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Those who have awaited the final relase of Jerris Bullard's ouline on "The History of Christianity in India" from his lecture on that subject need to be aware of a Delay in Publication of this document.  It will be made available in a month so look for it around July 15,2017.

Thank you for your patience.

 

The India Mission

Welcome

 

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.

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INDIAN SPICE

Indiaspice350

To everything there is a season” (Eccl 3:1-8). “A time to be born—a time to die,a time to  plant—a time to pluck what is planted,a time to gain—a time to lose…a time to keep silence—a  time to speak.”God made every thing beautiful in its TIME. A multi-national company in the USA works during the day & at night turns over its work to India. In this way the company is working around the clock. God gave 24 hours each day for everyone—& if you don’t do the important things while you have the time, you may live to regret it.

 

Two million baptisms

Two million baptisms reveal India as 'greatest restoration movement of our time'

These numbers are possible because India is a huge country with more than 1 billion people. Today one of every six people in the world lives in India

 

Update on the Work in N.E. India

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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”. 

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Report - December 20, 2006

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Dear Brethren,

God has heard your prayers! By His grace Juanita and I are enjoying good health, maybe not 100 per cent, but well enough to be about the work. We plan to return to India on January 15, 2007. Our tickets have been purchased. We are packing bags, and are ready to go (Matthew 28: 18-20).

 

Report - April, 2011

IMG 2439God 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.

"4-T" EVANGELISM

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,

KumBa Ya.

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

 

P.S.

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

 

MEETINGS  25
BAPTISMS 815
NEW CONGREGATIONS 48
DENOMINATIONAL PREACHERS CONVERTED 3
 

Report - July, 2012

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Dear Brethren,

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord Jesus. We are grateful' for a, return of good health and praise God for hearing prayers from so many brethren in so many wide-spread places including those of India. As a result of God's favor to us we are pleased to inform you that we will be departing for India on August 7th• After missing our Summer Missions for the past two years we are excited to return this year to the land of famed Monsoons (3-5 months of seasonal rain which begins annually on June 1 "). Time is fast approaching and we need your help and your prayers.

 

Below I have reproduced two letters which are representative of those often received from our Indian brethren. Brother Narish's letter helps to answer a number of questions: Observe how long it took he and his wife to teach and then baptize her sister and his brother-in-law. Next note that Narish partially supports himself and provides employment for his wife as well through a business (a preschool) he has begun. His main goal is to preach the Gospel full-time. The letter from P. Mark observes local persecution and the cost of being a Christian in a Hindu society. In telephone calls I learned that the brethren from Kandlagunta are very poor farmers/laborers who have had little work over the past two---three years. They have tried to save funds to repair their 35 year old building, but benevolent needs for brethren and Hindu neighbors were pressing so their funds are exhausted. Unless we help repair the roof their church building the entire place will likely collapse. Let us pray with them that funds may be supplied for this need and God's glory.

Juanita and I need funds involving hundreds of Indian preachers to conduct at least four campaigns over the next six weeks. Funds are needed to purchase Bibles; print 12,000 song books (which will contain songs in five languages); 100 bicycles for preachers; benevolence for poor-destitute : brethren; completion of two church buildings; and funds to begin and operate a new one-year-long School of Preaching which will have eight students. The total of all this over the next six months will cost $75,000 U.S. dollars. Please be as generous as possible-souls are at stake-and, you and I are on the King's business. Thanks for being co-workers with us in what is, no doubt, the most productive mission field in all the world.

LETTERS FROM NARESH CHHETRI AND P. MARK, GOSPEL PREACHERS

Dear brother Jerris,

Greetings in the sweet name rof our Lord and savior Jesus Christ from Siliguri! Hope and pray everything is going well with you and sister Juanita. We are also doing fine here.

I am very glad to inform you about yet another decision made for Christ our Lord and they are none other than my brother-in­law and his wife, Anjay and Bandana. Both of them used to be very stubborn but ultimately they have humbled themselves by obeying our Lord in the waters of Baptism on Saturday (10th March 2012). We tried to catch them for six years. Praise the Lord! Please add them in your list as you remember others in your prayers.

Our new session for the pre-school began from Monday (12/03/2012) and it was quite memorable like previous years. The little ones cry at their best as they leave their parents for the first time in life though for few hours. By the grace of God we could get about 26 new students this year which is the 'largest number since the inception of the school, and all together we will be having about 55 students this year. We have hired two more teachers in our school so that I could be free most of the time for the Lord's ministry, but my wife remains busy directing the school most of the time. Please remember us as we try to build up this vital part of our ministry which I believe will prove very supporting in the Lord's works.

Brother Ashok also sends his greetings and regards. Please continue to pray for us. Looking forward to hearing from you. Yours in His service

Naresh Chhetri

 

Beloved Brother,

Greeting to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am doing fine and doing good work for the Lord and especially we are praying for you and sister heath and safe journeys.

Brother i hope you remember Kandlagunta village concerning which you said to me many times about you traveled (for night meetings) on Bullock cart-night time under the moon light. This is the same village. Their church building roof is fully broken due to many cyclones and heavy monsoon rains.

Now rains are coming again. These church members they don't have safe place to worship God. Yesterday all Church members came along with preacher (they came by 3 Autos) and requesting me about church roof I pray to God and i said to them God surely hear our prayer he will provide.

Brother this time I am requesting you and begging you please help me to help them. Up to now they shifted many houses and one government school for worship God. Now Government people also stop them from using government property which should be used only by Hindus, not Christians. I will take you to this place when you come to Pamidipadu. So please Iam requesting you and sister I know you have kind heart so please help.

Brother I am not making you trouble this my humble request so please consider it. I am praying for you please pray for me. Thank you

PMARK

 

The Lord continues to bless our work in India. The work is BIG. We give thanks, praise, and glory to the Lord for what He has done. The joy and honor of being His co-worker is beyond our vocabulary. During latest mission we completed eight major campaigns with literally hundreds of Indian brethren assisting us. The Lord blessed this work with 4,387 souls being baptized. It is a joy to see tremendous growth among the Indian brethren in all areas of their spiritual lives. We are encouraged to see native congregations fully supporting their own work and even reaching out and doing evangelistic work in neighboring areas. They are already supporting many of their own preachers (of course, it is on their local economic level). The brethren cannot construct major building, nor can they afford to do the mass campaigns which are our stock and trade, but they are assuming much of their benevolent load and desire to do more of their own work. You may view a thirteen minute overview of our 2012 Winter Mission by going to our web site: India.Manassaschurch.org (It is video only-no audio.) Thanks for enabling this good work to go forward for the glory of God.

GOD GIVES INCREASE

CAMPAIGN RESULTS: January 1, 2012-July 13, 2012

 MEETINGS

 BAPTISMS

 NEW cONGREGATIONS

DENOMINATIONAL PREACHERS

CONVERTED

 69,814

130,863

1,174

183

 To God we give all the glory. "I (paul) planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase (growth)." --1 Corinthians 3: 6

In Memory of those we have loved co-workers with us:

  • Sister Hoofnagle--Greysonville, Md.       
  • Leona Kelly--Proctorville, OH
  • Daniel Singh--Birpara, NIB India
  • Leigh Ann Kippany-Columbia.Maryland
  • Marvin Murphy--Manassas, VA
  • Dean Morgan-Amarillo, TX

Prayers are Requested for other co-workers-all suffering cancer.

  • Joe Wells--Greenway, AR  
  • Mary Dene Wages--Vancleave, MS
  • Susan Foy--Manassas, VA
  • Micah Sexson--San Antonio, TX

Note: Anyone of our dear friends who have been over looked is unintentional and regrettable -please forgive us.

 

Grace and Peace

Jerris N. Bullard, Missionary

P .S. Even when we are in the states your gifts are needed and wired monthly to India. For example, we wired $8,500 in May $8,500 in June, and July $9,500. The work goes on and we must not give Satan any reason to stop the momentum.

Please make your check payable to Church of Christ India Fund.

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