UPDATES AND PRAYER REQUESTS:
Very soon now, the Foreign Mission Panel will be making a decision regarding whether to continue endorsement of the ministry in India. This will take place on July 2nd. They will be reviewing the new written plan for the next 4 years (through 2019). This plan calls for an increase in the India ministry budget until 2017 and also a soliciting of funds for the self-support project.
Beginning in 2017, men who are leading established churches and are not planting churches will experience a 20% cut in financial support from the CGBCI. As Pastor Ike explained to the church planters in May, this is in accord with what God says in 1 Timothy 5:17; namely, that the local church should support their pastor. Like some of our pastors in the U.S., the men realize that they will need to be self-supporting or at least generate some income. This is why over the next 18 months, we are asking for your help to raise $18,000. This money would enable the men to develop other means of financial support beginning January 1, 2017. This is an attainable goal at $1,000 per month over the next 18 months. If you can help by contributing to this “Self-Support Project,” over and above your regular financial contributions to the ministry in India, then please mark your special gift, “Self-Support Project,” and mail it to the address below. We have already received $500 toward this project.
Please continue to pray for the church planters and the house churches that they are leading because of greater opposition and persecution. In the latest issue of TIME magazine, Prime Minister Modi of India was featured. He has allowed, and promoted by his inaction, the persecution of Christians and Muslims in India. The intensity and frequency of opposition and persecution continues to increase.
On the subject of finances, Pastor Steve Burns has made it known that we are behind in our giving goals for this quarter. Currently, we need $5,000 to meet our quarterly budget goal at the end of June. Please make this a matter of prayer and ask the Lord if He would have you to be a part of the solution. We are very thankful that more than enough money was made available for our trip to India in May. Those expenses were covered and we were under budget by $1100. That money has been placed back into India Trips and resources. Thank you for your prayers and gifts regarding the India team trip. Your prayers were very important for Pastor Ike Graham. He became very ill in India. However, the Lord strengthened him to complete the mission in spite of his illness.
Please send financial support to:
CGBCI Foreign Missions
P.O. Box 217
Grimes, IA 50111
For more information: www.insightintoindia.wordpress.com
If you would like to download the bulletin insert version of this update, please click on the link below.
June 2015 India Update Bulletin Insert