Here at GBF, we are committed to helping our brothers and sisters in Christ all around the world. Believers have a responsibility to help “those who are mistreated” (Hebrews 13:3) that labor in the faith. We need to partner with and support churches beyond our local assembly (2 Corinthians 8-9) providing encouragement and support for our fellow brothers and sisters as they spread the good news of Christ to the lost. GBF has been doing this very thing by helping Pastor Johpaul’s ministry in Tenali, India. Johnpaul works in conjunction with about 100 local Indian pastors, as they seek to evangelize to the lost, teach the Bible, and help the needy.
In this particular area of India, the harvest is plentiful but laborers are few. These churches have been planted in a community abundant with Muslims, idol worshipers, and other false religions. It is also an area stricken by intense poverty, scattered with poor communities and no proper roads. The pastors in this region struggle to provide for their families on a regular basis, often making less than a dollar a week on church tithing and offering. It is common for them to forgo meals in order to provide for their families. The pastors walk on foot to and from their churches every week, which are primarily small huts with thatched rooftops made from tree leaves. These churches are almost entirely made up of orphans, widows, the sick, and the poverty stricken.
Poverty and suffering is also a large part of these pastors’ personal home lives. As the current government attempts to turn India into an entirely Hindu nation, persecution abounds from both the people and the State. Because the Indian government is canceling all financial aid to Christian students, they are often unable to provide basic education for their children. Both the pastors and their children face hostility and discrimination on a regular basis because of their faith. Their children are living in extreme poverty because of their parents’ low income, which is roughly less than 20 dollars per month.
If God should motivate you to provide support for these brothers in Christ in their suffering, the Christian families and churchgoers in India would be immensely blessed. Pastor Johnpaul has asked for the believers in our church to consider a monthly contribution of about 50 dollars, which would provide these pastors’ families with food, clothing, medicine, and education for their children. Johnpaul also asks that the GBF body remain in prayer for these pastors as they continue to courageously proclaim the glory and salvation that is found in Christ to those who are lost in India.
For more information, you can contact Pastor Bob Douglas at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Christ To India online at ChristToIndia.org.