I pray this April 2021 report meets you well. The adverse effects of the COVID 19 pandemic and insecurity in some parts of our country is tremendous, but we give God the glory for growing the church in the midst of all this.
Early April, as my children returned home from school due to holidays, it was a vacation time having rest and fellowship with my physical family.
A soul was baptized into Christ at Church of Christ, Ikot Akpa Idem, where we had our Bible Seminar on January 25, 2021. Glory be to God the seed planted during our Bible Seminars is yeilding fruits.
Two souls also baptized into Christ at Church of Christ, Ikot Odiong. One erring brother was restored to faith at Ikot Odiong church.
I and some brethren at Church of Christ in Ikot Odiong went on Evangelism at Obon Odor village and an erring Brother was restored to faith there. Obon Odor village is where we converted an Assemblies of God denomination to Church of Christ in 2013.
Sisters from Ikot Odiong church attended Christian Women Gospel Meeting at Church of Christ Atai Nto obo. church.
I worshipped at Church of Christ at Akpautong village in Esit Eket Local Government Area,. It was great preaching the Word there.
April 29 was my birthday, and the 2021 edition was dedicated to Evangelism, Twenty (20) Evangelists from our Ukanafun WBS Evangelism Team mark this day with door to door knocking at Ikot Odiong village and it’s neighborhood between 10am to 4pm preaching Christ to the lost souls, following up with those who have been preached to in the past. Some responded to our invitation to visit our worship service but not yet obeyed the gospel. Pray for fruitful outcome.
It’s farming season in my part of the world, and I have planted cassava and vegetable leaves in my little farm to support the family.
Pray for this month of May , our mission, health, Resources and the rising security Challenges in Nigeria.
In Christian Love and Service, Mojima Etokudo
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April – June2021 A Quarterly Publication of BVBIN & SWSE Located in Butubutu Village via Badeku/Jago, Ona-Ara L.G.A Box 35606, Agodi, Ibadan ,Oyo State, Nigeria.
We Praise Thee, O God, For the Son of Thy love. For Je-sus who died, and is now gone above Hal-le-lu-jah! Thine the glo-ry, Hal-le-lu-jah… (SOC:446; Yoruba 361)
Both the students and staff of BVBIN & SWSE IBADAN offered this and many songs of praises unto God on February 22 as we see the beginning of Third Semester Classes happily and successfully.
19TH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR 2021:The 19th Annual Leadership Seminar held on March 24-26 in Doug Wheeler Hall was graced by over 150 church leaders from 13 States of the Federation (Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ondo, Lagos, Kwara, Kogi, Edo, Delta, Kebbi, Taraba, Enugu and Rivers)Over 2000 copies of VOTI (volumes, 105,106&108) and Mission Printing International booklets, free gospel cassettes from West Olive congregation, AZ and packs of our local tracts were distributed freely to many of the congregations present. Some of the dignitaries that participated actively in the just concluded Leadership Seminar are: Bro. Ayobami Akanji (SWSE-Board Chairman) Bro. Mfon Etim (Director, BVBIN-IKORODU)Bro. Timothy Iwe (Director, BVBIN-LAGOS ISLAND)Bro.Samuel Nwuoka (Instructor, BVBIN-ENUGU STATE)Bro. Paul Akinwale (WBSFUW-OGUN STATE)Bro. Amos Olusegun (WBSFUW-OSUN STATE)Bro. Olorode Babatunde (representing Bro. Abiola Joseph Olusoji, Director-BVBIN, Agege, Lagos state), others include: Bro.Taiwo Sunday, Bro. Otuwo Brain, and many others. In addition, graduates of BVBIN & SWSE-Ibadan such as Bro. Emmanuel Godwin, Bro.Okoro Chinyere and Bro. Samuel Oladokun moderated the Three-Day Seminar while Bro. Ohaebuka Philemon, Bro. Akilapa Samuel and Bro. Akinyoola Michael served as our songs leaders.
WEEKEND EVANGELISM / CAMPAIGNS: In spite of our tight schedule, our weekend evangelism/ campaigns were effective in the six centers as our tradition -Bro. Oke Michael and his group evangelized Butubutu village and environment throughout the weekend in the months of February through third weeks of April. Bro. Iyesele Ifeanyi and his group evangelized Jago, Kupalo and environment. Bro. Abel Asang (one of the students from English speaking area of Cameroon) and his group evangelized Badeku town .Bro. Idowu Jonathan and his group evangelized Egbeda town from Friday evening until Sunday evening. Bro. Ozie Thomas and his group evangelized Ajia town while Bro.Akinrinade Sunday and his group evangelized Igbo-Oloyin town. All in Oyo State. Over 2,500 WBS correspondence courses were freely shared during the month of February through April while about 2,000 were returned by the students and have been posted to WBSTC (c/o Bro. Joel Coppinger in California, USA).
SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: This quarter recorded great achievements – the Lord made these possible by the financial supports from both our supporters in USA and Nigeria. Firstly, we thank the Lord and all our supporters for the successful hosting of our 19th Annual Leadership Seminar of March 24-26.Secondly, the school was able to pay off her outstanding balance of N865, 000 being part of the money loaned in September 2019 for the upgrading of the school building. Thirdly, the Lord assisted us to complete the roofing of the auditorium of Ajia congregation, filling up the floor, digging of the soak-away and setting up the blocks for the soak away. Lastly, the South West Kiddies Academy blocks now wear a new look. To God be the glory and honor!
APPRECIATION: We deeply appreciate the Lord for His goodness and mercies towards us. We equally appreciate all our supporters (both home and abroad). And in particular – Bro. Joel Coppinger & associate, Bro. Steven Ashcraft & associate, Bro.Chad Wagner & associate, Bill & Anita Pennel, Zach & Kim Van Tassel, Dorman & Donna Lough, Doug & Diane Wheeler, Sister Faye Bach & family, Sister Cherry Lloyd & family, Sister Lella Holley & associate, Oceanside congregation & Bro. John Branard, Westolive congregation & Bro.Bob Milstead, Bro. Jerry Bates & VOTI family, Austin Chapel congregation, SWSE Board members, Bro. Keith Kasarjian & BVBID family and all other well wishers.
UPCOMING EVENTS: Lord’s willing, the BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan will be working with her graduates and some preachers working in Ekiti State in the evangelization of Aramoko town in Ekiti State with the aim of planting the Lord’s church in that town of over two million populace without the Lord’s church from evening of May 2 through 9,2021.We appreciate the Austin Chapel congregation for their support towards this mission work.
CONCLUSION: We thank all our supporters in Nigeria and America for the moral and financial assistance rendered towards the growth of the Lord’s work in Nigeria. May the Lord keep on blessings all our work together in Christ name, Amen. Sincerely Yours in His grace as a servant, Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi
BVBID DEGREE PROGRAMME: Two of the Instructors (Bro. Makinde Ebens & Bro.Isaac Olaniyan) for the BVBID degree programme have been putting head together a week before the supplementary class of March 22-24 on Research and Writing-1.Seven out of the twelve students for the BVBID Degree Programme arrived on Sunday evening of March 21. By 8:00am on Monday, the course instructor, Bro. Isaac Olaniyan started the presentation on Research and Writing-1 following the MLA 8th Edition format and by Wednesday afternoon, the class was concluded to allow the degree students participate in the 19th Annual Leadership Seminar that was held in Doug Wheeler Hall, Butubutu Village Ibadan. Students present are Bro. Mfon Etim, Bro. Okoro Chinyere, Bro. Emmanuel Godwin, Bro. Shotola Segun, Bro. Unoke Onyekachi, Bro. Eze Mbaraoye and Bro. Fasonu Victor. We thank the BVBID team and Bro. Steven Ashcraft for giving us such a great privilege. May the Lord of blessing continue to bless the Board of Directors of BVBID, USA and their supporters. We are now looking forward to welcoming the Director of the programme, Bro. Steven Ashcraft for the next class of August 2021.Yours in the Soul Winning Business, Mfon Etim Adeh.
MARCH 24 – 26, 2021 LEADERSHIP SEMINAR (By Bro. Oke Michael Ayobamigbe)Over 150 church leaders witnessed the leadership program that came up between March 24- 26, 2021 from 13 states of the Federation in which all students and instructors were actively involved in the program.The program started with registration, followed by opening hymn and prayer at 02:30pm. The speakers on the first day were Bro. Makinde Ebens, Bro. Israel Tajomavwo, Bro. Guda Silas and Bro. Timothy Iwe. They spoke for 50 minutes each on the theme of the program: “SATAN AND HIS MISSION.” At 06:00pm, dinner was served, subsequently followed by evening devotion led by Bro. Tobi Emmanuel as the song leader while Bro. Mfon Etim delivered the sermon. During the course of the programme, the drama group also came up to present a short drama on the theme: “Satan and his Mission”. Light out at 11:45pm.Day 2 – Bro. Akinlapa Samuel was the song leader while Bro. Imbia Maxfield was the sermoner. We gathered for breakfast after that the opening hymn and prayer was said, while Bro. Ayobami Akanji, Bro. Ayobami Ogunjimi, Bro. Noel Brain Otuwo, Bro. Sunday Taiwo, Bro. Armstrong Pat-Okunbo were the speakers. We gathered for dinner by 6:30pm after which the devotion came up, Bro. Ajiteru Olufemi anchored the prayer section and light out was at 11:50pm.Day 3 – Bro. Oviri Careson was the song leader while Bro. Samuel Nwoeka was the sermoner. After this, breakfast was served. Followed by opening hymn and prayer – the speakers for the day were Bro. Victor Fasonu, Bro. Paul Akinwale, Bro. Adekunle Adeyemi and Bro. Adekunle Sunday. After the question/answer session, announcement, closing hymn, and prayer, group pictures followed by 3:34pm on Friday. We ate lunch and everyone departed to their various destinations with different gifts/packages. Lastly, we express our sincere gratitude to all the donors, moderators, interpreters, ushers, school management, school foundation and board members.
admission form STILL on sale. Application forms for admission into 2021/2022 Academic Year for 1-Year full time studies of the Bible and 1-Year Advanced Diploma programme at the Ibadan main campus are now on sale. Also, forms for 4 years part-time studies at Lagos BVBIN- Agege, Ikorodu, and Lagos Island are now on sale in the School Campus, Butubutu Village, Ibadan and The Church of Christ at Agege, Owutu-Ikorodu & Lagos Island for N500/ N1,000 only.1-Year training for brethen who are 2 years and above in the faith, with excellent performance both on the field and in the class. Prospective applicants must be faithful members of the Church of Christ and must possess at least a Secondary School Leaving Certificate with four Credits for Diploma Program, and a Diploma in Bible Related Courses from any of the Bible School organized by the members of The Church of Christ, for those applying for Advanced Diploma program. In addition, candidates must provide a letter of recommendation from the local church where the applicant placed his/her membership.
VOCATIONAL STUDIES AVAILABLE AT IBADAN – for two to three years are Modern Agric, Motor Mechanic, Carpentry & Joinery, Block & Concrete, Catering, Electrification, Computer, Graphic & Prints, Fashion Designing, NAPPMED, Aluminum & PVC Ceiling & Windows, etc. Examination and Interview for 2021/2022 Session will come up on July 10&24, 2021 @ Butubutu Village, Ibadan by 10:00am.Resumption Date for Successful Students: August 16, 2021 Lord’s Willing. A warm welcome awaits incoming student! Note: Please, remember that tuition and accommodation are free in addition to weekly allowance for faithful students. APPLY NOW! Bro. Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi (The Chief Servant of BVBIN & Swse, Ibadan)
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The 2021 Christian Family Retreat took place in Enugu over the weekend and to the glory of God, it afforded me and my family the opportunity to meet with other 7 families to spend time with each other in fellowship.
Since 2015, each year we use the holiday period during Easter to meet and critically look at how we are faring in our families. This retreat was born out of the fact that so many preachers and church leaders are not getting it right with their families. They may be effective in preaching but very poor in family management. They may be eloquent in evangelism but very poor in interpersonal communication with their spouse. So, to fill this gap, we decided to come together to share experiences with each other and help each other build a very strong home.
My family was blessed being in this year’s retreat. Our thinking is that a strong family leads to a strong church. Your support is part of what gave me the financial muscle to attend this retreat. We have to pay for accommodation for four days and pay for feeding during this period. I am glad that the retreat is having positive results. Lord willing, we shall be in Port Harcourt next year.
The first quarter of the year 2021 was very hectic as I led six different Bible Seminars, Gospel campaigns, Door to Door and Open Air Evangelism and numerous follow up mission working with our team of Evangelists “Ukanafun WBS Evangelism Team” we accomplish much for Christ during this period.
There was need to have some rest to recuperate from our labour which brought many souls to Christ, Challenges and prospects. I and family went on vacation while our Evangelism teammates also spent time with their families at home but every Sunday I still peach the Gospel.
Today Sunday April 11,2021 I preached a sermon on Christian Virtues at Church of Christ, Ikot Odiong Ukanafun, Two (2) precious Souls obeyed the Gospel and was baptized into Christ while one erring brother was restored back to faith. See attached photos.
Thank you so much for your generosity, your Spiritual and materials support towards Christ kingdom expansion really payoff and is highly appreciated. God bless you and yours. We need your continue prayers for more positive productivity in this second quarter and beyond. You are in our prayers.
In Christian Love and Service,
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Let me keep you abreast with the evangelism work on the month of April in Akwa Ibom State. One soul was added to the new church planted at Ikot Enyem in Obot Akara during our visit to the area with M. J. Akpakpan and Anameti Akpan on April 11, 2021. On that day, the new church had thirty people in attendance with visiting members.
WBS Seminar of Ikot Obio Mkpong in Uyo LGA was very successful as many new students were enrolled during evangelism outing.
Evangelism at Ikot Edung, Ikono L.G.A attracted many attendance and registration of WBS Students. Many requested for bibles and song books. The attached are pictures and baptism.
Evangelism will also take place in the following areas in the last two months of this quarter: Ikot Odung, Ikono L.G.A, Northside Church of Christ Ukpom, Anua Obio, Uyo, etc.
Thank you for including my name in the list for a motor. This will enhance evangelism in the local areas. May God bless you and your family.
Yours in the Lord,
Sunday Solomon Udoh
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UYAI JOSHUA BRINGS GOODNEWS FROM NIGERIA 10 BAPTISMS, 3 NEW CONGREGATIONS PLANTED AND 3 SEMINARS CONDUCTED.
I bring you Good news from Nigeria as the title of my March and April 2021 Missions updates reads. I thank the Elders and the Missions Committee of Austin Chapel Church of Christ for your support to me to do Mission work in Nigeria. The lord has blessed my efforts with many fruitful results in the following areas:
WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL SEMINARS, March 7, 2021, I spoke at a WBS seminar at church of Christ Ediene Ikot Akwa Ebom Abak. We went out for two hours for personal evangelism and baptized one soul and enrolled many into WBS programme.
On April 18, 2021, I preached at church of Christ Ikot Akpabio during services and baptized one soul Alice Akpan. In the afternoon, we conducted WBS seminar at church of Christ Ikot Obio Mkpong, Ikono Uforo Udosen, N.C.B.C reported of one baptism at Ikot Ndien, Ikot Abasi
CHURCH PLANTING ( 3 CONGREGATIONS)
I participated and spoke at church of Christ Obot Akara on March 19, 2021 where N.C.B.C students helped to plant a congregation. Open air service was conducted and one soul was baptized, we went back in April and baptized one additional soul and the Lord’s church was established with other members from nearby villages.
Seven N.C.B.C students worked and planted a congregation at church of Christ Nsukara Offot, Uyo last weekend and four were baptized.
Last week, under the leadership of Edet William (President NCBC Alumni Association) the Lord’s Church was planted at Mbak, Nsit, Nsit Ibom and the first service was held on May 2, 2021.
MY 54TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
April 6, I celebrated my 54th birthday with my family and friends. I thank God for preserving me to work in his kingdom for more than 30 years now. I thank my supporters for providing the necessary helps for me to do the preaching work in Nigeria.
On March 19 I was blessed with a new born baby boy Joe named after Joe Goulding and Donna Goulding the wife from Perry Church of Christ, Ohio. Donna Goulding is very benevolence sister I have recently discovered who have been sending clothes, bags and other items to needy brethren in Nigeria. She will be sending these items to me to give out in August through Chad Wagner, she and her congregation will soon set up WBS program. God bless them.
Greetings from Monday Akpakpan, his family and all the WBS Follow Up Workers I am working with. I always like the statement that my mother always told me “FORWARD EVER, BACKWARD NEVER“. Brethren, Evangelism is FORWARD EVER, BACKWARD NEVER“. Here are what were done in April 2021. . Women Gospel Meeting took place at Atai Otoro, Abak on April 17, 2021. . WBS Seminar was conducted at Ikot Obio Mkpong, Ikono Uyo. . My visit to a ONE MONTH OLD CHURCH at Ikot Eyem, Obot Akara added 1 soul to the Church. . At Uyo Prison there were 50 baptisms for the month of March and April, 2021. Prison work is where we always need many Bibles. . M. B. Archibong reported 9 baptisms and 1 restoration soul. . Uyai Joshua reported 1 baptism from Ikot Akpabio, Afaha Obong. . Open Air Preaching conducted by Two Towns Church of Christ at Midim, Abak. . In the month of April the Youth Seminars were conducted at different places as usual. . Nelson Akpan reported 2 baptisms. . A big thanks to the two people that sent me $100 and $30 to buy Bibles. I added $70 to it, to buy 40 big R. S. V. and 38 big K. J. V. . April 21, 2021 Uforo Udosen N. C. B. C. student baptized a soul at Ikot Ndien, Ikot Abasi. Thanks, to all of you. May God bless you all. Amen.
Dear Brethren, Base on your prayers, social and Spiritual support and trust in God nothing will hinder us from doing the work of Evangelism entrusted in us. Here are what happened in March 2021. . A new Congregation was established at Obot Akara L. G. A. . We had “THREE DAY HOUSE TO HOUSE AND OPEN AIR EVANGELISM” at Church of Christ Oku, Ikot Edung, Uruan L. G. A. (March 25 – 27, 2021). We had 10 baptisms and 1 restoration, making 11 souls added to the Church. . At Ikot Ekpeyak Ikono, Uyo, 2 Denomination members where converted to Christ. . General Gospel Meeting and WBS Seminar took place at Church of Christ No. 2, Ukpom. There was no baptism. . Nelson Akpan reported 3 baptisms from Calabar. . Bro. M. B. Archibong reported 12 baptisms from Odukpani in Calabar. . Women Gospel Meeting took place at Itung, Abak L. G. A. . Youth Seminars were conducted at Abak City Church of Christ on 1st Sunday of March 2021, on 2nd Sunday Ediene Ikot Okubara, 3rd Sunday Edem Idim Manta, on 4th Sunday Ebom Avenue Church of Christ. Each was done after morning service (about 1.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.). . Prison’s Ministry, people are not allowed to enter Prison Yards because of Covid 19 and Violence going on in the Country. THE ONE BODY OF CHRIST is allowed to enter. We cannot be lazy. We have great work to do. Pray for us.
Students of Bear Valley Bible Institute Rivers State, Nigeria were sent out for two weeks practical field work in January 2021. The report sheets gathered from various congregations visited showed that the 53 students visited 53 congregations in Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo States in Nigeria.
The students conducted Sunday services, Bible classes, prayer meetings, visitations and evangelism programs.
They had a total of 15 baptisms, 21 restorations and encouraged many weak brethren.
Bear valley is indeed, working in Rivers state Nigeria.
REPORT BY ANTHONY OLOURIA, SCHOOL DIRECTOR
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I am delighted to share with you the report of work for the months on January, February, and March 2021.
The church witnessed 20 New birth through baptism, and one very significant restoration – a man that was baptized in the early 1990 and whose wife was converted to the faith six years ago turned himself in and reconciled with God.
Under this period, we did not record any withdrawal of fellowship even though we are still having members that are very epileptic in their attendance.
In February, the church organized her annual couples retreat to help shape the tone of couples living with each other in proper Bible-defined harmony. Over 80 couples attended and the bond of friendship in marriage was renewed.
In March, the church planted a very big farm for me to cater for my feeding. Since it is a rural congregation, that is the best they can do to support the work of their preacher.
Arrangements have been concluded to establish a congregation this year in a neighboring village. For the next quarter, all my evangelism efforts shall be focused in that area, and with God on our side, we will set up a congregation there.
Keep us in your prayers.
Within this first quarter, follow-up work with WBS students was resumed. We hope to have a WBS seminar sometime in July Lord willing and if the funds are available.
We are also struggling to finish our mission house where we hope to be keeping most of the visitors that come here to work with us. We have plastered and now we are at the stage of fixing doors and windows.
Thank you for supporting me to work out here. I am grateful.
My family shall be heading to Enugu state tomorrow April 1st for a four-day Family Retreat. It is a time once in every year where we go out and meet other Christian families and spend time together in fellowship during the Easter period.
I am doing well in health and the Lord is faithful to me.
God bless you all.
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