Baptism of WBS Student

Greetings in the Lord.

The attached are the pictures of your WBS Student – Edidiong Christopher Okon. He studied the Bible over the years through World Bible School Teaching. He was baptized on Tuesday 1st December, 2020

Last week, we had WBS/Evangelism at Ikot Ekang in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area. We had a successful trip, although we did not have any baptism on that day, but we have evangelized the area.

This weekend, Ikot Obio Mkpong in Ikono will have their turn.

Lectureship at NCBC is coming up next week 9th-11th December, 2020.

The burial of my late brother- Ekpuk Solomon Udoh is coming up in two weeks time.

May you continue to pray for me in this moment of grief and to run through the burial successfully.

Your friend,

Sunday Solomon Udoh

Makinde’s Nov Report

NOVEMBER 2020 FIELD REPORT

Dear fellow soldiers of Christ Jesus.

Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord and Redeemer ,Jesus Christ, the Author and finisher of our faith. Here is the summary of our November 2020 activities.

OVERVIEW

i- Students one month vocational training/ teaching practice report.

ii- Second Semester Classes begins.

iii- Voice of Truth International.

STUDENTS ONE MONTH VOCATIONAL TRAINING / TEACHING PRACTICE:

The one month vocational training by our year-1 students and Teaching practice by year-2 students from October 17 through November 15 resulted into the conversion of thirty-one and restoration of fifty erring brethren. Bro. Ifeanyi Iyesele, Bro.Akinrinde Sunday, Bro.Daniel Azubuikwe and Bro. Harry Chukwu recorded the highest numbers of five converts each while Bro. Silas Wayne and Bro. Armstrong Pat-Okunbor recorded the highest numbers of restoration.

The year-1 students who were on Vocational Training join hands together with the nearby congregation to their training venue in every weekend evangelism and visitation to the erring brethren which finally resulted into the conversion of souls and restoration of the erring brethren.

SECOND SEMESTER CLASSES BEGINS FOR THE 2020/21 SET:

The second -Semester classes began on November 16,2020 and will come to an end(Lord’s willing)on January 22 ,2021 with a week break on December 24 ,2020 through January 3,2021.

Sixteen Year-1 students and eleven Year-2 students returned for the continuation of their training.

VOICE OF TRUTH INTERNATIONAL VOLUME 107:

We commenced the free distribution of VOTI volume 107 on November 18,2020. And at the time of this writing, we have shared 5,000 copies of this powerful gospel books to churches of Christ in Nigeria and those in our mailing list including friends of the Lord’s Church.

We appreciate the great commitment of Bro.Jerry Bates  and the World Evangelism crew for making funds available for the printing. May the Lord keep on blessing their endeavor is our fervent prayers. Amen.

Also,the report reaching us from over 60% of the recipients of Volume 105 and 106 shows the conversion of 55 souls and restoration of 38 erring brethren across the country of Nigeria between the month of September and November 2020 during the Bible Seminars/lectureships conducted by the Churches of Christ (Using the VOTI 105&106 and WBS & Mission Printing International materials ).Among those restored is Bro.Etim Okon Ukpa of Okurikang town in Akwa-Ibom State by Bro. M.B.Archibong after 37 years of disfellowship.

ABOUT A STUDENT:

Bro. Armstrong Ehiedu Par-Okunbor ,a native of Sapele in Delta State. Born on April 1976 and became a member of the Lord’s church in 1990. An holder of Bsc from University of Nigeria, Nsukka in year 2001, MBA from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife in 2014 and Msc from University of Port-Harcourt  River State in 2018. His mission is to become a bonafide minister of God after his graduation in any part of the countr-Nigeria

SPECIAL CHALLENGES:

Due to the economic instability and the rising cost of living in our country-Nigeria. It’s now mandatory for the school to balance up the remaining sum of N865,000($2,246)been loaned on September 2019 for the upgrading of the school buildings plan before this year runs out.

We therefore ,humbly appeal to you all to come to our rescue! No amount will be too small or big to help us out! Kindly send your contribution to us through Bro. Steven Ashcraft(Director- BVBID, West Africa Region) or Bro.Chad Wagner (Patron-SWSE,Ibadan,Nigeria & Coordinator of BVBIN)

SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENT:

With God on our side,coupled with the financial supports from our brethren in Nigeria and America, we were able to mold about 2,000 pieces of five inches block for the construction of meeting place for the Church of Christ in Unity Estate,Ajia town,Oyo State.

Lord’s willing,laying of the foundation and setting of the blocks for this meeting place will commence by first quarter of year 2021.

MISCELLANEOUS :

My aged father (Mr.Makinde Olapade Julius) departed this sinful world for the great beyong on the 6th of November. Similarly, my mother-in-law(Sister Comfort Olowe)also departed this sinful world three months to her 70years birthday in the night of November 9,2020 after a brief illness.

My father will be buried on the 29th of January 2021 in our village Onikokoro-Ibadan while my mother-in-law was committed to mother earth on November 28th 2020 in OSU,Osun State. To God be the glory.

CONCLUSION: We appreciate you all for all your great contributions toward the growth of the Lord’s Church in Africa, Nigeria in particular.

May the Lord continue to bless our endeavors in Christ Jesus,amen.

Sincerely His & yours……Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi (The chief servant of BVBIN & SWSE,Ibadan )

Ukpagada Lectureship 2020

UKPAGADA LECTURESHIP 2020

To the glory of God, the word of God has gone forth and for sure it will make a tremendous impact in the hearts of all those that listened attentively to the topics under the theme: The Christian Family in our just concluded lectureship.

 A total attendance of a little above 600 souls (450 adults and 156 children) participated in the lectureship from over 60 congregations across Nigeria.

One central message from the first speaker Hilary Johnson is that God expects us to lead our families well to enable him God write a good testimonial about us like he did about Abraham in Gen 18:19 “For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.”

The second Speaker Elijah Abire provoked the audience to learn to walk hand in hand with their spouse and avoid acts and conducts capable of destroying their public image. According to Elijah Abire, any man yet to formally marry his woman is a kidnapper and is warming up for hellfire unless they repent and do the needful.

Bassey Esang used the open Forum to go over the lesson highlighting all the grey areas and making sure that the lesson sinks into our hearts.

The youths were made to know the power of being people of Integrity by the ambush commander Chidi Chibunna.

The lectureship had outdoor preaching the previous day 27th November, where Tobobelem West advised the audience to save themselves from this wicked generation. The open-air started at 6 pm and we finished by 10 pm due to questions that arose from the topic. We hope to harvest souls arising from this public lecture in the near future.

The high point of the lectureship was the defection of the mother of Bro Festus Okwo from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light through baptism. Within two years, the baptism of Okwo, my head of department in the school where I teach has produced 9 souls to the kingdom of Christ, with 6 of these souls now worshipping in his village, Wula, 9 km to Cameroon.

Three members of the Ukpagada Mission team, Chidi Chibunna, Agala Chinedu and Ikenna Chiozoadighi presented a brand-new generator to the church to power our outdoor evangelism.

Our challenge is in the area of accommodation. We had built our mission house and were unable to complete it before the lectureship. So, we had to struggle to pay for the accommodation of our guest speakers and other friends from outside Ogoja who came to participate in the lectureship. If we can get a one-time gift of $500, we will be sure there will be a smooth sail next year.

Attached herewith are pictures that capture the event.

To God be the glory.

MJA’s Nov Report

Dear Brethren,
November is the second to the last month of 2020.
What is going on in the World today should make all of us to sit up and discharge our duties well.
1.   Perilous time and perilous men are seen globally today.  II Tim. 3:1 – 5.2.   The devil walks about as a roaring Lion, seeking whom he may devour.  I Pet. 5:8.3.   What should we do, if we see that we are in a bad crowd?
It is our responsibility to carry out our Assignment effectively.  Our Assignment is to preach the Word of God always.  II Tim. 4:1 – 5, to all Nations.  Matt. 28:19, to every creature (body).  Mk. 16:15.
Here are some of the things that took place in November, 2020 in our area.
.  Church of Christ Oku Ikot Edung had 4 baptisms..  A new Congregation was established in Ikot Edem, Ikot Ekpene L. G. A..  We had WBS Seminar at Ikot Oku Mfang and 2 WBS students were baptized on November 22, 2020..  Anameti Akpan brought 2 people from denominational Churches to Christ..  Bro. M. B. Archibong reported 8 baptisms and 1 restoration..  A new Congregation started at Ikot Ekon, Mkpat Enin invited me and my follow workers to come  
   and introduce WBS to her.  We did so and also did house to house evangelism in the area..  The Women monthly Gospel Meeting took place at Nigerian Christian Bible College (NCBC) on    November 28,2020..   Moses Ogar reported 2 baptisms during WBS Seminar in November, 2020..   There was 1 baptism at Church of Christ Ekom Iman Junction.
APPRECIATION:
We thank God, our Great Physician, Mediator (Jesus Christ) for protecting, empowering and guiding us to carry out the work entrusted in hand. 

Special thanks to all the brethren who are supporting us in our Evangelism work.
Mission Printing Press, The Voice of Truth International, World Bible School Lessons, WBS Teachers and all those who are sending us Bibles, Bible Lessons/Materials are highly appreciated.  May God bless all of you.
Please keep praying for us.
 Your Partner in Soul Winning Business,

M. J. A.

Mojima’s Oct/Nov Report

Greetings to you and yours in Christ precious name. The Year 2020 is generally a year full with ups and down but glad the gate of hell never prevail against the church.

As the COVID 19 pandemic restricts many outings and the ENDSARS protester hit Nigeria by the youths protesting Police brutality and bad Government, in the midst of all this, many souls are won for Christ through our personal and team evangelism campaign, the saved are edified and missionary trips accomplished in rural areas.

We embark on our routine door to door Evangelism campaign with the COVID 19 safety guidelines at many villages within the period of this report.

Effect of our annual regular Bible Seminar /Evangelism and Free Medical Test /Free Eye Test /Glasses continue to yield multiple fruits in Christ kingdom as beneficiaries of your kind gesture obeyed the Gospel. The latest is a denominational Preacher of the Full Gospel church (Pastor Mandu Offong) who was baptized into Christ on Tuesday November 3,2020, After I baptized him into Christ, I have directed him to the nearby church to help him more, I will be visiting him to encourage him as well and I have encourage him to enroll in our Nigerian Christian College of Evangelism (NCCE) Ukanafun Bible training program. see attached photos. Others also obeyed the Gospel through our regular follow up and many learn more about Christ and His Church.

At Church of Christ at Ikot Odiong, two cultists obeyed the Gospel and baptized into Christ surrendering their idol as a mark of repentance,  also a young woman obeyed the Gospel and baptized too.

The following souls obeyed the Gospel during the period of this report at following church areas :

* Ikot Odiong Village :…..   3 Souls
* Ikot Osute Village  :…….  2 Souls
* Ikot Itor /Ikot Otu :………  2 Souls
* Ata Essien Obio Akpa :.  2 Souls
* A Denominational Preacher :  1 Soul

The following erring souls was restored back to the faith:

* Ikot Odiong Village :………  1
* Ikot Akpan Eyo :……….     1
* Ikot Akpa Nkuk……..   1

EARTHLY DEPARTURE :

The Ukanafun WBS Evangelism Team again lost another Preacher brother Monday Ekanem who serve as a Preacher at Ikot Awak village Church of Christ to dead, and we all attended the funeral service.

UKANAFUN WBSET :

Our monthly regular evangelism strategy and evaluation meeting was held, and we welcome 3 new Preachers as members of the Evangelism Team. The meeting discussed plans for our 2021 Bible Seminars /Evangelism in January and February 2021 Lord willing. 

We also agreed to hold a Prayer/Thanksgiving meeting in December 2020 to appreciate God for our labour for Christ and to commit the coming years to Him.
The meeting will feature a Get together fellowship, singing and prayers for all brethren.

It’s been great working with you for Christ, God bless you and yours.

In Christian Love and Service,
Mojima Etokudo

New Church Planted by NIATS Alum

Yesterday I visited and worshipped with one of the new congregations. This congregation was started just 16 months ago by one of our graduates. The Lord has granted outstanding growth to the Church with an attendance of more than 50 members.

However they are presently faced with an accommodation problem. The owner of the temporary hall which they have been using has given them quit notice, to take effect by the end of this year. Meanwhile this has kept the young Church on her toes, they have seen a land that could be their own if they can afford the sum of #1.5m (one million & five hundred thousand naira). But according to them  they cannot afford such amount now.

My joy is that the brethren are very zealous & spiritual. To God be the glory through His son Jesus Christ. Amen. Here are some of the pictures

Enugu School Report

BEAR VALLEY BIBLE INSTITUTE

Enugu Study Centre, Enugu State Nigeria

Bear Valley Bible Institute, Enugu Study Centre resumed on the first week of June 2020 after the relaxing of lockdown caused by COVID-19; only 15 students that resumed due to the economical changes after the lockdown.

From the month of June to August 2020, the students have studied and written exams on 3 courses.

The centre had their evangelism by the month of September 2020 to practicalize what they have learnt and the outing was successful; Douglas Street Church of Christ where the BVBI is situated had newly baptized members through the effort of the outings of the students.

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.

Open-Air Preaching

May peace and love of God  be with  you and family. I always  appreciate  your teachings on video,  you can not know the number of souls you have touched,  but eternity  will  reveal,  keep on doing,  The  crown  is yours. Here,  l do not relent preaching  the word. 

Since last week,  l involved  the Church  and the two  Bible students from NIAITS who are on their practicum here  on house to house preaching,  We also conduct Open Air preaching  in the evening. We will also preach at one  square  this evening. Last Sunday,  three persons attended our worship, they ask questions, am doing the follow  up. 

I know. Before now,  our brethren  had informed  you the  high price on goods here., life had become  so tough because of inflation,  there is cry of hunger here. I do know the exact word to describe what am on now to feed my family  of  eight and the two bible students that are here. I know you will understand  my plight,  and  interpret  it and convey  to my sponsors. 

The pictures  show  when am about to go out to preach house to house with members and the evening  outing. I pray  for bountiful harvest.  I need your help fulfill  my ministry. 

Remain blessed. Alozie Uzoma. 

WBS Seminar Successful

I am very pleased to report that the WBS seminar/evangelism held on 22nd Nov., at Ikot Oku Mfang, Otoro in Abak L.G.A. brought two souls to the Lord.

Pictures during the event are attached.

This week, similar event will take place at Ikot Ekong in Mkpat Enin L.G.A. on 29-11-2020.

Please Sir, The motorcycle which I have been used for evangelism in the local areas over years is not functioning effectively. Right now it is in the workshop for repairs. I therefore appeal for some funds in order to purchase a new one.

Thank you for your good work.

May God bless you.

Yours in the Lord.

Sunday Solomon Udoh