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BBI DAY


In 2004, at BBI’s Consultation Meeting it was decided to designate a yearly day of solidarity with all the evangelical churches in order to support BBI in its mission.

Accordingly, the 2nd Sunday in March is dedicated each year to this day.

BBI sends representatives to the churches to explain its mission and to collect an offering.



EVOLUTION OF THE CHURCH’S PARTICIPATION IN BBI DAY FROM 2004 TO 2012




NUMBER OF CHURCHES AND MINISTRIES PARTICIPATING IN BBI DAY FROM 2004 TO 2011





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PARTNERSHIP BBI – ST JACOBS MENNONITE CHURCH


The Benin Bible Institute and St. Jacobs Mennonite Church have related to each other in a variety of ways since 1997 and this is due to the desire of both institutions to enter into a closer relationship of friendship and cooperation. The relationship is evident in spiritual, moral and financial activities as well as in the exchange of human resources.

A first contact with Benin occurred in 1997 with the visit of Bob and Sue Shantz through the intermediary of Nancy Frey. After that visit, the Hollinger-Janzen’s visited St. Jacobs Mennonite Church. Following that visit, the St. Jacobs church decided to support their ministry in Benin.

In terms of the visits and human resource exchanges between the two institutions : there was, on BBI’s side, the visit of the former administrator, Pastor Marcellin Danhoundo, to the Mennonite churches of Ontario, Canada from July 27 to September 20, 2001. Then Mr. Peter Rempel, Director for Africa for Mennonite Church Canada Witness, visited BBI in January 2003.

During the visit of Pastor Danhoundo to the Mennonite churches in Canada, he discovered the Vacation Bible School (VBS) program at St. Jacobs. Seeing the need for such a program among the Beninese churches, the former administrator solicited the aid of St Jacobs Mennonite Church to train Beninese Sunday School teachers in the program.

Two years later, his wish was fulfilled by the arrival of Canadian teachers from St. Jacobs who stayed from July 22 to August 1, 2003. The team was made up of : Doug and Gloria Shantz, Dave and Lisa Carr-Pries and Kim Freeman.




As for Mr Peter Rempel’s visit to Benin, he met with the Board of Governors of BBI on Tuesday January 21, 2003. During the meeting several important requests followed :

1. To look for a training program in Canada in pastoral counseling.

2. To formalize the relationship between St Jacobs Mennonite Church and BBI in order to organize periodic Vacation Bible Schools.

3. To develop partnerships between the Canadian churches and BBI.

4. To develop partnerships between Canadian Bible schools and BBI.

5. To organize agricultural learning tours to Canada.

The next visit occurred from October 31 to November 6, 2003 when the president of the Board of Governors of BBI, Pastor Augustin Ahoga, visited the US and Canada. The goal of the trip was to raise awareness of BBI’s work among American and Canadian partners including churches, individual Mennonites and the two Mennonite mission agencies : Mennonite Mission Network (MMN) and Mennonite Church Canada Witness. On November 4, 2003, he met with the pastoral team of St. Jacobs. Among the points on the agenda was the partnership between BBI and St. Jacobs Mennonite Church.

During a visit to Benin, Sue Shantz, who was church chair at the time, met with the administrator of BBI, the former president of the Board and the missionary Nancy on Monday November 29, 2004 in order to pursue reflection on a potential partnership between BBI and St Jacobs Mennonite Church. From September to October 2005, a delegation from BBI made up of the vice-president of the Board, Celestin Djimadja, the representative of CEPEB to the Board, Pastor Germain A. Noukpakou, and Professor Alphonse F. Godonou, was invited to visit St. Jacobs Mennonite Church.

In February 2007, a delegation from St. Jacobs Mennonite Church came to Benin. The visit provided the occasion for signing the Partnership Protocol between the church and BBI on February 11, 2007. The delegation was made up of Pastor Mark Diller-Harder, Dave Carr-Pries and his daughter Laura, Donna Johnson and her daughter Hannah.


Signing the Partnership between BBI and SJMC, Benin 2007



After a Sunday service to one BBI student church, february 2007


Relaxing at Oumako, Benin 2007 Giving symbolic present, Benin 2007


BBI delegation with the Pastoral team of SJMC

From October 1 to 17, 2007, the administrator of BBI, Pastor Bonaventure Akowanou, and the academic dean, Pastor Francois Bangbade, visited St. Jacobs Mennonite Church. These visits were accompanied by conversations, discoveries, opportunities to share, etc.


BBI delegation arriving from USA to Canada by land

From October 1 to 17, 2007, the administrator of BBI, Pastor Bonaventure Akowanou, and the academic dean, Pastor Francois Bangbade, visited St. Jacobs Mennonite Church. These visits were accompanied by conversations, discoveries, opportunities to share, etc.


In order to strengthen the ties of cooperation between BBI and the Mennonite churches of Canada, Bonaventure Akowanou, administrator of the Benin Bible Institute and Nancy Frey, missionary with Mennonite Church Canada Witness and Mennonite Mission Network (USA), visited Mennonite churches in Canada from April 2 to 30, 2008. The trip was made possible through the efforts of Steve Wiebe-Johnson (Director for Africa for MMN) with the support of Hippolyto Tshimanga (Director for Africa and Europe for Witness.)

From June 14 to 26, 2009, a delegation from St. Jacobs Mennonite Church visited Benin in order to consolidate the partnership between BBI and the church. The delegation was composed of Mrs. Beth Metzger along with Sue and Ralph Weber. The bi-annual visit serves to reinforce the ties of partnership between the two groups. Many rich times of fellowship and sharing followed. Our guests honored the graduating class of 2009 with their presence at the graduation ceremony of the Systematic Bible Training Program.


Ralph WEBER with the Nancy & Bruce YODER couple at the end of their mission in Benin, 2009



At the invitation of Waterford Mennonite Church (USA) and St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, a delegation from the Benin Bible Institute visited the two churches from October 13 to 27, 2009. The delegation was composed of Pastor Frederic Djodjouhouin and Mrs. Mathilde Kpataclo, both members of BBI’s Board of Governors. They had the opportunity to meet the leaders of the churches in order to discuss different aspects of their partnership with BBI.



Relaxing at the fall of Niagara, october 2009



In keeping with the Partnership Protocol between BBI and St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, a three-person delegation from the church visited BBI from July 8 to 20, 2011. They were Chuck and Linda Kruger and Sandy Shantz. The visit included work sessions with the personnel and the members of the Board, tourist excursions, visits to the churches of the students from the BAC in Theology program, etc.


Having a meal at DJODJOUHOUIN home, Bénin 2011


Worship at World Evangelical Church, Hindé, Benin 2011


In the context of the partnership between the Benin Bible Institute (BBI) with Waterford Mennonite Church (USA) and with St. Jacobs Mennonite Church (Canada), a delegation from BBI visited the two churches from September 21 to October 24, 2011. The delegation composed of the administrator of BBI, Pastor Bonaventure M. Akowanou, and the head of the Systematic Bible Training Program, Pastor Antoine Codjo, visited Canada from October 11 to 24, 2011.






In 2013, the Suderman family from St Jacobs Mennonite Church was our special guest : Dr. Derek Suderman, Professor of Old Testament at the University of Conrad Grebel College in Ontario, Canada, along with his wife Rebecca and their two daughters Zoe and Eden. They took part in guided visits, teaching in the Systematic Bible Training Program, exchanges, etc.


On the pier of Ganvie, Benin 2013


At AKOWANOU home, Bénin 2013


Professor Derek teaching at BBI


SUDERMAN family at Oumako, on BBI agricultural site, Bénin 2013






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PARTNERSHIP BBI – WATERFORD MENNONITE CHURCH (USA)


It all began when a group of Mennonite missionaries came to Benin in 1970 to lead a bible seminar. Like a mustard seed, the project grew until BBI came forth under the direction of missionary Rodney Janzen with the help of the Reflection Committee and its president, Pastor Augustin Cossi Ahoga. In January 2003, while traveling in the USA for work, Pastor Ahoga visited Pastor Rod and his family. During this visit, Pastor Ahoga was able to present BBI’s vision and mission. Rod hosted an open house on Saturday January 4, 2003 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. It was attended by members of Waterford Mennonite Church along with various people from the Mennonite mission including James Krabill, Steve Wiebe Johnson, Robert Charles and especially David Shank. On January 5, 2003, the Missions Committee held a meeting led by Pastor Rod to learn about the work of BBI. Through these meetings the members of the church learned more about Benin and in particular its ministry. After this, Pastor Rod organized another meeting with Joseph Miller, pastor of Waterford Mennonite Church. These contacts led to the proposal for a partnership between BBI and the church. The proposal included five points : exchange visits, sharing of information and prayer requests, possible creation of a web site to facilitate sharing, program exchanges and sharing experiences.
Waterford Mennonite Church decided to pursue a long term relationship with BBI based on relationships built through exchange visits and shared prayer requests. The Mission Committee for WMC decided as well to dedicate 50% of its annual contribution to Mennonite Mission Network (on average $18,000-$19,000) to the yearly grant MMN accords to BBI. A Partnership Agreement was signed in Cotonou on June 7, 2003 to formalize the relationship.



Since then, there have been a number of exchange visits. November 2003 – Augustin Ahoga, president of BBI’s Board of Governors, attended the “Mission Festival” of Waterford and the ceremony to formalize the partnership with BBI.

From November 5 to 22, 2004, Julia and Dave Leatherman visited BBI to strengthen the partnership.



Dave & Julia LEATHERMAN couple with the sister Melanie BROWN, WMC hosts to BBI in 2004


From September 20 to October 24, 2005, a delegation from BBI visited the USA and Canada. The members of the delegation — Celestin Djimadja, Germain Noukpakou and Alphonse Godonou — visited Waterford Mennonite Church from September 20 to October 17.



The BBI hosts in USA in 2005, framed by Pastor Neil Amstutz (leght) and Pastor Rodney Janzen (right)

Pastor GODONOU preaching at WMC, 2005


In 2006, at the graduation ceremonies of the Systematic Bible Training Program, Waterford Mennonite Church was strongly represented in Benin through the presence of Neil Amstutz, Pastor of the church, and his wife, Jeanette, along with another couple.



Armand & Ginny MARTIN after graduation ceremony at BBI (Ginny worked in MMN)


Pastor Neil Amstutz with Nancy Frey, 2006



That same year, the president of Mennonite Mission Network, Pastor Stanley Green, visited BBI while on a tour of different African countries.



Pastor Stanley Green with members of BBI Board of Directors and staff. In his right, the Dean Abel NDJERAREOU of FATEB, passing at BBI


In 2007, the academic dean and the administrator of BBI visited our North American partners to strengthen the partnership.






From October 22 to November 20, 2008, Merrill and Lola Gingerich and Pastor Rodney Hollinger-Janzen were with us in Benin. Along with the usual visits and activities, Pastor Rod taught a seminar on Christian Leadership from October 24 to 30, 2008 to the Part Time Program. As well, the delegation attended the graduation ceremony for the BAC in Theology program’s graduates on November 1, 2008.





In 2009, a delegation from BBI visited the USA and then Canada in the context of the partnership between BBI and the Mennonite churches in those countries. The delegation was made of Pastor Frederic Djodjouhouin, president of BBI’s Board of Governors and Mrs Mathilde Attiogbe Kpataclo, Treasurer of the Board. They stayed in the US from September 23 to October 13, 2009.







PEREZ family visiting Casa Grande house at Allada, Bénin 2010


In 2010, Gilberto and Denise Perez Diener and their children Camila, Felix and Ariana, visited Benin.



PEREZ family relaxing at the beach of Cotonou, Benin 2010

PEREZ family visiting Songhaï Center at Porto-Novo, Bénin 2010



In the context of the partnership between the Benin Bible Institute (BBI) and Waterford Mennonite Church of Goshen, IN, USA and St. Jacobs Mennonite Church of Ontario, Canada, a delegation from BBI visited the two churches from September 21 to October 24, 2011. The delegation included the administrator of BBI, Pastor Bonaventure M. Akowanou, and the head of the Systematic Bible Training Program, Pastor Antoine Codjo.

The delegation was in the United States from September 21 to October 11, 2011.








BBI was honored to host a delegation from Mennonite Church USA from October 3 to 15, 2012. Dr. Luke Gascho, Executive Director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen and his wife, Rebecca, along with Dr. Dale Hess, professor at the center, made up the delegation.



Professor GASCHO to students in the baccalaureat program Professor GASCHO dedicating a book he has written in favor of the BBI

Mennonites Partners with some BBI students and teachers Gascho et Hess teaching at BBI

GASCHO and HESS presenting at Abomey-Calavi University, Benin 2012 Some students folowing...........


Our partners in Oumako site, with the agricultural project supervisor, Bénin 2012

Ms. GASCHO manipulates the water pump, Bénin 2012 Our Mennonite partners at Raphaël EDOU office, Minister in Benin Government and member of BBI Board of Directors, Bénin 2012.

At DJODJOUHOUIN family home, Bénin 2012

After worship

At AKOWANOU home


Impressions from the Benin side :

Mutual discovery of how the other lives out his/her faith ; deepening of the relationships between BBI and Waterford church ; for our part, the visits have helped us develop a larger understanding of mission – Mennonite evangelism is based more on actions than words. We have seen through our visits to North America how much the Mennonites are present in society through their humanitarian activities. They don’t make a lot of noise, but do a lot of charitable works. They are present in all sectors of society except for the army because of their commitment to nonviolence. In contrast, we see that we lack charitable works in the areas of education or health, etc. Through them we have better understood the verse in James : faith without works is a dead faith.

On the part of our Mennonite brothers and sisters, the partnership with BBI has also had an impact on their faith. The way certain members of the church pray has changed ; the members have participated in evangelism campaigns. They pray for God’s healing intervention for the sick, something that was less evident before. The church shares its difficulties with the brothers and sisters at BBI who provide prayer support. In short, we have shared with them our spiritual fervor and the fact that it is important to trust in God even if one has well developed medical technology.

In spite of enormous advantages which we see in the partnership, one concern remains : the problem of communication. We often need to use a translator in order to express our ideas. This puts a damper on the development of our relationship.

We trust that tomorrow will be glorious for the partnership between BBI and Waterford Mennonite Church because of the mutual desire to see it continue. On both sides, we know that we face many challenges. The fact that we are aware of our weaknesses is already a great advantage. All that remains is to work.

For our part, we must encourage many of our fellow citizens to learn English. Our brothers and sisters in the United States must also learn French. In order to accomplish this goal, we need to initiate longer visits on both sides. It is the only way for us to know each other better, to be more immersed in each other’s culture. We also need to think on both sides how we can initiate interaction between our children in order to perpetuate the partnership ties.



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PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN BBI AND CITAF


The 2nd General Assembly of the Council of Theological Institutions in Francophone Africa (CITAF) was held from Monday August 2 to Friday August 7 2010 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Under the leadership of the Coordinator, Dr. Abel N’DJERAREOU, the second General Assembly which was the eighth gathering since CITAF began, had as its theme : Run in such a way that you may win the prize …, theme based on the text of Phil 3:14. Aside from the members of the organizing committee, 35 Biblical and Theological Training Institutions (BTTI) and 13 partner organizations attended this biannual meeting.



The Coordinator of CITAF surrounded by the Beninese delegates (GBUAF, BBI and I3B)





Starting in 2011, CITAF has organized the diploma of the Baccalaureat of Theology for the member institutions in Francophone Africa. In 2011, one BBI student participated and he was successful. In 2013, twelve students qualified, but only nine wrote the exam.



BBI CANDIDATES TO THE BAC CITAF 2013 WITH PROCTORS




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PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN BBI AND THE OVERSEAS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL (OCI)


The Overseas Council International is a Christian organization which works at capacity building with Bible Schools around the world.


BBI came into contact with this organization through Dr Abel NDJERAREOU and in 2008 we were invited to participate for the first time in the Institute for Excellence in Christian Leadership Development , held in Ghana from July 21 to 25 at the Forest Hotel Dodowa.


Since then, our relationship has grown deeper and stronger. There have been visits back and forth and there is a good understanding of the unique work that BBI is doing.



Institute for Excellence in Christian Leadership Development, Ghana 2008
Institute for Excellence in Christian Leadership Development, Côte d’Ivoire 2009


Institute for Excellence in Christian Leadership Development, Ghana 2010



In 2011, the Administrator of BBI and the head of the SBTP while visiting the USA had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of OCI and its staff.






After the Institute of Excellence on May 6 and 7 2011, the Overseas Council International (OCI) brought together nine pilot schools for a limited consultation on Theological Education and the Student’s Learning, under the leadership of PhD Meri MacLeod, consultant and specialist in education. These nine schools, among which BBI had the honor of being part, were chosen for their creativity and their new approach to theological education. The discussions focused on how these “models” influenced the quality of the training. The participants discussed the basic question : “How and to what extent do the students put into practice the training they receive from the school’s perspective ?”

At the end of the consultation Dr. Meri MacLeod visited BBI in January 2012 to study and evaluate the training that BBI offers its students.



The consultant of OCI meeting with Pastor AHOGA assisted by the translator, Philippe Emedi, January 2012





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OTHER PARTNERS


- FRIENDS OF BBI CLUB

The Friends of BBI Club began in October 2010 :

It is the meeting place for people who support the ministry of BBI and are able to help BBI with their expertise and financial gifts.

Mission : assist BBI in finding resources in order to achieve its objectives



Friends of BBI Club Committee



- FRANCOPHONE INITIATIVE

The Francophone Initiative facilitates cooperation among the World Bible Society, University Bible Groups of Francophone Africa (GBUAF), Wycliffe Global Alliance and SIL International in Francophone Africa (SIL). BBI was invited to its second conference which brought together Bible translators, theologians and church leaders. This meeting took place from August 15-19, 2011 at the conference center of the Fondation Espace Afrique (CIEVRA – International Center for Experimentation and Valorization of African Resources) at Glo-Djigbe in Benin. The theme of the conference was “The impact of Theology on Christian Life in Africa”. This conference followed up on the first conference held in 2007.

The partnership with Francophone Initiative offered us several trainings and in conformity with one of the resolutions made during these trainings, a class on the Translation of the Bible and the Church has been added to BBI’s curriculum.





- THE TRANSAFRICAN TRAINING NETWORK (RTF)

It is a capacity building network to assist pastors and leaders of biblical and theological training centers. RTF is headed up by Dr. Abel NDJERAREOU and it organizes periodic seminars that BBI attends.



- GATE-COHETA SEMINARS

Beginning in 2011, the Gate Foundation, COHETA and OCI have organized seminars for theological institutions in Africa such as the Baptist School of Higher Education in West Africa (ESBTAO) of Togo, the Assemblies of God School of Theology (FATAD) of Togo, the Christian Alliance School of Theology (FATEAC) of Ivory Coast and the Benin Bible Institute (BBI).




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ADMINISTRATOR’S WORD

We are very happy to your visit on our WebSite ! Welcome to Benin Bible institute ! BBI is a biblical and theological training School to the service of the church. Its vocation is to form spiritually and mentally leaders “for their perfection in view of the work of the ministry and the edification of Christ’s body.”


Pastor Bonaventure AKOWANOU



BBI’s Staff

This is the BBI’s STAFF :

AKOWANOU M. Bonaventure
ADMINISTRATOR

Since August 2002.

- He organizes, coordinates and ensures the achievement of BBI’s mission.
- He oversees the training programs and ensures that BBI’s vision is being carried out through its activities and its operation.
- He supervises the personnel and provides BBI with human resources needed in connection with its activities for each training program.

BANGBADE I. François
ACADEMIC DEAN
Since September 2003.

He oversees the academic programs at BBI and ensures that the course content as well as the spiritual or pedagogical activities attains the vision and objectives of each program.

GODONOU F. Alphonse
PROFESSOR
Since September 2004.

He is the head of the Systematic Bible Training Program since 2012.

Organize, coordinate and supervise the Systematic Bible Training Program.

AGBO Bertin
PROFESSOR
, Since November 1997.
Il est le He is the head of the Baccalaureat in Theology program since 2012.

Organize, coordinate and supervise the Baccalaureat in Theology program.

CODJO Antoine
PROFESSOR
Since September 2002

He was the head of the Systematic Bible Training Program until 2012 when he left for further training at Vaux-sur-cène in France.

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NOUKPLIGUIDI EricSECRETARY-ACCOUNTANT Since July 2007.

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HOUNKPE Arlette Epse BOKO
LIBRARIAN
Since February 2003.

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EKLOU Edalé
OFFICER OF AGRICULTURAL WORK
Since 2015.

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AHOUANSOU Jean-Pierre
CONCIERGE
Since 2015.

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OLOUNKA Daniel M. 
CUSTODIAN
Since April 2011.

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KINTOSSOU Simon
SECURITY GUARD
Since January 2001.

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BOKO Théophane
CONCIERGE
Eligible for retirement since January, 2014