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”.
The people are much different in customs & physical features than the “typical” Indian. They are short in stature & have decidedly Oriental 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, & another American brother has built & is operating a children’s home near Imphal. There are a number of congregations & 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 & tribal groups in those areas. Some of these states have as many as 8 different official languages. Some of these states are predominately “Christian”. Nagaland is composed of almost 100% “Christian” 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, & 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, & they have taken their Jesus & 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 & obey the Word of God. Pray that this is the “chink in the armor” of Islam in that part of the world.