June 28, 2016
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We have now reached mid-year. Where does the time go? May the Lord give us the grace to live each day fully to His glory (Ps. 118: 24). ,. The work in India is proceeding well, as a look at the figures on page 2 show. As a result of the hard work of our Team’s 25,000 native Indian preachers 1,811 souls are being baptized and added to the body of Christ every day. Your generous gifts make it possible for us to support 27 native Indian preachers full-time, as well as printing thousands of song books, and constructing needed church buildings, providing thousands of brethren a place of worship, training, and service. Thank you for being a partner in-preaching and teaching the Gospel of Christ to a lost and dying people.
Juanita has long suffered from a bad left-hip. She is scheduled for surgery to replace it on June 28th, about the time you receive this newsletter. (You may see our July Monthly Briefing [this communication feature is discussed further on] to learn of Juanita’s medical condition following her hip surgery.) Please keep her in your prayers that she will soon be up and about. We miss seeing you and look forward to when Juanita recovers so that we may again be able to visit all the brethren who support us in this great work of God. By the grace of God we hope to return to India in January 2017.
In the meantime, we ask that you continue to support the work as genérously as you can. On behalf of our poor brethren in India, we are most grateful for your kindness.
A MONTHLY BRIEFING FROM THE BULLARDS
We employ a variety of means to communicate with all who help us in this great Mission work. Those who contribute funds receive an immediate letter of appreciation. In addition to a genuine word of thanks this letter contains an update concerning the work, sometimes a mission anecdote, and a note indicating where we may need funds as soon as possible, for example, campaigns to win souls or printing of song books or construction needs, or benevolence requests.
Brother John Murphy, a member at Manassas Church of Christ, is our webmaster.
2016 MID-YEAR CAMPAIGN REPORT--AS OF JUNE 17
MEETINGS - 158,721
BAPTISMS - 306,009
NEW CONGREGATIONS BEGUN - 3,931
DENOMINATIONAL PREACHERS BAPTIZED - 1,683
AVG # MEETINGS PER DAY - 939.1
AVG # BAPTIZED PER DAY - 1,810.7
AVG # BAPTIZED PER MEETING - 1.92
Our thanks to Ron Clayton and his office staff in Hyderabad for their diligent efforts in obtaining our Team’s results. We thank God for the work that has been done, and for the salvation of these souls we give Him all the glory.
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED NOW
We normally experience a summer “slump in contributions. However, this year we really do need your regular support to continue. Please do your best to help us.
We need $10,000. 00 per month for the construction of a church building and new school of preaching at Bagdogra. We are improving the facilities of our school of preaching at Pamidipadu--$5,000 per month-- by adding a combination hall for dining and which may also be used as a large lecture classroom. These essential buildings will require $15,000.00 per month to construct from July through December 2016. Please contact me for any needed details.
We now have in print 25,000 copies of our hardback Telegu songbook. We need 5,000 more urgently. They cost $1.25 each. We need to give at least 3 songbooks to many congregations, which have no printed songbooks or have only “inexpensive” paperback books or Xerox copies of songs, as we can. We have also printed 500 copies (at a cost of $1.85 each) of brother Ed Wharton’s book, Church of Christ, translated BY K. Vandanam. There is an immediate need to print 1,000 more copies to be distributed in our Schools of Preaching, and to denominational preachers who will attend our campaigns for Christ. This book has proven itself in such classes to teach people of faith. ..denominational preachers more fully the Word of God.
Additional tools which are needed to support campaigns and local congregations include bicycles for preachers ($65.00 each); Bibles ($4.00 each) in the local- native Languages; and, plastic communion cups and communion trays made in India--a tray and 200 cups cost about $9.00.
Benevolence is always needed for diabetes, strokes/hospital care; glasses; and, tablets-medicine of various sorts. On average benevolence is given at $900.00 per month.
God has blessed us with a large, fruitful work for His glory. He provides for all needs through His people whom He blessés generously (Luke 12: 48). Thank you for praying about these matters and helping as you can.
The Great Commission is in our hands. Every member of the church desires to obey it. One means of doing this is to enable others to go. We also can multiply our efforts by supporting the India Mission.
The people of India possibly travel more than any other people. They are going to every country in the world. As the brethren travel they also take the Gospel...and often go to places where we are reluctant to visit such as the Middle East, Pacific Islands, African nations, and China. May God raise up “Priscilla and Acquila” among the India brethren. They will give meaning to the expression, “Pass the bread” because they know Jesus is the Bread of Life, and they will give Him to the hungry (John 6: 29-35, 40).
Jerris Bullard, India Missionary
“If my conversion was insane, blessed be insanity.”
--Nehemiah (Nilakantha) Goreh, 1825-1895
A Hindu--Brahman, Nehemiah was abused and persecuted for his baptism into Christ, socially ostracized, and declared “dead” by his family and friends at the age of 23.
RAYMOND DICKY, SR.