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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 : 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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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

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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 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 : 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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