Missionary to India under the oversight of Manassas church of Christ, Virginia, USA.
Come Over And Help Us...UPDATE ON THE WORK IN N.E. INDIA
Written by Ben Renegar & Ron Clayton Monday, June 30, 2008
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". The people are much different in customs & physical features than the "typical" Indian. They are short in stature and have decidedly Orienteal characteristics. They resemble chinese or Burmese.
Jerris & Juanita invited us to make plans to visit & work with the brethren in the areas of Manipur & West Bengal states where they have been working. Jerris has built a school of preaching in Imphal, and another American brother has built and is operating a children's home near Imphal.There are a number of congregations and dedicated preachers anxious to get to know the other American members of this team. Jerris has been working in India over 30 years and has helped the work in these areas a great deal.
This area of India is probably the most neglected part of the Lord's work in India. Travel to get to that part of India is difficult. Northeast India is very mountainous. There are some areas of that part of the country that have no way to get to except on foot. Added to this is the isolation of the many ethnic and tribal groups in those areas. Some of these states have as many as 8 different official languages. Some of these states are predominately "Christians". Nagaland and Mizoram are composed of almost 100% "Christians" people-those who claim to be believers in Jesus Christ.
To our knowledge, this school (Imphal School of Preaching) is the only Bible training school among our brethren in that part of India. It is badly needed. It is serving a great purpose, and we need to pray for its success for the good it can do in the work of the Lord in that part of India. And something else: those trained in this school will help spread the Gospel to Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh, Nepal & Bhutan. India truly is the hope of democracy in that part of the world. More importantly, it is the hope for the spread of the Gospel to all of Asia. Do not take this thought lightly-Indian brethren have either started or have helped to start the work in all of the countries listed, as well as Pakistan & Sri Lanka.
And they are going to other places. Some preachers have gone to the Persian Gulf states-they have taken jobs, and they have taken their Jesus and their Bibles with them. They are teaching others who are willing to listen. Congregations have been planted in Kuwait & Dubai. There is an excellent chance of this work to lead to other places in the Middle East to hear and obey the Word of God. Pray that this is the "chink in the armor" of Islam in that part of the world.
About the Work:
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.
Jerris personally works to raise his own funds each year to do his part of the work. But the work is much larger than most imagine. Although Jerris began this work over 20 years ago, his partner Juanita, only began her work in the year 1999. She is now able to teach the women, a thing that was not done enough in the past because of the native traditions. Jerris is supported by individual Christians within the Church of Christ.
His work is always ongoing, and always growing. Just as thing cost more here, they are beginning to cost a lot more in India as well. In a year the cost of printing bibles has gone up 80%, and a plane flight from $1,500 to $1,850, and we can expect that to increase quickly in the near future.
Please take a moment to look over the information provided on the site of Manassas Church of Christ, (www.manassachurch.org) and see how your donation will help, and the ways that you can contribute in monetary as well as voluntary ways .