THE REPORT OF THE 3rd NIGERIAN ELDERS’
(April 10th to 12th 2009)
I am happy to
report that the Lord, God Almighty has once again given
us His grace to hold another Elders’ Seminar in Nigeria.
This third seminar began on the 10th of April and ended
on the 12th. The venue was Ntak Obio Akpa in
Akwa Ibom State in South-South Nigeria. Seventeen
brethren from ten classes attended. They were:
Enang from Ntak Obio Akpa Class- Akwa Ibom State;
Ntukidem from Ntak Obio Akpa Class – Akwa Ibom
Owo Okon from
Ntak Obio Akpa Class – Akwa Ibom State
from Ntak Obio Akpa class – Akwa Ibom State
Bro. John Isife
from Lagos-Ketu Class – Lagos State;
Onochie from Lagos – Ketu Class – Lagos State;
Okoekoh from Uromi Class – Edo State;
Udofa from Eket Class – Akwa Ibom State
Okukwana from Ibiono Class – Akwa Ibom State
Udochi Ekeh from Aba Class – Abia State
Bro. Bassey U.
Akpan from Mkpat Enin Class – Akwa Ibom State
Bro. U.T. Umoh
from Mkpat Enin Class – Akwa Ibom State
Bro. O.M. Akpan
from Uyo Class – Akwa Ibom State
John Nti-Ikpa from Ikot Afanga Class Akwa Ibom
Aggreh from Warri Class – Delta State
Ena-Obire from Warri Class – Delta State
Bro. Moses Ena.
Obire from Warri Class – Delta State.
Topics covered at
the Seminar included 30 minutes Discourses prepared by
attendees condensing each assigned Chapter (Studies) of
the Divine Plan of the Ages (Volume One of the Studies
in the Scriptures).Others were detailed studies on (1)
Berean Bible Study on “Patience”, (2) The “Sufferings of
Christ and His Church”, and (3) “God’s Standard is
The result of the
three days of studies and sweet fellowship is a
manifestation obvious awareness of areas of strength and
weaknesses both on the individual and class levels.
Brethren testified to the mind purifying effects of the
subjects treated and a sense of longing for more
engendered by these effects on the individuals.
Personally I felt the uplifting effects of the subjects
to such an extent that I wished, and I am still doing
so, all elders in Nigeria were at the seminar to be so
Once again, I wish
to use this opportunity to call on all Nigerian Bible
Students that are teaching in their classes to avail
themselves of the opportunity these seminars afford in
accurate knowledge acquisition to help them improve
their relationship with the Heavenly Father, the Lord
Jesus Christ, the Brethren and the Truth as well as
enhance their teaching abilities. They stand to gain
from studies as indicated by the Scriptures (2 Tim.
2:15; Acts 13:15 – 26; 1 Tim. 4:13 – 16; etc.)
Below are some of
the testimonies by the brethren.
Bro. Peter Ekeh:
After the Seminar at Warri in June
2008, I had an accident at work that could have
killed me but the Lord delivered me from it. Thank
God for me.
Bro. Monday Okoekoh:
I am very joyful for being here. The
Lord has been good to me and my family as well as
the Uromi Class. I was to come with Bro. Friday
Otuekere but at the last minute he opted out. I,
however, decided to come alone even though I did not
know the way to this place and have been relying
solely on Bro. Friday who is from the next State. I
thank God for my safe arrival here and the seminar
has been a huge success. I appreciate the studies
and I pray that we have many more of these
opportunities to assemble together and study like
this. Thank God.
Bro. Bassey Okukwana:
This is my first time of coming to
this part of the country. I was Bro. David rice who
informed me of the seminar. My trip was smooth. I am
very appreciative of the high quality of the studies
and the maturity of the brethren in this gathering.
Everything was orderly and the questions asked were
duly treated to my satisfaction. I have learned
Bro. Monday Ntukidem:
Thank God for answered prayers in
making the seminar a possibility here. I have feared
that it would be taken elsewhere at a point in time.
And I thank God for the safe arrival of the
brethren from different parts of the country to Ntak
Obio Akpa. Also, I thank God for the smooth
arrangements for the seminar. I thank the co-ordinator,
Bro. Obire for his patience and I thank the sponsors
for this wonderful gift to us. I also thank God for
my family and for my work which is now in my own
area. I have been transferred to my own area now.
Bro. Sunday Enang:
Although there were initial
difficulties during the planning stage for the
seminar, it has come and gone and it has been very
successful. My family members were counting the days
as the seminar drew near. That is to show how they
have they have expected the seminar and it showed in
their tireless labour to make the brethren
comfortable. When I saw the brethren arriving I
became over joyed. There was rejoicing in the
family. We have been blessed by the studies. Pray
for me because I have been passing through much
persecution from my extended family members. At some
points in time I used to become very weak because of
Vincent Aggreh: I would not have been able to
come but God over ruled in my favour. My company
workers decided to go on indefinite strike for the
non-payment of salaries and allowances for about 42
months now. The strike began about two weeks ago and
there appears to be no foreseeable end to it. So I
seize the opportunity to attend this seminar. I have
gained much from the detailed studies.
Owo Okon: Thank God for the successful
completion of the seminar. I thank the sponsors and
Bro. Obire for the programme and for the beautiful
studies covered at this seminar. I thank God for the
Ntak Obio Akpa class. There is unity among us here
and I thank God for my family.
Moses Obire: I thank God for the success of the
seminar and for the health of the attendees. There
was no incident of illness or accident. Everything
went smoothly. I have personally learnt much from
the studies and discourses. I thank God for this
opportunity which enabled us to gather together and
study in detail.
Bro. Moses Ena. Obire.
Warri, Delta State, Nigeria.