BEAR VALLEY BIBLE INSTITUTE NIGERIA, OWERRI CENTER REPORT APRIL-JUNE 2023
It is with gratitude to God that we are privileged to be found useful in the service of helping to mold great men for the service of God and humanity. We encountered several challenges this quarter ranging from security to economic challenges, but it didn’t deter us in our resolve to be consistent in our efforts to maintain high standards in making sure we produce disciplined and productive, Bible teachers.
It is unfortunate that 3 of our students have been out-of-class during this quarter: one had a domestic accident that led to a fracture, the second one is suffering from a partial stroke, while the third one is suffering from an unconfirmed ailment as the cause of the sickness is yet to be ascertained after going for several medical tests. We keep praying for them for God’s healing mercies.
Due to our prevailing security situation, we still have lessons sometimes on weekdays and Sunday evenings depending on the situation on the ground.
Not minding the challenges now, the students are dedicated and in high-spirits. Presently we have 12 students. Although the high cost of petrol and its scarcity in the country is taking its toll on the students as the cost of transportation has skyrocketed, they still attend lectures.
So far, we have concluded course 116 and the students are doing well. Next month we will commence with course 117
Based on our discovery of disunity and lack of love and cooperation among preachers and congregations here in Imo State occasioned by a lack of well trained teachers, preachers and leaders in congregations, evangelism efforts have been adversely impacted. However, we visited several places last quarter to see how we can foster unity among brethren and congregations, the visits yeilded results às we hosted the first Preachers and Church leaders Bible summit in May with the Theme:- PROTECTING THE CHURCH FROM DESTRUCTIVE ELEMENTS.
This being the first in a series of seminars, workshops, lectureships and gospel meetings that we are embarking on. This is because when you go and evangelize and win souls into disunited congregations, the convert will leave.
Also, we are happy to inform you that the school played a very vital role in restoring peace in Umueze Mbutu congregation which had a crisis between the preacher and two factions in the church leading to non-members coming to mediate. To the glory of God, sanity has been restored and the preacher and few others in the congregation will soon be our students as they promised.
We have also started arrangements for our anniversary lectureships which we intend on hosting, God willing, from September 29th to October 1st. We are still working on how to be of help to brethren from far off locations from Owerri city requesting if arrangements can be made to come to their locations and give them lectures. This solely depends on the number of interested students.
One of our instructors dropped due to circumstances he didn’t reveal to us. We had to quickly get a replacement in the person of OGBONNA ONYEKACHI VINCENT; a graduate of School of Biblical Studies, Jos who is highly cerebral and dedicated.
We still remain eternally grateful to God, the parent body and the school authorities for giving us the privilege of having a study center in Owerri, Imo state. We will continue to create awareness as we have started advertising for new admissions. We believe and trust God to make a way for all who are interested but having distance as a barrier to benefit from the school.
We reaffirm our promise to maintain a high standard and surely we will make the school proud.
Yours because of Christ,
Chinedu Akandu, Director