Brethren Bible Institute, Pathanamthitta

 

 






From The President


Dear prayer-parnters, I have great pleasure in presenting the information below on the Bbipta.Com website. Many of our friends and well-wishers have been telling us that they are not getting  regular and enough information about this ministry. I must accept that this is very true. It was more of a reluctance to give much publicity and less of slothfulness. Of course, it is essential, one should admit, that we publish news occasionally to elicit prayer and support from you all.


It is only human to get involved in what is perceived as an immediate need or challenge. Thus an occasional reminder would not be out of place. Hence this write-up. We are also confident that this kind of information will help interested brethren to give for the Lord with greater insight and discernment. With that in mind we have tried to incorporate a variety of articles, that give you more or less a comprehensive picture of the ministries and needs at BBI.


The coming of the Lord is imminent. At the same time, doors to the gospel are closing. Thus it is essential that we all do our best before it is too late. Your involvement in BBI can play a significant role in reaching the perishing millions of our motherland with the message of life while it is still possible.


Please do take a few moments to read through this article and decide what you can do to support this vital ministry. With Warm Greetings, Yours in Christ, K. A. Philip, President, BBI Trust








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BRETHREN BIBLE INSTITUTE
ANNUAL REPORT: 2015-16

O.T. Cheriyan, Secretary of BBI Trust

    “I will lift up my eyes to the hills- from whence comes my help. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:1,2)

Dear Prayer Partners,

    We are thankful to the Lord for having given one more opportunity to approach you all with the annual report which speaks of the countless blessings received from the Heavenly Father. Your prayerful support during the past 26 years had been greatly encouraging in the ministry which had been started in 1989 with a clear vision. The faith and farsightedness of the men of God such as bros. T.K. Samuel, T.M. George, K.K. Varghees, T.K. George and Mekozhoor Chackochen who are now beyond the veil and other likeminded young brothers who are now in their seventies and eighties, were fully honoured by the author and finisher of our faith.

    With deep gratitude and praises let me present the following for your information, further prayers and fellowship.

A. BBI Trust

    BBI is being governed and administered by a registered Trust with 11 members under the guidance of Bro. K.A. Philip (President), Bro. K.V. Koshy (Vice President), and Bro. O.T. Cherian (Secretary-cum-Treasurer). The Trust meets three or four times a year and reviews the activities. All the Trust members whole heartedly support the institute as a team and they are really encouraging the faculty members in fulfilling their responsibilities.

B. Advisory Board

    An Advisory Board also is constituted in which the experts in different walks of life with practical knowledge are involved whose timely advice and suggestions are obtained. An international involvement is acquired by the board. Names of advisory Board members are given separately.

C. Academic Administration

    The academic faculty of BBI is led by a team under the leadership of Dr. O.M. Samuel (Principal), Dr. K.C. Johnson (Academic Dean) and Bro. Febin Johnson (Registrar).

    BBI Trust and Faculty members are thankful to the Lord for the ministry of Bro. K.V. John. He served as the Registrar of BBI for the last 26 years and as the Vice Principal for the last 14 years. He resigned from the responsibility due to ill health.

    BBI has a Board of Directors for evaluating and enforcing discipline in spiritual, moral and academic realms. BBI also has an Academic Council which meets three times a year and reviews the academic activities.
     
D. Faculty

    The Lord has provided us a good team of dedicated teachers, each one a specialist in his field. In addition to this, all of them have an active involvement in spiritual ministries. Many of them have produced standard textbooks and other writings of great value. The list of faculty members is given separately.

E. Students

    332 students have been registered for different courses during the past years. Since its inception in 1989, in 17 batches, 215 students have graduated from BBI. Currently, 37 students are under training, including those from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Assam, Maharashtra and West Bengal besides those from Kerala. Fourteen new students have been admitted for studies during this year (2015-16). 
    The number of students this year is 6 in the post graduate class, 11 in the first year B.Th. class, 8 in the second year B.Th. class and 12 in the third year B.Th. class; so total 37 students. Out of these 23 are from outside Kerala.
    Most of the students have a call for full-time ministry. They are being thoroughly trained in sound theology giving emphasis to the inerrancy and infallibility of the scriptures. All the students need the grace of God to continue their studies. Please remember these students in your valuable prayers.

F. Course Offered

   I. Residential programmes

    a. B.Th. BBI offers a three year Bachelor of Theology programme in English medium. Candidates who are in full fellowship of a Brethren assembly, with plus two or equivalent qualification and having genuine desire for learning the Word of God especially committed for the Lord’s work are preferred for admission. From the very beginning the institution gives free education for this programme.

    b. PG Programmes. BBI offers a two year residential Master in Biblical Studies (M.B.S) programme, a two year residential Master of Divinity (M.Div.) programme and a three year residential Master of Theology (M.Th.) programme. A nominal fee is charged from the students for the P.G. programmes.

   2. Distance Education programmes

     To help those who are desirous of getting theological education by doing correspondence courses, we offer distance education facilities through which M.B.S, M.Div. and M.Th. can be acquired. This is a blessing for those who are not able to join theological institutions, enabling them to acquire theological education along with their other occupations. This facility is being used by some believers of the diaspora. One hundred and eighty seven believers are currently learning the word of God through BBI’s distance education courses. Bro. Binu Samuel is working as the Dean of Distance Education Programme.

   3. Accreditation

     BBI has the accreditation of ACTS. We take special care to maintain Brethren distinctives. Above all, we value doctrinal purity and the supreme authority of the word of God. All the courses are offered with high academic standard and the graduates of BBI excel in all the areas of Christian ministry.

G. All India Gospel Outreach Ministry & Other Training

    Special attention is being given in practical training. Every morning and evening there is students’ gathering where they get practical training in preaching, meditating, translating, etc.    
    Open air meetings are arranged. They go for tract distribution to surrounding areas. Camps also are arranged in selected places according to the availability of funds and other facilities which also helps them in practical training. Students are sent to neighbouring assemblies under supervision.
    Gospel tours also are arranged to other states for which financial support is given by well wishers of this institute. During the last year, BBI students and teachers had gone to eight different states for the Gospel Outreach Ministry. There were 6 different teams and they worked in Utar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.
    We express our thanks to the Lord for the brethren who sponsored All India Gospel Outreach Ministry 2014. Their names are given in Annexure VI. We are praying for more prayer partners who can sponsor such outreach programmes. This kind of ministry serves mainly two remarkable purposes; one, it saves precious souls for eternity; two, the students get training in this great life-saving mission.

H. Library

    We have a good library which contains more than twenty four thousand of quality books. Most of the books are donated by the faculty and other well-wishers. It has still to be improved. We would be thankful if books are donated by the prayer partners.
    A Library building is an immediate need. There is no reading room available for the students because of the addition of more books to the present Library. We have a plan to construct a Library hall with the cooperation of like-minded sponsors. The expansion of the Kingdom of God depends largely on the expansion of the Book (Bible) in the hearts and minds of the people for which Biblical books are essential. We request special prayers of the saints for a library hall.

I. Graduates in the Ministry

    Since 1989, 215 students have graduated from BBI, and out of them, 191 are directly involved in missions. 65 local congregations have already been established through their efforts. The rest are continuing to be effective spiritual influences in various capacities.
    BBI graduates are toiling for the Lord in different parts of India especially Meghalaya, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Karnataka,  Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh & Kerala and also in few foreign countries. BBI graduates are having their own significant contribution in the ministry. They have a leading role in evangelistic activities and giving leadership to almost all Brethren theological institutions in India.

J. BBI Evangelical Fund

    Some of the prayer partners in USA started a special Fund to help our graduates who serve the Lord after graduation as probably they may not be financially supported by ‘Funds’ for a few years. This was a great encouragement for them. Recently those who contributed regularly were not able to contribute for various reasons. During 2014-15, Dr. Thomas, Sis. Mini Samuel, Mr. Tim Tharu, Bro. George Abraham, Believers Assembly Chicago and Toronto West Christian Assembly contributed to this fund. We are very much thankful to these friends and assemblies. During the report year, Rs. 3,81,109/- was received for this purpose.

K. Short-Term Bible School for Women

    BBI conducted the IIIrd batch of the Short-term Bible School for Women (in Malayalam) from 2015 March 30th to April 17th. Gospel Hall buildings were utilized for conducting this short-term Bible school. More than twenty sisters regularly attended the course and completed it successfully.

L. Evangelists' & Elders' Refresher Course

    BBI has a vision to offer a refresher course in Malayalam language to the evangelists and elders who are working for the Lord in Kerala with a desire of bringing a revival in the evangelistic activities and in the assemblies. First batch was started from March 3, 2014. Five batches have completed the course. If evangelists and elders are coming forward, God willing, next batch will be in the month of January 2016. Each batch will be of 3 weeks duration with 30 delegates. Faculty members of this refresher course are given below:

Dr. O.M. Samuel       

Dr. K C Johnson 

Mr. Febin Johnson

Bro. Binu Samuel       
Bro. Sunny T. Philip     
    
Dr. Oommen Philip       

Dr. Silas C. Nair       
Bro. Mathew Paul       

Bro. Wilson K. Thomas

Bro. Jacob Thomas

Bro. Abraham Chembola   

Dr. Twincle C. Paul
Bro. M.V. Babu       

Bro. Sajeev Varghese   
Bro. K.A. Philip       

Bro. P.G. James       

Bro. Binu Samuel       
Bro. Saji A. John       

Bro. Biju K. Alady       
Bro. K.I. Shajimon       

Dr. Daniel Varghese       
Bro. Shajahan V. Hassan   

Bro. Arun K. Paul       
Bro. Reji K. Thomas       

Bro. Thankachan Mathew   
       
     The coming of the Lord is imminent. At the same time, doors to the gospel are closing. Thus it is essential that we all do our best before it is too late. Your involvement in BBI can play a significant role in reaching the perishing millions of our motherland with the message of life while it is still possible.

M. Short Term Bible School for the Youth

    BBI had conducted the IInd batch of a three week Residential Short Term Bible School for the Youth from 2015 March 30th to April 17th. More than 15 youngsters attended the course.  The medium of instruction was English. This course was a blessing to all those attended. God willing, such a course will be conducted in April, 2016 also.

N. Graduation Service
 
17th graduation service of the Brethren Bible Institute was held at BBI Auditorium, Elanthoor-Pariyaram on Saturday, 7th  March 2015. Bro. Lt Cdr R.S. Mishra (Retd) was the Chief Guest and he delivered the keynote address. Valedictory Message was given by Bro. Daniel J. Mearns. Evg. Robinson Roat gave a missionary awareness about the state of Chhattisgarh.
Eleven students completed their studies at BBI. Out of them, nine graduates have a definite call for the Lord's work. Please remember them in your prayers.

O. Awards and Gifts

    By instituting awards and gifts, those who show academic excellence and other meritorious activities are being encouraged. This year the awards and gifts were given to the following students at the time of graduation:
    Awards to the Graduates
        1. Principal's Award for the Best Student: Abhilash Thomas   
        2. Bro. R.P. Samuel Award for the Model student: Johnson C.J.
        3. Bro. Saji A. John's Award for the Best improved student: Jugal Ram Kashyap
        4. Vice-Principal's Award for Academic Excellence
            First Rank: Abhilash Thomas
            Second Rank: Johnson C.J.
            Consolation Prize: Venkatesan B.
        5. BBI President's Award Instituted by the Trust for Meritorious Service
            1. Jugal Ram Kashyap
            2. Jeevan Ram Minj
            3. Prasanna Kumar
    Gifts to the Graduates
        1. BBI's gift
        2. BBI Students' gift
        3. Gift from Pariyaram Assembly
        4. Gift from Nannuvakkad Assembly
        5. Gift from 2 families of Nannuvakkad Assembly
        6. Gift from Bro. George Verwer, O.M. Ministry
        7. Gift from a family that attended the service
        8. Gift from Bro. A.K. Thomas & Family

P. Flower Garden and Kitchen Garden

    As we have a good compound in Pariyaram, students have good opportunities to improve their agricultural tastes. They maintain a good garden i.e. flower garden as well as kitchen garden.

Q. Accommodation and Food

    Comfortable accommodation is provided to each student. Maximum care is taken to give balanced tasty and nutritious food. A family (man & wife) are employed in the kitchen who are keeping good relationship with the students.

R. Office

    Bro. C.A. Samuel who is in charge of the accounts from the very beginning is very keen in keeping the accounts up to date. Now since he is suffering from various bodily diseases he is in need of your prayer support.

S. Finance

    The BBI is a ‘Faith’ ministry. A large group of prayer partners around the world are the strength of the institute. Source of income is the free will offerings from Brethren assemblies and believers.
    Some assemblies and individuals help this ministry by ‘sponsoring’ students. Minimum amount required for sponsoring a student is 25,000/- (Twenty Five thousand). This is utilised for their tuition, accommodation and food.
    Some of the prayer partners have instituted ‘Endowment Funds’ in memory of their beloved ones in glory or in their own names to make a long standing financial relationship. Interest of these funds are taken periodically and added to the general funds for meeting day to day expenses. Details of ‘’Endowments’ are given separately.        
    We express our gratitude to J.W. Laing Trust (UK), Stewards Association in India (Bangalore) and Bethel Evangelical Trust (Angamally) for their yearly fellowship.

T. General

    From its very beginning the institution imparts free spiritual education bearing all expenses of students including boarding expenses. Liberal gifts from prayer partners from all quarters make it possible. The ever increasing prices of food articles do pose a challenge. However, the management takes every step to keep down the expenses to the minimum level not curtailing the quality of the food supplied.   
    On behalf of the Trust members, Faculty, Students and Office staff may I take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all prayer partners. Soliciting continued prayers and support.

    O.T. Cheriyan
    Secretary cum Treasurer



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A Bit Of History


A prayer meeting of some of the responsible elderly people in Pathanamthitta and surroundings started in early forties. The noted ones among them being KK Varghese (Mylapra), TK Samuel (Elanthoor), KT Thomas (Mylapra), Thomachan Akkarekunneth, and Yohannachan of Nannuvakkadu. Gradually the numbers increased, and TM George (Nannuvakkadu), PT Abraham (Elanthoor), and others joined the team. Many of them were burdened about an outreach, and soon an evangelistic ministry focused upon Pathanamthitta started in a rented room. TM George, then a young man in the prime of his youth, took great initiative in steering this ministry.

 

Several young people were attracted to this ministry, and they included KV Koshy & KA Philip (Mylapra), AP George & AK Thomas (Omalloor), Sam T. Sam (Elanthoor), etc. Those were days of great revival, and ministry teams worked not only in Kerala but also in manny places in Tamil Nadu. As the work progressed, brother TM George was given charge as Secretary of this ministry, and this proved to be the next turning-point in the ministry. He took initiative, and soon a spacious building was erected on the plot that was previously acquired for conducting yearly conventions. Meanwhile in the neighbouring asemblies there was great enthusiasm about these ministry outreaches, and many of them became involved in motivating and helping this ministry. Some of these being AO Thomas (Kottarakkara), AA Chacko (Cherianad), Thomas A Itty (Kumbanad).  Brothers VT Mathai, KK Chacko (Areeparambu), Mammen Kurian (Kallisseri), MS Liddle etc also actively participated in these ministries. All the while, the brethren behind these ministries desired to have some program for systematic training in doctrines and Bible. They started praying for a College where our young men could be taught the fundamentals of New Testament truths. Brother TM George took the greatest interest in this, so that BBI can truely be called his baby. Of course, his colleagures gave him all possible support in this venture.

 

By the end of the eighties it became clear that time was ripe to start a Bible Institute. When the concerned brethren consulted others, they received great encouragement. Dr. OM Samuel was one of the first to give his consent to help in this ministry. 

 

Brethren Bible Institute was finally inaugurated in 1989 by the late ME Cherian. A large number of brethren came from all corners of Kerala, and even from outside, to bless and facilitate this venture. What started as a sapling in 89 has become a grown-up tree with branches spread in all directions.


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URGENCY OF BIBLE STUDY
Dr. K.C. Johnson, Academic Dean


    The Bible assumes that we are life-long learners. It pleased God to give us His revelation in the form of the written Word. This presupposes that God's people would be a ‘reading people,’ that is, an educated lot. We need to have the attitude of Apostle Paul who said “that I may know Him” (Phi. 3:10).
    Apostle Paul wrote to young Timothy, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). For “handling accurately the word of truth” one must study. Since the Bible is a book containing history, natural science, philosophy, theology, geography, linguistics, social science, prophecy, and more, the honest student of the Word of God must be prepared to study all of these subjects.
    In fact, the more we learn, the more capable we become to learn. The Proverbs teach, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning” (Pro. 9:9). The times we live in need men and women of wisdom and learning.
    Time, it seems, is flying faster and faster than ever before. So it is the solemn duty of every believer to redeem the time, that is to say, buy every opportunity that come his way, in order to live the life of Christ here in this world and strive hard for the extension of the kingdom of God.
    Teaching is vital to the Assembly of God and so time has to be ‘bought’ for the imparting of the Word of God. BBI has been engaged in this ministry for the last 26 years. Seventeen residential batches completed their studies successfully.  Moreover, BBI offers facilities to brothers and sisters to study systematically the Word of God at home with proper guidance and assistance from matured and qualified Bible teachers. So my advice to young believers is that if you desire to learn the Bible seriously, either through residential programme or distance mode, here is a golden opportunity for you. We also offer short term courses during summer for the sisters in Malayalam medium and youth in English medium. There is a special refresher course arranged for the Evangelists and elders of our assemblies. The value and advantage of the study of the Word of God in a systematic and methodical way under proper instruction, are immense.

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Distance Education


The Bible assumes that we are life-long learners. It pleased God to give us His revelation in the form of the written Word. This presupposes that God's people would be a ' reading people,' that is, an educated lot. We need to have the attitude of Apostle Paul who said "that I may know Him" (Phil. 3:10).  In fact, the more we learn, the more capable we become to learn. The Proverbs teach, "Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning." (Proverbs 9:9 NASV). The times we live in need men and women of wisdom and learning.


To help those who are desirous of getting theological education by doing correspondence courses, we offer distance education facilities through which M.B.S, M.Div. and M.Th. can be acquired. This is a blessing for those who are not able to join theological institutions, enabling them to acquire theological education along with their other occupations. This facility is being used by some believers of the diaspora. One hundred and eighty seven believers are currently learning the word of God through BBI’s distance education courses. Bro. Binu Samuel is working as the Dean of Distance Education Programme.

 
All courses are offered only in English medium. Prospectus and application forms can be had from the Academic Dean by paying rupees 100 by  M.O. Those from abroad need to send rupees 200 by crossed demand draft in favour of "Brethren Bible Institute," Pathanamthitta. Prospectus and Application forms can be down loaded from our web site <www.bbipta.com>. [Dr. K.C. Johnson, Academic Dean]


BBI DISTANCE EDUCATION PG PROGRAMMES


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Present Needs


The rising number of students, the need for additional resources, inflation, and the need to expand, all need regular financial support. Believers from around the world are encouraged to support this ministry in cash and in kind.


We have a good library which contains more than twenty four thousand of quality books. Most of the books are donated by the faculty and other well-wishers. It has still to be improved. We would be thankful if books are donated by the prayer partners.

A Library building is an immediate need. There is no reading room available for the students because of the addition of more books to the present Library. We have a plan to construct a Library hall with the cooperation of like-minded sponsors. The expansion of the Kingdom of God depends largely on the expansion of the Book (Bible) in the hearts and minds of the people for which Biblical books are essential. We request special prayers of the saints for a library hall.

All gifts to be sent in favour of

“BRETHREN BIBLE INSTITUTE”

Bank Accounts

Local (in Indian Money)
A/c No.1033637210-1
SBI, Pathanamthitta
IFSC Code: SBIN0007252

Foreign (only in Foreign Currency)
A/c No. 57068591821
SBT, Pathanamthitta
IFS Code: SBTR0000058
SWIFT Code: SBTRINBBFED

Name and Address of Bank:

State Bank of Travancore
P.B.No.3, S.B.T. Building
Pathanamthitta, Kerala
India-Pin-689 645

SECRETARY
BRETHREN BIBLE INSTITUTE
P.O. BOX. 46
PATHANAMTHITTA, KERALA
 INDIA-689 645
Phone: +91-9961318605



 



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