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Visit to Ebonyi State

Greetings, everyone!

I’ve been under the weather and dealing with very serious Malaria and typhoid attacks for the past two week. I am pretty much feeling better as I continue to take dozes of the drugs given to me at the hospital even as I traveled for a mission trip to Ebonyi state. From dealing with this conditions, I didn’t have the time and even the needed strength to update you on the progress of work in the early part of this second month. Lord willing, I am catching up with my emails and other correspondence. I apologise for the delay!

There are a lot of people dealing with difficulties related to our recent harmattan weather. Three of my children were victims before me and I pray for all those who have been impacted.

Wherever you are reading this update from, I hope you’re staying safe and well!

I departed for Afikpo, Ebonyi State on Friday February 19 for a four days evangelism trip. Remember this trip was planned since October last year but due to COVID-19,  I suspended and thankfully this time, I was able to respond to this ” Macedonian call”.  It was almost a five hour trip from Akwa Ibom State to Ebonyi state and I really needed to rest for at least an hour plus before any other thing.

On Saturday 20th February, we gathered for the gospel lectures at the 1000 seating capacity lecture theatre of the school where I was billed to anchor the thematic analysis( “Laying the Foundation “) as well as speak on, ” Gathering Stones for the Mansion”. God was with me and I made a wonderful and soul touching presentation. Brother Eteka Umoh spoke on, ” The Power of Unity”. Several questions were asked during the open forum and we really tried to answer them scripturally. The event climaxed with a dinner in which funds were raised for the purchase of land for the permanent worship hall of the campus Church. Every activity went smoothly with all glory ascribed to God!

Today being Sunday February 21, I also worshipped with the campus brethren alongside other past preachers(whom yo see me stand with in the pictures). Brother Johnson Samuel and Victor Nwaguru taught the Bible class and preached respectively while I precided on the Lord’s table.  79 were in attendance and the sum of N14,000 realized!  I feel very happy in the way this church is growing and impacting lives in this academic environment. Be reminded that this congregation was established in 1994 while I was studying mechanical Engineering in the school.

I am billed to speak at Amaizu/Amangbara Church of Christ this evening and I will be teaching on “Man’s Limitations” Using Ezekiel 28: 1 -2, as study text. This will be the third year since I last visited this congregation. It will be exciting and glamouring meeting with these saints tonight and break “the bread of life”.

Tomorrow, God willing, I will be teaching the inmates at Afikpo Correctional Center from 11am to 2pm. I will distribute some few tracts and New Testament Bibles that I came with as well as give out some toiletries. In the evening, I will visit few families before returning to my hotel room to get ready to return home on Tuesday February 23 and meet my family with the saints. I consider this trip very successful and uplifting to many. Praise God!

Due to the very poor conditions of our Van which would have afforded my fellow laborers the opportunity to accompany me on this trip, I came alone through public transportation and lodged in one of the nearby hotels from where I operated to the venues of these outreaches still via public transportation!

I thank you all for your prayers and most especially my supporters. You’ve been wonderful people with great love for me and my work for Christ! Without your prayers and supports, we wouldn’t have achieved all that we’ve achieved!

For those who wish to also support our work and mission efforts, you are highly welcome! Your support will help us meet some of our pressing needs like the Van purchase, Bible purchase, block moulding work at the proposed Christian school etc. We have the mind and the men to work if you are out there getting ready to help!

Pray for my safe trip back on Tuesday from where I will update you on other issues relating to our work for Christ!

May God richly bless each and everyone of you!

In Christian love,

Sekeme Ekaiko

Bible Seminar at Ikot Odiong

REPORT OF 2021 ANNUAL BIBLE SEMINAR /EVANGELISM AT IKOT ODIONG CHURCH OF CHRIST ON THE THEME “SPIRITUAL EVALUATION” – (2 CORINTHIANS 13:5) :

DAY ONE: THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4

The event begin on February 4,2021 with the distribution of Food to the 76  needy brethren and some Widows and Orphans drawn from the community, the Gospel was preached to them as contains in my last email with photos. It also afford the brethren at Ikot Odiong to go on invitational Evangelism within the village as a build up to our 2021 ANNUAL BIBLE SEMINAR

DAY TWO: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5

Ukanafun WBS Evangelism Team led other brethren to door to door Evangelism were a Soul (Charity Monday) Obeyed the Gospel and baptized into Christ after receiving the Gospel.

There was health (talk) education by the Health personals before administration of free Medical services to the teaming members of the community. A total of 272 people received eye glasses, eyes test/Drop/drug, Malaria drug, Blood pressure test, blood sugar test and other health challenges support.

Later in the evening, We had an open air preaching at the market square between the hours of 6.00pm-9.00pm were another Soul (Aniefiok Ime) Obeyed the Gospel and baptized into Christ same night at the river.

During the day after our door to door Evangelism campaign, between 2.00pm-5.00pm we had skill acquisition session were Liquid Soap, Body Cream and Body Spray were taught to help our Preachers and other brethren gain skills to improve their economic life.

Communion Bread was also taught by two different brethren to help the rural areas church not dependent as some of the local churches visited fail in this direction some do not partake in the Lord’s Table for lack of bread, hence the need to include this training. It was indeed great as many local congregations of the Lord’s church benefited from this initiative.

DAY THREE : Saturday February 6

The day begin with sporting activity with over 100 participants who was accommodated at the church meeting place, this was followed by follow up on some we preached to during our door to door Evangelism.

The indoor Bible Seminar has two Keynotes speaker on the following topics :
1. A CRITICAL LOOK AT MY FAMILY AS A CHRISTIAN.

2. A CRITICAL LOOK AT MY INVOLVEMENT IN THE THINGS OF GOD

There was Question and answer session, Interactive Forum and invitation for baptism and restoration.

Another Two Souls Obeyed the Gospel and baptized into Christ while one restoration was recorded.

A total Four (4) souls baptized into Christ while one erring sinner restored to faith.

All the newly baptized received Bible and Hymnals.

It was indeed a very hectic and busy one but fruitful and rewarding mission for Christ and His church.

Thank you so much for your generosity, prayers and kind thought about the lost souls in Nigeria. God bless you and yours in Christ precious name.

In Christian Love and Service,
Mojima Etokudo

PS. We need more of your prayers as we round up our first quarter Bible Seminar /Evangelism at Ikot Akpan Eyo this week.

House-to-House Success

Happy  Lord’s  day. Our worship today  had good  attendance,  We also  had visitors  during the worship. 

On Saturday  6th February,  we organize  house to house evangelism,  you can see brothers and sisters taking mission  printing  materials for the program,  members from other neighboring  church we’re invited,  last Wednesday,  l went on follow- up,  A man promised  to worship with us  on Sunday  21st 

We  are preparing  for the Children  seminar to hold on May 23rd, l pray towards  the success of the the programs,  also hope that you will support the program. May the Lord keep you safe. 

Brother  Alozie Uzoma. 

Couples Retreat in Ukpagada

THE UKPAGADA COUPLES’ RETREAT

The UKPAGADA COUPLES RETREAT IS an annual gathering of couples to brainstorm ways of making their marriages work even when it is the desire of the devil to shipwreck Christian marriages. After hosting the program for 6 years now, we have recorded success in the following areas

1.       Stability of families. So many couples now know what it means to be called couples.

2.       Clearing of debt – so many couples that did not know that they were cohabitating learned what it meant to go and clear and they have done so.

3.       The public image of couples has improved.

4.       Conflict management amongst couples has been improved and enhanced.

5.       Communications between couples have been improved and

6.       A positive lifestyle is not promoted.

Through this couples’ retreat, men have now known how to take good care of their wives and vise versa.

The only challenge still hanging is how to Dwell with them with understanding.

We are working on that.

We are not yet at the promised land, but certainly, we have moved past where we were.

The church at Ukpagada believe that once the home front is ok, the entire church will be doing fine.

For this year, 83 couples attended and it was colourful. The Man, his wife and his health was the topic considered and we were refreshed.

Keep us in your prayers and also if you have the strength, you can support us as you see fit.

Food for the Needy in Ikot Odiong

Our 2021 Annual Bible Seminar /Evangelism at Ikot Odiong church begins today with the distribution of Food to the needy body to some Widows, Orphans and the needy drawn from the community and the church.

Eight (8) of Rice and token of funds was distributed to the needy and the beneficiaries prayed for God’s continue blessings on the donors.

The event afford us the opportunity to preach the Gospel to 76 beneficiaries. The church at Ikot Odiong also embark on invitational Evangelism to invite sinners to attend our Bible Seminar.

The door to door Evangelism campaign holds tomorrow while the indoor Bible Seminar holds on Saturday.

Pray for successful mission.

Thank you so much for your generosity and kind thought about the needy in our communities. God bless you and yours in Christ precious name.

In Christian Love and Service,
Mojima Etokudo

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January Update from Sekeme Ekaiko

Dear brethren, family and friends,

For all of us who were looking forward to the new year after a challenging 2020, it seems that so far 2021 is just building on tips of what happened last year. Brethren, things may settle down eventually, but for now I suppose we just need to take it one day at a time.

I hope all of you are doing well and staying safe as the number of people infected by the virus continue to rise. Akwa ibom State recently lost three prominent personalities including a former Governor to death following COVID-19 complications! We continue to pray and rely only on God for the final solutions to great health malady.

It is very sunny here with much dust making many to suffer from cough and catarrh. Everyone here is busy preparing for farm work for the season. In most areas, bush clearing have started and I and Nse will not be left out.

Schools resumed on Monday February 1 for the second term of 2020/21 academic session. My children  have gone back to their different schools. Kufremfon will write his final West African Senior School Examination by May/June this year.

Our work for Christ in January 2021 was very successful and we really thank you brethren for being a part through prayers, financial supports, and provisions of Bible study materials to enable us do our work effectively.

On Sunday January 17, two student preachers from the Nigerian Christian Institute (NCI), Uyo visited our congregation at UTU Ikot Ekpo. The two students were: Brother Paul Bassey and Sister Ekaette Ukana. Brother Paul Bassey taught the adult class on the topic, ” Why do Bad things happen to good People? ” using Job as a case study for his lesson. Brother Paul does not understand nor speak our dialect fluently, so he used English language to teach while I interpreted for him. Sister Ekaette taught the children’s class while I delivered the sermon on the topic, ” Some things that are more Valuable than Gold”. Our hearts were filled with joy as we had another family placing their membership with us and another man, Okon Sampson (leaving near our church building) worshipped with us from that day till today and also attending all our weekly activities. We are doing our best to help him obey the gospel but he continue asking why he should be baptized twice after having been baptized by a Reverend pastor in a denomination. I have had deep bible discussions with him and his family and pray he and his family will take the decision to obey the gospel. Please pray for our efforts in this community. There are over nine denominations and prayer houses surrounding us here with contradictory teachings but we thank God that Covid-19 has made so many here to reinvestigate their faith!

Similarly, I visited the church at Afaha Ikot Ebak in Essien Udim for the first time this year with my son Dopse Lance on January 31. It was uplifting to see the growth of that congregation within it few years of existence. The people in the area are very receptive compared to that of UTU Ikot Ekpo. I preached on, ” Reaping the results of Bad choices” using Genesis 21:8-21. It was wonderful to meet with my brother and coworker, Apollos Adolf who initiated the efforts in establishing the church in this area. It was also Wonderful to meet the family of brother Emmanuel Idio whom we baptized recently with his wife and two children. They are very happy to be in the body of Christ! I have provided several bible study books that will help him, his wife Margaret, and two children Enyiekere and Maria grow their faiths! Please do not forget this new and young family. Brother Abasiakan Ekpetor is helping with the work there and has done a wonderful work for our Lord!  It may interest you to know that I taught Abasiakan when he was a student of the defunct Christian Vocational School that I established in Ika in 1997. Christian schools can create wonderful impacts in the lives of its students that’s while I continue to advocate for the establishment of one in Etim Ekpo area! I thank many of you that have already indicated interest and prayed for this proposed Christian school. Continue to

Pray about  this dream and if possible support it!

The campus church of Christ at Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic in Ebonyi State will be raising funds to buy a land for a permanent worship Hall on Saturday January 20. I am billed to speak on, ” Gathering Stones for the Mansion”. The theme is, ” Laying the foundation “. Recalled that I helped in establishing this congregation with the helps of brother Reuben Egwu, Dickson Emmanuel and supports from the churches of Christ at Afikpo and Ibio Nnung Achat. It is amazing the wonderful way this church is growing and the influence it has had on many around that community. God willing, I will leave for Ebonyi State on the 17th to return on the 22nd February. It will afford me the opportunity to work with the campus brethren for at least two days, visit Afikpo correctional Center and possibly visit some of my converts and those discharged from prisons after serving their various jail terms. As always, pray for a safe and successful trip!

Last two weeks, our coworkers embarked on follow-up works on many of our students after the pandemic and it turned successful even though many of our students in Ukanafun area have relocated. We pray that those that we met will obey the gospel as they continue to study God’s words.

An Automobile mechanic finally assessed our 2000 Toyota Sienna Van and after removing the floor rug carpets, we saw the level of rust on the chassis. Moreover, he discovered the suspension is damaged, radiator leaking, malfunctioning of the sensors, and alternator failure. You can see the picture. There is a great need for another Van for our work. Join us to pray that there will be funds to acquire another Van!

Before I close, I want to thank many of you that have made all that we’ve achieved possible. Without your supports and prayers, many of our achievements will be impossible. Thanks for being a part of this great work!

Continue to pray for us as we do for all of you! Indeed the fields are all white, but the laborers and resources are limited. Would you want to help? Please do if God has bless you to do this.

May God bless and keep all of you safe in His everlasting arms! Amen.

In Christian love,

Sekeme Ekaiko

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NIATS Starts new year

The year 2020 was a bitter story the world over because of the covid-19 pandemic. It encroached and shattered the academic calendar. But God granted us the enablement to satisfy the academic requirements for the year 2020. Yes we were able to finished the 2nd semester from August to October and started the new academic session (2021) in November.

Our students were sent on their practical field works and came back with bumper harvest. Their field work engagements which lasted a month made a total of 25 baptisms and 12 restorations. Some pictures here show the busy outing. Meanwhile the 1st semester 2021 academic year has continued from 11/1/21 after the Christmas and New year celebration.

We are praying fervently for our donors that the Lord may bless them more abundantly. We also pray that the havoc which the pandemic is wrecking be completely overthrown by the power of the Almighty God in Jesus name. 

Bro Bernard O Akokwu

January at SWSE

JANUARY 2021 FIELD WORK REPORT

Compliments of the season to you all! Here are some of our activities for the month of January 2021.

OVERVIEW

End of the year program.ii- Second Semester Classes and Examinations concluded.iii- Bro. Keith Kkasrijian’s Visit to Nigeria.iv- Materials for Great Workshop 2021 Shared.

END OF THE YEAR PROGRAM:The students and staff of BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan were actively involved in the just concluded end of the year program that commenced on December 19,2020 through January 3,2021 across the South West State of Nigeria including Abia and Ebonyi States.The just concluded end of the year program featured Open-Air Bible Lectureship, House to House evangelism and morning campaigns. The program was blessed with the birth of two Lord’s church in Lagos State and conversions of over 50 souls and restoration of two erring family in Igbesa-Ogun State and Butubutu campus church in Oyo State. Our present year-1 students’ leader,Bro. Ifeanyi Iyesele and three of our year-2 students,Bro.Odeyemi Durojaiye,Bro. Israel Tajomavwo and Bro. Silas Wayne were blessed with five converts each while Bro. Adeyemi Godwin and Bro. Amos Enyi recorded two conversion in their different locations.One of the just planted congregations in Lagos was as a result of joint effort of one of our year-2 students, Sister Oyeleke Felicia and one of our August 2020 graduates, Sister Akerele Olajumoke with the church of Christ in Mile-12, Lagos State . To God be the glory and honor!
SECOND SEMESTER CLASSES  AND EXAMINATIONS CONCLUDED: All Classes and Examinations for 2nd Semester came to an end as scheduled on January 22,2021. All our year-1 students are now in a month vocational training while year -2 students on preaching tour to the churches of Christ in the South West States of Nigeria that requested for our students services.School will resume for 3rd semester program Lord’s willing on February 22,2021.

BRO.KEITH KKASRIJIAN’S VISIT TO NIGERIA:Our august visitor in January 2021,Bro. Keith Kkasrijian(International Director- BVBID Extension program) visited the BVBIN schools in Nigeria between January 16 through 24. During his visitation, he met with staff and students of the school in Butubutu village ,Ibadan on January 21 and encourage us to be more effective in the work of the Lord since our labours in the Lord is not a labour loss.

MATERIALS RESERVED FOR FEBRUARY GREAT WORKSHOP 2021 SHARED:About 2,600 copies of VOTI volumes 104,105 & 106 and 400 copies of BVBIN & SWSE 2021 calendar reserved for the annual WBSFUW workshop popularly known as The Great Workshop slated for February 2021 was shared to WBSFUW,BVBIN SCHOOLS in Nigeria and some recipients of VOTI materials in the month of January 2021 due to the global pandemic that prevents the public gathering in Lagos State.

ABOUT A STUDENT:AUTO BIOGRAPHY OF BRO DUROJAIYE ODEYEMI, one of our year-2 students: My name is Durojaiye Oluwatomiloye Odeyemi. I was born on February 10, 1973 into the family of Pa. Ojo Lasisi Odeyemi and Madam Olaperi Akanke Odeyemi of Arogbatesun compound, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. I attended SS Peter & Paul (RCM) Primary School, Ajigbayin, Ile-Ife, Nigeria between 1979 and 1985. In the same year, I was admitted to St. David Grammar School, Lagere, Ile-Ife, in 1985 but I dropped out of school due to my parents’ financial stress.In February 1987, I was taken to Lagos by my brother who sponsor me to learn the art of Printing at a reknown Christian brother Printing firm: Okusanya Printer Nigeria Limited, Itire, Lagos for a period of 5 years (1987-1993). During this period, on September 18, 1988, I was baptized into Christ at the Church of Christ, Itire, Surulere, Lagos.After the expiration of my apprenticeship in February 1993, I worked with Bro Okusanya’s firm for a period of 2 year and in 1995 began to work privately until 2003 when I gained admission into Lagos State University after attending evening coaching classes which was self sponsored to sit for an exam that finally helped me obtain a West African Senior School Certificate(WASSC).During my first year in University and due to problem of financing my academic, I joined UAC Foods, as a factory worker.I am married to Olufunke Deborah Odeyemi (Nee Oyesola) in 2007 and blessed with three children: Moyinoluwa, Moyosoluwa and Mofetoluwa.I graduated from Lagos State University in 2009 with Second Class Honour (Upper Division) in History and International Studies.In August 2010, I was relieved of my work in UAC when the company was downsizing it’s staff strength.In 2013, I joined Goldlink Insurance Plc as a Life Business Marketer until February, 2019 and continues with my printing profession.In March, 2018, I enrolled for Diploma in Bible at South West School of Evangelism, Ibadan, Nigeria and graduated in August, 2020.I am presently enrolling for Advance Diploma in Bible at the Bear Valley Bible Institute, Ibadan, Nigeria.I am presently worshipping and serving as the preacher of the Church of Christ, meeting at #16, Lateef Ayinde Ekun Street, Oloye Estate, Erunwen, Ikorodu, Lagos.My mission is to serve the Lord’s church as a servant of God till death.

ABOUT A STAFF : Bro. Kayode Solomon Eniafe is one of the instructors working with the school in Butubutu village, Ibadan since year 2013 when we finally moved to our permanent building in Butubutu village Ibadan. He is 45 years old. Married and blessed with four kids. He is presently engaged with a young congregation in Ondo State. His mission is evangelism.SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENT:i- Construction of Church auditorium : With the help of the Lord coupled with the support of $1,200 which we received on January 25 from Dorman & Donna Lough, we were able to set blocks for the auditorium of the Lord’s church in Ajia ,Ona-Ara L.G.A,Oyo State from foundation to level stage.ii- Two Working tools purchased: With the generosity of the BVBID and Bro.Steven Ashcraft concern, the school were able to purchase two new Motor bike for two of the instructors as working tools for evangelism.

 OUR CHALLENGES:The school is yet to balance up the remaining sum of N865,000($2,246) loaned on September 2019 for the upgrading of the school buildings plan.

MISCELLANEOUS:

i- My father was buried on January 29,2021 in our home town, Onikokoro -Ibadan. 

ii- BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan 19th Annual Leadership Seminar is coming up on March 24-26,2021.     Theme of the Seminar: Satan & his mission.    Note: Free accommodation and feedings plus Free Gospel materials to all participants.** We are expecting between 150 to 200 church leaders from South Western States, Kwara, Kogi, Kebi, Edo, Abia and Ebonyi States of Nigeria.


CONCLUSION:Brethren,we are very grateful for your great contribution towards the growth of the Lord’s Church in Africa most especially in Nigeria. May the Lord continue to shower His abundant blessings on you and your associate is our fervent prayers. Have a great season!Sincerely in His Grace as a servant …..Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi (The Chief Servant of BVBIN & SWSE,Ibadan and WBSFUW)

2021 Big Focus: EVANGELISM

WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL

MANTA JUNCTION

P. O. BOX 470, AbakE-MAIL: mjakpakpan@yahoo.commjakpakpan@gmail.com                                                                                                                                                                               1st February, 2021
Dear Brethren,
The year 2021 begins with a big focus for Evangelism.
.  Uyo Prison Evangelism in Akwa Ibom State is what can make us not to relax in Evangelism.  
.  On 1st Sunday of January 2021 we had 39 baptisms and we had 16 in other Sundays of the month, making a total    of 55 baptisms in January 2021.
.  Bro.  M. B. Archibong reported 8 baptisms in January 2021.
.  The Women Gospel Meeting that took place at Ebom Avenue Church of Christ was very very impressive.
.  Anameti reported baptism of 4 people during the period.
.  Uyai Joshua reported 1 baptism.  
.  On 1st Sunday of January, 2021 3 women were baptized at Church of Christ Manta II, Abak.
.  At Church of Christ Ikot Ekpeyak Ikono, 2 people were baptized.
.  At Two Towns Church of Christ Manta/Midim, Abak, Christ added 1 soul to the Church.
.  Nelson Akpan reported 4 baptisms from where he works in Cross River State.
.  Church of Christ Ebom Avenue, Abak L.G.A. recorded 5 baptisms in January 2021. 
.  Sunday Solomon reported 1 baptism from Atai Otoro Church of Christ.
.  At Township Church of Christ Ikot Abasi L. G. A. 8 men and women were baptized on 1st Sunday of January,     2021.
Dear Brethren Covid Pandemic should not make us to be afraid of our work of Evangelism.  We should rather sit up, look up and be active in our work of evangelism.  The promise of Christ to us is, “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the World.  Amen.”  Matt. 28:20.
We plan to conduct many WBS, Youth, children, preachers/Leadership Seminars this year and strongly encourage women monthly Gospel Lectureship within the year also.  The monthly report will show the picture of what I am saying.
NEEDS:     
I need your prayers.
I need some Bibles.
Reason for Bible’s need are:
1.   For Prison Evangelism.2.   For new converts.3.   For High School and Higher Schools students enrolled in WBS.4.   Awards for Youth/Children Bible Quiz.
Thank you brethren.  Keep praying for us.

In His service,Monday J. Akpakpan.