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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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    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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  • INDIAN SPICE

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    To everything there is a season” (Eccl 3:1-8). “A time to be born—a time to die,a time to  plant—a time to pluck what is planted,a time to gain—a time to lose…a time to keep silence—a  time to speak.”God made every thing beautiful in its TIME. A multi-national company in the USA works during the day & at night turns over its work to India. In this way the company is working around the clock. God gave 24 hours each day for everyone—& if you don’t do the important things while you have the time, you may live to regret it.

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  • Two million baptisms

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    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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  • Whom shall we send?

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    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.

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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.

 

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India Report- June 11, 2013

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Dear Brethren,

“You’re just a stiff-necked Pharisee.” (I guess that got your attention, didn’t it?) That is what one of our jovial elders jokingly said to me the first Sunday I was able to attend worship following my neck surgery--necessitated by chronic arthritis--fusion of vertebraes #s 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 back in the month of March. Though it has taken awhile to get going again, I am pleased to inform you that I am, by your prayers and the grace of God, well and about the work.

 

Concerning the work I actually missed very little time. The only restrictions I had to observe were to limit my lifting anything weighing more than five pounds, leaning my head backward, and preaching. “Preaching,” you may rightfully wonder at this. I did but not for long. You see neck surgery is done from the front side, that is an incision was made near my vocal chords and a host of instruments were inserted along with two titanium metal strips which were then attached to the affected vertebrae to “fuse--stiffen” them. (Hence, our brother’ s greeting to me -- I wish I could be so clever.) The “plates” which were attached to my vertebrae, plus the necessary pressure by the surgeon, pressing on my throat, and especially the vocal chords, caused severe trouble with swallowing and even speaking for a few minutes on the telephone. It can now be said that this is all behind me, and I am anxious to be fully engaged in the work once again.

However, before proceeding to the work report, I feel a compelling need to tell you about Juanita’s health. During the same time as my recovery was taking place Juanita had left eye cataract surgery. (She had the right eye done in 2010.) We fully expected this surgery to be uneventful, wrong! To begin with there was trouble with a medical assistant who over medicated Juanita’s eye. Then there was some equipment failure--the machine used to measure the lens necessary for a proper fit to the new implant. Following her surgery infection became a problem and continues to be. We have been told Juanita’s eye may not be completely well before the end of September. It is a serious problem and one for which we solicit your fervent prayers. The doctor has assured Juanita that she can also be about her work, and “not to be overly concerned” since in his experience this type problem is normally better in three months. This does not offer as much comfort as it normally would since the doctor expressed great surprise to see the problem develop in the first place and then to persist as much as it has.

I suppose that by now you are feeling our pain so much that you are in need of two big Tylenols. Thank you one and all who sent us cards of encouragement, wrote emails, and made telephone calls to us while we convalesced. You have also been so thoughtful to continue your regular contributions. Thank you for saving me from the anxiety of raising funds during this time of recovery by continuing your regular monthly gifts. Your trust and confidence in us is greatly appreciated by the Manassas Elders, the Indian brethren and Juanita and myself.

As we are in the habit of doing we have wired (under the supervision of the Manassas Elders, of course) about $9,900 dollars per month for the various works, necessary support for our Indian preachers, and campaigns for Christ going on in many places in India. The work is big. To God be all the glory.

2013 CAMPAIGN RESULTS

January 1, through June 8, 2013

GOSPEL MEETINGS

TOTAL BAPTIZED

NEW CONGREGATIONS

DENOMINATIONAL PREACHERS BAPTIZED

81,121

143,204

521

207

  • Average number of Gospel meetings per day 510
  • Average number baptized per meeting 1.8
  • Average number of baptisms per day 900.6

          And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. Acts. 2:47

BULLARD’S PLANS

”IF THE LORD WILLS”

JAMES 4: 13-15

We plan to begin visiting among brethren to report on our work and to seek their fmancial gifts to provide for the needs noted below. We hope to see brethren in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia during June and July. Then we will hope to report to congregations in North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama during September. October will see us in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Finally, during November we will call on supporters in Ohio, Indianapolis, Tennessee, and again in West Virginia. December will fmd us home where we will remain until we depart for India in January 20 14. This is roughly our plans (subject to sudden change) and, of course, our prayer is that God’s will be done.

PRESSING NEEDS FOR THE INDIA MISSION WORK

1. Campaign Funds. We are about soul-winning. The Gospel is free, but we have to pay the expenses for the “Piper.” Romans 10: 14-17 speaks eloquently on this matter.

Immediate need $10,000.00

2. Construction for the Bhopal School of Preaching. The building is one-half constructed. We need to complete a dormitory room for eight students, the kitchen and dining room, plus a guest room for visiting preachers who will stay in the building for a month at a time while they are teaching their selected course.

Immediate need $15,000.00

3. Student preacher support for six students at Kurnool School of Preaching, and eight students in our Bhopal School of Preaching at $45.00 per month per student. (Calculations: 14 students X 3 months X $45.00 per month.)

Immediate need $1,890.00

4. Printing of song books. There is an urgent need to print 5,000 song books. We have an excellent, well edited hymnal in the Telegu language. Fifteen thousand copies of our song book have been published over the past three years. The plates are ready and with the printer. This is a hard-back book and can be printed for ninety-cents ($0.90) per copy.

Immediate need $4,500.00

5. Benevolence. We have three sisters who are all preachers wives, and each is in urgent need of medical help. One needs brain surgery. Another requires oxygen for use at home without which she cannot live. The third is suffering crippling arthritis and will likely be paralyzed if costly medications for which the family has no means of paying, is not provided soon.

Immediate needs $3,000.00

6. Preachers and Teachers’ Support. We support only 25 native, Indian Preachers and Bible teachers in our Team’s schools of preaching. These are all long overdue for some support increase. None have received an increase in their support in 3-5 years. Most of our preachers receive between $75.00 and $100.00 per month.. .three receive $150.00 and one $200.00 per month. For those receiving below $150.00 per month we are proposing that they each need an additional $15.00 per month. (Calculations: 21 men X $15.00X3 months.)

Immediate quarterly need $945.00

7. India Mission Budget for 2014. It is time for us to begin accumulating funds for our Winter 2014 Mission to India. Our estimate for this major work covering the first three months of the year is $73,000.00. Our experience going back to 1978 shows it will take us six months to accumulate the needed funds. We must begin now--in July-- to accomplish the goal.

Monthly need $12,166.00

The above items are but a few of the concerns which are pressing. Please pray about these matters.. .those in need are our brethren.. . our spiritual family-in-Christ.

STEVE AND RENEE GAUDREAU

This wonderful couple, who are members at the Manassas Virginia Church of Christ, made their first mission to India with Juanita and myself this year. They were very well received by the Indian brethren. In fact, they are “naturals” for this work. It is their desire to do the work full-time, and it is also our prayer that they will be able to do so. They are both retired military, and are seeking support for their India mission work funds. In summary, the work funds pay for their Air fares, hotels, car rentals, and the expenses of the Indian brethren who work directly with the missionaries to conduct campaigns. The Gaudreaus need for their planned Winter 2014 Mission is $20,000. They are in need of contacts. If you are able to supply them with the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of individuals as well as congregations who may be able to help them this would be appreciated. They may be reached through me or by contacting the Elders at the Manassas Church of Christ office. Please see the address and telephone on this letterhead.

WE REMEMBER...

Susan Foy--Manassas, Virginia

Ethel Kent-Manassas. Virginia

Frank Mason--Manassas, Virginia

Lynne Petty--Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

Connie Ellenburg-- Winchester, Tennessee

Bobby Peyton--McEwen, Tennessee

.. .WELCOME HOME.

Thank you for your generous and loving support, prayers, and encouragement to us. Try to imagine the impact of your gift on the souls who will hear the Gospel because you cared. Your gift will be a blessing through all eternity.

Grace and Peace, Jerris N. Bullard Missionary

 

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 - October 30, 2007

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Dear Brethren,

Greetings in th precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be all the glory and honor both now and in the ages to come. Our Lord said, "If the Son of man is lifted up He will draw all men (all kinds of people) to Himself (John 12: 32). In India peoples of all tongues, colors, castes, rich and poor, educated and illiterate are being reached by evangelists who lift up the Christ. Missions, missions, missions.. .this is what we are all about. How welcome are the feet of those who bring good news to the lost (Romans 10: 15). The brethren of India greet you.

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