The India Mission

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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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  • Update on the Work in N.E. India

    Update

    Northeast India Report

    During the India Missions Workshop held in Ft. Worth, Texas in April, team members Jerris & Juanita Bullard (who live in Manassas, Virginia) gave team members Ron Clayton, Robert Hall & Ben Renegar an update on the progress of the Lord’s work in Northeast India.  This is in the area of India that is called the “7 Sisters”. 

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  • 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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  • The Dharoor Experience

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    Every year for the past 85 years or so, the Methodists from Hyderabad and surrounding districts have conducted a huge camp meeting near Dharoor (a small village in Ranga Reddy District of Andhra Pradesh). This camp meeting is always in November, and is held in a big open field. It has grown from 10,000 in the inaugural year to about 10 lakhs today (1 lakh=100,000). [This is one million people in attendance.] I went this year to see what was going on. I will tell you why.

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  • How many church members in India?

    Counting

    Counting isn't easy

    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.

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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

 

How many church members in India?

Counting

Counting isn't easy

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.

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Report - April 24,2008

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Dear Brethren,

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. By the grace of God we have just completed another wonderful mission to India. God is so good! He provided for our every need and answered a host of prayers on our behalf. We are grateful. We are humbled when we reflect on all your prayers, gifts of money to do the work, and your love for us and those to whom we have been privileged to teach the Word of God. Daily we "troubled the waters" as God gave the increase.

 

Report - September 11,2007

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Dear Brethren,

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please rejoice with us in the news that Juanita is well! We learned this news from her surgeon last week. We thank the Lord for hearing the prayers of our wonderful brethren over the past five months on behalf of Juanita and myself. During this period of illness we were so impressed with all the kindness, patience, and understanding that was extended to us. We received so many cards, letters, e-mails, and telephone calls both from brethren in the states and in India. We can never adequately respond to all these wonderful acts of love except to say from the depths of our being, "Thanks." Juanita suffered a lot, but she is now feeling very well and is ready for the work.

 

Report - July 5, 2007

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Let's go...fulfill the Mission! Juanita and I are homesick for our India brethren. We plan to go "home" to Hyderabad leaving from Washington Dulles International Airport on July 26n at 8:00 A.M. Come go with us...you will touch more souls in two or three weeks than you may teach in several years of work in the states.

 

THANKS FOR MY HEARING AIDS

 

Following our return home from our Winter Mission the Manassas Elders surprised us with a presentation of your gifts to purchase much-needed hearing aids. They had requested the gifts while we were in India. Not only did many of our readers help with gifts, but a large number wrote very kind and complimentary letters which the Elders shared with us. The hearing aids work well. I am actually enjoying hearing so many common sounds which most of us take for granted. The hearing aids are especially helpful in crowds and classes in church building auditoriums. The balance of the funds after paying for the hearing aids will be added to the India Fund for evangelism purposes.

 

REGULAR-MONTHLY SUPPORT NEEDED

 

We are blessed by having loyal supporters who remember our work on a regular basis. In reality it is their work...at best we are co-laborers with them and with our Father in Heaven. We are grateful. However, we need to enlarge this wonderful, sacrificial group. The work is growing in a superlative manner...numbers-God gives the increase daily- and in faithfulness as may be seen in the rapidly increasing number of congregations with Elders.

 

Growth always comes with a cost whether we are speaking of our own family and the needs of growing children, or of a local congregation of the Lord's people who must add classrooms and auditorium space "to handle the crowds", or of the success of evangelizing in India. It is God's work and we praise Him for all He has done. At the same time God blesses all of us, prospering our ways, so that we may give back to the Lord in order that His work may go forward.

 

$20,000 IS NEEDED B Y JULY 26

 

Our India Mission Budget touches all the matters one might consider. In no particular order I think of the following: The purchase of Bibles in the local languages; bicycles for preachers; benevolence; construction of church buildings and schools of preaching (the locals must provide the land and pay for some of the construction costs themselves); support of key preachers-those who speak English and serve as interpreters; and, transportation and lodging for the Bullards. Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list. Hopefully, it serves to stimulate your thinking and consideration for the practical side of ministry in a foreign land. It costs a lot of money to do the BIG work that God has led us-and you- to do.

 

Your help is essential...please pray for these needs to be met, and then give as liberally (and regularly) as possible. "If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead" (James 2: 15-17).

 

THREE STORIES FROM OUR LAST MISSION

 

First, persecution by militant Hindus seems to be increasing. In Raipur, three denominational preachers were teaching the Bible and conducting a prayer meeting. They were suddenly assaulted by Hindus who broke their computers and confiscated their cell phones and money. The radicals beat various people in the audience. They shouted that the reason they had done this was, "These Americans are converting Hindus to Christianity."

In an unrelated matter another Hindu extremist was quoted in The Hindu (a national newspaper) as saying , "When one man is converted to Christianity a new enemy is created; and, when one woman is converted hundreds of enemies have been created."

 

Second, we had an exciting time with brother V. Yesu Rathnam, Suriapet, at the second annual Elder's Lectureship. This Lectureship was directed by Joe Evans from Arkansas. There were 81 Native Elders (and 64 wives of Elders) from 30 different congregations in attendance. (It was noteworthy to learn that 8 of those congregations fully support their local preacher, and 14 had either constructed or purchased their own buildings.) I spoke on the subject, "Why Do Shepherds Smell Like Sheep?" I suggested they smell like sheep because they are sheep... though chosen out of the flock to be Shepherds they will always be sheep.

 

Thirdly, the brethren in Siliguri, northeast India, about 500 miles above Calcutta, asked us to purchase a plot of land for a cemetery. Burial space is a genuine problem which our brethren face all over India somewhere everyday they are confronted with this need. I recalled a thought heard in some lecture in an unremembered place: "How a society treats its dead says much about its character." This thought and some Biblical passages concerning the care taken in burying the dead came to mind. Based on this I challenged the brethren to raise the needed funds to purchase the land and to pay for one-half the cost of the stone wall to border the property. They completed their fund raising over a period of one year.. .purchased the land, and I, then, raised one-half the funds for the property wall from interested brethren in the states. Most of us have never faced such a problem, but cemeteries are a very real need among our Indian brethren.

 

GOD GIVES THE INCREASE CAMPAIGN TOTALS-COMPARING 2006 AND 2007

 

CAMPAIGN RESULTS-2006

MONTHS

MEETINGS

BAPTISMS NEW

NEW CONGREGATIONS

DENOMINATIONAL PREACHERS BAPTIZED

JANUARY-DEC 2006 TOTAL

143,915

277,242

2,482

443

 

CAMPAIGN RESULTS-2007

JANUARY-JUNE 2007 TOTAL

79,915

153,951

644

61

 

 

TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY

OUR FULL-TIME MISSIONARY TEAM

Please keep each of us in prayer. The work is often difficult, stressful, and dangerous:

JERRIS AND JUANITA BULLARD

RON AND KAREN CLAYTON

KYLE CLAYTON

ROBERT HALL

BEN RENEGAR

 

K. P. Yohannan, President, of the Gospel for Asia, wrote in The Outlook, June 17, 2007:

 

Recent reports of persecution are clear indicators that preaching the gospel and following Christ are dangerous propositions for the people of India. Attacks on missionaries have become all too common, and now believers are increasingly coming under attack, too.

We must pray to God to bring about a heart change and give boldness to His people to love and proclaim the good news in the midst of persecution.

 

Ben is in India at this time. Robert plans to depart for India in a few days. The Bullards leave the USA on July 26. Ron and Karen leave for India about the second week of August. We all need your fervent prayers daily. Especially pray that we may find the lost souls and teach them the Gospel. That is our food and drink.

 

IN MEMORY...PSALMS 116:15

 

Nine Indian Preachers known to us died in January, February, and May. Among those who worked closely with us were:

P. Moses John and V. R. David

Sam James Polly Prosise

Cline Paden Bill VanWickler

Charlotte Perry Jess Willis

 

Let's go.... Fulfill the Mission

 

Your gift is needed and it will make a difference. An envelope is included for your convenience. We leave for India on July 26. By the grace of God and with your help we will have the funds to help our brethren and to reach the lost. Thanks.

 

Grace and Peace,

Jerris Bullard Missionary

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