CGBCI Foreign Mission Updates

Update on the Ministry in India : May 2017

Upcoming Ministry Trip

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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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Update on the Ministry in India : March 2017

Upcoming Ministry Trip

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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!

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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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Update on the Ministries in India and Myanmar : November 2016

Escalating persecution in India

11/02/2016 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that four Christians, including an elderly couple and a pregnant woman, were brutally beaten by alleged Hindu radicals in the Bastar District of India’s Chhattisgarh State. Due to injuries sustained during the attack, a 60-year-old Christian man died.

The attack took place on October 8 in Kuther village, located in the Bastar District. According to local Christians contacted by ICC, individuals, suspected by locals to be Hindu radicals, broke into the home of Sularam Kashyap and his pregnant wife, Sudri, and severely beat the Christian couple along with Sularam’s elderly parents. As a result of the attack, all four Christians were hospitalized at the Government District Hospital of Jagdalpur.

While in the hospital, the Christian family was visited by an aid worker who attempted to record the family’s testimony on video. This reportedly upset police from the Lahundiguda Police Station, who ordered the Christian family to leave the hospital and return home on October 15. Due to the severity of his injuries and the lack of proper medical treatment, Sukru Kashyap, Sularam’s 60-year-old father, died at home on October 31.

According to local Christians, the family was attacked because they refused to denounce their Christian faith.  In June 2014, more than 50 villages in the Bastar District, including Kuther, passed resolutions effectively banning the practice of non-Hindu faiths, which the Chhattisgarh High Court later ruled to be unconstitutional. Since June 2014, Hindu radicals have assaulted, threatened, and organized social boycotts against Christians living in the Bastar District, using the debunked resolutions to justify their actions.

As a part of the social boycott against Christians in Kuther village, local Hindus blocked Sularam from burying his father in the village’s graveyard on October 31. On November 1, Sularam was able to bury his father in the village graveyard, but only after police intervention.

William Stark, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “The persecution of Christians in the Bastar District continues to shock the conscience. Assaults and threats have become almost commonplace over the past two years.  In many villages where social boycotts are taking place, Christians are not allowed to collect water from village wells, cultivate their fields, or engage in commerce. They are fined if they talk to a Hindu and are even barred from burying their dead. This siege-like persecution has one purpose: to drive out Christianity. It’s shocking that this situation has been allowed to continue, especially since Article 25 of India’s constitution provides full religious freedom to its citizens. Without enforcement, the right this article enshrines is simply words on paper.”

Please pray for our Brethren in India who face this kind of persecution. Pray for them to stand strong; to be bold in their witness and even to death to proclaim that Jesus is Lord. Thank you for praying and for supporting this ministry.

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.
November 2016 India/Myanmar Update Bulletin Insert

 

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Update on the Ministries in India and Myanmar : October 2016

Tamil Nadu Church Planters’ fellowship

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The church planters in the state of Tamil Nadu try to get together on a regular basis for updates, prayer, encouragement, and strategy regarding church planting.  Not everyone is in the picture above. From left to right are Brothers Samuel, Alfred, Stephen, Vellusamy and David.

Some have asked about the Bible study Brother Moses is holding at the campus. That Bible study is going well.  Currently, there are 12 men and women who attend.  Also, he has been meeting with 8 children and has contact with their parents. Pray for the salvation of souls and worship services coming out of this Bible study.

You may also remember a young man by the name of Vijaykumar. He came to know the Lord at Agape Home and was baptized in 2015. Then, he began helping the other boys at Agape Home and teaching them the Bible.  Believing that God is calling him into full-time service, Vijay is now attending a Bible College in the area. Pray for him that God will prepare him to be a part of the church planting team in India.

Recently, in the city of Coimbatore where Brother Paul Rajan and his family live, a Hindu leader was assassinated. As a result, Hindus demonstrated in the streets, damaged church buildings and mosques, and blamed the Christian community for his death. Though things have calmed down now, this underlines the potentially explosive climate in which our Brethren serve the Lord. Pray that they will be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves while they continue to reach out to unbelievers with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our next scheduled trip to India is in May 2017. Pastor Jeff Pennington (Galion, Ohio GBC), Pastor Ike Graham, Johnathan Steiner, Grace Steiner (Orrville, Ohio GBC) and Abby Pearson (Peru, IN GBC) are planning to make the trip and minister to our Brethren there. Pray for an effective ministry, the opportunity to hear first-hand how the work is going, and for safety and health.

Prior to the trip to India in May 2017, Pastor Ike and Pastor Bryan Maley (Alto, MI GBC) have been invited to return to Myanmar and teach the Bible. This trip is also designed to help the Brethren practice the ordinances of the CGBCI statement of faith which they have recently adopted as their own.

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.
October 2016 India/Myanmar Update Bulletin Insert

 

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Update on the Ministries in India and Myanmar : September 2016

A house church in Umerkote, Odisha

September 2016Persecution against Christians in India continues to rise. International Christian Concern reports: Christians in northern Telangana state are under assault as ultra-Hindu nationalists groups are unleashing a fresh dose of violence on the community. Groups like the RSS, VHP and Bajrangdal have attacked pastors and churches, leading to hospitalizations and widespread fear.  Meanwhile, the perpetrators continue to enjoy total impunity as they go unpunished for their crimes.

Our Brethren in Odisha also report that activist Hindus continue to harass, threaten them and disrupt worship and evangelism. In Umerkote, believers in the village of Adhikariguda are being harassed by Hindu people. They have targeted a sister and her family because she became a believer and have ostracized them from the community. In Golamunda, Peter asks us to pray for Dambo Samaj because he is the leader of the persecution they are facing in that area.

A note of praise is that the government has allowed the orphan ministry at Agape Home to continue. So far, all the government requirements have been met. Also, one of the boys, Christopher, has completed his vocational training in electrical engineering. He is now working for a Motor company about 6 miles from Agape Home.  However, he still lives at Agape Home and is now serving there as a volunteer to help the other boys.

One of the newest church plants up in the mountains outside Coimbatore (Sathyamanagalam) is seeing 15-20 attend worship on Sundays. Pray for the growth and spiritual stability of these believers and, of course, all believers to be grounded solidly in the faith in order to persevere under trials; including the persecution. Pray that they will bear a good testimony “knowing that they have a better possession and a lasting one…and not throw away their confidence which has a great reward…so that when they have done the will of God, they may receive what was promised” (Hebrews 10:34-36).

Our next scheduled visit to India is May 2017. Please pray for the formation of the team that is to go and for good preparation of the team in order that we might help to strengthen and encourage our Brethren there.

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.
September 
2016 India/Myanmar Update Bulletin Insert

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Update on the Ministries in India and Myanmar : August 2016

In the mountains of Sathyamanagalam

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In 2015, we met, for the first time, Brethren from the mountain areas outside of Coimbatore. Two of the elders of this group attended the Conference in Coimbatore that year and then decided to officially join CGBCIndia.

 

Last month on July 3rd, these Brethren observed threefold communion. Brother Stephen is leading this group and they have already reached into neighboring villages. Some in one village are participating in a Bible study there and the plan is to begin a church with those who come to Christ through the Bible study. Please pray for this outreach effort.

 

Brother Paul joined the Brethren in Sathymanagalam on July 3rd for their threefold communion service. He reports that more of the believers there have been baptized by trine immersion.

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As you may remember from last month’s update, the Foreign Mission Panel endorsed a written plan for a joint partnership between the CGBCI and the churches of the Southern Chin Brethren Fellowship in Myanmar. The purpose is to plant churches among tribal people groups in the country of Myanmar. The written plan also includes that pastors Ike Graham and Bryan Maley return to Myanmar in January to teach trine immersion and threefold communion while at the same time demonstrating to the pastors and churches how we carry out these commands by our Lord. We are in need of your prayers and finances for this trip and to accomplish these goals.

 

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.
August 2016 India/Myanmar Update Bulletin Insert

 

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Time to Update your Mission Board?

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by Joy Steiner

If your church is anything like ours, it is hard to keep our mission board updated.  Hopefully this blog post will help you get the India section of your board updated.

This year for conference I decided to print pictures from our church planters in India and  made them into packs that each church could take.  Quite a few churches took a pack and I wanted to give this opportunity to all the churches who weren’t able to have someone at conference.  If you would like to receive a pack of pictures, please comment below or send an email to OrrvilleGrace@gmail.com

I also made a prayer card that you can either print yourself using the link below or you can request some and I will mail them to you. (Or if you have someone coming to Camp Christigan next week I can bring them then.)

Thanks for your support of the work in India!
Joy

India Pictures and Prayer Cards

 

To download the PDF Version of the prayer card click on the link below:
PDF Version of 2016 India Prayer Card

The following churches picked up a pack of pictures at conference or had already received them previously:

Elkhart GBC
Mishawaka GBC
Peru GBC
Lakeland GBC
Flora GBC
Calvary GBC
Hastings GBC
Niles GBC
Cornerstone GBC
Newark GBC
Vandalia GBC
Melrose Gardens GBC
North Buffalo GBC
Listie GBC
Reading GBC
GBC of Telford

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