School Established in Ikot Usen in 2016
School Established in Obudu in 2016
On July 12, 2016, brother Dennis Willard (from White Plains, MO), and brother J.C. Enlow travelled to Lagos, Nigeria and were met at the airport by Prince Ituen, director of the Cameroon Institute of Biblical Studies. Prince Ituen was instrumental in facilitating the arrangements for meeting with the brethren in Ikot Usen and Obudu, Nigeria. As a result of the efforts by these brethren two new schools began classes in Nigeria in August, 2016.
The first school established is in Ikot Usen, Nigeria, which is located in Ibom State in Nigeria. The director is Emmanuel Essien; the secretary is Grace Umoh. The teachers are Aniekan Akpan, Effiong Ukeh, and Emmanuel Essien.
Emmanuel Essien writes, "The first graduation ceremony of the 21st Century Global Missions weekend school at the CAO Essien Bible College, took place on December 20, 2018. It was attended by preachers, graduates, their families, and church leaders. Fifteen students had taken classes for two years and graduated. The occasion was celebrated with the 20th Founders Day Anniversary of the college. The College partners with 21st Century Global Missions to train faithful brethren who will go out to preach for the local congregations. Brother Ability Abraham, a preacher for one of the local congregations, gave the graduation speech in place of Dr. Richard Price who was expected from the USA as a guest speaker but couldn't make it. Brother Emmanuel Essien, the director of the college, also presented an address. It is our wish that those who graduated will go on and carry the good news to many who are lost. We sincerely appreciate 21st Century Global Missions for supporting the program and pray that it will continue to yield more fruit for the Master."
The second school established in Nigeria was in Obudu which is located in the beautiful Cross River State. The school is part of Darrell Memorial Bible Institute. The name of the director is Prince Canice Ugbe. In early 2015, J.C. Enlow and Mark Barker had travelled to Cameroon. While they were there, Prince Ugbe and Emmanuel Essien from Nigeria came over to Cameroon to express a desire to begin 2 schools in their country. With the providence of God, that came to fruition the next year when two new schools were established.
Students and Faculty of the Darrell Memorial Bible Institute
There were 8 students in Obudu and 15 students in Ikot Usen that graduated in December, 2018. From those graduates, 5 congregations were established, there were 106 baptisms, and 14 restorations in Obudu. There were 25 congregations established, 89 baptisms, and 67 restorations in Ikot Usen. That is a total for 2018 of 30 congregations established, 195 baptisms, and 81 restorations in Nigeria.
The Darrell Memorial Bible Institute in Obudu graduated her first group of students in the Saturday School program supported by 21st Century Global Missions on December 17, 2018. Brother Sunday Unogwu Onah gave the graduation lecture on the subject, "Mission Accomplished." The graduation was well attended by area churches and the relatives of the graduates. "We appreciate the kind gestures extended to our schools by the supporting churches in the United States and pray God will shower His blessings on you all" (Prince Ugbe, Director).
Graduates, Staff, and Students
Dr. Sunday U. Onah giving the graduation speech
Prince Ugbe and wife (left rear) with some of the graduates