BVBN degree programme on April 1 through 12,2019 at our main campus in Butubutu, Ibadan. The first two speakers for April classes are Brother Isaac Olaniyan who will be handling Research Method-1 from April 1-5 and myself, Brother Makinde Ebens who will be teaching Fundamentals of Faith -1 from April 8 through to 12, 2019. Presently, 15 gospel ministers /our graduates across the country have indicated interest in the training.
Also, I taught in Onikokoro-Ibadan congregation on Favouritism Forbidden  on March 3, Faith in Action on March 10, Control your Tongue on March 17 and Controlling your passions, lust, and desires.All from the book of James under the theme ,Practical Christianity. Average attendance is 40 with average contribution of N4,000=.

9. CONCLUSION : We thank you all for your partnership and love. May the Lord keep on blessing all our work together in Jesus Christ name (Amen).

Sincerely His & Yours……MAKINDE Ebenezer  Olufemi (Director of Studies, BVBIN & SWSE-IBADAN and WBSFUW)

Posted on April 10, 2019 .

26 more students in Nigeria

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The school is blessed with 26 students: four Sisters and twenty-two brothers. In January 2019 we had three students joining us, that makes the number from twenty-three to twenty-six students 

The first lecture for 2019 has been taken by bro Oladokun Samuel, he treated the book of Acts and all of our students were present. In February we are treating evangelism 1 and In March we are going to treat the topic New Testament church 2. 

We had our campaign on the 9/2/2019,three soul were added and one restored on our campaign day.

Thanks you sir for motivating us to preach the gospel,God bless bear valley's management  


Mfon etim


Ikorodu campus

Posted on March 12, 2019 .

Busy and productive in Nigeria

Beloved in Christ Jesus.

Greetings in staff and students of Bear Valley Bible Institute Nigeria & Southwest School of Evangelism, Ibadan and my fellow WBSFUW in Southern part of our great nation, Nigeria.

Below is the summary of our activities for the month of February 2019:


i)   Weekend evangelism in continue in Asejire town,Oyo and Osun state and Butubutu village,Ibadan in Oyo state

ii)  End of Second Semester Classes..

iii)  Vocational Weeks commenced on February 9.

iv)  Great Workshop 2019 at Owutu Village ,Imo state.

v) BVBIN & SWSE IBADAN 17th Annual Leadership seminar come up on March 25-29,2019 Lord’s willing.


The year-2 students are all busy in their respective congregation in fulfilling the marching order of Master Jesus through house-to-house evangelism while the year-1 students despite the fact that they are in a month Vocational Training are also busy every weekend in Weekend House-to-house evangelism in Oyo,Osun and Lagos state. Report reaching the school from both the year-1 and 2 students shows the conversion of nine souls and restoration of five .TO GOD BE THE GLORY!


The 2nd semester classes come to and end as scheduled on February 8,2019.Lord’s willing,3rd semester classes will begin on March 18 instead of March 4 due to ongoing elections in our country, Nigeria.

4. VOCATIONAL WEEKS :All our year-1 students are now in a four weeks Vocational Training in Oyo,Osun and Lagos State learning different trades such as Fashion Designing, Electrification, Motor Mechanic, Plumber, Art Design, Barbing, NAPPMEG, e.t.c.


This year Great Workshop for WBSFUW in Nigeria held at Owutu Village, Imo State was attended by over 600 brethren across the country. Bro. Chad Wagner was our guest speaker. Several books was freely shared during this spiritual exercise. Among the books shared were the remaining 3,000 copies of VOTI volume 99, tracts by Bro .Sylvester Imogoh, 5,000 copies of WBS introduction lessons from Bro.Joel Coppinger and Associates and 400 BVBIN & SWSE IBADAN 2019 Calendar.

6. 17TH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR: Lord’s willing, this year Leadership Seminar will centered on “Go Yee Into The World”. The program will commenced on early morning of March 25 and end with Agric Seminar on March 29 by Bro. Ebenezer Udofia of Healing Hands International, Kenya .Participants from the Western Nigeria and Middle Belt are expected to arrive on Sunday evening, March 24. 


 i) From the support from Bro. Chad Wagner & associates and from Bro.Steven Ashcraft and associates, we were able to print 5,000 copies each of our six local tracts for Weekend Evangelism and Gospel Campaign in the Western State of Nigeria.

ii) Also, the BVBIN & SWSE-IBADAN Staff quarter’s and that of SWI Staff quarter’s and Anuoluwapo’s Library painted

8. ABOUT A STUDENT: Bro.Okpachui Denis Ugim is one of our year-1- students.Born in 1992 at Obudu, Cross River State. He is presently our chapel prefect. His mission is to become one of the competent ministers of God in Cross River State and beyond after his study in BVBIN & SWSE-Ibadan.

9. BRO.CHAD WAGNER NOW OUR NEW SWSE-PATRON: Now that our able brother, Chad Wagner is now fully in charge of Nigeria evangelism ministry, the Foundation Members of the SWSE-Ibadan and our graduates on February 6 deem it fit to confer on him the position held by the faithful soldier of Christ, Bro.Doug Wheeler since the school inception in year 2003 till December 2018 on Bro.Chad Wagner, that is, SWSE-Patron. We therefore appeal to you all to make any enquiry concerning us and our mission from him. Big thanks for your usual cooperation.

11. OTHER COMMENTS: The Church of Christ , Onikokoro / Gbongudu , Ibadan  start her first Indoor Bible Lectureship in 2019 centered on “ Practical Christianity’ ….Studies from the book of James on February 3,2019 and I Introduce the book on the first class of February 3 and served as the admonisher  on February 10 .Average attendance is 48 with average collection of N4,600= 

CONCLUSION  : We deeply appreciates the supports from Bro .Joel  Coppinger  &  associates, Bro. Steven Ashcraft & associates , Bro.Chad Wagner & associates ,Dorman & Donna Lough, Bro. Doug Wheeler , Bro. Bill Pennell , Bro .John Branard & Oceanside congregation, Visalia community Church of Christ and you all for your partnership and support . May God continue to bless our works together in Jesus Christ name, amen.

Sincerely His & Yours……MAKINDE Ebenezer  Olufemi (Director of Studies, BVBIN & SWSE-IBADAN and WBSFUW)

Posted on March 12, 2019 .

Progress in Lagos

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Number of present students: 30

The school went for evangelism in which six (6) souls were saved and 2 brothers were restored and their pictures were attached.

Brother Ezekiel Okoro taught in all 3 schools during the last quarter. The topic of his teaching was the Life of Christ which he taught in Agege, Ikorodu, and Ibadan. 

Many congregations have requested the school to support them in their evangelism or a gospel campaigns. 


All of the lessons of the last quarter have been taught to all the students and all the distance teachers who are from Ibadan and Ikorodu schools came to teach their subjects.  All of us from Agege who was assigned to teach in the other schools at Ibadan and Ikorodu went there to teach.   We can see that the rotation of teachers is very good and the students love it.  All of the students were given the handouts for each class.


Four congregations have invited the school to help them with their evangelism.  This includes the congregation at Iyana Iyesu in Ogun State from 25 to 20th April 2019, the church of Christ in Iju Ogun State on the 20th of April 2019; the congregation at Orisumibare Lagos state on the 

9th of April and the church at Ijaye Lagos will hold their own campaign in June of this year The school has resumed for another semester, and Okohrougou is the teacher for Life of Christ 2, The school is preparing to hold a lectureship this year and all the churches in Lagos state shall be invited Some of the students were sick in the last quarter and visitation was made by the director of the school, Abiola Joseph.  The school is now growing evangelically and academically more than before.

Posted on February 19, 2019 .

The first year in Ibadan is complete

Beloved in Christ,

Greetings from staff and students of Bear Valley Bible Institute, Ibadan. 

1.    Overview: Glory to God for the successful completion of the first year program of the weekend school at Ibadan; 12 courses has been taught and graded. The gospel campaign that ought to be for 2nd and 9th of February as been shifted to February 23 and break on 16th of February and 2nd March because of the Nigeria National election slated for those days. Brother Oladokun will be teaching Personal Evangelism 1 on February 2,9 and March 9and 16th.

2.  Special Accomplishment: The hosting congregation where the works records a baptism during December; moreso, Bro Olalekan Olajide Joseph one of our student presently work with kute Church of Christ, Ibadan. 

3  Evangelism:   the school intructors and students continue in the work of Evangelism with our hosting congregation (Gbongudu/sooko Church of Christ, Ibadan). The students are prepared for the forthcoming Gospel campaign being equipped with the undiluted word of Christ to reach lost souls.

4.  About A Student: Sister Esther Makinde is one of our student giving all her strength for the cause of Christ, building up and teaching the children and teenager the way to God and laying down her time for personal Evangelism and follow-up work. She's inspiring many soul with her zeal for the cause of the Gospel.

Conclusion:  We  appreciate you effort thus far to promote the work of Christ here in Ibadan. The school has been a blessing enriching students and congregations here in Ibadan.

May God continue to bless our work in Christ AMEN



Posted on February 19, 2019 .

A New School in Nigeria


We give thanks to God for the launch of a new part-time school in Abuja, Nigeria. On February 2, 2019, the first classes met at the Church of Christ Kado in Abuja. Chad Wagner, Coordinator for the new school, was on hand to give the inaugural address and to encourage the students and staff to set a good pattern for the new school. This school will be meeting every Saturday for the next four years straight. This format will allow the new students to continue working at the jobs and their businesses through the week and study the Bible on the weekends. It is essential that the students attend every class period (every Saturday) so that they do not fall behind in class. It will be challenging but the students are excited to start the process.

There are around 50 students who have chosen to join in this part-time school format. However, due to the size of the new student body, we have had to split the students into two classes. One class will meet at the Church of Christ Kado building and the other group will meet at the Church of Christ Nyanya building. We are grateful that the elders at the church at Kado purchased tables and chairs for the 25 students meeting at their building. The church at Nyanya does not currently have tables and chairs for their students but we are hopeful that it will be remedied soon. 

We are also grateful for Samson Alabi, the new director of the part-time program. He has proven himself to be a capable and willing servant in this endeavor. We are grateful for God sending him our way. Even though the school is using two different locations, he will serve as the director for both locations. 

There is such a need for trained preachers to go into the mostly-Muslim northern Nigeria. We are grateful that the Lord has enabled this school to be here to meet the challenges of evangelism in a predominantly Muslim population of northern Nigeria. Eventually, we would like to consider a school of preaching to train Christians of the Hausa tribe to go to their own people and preach the Gospel. The challenges are great -- but our God is greater!

Until all have heard,

Chad Wagner

Posted on February 18, 2019 .

Very busy in Nigeria!

Beloved in Christ Jesus;
Grace, peace and mercy unto you all from God our Father and from Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior, who saw us through year 2018 all Glory and Honor to his name.
A big appreciation to those who were there for us and all who played vital roles in helping us to achieve our aims of training more soldiers of Christ at BVBIN and SWSE, Ibadan , may God in his abundant blessings continue to bless our works together in Jesus Christ name.
May this new season bring you dew from heavens, give you peace and joy to take you and all yours through the year 2019. HAPPY NEW YEAR
Below is the summary of our activities for the month of December 28, 2018:
I  Evangelized in Butubutu and environment, Asejire-Oyo & Osun, Igbara-Odo in Ekiti State
ii End of the year program resulted into conversion of Five and restoration of a family of Four.
iii BVBIN-IKORODU, 3rd annual Bible Lectureship held at Lagos 
iv SW 2nd Building near  completion.
v 17th Annual Leadership seminar themed “Go yea unto the world and preach”
As usual, the staff and students of the BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan were busy every weekend in evangelism and campaigning for Christ. We were graced to evangelized villages around Butubutu Jago and Badeku. Also, we extended our work to Asejire town in Oyo and that of Osun state,the lord crowned our joint effort with total conversion of Five brothers and a family of four was restored unto the lord in Badeku.
I, Bro.Kayode S Eniafe, Bro Gbenga Ilori and Bro Emmanuel Godwin spoke at a Three days mass evangelism and Open-Air Bible lectureship organized by Igbara-Odo congregation, Ekiti state between December 6-9, 2018 and a soul gave his life to Christ after the program and also I, Bro.Dele shotola and Bro. Kayode spoke at the end of the year gospel campaign at Jago-Ibadan.
Bro,Augustine Odo served as the moderator, Bro. Mfon Etim- the director of BVBIN – Ikorodu spoke on ”The New Testament Conversion” while I(Bro. Makinde ebens) spoke on “Working together with God” during the 3rd Annual Bible Lectureship centered on “WHAT THINK YE OF THE CHURCH?”. The program was attended by over 150 brethren from congregations of our Lord around Lagos state. Among the dignitaries were Bro.Akinyemi, Bro.Abiola, Bro.Ufot, e.t.c
Bro.Okoro Chinyere, one of the organizers of the program reported that six preachers enrolled as students of the BVBIN-IkORODU after the seminar. The new students will join the next class of January 5,2019. Lord’s willing.
5 SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: To God be the Glory we will soon complete the second structure for the Southwest Nursery& Primary school. All that is left for the completion of the second structure are; Desks for Student, White board and other amenities.
6 SPECIAL CHALLENGE: We are still in need of a bigger generator plant to supply electricity to the school community.
7 ABOUT A STUDENT: Bro.Smauel Sunday Moses is a year one student. He is from Ikwe Omua L.G.A, Akwa-Ibom State. He is happily married and blessed with children. He is here to be train to become a competent ministers. His mission is to acquire more knowledge in the work of Christ, most especially in evangelism.
8 OTHER COMMENTS: I taught on “The Origin of Evil” at Onikokoro,Gbongudu Congregation on December 23 and 30, 2018. The book of Job was used as our lesson background with the aim of aiding God’s children to remain faithful during tough time.
CONCLUSION  We are very much grateful to you all for your moral and financial supports toward Evangelism in both rural and urban area of the country. May the Lord continue to bless our works in Jesus Christ name, amen.
I also thank those that sent words of comfort to me and my wife (through sms, calls and email) over the untimely departure of our first son, Emmanuel Anuoluwapo to the land of glory on October 2018. May the Lord keep us fit and sound in the loving way till the end is our fervent prayer. Amen.
I remain yours in the grace as a servant
Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi
(Director of Studies)

Posted on January 15, 2019 .

Busy for good in Nigeria

Dear brethren,

Greetings from staff and students of BVBIN AND SWSE-IBADAN and fellow WBSFUW in Western State of Nigeria.Below is the report of activities for the month of November 2019.

i- Evangelism in Ibadan, Oyo State and Asejire, Osun State through out the Saturdays in November.
ii- Vocational Studies concluded successfully on November 23.
iii- Second semester classes begins as scheduled.

The staff and year -1-students who are in Ibadan and Asejire-Osun State for a month vocational training were busy every Saturdays in the month of November evangelizing with the brethren in the nearest congregations to evangelized Onikokoro,Gbongudu,Aronfolu and Kute-Ibadan while those in Osun State evangelized Asejire-Oyo, Asejire-OsunState, Ikoyi and environment .Our joint efforts was blessed with seven conversion and two restoration.
Also,our year-2 students returned from their respective congregations where they are serving as an evangelist with the report of five conversions and restoration of fourteen erring brethren. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Bro.Oba Justice Ugochuckwu is one of our year -1 students that got admission in to the school in August 2017.Born to a Christian family in 1996. His mission is to be one of the competent ministers in the Eastern part of Nigeria .

The BVBIN AND SWSE-Ibadan were well represented in a three days gospel meeting held in Omu-Aran, Kwara State between November 15-18,2018 where I spoke twice on Back to the Bible and Restoring the New Testament Church on November 16.Morning session were designed for House-to-house Evangelism and evening session for Indoor Lectureship.Bro. Kayode S.Eniafe spoke on Sunday morning on Worship of the New Testament Church and a soul was converted and three restored.
On November 11 and 25, I taught the Sunday morning class on THE WALK OF FAITH and SPIRITUAL DISCIPLES at Onikokoro-Ibadan congregation.

Second semester classes begins as scheduled on November 26 ,2018 through February 8,2019 (*check the attached program for details)

CONCLUSION: We are very grateful to you all for your moral and financial supports. May the Lord of blessings continue to bless our work together in Jesus Christ name, Amen.

I remain your fellow soldier of Christ,
MAKINDE Ebenezer Olufemi (Director of Studies and WBSFUW)

Posted on December 18, 2018 .

A well rounded program in Nigeria

Beloved in Christ Jesus.

 Greetings from staff and students of BVBIN & SWSE IBADAN and fellow WBSFUW in Western State of Nigeria.

i. Evangelised Jago,Kupalo and Asejire on October.

ii.Practical week: October 22-26

iii.Vocational Training begins on October 27-November 23,2018

iv. Second semester classes begins on November 26,2018 Lord's willing.

2. SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: We have succeeded in repairing the South West Nursery and Primary school's van to our taste.

3. EVANGELISM : The staff and students and co-WBSFUW  evangelised at Jago and Kupalo village of Ona-Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State in the evening of  October 13 & 20,2018 and Asejire-Osun State on October 19-21. Three souls were added to the Lord's church in Asejire and two in Jago /Kupalo on October 20,2018

4. ABOUT A STUDENT: Bro.Olugbenga Ebenezer Ojo is one of our year two students.Born in year 1960 in Ife-Osun State. Added to the Lord's church in 2015 during our August annual Bible Lectureship and graduation. His mind is to serve the Lord in the Western state of Nigeria after his graduation on August 2019 Lord's willing.

5. OTHER COMMENTS: I taught on Godhead in the Sundays on the month of October using Bro.Jerry Bates book on Godhead at Oniyere-Ibadan,Isheri Oshun-Lagos state,Mile12 -Lagos and Agege congregation-Lagos state.

 A fellow WBSFUW and one of the major recipients of VOTI named Bro.M.B.Archiborn  reported the conversion of five souls as a result of the WBS seminar held in the Lord's church where he is ministering .

 CONCLUSION: We are very grateful for your moral and financial supports toward the growth of the Lord's church in Africa and the world as a whole. May the good God we are serving continue to bless all our works together in Jesus Christ name, amen.

I remain your fellow soldier of Christ,

MAKINDE Ebenezer Olufemi( Director of Studies & WBSFUW)

Posted on November 24, 2018 .

New students in Nigeria

Bear Valley Bible Institute - Ibadan (Extended Program)

Operating Report for the three months ending September 30, 2018

Overview: We are continuing with the third quarter lectures, the school just concluded lectures and conducted from the book of Job(old testament wisdom literature 3a) today.and by next week well be starting another subject ( Acts of the Apostle)that will be anchored by Bro Oladokun Samuel Olawale. 

Special Accomplishment: We are blessed with two new students within the month of September to add to the 13 students present. And we hope to admit more students before the end of this year.

Evangelism:   As part of the curriculum of the school, the students and staff's of the school works with the host congregation (Onikokoro/gbongudu Church of Christ) every first Saturday of the month in her evangelism, and this has been a joint effort to spread the Gospel within the community, Bro Oladokun Samuel has been working for one month past with the Akinmoorin Church of Christ,Oyo, teaching, equipping the saints towards the course of evangelism and has been active in the Church evangelism.

Conclusion:  We sincerely appreciate your unending effort to aid us in spreading the good news and building up a healthy church 


Oladokun Samuel Olawale

Director, BVBI-Ibadan

Posted on October 16, 2018 .

Graduation in Nigeria

(1) OVERVIEW: From the report reaching us from our 40 students that served in different congregations of our Lord Jesus Christ from July 13 till August 12, 53 souls were converted and twenty (20) erring brethren returned to the Lord as the result of their effective work with the preachers and teachers of the different congregation where they served.

(2) SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: By His grace coupled with the support from Bro. Doug Wheeler, the Lough family and Bro. Steven Ashcraft and associates we were able to host over 250 brethren from 68 congregations across the country of Nigeria in the just concluded 16th Annual Bible Lectureship & graduation of 33 successful soldiers of Christ Jesus. The program started on Wednesday evening through Friday evening in BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan at Butubutu village, where 15 men of God ministered to the spiritual needs of people and 2 sisters taught the women. 3, 000 VOTI vol. 97, mission printing tracts and books by Bro. Sylvester Imogoh were freely distributed to over 8 0 congregations present.

Different Books, such as Bible dictionaries, Bible concordance, Thompson Reference chain Bible and other books from Bro. Steven Ashcraft were presented to fourteen out of the 33 graduating students as special gifts. Fifteen (15) cartoon of preacher’s book from mission printing was presented to our 15 students that graduated with BVBI certificate.

(3) EVANGELISM: The year 2 students and staff of the school will embark on a journey this weekend to visit Ekiti State so as to preach the good news, while the year1 students under the leadership of Kayode Solomon Eniafe will work with Ikoyi congregation -Osun State in house to house evangelism during the morning time and open air Bible Lectureship in the evening. We hope to return back to Butubutu campus on Sunday evening Lord’s willing.

(4) ABOUT A STUDENT: (pic 5) Bro. Nsini Udo is from Cross River state happily married and blessed with three children. He is presently one of our year 2 students. His mission is to become one of the effective evangelists in Cross – River after his two years training, Lord’s willing on August 2019.

(5) OTHER COMMENTS: We appreciate the partnership with the Bear Valley Bible Institute International, World Bible School, and Truth for Today, Mission Printing International and you our American brethren. May the Lord keep on using us all for the growth of His Kingdom. 

 Conclusion: Big thanks for your labour of love.May the Lord keep us safe in His loving way in Jesus Christ name,amen.

 Sincerely His & yours .......Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi(Director of Studies )

Posted on September 6, 2018 .