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Those who have awaited the final relase of Jerris Bullard's ouline on "The History of Christianity in India" from his lecture on that subject need to be aware of a Delay in Publication of this document.  It will be made available in a month so look for it around July 15,2017.

Thank you for your patience.

 

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

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

 

Whom shall we send?

Whom shall we send

KAKINADA, INDIA - India’s missionaries train here.

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.

 

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 - 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
 

Report - Fall 2016

September 26, 2016

 

Dear Brethren,

Greetings in the precious name of the Lord Jesus Christ.   We are partners in likely the greatest evangelistic mission that history has experienced.    God is doing a mighty work in our own time and with you and us as His co-workers.    We have experienced nearly one-half of a million souls baptized this year.  We are praying that by year's end we will have seen one million baptisms in 2016.   

Juanita and I have had several health issues this year.  We thank you for your patience with us as the Lord has rebuilt our health.  Juanita is completing her therapy to learn how to walk again following her left hip replacement.  Her recovery from this surgery has taken much longer than we had anticipated.  Your prayers, cards,  and other forms of encouragement have meant so much to us.  God has been gracious and we are both able to be doing the work again.  Of course, much has been done in the interval and we feel that we have accomplished most of our goals for the mission work which we had planned with the Indian brethren  while we were with them during January through February.  The Indian brethren have been very wonderful in communicating with us by telephone and Email in order to accomplish all the work we asked them to do.     

We are planning to visit as many brethren as we can during October, November, and the first half of December. Those supporters whom we cannot personally visit during this time will receive a CD which will provide much of the same information as we would share with the congregation in a personal visit.  The Lord willing we will return to India on January 12, 2017.  Following our return home sometime in March, we will do our best to visit those supporters whom we have not been able to see in 2016.   We really want to do this.  We miss the person relationship with each of you. 

 

BUILDING THE KINGDOM...ONE SOUL AT A TIMe

MEETINGS 

  BAPTISMS  

NEW CONGREGATIONS

 DENOMINATIONAL  PREACHERS

CONVERTED    

242,192

 467,593  

6,015 

 2,481

                                                          

  • Above Statistics are for January 1--August 19, 2016.
  • Average meetings per day 1,044
  • Average baptisms per day 2,015  souls.
  • Average baptized per meeting 1.93 souls.

(Our thanks to Ron Clayton and his office staff in Hyderabad for the above campaign report.)   

 

TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY

1 CORINTHIANS 3: 6...GOD GIVES THE INCREASE

Please be in prayer for our Indian brethren and for their nation which has experienced  severe flooding as a result of monsoon rains.   Many  brethren have lost all of their personal effects:  clothing,  cooking utensils,  television sets, books, and bedding.   In some homes water has been as high as six feet.  (This is very similar to the floods in Louisiana.)  There is a shortage of food and medical supplies including their daily tablets.  There  are large scale outbreaks of malaria and denque fever (denque is carried by the same Egypti Mosquito that causes zika).  We need to supply funds for benevolence.   We  have several brethren who wish to provide medical camps for their affected neighbors and church members, but they have no funds with which to purchase needed medical supplies and medicines.  Please be as generous as possible and help us with this need.

 

YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED

We do not maintain a large back-up of capital.  Every month we send your gifts directly to our bank account in India where it is immediately dispersed to the most pressing needs.  On average we send $18,000.00 dollars per month to our Indian brethren.  This is for every conceivable expense that one may think of for operating a large mission work.  As an example consider these urgent needs, and as the Indian brethren say, "pray...and then do the needful."

1.  Completion of construction of two buildings in Bagdogra (China border area)--   $30,000.00 dollars.

2.  Printing of 10,000 song books in the Telegu language at $1.25 per hardback copy.  $12,500.00 dollars. 

3. Benevolence for flood victims; eye glasses, numerous serious medical problems,  food and clothing.  $12,000.00 dollars. 

LOOKING AHEAD: 

Evangelism-- winter Campaign 2017--beginning January 12, 2017:  Airfares for the Bullards--$8,000.00 dollars. 

Eight major 2017 campaigns involving hundreds of Indian preachers--daily support, travel, meals, hotels, Bibles for distribution, and bicycles for preachers.  $18,000.00 dollars.

The needs are great and urgent.  Please help as soon as possible.  Thanks...your gift is appreciated, needed, and we do not take your sacrifice for granted.                           

CONCLUDING  APPEAL:

I am reminded of a note received from Hollye Clardy.  In the note,  Hollye  wrote, "I am praying for the Billions of lost souls."      Is it too much for us to pray that one million souls may be baptized in India this year?  May we all have the faith of sister Clardy.

The gospel is free, but we must pay the "piper".  Please pray and give as generously as possible...souls are at stake.   We are on the Master's  business!

"Give Me Souls Or I Die."--"Praying"   John Hyde

Grace and Peace,

Jerris Bullard, Missionary

 

ANNIVERSARY MILESTONE

 

 Joe and Rosemary Capshaw-60TH--Boerne Texas

 

IN MEMORY

Bobby Redd--Lake  City, Ga.                                               Jerry Wilson --Manassas, VA

 

PSALMS 116: 15.....REVELATION 14: 13

 

Report - August, 2010

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Dear Brethren,

"I'm back in the saddle again...out where a friend is a friend.” What a great song by Gene Autry. Following a long year of sickness, those wonderful lyrics, by the singing cowboy, are the music of our hearts. By the grace of God Juanita and I are fully back! She is cancer free, and arthritis surgery has greatly relieved much of the pain in my right hand. Thanks to so many of our readers who have supported us by means of prayers, cards, and emails.

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