:     Brother Jerris Bullard's book concerning "The History of the Church of Christ in India" is currently being revised and expanded.   It is to be hoped that it will be available by December  2019 or January 2020.  Currently it is not available, but  a list is being maintained by Jerris and will be made available to those who have requested it as soon as the book is revised.  Thank you for your patience and encouragement.

Thank you for your patience.


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Dear Brethren,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Most readers have heard about Juanita's complicated gallbladder and abdominal surgery. This was followed by a lengthy, difficult, and often painful recovery. We apologize if this news has not reached you. Briefly, let me inform you that Juanita is now doing very well. It will take some time before she regains her full energy, but Juanita expects to be able to return to India as scheduled on August 8th.

Thank you for your prayers on our behalf. Please continue to pray for good news when on June 28th Juanita has, hopefully, her final round of medical tests. Those tests will help the doctors to know if she is medically well, fully fit to travel, and able to work at the pace required on the Mission Field. The Manassas Elders will ultimately be consulted and a decision concerning our Fall work will be made.

A note concerning our Elders is appropriate here. They have been everything we needed: patient, understanding, and kind. They have urged Juanita to take all the time she needs to fully recover. They have removed all the pressures that one would normally feel from employers at such a time as this. That has helped more than we can express in words. In short, they have shepherded and loved us. We are most grateful.

A second note of importance is to express our appreciation to you, our supporters, who have continued to send your gifts for the work. In both good and bad times you have stood by us. Your understanding has meant so much. Again, we are filled with gratitude.



January 1, 2006 Through June 13, 2006










Everyday 583 souls are baptized in India. We have over 15,000 evangelistic preachers leading the way. But it is God who gives the increase. To Him be all the praise and glory. These statistics are not just numbers. They are souls with names, just like yours, and those names, along with yours, are now written in the Lamb's Book of Life.


  • Current temperatures in New Delhi 108/88, Calcutta 105/88, and Bombay 90/81. The weather pattern in India appears to have changed. The monsoon should be in full force, but it is light in most areas and has not started in many other places.

  • Officials estimate more than 9,300 Maoist rebels operate in 13 of India's 28 states. Recent attacks have included kidnapping of civilians, raid on a train, thief of explosives and small arms, and killing of at least 25 people.

  • Work has begun on a new church building in Saranagar where Y. John Wilson preaches. Land for this work was purchased through the efforts of brother Randy Matheny and his supporters about twelve years ago. We need $12,500 to complete this building.

  • Two church buildings are under construction in the Northeast state of West Bengal: Garubusty and Garuchira. Funds for these two buildings have been pledged.

  • In Bidar a home costing $2,500 dollars for a 35 year old leper and her mother is under construction. The daughter has been baptized while her mother remains a Hindu but is being taught. Funds have been supplied through the supporters of the Bullards and that of Ron and Karen Clayton.

  • We have on hand $12,500 to construct anew church building in Kurnool. An

  • additional $12,500 is required to complete this building. Brother Isaac Prabahakar is the evangelist at this congregation.

  • We need to expand our church building in Bhophal. This means adding a second floor to the existing building. The cost will be $8,500. Vijay Dass is the evangelist.

  • A new school of preaching began the first of this month with 9 students (expected to expand to 15) in Birpara. The monthly cost of operation is $500 dollars per month. Our school at Imphal has 15 students. It costs $700 per month. Funds for both school's daily operation are needed.




As a husband and father of two young children, as well as being very involved in my local congregation, the last thing I wanted to hear was that I had to put all my responsibilities and activities on hold in order to travel for business to Bangalore, India for eight days. The distance and 10 hour time zone shift would certainly upset my world. Of course, I had no idea how God would change my life with this trip.


God has a wonderful way of providentially using even the most personally inconvenient situations for His glory. God had arranged for Jerris Bullard, who has been doing mission work in India since 1978, to visit my home congregation to report on the work in India during the very week my company informed me I would be going to India. After the presentation, Jerris and I talked about Indian culture and the challenges of traveling in this part of the world. As we talked, we agreed that he would arrange for me to meet with one of the Indian preachers in Bangalore to give me a taste of the work going on there. So, with confidence that God's providence was at work, I boarded a 20-hour flight from Cincinnati to Paris to Bangalore on March 10, 2006. God was about to teach me a couple of important lessons.


Lesson 1: We Have Brethren in Places We Could Never Imagine.

Upon arriving in India and getting a few precious hours of sleep, Jai Paul, a full time Indian evangelist, met me in my hotel lobby to escort me to a Sunday morning worship service conducted in a poor neighborhood of Bangalore. We found a group of 75 Christians sitting on a bare concrete floor in a small room eagerly waiting to worship God. They did not dress like other Christians I had worshiped with. I couldn't even understand their words without Jai Paul interpreting for me. Yet as soon as I heard their singing I knew I was with Christian family and thought of the wonderful spectacle of all God's saints from all time and all nations singing around His throne. At the appropriate time, I shared a simple message with them and noticed that everyone, even the children, listened with rapt attention. While worshiping with these brethren, I was struck by the thought that my narrow view of God's work in my little corner of creation was pitifully small and must expand to include the white fields of India.


Lesson 2: The Gospel Can't be Contained.

Later in the week, we attended an evangelistic meeting in another poor neighborhood where local, native evangelists had been teaching their neighbors and loved ones. The local evangelists had worked all week to bring a crowd of 50 Hindus and denominational believers together to hear the good news of Christ. Using P.J. another Indian evangelist, as an interpreter, I talked with them about a God that loved them enough to send His one Son to be the sacrifice to redeem them in order to add them to His one church. Seven souls, who had been formerly taught by our native evangelists, were motivated to be baptized for the forgiveness of their sins. These babes in Christ are likely to suffer physical, social, and economic persecution at the hands of their countrymen, yet less than 1 in 10 turns back to their idols. I was humbled by the power of the Word to capture hearts despite all the obstacles Satan places in the way. These seven souls are just a minute part of the great harvest that God is reaping in India. God adds over 200,000 souls to His kingdom every year in India. The world is still being turned upside down by the Gospel!

I left India having contributed a few hours of teaching and encouragement to the brethren there and having gained seven new brothers and sisters in the Lord. I brought home a completely new perspective on my place in Christ's church. I learned that it was only my shortsightedness and lack of faith that limited God's ability to use me in great ways.

My word will not return to me empty,

But will accomplish what I desire

And achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:11

The Gospel still turns the world upside down, one teacher and one sinner at a time. None of Satan's schemes can contain it. In Bangalore and Cincinnati or wherever you find yourself the fields are still white unto harvest.

The work of the Christian is to spread the seed of the Gospel wherever God places him. It is a tremendous blessing from the Lord to be allowed to serve in this eternally important mission. The next time your job sends you away from home, consider allowing God to use the trip to spread the life-giving news of Jesus and to open your eyes to see the fields ready for harvest. You will certainly come away from the experience with a greater appreciation for the privilege of serving in Christ's church.


  • Hubert and Thelma Flynt

  • Hellen Snell

  • Charles and Gloria Craine

  • Larry Collins

  • Larry McCollum

  • Bernie Lack

  • Shirley Bright

  • Harry Dilks

  • Tom McFee

  • Bill Roach

  • Eva Nickells

And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write, 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!' "Yes, " says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!" Revelation 14: 13


We must plan as though we will be returning to India on August 8th. Whether we go, or whether we remain in the states until January (our Winter Campaign) we must fund the native Indian brethren to do the currently planned Summer Campaign and follow-up work. There are monthly recurring expenses such as support for preachers and the continuous operations of two schools of preaching. We must purchase bicycles for preachers, Bibles in the local languages, and print songbooks to give to poor brethren who have none at all. There is the need to help supply communion cups and trays which can be purchased in India. We must also order our Airline tickets, always a major part of the expenses. The work in India requires travel expenses for both the native workers and us: rental cars, taxis, and trains. There are also lodging and benevolent issues to plan for.

Overall the level of work we do requires $816.00 per day. That is $40,000 for seven weeks of work. This amount covers all costs. We have on hand $20,000 for this Campaign. Your help is urgently needed, and will be greatly appreciated.

In the unlikely event that we are not able to return to India we ask your permission to use your gift for the ongoing activities which we would normally fund and to apply some portion of your gift to one or more of the construction projects mentioned in this newsletter. If you designate how we are to use your funds you may be assured that is exactly how it will be used.

Please send your gift as soon as possible. Our treasury is only half-full, and we face urgent requests for the present ongoing work in India. An envelope is included for your convenience. Thanks for your prayers and your generosity. "He who is kind (and gives to the poor) lends to the Lord and He will repay him for his deed"(Proverbs 19: 17).

Grace and Peace,

Jerris Bullard, Missionary


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