Update on the Ministry in India : July 2017

New Church Planters

India Update - July 2017

Attending the Conference in Tamil Nadu this past May were 2 men who came to learn more about CGBCIndia.  One of the men, Patrick, has a ministry among tribal people in the hill area of Tamil Nadu. The other man, Jeyaprakash, lives in the area of Kandiyaperri. He wants to be involved in that church planting work. He not only attended the Conference, but also attended the ministry to children there in Kandiyaperri when the U.S. team was there in May. Both of these men, after discussing trine immersion and threefold communion, in addition to the Statement of Faith, with the other church planters have decided to join with us. As a result, they were both baptized by trine immersion on Monday, June 26th, at Agape Home by Brother Munisamy. Pray for these men as they are assimilated into the church planting team in Tamil Nadu. We are excited that more effort is being made to reach tribal people in the area.

With sadness, we also learned during our trip in May that some of the men who had joined the Odisha church planting teams have either given up or are not faithfully carrying out the ministry. Losing men is heart wrenching, but we have confidence in the Lord of the harvest to continue to build His church (Matthew 9:38).

Opposition to Christians in India continues to grow.  There is a bill in their Parliament now to close all Christian orphanages and turn the children over to government care. One group has vowed to rid India of Christians by 2023. In spite of these murderous threats, our Brethren continue to persevere and carefully evangelize. The Dalit caste of people in India continues to respond to the Gospel. May the Lord grant us a great harvest among them.

Our financial support to the church planters for the July-Sept. quarter fell short of our monetary goal. This was the first time in a long time that we fell short. Please consider how you might be able to increase your amount to close the gap in our deficit for these men and their families.

You may send financial gifts for the ministry in India to:
CGBCI Foreign Missions
P.O. Box 217
Grimes, IA 50111 Telephone: 515-986-9698

For more information about the ministry in India, go to: http://www.insightintoindia.wordpress.com or contact Pastor Ike Graham at pastorikegraham@gmail.com

 

If you would like to download the bulletin insert version of this update,
please click on the link below.
July 2017 India Update Bulletin Insert

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Update on the Ministry in India : June 2017

June Update - MapCoimbatore Conference

This trip, we held two Conferences.  The first was in Coimbatore (state of Tamil Nadu) and the second was for the church planters in Odisha though we met in the city of Vishakhapatnam. At the Conference in Coimbatore, 11 new Christians were baptized and one believer who had not been baptized by trine immersion previously.

When we visited the village of Cholapuram, 4 new Christians were baptized there. Two of them were a young married couple and one was a 65 year old man whose parents were Christians, but he had not been saved. On the next page, you will see a picture of those who were baptized at the Conference in Tamil Nadu. One man is not in the picture because he had to leave for work before the picture was taken.

June update - Baptisms

One of the constant messages that we received was the increasing opposition to Christians and the harassment, even physical abuse that they are subjected to at the hands of Hindu nationalists. So when they heard that the Orrville, Ohio GBC had written a letter to President Trump asking him to impress upon Prime Minister Modi at their meeting in June that the constitution of India guarantees religious freedom, they were very encouraged. Please pray the President Trump will make this an issue with Prime Minister Modi when they meet at the end of June (this month).

At Conference in Laurelville (Mt. Pleasant, PA), we will be sharing more about the trip in May and more about the Conference in Vishakhapatnam. We have a number of pictures and video clips to share. Thank you for your prayers while we were gone as there was some sickness, but the Lord sustained us through your prayers.

You may send financial gifts for the ministry in India to:
CGBCI Foreign Missions
P.O. Box 217
Grimes, IA 50111 Telephone: 515-986-9698

For more information about the ministry in India, go
to: http://www.insightintoindia.wordpress.com

If you would like to download the bulletin insert version of this update,
please click on the link below.
June 2017 India Update Bulletin Insert

 

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Update on the Ministry in India : May 2017

Upcoming Ministry Trip

prayer card

The flier to the left has been distributed to the church planters and their teams for our upcoming ministry in India. Notice how they too are in prayer for this upcoming ministry. We are scheduled to leave from Cleveland early on Thursday, May 4th. We would appreciate your prayers for smooth flight connections; smooth immigration entry; and opportunities on all our flights to share the Gospel with fellow passengers including the flight crew.

We also need your prayers regarding the hot climate, different food (spicy food), a good night’s sleep in the various places and an effective ministry among our Brethren. Pray also for any who are not saved to come to Christ during the Conferences.

The flier above only lists the Conference in Coimbatore.
However, there will also be one in the city of Vishakapatnam for the men and their families coming from the state of Odisha.

Over a month ago, I had sent the men a questionnaire to see how they are doing. This response from Brother Joseph Surya in Umarkote, Odisha caught my attention:

I often am depressed because my parents are drunkards, very carnal and constantly think about money. Their mindset is one of luxury and greed. Since I don’t provide them with material things, they do not love me as a son and have no sympathy for my ministry. In fact, they hold me in contempt because of my stand on the Bible. This makes it very difficult for my wife and my daughter. They ridicule any kind of church activity. As a result, there is always friction between us. Moreover, because of social and political pressure, people who are hearing the word of God are very reticent to step forward and make a public declaration of their faith.

Then, there is the positive side. Here are some comments from Nehemiah in Semala, Odisha: We are reaching the unreached villages and distributing tracts and other gospel booklets. Some have been saved, but many reject the truth. However, 70 believers now meet at the church that I am leading. Sixty of them have been baptized by trine immersion. There are also about 10 unbelievers who attend our Sunday worship times. We conduct three-fold communion once or twice a month.

Please continue praying for the church planting ministry in India. It is not easy. Your prayers are an essential part of this ministry (2 Cor. 1:11).

You may send financial gifts for the ministry in India to:
CGBCI Foreign Missions
P.O. Box 217
Grimes, IA 50111 Telephone: 515-986-9698

For more information about the ministry in India, go
to: http://www.insightintoindia.wordpress.com

If you would like to download the bulletin insert version of this update,
please click on the link below.
May 2017 India Update Bulletin Insert

 

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Follow the 2017 India Team

The 2017 India team took off this morning from Cleveland Hopkins Airport at 6:15am.  After two short layovers here in the USA they are on their way to India.  See below a tracker of their flight.

India Flight Tracking 5.4.17

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/AIC144

 

If you would like to keep up with what is happening while they are gone, go to the Insight into India facebook page.   If you have a facebook account make sure to “like” the page so you see the updates as they post them.  If you want to make sure you don’t miss any of their posts make sure to click “following” and then chose to “see first” or turn on notifications.  If you don’t have a facebook account you can still see their posts, you just won’t be able to interact and comment on the pictures.

The team has already posted a few pictures from their time in the airports.

www.facebook.com/insightintoindia

 

India Team 2017

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Update on the Ministry in India : April 2017

Upcoming Ministry Trip

April Update (1)

The map to the left shows the location of Coimbatore. This is the location for our Conference with the church planting teams in south India.  After our arrival and ministry to the churches in the mountains of Sathyamanagalam, we will participate in the Conference May 9-11. The theme of the Conference is “The Christian Home.” This is the theme requested by the men. While we are in the south, we will also minister to the church in Cholapuram and the outreach point in Kandiyaperri.  Lord willing, this will take place May 12-14. Later, on May 17th, the plan is to fly to Vishakapatnam in the north and meet there with the church planters and their families who are coming from the state of Odisha.  Persecution continues as recently a village stripped a pastor and his wife naked and made them stand in the street for all to see. Activist Hindus want to embarrass, humiliate and intimidate Christians, especially pastors and church planters (John 15:18-20).

On the next map, you can see the location of Vishakapatnam where we will be for the Conference with the men and their families from Odisha.  Yes, I know. The spelling I use is different. Well, that is true of many Hindi words when you transliterate them into English.

April Update (2)

Our trip is registered with the U.S. State Department so that the U.S. Embassy has a record of our presence.  We do this for precautionary measures.  We also have medical insurance for the trip in the event that it is needed. Pray that no one will get malaria.

 

Pray specifically for…
• Clear and accurate communication.
• Reception of the Word of God (1 Thess. 2:13).
• The team’s health and safety.
• Flight connections, layovers & other red tape.
• Adjustment to the food and climate.
• Souls to be saved, baptized & added to the churches.
• Evaluation & encouragement for the India ministry.
Special thanks to many who have already contributed financially to this trip. Our expenses for the Conferences are more than usual because of holding 2 Conferences in 2 locations. In addition, new laws prohibit us from staying at the orphanages.

 

You may send financial gifts for the ministry in India to:
CGBCI Foreign Missions
P.O. Box 217
Grimes, IA 50111 Telephone: 515-986-9698
For more information about the ministry in India, go
to: http://www.insightintoindia.wordpress.com

If you would like to download the bulletin insert version of this update,
please click on the link below.
April 2017 India Update Bulletin Insert

 

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2015 India Trip Pictures (a little bit late)

2015 Trip PictureHi Everyone,

Sorry I have been so slow in posting all these pictures from the 2015 trip to India!   With the 2017 trip fast approaching I figured I need to get these pictures from the last trip posted. Hope you enjoy looking through them as much as I did.  Such good memories!  Please be praying for the 2017 team as they prepare to leave on May 4th.

– Joy Steiner (2015 Trip Team Member)

Click on the links below to see pictures from different parts of the trip.

Album #1 – Travel & First 2 Days in India
The 2015 India Team took off from Cleveland Hopkins Airport on April 30th, 2015 headed for 2 weeks in India.

Album #2 – CGBCIndia Conference
The team was blessed to be able to participate in the 2015 conference of the CGBCIndia.

Album #3 – Trip to Palladam & Southern Tamil Nadu
The team made a few trips within the state of Tamil Nadu to visit church planting locations. First pictures are from the visit at Palladam and then southern India including a baptism, church service at Cholapuram, Medical clinic, and two visits to Torbay House.

Album #4 – Last few days in India and Travel Home
We spent the last few days of our trip in Coimbatore and then started the trip home to the USA.

 

If you would rather see a short overview of the trip in pictures click on the link below to be taken to a post of all pictures/captions that I did right after the trip in 2015. – Joy
Pictures…Pictures…pictures… (2015 India Trip)

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Update on the Ministry in India : March 2017

Upcoming Ministry Trip

2017-india-card-front

The picture above is the front of our prayer card for the upcoming trip to India in May. If you would like a card, you can access the electronic version at http://www.insigntintoindia.wordpress.com. If you are not able to access it there, you may also send an e-mail to orrrvillegrace@gmail.com and we will send you a PDF file.

Click on the link below to download the pdf of the prayer card:
https://insightintoindia.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/2017-india-trip-prayer-card.pdf

The backside of the card lists our objectives and prayer requests.
It reads like this:

The team will be participating in both CGBCIndia conferences. One conference will be held in Tamil Nadu and the other in Andhra Pradesh for the brethren from the state of Odisha (because of persecution it isn’t safe to hold the conference in the state of Odisha).

Pray specifically for…
• Clear and accurate communication.
• Reception of the Word of God (1 Thess. 2:13).
• The team’s health and safety.
• Flight connections, layovers & other red tape.
• Adjustment to the food and climate.
• Souls to be saved, baptized & added to the churches.
• Evaluation & encouragement for the India ministry.

This trip involves some expenses that we don’t usually encounter. This is because we are holding 2 Conferences so we must fly from Coimbatore to Vishakapatnam. Also, because there are 2 Conferences, our expenses for the Conferences are doubled. In addition, new laws prohibit us from staying at the orphanages. If the Lord moves your heart to help financially, you may send financial gifts for the ministry in India to:
CGBCI Foreign Missions
P.O. Box 217
Grimes, IA 50111 Telephone: 515-986-9698

For more information about the ministry in India, go to: http://www.insightintoindia.wordpress.com

Thank you for your faithful prayers and gifts!

If you would like to download the bulletin insert version of this update,
please click on the link below.
March 2017 India Update Bulletin Insert

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Update on the Ministry in Myanmar : February 2017

Myanmar Mission Trip Results

Many thanks for your prayers as Pastors Ike Graham, Bryan Maley, and his son, Braiden, traveled to Myanmar to follow up on last year’s teaching time and to complete a strategy for planting churches in no-Gospel, no-church areas of Myanmar (formerly Burma). All of our objectives were accomplished.

 

The elders of the 11 Brethren churches in Chin State joyfully submitted to trine immersion as you can see from the picture below. You’ll need to be at Conference in Laurelville to see the “joyfully” when we show the video.baptism-feb

In addition to the 20 elders who were baptized, 3 women (Sunday school teachers) also were baptized by trine immersion. Pastor Maley braved the cold waters! On Sunday morning after the message, those who had been baptized participated in three-fold communion. This was also a great joy for all of us!

singing-feb

When the men were asked if they plan to go back and teach the churches and baptize them, they answered, “yes.” Before we left, we completed a written plan for planting churches among the tribal groups where there is no Gospel and where there are no churches. This plan has already been submitted to the Foreign Mission Panel and they will discuss it on Tuesday afternoon, March 21st. Pray that the Lord will continue to lead us and give us clear direction concerning the planting of churches in this country where God continues to open doors. Thank you for your prayers and your gifts.

 

You may send financial gifts for the ministry in India and Myanmar to:
CGBCI Foreign Missions
P.O. Box 217
Grimes, IA 50111          Telephone: 515-986-9698

 

For more information about the ministry in India, go to: http://www.insightintoindia.wordpress.com

 

If you would like to download the bulletin insert version of this update,
please click on the link below.
February 2017 Myanmar Update Bulletin Insert

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Update on the Ministry in Myanmar : January 2017

Myanmar Mission Trip

This Saturday, January 14, 2017, Pastors Ike Graham and Bryan Maley leave for Myanmar accompanied by Pastor Bryan’s son, Braiden. This trip from January 14-26 seeks to accomplish the following:

  • Put together a more detailed plan on how we can plant churches together in tribal locations where there is no Gospel witness and no local churches. Pray for this to become a reality. As you pray, pray that the government of Myanmar will open its doors to foreign missionaries.
  • We will also be teaching at Dai Bible College. Brother Naing Bu is President of the College. You may remember him and his wife, Pam, from Conference. We will be teaching on how to know God’s will for your life and where God wants you to serve. We will also be teaching on how to prepare for ministry. Pray for these teaching sessions.

naing-pam

  • Then, we will be traveling up into the mountains of Mindat for the annual Conference of the Brethren Churches. There, Pastor Ike will be teaching homiletics to the pastors. We will also be participating with them in Communion and having a baptismal service for those not yet baptized by trine immersion. Below is a picture from our trip last January.

january-update

  • Please also pray for good health, safe travel and, most importantly, for the Holy Spirit to accomplish His work in the heart of each listener.

 

You may send financial gifts for the ministry in India and Myanmar to:
CGBCI Foreign Missions
P.O. Box 217
Grimes, IA 50111 Telephone: 515-986-9698

For more information about the ministry in India, go to: http://www.insightintoindia.wordpress.com

If you would like to download the bulletin insert version of this update,
please click on the link below.
January 2017 Myanmar Update Bulletin Insert

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Update on the Ministries in India : December 2016

Monetary issues in India

You may have heard about India’s money issues recently in the news. Following is a report from Mission Network News (https://www.mnnonline.org/news/banned-rupees-wipe-life-savings/).

India (MNN) — December marks the end of a race in India — one that many will lose. John Sparks of India Partners spoke with us about the implications of an announcement made earlier this month.

“The Indian government, in an attempt to reduce the amount of ‘black money’ in the marketplace, has decided to demonetize the 500 and 1000 rupee note. They’ve given the people until the end of December to change their money at the bank.”

This means after December 31, any money left in these note amounts will disappear. Below are people standing outside banks waiting to withdraw their money.

december-2016

I asked Brother Paul how this is affecting the Brethren there in India and this is what he wrote to me: The demonetization of the 500 and 1000 rupee bills has created major problems in our country. The poor and middle level people suffer a lot by spending the time standing for money at ATMs and Banks to draw out their own money. We have also been affected but, thank God, we got money from the bank for buying dresses for the orphanage girls for Christmas and for other purposes. Our Finance Minister says that it will take another 6 months to become normal but we have to wait and see. We request your prayers for the normal situation and the people to be free from these issues.

Here are other prayer requests that I have received:

  • Pray for 4 men in the state of Punjab who have heard about our ministry and plan to attend the 2017 Conference to learn more about us.
  • Please continue to pray for the orphanage ministry as the government continues to create more stringent regulations for us. We need wisdom and the ability to meet their demands.
  • Pray for God to raise up elders in the church at Pondicherry who will continue the work after Brother Munisamy is gone.
  • Pray for Gilbert who will be taking more exams on January 22, 2017 in order to increase his skills in the medical field.
  • Pray for the team scheduled to go to India in May 2017: Pastor Ike Graham, his wife, Nancy; Grace Steiner, Abby Pearson and Johnathan Steiner. Pray especially for their health and travel.

You may send financial gifts for the ministry in India and Myanmar to:
CGBCI Foreign Missions
P.O. Box 217
Grimes, IA 50111 Telephone: 515-986-9698

For more information about the ministry in India, go to: http://www.insightintoindia.wordpress.com

If you would like to download the bulletin insert version of this update,
please click on the link below.
December 2016 India Update Bulletin Insert

 

 

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