Emergency Food given

Mojima Etokudo reports on the food and pallatives given in his area from generous supporters in the US.

Your generosity continues to help needy brethren in the hinterlands of Nigeria as palliative to cushion the effect of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Today June 1, 2020 , a total of 42 needy brethren drawn from three (3) local congregations of the Lord church namely:

1. Church of Christ,Ikot Akpa Idem

2. Church of Christ, Nkek Ikot Umo

3. Church of Christ, Ikot Udo Mbang

The meeting point for the distribution of the palliative by the Shackle Island Church and other Staples was the Church of Christ meeting place, Ikot Akpa Idem village. 

One of the beneficiary your palliative was a denominational church member who just stop by and participate, he was glad to be treated as one of the brethren in our distribution fomula without discrimination. Hopefully, he will come to the knowledge of Truth as we will follow up with him.

Below are items purchased from the Shackle Island Church Emergency Food Fund this time for needy brethren drawn from three local congregations of the Lord church as stated above:

5 Bags of Rice

5 Bags of Garri (wheat)

4 Cartons of Noodles and a Token of funds to help each of them with other Staples.

The beneficiaries express their appreciation, prayed for God’s blessings on the donors and went home rejoicing. 

One of the newly baptized sister, a widows two little children who lost her husband recently also received a Hymnal from our stock. Thank you for donating funds to help in the purchase of Bibles and Hymnals to those who needs it to grow in their Christian Life. God bless you and yours.

Greet  all our brothers and sisters at the Shackle Island Church of Christ. Know that we mention you in our prayers daily.

The Akwa Ibom State government have lifted the ban on Sunday worship beginning April 7, 2020 but with all precautional measures,  Lord willing, we hope to have more worshippers and I plan to meet with our evangelism team (preachers) on Friday for mission update and strategy to further the cause of Christ and His kingdom in our rural areas. We need more of your prayers.

My wife Ekaette say hello.

In Christian Love and Service,
Mojima Etokudo

Report of Work from MJA

Dear Brethren,
Greetings from Akwa Ibom State, Monday Akpakpan and family.
The 2020 LOCK-DOWN ORDER by Government does not mean Lock-In and close doors for our Evangelism work.  We are to preach the word, in Season and out of Season.  The Lord is still using some of His workers to do the work of Evangelism.
Here are few small thing that took place in May 2020.
–  In Two Towns Church of Christ, Manta/Midim, Abak 1 person accepted Christ through baptism.
–  Church of Christ Number Two, Manta, Abak 4 people were baptized including a Pastor from the
    Apostolic Church.
–  In Odukpani County, Cross River State 7 souls were added to the Church.
–  In Ikot Ekpeyak Ikono, Uyo there were 2 baptisms.
–  In Obot Akara 2 people were converted to Christ.
–  Ikot Ubo Waterside Church of Christ reported 1 baptism.
Brethren the spread of Covid-19 cannot stop our Evangelism work completely.  Even though we are not as effective as usual but we must try our best.
The lock-down makes many people to die because of hunger.  Keep praying for us.
May God be with you all.

M.J.A.

God at work during COVID-19

It is my prayer that the  Lord will continue to keep you in his love as you minister to him and us. This month of May that has ended  recorded a huge success, l baptized two young persons on 3rd and 17th May, on my personal evangelism on 14th, a woman and her four children started attending our worship. Though they have not been baptized, but  l do not  relent visiting her and the husband, they promised to baptized soon.

COVID 19, distorted our programs. The children seminar will hold on September, if government relax her order. l appeal to you beloved to sponsor this program as you did last year. After having meeting on 7th June, with my team, l will let you  know our programs regards to house to house evangelism, women and men seminars.

Thank you for your continues support. Brother Alozie Uzoma

Classes Resume in Lagos

Greetings from Nigeria. Report reaching me from the three BVBIN in Lagos shows that 26 were in Agege for today’s class and examination; 24 in Ikorodu and 9 in Lagos Island. From June 6-27 (Only Saturdays), Bro.Frank will be teaching on Denominational Doctrines in Agege, Bro.  Emmanuel Odo on Godhead in Lagos Island and Bro.Mfon Etim on 1,2&3 John in Ikorodu. 

As for us, I worked with the group that evangelized Ajia town and his environment from 9:30am ,after the national sanitation program till 2:00pm. The group were divided into two. We used the megaphone to preached in Ipara village, Kanku Ifedapo Estate, Dalegan Estate and Temidire Estate about 45 minutes treck to Ajia while the other group were busy in house -to -house evangelism in Ajia town.

Lord’s willing,the full-time students in Butubutu village will start classes on Monday. We are very very grateful for your help in many ways.

Makinde Olufemi

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.
Text Box:
  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