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. 

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.

If you’d like to support Makinde’s school, you can do so here.

Lagos Island Report

REPORT OF THE BEAR VALLEY BIBLE INSTITUTE – LAGOS ISLAND CENTER,  February 2021 – April 2021.

INTRODUCTION: Greetings from the staff and students of Lagos Island Center of Bear Valley Bible Institute Extension Programme, Nigeria. We once again thank God that we are found worthy to be part of this great work in Nigeria and Africa in general. The new normal is becoming part of our life these days in our nation. Nigeria needs your prayer as we are facing serious insurgency. Insecurity has taken over many parts of the Country. However, God is faithful in caring for the elect. Lagos where Am working is relatively peaceful and secure as it is the commercial nerve of the country.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES: We have successfully completed 17 circles in our center. In this last quarter: Marriage & Family life was taught by Odoh Emmanuel, Genesis to Deuteronomy handled by Oluwafemi Adewuyi and Congregational Development was just concluded by Godwin Emmanuel. 10 students were regular in this quarter out of 14 students who registered in the school presently. I was in Butubutu Ibadan for their 19 Annual Bible lectures. It was a great and eye opening discussion about Satan and his Mission. Happy to serve as one of the speakers. I also witnessed the ordination of additional Elders in Jakpa congregation in Warri Delta state where Bro Abiodun Adegeroge also spoke during the program.

CAMPAIGN PROGRAM/MARKET EVANGELISM: The Market Evangelism Public Preaching in the month of April was successful. We visited Ondo Plaza in Balogun in the popular International Trade Fair Market Ojo, Lagos. I spoke from Mark 5 on the topic: Only Jesus Can Help You. We will be going there coming Thursday on one on one discussion. We had a soul obey the gospel two weeks ago from this effort. Also I just came back lst night from Aramoko in Ekiti state where Bro Ebens Makinde, his students and Preachers in the area spent a week in campaign for Christ. 3 souls were added to the church as the time of filling this report and we hope that a congregation will start worshipping this Sunday in this area.

WBS ONLINE STUDY HELPER: I want to thank Bro Doug Wheeler for helping me out in contacting Edie Connel who has been of help in navigating the new platform of the Online WBS Site. Helping students learn online is a very interesting work with its challenges. Am having 561 Certificates awarded, 3741 lessons completed and 20 active students presently.  

CHALLENGES: Electricity is the main challenge I am having presently in the ongoing work.

CONCLUSION: Glory be to God for the good work going on in this part of the world through your prayer and support. Thanks to Stoney Point Church of Christ for their support and prayer for us. Also thanks to the authority fo Bear Valley Institute for increasing our support. Studies are continuing in our center and we hope more students will come in soon.

Thanks and God bless you.

TIM IWE                            

Lagos Island Center Director

**If you’d like to help the school there, you can do so HERE.

Southwest School of Evangelism 1st QTR Report

BVBIN & SWSE NewsletterVol. 16, No 2 (swsevangibadan2016@gmail.com)   

April – June2021
A Quarterly Publication of BVBIN & SWSE Located in Butubutu Village via Badeku/Jago, Ona-Ara L.G.A Box 35606, Agodi, Ibadan ,Oyo State, Nigeria.

We Praise Thee, O God, For the Son of Thy love. For Je-sus who died, and is now gone above Hal-le-lu-jah! Thine the glo-ry, Hal-le-lu-jah… (SOC:446; Yoruba 361)

Both the students and staff of BVBIN & SWSE IBADAN offered this and many songs of praises unto God on February 22 as we see the beginning of Third Semester Classes happily and successfully.

19TH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR 2021:The 19th Annual Leadership Seminar held on March 24-26 in Doug Wheeler Hall was graced by over 150 church leaders from 13 States of the Federation (Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ondo, Lagos, Kwara, Kogi, Edo, Delta, Kebbi, Taraba, Enugu and Rivers)Over 2000 copies of VOTI (volumes, 105,106&108) and Mission Printing International booklets, free gospel cassettes from West Olive congregation, AZ and packs of our local tracts were distributed freely to many of the congregations present. Some of the dignitaries that participated actively in the just concluded Leadership Seminar are: Bro. Ayobami Akanji (SWSE-Board Chairman) Bro. Mfon Etim (Director, BVBIN-IKORODU)Bro. Timothy Iwe (Director, BVBIN-LAGOS ISLAND)Bro.Samuel Nwuoka (Instructor, BVBIN-ENUGU STATE)Bro. Paul Akinwale (WBSFUW-OGUN STATE)Bro. Amos Olusegun (WBSFUW-OSUN STATE)Bro. Olorode Babatunde (representing Bro. Abiola Joseph Olusoji, Director-BVBIN, Agege, Lagos state), others include: Bro.Taiwo Sunday, Bro. Otuwo Brain, and many others.
In addition, graduates of BVBIN & SWSE-Ibadan such as Bro. Emmanuel Godwin, Bro.Okoro Chinyere and Bro. Samuel Oladokun moderated the Three-Day Seminar while Bro. Ohaebuka Philemon, Bro. Akilapa Samuel and Bro. Akinyoola Michael served as our songs leaders.

WEEKEND EVANGELISM / CAMPAIGNS: In spite of our tight schedule, our weekend evangelism/ campaigns were effective in the six centers as our tradition -Bro. Oke Michael and his group evangelized Butubutu village and environment throughout the weekend in the months of February through third weeks of April. Bro. Iyesele Ifeanyi and his group evangelized Jago, Kupalo and environment. Bro. Abel Asang (one of the students from English speaking area of Cameroon) and his group evangelized Badeku town .Bro. Idowu Jonathan and his group evangelized Egbeda town from Friday evening until Sunday evening. Bro. Ozie Thomas and his group evangelized Ajia town while Bro.Akinrinade Sunday and his group evangelized Igbo-Oloyin town. All in Oyo State. Over 2,500 WBS correspondence courses were freely shared during the month of February through April while about 2,000 were returned by the students and have been posted to WBSTC (c/o Bro. Joel Coppinger in California, USA).

SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: This quarter recorded great achievements – the Lord made these possible by the financial supports from both our supporters in USA and Nigeria. Firstly, we thank the Lord and all our supporters for the successful hosting of our 19th Annual Leadership Seminar of March 24-26.Secondly, the school was able to pay off her outstanding balance of N865, 000 being part of the money loaned in September 2019 for the upgrading of the school building. Thirdly, the Lord assisted us to complete the roofing of the auditorium of Ajia congregation, filling up the floor, digging of the soak-away and setting up the blocks for the soak away. Lastly, the South West Kiddies Academy blocks now wear a new look. To God be the glory and honor!

APPRECIATION: We deeply appreciate the Lord for His goodness and mercies towards us. We equally appreciate all our supporters (both home and abroad). And in particular – Bro. Joel Coppinger & associate, Bro. Steven Ashcraft & associate, Bro.Chad Wagner & associate, Bill & Anita Pennel, Zach & Kim Van Tassel, Dorman & Donna Lough, Doug & Diane Wheeler, Sister Faye Bach & family, Sister Cherry Lloyd & family, Sister Lella Holley & associate, Oceanside congregation & Bro. John Branard, Westolive congregation & Bro.Bob Milstead, Bro. Jerry Bates & VOTI family, Austin Chapel congregation, SWSE Board members, Bro. Keith Kasarjian & BVBID family and all other well wishers.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Lord’s willing, the BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan will be working with her graduates and some preachers working in Ekiti State in the evangelization of Aramoko town in Ekiti State with the aim of planting the Lord’s church in that town of over two million populace without the Lord’s church from evening of May 2 through 9,2021.We appreciate the Austin Chapel congregation for their support towards this mission work. 

CONCLUSION: We thank all our supporters in Nigeria and America for the moral and financial assistance rendered towards the growth of the Lord’s work in Nigeria. May the Lord keep on blessings all our work together in Christ name, Amen. Sincerely Yours in His grace as a servant, Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi

BVBID DEGREE PROGRAMME: Two of the Instructors (Bro. Makinde Ebens & Bro.Isaac Olaniyan) for the BVBID degree programme have been putting head together a week before the supplementary class of March 22-24 on Research and Writing-1.Seven out of the twelve students for the BVBID Degree Programme arrived on Sunday evening of March 21. By 8:00am on Monday, the course instructor, Bro. Isaac Olaniyan started the presentation on Research and Writing-1 following the MLA 8th Edition format and by Wednesday afternoon, the class was concluded to allow the degree students participate in the 19th Annual Leadership Seminar that was held in Doug Wheeler Hall, Butubutu Village Ibadan. Students present are Bro. Mfon Etim, Bro. Okoro Chinyere, Bro. Emmanuel Godwin, Bro. Shotola Segun, Bro. Unoke Onyekachi, Bro. Eze Mbaraoye and Bro. Fasonu Victor. We thank the BVBID team and Bro. Steven Ashcraft for giving us such a great privilege. May the Lord of blessing continue to bless the Board of Directors of BVBID, USA and their supporters. We are now looking forward to welcoming the Director of the programme, Bro. Steven Ashcraft for the next class of August 2021.Yours in the Soul Winning Business, Mfon Etim Adeh.

   MARCH 24 – 26, 2021 LEADERSHIP SEMINAR (By Bro. Oke Michael Ayobamigbe)Over 150 church leaders witnessed the leadership program that came up between March 24- 26, 2021 from 13 states of the Federation in which all students and instructors were actively involved in the program.The program started with registration, followed by opening hymn and prayer at 02:30pm. The speakers on the first day were Bro. Makinde Ebens, Bro. Israel Tajomavwo, Bro. Guda Silas and Bro. Timothy Iwe. They spoke for 50 minutes each on the theme of the program: “SATAN AND HIS MISSION.” At 06:00pm, dinner was served, subsequently followed by evening devotion led by Bro. Tobi Emmanuel as the song leader while Bro. Mfon Etim delivered the sermon. During the course of the programme, the drama group also came up to present a short drama on the theme: “Satan and his Mission”. Light out at 11:45pm.Day 2 – Bro. Akinlapa Samuel was the song leader while Bro. Imbia Maxfield was the sermoner. We gathered for breakfast after that the opening hymn and prayer was said, while Bro. Ayobami Akanji, Bro. Ayobami Ogunjimi, Bro. Noel Brain Otuwo, Bro. Sunday Taiwo, Bro. Armstrong Pat-Okunbo were the speakers. We gathered for dinner by 6:30pm after which the devotion came up, Bro. Ajiteru Olufemi anchored the prayer section and light out was at 11:50pm.Day 3 – Bro. Oviri Careson was the song leader while Bro. Samuel Nwoeka was the sermoner. After this, breakfast was served. Followed by opening hymn and prayer – the speakers for the day were Bro. Victor Fasonu, Bro. Paul Akinwale, Bro. Adekunle Adeyemi and Bro. Adekunle Sunday. After the question/answer session, announcement, closing hymn, and prayer, group pictures followed by 3:34pm on Friday. We ate lunch and everyone departed to their various destinations with different gifts/packages. Lastly, we express our sincere gratitude to all the donors, moderators, interpreters, ushers, school management, school foundation and board members.

admission form STILL on sale. Application forms for admission into 2021/2022 Academic Year for 1-Year full time studies of the Bible and 1-Year Advanced Diploma programme at the Ibadan main campus are now on sale. Also, forms for 4 years part-time studies at Lagos BVBIN- Agege,  Ikorodu, and Lagos Island are now on sale in the School Campus, Butubutu Village, Ibadan and The Church of Christ at Agege, Owutu-Ikorodu & Lagos Island for N500/ N1,000 only.1-Year training for brethen who are 2 years and above in the faith, with excellent performance both on the field and in the class. Prospective applicants must be faithful members of the Church of Christ and must possess at least a Secondary School Leaving Certificate with four Credits for Diploma Program, and a Diploma in Bible Related Courses from any of the Bible School organized by the members of The Church of Christ, for those applying for Advanced Diploma program. In addition, candidates must provide a letter of recommendation from the local church where the applicant placed his/her membership.

VOCATIONAL STUDIES AVAILABLE AT IBADAN – for two to three years are Modern Agric, Motor Mechanic, Carpentry & Joinery, Block & Concrete, Catering, Electrification, Computer, Graphic & Prints, Fashion Designing, NAPPMED, Aluminum & PVC Ceiling & Windows, etc. Examination and Interview for 2021/2022 Session will come up on July 10&24, 2021 @ Butubutu Village, Ibadan by 10:00am.Resumption Date for Successful Students: August 16, 2021 Lord’s Willing. A warm welcome awaits incoming student!
Note: Please, remember that tuition and accommodation are free in addition to weekly allowance for faithful students.
APPLY NOW!
Bro. Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi (The Chief Servant of BVBIN & Swse, Ibadan)

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Rivers State ACTION!

Breaking News!

Students of Bear Valley Bible Institute Rivers State, Nigeria were sent out for two weeks practical field work in January 2021. The report sheets gathered from various congregations visited showed that the 53 students visited 53 congregations in Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo States in Nigeria.

The students conducted Sunday services, Bible classes, prayer meetings, visitations and evangelism programs.

They had a total of 15 baptisms, 21 restorations and encouraged many weak brethren.

Bear valley is indeed, working in Rivers state Nigeria.

REPORT BY ANTHONY OLOURIA, SCHOOL DIRECTOR

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SWSE March Update

Dear fellow servants of God,

Grace, peace and mercy be with you all from God our Father and from Christ Jesus -our Redeemer and Sustainer.

Here is the summary of some of our activities in the month of March 2021.

WEEKEND EVANGELISM/CAMPAIGNS :As usual, the students and staff of the BVBIN &  SWSE, Butubutu village Ibadan were divided into six groups for the evangelization of Butubutu village,Jago, Badeku, Egbeda, Ajia and Igbooloyin,all in Oyo State every weekend, starting from Friday evening through Sunday evening.To God be the glory,our joint effort were crowned with six conversions (3 in Ajia, 2 in Butubutu village and 1 in Badeku) and many prospects.

THIRD SEMESTER CLASSES AND INSTRUCTORS. This semester classes begin on February 22 and will come to an end Lord’s willing on April 23 before the students will embarked on a month Vocational Training/ preaching trip.Bro. Isaac Olaniyan is handling Life of Christ-3(Luke) and 1, 2 & 3 John ;Bro. Andrew Adeolu is handling Biblical Eschatology and Wisdom Literature-2(Psalms and SOS); Bro.Emmanuel Godwin is handling Preachers’ Life & Works and New Testament Church-2(Worship);. Bro.John Makinde is handling 1&2 Thessalonians and 1&2 Peter & Jude ; Bro.Guda Silas is handling Romans 1&2; Bro. Lawrence Dada is handling Hebrews 1&2 and OTP(Minor Prophets) while I, Bro. Makinde Ebens is handling Marriage and the Home, Teach with Success and Bible Geography. Our lectures time has been extended by an hour in the evening (7:00-10:00pm) from Monday through Thursday.

WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL FOLLOW UP TEAM. Our WBSFUW continue reaching more souls with the gospel of Christ through the WBS correspondence courses and VOTI booklets and Mission Printing International booklets in this month of March. A group led by Bro. Andrew Adeolu reached out to eight High Schools in Ona-Ara and Egbeda Local Government and shared about 300 WBS introduction lessons out of which 214 were returned. Another group led by Bro. Akinrinade Sunday reached out to four High Schools in Akinyele Local Government of Oyo State and recruited over 100 students for the free Bible correspondence courses. Bro. Matthew Rowland, the preacher of Abusoro congregation in Akure, Ondo State recruited over 1,500 students from seven High Schools in and around Akure city in the months of February and March 2021.The WBS office in Ibadan posted three big packages of return lessons to WBSTC in California this month of March while more will be posted on or before April 15,2021 Lord’s willing to Bro. Joel Coppinger-International director of WBSTC, California. Brethren willing to teach more people the gospel of Christ through the free Bible Correspondence Courses should contact Bro. Joel Coppinger, WBSTC, P.O. BOX 3700, VISALIA,CA. 93278-3700(559)735-0944

19TH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR 2021:The 19th Annual Leadership Seminar held on March 24-26 in Doug Wheeler Hall was graced by over 150 church leaders from 13 States of the Federation (Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ondo, Lagos, Kwara, Kogi, Edo, Delta, Kebbi, Taraba, Enugu and Rivers). Over 2000 copies of VOTI volumes 106,106&108 and Mission Printing International booklets and our local tracts were freely distributed to all congregations present. Some of the dignitaries that participate actively in the just concluded Leadership Seminar are : Bro. Ayobami Akanji (SWSE-Board Chairman), Bro. Mfon Etim (Director, BVBIN-IKORODU), Bro. Timothy Iwe (Director, BVBIN-LAGOS ISLAND), Bro.Samuel Nwuoka (Instructor, BVBIN-ENUGU STATE), Bro. Paul Akinwale (WBSFUW-OGUN STATE), Bro. Amos Olusegun (WBSFUW-OSUN STATE). In addition, the three (3) days Seminar was moderated by Bro. Emmanuel Godwin, Bro.Okoro Chinyere and Bro. Samuel Oladokun while Bro. Ohaebuka Philemon, Bro. Akilapa Samuel and Bro.Akinyoola Micheal served as our songs leaders. 

ABOUT ONE OF OUR YEAR-2 STUDENTS: Bro.Falodun Olutola Samuel is a native of Ado Ekiti in Ekiti state. Born in the year 1976.Attended St, Micheal Primary School in Ado Ekiti where he obtained school  leaving certificate and in  Orin Ekiti Secondary School for Senior Secondary School certificate. Also he obtained Higher National Diploma at Federal  Polytechnics Ado in Ekiti state in 2005. He had a post graduate diploma in education at National Open University Nigeria in Lagos(NTI) in  the year 2015. He had Diploma in Bible at Southwest School of Evangelism, Ibadan in the year 2020. He love reading  and singing. His mission is to be one of the competent ministers of God in Nigeria and beyond.

SPECIAL CHALLENGES:1.  Filling of the floors and the two rooms with red sand and roofing of the meeting place of Ajia congregation will cost us between N960,000 to N1,350,000($2,500 to $3,500).NB: This we need to do before heavy downpour of rain in the months of April through June so as to prevent the Hall from collapsing during the raining season.2.  Our outstanding debt of N865,000($2,200) been part of the money loaned in September 2019 for the upgrading of the school buildings plan need to be settled to friends that helped us out when we were pressed to the wall in 2019.

OUR ACCOMPLISHMENT: With God on our sides coupled with financial assistance from Bro. Doug Wheeler, Bro. Steven Ashcraft and associate, Bro. Chad Wagner and associate and Nigerian brethren, we were able to successfully host this year Annual Leadership Seminar from March 24-26,2021.MISCELLANEOUS:CHURCH PLANTING ON MAY 2-11,2021 @ ARAMOKO TOWN,EKITI STATE. Lord’s willing, the school will be working with some of her graduates(Bro. Emmanuel Godwin and Bro. Augustine Olorunda) and a graduate of WNCC(Bro. Lawanson Akinola) preaching in Ekiti State and a pioneer founder of SWSE, Ibadan ( Bro. Olayisade Adebowale) on May 2-11 in evangelization and planting of the Lord’s church in Aramoko town, Ekiti State, one of the biggest and ancient town in Ekiti State of over one million populace without the Lord’s church. We shall appreciate any financial assistance rendered by any of our supporters there in USA .The one week program will cost over N300,000 for accommodation and feedings of the participants and renting of meeting place for the church.

CONCLUSION: We appreciate you all for your tenderness and compassion toward us in Nigeria most especially in BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan. May God in His mercy bless you richly with a happy life (that is) filled with joy , peace and love. May your cup always overflow in all good things of life is our fervent prayers in Jesus Christ name, AMEN.

Yours in His Grace as a servant…….. Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi (The chief servant of BVBIN & SWSE Ibadan And WBSFUW)

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Nigeria’s part-time schools

Beloved in Christ Jesus.

Greetings from Nigeria.

Report reaching me from BVBIN-WEEKEND SCHOOLS in  Lagos State shows that 21 students are in class today in Agege, 16 in Ikorodu and 11 in Lagos Island.

As for the full time program in Butubutu village Ibadan, the six groups of students were busy with the weekend evangelism/ campaigns.

We, the instructors after the morning session join the  members of Onikokoro congregation with some friends in the burial ceremony of one of our brothers, Bro. Ayodele James Waleola who died three weeks ago in the city of Ibadan after a brief illness. The burial ceremony is one of the most grieving moments for families and friends of the deceased especially if his/her children are young. Our late brother’s body was finally lay to rest and people wish him goodbye to mother earth by 3:00pm. 

Brethren, it seems this month is month of harvest for the school because we have recorded five  baptism so far. A couple on March 1st at Butubutu village and a family of three today in Ajia. To God be the glory and honor.

Thanks for your partnership and encouragement expressed through your unconditional love and support.

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

Sincerely yours in His Grace….. Makinde.

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SWSE February Report

FEBRUARY 2021 FIELD REPORT

Dear fellow ministers of God,

Grace and peace be with you all from God our Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.

Here is the summary of some of our activities in the month of February 2021.

OVERVIEW:

1. A month Break/Vocational Training

2. Third Semester Classes begins

3. WBSFUW team

4. VOTI MATERIALS aid in conversions

A  MONTH  BREAK/ VOCATIONAL TRAINING

During the one month break/vocational training,all our students and instructors were actively involved in the church weekly activities and weekend evangelism in their different locations.

Most of our year-1 students went on vocational training while our year-2 students engaged in preaching and teaching programs with their respective congregations.

Report reaching the school from both the students and instructors shows that twenty-three souls were converted and eighteen erring brethren restored back to the fellowship of the saints during the month of February 2021.

THIRD SEMESTER CLASSES BEGINS

As the Lord will have it, our 3rd semester program commenced as scheduled on February 22,2021 and the instructors for this semester are: Bro. Isaac Olaniyan, Bro.Andrew Adeolu,Bro.Emmanuel Godwin,Bro. John Makinde,Bro.Silas Guda,Bro.Lawrence Dada and myself,Bro.Makinde Ebens.

All classes and tests are expected to end on April 23,2021.

WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL FOLLOW UP WORKERS

Our WBSFUW team A led by Bro.Andrew Adeolu visited 19 High Schools in Ona-Ara and Egbeda Local Government Area. Bro. Sunday Akinrinade who is a leader of team B reported that they visited 12 High Schools in Akinyele Local Government of Oyo State and 3 High Schools in Ipetumodu of Osun State while Bro. Matthew Roland and his team visited 5 High Schools in Akure municipal of Ondo State in this month of February. Over 2,000 WBS introduction lessons were Shared and about 1,500 returned so far and will be posted next week to WBSTC,Tulare County, California after we might have cross-checked the names and addresses on the returned lessons.

VOICE OF TRUTH INTERNATIONAL AID IN CONVERSIONS 

Report reaching out office in Ibadan from some of the recipients of VOTI materials shows that the materials is one of the useful materials used to converts souls for Christ Jesus during the month of January and February Gospel campaigns and WBS seminars across the country, Nigeria.

Bro. M.B. Archibong of WBS office in Uyo,Akwa -Ibom State reported that the the VOTI volumes 107&108 aided in him during the January and February Gospel meeting and WBS seminar that led to the conversions of 11 souls. Bro. Akilapa Samuel,a WBSFUW in Ondo State also reported that the just printed VOTI volume 108 is one of the materials that helped in the conversions of 2 souls in his area  . Likewise,Bro. Olorode Samuel informed us that the VOTI volumes 106,107&108 with two packs of Mission Printing booklets and our local tracts aid them in the conversions of five souls in Ode-Ajagba and Ode-Aye in Ondo waterside during this month Gospel campaigns and house- to -house evangelism.

ABOUT ONE OF OUR YEAR-2 STUDENTS

Israel Tajomavwo is my name. I was born into a Christian family in Lagos State in Nigeria, on the 14th of July 1971, as a first child of five children. My father’s name is George Akpovhekaire Tajomavwo and my Mother’s name is Alice Omoyioma Tajomavwo. Both of my parents are members of the Church of Christ. I was baptized into the church of Christ in 1990 and continued to participate actively in the works of the church till date.

I attend 512 Road Primary School in Festac Town Lagos State, from 1977 to 1983 and obtained a First school leaving Certificate. After my primary school education, I attended Festac Grammar School in Festac Town for my secondary school Education from 1983 to 1989 and obtained a West African Certificate of Education. Following this was my University Education at the Edo State University, where I studied Mechanical Engineering from 1990 to 1997 and obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) Degree. This institution is currently known as Ambrose alli University. In 2011 I received a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree of the Federal University of Technology Akure in Ondo state. In view of my quest for more knowledge on the word of God, I attended the Southwest School of Evangelism & Vocational Studies from 2019 to 2021, and I received a Diploma in Bible and a Leadership award. This institution is affiliated with the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver, Co. USA.

From 1997 to 2001 I worked with Aluminium Gold engineering as a Steel fabrication and erection supervisor.  From 2001 to 2002 I worked with corporate Success Nigeria limited as Procurement Engineer. From 2002 to 2001 I worked with Ajamy Oil & gas limited as a Procurement Manager. From 2011 to 2015 I worked with Lekki Concession Company as a Procurement Manager. From 2016 to 2020 I worked with GT Vision Consult as a Procurement Manager. 

Since 1997, I have worked in various capacities in the church of Christ, attending to the need and goals of the church. On the 1st of November 2020 I was appointed as the Minister of the Church of Christ, Ebute in Ikorodu Lagos State after my two years training at Southwest School of Evangelism Ibadan. It is my desire to continue to develop myself in the knowledge of God’s word and to work with full commitment in vine yard of the Lord, as long as God’s strength dwells in me.

SPECIAL CHALLENGES

1 . The forth coming 19th Annual Leadership Seminar of March 24-26 will cost us the sum of N455,800(about $1,200) for provision of food and water for over 200 church leaders expected from within and outside the South Western States of Nigeria. Thanks be unto Bro.Doug M.Wheeler for already send us$100 for this purpose.

2. Filling of the floors and the two rooms with red sand and roofing of the meeting place of Ajia congregation will cost us between N960,000 to N1,350,000($2,500 to $3,500).

NB: This we need to do before heavy downpour of rain in the months of April through June so as to prevent the Hall from collapsing during the raining season.

3. Our outstanding debt of N865,000($2,200) been part of the money loaned in September 2019 for the upgrading of the school buildings plan need to be settled to friends that helped us out when we were pressed to the wall in 2019.

OUR ACCOMPLISHMENT

 Thanks be unto the Lord for seeing us through this month (February): two major preaching trips to Ode-Ajagba in Ondo State (February 5-7) and Ilogbo-Ekiti (February 19-21)in Ekiti State.

Though no conversion was recorded during these two outreach, but thanks be unto God for the numbers of prospects recorded in this two cities.

CONCLUSION:

From our hearts to yours,we thank you all for being a part of our success at BVBIN & SWSE, IBADAN. May the Lord keep on blessings our work together is our fervent prayers.

Sincerely  yours in His Grace as a servant…….. Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi (The chief servant of BVBIN & SWSE Ibadan And WBSFUW)

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January at SWSE

JANUARY 2021 FIELD WORK REPORT

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

OVERVIEW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MISCELLANEOUS:

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

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


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

SWSE 2nd Semester KICKS OFF

DECEMBER 2020 FIELD WORK REPORT

Dear fellow servants of God.

Greetings in the  name of our Redeemer and Sustainer ,Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith. We appreciate everyone of you for making year 2020 a big success through your moral and financial supports . Without you this school will just be as dormant as a graveyard. Here is the summary of our December 2020 activities.

OVERVIEW

i-  Second Semester Classes and Instructors

ii-  Weekend Evangelism / Campaigns

iii-  End of the year program

iv- Great Workshop 2021

SECOND SEMESTER CLASSES  AND INSTRUCTORS  FOR THE 2020/21 SET:

The Second Semester Classes for this 2020/21 set continued as scheduled. Bro. Isaac Olaniyan is handling  World Religions and the Book of Galatians; Bro. Andrew Adeolu is handling Christian Evidences and How we got the Bible; Bro. Kayode Solomon Eniafe is handling OTP(Major) and Evangelism-2; Bro.Silas Guda Mazi is handling LOC-2(Mark) and Hermeneutics 2; Bro. Makinde John (my second son,a Bsc holder in Agricultural Science from Federal University of Agriculture,Akure ,Ondo State and holder of Advanced Diploma from BVBIN ) is handling Hermeneutics-1;  Bro. Emmanuel Godwin(one of our BVBIN degree students) is handling Acts of the Apostles and Cost of Discipleship while I (Bro. Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi)is handling Research & Writing (Elementary), Homiletics-1 and Ministerial Counseling.

We closed on December 18 to allow our students participate in the end of the year activities. Classes will continue on January 4th through 22nd,2021 Lord’s willing.

WEEKEND EVANGELISM / CAMPAIGNS:

According to our schedule, the students and staff of BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan were busy every weekend in the evangelization of Butubutu village and environment, Jago / Kupalo, Badeku, Egbeda,Ajia and Asejire of Oyo and Osun State. Even though no conversion was recorded, still we were able to cover many places during this month evangelism and campaigns.

END OF THE YEAR PROGRAM:

I (Bro. Makinde), Bro.Andrew Adeolu and Bro.Kayode S.Eniafe were the guests speakers at the end of the year program/ three days Mass Evangelism and Open-Air Bible Lectureship organized by the Lord’s church in Badeku town on December 24-26,2020 and we shall also be serving as the guests speakers on December 27-29,2020 at Egbeda congregation, Erunmu road, Egbeda Local Government,Oyo State. The theme of the three days Open-Air Bible Lectureship in the two congregations is Heaven or Hell… Where will you like to spend your eternity?

GREAT WORKSHOP 2021:

In preparation for the Annual Seminar for WBSFUW /Evangelists known as Great Workshop in the date yet to be announced by Nigerian Evangelism minister/ WBSFUW Coordinator,Bro. Chad Wagner, we have reserved 3,000 copies of Voice Of Truth International volumes 104,105,106 & 107 , 5,000 copies of WBS Introduction lessons, 400 copies of BVBIN & SWSE 2021 Calendar, 400 copies of my write-up on Evangelism and 400 copies of our 18th Annual Bible Lectureship booklet of August 2020 held at Butubutu village- the permanent home of BVBIN & SWSE, Ibadan for free distribution during the forth coming Great Workshop in Lagos State ,Lord’s willing.

ABOUT A STUDENT :

Bro. Idowu Jonathan Authority is one of our present year-1 students. Admitted in August 2019. Born on September 2003 in Owode-Titun ,Ogun State. His father,Bro. Idowu Innocent is one of the leading members at Owode-Titun congregation,Ogun State. Baptized in early 2019. Presently our chapel prefect. His mission is to acquire more knowledge in the Scriptures in other to become a vessel of honor in the Lord’s church now after his University education.

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:

Due to the rapid development of Ajia town- the home of the executive governor of Oyo State, Engineer Abiodun Oluseyi Makinde, our campus minister, Bro. Andrew Adeolu,who assisted for the period of one year in the restoration of some brethren in Jago congregation moved to Ajia town for the building up of this young congregation on December 15,2020 .

MISCELLANEOUS:

The SWSE (Southwest School of Evangelism) foundation members now appoint me to serve as the campus minister till someone occupied the position in the near future.

CONCLUSION: We appreciate those that have been there for us and all who played vital roles in helping us in the continuation of this preachers’ training program in this part of the world since year 2003. May God in His abundant blessings continue to bless our joint effort in Christ name, Amen. May the New Year  bring you more dew from heaven, give you abundant joy, peace and good health to take you, your family members and associate through the year 2021. HAPPY BOXING DAY AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR  TO YOU ALL !

I remain yours in His Grace as a servant…..Makinde Ebenezer Olufemi (The Chief Servant of BVBIN & SWSE,Ibadan and WBSFUW)