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West Africa

“. . . Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature – Mark 16:15”
A work of the church of Christ Fulfilling the Great Commission

recognition of two years of very hard work. We now

reetings once again to all of our brethren have a total of thirty students in the program with
and friends throughout the world. We thirteen scheduled to complete in two years, and
pray that our Lord is continuing to shower seventeen others taking the longer route with the
His wondrous blessings upon you as we classes spread out over four years. The school
anxiously await his arrival. We thank you continues to host the Master’s program on a biannual
and God continuously for your partnership in the basis, and many local Christians are taking
gospel as we strive together in the bountiful mission advantage of this opportunity. The West Coast
field of West Africa. We are eternally grateful for School of Preaching near Takoradi Ghana has had
your love, encouragement, and support. There have a lot of activity to report during the previous period.
been many exciting happenings since our last report Sixteen students are nearing completion of this
that we want to share with you. After a brief program and are scheduled to graduate on October
synopsis, you can see photos of the activities at each 29th. We have been actively recruiting new students
of our schools. for the upcoming class, and seventeen have already
expressed a strong interest in becoming part of the
Key Happenings at the Schools school. The students and staff continue to be very
The Bear Valley Bible Institute in Kpalime Togo active in evangelism and have brought dozens of
continues to proclaim the gospel and bring many to souls to Christ over the past few months. We are sad
Christ. With your help, each of the eleven students to inform you that one of our 2002 graduates,
received French Thompson Chain Reference Bibles Michael Dawson, passed away during the period, and
to help in their evangelism and studies. The has preceded us to heaven. Our prayers are with his
vegetable farm is going well, and funds were raised family. The brethren are continuing their agriculture
to provide a new motorbike for the school during the program, and have eaten their old chickens and
period. Over three hundred participants recently replaced them with new layers. The school is also in
attended the third annual lectureship hosted by the need of a new copy machine, and if you can help with
school in Kpalime. The school has begun intensive this, please let me know. The Bear Valley School
computer technology training to help the preachers near Ibadan in Butubutu Nigeria continues to train
develop a skill to support their work after they men to edify and expand the church in Nigeria. We
graduate, and that has required that we expand the have a graduation scheduled on August 26 where
program from two to two and one-half years. The sixteen men will pass through the program and
school also has access to French tracts with the receive their Bear Valley Certificates. The school
donation of a RISO printing machine by the Gospel continues to offer vocational studies for all of the
Chariot. The Bear Valley School in Doboro Ghana students in hopes that they will be able to support
near Accra celebrated a milestone with their first their families well while proclaiming the Gospel
graduation. Eleven students received Certificates of message. Evangelism is an important part of the
Biblical Studies from Bear Valley Bible Institute in preaching program as the school engages in regular
campaigns and World Bible School seminars. They
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recently complemented this with a five-day attending classes, and we are rapidly moving forward
leadership seminar. We are thankful that the school towards making this school a reality. We have
was able to obtain a new used van to help with their located a suitable location and are now in the process
outreach, and they are still in need of some funds to of taking care of the remaining intricate details. I
complete all of the purchase requirements. Two of hope to highlight this school in my next newsletter.
the Nigerian instructors are attending the Master’s Our two Bear Valley Schools in Cameroon
program in Ghana, and we pray that they will located in Wotutu and Mbanga are also pressing
influence many with the gospel through their forward as they evangelize and edify English and
participation in this program. The Bear Valley French-speaking Cameroon. Many of the students
School in Tamale Ghana continues their efforts in have been experiencing different health challenges
the remote regions of northern Ghana. The school and are in need of our prayers. As the present
staff has been engaged in follow-up trips to visit the students in Wotutu near completion, we are in the
graduates in an attempt to edify them, their families, process of interviewing new students for the next
their congregations, and to magnify their efforts in class. We will select twenty of these men for the
the various areas. We also held a three-day seminar Delta batch. The school has also been active in
on the school premises which dealt with the topic of benevolence with 1650 pounds of rice handed out to
Pentecostalism. The program was well attended. the needy during the period.
Training of women to lead other women has always
been a neglected and needed area in the church in You can see the regular weekly or monthly reports
West Africa, and we have begun programs in Tamale for all the schools in West Africa at this link:
to help fill this void. We have repaired the storm www.wetrainpreachers.com/extension-schools/
damage to the buildings and are now in the process
of repairing the damage to the walls. The new Bear Financial Support
Valley School in Ganta Liberia has gotten off to a We want to thank all of the supporters for their
wonderful start. We spent much effort during the contributions to this exciting work in West Africa.
period preparing the facilities for this new school. Without you, this effort would not be possible.
Beds, desks, chairs, and tables were built to furnish
the building. We purchased mattresses and kitchen Contributions by check need to be made payable to:
utensils so the students could sleep and eat, and
acquired a generator to help with the problem of Mountain Home church of Christ
unstable electricity. A sign was put in front of the For: West Africa Mission
building so everyone in the community would know Mailed to:
what we are doing. On June 18 we held the opening
ceremony for the school and classes began in July. Mountain Home church of Christ
We presented each of the twenty students with a 380 North College Street
Mountain Home, AR 72653
leather bound Thompson Chain Reference Bible to
assist in their studies. We thank you all for making You can direct any questions to the church office at
this school possible in this war-torn, Ebola ravished 870-425-4330.
area of the world. Lord willing, the Bear Valley Or you can contact Steven at:
Bible Institute in Kenema Sierra Leone will be our Email: samtnhome@yahoo.com
ninth school of preaching in West Africa when we USA Phone: 971-270-8535
begin classes in January 2017. I made my second
survey trip to Sierra Leone in June 2016 to evaluate Please email Steven if you would like to receive this
the possibility of a program in the city of Kenema. I newsletter by email.
spent my time with Ishmael Bangura and Peter Thanks So Much,
Barnett who will serve as the Director and Dean of
Students for this new Bear Valley program. Over
With Christian Love
fifty students have already expressed an interest in Steven Ashcraft
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New Christians Baptized into Christ

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Some More New Christians

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Bear Valley Bible Institute

Kpalime, Togo

One of the students at the school in With your help, we purchased

Kpalime is baptized into Christ. Now French Thompson Chain Reference
all ten students at the school are Bibles for all of the students. These
Christians. We thank God for our Bibles will greatly facilitate their
new brother in Christ. studies and evangelism.

Bear Valley Bible Institute is Five souls were baptized into Christ
continuing their efforts on the during the month of May as a result
vegetable farm in Kpalime. This of their evangelistic efforts.
project will benefit both the school Evangelism and edification are the
and the students. major focus of all our schools.
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Bear Valley Bible Institute

Doboro, Ghana

Eleven men completed the two-year We have eleven men going into the
course of study at the Bear Valley field, but we have another thirty men
school in Accra and received their who are presently enrolled in the
Certificates of Biblical Studies at the Bear Valley program in Accra. We
recent graduation ceremony. thank God for each of these men.

Many of you know Kojo Aquah It is a joy to spend time with all of
Beenyi who has been a great help to these faithful men. Here is a photo of
the schools in Accra and Tamale. the instructors and present students
Here he is seen addressing the at the school in Accra. May our Lord
students as they prepare to graduate. continue to bless this work.
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West Coast School of Preaching

Takoradi, Ghana

The evangelistic efforts of the The school's Campaign for Christ in

students and instructors continue to June resulted in the addition of ten
bear fruit at the West Coast School of souls to our Lord’s Kingdom. Many
Preaching. Many are hearing and are hearing and obeying the Gospel
obeying the gospel. Message!

Michael Dawson a 2002 graduate of It took three years for Mame Nana
the school passed away during the Ama Andrews to choose to accept the
period. Funerals are a very gospel and be buried with Christ in
important part of Ghanaian culture! baptism by one of our previous
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Bear Valley Bible Institute

Butubutu (Ibadan), Nigeria

World Bible School seminars play a The school in Nigeria now has a new
significant role in the evangelistic used van to help with their
efforts of the instructors and evangelistic efforts. Here the van is
graduates at the school in Nigeria. being put to use in Egbeda town.

We held a five-day leadership Meet your new brother in Christ who

seminar on the Bear Valley campus obeyed the gospel at one of the recent
with eighty-five participants from World Bible School seminars in
forty-three different congregations. Nigeria. Many are hearing the gospel
Here are some of the participants. and coming to Christ.
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Bear Valley Bible Institute

Wotutu and Mbanga, Cameroon

The congregation of the Lord’s The students at our Bear Valley

church in Wotutu continues to grow schools are always ready to share the
in number as sister Mbong Melvisl gospel with others. It only takes a few
obeys the gospel. The brethren ask minutes to affect the eternal destiny
that you keep your new sister in your of a fellow human being.

Whether it be by bus, car, motorbike, If we combine knowledge, zeal, and

or on foot, our students and some tools like these Bible tracts, we
instructors are continually on the can bring the gospel to the lost
move to obey the Great Commission! throughout the world.
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Bear Valley Bible Institute

Tamale, Ghana

We have had many visitors from the We hosted a seminar at the school in
area come to the campus to see the Tamale during the period on the
truck in the tree caused by the storm. topic of Pentecostalism. We attempt
When the tree fell over, it picked up to deal with doctrinal problems
the truck. before they become overwhelming!

We are continuing to purchase and In the past, we have not focused on

distribute Thompson Chain the training of women to teach and
Reference Study Bibles to all of our lead other women in the church. We
students and graduates. are beginning to look at filling this
void with a new program in Tamale.
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Bear Valley Bible Institute

Ganta, Liberia

Twenty men have now begun classes We thank God for these faithful men
at the Bear Valley school in Ganta who will be teaching at the school.
Liberia. Here are some of the new God has blessed us with mature
students at the opening ceremony. Christians in the area who can share
their Bible knowledge with others.

The church in Liberia recently With your help, each student will
celebrated the 50th anniversary of the begin classes with a Thompson Chain
restoration movement. The new Reference Study Bible. Each of these
school in Ganta will help to edify and men can have a significant impact on
expand the church here. the church in Liberia.
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Bear Valley Bible Institute

Kenema, Sierra Leone

On my recent survey trip to Sierra Two men will be helping us lead the
Leone, I met with potential students new school in Sierra Leone. Ishmael
throughout the country. Over fifty Bangura and Peter Barnett will be
men have expressed an interest in administering and teaching at the
studying the Bible with us. Bear Valley school in Kenema.

The church in Kenema remains We have located a rental building to

strong after the challenges of a civil house the school, and our plan is to
war and Ebola. Many faithful men begin classes in January 2017. May
desire training to help them lead the our Lord remove all of the obstacles
church to heaven. that could block our way.
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French Speaking West Africa

Meet your new brother in Christ in This preacher graduated from the
the French-speaking town of Basaar. school in Kpalime and now works in
We recently held a campaign here to a Togolese village close to the Ghana
help the brethren build up the border. We recently helped him with
church. an evangelistic campaign.

Here are some of the brethren that With your help, we have given the
met on the first day of the week in Togolese preachers a PA system and
Basaar. The work is difficult in projector to help them with the work.
French-speaking West Africa, but we They can now take their public
must move forward. preaching anywhere, anytime.
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Some pictures of the children

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Some More Children