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”
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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
We express our gratitude to J.W. Laing Trust (UK),
Stewards Association in India (Bangalore) and Bethel Evangelical Trust
(Angamally) for their yearly fellowship.
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
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.
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
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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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.
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,
BBI DISTANCE EDUCATION PG PROGRAMMES
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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.
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”
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