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Mojima’s June Report

Greetings to you and yours in Christ Jesus Christ. Pray this email meets you well, we have been mentioning you in our  prayers for God to see you through your endeavors.
We did some follow up with our Evangelism Team and God added a Soul to Christ through water baptism at  Ikot Ibritam a neighboring village of Ikot Akpan Eyo.
Yesterday Sunday June 13,2021 was a very hectic day for me, I spoke at the indoor Bible Lectureship at Ikot Odiong on the topic” Christian Relationship With Enemies”, many questions arose and was attended to using the Bible. Two people confessed of their sin of unforgiving spirit and ask for prayers of the saints.
Again, Between 1.00pm to 5.00pm of yesterday Sunday June 13, I and my wife Ekaette attended a Christian Couples Retreat at the Central Church of Christ, Abak-Urban , I was a guest speaker on the theme” Strengthening  Martial Bound”. The lesson attracted many questions from the participants.
Pray for success in all our mission plans! Pray for resources and good health to serve Him more! 
In Christian Love and Service, Mojima Etokudo

Mojima’s May report

Greetings to you and to all in Christ Jesus name. pray this mail meets you well.
Here in Nigeria, it’s indeed a trying time as we struggle with the effect of global pandemic (COVID 19), the security situation in some parts of the country is terrifying the entire country. We need your continue prayers for peace and stability.
We thank God that despite all the happening in our country, the gate of hell couldn’t stop the spread of the Gospel in our part of the country, while we remain vigilant when walking in the field.
The effect of the Evangelism we embarked on April 29 as a token of appreciation to God for my birthday had tremendous results. During the month of May 2021, we welcome five (5) visitors at Ikot Odiong church in all Sundays worship and one restored erring brother, but none of the 5 visitors obeyed the Gospel yet , we are still teaching them the Gospel hope they come to the knowledge of Truth. 
I visited the 19 months old church we planted at Ata Essien Obio Akpa village during our rural Evangelism in September 2019 and they are doing well in terms of numerical, Spiritual  and infrastructure. They have set up a permanent block building for her place of worship pray for enablement to complete the building as they increased in number. They need your prayers.
I preached a funeral sermon on May 1, at Ikot Inyang Abia village during the burial of a late brother Ezekiel Akpan, and the attendance was impressive, pray our Gospel heal the sick souls. 
We lost one of our sisters through death at Ikot Udo Mbang, until dead she was a widow and did not have any child but was a dedicated sister. She was buried on May 29.

I attended and participate at the four (4) Days Discipleship Making workshop at The Nigerian Christian Bible College (NCBC) Ukpom Abak during her 2021 Preachers and Church Leaders Seminar, it was interesting and a great reminder of the Great Commission.
Great news from one of our newest Church planted at Nto Abia Ekpenyong, the Preacher reports One (1) baptism in May 2021. Pray for the newly baptized and for continue growth.
Lord willing, our Evangelism Team will embark on Soul winning mission in June 2021, we will follow up on those we preached to during the months etc.
We need your continue prayers for peace in our country Nigeria and resources to help with our work for Christ.
In Christian Love and Service, Mojima Etokudo

Evangelism Efforts by NIATS

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Hope that the Lord’s hands are on you all for good.

Here in Nigeria the economics and social conditions are getting harder and unfavorable as days go by. We really depend completely on God for survival. The rate of inflation is so terrible that prices of most regular food materials have risen to as high as three hundred percent. This is serious, we need your prayers.

In the last report I wrote that Nigerian Institute of Arts and Theological Studies (NIATS) students and teachers will be going out on an evangelism outreach. This has taken place with a heart warming result. The date was 22 to 25 July just last weekend, I was there myself. We hard a total of eleven converts to God’s glory. We are so grateful to God for this harvest. Here are some pictures of the preaching stands & baptisms, some baptisms were done when it was dark, that was the time we concluded the evening open air preaching.

Bernard Akokwu

Lagos Island Report

REPORT OF THE BEAR VALLEY BIBLE INSTITUTE – LAGOS ISLAND CENTER, May 2021 – July 2021.

INTRODUCTION: We thank God for holding us with gracious hands till date.We plead that you continue to remind us in Nigeria in your prayer. The level of insecurity in our Country continue to increase from day to day. However, Lagos is relatively peaceful and our work is going on well. In Lagos Island Center, getting more students has become our biggest challenge.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES: As academic activates continues, we have taken 20 courses so far with Etim Nfon  taking Minor Prophets,  2 Corinthians taken  by  James Luka and How We God The Bible taught by Tim Iwe. One of our students in the person of Bro Friday Umoren relocated from Lagos to Akwa Ibom last month. We hope that he will continue with the new school over there.

CAMPAIGN PROGRAM/MARKET EVANGELISM: We thank God that our by monthly market evangelism is ongoing. We were in Cross River Plaza Trade Fair Complex for two weeks. Jasper Ndionuka and I are part of the main speakers in the program. I also visited one of the new congregations planted by Lagos Preachers located in Etegbin on Ojo. The church is doing well however, the effect of wind due to rain the day I visited was a challenge to the young congregation. Join us in praying for Etegbin church. The Landlord of the present meeting place was coincidentally celebrating his birthday the same Sunday and visited the church. I presented to him a copy of the Bible. 

WBS ONLINE STUDY HELPER: Thanks to God for finding one useful in helping students understand the mind of God through the WBS Online platform. The new formation in the site has helped in simplifying summary of ones activities.  

CONCLUSION: We are grateful to those partnering with us in the kingdom work. As we prospect for more students and think of greaterway to improve in bringing more students to Lagos Island, your prayer will be highly appreciated.

Thanks and God bless you.

TIM IWE                            

Lagos Island Center Coordinator. 

SSU’s April-June 2021

Greetings to you and all members of the Church. I trust God is protecting you and your family.

Over the months, I experienced tooth problem issue which four of my teeth were removed and replaced with other ones. Though much funds have been spent, but very soon the pains will be relieved.

I Thank the Almighty God who is always on our side to protect us and guide us inspite of the many challenges we are facing in Nigeria due to bad leadership/governance

In view of these problems, preaching of the gospel is still in progress. I am sending the report of April, may and June of 2021.

–      Between the month of April 7th and May 1st two events were organized at Northside Church of Christ Ukpom, the events which featured general gospel meetings – April 7th and Preachers Evangelism on May 1st . The two events were very successful. New WBS Students were enrolled during these occasion.

–      One soul was added to the new Church planted at Ikot Eyem in Obot Akara during our visit on April 11th, 2021

–      Women Gospel meeting took place at Atai Otoro on 17th April 2021. There were two restorations and one baptism in the area.

–      There was a WBS Seminar/Evangelism out reach event at Ikot Obio Mkpong on 18th April, 2021.

–      Evangelism at Ikot Oku Mfang, Otoro, Abak recorded one baptism.

–      WBS Seminar and house to house evangelism took place at Ikot Obioko on 9th May, 2021. We studied the bible with many people in their respective homes and enrolled new students into the WBS Programme.

–      General Gospel meeting at Abiaokpo, Otoro on 22nd May 2021 was a successful one.

–      Evangelism at Ikot Ekpeyak, brought the total of Seven Souls to the Lord’s Church during the quarter.

–      There was Preachers/Leadership Seminar at the NCBC on 25th – 28th May, 2021. Although bad road situation, it was very successful.

–      Ikot Nsong, Etinan, recorded two baptisms during Preachers Evangelism in the Area.

–      WBS Seminar/Evangelism Ikot Obioko was a successful one.

–      Youth Seminar at Ikot Ekan In Etinan Local Government Area also brought one soul to the Lord.

–      At Ukana Mkpa Eyop, four WBS Students converted in the area.

–      Ikot Odongo in Uruan Local Government Area recorded two baptisms

–      WBS Seminar/Evangelism at Ikot Odung, Ikono was a successful one as many new students were enrolled to study the Bible with us through WBS Teaching.

–      At Oku Abak, two souls were added to the Lord.

–      Atan Offot witnessed one baptism on 26th June, 2021 during evangelism outreach in the area.

–      Finally, the one day WBS Gospel Seminar and Evangelism at Anua Obio 27, June 2021 brought four souls to the Lord. Many new students were also registered during Evangelism outing.

Pictures of events and baptisms are shown:

English Bibles, Efik Bibles, Song Books are needed to help in Evangelism.

We plan to conduct WBS Seminars/Evangelism in many other areas in Akwa Ibom State.

May you pray for us.

God bless you. Have a happy time in Tanzania. Please may you remember me in your prayer and my request.

Yours in the Lord,

Sunday Solomon Udoh

Sekeme’s May/June Report

Hi everyone,
I know certainly that many of you might have wondered why I haven’t sent any update for a month as usual! I have had busy schedules since May 9 till today and I am thankful that in all these busy mission and family schedules, God has been strongly behind my efforts, family and fellow workers.

On May 9, I made an unscheduled visit to Afikpo Correctional Center in Ebonyi State following a follow up invitation from one of the inmates channeled through the prison Warden. The trip was successful as it resulted in one of the inmates, (Orji Ajah) being baptized. I was escorted to the nearby stream by armed policemen. Moreover, I was restricted from taking any picture within the correction facility and even at the stream for security reasons but I thank God that brother Orji is in Christ even though he is incarcerated. Pray for him in his new walk with God!

On returning, we visited Grace Dieu Schools, Obong Ntak for our routine Bible studies, Bible Correspondence course enrollment as well as tracts and literature distribution including some used Bibles made available by some kindhearted brethren in the USA. It was wonderful seeing the zeal these students have for God’s words. Many of them used that avenue to return their completed lessons. The management of the school gave us full permission to come there anytime for Bible Lessons. The Director, Mr. Christian Iwok, is an elder of the New African Apostolic Church. He and his teachers are gradually following our teachings and we do hope that someday, these lessons will help them to take the decision to obey the gospel.

At Northern Anang Secondary Commercial School where we also visit on timely basis, 118 completed lessons were received. Our earlier tracts and literature distribution campaign  scheduled was put off following the mid term break but the school are making arrangement for our visit towards the end of this month. The same is applicable to Community Secondary Commercial School, Ikot ESE.

Our Bible Correspondence course and evangelism campaign has grown to Essien Udim ( where the recent violence occurred). Two preachers in that area will be helping in the work there. Emmanuel Ukpong and brother David Eyo Bassey led us to Okon Secondary Commercial School where a Catholic Reverend father is the chaplain. Contrary to our thoughts that we may not be privileged to address the students, the reversed was the case as we were given about 45 minutes to tell the students and staff about our programs. That visit climaxed with the distribution of enrollment forms to students. The students duely completed the forms and returned same through the two brethren to our office. They are now anxiously waiting for the introduction lessons. What an opportunity in this area that is predominantly Catholics? May God help us in our efforts.

The church at Utu Ikot Ekpo continues to do and grow well. On Sunday, my son, Kufremfon did the preaching while I taught the Bible class. I was amazed but thankful for his timely and well prepared sermon! That was his first sermon after his baptism few years ago. Sister Blessing Pious is still down and hospitalized!  Brother Sampson Thomas is weak and hardly make it to the service due to his health and age. They both needs your prayers!

Saturday 5th June was the day we embarked on a massive distribution of evangelism literature (Finding the Priceless Pearl by Roger Dickson) and Bibles to churches in our communities. Many churches of Christ including denominations benefitted from the free books distribution and it is our belief that many that we may not know will obey the gospel by following this adventure with John to discover the gospel way into eternal life.
The 2021 Great Workshop scheduled to hold in Lagos has been suspended indefinitely. This is following the security challenges that our country is facing making travelling to most parts of the country unsafe and risky. We pray that the situation will calm next year so that we can meet for this great Annual event.
We are gathering funds for the  second phase of work(moulding of blocks)  at our proposed Christian School. Your $10 contribution will buy us a bag of Cement to help in this work, while $35 will buy a trip of sharp moulding sand. $70 will buy a trip of gravel. We are in need of 150 bags of cement ($1,500). Can you help financially? If you cannot, please remember our efforts prayerfully. We can bank on biblical principles. When God says to give and it will be given back to you, it’s a fact. He doesn’t promise fabulous wealth, but He does promised to meet your needs – with enough left over to keep the supply of blessing flowing to others, like those here desperate for quality Christian education. The potentials and spiritual influence that this school will have on the lives of the young people here cannot be overemphasized and the present challenges faced by our dear country Nigeria can only be addressed by providing an education that is grounded by the words of God to the younger and future generations. You’ll be helping to change the mindset of several Nigerian children by being a part of this Christian school project! I will be sending a video showing, the site, level of work and future plans at the end of this month. This will give you a clear picture of what we are trying to do.
My family is doing well and we thank God for His blessings and protection on us and many others. Continue to pray for my safety  and that of my family as I daily travel from one place to another expounding his divine will to mankind.
I commend all my sponsors and WBS teachers for their prayers and generosity over the years! I want to thank you for being a giver and encourage you to keep giving even when it doesn’t feel safe. In so doing, you’ll experience the God ” who will supply all your needs according to His riches” (Phil 4:9)
May God richly bless you in all your life endeavors.

Until there is a witness for Christ in Every Nation,
Sekeme Ekaiko

Akwa Ibom State-Nigeria.

MJA’s June Report

WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL

MANTA JUNCTION

P. O. BOX 470, ABAK

E-MAILS: mjakpakpan@yahoo.commjakpakpan@gmail.com PHONE:  08028443851                                                                                                                                                                                 1st July, 2021

Dear Brethren,
The month of June 2021 did not finish with evangelism work.  These are what happened in June 2021 in our area.


.  World Bible School Seminar was conducted at Anua Obio, Uyo and there were 4 converts.

-M. B. Archibong reported 10 baptisms from Odukpani, C. R. S.
.  Women Monthly Gospel Meeting was held at Abak City Church of Christ.  The attendance was very very good.
.  Six students from Nigerian Christian Bible College (NCBC) did Evangelism work at Atan Offot, Uyo and 3 souls were converted to Christ.
.  At Ikot Akpabio Afaha Obong where Uyai Joshua is preaching 2 souls were restored to Christ.  At Ikot Ekpeyak Ikono where Christian Etukuko is preaching there were 5 baptisms during the month of June 2021.

.  There were 2 baptisms in Uyo Prison Yard.  Doctors were taken to the place to give Eye Glasses to those that are in need of them.
.  At Atai Otoro there were 2 restorations and 1 baptism.
Keep praying for us.  Our work of evangelism is in a steady progress.  Special thank to all our Supporters, the Mission Printing Press Members, The Voice of Truth International, Truth For Today and many other Evangelism Materials always sent to use for our Evangelism.


I want to assure you that your labor and our work cannot and will not be in vain.  May God bless you all.  Amen.

Monday John Akpakpan

WBS Student Baptized

May God’s grace abound in you and your family.

I have the pleasure to inform you that a WBS student because of frequent visits and encouragement was baptized yesterday.

She lives in the remote part of Atai Otoro, in Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

The attach are pictures before and after her baptism.

May God bless you for your encouragement.

Yours in the Lord,

Sunday Solomon Udoh

Makinde’s Report

BVBIN & SWSE Newsletter

Vol. 16 No 3 (swsevangibadan2016@gmail.com)                                                         July.- September. 2021

From the DIRECTOR’S DESK

Compliments of the season to you all. We give God the Father all glory and honor for His Mercy and Love to us all. Here are the reports of some of our activities from first week of May through the first week of July 2021.

BIRTH OF THE LORD’S CHURCH IN ARAMOKO – EKITI , EKITI STATE:

In obedience to the Master’s order in Matthew 28:19-20, some of the staff, students and our graduates (preaching in Ekiti State) evangelized Aramoko town from early morning of  May 3 till 9, 2021. They started the first church worship in Chief Eluku’s house, (Temidire Steet, Oke-Egbe Area of Aramoko town) with five converts, eleven students of BVBIN &  SWSE, Ibadan, one of the instructors named Bro. Emmanuel Godwin, a graduate of WNCC named Bro. Lawanson Akinola and a WBSFUW named Bro. Amos Olusegun.

We were lucky to get an uncompleted building for the sum of N200,000 in Temidire Steet, Oke-Egbe Area and the school was able to assist in the payment of N100,000 while the remaining balance of N100,000 will be paid Lord’s willing on August.

VOICE OF TRUTH INTERNATIONAL, VOLUME 109 SHARED:

Free distributions and posting of VOTI Volume 109 commenced on May 3 and as of June ending our records show that about 5,750 copies of the recent publication of VOTI has been distributed across the Republic of Nigeria.

Report reaching our office shows that the recent publication also assisted the Lord’s church in converting many souls into Christ’s body during May and June Seminars/Campaigns while many brethren were edified.

FOURTH SEMESTER CLASSES BEGIN ON MAY 24:

Classes for the last semester of this session commenced on May 24 and will end Lord’s willing on July 23, 2021. Then, followed by a month practical work, that is, Teaching Practice between July 24 and August 22, 2021. The one month Teaching Practice will cost us between $500 to $700 because most of the students will be working with young congregations across the country, Nigeria.

The instructors for the fourth Semester at the Ibadan campus are Bro. Isaac Olaniyan, Bro. Emmanuel Godwin, Bro.Makinde John, Bro. Guda Silas, Bro. Oladokun Samuel, Bro. Lawrence Dada, Bro. Andrew Adeolu and I (Bro. Makinde Ebens).

AJIA CHURCH AUDITORIUM:

Work is progressing as we put to use, the recently roofed church auditorium at Ajia town, Ibadan , Oyo State. We were able to construct four iron doors for the four entrances, fix window frames, three doors and windows burglars, flooring and plastering of one bedroom in the preacher’s quarter between May 18 and 29, 2021; including the fixing of WC toilet in the first week of June 2021. We opened the auditorium for the Lord’s worship on June 13, 2021 with twelve brethren.

BROTHER KEITH KASARJIAN’S VISIT TO NIGERIA:

The Director of BVBID Extension program, Bro. Keith Kasarjian visited our troublesome country, Nigeria in spite the insecurity in our country between May 16 through 24 and met with most of the BVBIN campuses in the country starting from Lagos. He ended his trip in Abia State.

We greatly appreciate his great commitment to serving the Lord and humanity. Our fervent prayer is that the Lord keep on blessing all the gospel ministers throughout the world  in Jesus Christ name, amen.

ONE MONTH VOCATIONAL TRAINING/BREAK AND JUNE WEEKEND EVANGELISM

May 2021 Vocational training/break of this session resulted in the conversion of thirteen souls and restoration of eighteen erring brethren while the Lord added two denominational pastors to His body in the month of June (1 at Butubutu village and 1 in Ajia). All our students and staff were actively involved in the weekend evangelism/campaigns in their different locations and gratitude unto the Lord blessing our joint efforts.

OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In May 2021, with God on our side, coupled with the financial assistance rendered by the Austin Chapel Church of Christ, and Bro. Chad Wagner, we succeeded in planting the Lord’s Church in Aramoko town of Ekiti State. We also assisted in the payment of half of the funds for the purchase of an uncompleted building for the church meeting place at Temidire Steet, Oke-Egbe Area in Aramoko town.

Another accomplishment this quarter is the conversion of two denominational pastors in the month of June 2021 in Ibadan as the result of our continuous evangelization of Ajia town and Butubutu Village, Ibadan, Oyo State.

CHALLENGES:

  1. Even though, we have received contributions to the tune of N98, 000 so far from our Nigerian brethren and $700 from brethren in USA ($200 from Bro. Doug Wheeler and family and $500 from Bro.Steven Archraft and associate) , the School is still in need of over $500 for the successful hosting of her 19th Annual Bible Lectureship and Graduation ceremony scheduled to come up from August 25th-27th, 2021 at Butubutu Village, Ibadan.
  2. We are in need of at least the sum of N30, 000 ($75) monthly supports to assist one of our graduates who have shown interest in ministering in the just planted congregation in Aramoko town, Ekiti State.
  • The school is also in need of a Mini Gospel Chariot for evangelization of both Urban and Rural areas of the Western States of Nigeria. This will cost us between $6,500 to $7,000 for truck, durable chairs, speakers, 2.5kwa generator, lectern, construction of a stage and other necessary things.

SERMON: (Unknown Author)

Trust In the Lord (Psalm 37 ;Jer.17:5-8; John 14:1,2; Hebrew 4:13)

I͟ t͟o͟o͟k͟ my c͟l͟o͟t͟h͟ t͟o͟ the t͟a͟i͟l͟o͟r͟ a͟n͟d͟ told h͟i͟m͟ t͟o͟ f͟i͟x͟ t͟h͟e͟ l͟i͟t͟t͟l͟e͟ o͟p͟e͟n͟i͟n͟g͟ n͟e͟a͟r͟ t͟h͟e͟ p͟o͟c͟k͟e͟t͟. T͟h͟e͟ m͟a͟n͟ t͟u͟r͟n͟e͟d͟ t͟h͟e͟ c͟l͟o͟t͟h͟ i͟n͟s͟i͟d͟e͟ o͟u͟t͟ a͟n͟d͟ b͟e͟g͟a͟n͟ t͟o͟ T͟E͟A͟R͟ t͟h͟e͟ p͟o͟c͟k͟e͟t͟ w͟i͟t͟h͟ h͟i͟s͟ h͟a͟n͟d͟s͟.

H͟a͟h͟! I͟ w͟a͟s͟ l͟i͟k͟e͟, “I͟ s͟a͟i͟d͟ y͟o͟u͟ s͟h͟o͟u͟l͟d͟ s͟e͟w͟, n͟o͟t͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟”. S͟o͟ I͟ s͟h͟o͟u͟t͟e͟d͟, ‘Y͟o͟u͟ a͟r͟e͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ m͟y͟ c͟l͟o͟t͟h͟?’

B͟u͟t͟ h͟e͟ r͟e͟p͟l͟i͟e͟d͟ “I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟”. T͟h͟o͟s͟e͟ t͟w͟o͟ w͟o͟r͟d͟s͟ s͟a͟n͟k͟ i͟n͟t͟o͟ m͟e͟ l͟i͟k͟e͟ a͟ h͟e͟a͟v͟y͟ s͟t͟o͟n͟e͟ s͟i͟n͟k͟s͟ i͟n͟ w͟a͟t͟e͟r͟. I͟ c͟o͟u͟l͟d͟n͟’t͟ t͟a͟l͟k͟ a͟g͟a͟i͟n͟.

H͟e͟ is͟ t͟h͟e͟ t͟a͟i͟l͟o͟r͟, a͟n͟d͟ I͟ am j͟u͟s͟t͟ a͟ c͟u͟s͟t͟o͟m͟e͟r͟. E͟v͟e͟n͟ t͟h͟o͟u͟g͟h͟ I͟ c͟o͟u͟l͟d͟n͟’t͟ r͟e͟l͟a͟t͟e͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ w͟i͟t͟h͟ s͟e͟w͟i͟n͟g͟ b͟u͟t͟ t͟h͟e͟ T͟a͟i͟l͟o͟r͟ s͟a͟y͟s͟ “I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟”.

G͟o͟d͟ i͟s͟ s͟a͟y͟i͟n͟g͟, ‘I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟’.

H͟e͟ h͟e͟a͟r͟s͟ y͟o͟u͟r͟ c͟o͟m͟p͟l͟a͟i͟n͟t͟s͟. F͟a͟t͟h͟e͟r͟, M͟y͟ f͟i͟a͟n͟c͟e͟e͟ j͟u͟s͟t͟ l͟e͟f͟t͟ m͟e͟… ‘I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟’. I͟ h͟a͟v͟e͟ n͟o͟ m͟o͟n͟e͟y͟ t͟o͟ p͟a͟y͟ f͟o͟r͟ m͟y͟ r͟e͟n͟t͟… ‘I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟’. I͟ w͟a͟s͟ r͟e͟j͟e͟c͟t͟e͟d͟ & a͟b͟u͟s͟e͟d͟… ‘I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟’. I͟ h͟a͟v͟e͟ n͟o͟ m͟o͟n͟e͟y͟ t͟o͟ c͟a͟t͟e͟r͟ f͟o͟r͟ m͟y͟ n͟e͟e͟d͟s͟… ‘I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟’.

S͟o͟ m͟a͟n͟y͟ t͟i͟m͟e͟s͟ w͟h͟e͟n͟ t͟h͟e͟ L͟o͟r͟d͟ i͟s͟ f͟i͟x͟i͟n͟g͟ u͟s͟, H͟e͟ s͟t͟a͟r͟t͟s͟ b͟y͟ ‘t͟e͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟’ u͟s͟. T͟e͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ o͟u͟r͟ c͟o͟n͟f͟i͟d͟e͟n͟c͟e͟ i͟n͟ o͟u͟r͟s͟e͟l͟v͟e͟s͟, te͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ a͟l͟l͟ o͟u͟r͟ p͟h͟i͟l͟o͟s͟o͟p͟h͟i͟e͟s͟, te͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ o͟u͟r͟ p͟r͟i͟d͟e͟ a͟n͟d͟ f͟a͟k͟e͟ h͟u͟m͟i͟l͟i͟t͟y͟, te͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ t͟h͟e͟ t͟h͟i͟n͟g͟s͟ w͟e͟ c͟a͟l͟l͟ d͟e͟a͟r͟ a͟n͟d͟ g͟i͟v͟i͟n͟g͟ u͟s͟ t͟h͟e͟ t͟h͟i͟n͟g͟s͟ that are truly dear.

T͟h͟e͟ o͟n͟l͟y͟ t͟h͟i͟n͟g͟ n͟e͟c͟e͟s͟s͟a͟r͟y͟ i͟s͟ w͟i͟s͟d͟o͟m͟. W͟i͟s͟d͟o͟m͟ t͟o͟ k͟n͟o͟w͟ w͟h͟e͟n͟ i͟t͟ i͟s͟ t͟h͟e͟ L͟o͟r͟d͟ a͟n͟d͟ w͟h͟e͟n͟ i͟t͟ i͟s͟n͟’t͟ t͟h͟e͟ L͟o͟r͟d͟. T͟h͟e͟ d͟e͟v͟i͟l͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟s͟ t͟o͟ k͟i͟l͟l͟, G͟o͟d͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟s͟ t͟o͟ fi͟x͟. G͟o͟d͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟s͟ t͟h͟e͟ o͟l͟d͟ t͟o͟ g͟i͟v͟e͟ y͟o͟u͟ t͟h͟e͟ n͟e͟w͟. G͟o͟d͟’s͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ f͟i͟r͟e͟ o͟n͟l͟y͟ r͟e͟f͟i͟n͟e͟s͟ H͟i͟s͟ o͟w͟n͟. G͟o͟d͟’s͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ a͟p͟p͟r͟o͟a͟c͟h͟e͟s͟ o͟n͟l͟y͟ y͟i͟e͟l͟d͟s͟ t͟h͟e͟ p͟e͟a͟c͟e͟a͟b͟l͟e͟ f͟r͟u͟i͟t͟ o͟f͟ R͟i͟g͟h͟t͟e͟o͟u͟s͟n͟e͟s͟s͟.

S͟o͟ i͟n͟ r͟e͟a͟l͟i͟t͟y͟, G͟o͟d͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟s͟ n͟o͟ m͟a͟n͟, H͟e͟ o͟n͟l͟y͟ m͟a͟k͟e͟s͟. W͟e͟ c͟a͟l͟l͟ i͟t͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟, H͟e͟ c͟a͟l͟l͟s͟ i͟t͟ ma͟k͟i͟n͟g͟. W͟e͟ c͟a͟l͟l͟ i͟t͟ b͟r͟e͟a͟k͟i͟n͟g͟, H͟e͟ c͟a͟l͟l͟s͟ i͟t͟ b͟u͟i͟l͟d͟i͟n͟g͟. H͟e͟ k͟n͟o͟w͟s͟ y͟o͟u͟ h͟a͟v͟e͟ n͟e͟e͟d͟ e͟v͟e͟n͟ b͟e͟f͟o͟r͟e͟ y͟o͟u͟ a͟s͟k͟. T͟h͟a͟t͟’s͟ w͟h͟y͟ w͟h͟e͟n͟ w͟e͟ c͟o͟m͟p͟l͟a͟i͟n; H͟e͟ r͟e͟s͟p͟o͟n͟d͟s͟ t͟h͟u͟s͟: ‘I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟’.

“F͟o͟r͟ I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟ t͟h͟e͟ t͟h͟o͟u͟g͟h͟t͟s͟ t͟h͟a͟t͟ I͟ t͟h͟i͟n͟k͟ t͟o͟w͟a͟r͟d͟ y͟o͟u͟, s͟a͟i͟t͟h͟ t͟h͟e͟ L͟O͟R͟D͟, t͟h͟o͟u͟g͟h͟t͟s͟ o͟f͟ p͟e͟a͟c͟e͟, a͟n͟d͟ n͟o͟t͟ o͟f͟ e͟v͟i͟l͟, t͟o͟ g͟i͟v͟e͟ y͟o͟u͟ a͟n͟ e͟x͟p͟e͟c͟t͟e͟d͟ e͟n͟d͟.” JE͟R͟E͟M͟I͟A͟H 29:11*                   

T͟r͟u͟s͟t͟ G͟o͟d͟.

Report of the meeting Bro Keith Kasarjian held with Directors of Bear Valley Bible Institute Lagos weekend schools, on Monday 17th may, 2021 at Ibi hotel Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria.

By Bro. Emmanuel Chukwuka Odo

INTRODUCTION:

Institutions grow because of innovations, which come because of new ideas, concepts and theories. Bear Valley Bible Institute is not an exemption. The need to grow the institution in the ever growing world have led diligent men like Brother Keith Kasarjian and the school faculty into research efforts which has resulted in new approaches intended to yield better results.

PURPOSE OF THE MEETING

The main purpose of the meeting was to introduce the newly designed curriculum/syllabi to the directors of the Lagos weekend schools and give them the necessary information and training on how to use/implement the syllabi for efficiency and effectiveness in the teaching/learning processes of the schools.

AIMS/OBJECTIVES

The aim of the meeting was to train the directors who would in turn train the instructors on the way to use the newly designed teaching outlines.

THE TRAINING

The training started at about 3:40pm with an introductory speech made by Brother Keith, where he stated that Bear Valley Bible Institute was in the process of standardization. According to him, the focus was to bring uniformity in the instructional outcome of the school wherever it exists in the world; a situation where the content of instructions, as well as the methodology would be the same everywhere with the intention of producing the same result. He presented the training on a video; using the video of how course 314 (God-head) could be taught as a model to explain how the rest of the forty-six (46) courses could be taught.

At the end of the video presentation, the participants asked questions which Brother Keith answered. He then presented to the participants, free soft copies of the courses’ outlines and instructional procedures with assessment and grading methods for further learning and training. A soft copy of E-Library was also presented to the Directors.

SUMMARY

Bro Keith made it categorically clear that what he had presented to us (the directors) was work-in-progress. According to him, work was still on-going in the development/upgrading of the courses’ materials as well as the school website. He requested our prayers for the success of the projects.

ATTENDANCE

Brother Etim Mfon (Director, Ikorodu Week-End School).

Brother Timothy Iwe (Director, Lagos Island Week-End School).

Brother Emmanuel Chukwuka Odo (Acting Director Agege Week-End School).

Brother Keith Kasarjian (Bear Valley Bible Institute USA).

Report of Bro Keith’s visit to Akure, the state capital of Ondo state.

By Bro. Victor Fasonu.

The purpose of Bro. Keith’s visit to Akure is about the need to set up a Bear Valley satellite Weekend Bible training in Ondo city, Ondo state. A meeting was set up in the auditorium of the Church of Christ, Ayedun quarter with Bro. Keith, Bro. Makinde, Bro. Victor Fasonu, Bro. Godwin Emmanuel, Bro Matthew Rowland, Bro. Philemon Ohaebuka, Bro. Timileyin Akilapa and Bro Awoniyi Kolawole all in attendance. 

 During the meeting, the following were agreed upon;

1. Bro. Keith agreed that there is a need to establish Bear Valley Bible School in the state to the glory of God.

2. For now the location should be in Ondo city, but, if need be; another satellite campus can come up in Akure city later too.

3. Bro. Keith agreed with the choice of the four instructors who chose to take up teaching responsibility in the proposed Bible-training program; with the hope of getting their credentials when he gets back to the USA for proper documentation of the school in Ondo city.

4.  A tentative agreement to kick-start the institute in the first week of July, 2021.

By the grace of God, the meeting ended around 11:35am. Bro. Makinde, Bro. Victor Fasonu and Bro. Godwin Emmanuel escorted Bro. Keith back to the airport.

SUCCESSFULL STUDENTS FOR AUGUST 27, 2021 GRADUATION

A) Certificate: Azubuike Daniel Onyebuchi

B) Diploma in Theology: Afolabi Timothy Olamide, Akinrinade Sunday Hezekiah, Careson Oviri-Oghene, Idowu Jonathan Authority, Iyesele Ifeanyi Divine, Imbia Maxfield Elangwe, Nwosu Michael Chukwuemeka, Oke Micheal Ayobamigbe, Orogbemi Mercy Abimbola (Miss)

From Ikorodu: Akinyemi Jacob, Amaowoh Joseph, Etimeffiok Akpan, Oshifejo Sunday, Oyemade Kuburat (Mrs) , Tonteh Walters  and Uduak Akpan from Agege, Joseph Westgarth Udoh and Nwoyi Azubuike.

C) Advanced Diploma in Theology: Adeyemi Samuel Olorunsogo, Adewunmi Emmanuel Oluwaseyi, Ajayi Funsho Jeremiah, Armstrong Ehiedu Pat-Okunbo, Enyi Amos Chikodinaka, Falodun Olutola, Israel Tajomavwo, Jude Canox David, Odeyemi Durojaye Oluwatomiloye, Olabode Samuel Ayomide, Oyeleke Felicia Idowu (Advanced Diploma in Women’s ministry) and Wayne Chisom Silas.

SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF EVANGELISM, KIDDIES ACADEMY

Report by Bro. Oke Nwosu Jonathan

We give all glory, honor and adoration to God Almighty for his guidance, protection and provision for the SOUTH WEST KIDDIES ACADEMY, BUTUBUTU VILLAGE, IBADAN

Students: At present, the School has 73 pupils in the Nursery and Basic section and 10 Students in the Secondary section, making 88. Over forty of these pupils are children of less privileged people in the church and in the community. These children are counting on you once more.

Staff: With God’s help, coupled with the Supports from Gahanna-Jefferson Church of Christ via Zachary and Kim Van Tassel, Cherry Llord and family, the School hired nine (9) Standard and Qualified teachers, taking different subjects in various classes. We have five (5) full time and four (4) part-time teachers working with the School.

Classrooms: The School has nine (9) conducive classrooms for learning, a library with different editions of textbooks and literature books.

Development: Of recent, the school purchased two sets of computer, printer, UPS, standing fan, and photocopier for the help and improvement of the pupils and the school as a whole.

In addition, the school management changed the appearance of the school building by painting it with a new and beautiful color.

Plans: The School is looking forward to having a Science laboratory.

In addition, it is in our plan to change the School uniform to a better and well presentable one.

The ten Students sponsors by Zach Van Tassel and Gahanna-Jefferson congregation and Cherry Lloyd are expressing their gratitude for the generosity of their sponsors. They are saying: THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! for your support and care for the less privileged children.

Appeal for partnership: We humbly request your support financially in the advancement of knowledge and assisting the less privileged.

We observed that most of our pupils in Southwest School of Evangelism Kiddies Academy sometimes attend school without breakfast. Some hardly feed due to financial incapabilities of parents and gaudiance of these young children. So,we came up with a plan of feeding them, at least twice in a week (Monday and Wednesday). This plan will commence Lord’s willing from next academic session which will begin in September 2021 and it will cost us, at least, N10,000 ($25) weekly.

We shall be so glad and greatly grateful if you could become the source of joy to these less privileged children by partnering with us in this nation building to the glory of God.

May God continue to bless all our supporters, parents, well-wishers and the school management and lift the school higher unto greater heights in Jesus Christ name, Amen.

Yours in His service……Oke Nwosu Salvation Jonathan.

BVBIN & SWSE Newsletter

Vol. 16 No 3 (swsevangibadan2016@gmail.com)                                                         July.- September. 2021

From the DIRECTOR’S DESK

Tel:  08056129310, 08126499577

Compliments of the season to you all. We give God the Father all glory and honor for His Mercy and Love to us all. Here are the reports of some of our activities from first week of May through the first week of July 2021.

BIRTH OF THE LORD’S CHURCH IN ARAMOKO – EKITI , EKITI STATE:

In obedience to the Master’s order in Matthew 28:19-20, some of the staff, students and our graduates (preaching in Ekiti State) evangelized Aramoko town from early morning of  May 3 till 9, 2021. They started the first church worship in Chief Eluku’s house, (Temidire Steet, Oke-Egbe Area of Aramoko town) with five converts, eleven students of BVBIN &  SWSE, Ibadan, one of the instructors named Bro. Emmanuel Godwin, a graduate of WNCC named Bro. Lawanson Akinola and a WBSFUW named Bro. Amos Olusegun.

We were lucky to get an uncompleted building for the sum of N200,000 in Temidire Steet, Oke-Egbe Area and the school was able to assist in the payment of N100,000 while the remaining balance of N100,000 will be paid Lord’s willing on August.

VOICE OF TRUTH INTERNATIONAL, VOLUME 109 SHARED:

Free distributions and posting of VOTI Volume 109 commenced on May 3 and as of June ending our records show that about 5,750 copies of the recent publication of VOTI has been distributed across the Republic of Nigeria.

Report reaching our office shows that the recent publication also assisted the Lord’s church in converting many souls into Christ’s body during May and June Seminars/Campaigns while many brethren were edified.

FOURTH SEMESTER CLASSES BEGIN ON MAY 24:

Classes for the last semester of this session commenced on May 24 and will end Lord’s willing on July 23, 2021. Then, followed by a month practical work, that is, Teaching Practice between July 24 and August 22, 2021. The one month Teaching Practice will cost us between $500 to $700 because most of the students will be working with young congregations across the country, Nigeria.

The instructors for the fourth Semester at the Ibadan campus are Bro. Isaac Olaniyan, Bro. Emmanuel Godwin, Bro.Makinde John, Bro. Guda Silas, Bro. Oladokun Samuel, Bro. Lawrence Dada, Bro. Andrew Adeolu and I (Bro. Makinde Ebens).

AJIA CHURCH AUDITORIUM:

Work is progressing as we put to use, the recently roofed church auditorium at Ajia town, Ibadan , Oyo State. We were able to construct four iron doors for the four entrances, fix window frames, three doors and windows burglars, flooring and plastering of one bedroom in the preacher’s quarter between May 18 and 29, 2021; including the fixing of WC toilet in the first week of June 2021. We opened the auditorium for the Lord’s worship on June 13, 2021 with twelve brethren.

BROTHER KEITH KASARJIAN’S VISIT TO NIGERIA:

The Director of BVBID Extension program, Bro. Keith Kasarjian visited our troublesome country, Nigeria in spite the insecurity in our country between May 16 through 24 and met with most of the BVBIN campuses in the country starting from Lagos. He ended his trip in Abia State.

We greatly appreciate his great commitment to serving the Lord and humanity. Our fervent prayer is that the Lord keep on blessing all the gospel ministers throughout the world  in Jesus Christ name, amen.

ONE MONTH VOCATIONAL TRAINING/BREAK AND JUNE WEEKEND EVANGELISM

May 2021 Vocational training/break of this session resulted in the conversion of thirteen souls and restoration of eighteen erring brethren while the Lord added two denominational pastors to His body in the month of June (1 at Butubutu village and 1 in Ajia). All our students and staff were actively involved in the weekend evangelism/campaigns in their different locations and gratitude unto the Lord blessing our joint efforts.

OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In May 2021, with God on our side, coupled with the financial assistance rendered by the Austin Chapel Church of Christ, and Bro. Chad Wagner, we succeeded in planting the Lord’s Church in Aramoko town of Ekiti State. We also assisted in the payment of half of the funds for the purchase of an uncompleted building for the church meeting place at Temidire Steet, Oke-Egbe Area in Aramoko town.

Another accomplishment this quarter is the conversion of two denominational pastors in the month of June 2021 in Ibadan as the result of our continuous evangelization of Ajia town and Butubutu Village, Ibadan, Oyo State.

CHALLENGES:

  1. Even though, we have received contributions to the tune of N98, 000 so far from our Nigerian brethren and $700 from brethren in USA ($200 from Bro. Doug Wheeler and family and $500 from Bro.Steven Archraft and associate) , the School is still in need of over $500 for the successful hosting of her 19th Annual Bible Lectureship and Graduation ceremony scheduled to come up from August 25th-27th, 2021 at Butubutu Village, Ibadan.
  2. We are in need of at least the sum of N30, 000 ($75) monthly supports to assist one of our graduates who have shown interest in ministering in the just planted congregation in Aramoko town, Ekiti State.
  • The school is also in need of a Mini Gospel Chariot for evangelization of both Urban and Rural areas of the Western States of Nigeria. This will cost us between $6,500 to $7,000 for truck, durable chairs, speakers, 2.5kwa generator, lectern, construction of a stage and other necessary things.

SERMON: (Unknown Author)

Trust In the Lord (Psalm 37 ;Jer.17:5-8; John 14:1,2; Hebrew 4:13)

I͟ t͟o͟o͟k͟ my c͟l͟o͟t͟h͟ t͟o͟ the t͟a͟i͟l͟o͟r͟ a͟n͟d͟ told h͟i͟m͟ t͟o͟ f͟i͟x͟ t͟h͟e͟ l͟i͟t͟t͟l͟e͟ o͟p͟e͟n͟i͟n͟g͟ n͟e͟a͟r͟ t͟h͟e͟ p͟o͟c͟k͟e͟t͟. T͟h͟e͟ m͟a͟n͟ t͟u͟r͟n͟e͟d͟ t͟h͟e͟ c͟l͟o͟t͟h͟ i͟n͟s͟i͟d͟e͟ o͟u͟t͟ a͟n͟d͟ b͟e͟g͟a͟n͟ t͟o͟ T͟E͟A͟R͟ t͟h͟e͟ p͟o͟c͟k͟e͟t͟ w͟i͟t͟h͟ h͟i͟s͟ h͟a͟n͟d͟s͟.

H͟a͟h͟! I͟ w͟a͟s͟ l͟i͟k͟e͟, “I͟ s͟a͟i͟d͟ y͟o͟u͟ s͟h͟o͟u͟l͟d͟ s͟e͟w͟, n͟o͟t͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟”. S͟o͟ I͟ s͟h͟o͟u͟t͟e͟d͟, ‘Y͟o͟u͟ a͟r͟e͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ m͟y͟ c͟l͟o͟t͟h͟?’

B͟u͟t͟ h͟e͟ r͟e͟p͟l͟i͟e͟d͟ “I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟”. T͟h͟o͟s͟e͟ t͟w͟o͟ w͟o͟r͟d͟s͟ s͟a͟n͟k͟ i͟n͟t͟o͟ m͟e͟ l͟i͟k͟e͟ a͟ h͟e͟a͟v͟y͟ s͟t͟o͟n͟e͟ s͟i͟n͟k͟s͟ i͟n͟ w͟a͟t͟e͟r͟. I͟ c͟o͟u͟l͟d͟n͟’t͟ t͟a͟l͟k͟ a͟g͟a͟i͟n͟.

H͟e͟ is͟ t͟h͟e͟ t͟a͟i͟l͟o͟r͟, a͟n͟d͟ I͟ am j͟u͟s͟t͟ a͟ c͟u͟s͟t͟o͟m͟e͟r͟. E͟v͟e͟n͟ t͟h͟o͟u͟g͟h͟ I͟ c͟o͟u͟l͟d͟n͟’t͟ r͟e͟l͟a͟t͟e͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ w͟i͟t͟h͟ s͟e͟w͟i͟n͟g͟ b͟u͟t͟ t͟h͟e͟ T͟a͟i͟l͟o͟r͟ s͟a͟y͟s͟ “I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟”.

G͟o͟d͟ i͟s͟ s͟a͟y͟i͟n͟g͟, ‘I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟’.

H͟e͟ h͟e͟a͟r͟s͟ y͟o͟u͟r͟ c͟o͟m͟p͟l͟a͟i͟n͟t͟s͟. F͟a͟t͟h͟e͟r͟, M͟y͟ f͟i͟a͟n͟c͟e͟e͟ j͟u͟s͟t͟ l͟e͟f͟t͟ m͟e͟… ‘I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟’. I͟ h͟a͟v͟e͟ n͟o͟ m͟o͟n͟e͟y͟ t͟o͟ p͟a͟y͟ f͟o͟r͟ m͟y͟ r͟e͟n͟t͟… ‘I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟’. I͟ w͟a͟s͟ r͟e͟j͟e͟c͟t͟e͟d͟ & a͟b͟u͟s͟e͟d͟… ‘I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟’. I͟ h͟a͟v͟e͟ n͟o͟ m͟o͟n͟e͟y͟ t͟o͟ c͟a͟t͟e͟r͟ f͟o͟r͟ m͟y͟ n͟e͟e͟d͟s͟… ‘I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟’.

S͟o͟ m͟a͟n͟y͟ t͟i͟m͟e͟s͟ w͟h͟e͟n͟ t͟h͟e͟ L͟o͟r͟d͟ i͟s͟ f͟i͟x͟i͟n͟g͟ u͟s͟, H͟e͟ s͟t͟a͟r͟t͟s͟ b͟y͟ ‘t͟e͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟’ u͟s͟. T͟e͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ o͟u͟r͟ c͟o͟n͟f͟i͟d͟e͟n͟c͟e͟ i͟n͟ o͟u͟r͟s͟e͟l͟v͟e͟s͟, te͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ a͟l͟l͟ o͟u͟r͟ p͟h͟i͟l͟o͟s͟o͟p͟h͟i͟e͟s͟, te͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ o͟u͟r͟ p͟r͟i͟d͟e͟ a͟n͟d͟ f͟a͟k͟e͟ h͟u͟m͟i͟l͟i͟t͟y͟, te͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ t͟h͟e͟ t͟h͟i͟n͟g͟s͟ w͟e͟ c͟a͟l͟l͟ d͟e͟a͟r͟ a͟n͟d͟ g͟i͟v͟i͟n͟g͟ u͟s͟ t͟h͟e͟ t͟h͟i͟n͟g͟s͟ that are truly dear.

T͟h͟e͟ o͟n͟l͟y͟ t͟h͟i͟n͟g͟ n͟e͟c͟e͟s͟s͟a͟r͟y͟ i͟s͟ w͟i͟s͟d͟o͟m͟. W͟i͟s͟d͟o͟m͟ t͟o͟ k͟n͟o͟w͟ w͟h͟e͟n͟ i͟t͟ i͟s͟ t͟h͟e͟ L͟o͟r͟d͟ a͟n͟d͟ w͟h͟e͟n͟ i͟t͟ i͟s͟n͟’t͟ t͟h͟e͟ L͟o͟r͟d͟. T͟h͟e͟ d͟e͟v͟i͟l͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟s͟ t͟o͟ k͟i͟l͟l͟, G͟o͟d͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟s͟ t͟o͟ fi͟x͟. G͟o͟d͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟s͟ t͟h͟e͟ o͟l͟d͟ t͟o͟ g͟i͟v͟e͟ y͟o͟u͟ t͟h͟e͟ n͟e͟w͟. G͟o͟d͟’s͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ f͟i͟r͟e͟ o͟n͟l͟y͟ r͟e͟f͟i͟n͟e͟s͟ H͟i͟s͟ o͟w͟n͟. G͟o͟d͟’s͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟ a͟p͟p͟r͟o͟a͟c͟h͟e͟s͟ o͟n͟l͟y͟ y͟i͟e͟l͟d͟s͟ t͟h͟e͟ p͟e͟a͟c͟e͟a͟b͟l͟e͟ f͟r͟u͟i͟t͟ o͟f͟ R͟i͟g͟h͟t͟e͟o͟u͟s͟n͟e͟s͟s͟.

S͟o͟ i͟n͟ r͟e͟a͟l͟i͟t͟y͟, G͟o͟d͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟s͟ n͟o͟ m͟a͟n͟, H͟e͟ o͟n͟l͟y͟ m͟a͟k͟e͟s͟. W͟e͟ c͟a͟l͟l͟ i͟t͟ t͟e͟a͟r͟i͟n͟g͟, H͟e͟ c͟a͟l͟l͟s͟ i͟t͟ ma͟k͟i͟n͟g͟. W͟e͟ c͟a͟l͟l͟ i͟t͟ b͟r͟e͟a͟k͟i͟n͟g͟, H͟e͟ c͟a͟l͟l͟s͟ i͟t͟ b͟u͟i͟l͟d͟i͟n͟g͟. H͟e͟ k͟n͟o͟w͟s͟ y͟o͟u͟ h͟a͟v͟e͟ n͟e͟e͟d͟ e͟v͟e͟n͟ b͟e͟f͟o͟r͟e͟ y͟o͟u͟ a͟s͟k͟. T͟h͟a͟t͟’s͟ w͟h͟y͟ w͟h͟e͟n͟ w͟e͟ c͟o͟m͟p͟l͟a͟i͟n; H͟e͟ r͟e͟s͟p͟o͟n͟d͟s͟ t͟h͟u͟s͟: ‘I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟’.

“F͟o͟r͟ I͟ K͟N͟O͟W͟ t͟h͟e͟ t͟h͟o͟u͟g͟h͟t͟s͟ t͟h͟a͟t͟ I͟ t͟h͟i͟n͟k͟ t͟o͟w͟a͟r͟d͟ y͟o͟u͟, s͟a͟i͟t͟h͟ t͟h͟e͟ L͟O͟R͟D͟, t͟h͟o͟u͟g͟h͟t͟s͟ o͟f͟ p͟e͟a͟c͟e͟, a͟n͟d͟ n͟o͟t͟ o͟f͟ e͟v͟i͟l͟, t͟o͟ g͟i͟v͟e͟ y͟o͟u͟ a͟n͟ e͟x͟p͟e͟c͟t͟e͟d͟ e͟n͟d͟.” JE͟R͟E͟M͟I͟A͟H 29:11*                   

T͟r͟u͟s͟t͟ G͟o͟d͟.

Report of the meeting Bro Keith Kasarjian held with Directors of Bear Valley Bible Institute Lagos weekend schools, on Monday 17th may, 2021 at Ibi hotel Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria.

By Bro. Emmanuel Chukwuka Odo

INTRODUCTION:

Institutions grow because of innovations, which come because of new ideas, concepts and theories. Bear Valley Bible Institute is not an exemption. The need to grow the institution in the ever growing world have led diligent men like Brother Keith Kasarjian and the school faculty into research efforts which has resulted in new approaches intended to yield better results.

PURPOSE OF THE MEETING

The main purpose of the meeting was to introduce the newly designed curriculum/syllabi to the directors of the Lagos weekend schools and give them the necessary information and training on how to use/implement the syllabi for efficiency and effectiveness in the teaching/learning processes of the schools.

AIMS/OBJECTIVES

The aim of the meeting was to train the directors who would in turn train the instructors on the way to use the newly designed teaching outlines.

THE TRAINING

The training started at about 3:40pm with an introductory speech made by Brother Keith, where he stated that Bear Valley Bible Institute was in the process of standardization. According to him, the focus was to bring uniformity in the instructional outcome of the school wherever it exists in the world; a situation where the content of instructions, as well as the methodology would be the same everywhere with the intention of producing the same result. He presented the training on a video; using the video of how course 314 (God-head) could be taught as a model to explain how the rest of the forty-six (46) courses could be taught.

At the end of the video presentation, the participants asked questions which Brother Keith answered. He then presented to the participants, free soft copies of the courses’ outlines and instructional procedures with assessment and grading methods for further learning and training. A soft copy of E-Library was also presented to the Directors.

SUMMARY

Bro Keith made it categorically clear that what he had presented to us (the directors) was work-in-progress. According to him, work was still on-going in the development/upgrading of the courses’ materials as well as the school website. He requested our prayers for the success of the projects.

ATTENDANCE

Brother Etim Mfon (Director, Ikorodu Week-End School).

Brother Timothy Iwe (Director, Lagos Island Week-End School).

Brother Emmanuel Chukwuka Odo (Acting Director Agege Week-End School).

Brother Keith Kasarjian (Bear Valley Bible Institute USA).

Report of Bro Keith’s visit to Akure, the state capital of Ondo state.

By Bro. Victor Fasonu.

The purpose of Bro. Keith’s visit to Akure is about the need to set up a Bear Valley satellite Weekend Bible training in Ondo city, Ondo state. A meeting was set up in the auditorium of the Church of Christ, Ayedun quarter with Bro. Keith, Bro. Makinde, Bro. Victor Fasonu, Bro. Godwin Emmanuel, Bro Matthew Rowland, Bro. Philemon Ohaebuka, Bro. Timileyin Akilapa and Bro Awoniyi Kolawole all in attendance. 

 During the meeting, the following were agreed upon;

1. Bro. Keith agreed that there is a need to establish Bear Valley Bible School in the state to the glory of God.

2. For now the location should be in Ondo city, but, if need be; another satellite campus can come up in Akure city later too.

3. Bro. Keith agreed with the choice of the four instructors who chose to take up teaching responsibility in the proposed Bible-training program; with the hope of getting their credentials when he gets back to the USA for proper documentation of the school in Ondo city.

4.  A tentative agreement to kick-start the institute in the first week of July, 2021.

By the grace of God, the meeting ended around 11:35am. Bro. Makinde, Bro. Victor Fasonu and Bro. Godwin Emmanuel escorted Bro. Keith back to the airport.

SUCCESSFULL STUDENTS FOR AUGUST 27, 2021 GRADUATION

A) Certificate: Azubuike Daniel Onyebuchi

B) Diploma in Theology: Afolabi Timothy Olamide, Akinrinade Sunday Hezekiah, Careson Oviri-Oghene, Idowu Jonathan Authority, Iyesele Ifeanyi Divine, Imbia Maxfield Elangwe, Nwosu Michael Chukwuemeka, Oke Micheal Ayobamigbe, Orogbemi Mercy Abimbola (Miss)

From Ikorodu: Akinyemi Jacob, Amaowoh Joseph, Etimeffiok Akpan, Oshifejo Sunday, Oyemade Kuburat (Mrs) , Tonteh Walters  and Uduak Akpan from Agege, Joseph Westgarth Udoh and Nwoyi Azubuike.

C) Advanced Diploma in Theology: Adeyemi Samuel Olorunsogo, Adewunmi Emmanuel Oluwaseyi, Ajayi Funsho Jeremiah, Armstrong Ehiedu Pat-Okunbo, Enyi Amos Chikodinaka, Falodun Olutola, Israel Tajomavwo, Jude Canox David, Odeyemi Durojaye Oluwatomiloye, Olabode Samuel Ayomide, Oyeleke Felicia Idowu (Advanced Diploma in Women’s ministry) and Wayne Chisom Silas.

SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF EVANGELISM, KIDDIES ACADEMY

Report by Bro. Oke Nwosu Jonathan

We give all glory, honor and adoration to God Almighty for his guidance, protection and provision for the SOUTH WEST KIDDIES ACADEMY, BUTUBUTU VILLAGE, IBADAN

Students: At present, the School has 73 pupils in the Nursery and Basic section and 10 Students in the Secondary section, making 88. Over forty of these pupils are children of less privileged people in the church and in the community. These children are counting on you once more.

Staff: With God’s help, coupled with the Supports from Gahanna-Jefferson Church of Christ via Zachary and Kim Van Tassel, Cherry Llord and family, the School hired nine (9) Standard and Qualified teachers, taking different subjects in various classes. We have five (5) full time and four (4) part-time teachers working with the School.

Classrooms: The School has nine (9) conducive classrooms for learning, a library with different editions of textbooks and literature books.

Development: Of recent, the school purchased two sets of computer, printer, UPS, standing fan, and photocopier for the help and improvement of the pupils and the school as a whole.

In addition, the school management changed the appearance of the school building by painting it with a new and beautiful color.

Plans: The School is looking forward to having a Science laboratory.

In addition, it is in our plan to change the School uniform to a better and well presentable one.

The ten Students sponsors by Zach Van Tassel and Gahanna-Jefferson congregation and Cherry Lloyd are expressing their gratitude for the generosity of their sponsors. They are saying: THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! for your support and care for the less privileged children.

Appeal for partnership: We humbly request your support financially in the advancement of knowledge and assisting the less privileged.

We observed that most of our pupils in Southwest School of Evangelism Kiddies Academy sometimes attend school without breakfast. Some hardly feed due to financial incapabilities of parents and gaudiance of these young children. So,we came up with a plan of feeding them, at least twice in a week (Monday and Wednesday). This plan will commence Lord’s willing from next academic session which will begin in September 2021 and it will cost us, at least, N10,000 ($25) weekly.

We shall be so glad and greatly grateful if you could become the source of joy to these less privileged children by partnering with us in this nation building to the glory of God.

May God continue to bless all our supporters, parents, well-wishers and the school management and lift the school higher unto greater heights in Jesus Christ name, Amen.

Yours in His service……Oke Nwosu Salvation Jonathan.

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Five souls added…

SECOND QUARTER REPORT

To the glory of God, we are kept safe by God amidst serious insecurity plaguing our country. Our God is faithful and his kingdom must expand.

Between the months of April, May and June 5 souls have been added to the vineyard of the Lord arising from  our work in the vineyard. The church meeting at Ukpagada withdrew fellowship from two brothers who allowed the devil to lure them away from the faith.

In April we had a Discipleship training that was focused on church growth and expansion. It was a great exposition and the resultant effect of that workshop is the renewed zeal to do great exploits in the vineyard of the Lord. The church at Ukpagada plans to start a new congregation in one of the 9 villages of Ukpagada. For this singular reason, I now lead my entire family with some brethren to preach there every Thursday for eight weeks now. A study center has been created there, the attendance is very encouraging and we hope to turn it into a congregation once we start to have conversion there. We are very close and will continue to covet your prayers in this regard.

Within this quarter, I had the rare privilege to speak at three gospel meetings. In one of the meetings, a couple surrendered to the love of Christ and obeyed the gospel the following day after the lectureship.

Two congregations gave me awards for my contribution to the growth of the kingdom in Northern Cross River state. I give God all the glory for being found worthy of such honour.

Our WBS team arose from the Discipleship training and spent three days preaching in Wula, Eastern Boki (9km from Cameroon) where we started a congregation there.

Three years ago, God used me to convert my Head of Department Mr Festus Okwo into the fold. His conversion got his daughter converted. Then his wife and then a church was planted in Wula his village and today his mother and 10 other souls are in faith. Today he is my Personal Assistant and co-labourer in going out for our Thursday evangelism. Our God is great.

Lord willing, I shall be heading to Kenya for mission work (leadership Training) between 6th and 16th August.

As a congregation, we will need a little support for our Annual Lectureship in November. $200 can be ok to cater for accommodation of our resource persons.

The Bible in my store is exhausted. $100 can get 30 copies and the work will continue to move.

Keep my family in your prayers.

I just turned 8 years working at Ukpagada. I hope the Lord is happy with my work? I am still an unprofitable servant.

God bless you all for the support I enjoy from you milk of personal and congregational kindness.

May the good lord bless and keep us all safe.

Amen

Mike Udam

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