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:     Brother Jerris Bullard's book concerning "The History of the Church of Christ in India" is currently being revised and expanded.   It is to be hoped that it will be available by December  2019 or January 2020.  Currently it is not available, but  a list is being maintained by Jerris and will be made available to those who have requested it as soon as the book is revised.  Thank you for your patience and encouragement.

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The India Mission

Welcome

 

The work in India has produced over 2,000,000 baptisms, has built schools, clinics, and church buildings, preachers' training, publications and bibles, Lectures and Studies, Women's programs and Foster homes, even Gospel Films to be used in Conversion.

Jerris has been involved with the team that worked to produced all of this. Jerris first teamed up with Ron Clayton in 1987. The autonomous Team meets in Hydrabad to discuss shared goals. They discuss the statistics that are kept on the India Church of Christ and work on common goals.

Jerris has been a preacher, evangelist, and missionary for many years. Originally from Snyder, Texas Jerris N. Bullard graduated from Lubbock Christian University, Abilene Christian University, and Sunset School of Preaching. He has preached in Texas, Pennsylvania, and spent 11 years in Great Falls, Virginia. In 1985, he became a full-time missionary to India under the oversight of the Elders at the Manassas, Virginia Church of Christ. Jerris is married to Juanita, who is originally from Baltimore. They have both completed numerous mission journeys to India; by 2008 Jerris had made 51 and Juanita 20 mission trips to India.

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    Two million baptisms reveal India as 'greatest restoration movement of our time'

    These numbers are possible because India is a huge country with more than 1 billion people. Today one of every six people in the world lives in India

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    They come to the Kakinada School of Preaching from across India — including Bihar and Orissa states, where Christians routinely suffer persecution. Some bear the light skin and Asian features of Mainipur state in India’s far east. A few are from Myanmar, a nation in Southeast Asia where religious gatherings often are restricted or prohibited.

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  • India and the subcontinent

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    A profile of churches

    NEW DELHI, INDIA - The nimble rickshaw puller squeezes between street vendors on the narrow streets of India’s congested capital.
    Peering between the stands selling samosas and chai tea, two American church members glimpse a service at a Hindu temple. Worshipers, on their knees and covered in flowers, wait to get a blessing from the priestess.

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A trip to Chennai, in southeastern India, changed everything Dyron Daughrity knew about carpooling. The native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, saw five people decide to put on Christ in baptism after a Sunday service in early February. Many more wanted to accompany them to the water.

 

India and the subcontinent

profile

A profile of churches

NEW DELHI, INDIA - The nimble rickshaw puller squeezes between street vendors on the narrow streets of India’s congested capital.
Peering between the stands selling samosas and chai tea, two American church members glimpse a service at a Hindu temple. Worshipers, on their knees and covered in flowers, wait to get a blessing from the priestess.

 

Two million baptisms

Two million baptisms reveal India as 'greatest restoration movement of our time'

These numbers are possible because India is a huge country with more than 1 billion people. Today one of every six people in the world lives in India

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Report - July, 2012

India 39

Dear Brethren,

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord Jesus. We are grateful' for a, return of good health and praise God for hearing prayers from so many brethren in so many wide-spread places including those of India. As a result of God's favor to us we are pleased to inform you that we will be departing for India on August 7th• After missing our Summer Missions for the past two years we are excited to return this year to the land of famed Monsoons (3-5 months of seasonal rain which begins annually on June 1 "). Time is fast approaching and we need your help and your prayers.

 

Below I have reproduced two letters which are representative of those often received from our Indian brethren. Brother Narish's letter helps to answer a number of questions: Observe how long it took he and his wife to teach and then baptize her sister and his brother-in-law. Next note that Narish partially supports himself and provides employment for his wife as well through a business (a preschool) he has begun. His main goal is to preach the Gospel full-time. The letter from P. Mark observes local persecution and the cost of being a Christian in a Hindu society. In telephone calls I learned that the brethren from Kandlagunta are very poor farmers/laborers who have had little work over the past two---three years. They have tried to save funds to repair their 35 year old building, but benevolent needs for brethren and Hindu neighbors were pressing so their funds are exhausted. Unless we help repair the roof their church building the entire place will likely collapse. Let us pray with them that funds may be supplied for this need and God's glory.

Juanita and I need funds involving hundreds of Indian preachers to conduct at least four campaigns over the next six weeks. Funds are needed to purchase Bibles; print 12,000 song books (which will contain songs in five languages); 100 bicycles for preachers; benevolence for poor-destitute : brethren; completion of two church buildings; and funds to begin and operate a new one-year-long School of Preaching which will have eight students. The total of all this over the next six months will cost $75,000 U.S. dollars. Please be as generous as possible-souls are at stake-and, you and I are on the King's business. Thanks for being co-workers with us in what is, no doubt, the most productive mission field in all the world.

LETTERS FROM NARESH CHHETRI AND P. MARK, GOSPEL PREACHERS

Dear brother Jerris,

Greetings in the sweet name rof our Lord and savior Jesus Christ from Siliguri! Hope and pray everything is going well with you and sister Juanita. We are also doing fine here.

I am very glad to inform you about yet another decision made for Christ our Lord and they are none other than my brother-in­law and his wife, Anjay and Bandana. Both of them used to be very stubborn but ultimately they have humbled themselves by obeying our Lord in the waters of Baptism on Saturday (10th March 2012). We tried to catch them for six years. Praise the Lord! Please add them in your list as you remember others in your prayers.

Our new session for the pre-school began from Monday (12/03/2012) and it was quite memorable like previous years. The little ones cry at their best as they leave their parents for the first time in life though for few hours. By the grace of God we could get about 26 new students this year which is the 'largest number since the inception of the school, and all together we will be having about 55 students this year. We have hired two more teachers in our school so that I could be free most of the time for the Lord's ministry, but my wife remains busy directing the school most of the time. Please remember us as we try to build up this vital part of our ministry which I believe will prove very supporting in the Lord's works.

Brother Ashok also sends his greetings and regards. Please continue to pray for us. Looking forward to hearing from you. Yours in His service

Naresh Chhetri

 

Beloved Brother,

Greeting to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am doing fine and doing good work for the Lord and especially we are praying for you and sister heath and safe journeys.

Brother i hope you remember Kandlagunta village concerning which you said to me many times about you traveled (for night meetings) on Bullock cart-night time under the moon light. This is the same village. Their church building roof is fully broken due to many cyclones and heavy monsoon rains.

Now rains are coming again. These church members they don't have safe place to worship God. Yesterday all Church members came along with preacher (they came by 3 Autos) and requesting me about church roof I pray to God and i said to them God surely hear our prayer he will provide.

Brother this time I am requesting you and begging you please help me to help them. Up to now they shifted many houses and one government school for worship God. Now Government people also stop them from using government property which should be used only by Hindus, not Christians. I will take you to this place when you come to Pamidipadu. So please Iam requesting you and sister I know you have kind heart so please help.

Brother I am not making you trouble this my humble request so please consider it. I am praying for you please pray for me. Thank you

PMARK

 

The Lord continues to bless our work in India. The work is BIG. We give thanks, praise, and glory to the Lord for what He has done. The joy and honor of being His co-worker is beyond our vocabulary. During latest mission we completed eight major campaigns with literally hundreds of Indian brethren assisting us. The Lord blessed this work with 4,387 souls being baptized. It is a joy to see tremendous growth among the Indian brethren in all areas of their spiritual lives. We are encouraged to see native congregations fully supporting their own work and even reaching out and doing evangelistic work in neighboring areas. They are already supporting many of their own preachers (of course, it is on their local economic level). The brethren cannot construct major building, nor can they afford to do the mass campaigns which are our stock and trade, but they are assuming much of their benevolent load and desire to do more of their own work. You may view a thirteen minute overview of our 2012 Winter Mission by going to our web site: India.Manassaschurch.org (It is video only-no audio.) Thanks for enabling this good work to go forward for the glory of God.

GOD GIVES INCREASE

CAMPAIGN RESULTS: January 1, 2012-July 13, 2012

 MEETINGS

 BAPTISMS

 NEW cONGREGATIONS

DENOMINATIONAL PREACHERS

CONVERTED

 69,814

130,863

1,174

183

 To God we give all the glory. "I (paul) planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase (growth)." --1 Corinthians 3: 6

In Memory of those we have loved co-workers with us:

  • Sister Hoofnagle--Greysonville, Md.       
  • Leona Kelly--Proctorville, OH
  • Daniel Singh--Birpara, NIB India
  • Leigh Ann Kippany-Columbia.Maryland
  • Marvin Murphy--Manassas, VA
  • Dean Morgan-Amarillo, TX

Prayers are Requested for other co-workers-all suffering cancer.

  • Joe Wells--Greenway, AR  
  • Mary Dene Wages--Vancleave, MS
  • Susan Foy--Manassas, VA
  • Micah Sexson--San Antonio, TX

Note: Anyone of our dear friends who have been over looked is unintentional and regrettable -please forgive us.

 

Grace and Peace

Jerris N. Bullard, Missionary

P .S. Even when we are in the states your gifts are needed and wired monthly to India. For example, we wired $8,500 in May $8,500 in June, and July $9,500. The work goes on and we must not give Satan any reason to stop the momentum.

Please make your check payable to Church of Christ India Fund.

 

Report - April 2009

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Dear Brethren,

  Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we travel among our supporters these days we have become aware that many "new" brethren do not know us as well as we would hope. Therefore, in this newsletter we will try to briefly introduce our work to those who are newer to our acquaintance. This may also serve to re-acquaint some of our long time supporters with the basics of our work. Hopefully this will help to kindle or re-kindle your interest in the India mission work which, no doubt, is one of God's greatest acts to save people in the history of the church.
 

Report - June 2016


June 28, 2016
 
Dear Brethren,
 
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We have now reached mid-year. Where does the time go? May the Lord give us the grace to live each day fully to His glory (Ps. 118: 24). ,. The work in India is proceeding well, as a look at the figures on page 2 show. As a result of the hard work of our Team’s 25,000 native Indian preachers 1,811 souls are being baptized and added to the body of Christ every day. Your generous gifts make it possible for us to support 27 native Indian preachers full-time, as well as printing thousands of song books, and constructing needed church buildings, providing thousands of brethren a place of worship, training, and service. Thank you for being a partner in-preaching and teaching the Gospel of Christ to a lost and dying people.
 
Juanita has long suffered from a bad left-hip. She is scheduled for surgery to replace it on June 28th, about the time you receive this newsletter. (You may see our July Monthly Briefing [this communication feature is discussed further on] to learn of Juanita’s medical condition following her hip surgery.) Please keep her in your prayers that she will soon be up and about. We miss seeing you and look forward to when Juanita recovers so that we may again be able to visit all the brethren who support us in this great work of God. By the grace of God we hope to return to India in January 2017.
 
In the meantime, we ask that you continue to support the work as genérously as you can. On behalf of our poor brethren in India, we are most grateful for your kindness.
 

A MONTHLY BRIEFING FROM THE BULLARDS


We employ a variety of means to communicate with all who help us in this great Mission work. Those who contribute funds receive an immediate letter of appreciation. In addition to a genuine word of thanks this letter contains an update concerning the work, sometimes a mission anecdote, and a note indicating where we may need funds as soon as possible, for example, campaigns to win souls or printing of song books or construction needs, or benevolence requests.
 
We are also aware that many on our mailing list receive only a quarterly newsletter from us. Many desire to hear from us more frequently. In order to address this need we will begin, in July, a new feature. This will be a brief on-line update, available to anyone who wishes to read it. We maintain a webpage at india.manassaschurch.org. You may access our new “Monthly Briefing” there. We hope you will go to the site often. You may also write to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Brother John Murphy, a member at Manassas Church of Christ, is our webmaster.
 

2016 MID-YEAR CAMPAIGN REPORT--AS OF JUNE 17


MEETINGS - 158,721
BAPTISMS - 306,009
NEW CONGREGATIONS BEGUN - 3,931
DENOMINATIONAL PREACHERS BAPTIZED - 1,683
 
AVG # MEETINGS PER DAY - 939.1
AVG # BAPTIZED PER DAY - 1,810.7
AVG # BAPTIZED PER MEETING - 1.92
 
Our thanks to Ron Clayton and his office staff in Hyderabad for their diligent efforts in obtaining our Team’s results. We thank God for the work that has been done, and for the salvation of these souls we give Him all the glory.
 

YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED NOW

 
We normally experience a summer “slump in contributions. However, this year we really do need your regular support to continue. Please do your best to help us.
 
We need $10,000. 00 per month for the construction of a church building and new school of preaching at Bagdogra. We are improving the facilities of our school of preaching at Pamidipadu--$5,000 per month-- by adding a combination hall for dining and which may also be used as a large lecture classroom. These essential buildings will require $15,000.00 per month to construct from July through December 2016. Please contact me for any needed details.
 
We now have in print 25,000 copies of our hardback Telegu songbook. We need 5,000 more urgently. They cost $1.25 each. We need to give at least 3 songbooks to many congregations, which have no printed songbooks or have only “inexpensive” paperback books or Xerox copies of songs, as we can. We have also printed 500 copies (at a cost of $1.85 each) of brother Ed Wharton’s book, Church of Christ, translated BY K. Vandanam. There is an immediate need to print 1,000 more copies to be distributed in our Schools of Preaching, and to denominational preachers who will attend our campaigns for Christ. This book has proven itself in such classes to teach people of faith. ..denominational preachers more fully the Word of God.
 
Additional tools which are needed to support campaigns and local congregations include bicycles for preachers ($65.00 each); Bibles ($4.00 each) in the local- native Languages; and, plastic communion cups and communion trays made in India--a tray and 200 cups cost about $9.00.
 
Benevolence is always needed for diabetes, strokes/hospital care; glasses; and, tablets-medicine of various sorts. On average benevolence is given at $900.00 per month.
 
God has blessed us with a large, fruitful work for His glory. He provides for all needs through His people whom He blessés generously (Luke 12: 48). Thank you for praying about these matters and helping as you can.
 

CONCLUSION

 
The Great Commission is in our hands. Every member of the church desires to obey it. One means of doing this is to enable others to go. We also can multiply our efforts by supporting the India Mission.
 
The people of India possibly travel more than any other people. They are going to every country in the world. As the brethren travel they also take the Gospel...and often go to places where we are reluctant to visit such as the Middle East, Pacific Islands, African nations, and China. May God raise up “Priscilla and Acquila” among the India brethren. They will give meaning to the expression, “Pass the bread” because they know Jesus is the Bread of Life, and they will give Him to the hungry (John 6: 29-35, 40).
 
Graceand Peace
Jerris Bullard, India Missionary
 
“If my conversion was insane, blessed be insanity.”
--Nehemiah (Nilakantha) Goreh, 1825-1895
A Hindu--Brahman, Nehemiah was abused and persecuted for his baptism into Christ, socially ostracized, and declared “dead” by his family and friends at the age of 23.
 
IN MEMORY
 
RAYMOND DICKY, SR.
Washington, D.C.
 
PHIL HIGGINS,
Gainesville, Virginia

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