What a privilege we have to serve the Lord with our National Leaders around the world. It is awesome to be an eye witness to many of the powerful demonstrations of the Holy Spirit working.
It says in Hebrews 10: 25: “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (NIV)
During our last trip to India we had the opportunity to see the Lord work in many areas of people’s lives, especially in physical and spiritual healings. We also were able to take part in dedicating one Children’s Center and a Worship Center in honor and memory of family members of partners with Helping Hands In Motion. All of our work is designed to strengthen the local church and advance the Gospel!
The Children’s Center is located in an isolated India village close to the Bhutan border where several underprivileged children, and their
families, have been given the opportunity to receive physical, educational, medical and spiritual help. There was an additional building needed in this Children’s Center and this building was provided in loving memory by the family of Joyce Boedeker Gompf for her passionate love for all children.
The other was a Worship/Outreach Center in which a new believer had given land and the church members started building the facility and was unable to finish. We came along side of them to help with finishing the facility. This was a joint effort turned into a reality with the help from the children of Rev. Homer and Laura Snow of West Virginia honoring their parents’ memory and Oak Grove Church of God, Tampa, Florida contributing the funds to finish this Worship Center.
We continually need to build more Worship, Outreach and Children’s facilities for ministry opportunities for believers. We have seen many people saved, healed from sickness, forgiven from past sins and released from many bondages. Now these transformed people begin to grow in the fellowship of God’s people, which indeed is a very important aspect of Christian growth. We are finding these individuals need an exclusive place for worship or a Church building.
Though many people receive Jesus as their Savoir, sometimes they do not leave the baggage of their culture and tradition. In Indian society, caste system is very much prevalent and therefore people always do not feel comfortable to go to somebody’s house that is little lower caste than them. Of course, such thinking slowly gets eradicated from the minds of believer after getting sound teachings
from the Word, but many people do not come to a worship place because the place belongs to somebody else.
In most areas of India, the worship services are held in the Pastor’s home, or in the Leader’s home. Most Indian houses are small with an average size of 12ft x 10ft. In such small houses to accommodate more than 20 people is very difficult and finally the believers stop coming to the fellowship due to space limitations.
In some places the worship services take place in a rented house and if anybody complains about the worship or singing or files a complaint of Christian activities then the owner of the house tells the Pastor to leave the place immediately. This causes real difficulties as the Pastor and then the believers do not know where to go and finally the believers are dispersed either to some other Churches or they backslide.
When the worship takes place under a shade or tree it can be very convenient when the climate is favourable. But when there is rain or storms, either the worship cease to take place and sometimes many of the shades are broken due to natural calamity.
These are some of the difficulties which are faced by our India Pastors and Leaders. Add to this the persecution they face daily, their children also need protected, so we try to get them into a safe environment for their education.
Many of our National Leaders are requesting a place of worship. Though the congregation is willing to help, but their help is so meagre that it would not complete a worship place. Therefore if a worship place can be constructed where believers are coming together they show the sign of spiritual maturity and growth, then we will see many people added to the Body of Christ by breaking the barriers of traditions and other difficulties.
Helping Hands In Motion stands ready to help our Brothers and Sisters in the Name of Jesus Christ! We appeal to our partners in ministry to bless us and help us provide a place of worship for our/your Brothers and Sisters. We know that a place of worship can hold multiple activities such as: seeker’s meetings, Sunday School programs, a medical facility for villagers, adult literacy programs, a place where children can come, hear and grow in a Christian environment and more. These are just a few ways in which a worship facility will be beneficial to our Indian believers. Many of you may want to help us build these facilities by doing this in honor or memory of a loved one. Please prayerfully consider helping us provide these facilities to our needful brothers and sisters around the world. Please contact us and talk with us about how you want to take part in this exciting ministry opportunity.
Thank you for your prayers and support on behalf of our friends in India, Bangladesh, Haiti and other areas of ministry. Several individuals and churches in the U.S. have worked through Helping Hands In Motion to construct new Sanctuaries in India, Bangladesh and other countries. Perhaps you, your family, or your church congregation could sponsor or co-sponsor a church in India as a mission or memorial project. If so, contact us for more information. Typical church/outreach or children’s buildings cost anywhere from $4,000.00 to over $50,000.00.
The Church is the voice for the voiceless, the hope for the hopeless! A church facility is a sanctuary where the Church meets to be empowered to go and be the voice and share the hope of Jesus Christ!