2017 India Trip

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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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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