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called B.E.S.T. in English, abbreviation for

Dear friends,
Warm greetings from our colleagues in Bangui .  We have some
sobering news to share with you today that directly impacts FATEB.
Ten days ago the highly respected New England Journal of Medicine published an article called, “Africa in the path of COVID-19.” Its authors wrote, “Africa has so far been largely spared the kind of impact that has thrown China, the United States, and Europe into chaos.”  But, “the numbers from Africa are like the early drops of rain before the clouds
open up. Despite the slow arrival of COVID-19, a storm is building, and the 1.2 billion people living in Africa are at tremendous risk.”
Central African Republic is now experiencing what these scientists predicted.  The rate of infections is picking up speed.  In the past few days it went from one case to eight to twenty two and yesterday to fifty known cases. 
These numbers are, so far, insignificant compared to the devastation wrought by COVID-19 in other parts of the world.  But, because of the fragile health of so many people in C.A.R., combined with a weak health system of the country, the epidemic could explode very quickly with devastating consequences.
For the past two weeks the country has already been under a partial lock-down.  Schools, including FATEB, churches, and businesses have been closed.  However, more stringent confinement measures may be necessary to slow the spread of this deadly virus.
FATEB’s general manager, Dr. Paul Mpindi writes, “At FATEB we are confronted with the practical but hard reality of personnel salaries. The school is closed to the theology students and to the more than 3,000 children and youth in the general education programs.  Our facilities and guest rooms may not be rented out. How can we continue to pay salaries when all sources of local income have dried up?”
President Dr. Nupanga, with the General Manager, writes, “We have decided to reduce the salaries of the leadership by 50%, 40%, and 30% according to seniority. We have also laid off non-essential workers and reduced most of our daily expenses except for water and electricity.
“Given the seriousness of the situation, we wonder if you could consider making a gift to help us cover the cost of salaries for seminary teachers and for water and electricity for our employees.
“We know that COVID-19 is having a negative impact on the world’s economy, but your small sacrificial gift will go a long way here at the seminary where a single dollar does a lot.
“Thank you for praying and supporting us during these trying times.  Persevering through this pandemic is hard on us all. But we thank God for the way you and others have sustained this institution of Christian education and leadership training for the past 43 years.  You have also greatly encouraged the men and women who have taught and mentored and served its students as well.
Many blessings!
Rev. Dr Nupanga Weanzana, PhD
President FATEB/C.A.R.     If you wish to assist FATEB through this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may make a gift to FATEB through its IRS approved fiscal agent below: for “FATEB COVID-19
assistance” Or, you may send a check made out to Mtelo Ministries.
Memo: “FATEB COVID-19 assistance”
Address: Mtelo Ministries, 302 W. 5th St. Suite 210, San Pedro, CA 90731  

FATEB’S Newsletter-August 2019 from Nupanga/President of the Seminary

FATEB’S Newsletter-August 2019 from Nupanga/President of the Seminary

Dear brothers and sisters,

God has been faithful to us according to His promise. In the Great Commission Jesus said to His disciples:“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

In spite of many challenges that we were facing, we are very thankful to the Lord because under His guidance we came to the end of the academic year 2018-2019 without any great difficulties.

We are also very thankful to all of you who are supporting FATEB in different ways. We appreciate your contributions,and we would like to assure you that you are making a big impactfor the advancement of the Kingdom of God in Francophone Africa.

The closing ceremonies on both the campus in Yaoundé, Cameroon and the campus in Bangui, Central African Republic took place at the end of July. In both places hundreds of people gathered to celebrate those who completed their training at FATEB. We are happy because FATEB is sending back to the churches and to other ministries 26 men and women who graduated this year: 1 in the Ph.D. program, 7 with Masters degrees in Theology, 5 with Masters degrees in Christian Leadership and Management, 13 with Bachelor of Theology degrees, 4 with Diplomas from the Women’s School, and 2 with Certificates in pastoral studies. They are returning to churches from a variety of Protestant denominations.

Closing Ceremonies 2018 – 2019

We have been blessed to see the Women’s School making progress in practical training. The instruction these ladies received in sewing enabled many to excel. One of the women made academic garb for her husband who graduated in Bachelors program.

Sewing Graduation gown for husband’s graduation

The 2018-2019 school year was also a blessing because the financial support from some of you made possible the installation of solar energy in the academic building with its library and faculty offices and in the administration building as well. This may not sound very important to people living in other countries, but in our context where electricity is turned off for hours every day, this is an enormous relief from anxieties and pressure.

Solar panels now power the Library Building

Our library is also growing. We received about 1,800 academic books as gift from a New Testament professor who recently passed away. We are thankful to his family for this precious gift to both faculty members and students.

We also thank God for pastor Andre Fegouto, FATEB’s new Director of Administration, and for Marie Angele Kosseke, Chief Financial Officer, who joined the team last year. Their contributions are greatly improving the management of FATEB.

We continue to work on our Strategic Plan in partnership with the Vital Sustainability Initiative project. We hope that by the end of September 2019, the plan will be completed. We look forward to your continued partnership in implementing this Strategic Plan.

Churches in Bangui are supporting FATEB. During the 2018-2019school year our students and staff went to various churches to speak about FATEB. We are grateful for their special offerings to help support FATEB financially.

The political situation in the country is improving, although very slowly. Government and rebel groups signed a peace agreement seven months ago. A recent report from United Nations representatives in the country said that there has bee na decrease in the violation of human rights since the signature of the agreement.

Our pre-school, primary and secondary schools continue to attract people from the city. We lack the space needed to enroll all those who wish to take advantage of these opportunities for the basic education that is so important.

There is a continuing need to assist studentsto pay for their school expenses. For many of them, the churches that send them are not able to cover the cost of their training. With your help, part of their school fees and part of housing for students who are living on campus being underwritten. We thank you on their behalf.

On August 4th, our only van was involved in an accident. The driver was injured, but he is recovering well. However, the accident has left FATEB without any means of transportation apart from public vehicles. We need another van to help us carry out our work of moving staff, students, visitors, and handling health emergencies here in the capital city.

Prayer requests for the following:-

-Peace, reconciliation and healing in both countries -CAR and Cameroon.

-Completion and launching of the Strategic Plan in October 2019.

-Provision for operational costs and scholarship assistance.

-Preparations for the 2019-2020academic year.

-The urgent need of a new van.

We appreciate your prayers. To contribute financially to FATEB or one of its projects, support can be given through Mtelo Ministries online at or by check mailed to Mtelo Ministries, c/o Berg and Associates, 302 W. 5th Street Suite 210 San Pedro, CA 90731.

For more information about FATEB please visit our website

May the Lord bless you.

Nupanga W.


Flooding in Nepal-Urgent

Flooding in Nepal-Urgent

Dear sister,

We have heavy rainfall in Nepal last week (Still continue) and all the South Nepal is over flooded. More than 100 died, 10,000 houses damaged including 3 small churches and about 20,000 families are on the streets now for shelter. 

We are in the rescue areas now to save lives. People are suffering from the different kinds of water born diseases and little children are dying due to polluted water as the drinking water sources are damaged totally.

We are trying to distribute the water filter, and some relief package.

We are preparing for the relief package, water filter at the same time.

One package costs $25.00 and we planned to save for 200 people in the floods victims areas.

Total cost we planned is: $25 x 200 = $5000.00

We could raise from here                    $1200.00

We are hoping for $3800.00 now. It helps to save people physically together as we volunteering for rescue.

Can you please support us for this good work.

I will update you with the reports and financial calculation after the work done.

Please see the attached photos of floods situation here in Nepal right now.

Thank you for your support for Nepal and its poor people.


Flooding in Nepal
FATEB Trip Report – Bangui, Central African Republic 15 January thru 26 February 2019

FATEB Trip Report – Bangui, Central African Republic 15 January thru 26 February 2019

In January, Mtelo Ministries Board Members, Bob and Kathy Martin travelled to Bangui, Central African Republic to serve at FATEB, a seminary that Mtelo Ministries supports. Bob writes, “We were kept quite busy as God blessed our time at FATEB by allowing us to complete many of the tasks He sent us there to do, as well as giving us a wonderful group of new and old friends surrounding us to make us feel at home”

While they were there they were able to accomplish many projects.

Solar Panels were installed for the library. This allows the students the opportunity to study at night when there isn’t any electricity.

A solar pump was installed in the well to supply water to the Chateau. This installation allows the pump to run all day, filling the chateau with water, while the sun is shining. Before, if the campus was without water, the Chateau would not be able to fill up and the students would not be able to obtain water from the chateau if the water was depleted.

Work at the Leadership Center continues.

Framing for the soffits and ceilings on the second floor

The kitchen space doubled in size and a pass-thru was created between the kitchen and the dining room. A design for the kitchen was completed and approved. Funds from a church were given to outfit the kitchen.

First floor grilles were installed.

Bob writes, ” In my opinion, our presence in Bangui during January and February were quite productive. Thank you for giving Kathy and me the opportunity to represent Mtelo Ministries at FATEB. We were blessed by our time there and I believe that God is moving in Central African Republic and Mtelo Ministries is privileged to be able to come along-side. “

Report on Trip to Fateb-2019

Report on Trip to Fateb-2019

Board Members, Bob and Kathy Martin served at FATEB in January and February 2019. Bob worked on the Leadership Center while Kathy ministered to the women and children. Here is Kathy’s report of her time there.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM – approximate ages 5 – 11

Presented 6 sessions telling the story of Moses:

                Baby Moses – God Cares for Us

                Moses and the burning Bush – God Talks to Us

God Sends Plagues to Egypt – God Gave Moses Courage

Moses and the Red Sea – God Keeps His Promises

The Ten Commandments – We Must Obey God

The Tabernacle of the Lord – God is Present with Us

We began each session with singing led by our translator, Joel.  Sometimes one of the children would select a song.  There were many hand and body motions accompanying very spirited singing.  The Bible lesson was next and there were always a few questions aimed at the children to see how they would apply the lessons in their lives.  Some of the children have had to make some serious choices regarding whether or not to obey God.  It was encouraging to see them beginning to apply Bible truths in their daily lives.  Approximately 25 children attended each of the six sessions.

TEEN GIRLS PORGRAM – approximate ages 11 – 20 Five sessions were held with the Bible lessons being Women in the Bible:

                Rahab – Joshua 2

                Deborah – Judges 4

Abigail – 1 Samuel 25

                Jehosheba – 2 Kings 11

Woman of Abel – 2 Samuel 20

Each of these women had to take a stand and behave in a courageous manner.  God helped each of these women to be strong and brave. We also began each session with singing.  Joel asked for a volunteer to lead the different songs.  Again, the singing was very spirited. The Bible lesson was next, along with a few questions for the young women to see how they saw God working in the life of the woman in the Bible and in their lives. They too were able to make connections to their lives from the lessons.  A craft was next for these women. One week we made butterflies – papillons to show how we are newly created in Christ.  Another week we made angel earrings.  Other crafts were to stitch a design on felt hearts – showing our hearts were happy with God in us, followed by making Valentine type cards to show their love and gratitude to God.  The final week the women were able to color a sheet from an adult coloring book – an activity they rarely have an opportunity to engage in.  Each session averaged between 20 -25 young women.


Marceline, Director of the Women’s School, graciously let me use two sessions of class time to present a Bible story and to do a craft.  The first session I presented the story about Deborah from Judges 4 and the second session, I presented the story of Abigail from 1 Samuel 25. 

The first craft was to make the angel earrings which very much delighted the women.  They were thrilled to have a new set of jewelry.  The second session, the women stitched a design on the felt hearts – again to show how our hearts are happy with God in our lives.  Approximately 25 women attended both sessions.  Gertrude was my happy translator.  She later asked if there was a way the women could purchase craft items used in making the earrings.  There is evidently someplace to purchase the earring backings locally, but other materials are non-existent unless the women come up with some creative materials on their own.


I was blessed to be able to accompany one of the local missionaries on her grocery shopping trips.  Because she had a car, we did not need to use a taxi and could make several stops in different stores on one trip.  Navigating the Super Marche and other permanent-type stores was fairly easy as items have a given price and they give change at the checkout.  Making purchases from the local vendors for produce was trickier because it was on the busy streets and one often negotiated the price and amount of product.  It was fun to see the hustle and bustle and the variety of foods and wares for sale.   Most heart-breaking were the three sibling children who came to our door selling fruit.  We had some emotional interactions and they continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

When a jackfruit tree branch fell in front of our apartment, one of the neighbors delivered a very large jackfruit to our door.  Lucy, our next-door neighbor, promised me she would show me how to make juice out of the fruit.  Lucy was good to her word and with her apartment floor littered with modern electric appliances, she pureed the jackfruit pulp and about 40 grapefruit to make us 4 liters of delicious juice. One day, Lucy drove me to the market to purchase some produce.  She drove us north of the city to where she used to purchase fish along the river shores.  She also showed me some of the homes damaged during the recent war.  Finally, Lucy took me to the neighborhood where she and her husband used to live.  She told how the rebels knocked down the door to their compound, then knocked down the front door. They terrorized the frightened maid and family friends with two very young children.  Lucy said she prefers staying on campus in a too tiny apartment with her husband because she feels safe on campus.

Many evenings, we would walk with missionary neighbors, Jim and Sarah.  We would travel off the main streets into the back alleys in the nearby neighborhoods.  If we were concerned about erratic electrical power and varying water pressure at our apartments on campus, the people in these neighborhoods had no running water (a community spigot was somewhere nearby) and they probably had no electricity to their makeshift, dirt-floored abodes.  .  We walked across rickety foot bridges which were over ditches which cut through the neighborhoods.  Dust was everywhere in the sweltering weather.  The people were friendly and would call out to us.  We skirted the edges of many a neighborhood soccer game in progress along the wider of the neighborhood streets.


Our long-time friends Bennet and Jennet run the Hope Orphan Center in Bangui.   We were blessed to be able to spend some time at the orphanage with some of the orphans.  They sang for us and I presented the Baby Moses Bible story about how ‘God Cares for Us.’  We then had the children make butterflies – again to remind them they are new creations through Christ. The orphans range in age from about 5 – 18 or so and there are approximately 70 children who come from their caregivers to attend Bible classes, English classes, computer classes and have their school fees paid through the orphan center.  Some of the older ones are ready to attend university or learn a trade.  Also, some of the older orphans do work at the orphanage such as office work, cooking for the children or doing laundry.

 Earlier in the day, we had traveled with Bennet and our missionary friends, Jim and Sarah, out of the city to the farm Bennet had purchased some years back.  He has about 40 acres of land and is teaching the orphans how to farm.   Some of the children really enjoy this opportunity.  There are fields of cassava, peanuts, pineapples, watermelons, root plants, some teak trees and some banana trees – the rebels in the recent war burned most of the banana trees on the farm, but some are slowly growing back.  Bennet’s vision is to build a school on the site that would serve the villages in a two-mile radius.  Longer term, he would like to be able to move the orphanage out to the farm and have a trade school for the children.  Currently, he needs approximately $26,000 to pay the government for stamps which will show the land belongs to him.  He has already paid the purchase price for the land, but the stamps are necessary to prevent others form taking over the land.

Bennet is a graduate of the seminary and currently also serves as pastor to several churches near the farm and is the lead for the English services which are held on the FATEB campus.

B.E.S.T. (aka FATEB) Newsletter from Dr. Nupanga Weanzana

B.E.S.T. (aka FATEB) Newsletter from Dr. Nupanga Weanzana

Psalm 121:7-8
The LORD will keep you from all harm– he will watch over your life;   the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

These verses that we read often became very alive in the life of our institution in the last two years. In the midst of chaos, killing, pillaging, destruction, looting, our Lord was our only refuge. In the time when there was no police, no army, no other security forces to protect people, these two verses gained another dimension. The Lord was our protector, we give Him thanks and glory. Nobody on the campus was wounded or killed although many billets ended their trajectories on our campus, piercing roofs and destroying windows and doors. Each time, these bullets reached empty rooms.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We want first of all to apologize because for a while we did not keep you closely informed about the situation in CAR. When you house is burning … Some of you sent several encouraging messages. All of you, we were convinced, were praying for us. God has been so faithful to us.

BEST campus, a place of safety: The events that took place after December 5, 2013 led about 3,500 people to seek refuge on our campus. We became a shelter. They were accommodated in the classrooms of the primary schools. These displaced people came with empty hands. Thanks to some of you who helped us to provide foods to them as a testimony of the Christian faith. Later, some NGOs built shelter in tents for them. Now about 400 people are still on the site. Many have completely lost their houses. They do not know where to go.

Moving ahead in time to Yaoundé (Cameroon): After January 10, 2014, many African countries asked their citizens to leave CAR. They sent aircraft to take them out from the country. Within a week, about 45 foreign students left Bangui to return to their home countries. It was impossible to continue classes on the Bangui campus. We were obliged to relocate some programs to Yaoundé. According to our plan, the beginning of the program in Yaounde was scheduled for October 2014. But there was a big risk to lose about 45 students, so we moved to Yaoundé ahead of schedule. The administration of the school with the permission of the board, decided to relocate the third year of the bachelors program, the masters program and the doctoral program in Yaounde.

Thanks to God because all these students joined the new site in Yaounde. We were able to begin classes in March and with God’s help the school term will end on September 27. It was not easy, but we are committed to improving the site in Yaounde. Thanks to those of you who provided support for students (transportation and housing).
School in Bangui: After the big turmoil, classes in Bangui (1st and 2nd years) resumed in February and were completed August 23rd. The violence in Bangui affected all activities. Many students were not able to pay their fees, sometimes for good reasons. As you have heard, some churches were looted. For the schools (nursery, primary, high schools), many parents were not able to pay because they did not receive their salaries. The women’s school has now only 10 students. We are really struggling financially.

There is a big need to reorient the campus programs in Bangui. According to our projections, the school in Bangui needs primarily to direct its mission to meet the need of the local churches and society of the Central African Republic. This is why for the coming year we will launch the following programs: bachelor in theology in evening for lay people, English language school and opening of the women’s school to ladies from churches in Bangui, not just student wives. We are also working to complete the Leadership Centre. The next academic year starts on October 20, 2014.  By the end of 2017, we want BEST to become a university.

School in Yaoundé: For the coming year, we will keep only the master and doctoral programs in Yaounde. We want to stabilize our master’s program. As said above, we rushed to go there, now the time has come to continue the development of the programs in Yaounde. The next academic year starts November 3rd. The doctoral session will be held in Yaounde from November 17 to December 19. We need your prayer for God’s wisdom as we are facing challenging issues in Cameroon. We are also planning to launch a pre-school and day care unit in Yaoundé in 2015.

Next steps: We want to keep in our mind the Panafrican vision of the founders of BEST in 1974. We are only going to change the strategy, not our mission. Instead of waiting for students from French African countries to come to Bangui, we want to create multiple sites in Francophone Africa. We are now working to start a school of theology in Kinshasa and also next year to launch a 3 year pre-school school that will be developed into a primary and secondary school, and later to become a branch of the B.E.S.T. University. We are committed to keeping evangelical theology at the heart of training. It will remain the “mother of sciences” as it has been, but we want also to train people in other areas of life. We are happy that TeachBeyond, a well-respected organization in Christian education, is coming along with us to fulfill this new vision. Burkina Faso and Senegal are also in our list of sites for possible future development.


  • Wisdom and discernment from the Lord as we are taking big new steps
  • We need your advice and expertise to help us
  • Financial support for students in Bangui and Yaoundé
  • Financial support for new sites.

May Lord bless you.
Nupanga Weanzana wa W.
President of BEST

Yaoundé Update

Yaoundé Update

WOW, I can’t believe it has been 3 months since we returned from our time in Yaoundé, Cameroon. John and I have had a chance to debrief and assess our time in Africa.  It is amazing that just a year ago a small team met in Yaoundé to explore the possibility of opening an extension of BEST in Cameroon.  The Lord had given Nupanga a vision of expanding BEST into other French-speaking countries-the coup in Bangui just brought it to the forefront.

In October, John and I were invited to be a part of an international team meeting in Yaoundé where the vision of Best was cast, the goals set, and the steps necessary to accomplish the task.  John and I were then asked to head up the project by getting the school operational by March 2014. This meant getting everything ready, i.e., the building prepared, classrooms, offices, furniture, supplies, and internet etc. for classes to begin March 3rd.  After spending time in prayer seeking God’s guidance, John and I agreed and left for seven weeks in January.

We had the tables made by a local Cameroonian, purchased chairs, office desks, computers, printers, curtains and the internet hooked up, just about everything necessary for classes and professors.  There is even a designated room for the library but the books are still in Bangui.  Please pray for peace and security in C.A.R.  The books cannot be transported until the road from CAR to Cameroon is open and safe to travel.

We were so encouraged when Bob and Kathy, Bill, Dennis and Willie arrived to help us.  What an amazing team they were. One of the men was a painter by trade and the other had his own handy man business.  This team just looked to see what had to be done and did it.  As a team we bonded quickly and had a lot of fun working together.  Some of the doctoral students came and pitched in washing floors and walls and doing whatever was needed.  What a wonderful opportunity to build relationships, hear stories of their faith in Christ and work side by side for the sake of the gospel.

John’s highlight was seeing God’s provision-in less than a year the vision of Yaoundé came to fruition.  We appreciate that God would see fit to use us to accomplish His purposes.  It is also incredible to think how God prepares us way in advance for serving Him.  John had been a building facilities manager for years at Comcast and now in his retirement he is using those skills to serve the Lord in Africa.

Lamentations 3:22 “The Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

This was a verse that was near and dear to me while we were there.  It helped me through many times when I wondered “why am I here?”  But I would awake in the morning with a renewed mind, fresh outlook and realize God’s faithfulness and compassion.  God would remind me that He desires us to serve Him, obey Him and trust Him in all areas of our life.
Now as we look back we see God’s hand in everything-teaching us, enabling, guiding, protecting us and drawing us closer to Him.

  • For every frustration-God encouraged us-through His word, a sermon or a missionary.
  • For every challenge that seemed almost insurmountable at the time-God conquered those challenges.
  • For every roadblock early on-God removed them.
  • For every trial-God gave joy.
  • For the difficulties of daily living in a 3rd world country-God gave us laughter AND a whole new appreciation for missionaries and the daily struggles and challenges they face, not to mention cultural differences.
  • For every learning experience in cultural differences-God granted mercy and opened our eyes and mind.

He reminded us that He made each one of us unique and He loves our differences but desires that our differences be meshed together. God taught us how to balance our time to complete the work necessary in a culture where relationships take priority over timelines.

Sometimes we are slow learners. God reminded us that this was God’s project not ours, His timing not ours and without Him we can do nothing.

I think the highlight for me, Marilyn, was our last day when the students had arrived from their various countries. What inexplicable joy to see them reunited, laughing together, excited to be there, and to see a deep seated joy in spite of the pain and suffering they experienced and the horrific events they lived through in CAR.  Praise the Lord a missionary in Yaoundé held a Trauma Recovery class for all the students and staff. Many students have left their families behind so they can complete their studies, graduate and return to their families, their countries, their churches and their ministry serving our Lord.  These dear pastors and brothers and sisters in Christ seek to share the gospel of Christ to those living in darkness.  As I observed and spoke with them I was overcome with joy and deeply humbled by their steadfast faith.

Thank you for your faithful prayers.  It was your prayers that carried us through many days.  John has been asked to go to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo to search for a location for BEST’s expansion into that country.  Prayers for a successful and safe trip would be appreciated.

Thank you again for your partnership in prayer.
Love in Christ,
John and Marilyn

Bangui Update

Bangui Update


Deb just returned from 2 months in the Republic of Central Africa, the heart of Central Africa, a landlocked country ranking as one of the poorest in the world. But surprisingly,  one of the more stable countries of Africa in the last five years.

Unfortunately, in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), there is no industry, no work, no jobs. And anyone with hope talks of going to Ghana or Cameroon to look for work.

These are friendly, genuine, peace-loving people, who understand the value of education. Unfortunately, the conditions at the schools are deplorable.  We visited a public high school with 10,000 students. Overcrowding is the norm. The National University at Bangui is three years behind due to teacher strikes so no one can graduate.

The mean annual income is about $700/year.  Mean life span is 45 due to aids, malaria and typhoid.

While there, we were able to take foodstuffs to the Fulani, refugees from Sudan, who are even more destitute than the Central Africans, and to the Pygmies, who have been pushed out of their forests and are also dependent on aide.

Mtelo Ministries is partnering with FATEB, a private university in Bangui, to improve the education system, pre-school through grade 13. We are also partnering with two orphanages and food programs run by Central Africans that also provide medical checkups and preventative care for the 200 children in the programs.

A Mtelo work team of Americans at the end of February was able to repaint and refurbish overcrowded housing bringing some cheer and hope to the gloomy prospects for the future.

We took medical supplies, eyeglasses, soap flour and sugar. But so much more is needed. We talked with folks whose families are in towns to the north and east under siege by the Lord’s Army. They can’t go to them and the family members cannot leave. We heard that there are already 100 US Marines in Central Africa in the area bordering Chad and Sudan. We were advised not to go anywhere near there. In fact, the gates to the city of Bangui are closed at 9:00 pm every night as protection from marauders.

We met a man who had been one of the Invisible Children. He had been abducted at an early age forced to labor for the Lord’s Army. Miraculously, by the grace of God, he escaped. And he was telling his story to all who would listen.

This region needs your help. This country needs your help. Please partner with us.

Mtelo  is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff operating entirely with donated supplies and services. Every dollar you donate to Mtelo will go to providing food, medical or school supplies to those in need in the Central African Republic.

To assist with this project, designate CAR in the memo section when you hit the donate button.


Bangui Evangelical Graduate School of Theology

Bangui Evangelical Graduate School of Theology

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

When Jesus wept over Jerusalem he said:

“If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace– but now it is hidden from your eyes … They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” Luke 19:42-44

In Greek, the word translated by “coming” means visitation for the purpose of bringing salvation. Through Christ the Lord visits his people. BEST is engaged to proclaim the visitation of the Lord in the world, beginning with our continent, Africa.
We thank the Lord for the first quarter of 2012. BEST has experienced a very busy quarter with visitors. Jack and Theo Robinson, Tom and Deb Berg, George Durance, and a team from Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church led by John and Marilyn Roughley. We mentioned these people because God has used each of them to bring insight about the future of BEST.
First doctoral student defended his thesis: Dieudonné Djoubairou is the first doctoral student who defended his thesis on January 4th. We thank the Lord for His faithfulness in leading this program.

Annual Colloquium: The annual colloquium of BEST was held at the beginning of January 2012. The theme this year was “Bible and Democracy”. The main conclusion was that the word “democracy” as political system is not found in ancient Israel or in the New Testament. However, the ideals of democracy such as justice, wellbeing, equity, peace, etc. are part of the biblical values for society.

Board meeting: the board of the school had its annual meeting in February. During this session, a new manual of procedure for the board was adopted. The seven year plan proposed by the president has been approved.

Future of BEST: After 35 years, BEST needs to expand while keeping its original mission. African society today is different from that of the creation of BEST in 1977. BEST is called to play a new role in the changing Africa. A seven year plan has been elaborated with the contribution of many people from inside and outside of Africa. The following paragraphs describe some of the four key elements of the seven year plan.

1. Expansion of the Women School: For the last 35 years, the women’s school was limited to the wives of students. There is a need to make this school a center to empower women and girls. The school will soon be opened to women and girls from the city. We will add new programs in professional computer skills, professional sewing skills, entrepreneurship and health promotion.

2. Training of teachers: At BEST, we identified the field of education as a critical tool for the transformation of the society. We are planning to launch a school of education to train teachers from a biblical, Christian perspective. Especially in Francophone Africa, there is a big need for such schools. Many churches have their own Christian schools, but their teachers are being trained in government schools.

3. Improvement of the kindergarten, primary school, high school and English Language School: for the next seven years, we are committed to improving the quality of our ministry and performance in these various schools. The goal is to make these schools models of good education in the city.

4. Construction of a Leadership Center: This center has been under consideration for several years, and now construction is ready to begin. It will contain 27 guest rooms, several meeting rooms for conferences and seminars as well as kitchen and dining areas.

Visiting professors: we received many visiting professors from America, DRCongo, Cameroon and Kenya. Dr Ian Shaw, from Langham Scholarship, founded by John Stott in England, also visited BEST.

Leadership positions of graduates: Jules Mboka and Jacques Vungbo, both graduates from BEST have been elected respectively as president and vice-president of CEUM (a denomination founded by the Evangelical Covenant Church of America) in the North-West part of DRCongo. The president of BEST and a team from BEST were present during the ceremony of installation in Gemena.

Health: the president of BEST had surgery in November. He had a gall bladder problem. Now he is doing well.

Thanks for being co-workers and partners in the Lord’s harvest.


  • For the seven year plan
  • Needs of financial support for students
  • Financial support of the school (salaries, electricity, water, improved internet access)
  • Permission from the government to begin building of the Leadership Center

May Lord bless you,
Nupanga Weanzana, Ph.D.
President of BEST