Konnect with the Kids Thank You Message

Thank You Message from the Rajans

Record by the 2015 India Team – May 2015

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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.

Joshua (3063)

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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Update on the Ministries in India and Myanmar : July 2016

 

Myanmar Ministry Endorsed

Naing & Pam

On June 30th, Brother Naing Bu and his wife, Pam, met with the Foreign Mission Panel of the CGBCI. A written plan was submitted for a joint partnership between the CGBCI and the churches of the Southern Chin Brethren Fellowship in Myanmar to plant churches among tribal people groups in the country of Myanmar. This written plan included a strong commitment on the part of the SCBF to adopt and embrace the CGBCI Statement of Faith as their own. Brother Naing Bu and his wife also agreed to be baptized by trine immersion even though he had already been baptized by trine immersion to demonstrate their understanding of this ordinance and to demonstrate their commitment. Moreover, it will provide a good example to the other Myanmar pastors.

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. Pray for these plans and for God’s good, acceptable and perfect will to be accomplished for His glory alone.

Rajan Family - August 2015

While we were at Conference in KY, Brother Paul sent his greetings to the Conference and also sent the following prayer requests:

  • For the Lord’s strength in the midst of growing opposition and persecution.
  • For the health of the church planters. Some have been experiencing health problems.
  • For the continued effective ministry of the Proclaimer units which read the New Testament in the language of the people.
  • For Gilbert’s continued experience as a medical doctor for the purpose of 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
Make sure to specify which country you want your funds to be directed too.

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.
July 2016 India/Myanmar Update Bulletin Insert

 

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Konnect with the Kids : 2016

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Hello,

We are getting ready to start signing people up for Konnect with the Kids ministry for this next year.  Just this morning I received the list of children, their pictures and am in the process of making up all the packets.  We will be having people sign up at conference.  I wanted to give those of you who signed up last year to have a chance to have the same child even if aren’t going to be at conference.  If you would like to be part of this ministry again this year please let me know so I can reserve the child you want.  I am not able to guarantee that “your” child is still at the orphanage, but I will reserve them for you if they are still there.

To see pictures of the current children click, here.

The suggested donation for the gifts is Christmas $20, Clothing $20, School Supplies and Uniform $35.   So the total for 3 gifts would be $75.

If you are interested in being involved again this year, please send an e-mail to OrrvilleGrace@gmail.com with the following information:

-Your first choice of children

-If your first choice is no longer at the orphanage would you still like to be involved?  If so, would you prefer a boy or girl.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

In Christ,
Joy Steiner
Konnect with the Kids Coordinator

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Update on the Ministries in India and Myanmar : June 2016

VBS in Tamil Nadu

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May is the end of the school year in Tamil Nadu. At both Agape Home and Torbay House, Vacation Bible School (VBS) was held for the children.

Brother Paul reports: The children were divided into three groups according to their ages. Each group had bible lessons, sang songs and did handicraft works. The children also participated in bible quizzing, skits etc. Thank all the donors and sponsors for the children’s ministry as it yields a great impact on the lives of the children and please continue to pray for them.

This is a blessing for the believers and the children in these locations as the government under Prime Minister Modi continues to allow great pressure on Christian ministries and persecution of Christians. More recent stringent regulations regarding orphanages have shut down many. In God’s gracious, providential working, both Agape Home and Torbay House have passed the government inspections and continue to operate.

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It is exciting to report to you that the Southern Chin Brethren Fellowship of churches in Myanmar have voted to join hands with the CGBCI for the purpose of church planting among tribal groups in Myanmar. Praise the Lord!

As I mentioned in last month’s update, pray for Naing Bu and his wife, Pam, as they plan to be at Conference and share with us this exciting news and give more details. You will have the opportunity to speak to them in person.

As always, we are very grateful for your prayers and financial gifts to the ministry in India. We pray that you may realize what Jesus said in Luke 16:9.

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 2016 India/Myanmar Update Bulletin Insert

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Update on the Ministry in India & Myanmar : May 2016

Prayer requests and Praises:

Pratap Sipka

  • Pray for Pratap Sipka in Golamunda, Odisha. He is suffering from malaria and has been suffering from it for over a month now. Above is a picture of our Brother and his family. He is the older brother of team leader, Peter.
  • Praise the Lord that the government inspections of Agape Home and Torbay house went well.
  • Pray for the new contacts in the mountain region of Sathyamangalam. Pray that more people will be saved and added to the church there.
  • Pray for the outreach to children in the mountain area and also in Odisha.
  • Pray for Simon and Gurucharan in Jharkhand.  They have requested more time to teach their people about trine immersion and threefold communion.
  • Pray for the team in Semala, Odisha as one of the team members, Pitbas Takri, has decided that he no longer wishes to be a part of that church planting team.
  • Pray for the plan to begin self-support status in January. Wisdom and timing is needed for every team member.
  • Pray also for the families and children of the church planters as they gear up to begin a new school year. This means need funds and strength to be a good Christian witness.

Naign Bu & Pam

On a different subject, pray for Naign Bu and his wife, Pam, as they are planning to attend Conference and report on the work in Myanmar. Pray that they can get their visas soon. The Southern Chin Brethren Fellowship is meeting on May 22nd to make a final decision as to whether they will officially join with the CGBCI for church planting
purposes in Myanmar.

As always, we are very grateful for your prayers and financial gifts to the ministry in India. We pray that you may realize what Jesus said in Luke 16:9.

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 2016 India/Myanmar Update Bulletin Insert

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Update on the Ministry in India : April 2016

Joseph Suriya - April 2016Prayer Requests:

This is a picture of Brother Joseph Suriya. He is the team leader ofthe church planting team in Umerkote, Odisha. He asks us to pray for the upcoming marriage ofteam mate Manoranjan. He also asks prayer for the believers as harassment and threats by Hindus would not stop God’s people from carrying out the Lord’s will for them.

 

In Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Brother PK Moses requests prayer for the prayer cell being held on the college campus. Some faculty and many students have been attending. Pray for him as he ministers especially to students trapped in drug us and alcoholism. He also has a Bible study which is being attended by 15-20 people. They are working their way through the Gospels and are about to finish the Gospel of Matthew.  They are praying that a church can be born from this Bible study.

 

Brother Munisamy in Pondicherry asks us to pray for their continued efforts in evangelism among the people of JJ Nagar. So far, it has yielded little fruit, but they continue to witness there. He also asks that God raise up leadership for the church as he grows older.

 

Brother Samuel Mani in Coimbatore requests prayer for the expansion of their ministry in the suburb of Palladum. He is one of the newest team members working with Alfred on the eastern side of Coimbatore (a city of one million people). In the following picture, you can see him receiving a gift from Brother Paul after he was trine immersed. He also asks us to pray for their Bible study outreach and evangelism efforts in nearby towns.

April 2016 Update
Because of volatility in his position at the College now, Brother Paul will not make it to Conference. He prayerfully plans to join us in 2018 for Conference when we are scheduled to go back to Kentucky and see the further development of the Ark Encounter.

 

As always, we are very grateful for your prayers and financial gifts to the ministry in India.  We pray that you may realize what Jesus said in Luke 16:9.

 

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 2016 India Update Bulletin Insert

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Update on the Ministry in India – March 2016

March 2016 (1)

Baptisms!

This is a picture of Brother Ruben. He, along with 2 women, were baptized by trine immersion on Sunday, March 5th. The ladies were Poongodi and Thangamani.  Ruben is one of the 3 leaders helping to plant a church in the mountain area of Sathyamangalam with Brothers Stephen and Velusamy.

Those who were baptized also participated in 3-fold communion that day with the other believers at Agape Home in Coimbatore. Afterwards, the church planters had a meeting during which they discussed:

  1. The printing of new tracts in Tamil and their distribution. They also discussed distributing other Gospel booklets and some small books.
  2. To divide the Conference of 2017 into one in Tamil Nadu and the other at Vishakapatnum for the believers in Odisha.
  3. For the church planters of Tamil Nadu to meet once a quarter for fellowship and to rotate the location.
  4. We will work on repairing buildings in Sathyamangalam and Pongalur for ministry and a place to worship.

Please pray for us in Coimbatore to find a suitable location to build a church building soon. The government will not allow a church to meet at Agape Home and neither will they allow anyone to stay there or for us to hold our Conferences there anymore.

Brother Paul was awarded a Ph.D. on March 3rd by Anna University in Chennai for Electrical Engineering. Rejoice with him in this milestone in his life. Lord willing, he will join us for Conference and to see the Ark this summer.

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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.
March 2016 India Update Bulletin Insert

 

 

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