CGBCI Foreign Mission Updates

Changes in the Konnect with the Kid Ministry

Some of the boys at Agape Home

For quite some time now, a number of you have contributed to
the care of the orphan boys and foster care boys in the Agape Home orphanage in Coimbatore and for the children in the Torbay House orphanage in Paruvakkudi south of Coimbatore. Growing needs and the potential loss of financial support from a large donor have brought us to the place where we need to make a change in the “Konnect with a Kid” program.

Beginning January 1, 2018, we are seeking to have 100 donors who will commit to giving $25 per month to the care and education of the boys at Agape Home and for the boys and girls at Torbay House. Some years ago, the Foreign Missions Panel of the CGBCI endorsed this ministry for 2 reasons. One was the avenue for contacts and evangelism that it provides in the communities where the homes are. Secondly, it provides for a Christian education of the children in these homes. Over the years, this has proven to be a fruitful ministry as parents and children have come to know the Lord through this ministry. Just a few years ago, you may remember, 3 teens from Agape Home were baptized.

If you are currently involved in giving to Konnect with a Kid, would you consider changing your giving to $25 per month? If you are not currently involved with Konnect, would you consider this opportunity and investment?  The monthly amount of $25 would begin for January 2018. If you would like to participate in this, you will receive a picture of the child whom you are helping and an address to write to him/her. To sign up for this program, please contact Grace Steiner by e-mail at konnectwiththekid@gmail.com or you could call her at 330-749-7156. If 100 people or units (families; 2-3 go together) commit, then we should be able to meet the monthly needs of the children.

Some of the children at Torbay House

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,
contact Pastor Ike Graham at ikeg327@gmail.com

 

If you want to receive the monthly updates about the ministry in India please email Pastor Ike.  For security reasons not all updates will be posted online.

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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 : 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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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.

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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

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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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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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