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The Support Of Brethren Evangelists In India: An Historical Review 001

Dr. Johnson C. Philip

SupportWe Brethren are highly committed to evangelism. In the last 110 years we have sent out and supported (per capita assembly population) more evangelists and more ministries than any other Indian

church has done with indigenous funds. In slightly over a century we are over 2200 churches, and numerous ministries. A good amount of financial support for all this comes from Indians in India and abroad.

Today a number of funds, ministries, trusts, and individuals raise funds for supporting individuals and ministries. This has resulted in a great boost to evangelism. However, no comprehensive review has ever been undertaken by anyone to see that the support of Indian evangelists and Indian Christian ministries continues in the most efficient way.

As a result, at times funds do not reach the most needy; those who receive the most support are the least committed; and there is a lack of good stewardship on many occasions. What is more, fund-raising and distribution has become a tool for various kinds of manipulation, pressure-tactics, and even outright business for a few people. In the long run this hurts the assemblies by bleeding money out of the right place. It also hurts the assemblies when funds are used to create pressure groups.

In about a dozen or so many articles I hope to trace some of the things that I mentioned above. The incentive has come from the recent developments in the secular world where there is suddenly a great stress on transparency, right to information, and accountability. There is also a great stress on exposing financial scams. I feel it is high time that we too do the same thing because we have been called to walk by a higher standard of accountability and stewardship. [To Coninue …]

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  1. Bro.k.v.raju says:

    Praise the lord i am raju k.v. In india a.p. pls pray 4 my ministries and, famely. Thnk q.

  2. Owk.Joseph Johnson says:

    Greetings in the mighty name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I, Owk Joseph Johnson, am very happy to have fellowship with you in the Lord and would like to share my testimony with you.
    It is a great oppurnity to be called for His ministry. Working as a minister at a church in Ayyalurumetta village, near Nandyal town of Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh, India, where the church activities are going on well by the grace of God so far and to continue to stand in faith and hope, we need your prayer support. Before I was appointed as a minister to the Ayyalurumetta Assembly, I assisted my father, Bro. Owk Samuel, evangelist, at the Shiloh Christian Assembly, Ponnapuram, Nandyal. I was very enthusiastic and participated in various church activities ministered by Bro. Owk Samuel, supporting him in the ministry among the children and youth. As I, along with the fellow believers of the local church, was praying to fulfill His will in my life, God had answered my prayers giving a call to serve him.
    Obeying the Lord’s call to serve him, I have been serving and preaching the Lord God at several places, in and around Nandyal town. On Feb 19th, 2012, I have been commended as the minister to the Ayyalurumetta Assembly by the evangelists, in the presence the elders and believers at Shiloh Christian Assembly. By the grace of God, personally, he has chosen a partner for me, Elizabeth and has blessed me with two daughters Tryphena and Tryphosa.
    A congregation of 35 to 40 believers attends the worship service between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM on Sundays. Every Wednesday we conduct Bible study. And on every Monday and Tuesday we have outreach ministry. The Lord God is leading us from the front. Yet, I request you to offer your prayer support and request you to emphasize on the following prayer requests. Kindly pray for the spiritual growth of our church. Bicycles are being used for preaching Gospel in the remote areas nearby Ayyalurumetta village, but there is necessity of powered vehicle so that we can reach out to farther areas. So, kindly pray for the spiritual health of the church and the street gospel ministry.
    Kindly offer your prayer support as there is nothing impossible to the lord almighty and he will not deny anything we pray for. Your encouragement and support will always help us to go ahead in the ministry. Convey my heartfelt regards to the fellow believers of your church.
    Thanking you,
    Yours in Christ,

    Bro. Owk Joseph Johnson

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