God has blessed us with another wonderful mission trip to India. How can we share in a short report what God has done with us though your gills and prayers (Roman 10: 14-l5)? The joy of seeing Hindu idolaters, Muslims, unbelievers, and peoples of faith coming to know the Lord Jesus and be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is almost inexpressible! Thanks for giving us another opportunity to take the Gospel to India-that far-off land of which most have only heard and dreamed about.
By the grace of God we were of good strength, and able to take advantage of numerous evangelistic and discipling opportunities. We worked in the West (Pune), East (Vijayawada), North (Bhophel), and South (Kumool), and many villages, towns and cities around these four major areas. The work is vast ... the crowds in attendance were large in number and eager in mind and heart to hear and receive the Word of God. In short, it was good to have been there and see God blessing the work through His Word and His people. The Indian brethren are simply a joy to be with ... the work is hard ... the weather was often very hot....sometimes frustrations were experienced but God was with us ... the brethren's desire to serve in any way possible made it all worthwhile. By the mission's end we were exhausted, but totally satisfied. God is so good!
As we travel among our supporters these days we have become aware that many "new" brethren do not know us as well as we would hope. Therefore, in this newsletter we will try to briefly introduce our work to those who are newer to our acquaintance. This may also serve to re-acquaint some of our long time supporters with the basics of our work. Hopefully, this will help to kindle or re-kindle your interest in the India mission work which, no doubt, is one of God's greatest acts to save people in the history of the church.
Our goal is to teach the Word to as many people as possible throughout all of India. In the past we also worked in Bangladesh and Nepal-the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus local civil unrest, has caused us to stop working in those places which have large Muslim populations. We have worked with the idea that the native people are best suited to evangelize their own countries. This means that Americans in the short-time we have to work in India likely cannot master their languages. Cultures or religions. Therefore, our team has established the "4-T" approach to the work. This may be informative: "Teach 'em ... Train 'em ... Trust 'em ... and. Tum 'em loose.". Our goal is to make the Indian brethren full partners with us in the work now-not in the distant future. 'ibis must be an Indian work today for it to ultimately succeed. They plan the work with us. teach in our preacher-training schools. and are, in fact, doing the bulk of the work. We give them their due credit. They labor for the Lord and His Glory.
EQUIPPING NATIVE INDIAN PREACHERS
The training of our native Indian preachers usually takes place in a school of preaching. Our schools range from one-day per week schools. to six week schools, to three month schools, to six month schools. one three year school. and three two year schools. All the schools require some funding-from bus fares to meals. to clothing and bedding for the students. to salaries for the teachers who arc also full-time preachers. This means that we need a few dollars for nearly any one-day school to as much as $600-$850 dollars per month for the longer more advanced schools with dormitory space for 15-35 students.
We send these trained men out to do their work-their ministries. We follow-up on all of our graduates as often as possible. The follow-up is often done by experienced native preachers since there are just too many men for us Americans to see personally. I began working with 45 native preachers who had been converted and trained by Brother J. C. Bailey and Charles Scott---both missionaries with whom I also worked. Today, we have a work force of over 23.000 native Gospel preachers. We give all the glory to God. He has done a mighty work in our day and age. Of these men, we (including 6 other full-time American team members who work with us, and who arc responsible for their own India mission work budgets) support less than 220 native preachers. Most get $50.00 per month, a few get $75.00 per month, and fewer still get $100.00 or more per month. Those who are supported are necessary to assist all of the American missionaries in doing our campaign work, in teaching at our schools of preaching, and in serving as our interpreters. Juanita and I support, through the work funds we raise, 25 full time native preachers.
A TEAM OF EIGHT AMERICANS
There are approximately 35-40 American preachers who are full-time in the Indian Mission Work. Of these Juanita and I work with a team of eight. Among those are Ron and Karen Clayton of Hamilton., Alabama. Ron and I founded our team in 1987 and have worked together in harmony all of these years. Our other full-time team members are: Robert Hall, Hen Renegar, Jerry Edwards and Kyle Clayton. Each man is separately responsible for raising his own funds including his own salary. We do not co-mingle funds. We are each responsible to our own Elderships.
We co-operate, but are independent and may work wherever and with whomever we choose. meaning, other faithful Americans and Indian brethren in the work. This is God's work. We are His co-workers. None of the Indian brethren belong to me or to any other American missionary or team of workers. All of us, Indians and Americans, arc God's people and brethren washed in the precious blood of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Juanita and I go to India each year during January through March and late July through mid-September. (Dates will vary due to circumstances at a given time.) When we are in the states we are busy most of the time fund-raising and reporting to brethren who support us in the India mission work.
I hope this brief explanation will be of help to you in understanding our mission work. We would be honored if we may be of service to you in the India Mission Work. If we may visit with you and/or your congregation to show you some slides or have a power point presentation of our work we would be pleased to do so. Of course. we seek your payers and financial help in carrying out this part of the Great Commission. and invite you to go with us on a short mission trip to India We can customize a trip to fit your talents. the time you have available, and the funds you may be able to contribute (or raise) to cover your journey and work with us.
YOUR REGULAR MONTHLY GIFTS ARE NEEDED
As noted above we need construction funds and support for schools of preaching, we also need funds for evangelism and benevolence. Benevolence includes numerous needs ranging from food for the starving in famine affected areas, rye glasses and surgeries to save sight for poor brethren who have no means to help themselves, and to providing the basic necessities for those who have lost their houses (usually thatched roof huts of the poor) due to Hoods resulting from hurricanes or monsoons which begin early in June and usually are finished in late October. The work has many other needs such as sewing machines for preacher's wives to help gain a little income from tailoring. There is a pressing need for communion trays with cups for the many new congregations. We need funds to print 15,000 song books ... the songs. In the Telegu language, have been mostly written by our Indian brethren ... the editing for our new 20 II edition is completed, and is ready for the press ... but is in need of funding at sixty-five cents per copy or $9.750.00 for the entire run.
Kum Ba Ya my Lord,
Someone's crying Lord, "Kum Ba Ya."
Come by here my Lord, Come by here.
Many in India and in other nations as well, are seeking the Lord. There is an excitement and reason for urgency to seize the moment. It is a time of salvation for thousands crying out to the Lord especially in India This is our time ... God is wanting to use us--you and me-all of us who name the name of Christ to reach the lost. Many now lost are turning to God. Let us be there for them. Juanita and I have answered the Lord's call and said, "Here am I; send me!" But as the Apostle Paul observed by divine inspiration: "How are they to hear without someone to proclaim Him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent 7 " (Romans 10: 14-15.)
The work is vast. There is so much to do. More than that, the work is waiting on us ... we do not have to seek it... it is crying out to be done. The workers are few and the funds are limited. However, even in this time of a great depression, our God can set a table in the desert (Psalm 78: 19)! May God bless you and prosper your way. Remember the poor widow who gave all she had ... remember the birds of the air who neither sow nor reap yet (god cares for them. He will also supply our needs. Of the baskets left over there will be funds to reach the lost, and to satisfy the needs of all the brethren. The needs are great and many are urgent. Will you please send a check today?
Grace and Peace
Jerris N. Bullard, Missionary
Thank you for your generosity. Your gifts will overflow in thanksgivings to God (2 Corinthians 9: 12). May I commend for your reading the two chapters concerning Paul's collection for the brethren-2 Corinthians 8 and 9. May his words bless you in this grace ... this mission among the Hindus.
20011 Campaign Results
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