- Visit ancient sites in Egypt and engage in vital and effective prayer for Egypt and the Middle East
- Engage in prayer during our women’s and pastors’ conferences
- You’ll visit points of current ministry with our national teams
- A highlight will be meeting the children in our sponsorship program
- Travel arrangements made through our office; bring your praying shoes
- Cost: $3850; call our office for dates and more information
Recently, CEO John Cook held a meeting with our Egyptian national staff to discuss the church plants and map out the next number of years in ministry together. Here are some highlights:
Church building is a GO: The government has given the nod that in six months permission to build will be granted for one of our team’s newest church plants. This is very welcome news, and the Believers can’t wait to see this new church building go up. Later this year, a second church will begin plans to build. Please pray for these projects.
The desire of Indigenous Ministries and IM Egypt team is to see 25 churches planted in the next 15 years to reach this nation for Christ.
We all see that time is short, the Lord Jesus will return soon, and there are many yet to come to salvation. Would you pray with us both in the comfort of your home or office for this direction? Also pray about joining us in September for a very unique Prayer Walk for these church plants and many other areas of ministry and life in Egypt. See page 1 for more on the Prayer Walk.
At the core of Indigenous Ministries is Reaching Nationals Through Nationals with the Gospel, and church planting is in the center of this mission. Your partnership with prayer and financial support is a vital part of church planting through our Global Church Planting Initiative.
Jesus said, “…I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:18 ESV
SUPPORT A NATIONAL PASTOR
Help plant a national church by supporting a national pastor and his family monthly. Our national pastors are trained, effective and passionate about reaching their OWN people for Christ! The cost to support a national pastor on average is 1/10th that of a Western missionary.
Go to IndigenousMinistries.org and select “Support a Pastor” on the righthand side.
Update from Resty and Mel Enguerra, the Philippines: Violy and Nene, our church based community transformation partners in Cupang, Antipolo, walked into a roomful of people of about 50! Word got around that this day they would be interviewing participants in the Micro Finance Assistance Program. These are the hillside informal dwellers of Cupang.
When Violy asked, “So why are you here now and not earlier when we first offered?” Two or three of them boldly and honestly responded, “ At the beginning, I was dubious. I thought you might just be ‘drawing/scribbling‘ playing with us with no substance. We asked, ARE THEY FOR REAL? But I’ve heard, I’ve seen and now I know this is real.”
“I HEARD…I SAW, AND NOW I KNOW!” TWO FAMILIES’ LIVES DRAMATICALLY CHANGED FOR GOOD:
The Micro Finance Assistant was a big boost in helping Melissa Beltran (pictured on the right with her family) increase items to sell in her convenience store. It was timely — the husband lost his supplementary job. She now sells frozen foods using the proceeds for school expenses of her children.
The weekly group meetings enabled her to meet Christ. The Bible studies and Sunday worships taught her to read/learn from the Bible. She gives thanks to the Lord for all His blessings. Their lives are changed knowing that Christ inhabits them.
Meet Edgardo, pictured on the left with the shoes he crafts, another recipient of the Micro Finance Assistance Program. He used the assistance as capital to make shoes! He was a security guard but had resigned from it in order to focus his time in shoemaking. His income is better now to support his family. He’s very consistent in attending the weekly group meeting. We can help pray for Edgardo to make Bible Study, worship and coming to church regularly as priorities in his life.
Micro Finance Assistance UPDATE at Cupang
First Round – 25 recipient
Completed payments in 6 months – 12
Round two requesting for assistance – 18
Percentage of funds returned since January 2017– 90%
Number of people now saving – 65
New people interested in Micro Finance Assistance – 54
New whole day seminar for new batch of Micro Finance Program scheduled for May 5, 2018 at Cupang, Antipolo
HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE HARVEST IN THE PHILIPPINES:
PRAY – Resty and Mel provide great updates and prayer points to help you as you pray. Pray for Resty and Mel, for their health, strength and for wisdom in ministry.
DONATE – Your gifts will help more engage with the Micro Finance Assistance Program that has a proven track record (see above) and works! These families hear the Gospel and their lives change dramatically for the better. Go online at www.IndigenousMinistries.org and choose “Southeast Asia”.
URGENT – We’re asking the Lord for the remaining $12,210 very soon…the urgency is that the school year begins July 1, and the staff needs to assemble the library now.
Please consider a generous gift for this very worthwhile project. For more information, visit our website’s April 17 blog, “FURNISHING THE GBC LIBRARY, INDIA.”
Donate online. Thank you on behalf of the students and faculty!
The need for a high quality Christian library on the Grace Bible College campus has never been more evident. With a growing student body, this Bible college is now reaching students coming from all over India, and now Myanmar, as churches are sending young men for pastoral training. Additional resources are mandatory for quality training. The men’s dorms have been built. The dining hall is used daily. The Chapel is beautiful and used many times weekly. The question was – what is most important to build next? Staff housing or the library and more classrooms? To the staff it was not even a question; they put their own needs behind the need for a library as the next step in developing this campus in 2016.
But this library had to be big. It had to be excellent in all ways – especially with the quality of volumes we made available to the young scholars. God has heard these prayers and the excitement has been building for what’s coming this summer: A ready-to-use library!
With the finish line in sight, it’s time to move the books in to the library. We need to furnish the library with library shelves, desks, tables, chairs, computers and other furniture to enable the students and staff to access these precious resources and engage with them as they study. The cost: $15,000.
There is an urgent need to source this furniture to prepare the library for the students to use the library beginning in July 2018 when the new school year begins.
We are seeking generous financial gifts to see GBC’s library completely furnished. We are so grateful to the friends of GBC and Indigenous Ministries who have already given so generously to this project with prayers, books and finances, and for those who have volunteered many hours to prepare the books.
Join us with raising $15,000 the Grace Bible College library furnishings. Donate online or use the form below and mail your gift to our office. Let’s get it ready for the students! Contact our office to receive a project folder for promotion.
On March 3, Grace Bible College held its commencement ceremony culminating the 2017-2018 school year. Despite receiving anonymous security threats, the evening went on without difficulties, and 350 guests enjoyed the ceremony which was followed by a chicken biryani dinner buffet. God has answered so many prayers, bringing us once again to a successful culmination of a year of lectures, chapels, exams, meals and teas. Nights out under the stars as the students gathered each evening for praise and worship will be remembered fondly by all.
In April, the students will be engaged in practical ministry in villages, and we ask for your continued prayers for them as well as the faculty and staff. We praise God for those students who have worked diligently to complete their studies and ask that God guide and protect each one. Your faithful prayers and support the Lord has chosen to bless, and we are deeply grateful to our Indigenous Ministries’ Family.
Next month in India marks a VERY significant milestone at Grace Bible College. Our first international student, James, from Myanmar, is graduating this year. He is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts of Theology and plans on returning to Myanmar where he will use his (incredible) musical skills in ministry. A second young scholar, John, also from Myanmar, currently studies at GBC. Next year several more young men from Myanmar, also destined for full time ministry, have requested admission to GBC. Please pray for sponsors for these men.
There are a total of 17 young men and women graduating in a few weeks. Below are some who plan on going into full time ministry. Please pray for all our graduates and for this very special event! Thank you to our prayer and financial sponsors who are such a very special part of helping the students and school.
Christmas is in the air, and it’s the season of joy and giving. Your prayers and financial support given to these areas empower us to partner with nationals through the Holy Spirit’s guidance to reach nationals with the Gospel. We are seeing many coming to Christ as a result and finding healing, forgiveness and hope.
Here is where the $90,000 for the Year End Giving will go to help fund these great needs:
* Furnishings for the Grace Bible College library; India, $15,000
* Van for the Refugee Child Sponsorship Program; Iraq, $25,000
* Refugee Relief for kerosene, heaters, clothing, food; Iraq, $20,000
* Salaries for finance and front desk in the Colorado Springs office, $30,000
Please take a moment and give to this urgent need. Please designate your gift “To The Greatest Need.” You can go online and donate, or mail your check the office. We’re excited to be at almost 25% of this goal and praise God for this! I am trusting that the Lord will allow us to make such an impact that we will stand amazed at all He has done. Thank you for your partnership in serving the Lord, together with us
The celebration of Christmas in IM’s church plants is on January 7, and includes simple things such as a special time of praise and worship.
Then the Sunday school children’s program begins with songs they dance to, and then the children recite Bible verses. The children from seventh to tenth grades sing their own songs, and the high schoolers put on a play for everyone in the church to enjoy.
The pastor shares from the Word of God a special Christmas message.
One very special tradition that is observed, is the pastors and leaders take time after the service to pray with the people individually as they share their needs. Many have physical or financial needs and live in difficult circumstances. Sweets and tea are served afterwards.
The Church in Iraq has a long standing tradition of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Although Christians are currently a minority, until the 7th century, they were the majority religious group with many churches in the region. Nominal Christians, Catholics and evangelical Christians in Iraq now number approximately 600,000, most of whom are located in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq.
In our church plant in the north, for several weeks the children work very hard rehearsing Christmas songs and a drama and then proudly present it in the Christmas service. There are beautiful decorations in the church, and special foods and sweets served after the service.
Church members visit refugee camps during the month handing out food packets and sharing the Christmas message to families. The youth go along singing carols. With so many families in crisis, what a special joy it is to share the Hope in Christ we have because of His birth!