The Church of God in Cote d’Ivoire
IBAO begin in 2007. Our program of training using intensive modules is adapted to meet the needs of leaders in training who have other responsibilities and find it difficult to spend their full-time living on a campus to do traditional studies. Our current approach brings them to campus for no more than two weeks at a time six times during the year for three years. This allows them the opportunity to continue their other activities or ministries while pursuing studies.
Students contribute to the cost of their education by paying a small portion of their tuition costs and lodging during the modules. They are also responsible to cover their transport and food costs for each module, however, for those who come from farther distances benefit from some transport aid from IBAO to cut down on the cost. We also encourage local home churches of the students to provide some financial support of their students at IBAO.
IBAO is administered by a committee of five persons, four missionaries and one African teacher. These are Larry and LeAnn Sellers, Bobby and Jenny Mihsill and KWIDI Tamba Emile. We all five teach at IBAO and have one other adjunct teacher, Kouassi Lucien, who teaches the French language courses. In addition we have several other outside professors who teach occasional courses in specific areas.
Though students pay school fees, because of the economic situation of many of the students, on-going funding from outside donors is needed to maintain the school at this time. Outside funds are used for costs such as personnel costs, upgrading the resources center, providing student grants, and adding to current facilities.
The annual cost for these needs is $5,500.