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Evangelism Campaign for Enugu Team

The evangelism was proposed to be two days programme which was intended to be house to house and open air, but due to the government policies on social/religious activities, the management decided to carry out massive house to house and tracts sharing on Saturday (23/5/2020) just a day programme.

The students and their instructors with a member of Garriki Church gathered in the morning of 23/5/2020 in the meeting place of the Church of Christ, Garriki and after songs and prayers entered the vehicle (a bus provided by the management) and left for Akwuke village (evangelism venue). They arrived Akwuke by 11:00am, after prayers they went out and spoke to many and shared tracts. The exercised lasted till 2:10pm when they gathered again at the point where their vehicle stationed. They entered the vehicle and returned to the Church’s meeting place by 2:40pm.

Participants’ report of the work: the participants returned with good reports of the listening ears and interactions of their prospects and also informed us of the need to start a congregation in Akwuke Village as many of the people complained of farness of the Church’s meeting place from Akwuke.

After light refreshment, we sang and prayed and the brethren left for their homes.

Financial report: The budget for the evangelism was N60,000 to N65,000, but we later spent N40,000 as the evangelism was just a day programme.     

The expenses was carried out on Polo (T-shirt), Tracts printing, refreshment and transportation.

Based on the report returned with, we hoped to visit Akwuke village again for a greater work which will include open air evangelism any time they relaxed COVID-19 policies. And by His grace establish a congregation there.

NB. One of the students (a minister) pleaded that the students come and help them evangelize their area (Awgu town) in Awgu LGA of Enugu State. We hoped to do so soon, God helping us.

I want to say a very big thank you to God, BVBI team/resource persons, the instructors, the students and all the saints for the grace, support and encouragement/prayers.

May God bless us all as we labour sincerely in His vineyard – Amen.

Yours in His vineyard

Bro. Patrick Makwe

Enugu – Nigeria

SWSE May 2020 Report

Beloved in Christ Jesus.
Greetings from students and staff Of Bear Valley Bible Institute Nigeria and Southwest School of Evangelism Ibadan.
You are all in our prayers for God’s Grace and Peace during this global pandemic. Below are some of our activities for the month of May 2020.


Weekend Evangelism

As usual, the ten students that remain in the school campus and three staffs continue every weekend in the evangelization of the remote villages and towns in Ona-Ara and Egbeda Local Government of Oyo State in the month of May 2020. We divided ourselves into three groups in the evangelization of Ajia town,Egbeda town and Butubutu and Eletu villages while villages such as Kuede, Lamini, Banshinde, Gbada, Ogidi,Alabama, Jago, Ogunbunmi, Arikusa, Giwa and many other villages were visited with the gospel of Christ Jesus on every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday by our students under the leadership of Bro.Andrew Adeolu and Bro.Dele Shotola.
Although, no conversion is recorded yet in the groups that evangelised Ajia town and Butubutu village but thanks be unto the Lord that two of our prospects in Egbeda town were baptized on May 18,2020 at Asejire River, Osun State. They are Mrs.Timileyin Abiodun and Miss Busayo Oladunjoye.

Reports from SWSE Graduates

1. Bro.Godwin Johnson reported the conversion of a couple in Ode-Aye congregation,Ondo State.
2.Bro.Olorode Samuel reported the restoration of an erring brother and sister in Ode-Ajagba, Ondo State.
3. Bro.Daniel Onifade reported about the growth of the Church in Ode-Irele,Ondo State from 35 membership to 48,children inclusive. The global pandemic has led some erring brethren to return to the Faith. To God be the glory!
4. Bro. Akilapa Timileyin reported the conversion of two brothers and restoration of an erring family of five in Odo-Sida ,Ondo State.
5. On May 1st,Bro.Dele Shotola and one of our present year -1 students, Bro.Oviri Careson stated the need for the young congregation in Ajia town via Ibadan to look for a better place of assembling because the prospects after coming two or three times to where they are, will stop coming due to the havoc committed by the owners of the Hall rented for worship presently.
6. Bro.Obey Rimamskwe reported the conversion of two of his family members in Kapakya congregation,Taraba State. He also invited us for two weeks gospel campaign by July 2020.
7. Bro. Adedoyin Sola Rotimi of Badeku congregation and Bro. Peter Orterga of Jago congregation reported the need for the school to think of assisting them with two to four students for weekend Evangelism as it was in 2019 .
8. Bro. Emmanuel Godwin reported the restoration of two erring aged brothers and conversion of an aged woman in Igbara-Odo, Ekiti State.
9. Bro. Okpulor Baruch and his Evangelism team could not progress further since the total lockdown because of Covid-19. The last Evangelism held was in Egbuoma town,Uguta L.G.A. ,Imo State in the early days of March 2020. Nevertheless, they were instrumentals to the planting of a Lord’s Church in Imo State in the early week of May 2020 due to gradual lockdown ease.
10. Bro. Samuel Oladokun reported that the Church in Igbo-Oloyin, Akinyele Local Government of Oyo State is gradually growing and that they have just succeeded in purchasing a plot of land with the help of Gahanna -Jefferson congregation, Blacklick,USA.
11. Bro. Olorunda Augustine reported the conversion of a soul and restoration of two erring brethren in Ido-Ekiti, Ekiti State where he is presently ministering. He also reported the conversion of eleven souls during the one week mass Evangelism of March in Ijebu-Jesha, Obokun-Ijesha and Esa-Oke with group of Evangelists /WBSFUW in Osun State.

Voice of Truth International/WBS

On May 11,we succeeded in posting 130 packages of VOTI Volume 104 (i.e. 3,940) to brethren and friends of the Church of Christ in Nigeria.
Also, 23 packages of 50 booklets each (i.e.1,150) plus 6,000 WBS Introduction lessons were delivered by hand in this month of May 2020.

ABOUT: Afolabi Timothy Olamide

Bro. Afolabi Timothy Olamide is one of the children of the less privileged brethren from Arandun town, Kwara State. He was sent to the school immediately after his conversion in 2017 by the  Preacher of The Church of Christ, Arandun, Bro. Jeremiah Dada to learn the Bible and Vocational Studies (Tailoring). He was born on November 20 in the year 2000 at Oloje compound, Arandun-Kwara State. He is presently our time keeper.
His mission is to learn the WORD of God and be a good Christian fashion designer and to be useful for the work of God within and outside the Western States of Nigeria.

New Semester starts at SWSE

Lord’s willing, this session fourth semester classes will commence on June 1st through July 24, 2020 before the students embark on a month Teaching Practice between July 25 to August 29, 2020. However, all of these plan are subject to Government’s decision on inter-state travels and gradual lockdown ease of the country’s economy.

Special Accomplishment

With God on our sides coupled with the encouragement from Bro.Chad Wagner and associates, we were able to purchased a plot of land for the young congregation the Lord planted through us in late 2019 in Ajia town with the sum of N250,000 on May 5, 2020.

Now that we have succeeded in getting a plot of land for the Lord’s Church in Ajia town at Unity Estate, we are now in need of at least N240,000( about $700) to build a temporary 14 by 22 feets wooden meeting place for this young congregation that can last for four to five years.

Conclusion

We are very very grateful for your great commitment to serving the Lord and humanity. May the Lord keep on blessings all you do for His name in Jesus Christ name, amen.
I remain your fellow labourer in the vineyard of Master Jesus,
Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi
(The Chief Servant of BVBIN & SWSE Ibadan And a WBSFUW)

Report of Benevolence by MJA

In early May 2020, funds were sent to Monday John Akpakpan for help during this coronavirus crisis in Nigeria. We are thankful for all of the donors who have helped make this possible. Below is his report:

FOOD ITEMS BOUGHT: 20 bags of rice and 3 1/2 bags of beans.

The food items were distributed to more than 229 members of the Church at Two Towns Church of Christ Manta/Midim.  This include the widows and bed-ridden members.
Half Bag of Rice was given to Bro. Emmanuel Ntia to give to the needees at Church of Christ No. Two Edem Idim Manta.
Another half Bag of Rice was also given to the needees at Church of Christ Atai Otoro through Sunday Solomon.
More than 30 non-members of the Church of Christ who were in desperate needs were also a part of the benevolence.
We really appreciate your kind gesture.  Two Towns Church of Christ told me that they will send an appreciation letter to you.  Thank you Brother Chad.
Please extend our appreciation to all those who are involved in this great event.

Your Brother,M.J.A.

Herbert Chukwu Mission Update

First Quarter 2020

Mbanaboh Mission work is progressing. Glory be to God and thanks to Holladay Church of Christ who began to work with us through Brother Dean Hagood, Sister Doris Taylor, Brother Douglas Whaler and Chad Wagner.

This is short story of work in progress in the mission for first quarter of 2020. Brother Chad, thanks for the fund you sent to the Mission for work for first quarter of the year 2020, this had enabled the progress of the Mission building work, Bible School work, Church Visitation and track sharing, Evangelism. The sum of N1,740,770.00 was spent in the children department building at IHE Town, and work in Gariki Church Building to enable us start bible school in the church hall and for the flyer production to enable us to teach the people who believe in Christ but do not believe in HIS Church.

Building work, School work, Evangelism and Benevolence service

A.      Material and labour                                                                                N1,740,770.00

B.      Bible School work                                                                                    N160,000.00

C.      Flyer production                                                                                       N300,000.00

D.      House to House  Evangelism                                                                   N15,000.00

E.       Benevolence service to members of the Church      

who need help as a result of COVID – 19 lockdown                                      N89,000.00

I thank God that we are able to complete our evangelism plans, house to house preaching, bible class in church at Anambra and Kogi state respectively and tracts and flyers distribution before the Government’s lockdown because of COVID -19 Virus. We also completed the building to decking level and the Bible School began with 18 students.

God added six people to the church during these works. I am working only in BLC office at IHE producing Teaching materials that will be sent to the churches in the mission for Evangelism such as this attached with this email. We continue to meet for Bible study and weekly worship but with few members and maintaining social distance as ordered by the Government.

We are praying for COVID -19 Virus to pass away and hoping in God by staying safe in faith in Christ who is over infectious diseases.

Stay safe Brethren with hope in God.

Your Brother, Herbert Nwankwo Chukwu

Enugu School Update

Bear Valley Bible Institute-Enugu

May 2020

Bear Valley Bible Institute, Enugu Study Centre started on the first week of January 2020 with 22 students on the first Saturday and additional 3 students on second Saturday bringing to total of 25 students. The centre is located at the meeting hall of Church of Christ Garriki Awkunanaw Enugu. The 25 students are made up of 9 sisters, 15 pulpit preachers and 1 evangelist in charge of a congregation for years now.

From the month of January to March 2020, the students have studied and written exams on 3 courses which are: How we got the Bible, Personal Evangelism and Christian Evidence (part A). The centre has 3 instructors that are committed to this work.

By the end of March 2020, the number of students at the centre is 20 persons (8 sisters and 12 brothers). 5 persons dropped based on health and other personal reasons.

The centre planned having their evangelism by the month of April 2020 to practicalize what they have learnt, but the COVID -19 pandemic outbreak thwarted the plans. The centre shifted the evangelism programme to last week of May 2020 if the situation (COVID -19 pandemic and government polices) is stabilized to normal again.

We appreciate BVBI of Denver coordinators and resource persons/churches for their great efforts and supports financially, morally and spiritually to all the study centres globally. Also to resource person/persons in Nigeria, we say thank you.

May the good Lord bless and keep you as you continue in this good work in Jesus name Amen.

Report submitted by Bro. Patrick Makwe Enugu Study Centre coordinator.

Mission Update April 2020

1 GOSPEL MEETING, 1 RESTORATION, 1 BAPTISM AND

1 QUIZ COMPETITION

It is by God’s love and mercy that we are not consumed. The Coronavirus Pandemic has claimed many lives and kept people in their homes but I strategize other methods of evangelism like phone calls, text messages and e-mails to continue preaching the gospel of Christ. Glory be to God for the following results:

  1. THE RESTORATION OF UKEME ETUKUDO: The Church of Christ, Ikot Obong, Afaha Obong, Abak disfellowshipped Ukeme Etukudo for neglecting the Assembly of the Saints for more than five months. He is a photographer who attends denominational functions to take photographs for his living. I called him on phone and sent text messages to him and encouraged him to go back to the Church for restoration. The preacher informed me that he was restored two Sundays ago.
  2. GOSPEL MEETING AT CHURCH OF CHRIST, IKOT OBIOKO, OTORO, ABAK: In spite of the pandemic COVID-19, the Church of Christ, Ikot Obioko, Abak conducted a Gospel meeting on 11th April, 2020 on the theme – Leadership. It had a large crowd of people in attendance and many prayers were offered to God for His Divine Intervention for the virus to end.
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  1. CHILDREN QUIZ COMPETITION AT THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, IKOT AKPABIO, AFAHA OBONG: Children in the elementary school ages 6-10 from the Church of Christ, Ikot Akpabio had a quiz from the New Testament (Matthew – John) on 5th April, 2020. The quiz master and the sponsor of the Quiz Competition Usen Augustine Joshua gave a cash donation of ₦10,000 to the winner of the first position, ₦7,000 to the second position and ₦5,000 to the third position and the rest of the competitors were given a bottle of fruit juice each.
  1. ONE BAPTISM DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: We are still holding Sunday Services at Church of Christ, Ikot Akpabio, though brief worship service 8-10am observing social distancing and washing of hands with sanitizers. On 26th April, I preached a short sermon on the “Lord is Near” and one soul defected from the kingdom of darkness and came into the kingdom of light and I baptized him.

On Wednesday April 29, 2020, I visited the Church of Christ, Abak Itenge in company of Anameti Akpan. We have been teaching them every Wednesday 5-6pm but we could not go there for the past three weeks because of the lockdown. We sang and prayed with the brethren and encouraged them with the Word of God that the virus will soon end. They cried for help because of help because of hunger. I established this congregation on January 2019. They are very young in the faith and made up of very poor village people. They need our prayers and encouragements.

I am building my house on a very small piece of land, the building takes the whole land so that there is no packing space and no allowance for fencing. This has been my problem for a long time and now they want to sell the land in front of my house, four plots at the cost ₦5 million ($11,500) which is beyond my reach. I can only afford ₦1 million. I will appreciate any form of assistance from the Austin Church of Christ family. Thank you sirs. Please let me know what you think and how you can help.

Bro. Chad Wagner was able to raise funds to buy for me to new motorcycle for my rural evangelism. I thank him a lot this help. This motorcycle will take me to villages where roads are bad and my motorcar cannot enter and motorcycle is more economical in terms of fueling and maintenance.

May God bless you all.

Uyai Sunday Joshua

REPORT OF WORK – MARCH 2020

Here is the report of work of March 2020.

– 1ST Sunday of March 2020, there was Youth Seminar at Abak City      

   Church of Christ.

–  2nd Sunday of March 2020 Youth Seminar and Song practice at    

   Church of Christ Ikot Okubara, Ediene Abak.

–  3rd Sunday of March 2020, Youth Seminar at Edem Idim Manta.

–  There was ordination of Elders and Deacons on March 28, 2020 in

   Abak City Church of Christ, Akwa Ibom State.

–  At Ukana Ikot Akpan Essien we had 3 baptisms.

–  W.B.S Seminar was conducted at Ukana Mkpa Eyop Church of

   Christ on March 22, 2020.

–  Indoor Inter House Sport was conducted at African Christian

   Secondary School (ACSS) on 2nd week of March, 2020.

–  M. B. Archibong reported 14 baptisms from Odukpani.

–  Nelson Essien Akpan reported 9 baptisms from February to March,

   2020.

–  At Adiasim Ikot Ekon Church of Christ, there were 2 baptisms.

–  Atai Otoro 1 baptism was recorded.

–  Women Annual Gospel Meeting was done at Ikot Akpabio, Afaha

   Obong on 3rd Saturday March 2020.

–  Saint Anne Christian Secondary conducted their Maiden Inter

   House Sport competition on 21st March, 2020.  A Christian School that is one mile away from African Christian  School (ACSS).  I was one of the Invitees to Chair the Program.

Jesus Christ made a statement that “I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; AND THE GATES OF HELL (HADES) SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT“.

The Corona-Virus (Covid-19) going on now globally cannot prevail against the Lord’s Church.  It cannot stop us from preaching the word of God.  Keep praying for us.In His service,
Monday John Akpakpan.

March 2020 Report

REPORT OF WORK FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2020

– 1 BAPTISM, 1 SEMINAR AND 1 ORDINATION OF ELDERS/DEACONS

God is love, His love and mercies endureth forever. It is the Lord mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. God’s love is new every morning great is thy faithfulness.

     The coronavirus – COVID 19 that is claiming lives of many Americans and Nigerians will not touch any of us in Jesus name, Amen. This virus will soon end.

On Sunday March 1, 2020, I preached the Gospel of Christ at Church of Christ, Ikot Akpabio, one soul responded and was baptized.

On 22nd March, 2020, I conducted W.B.S seminar at Church of Christ, Ukana Mkpa Eyop, Abak. We thank God that this dangerous virus has not reached Akwa Ibom State, so the seminar attracted a good number of Christians. We also preached from house to house and enrolled many into W.B.S courses. What we are doing in my congregation is that we do not allow many members to sit together, we try to space them and they wash hands with sanitizers and running water before they enter the Church hall. Large congregations split their services into four sessions. This week the federal and state Government has declared no work, stay at home from Monday to Friday and restriction of flights and closure of boarders. But workers are paid their salaries so that they may have food to eat with their families.

On Saturday 29th March, 2020 I participated in the ordination service of the first batch of Elders and Deacons at Church of Christ, No 3 Udoekpo Lane, Abak where three Elders and Deacons were ordained. It was a grand ceremony because only few congregations have Elders and Deacons here in Nigeria, many people came out to see the ordination.

Brother Chad, let me ask, I will like to attend this year’s ACAC at Eswatini-Mozambique if there are some assistance from Austin Chapel, let me know sir. Thank you

        It is our daily prayers that God will continue to protect us from all harms and infections especially this Corona Virus-COVID 19. May this virus ends soon.

Thank you and God bless you richly.

Uyai Sunday Joshua

Brief Report

Dear brethren, 
I am giving you a short report here

Three Souls were saved that I am aware. We Evangelize. We conduct weekly Bible study. We engage in prayer for sick persons. 
A small number enrolled into WBS Study. Completed lessons are awaiting posting due to no available funds. They will be mailed soon as funds will be available. 


WBS OFFICE AND MISSIONARY APARTMENT.
Two Solar panels were purchased making a total of four Panels to four batteries. As God continue to bless we continue to work in apartment 2 &  3  after completing apartment one. I have made full payment for the Solar items.

EVANGELISM VEHICLES.
We use them to convey persons and Children to worship. We do so for Bible study, Songs practice and Evangelism. About $200 extra will be needed to maintained them and to raised up the body of new vehicle to cope with the degrading roads. This kept waiting because first quarter support from you brethren in Oakley Church was not given to me. Let God bless.


Remain blessed
God protects you all
In Christian Love,Moses Ogar.

January-March 2020 Report

 I am always very grateful and delighted for your prayers and financial supports in the Lord’s vineyard in Nigeria.

        It is my fervent prayer that God should keep us save from the Corona virus pandemic disease which is ravaging the whole world and claiming many lives.

        Nigeria is affected in this global problem. For this reason, in order to stop the rapid spread of the virus, pro-active measures have been taken by both the State and the Federal Government. All schools were closed last week, all workers are to stay at their respective homes, movement is also restricted etc. We are facing serious difficult time in Nigeria as prices of goods are sky rocking every day because of the breakdown in the world economy.

        I pray that may God deliver us from this calamity so that we should continue to spread the gospel around.

        I am sending the summary reports of January, February and March 2020:-

–       WBS students were baptized at Nung Ukim and Ikot Ekpeyak in Uyo and Ikot Akpabio, Afaha Obong, Ikot Oku Mfang in Abak         L.G.A between early January and February 2020.

–       WBS Seminar was held at Utu Ikot Ekpo in Etim Ekpo L.G.A, Akwa Ibom State 15th January, 2020. The guest speaker was         Chad Wagner.

Evangelism and World Bible School Seminars were held in the following places during the quarter:-

–       Church of Christ, Ikot Anta, Eneng Obom, Ukanafun L.G.A 17th January, 2020

–       Church of Christ, Ikot Akpan Eyo, Ukanafun L.G.A 25th January, 2020 and

–       Church of Christ, Ikot Odiong, Ukanafun 31st January, 2020. A total of five souls were recorded in those areas.

–       Evangelism at Ini and Ikono on 22nd – 23rd January, 2020 brought one soul to the Lord.

–       The Follow up Workers great Workshop Abuja 5th – 8th February was very successful.

–       Church leaders Seminar took place at Manta two towns Church of Christ, Abak on 15th February 2020.

–       NCBC World Bible School Seminar was scheduled on 22nd, February, 2020. Many new students were enrolled on that day for         WBS teaching. Bibles were distributed to some of them.

–       WBS Seminar – Onuk Ukpom – 14th March, 2020

–       Evangelism and World Bible School Seminar was also scheduled at Ukana Mkpa Eyop, Afaha Obong, Abak 22nd March 2020.         Many people were interested to study the bible with us through WBS Studies. I gave few copies of bibles to those that requested.

–       Evangelism at Adiasim, Ikot Ekon, in Essien Udim and Atai Otoro, Abak brought three souls to Christ during the quarter.

–       The Bi-monthly Church Leadership Seminar at Abak and its environs witnessed an ordination of three Elders and three Deacons at Church of Christ, Udo Ekpo Lane on 28th March, 2020.

Some of the pictures of events and baptisms are attached.

I appreciate your good work. Thank you very much. Please, may you continue to recognize us in your prayers, especially in the face of this economic recession caused by Corona virus global pandemic.

May God bless you and your family.

Yours in the Lord,

Sunday Solomon Udoh