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10 New Evening Schools
We are taking 10 teams for evangelism in 10 villages in South India in January, 2020. We want to open an evening school at each of the churches we hold a series at. Here are some statistics of the kids’ lives currently:
- • 30-100 children live in each village.
- • 70% or more of adults are illiterate in most villages. Some villages are completely illiterate.
- • Most Adults are farmers or day laborers.
- • Most children receive one meal at school, and sometimes a second small meal at home.
Each school costs about $450 to start the school and about $250 per month to keep it going. Opening includes purchasing plates and bowls and silverware and a stove and cookware. Ongoing expenses include the food and salaries for the principle, teacher, and cook.
These schools are long-term evangelism, with Christ being shown day in and day out.
There are 10 churches in Erode, India that have been neglected for many years. Currently the local church leadership is trying to revive them. They’ve invited us to come and help them by putting on evangelistic series in each of these churches. This fund is for the costs associated with the evangelism series including buying microphones, speakers, Bibles, chairs, projectors (which will continue to be of service at the church after we leave), and miscellaneous expenses that may crop up during the meetings.
Bible Workers for Punjab
Jesus for Asia is working with the North India Section to send Bible workers into four un-entered districts of the Indian state of Punjab. Currently there are no believers in this wide open field. These Bible workers will move into new cities and share Jesus with these communities through prayer, visitation, and acts of service.
Due to the extra cost of moving and starting new work, we will need to provide extra costs for them. So we are praying for $150/month. We’re also praying for 20 Bible workers (not too many for the several million people down there, spread between hundreds of cities, towns and villages). Our goal of $36,000 is their first year’s salary and ministry expenses.
Bible Workers: India
Bible Workers are invaluable in reaching the many thousands of towns and villages across India. Being able to speak the language and already understanding the culture, these dedicated workers meet the people on their level. They travel to villages and pray with the people, provide Bible studies, and develop committed groups of believers that stay committed long term.
You can fully sponsor the wage of a Bible Worker in India for only $90/month!
Bible Worker Training
Many of our Bible Workers in India have very little formal education and not even much Bible training. They have a love for God and know His voice and spend a lot of time in the Bible, but with so few pastors compared to the need these simple but wonderful workers are often shouldered with the responsibility of caring for a church, sometimes two or three churches. They need training where they can sharpen their skills in studying the Bible and sharing the Gospel. This fund will help facilitate the upbuilding of the Church through training our Jesus for Asia Bible Workers.
Bethel Evening Schools
Bethel Evening Schools provide education and a nourishing meal for children in poverty-stricken situations. These schools operate in the evenings and are a much needed resource to help the children gain a better education and fight the ever-present challenge of malnutrition.
$7/month is all it takes to provide two hours of education and a healthy meal six days a week to a child at our evening schools!
Widows’ Sewing Schools
There are over 40 million widows in India and they are often forced to beg or sell themselves to make a living because they are uneducated and can’t get a job. Our Widows’ Sewing School is changing that, one woman at a time! This school teaches the women how to sew, giving them with a better way of providing for their families! Currently, we are working on opening up another Widows’ Sewing School in Odisha.
Bicycles for Bible Workers
Many of our Bible workers, especially in the North, find transportation extremely difficult due to the high cost and irregular public transportation in the rural districts. Bicycles are an economical way to give them more reach, more power for the Gospel. Each bicycle costs approximately $100.
Chambur Church Rebuild and Center of Influence – Mumbai, India
This building is in such bad repair that the city of Mumbai condemned it and closed it for public use 9 years ago. It was a major church in Mumbai, having Bible Workers and pastor accommodations. But, due to financial constraints, the church has not been able to rebuild. We are envisioning a 3 story building with a center of influence/clinic on the ground floor, larger church hall on the second floor, and living/guest quarters on the top floor. All the donations that aren’t used at Sathe Nagar, will be put towards rebuilding the Chamber church!
Sathe Nagar Slum Church – Mumbai, India
The slums of Mumbai are the largest in Asia and we have had several Bible Workers working there for a number of years. Sathe Nagar has over 100 believers, but they do not have a church. They have been renting different churches for a while, and have been trying to raise money to build a new church for 6 years. It would cost about $20,000-$25,000 to build them a church, and it would be a great blessing to this vibrant community of believers.
India TV Ministry
If our JFA Bible workers are our ground force, television is our Air Force. It has proved to be a powerful tool to reach into people’s homes and introduce Jesus to them. We are currently airing a weekly program on a popular channel and our Bible workers are conducting over 170 Bible studies a week!
This monthly bill includes shooting, editing, and the cost to air these shows.
Literature for Bible Workers
Very few Bible workers, and even pastors, in India and other countries have any Spirit of Prophecy books to read for themselves and share with their church members, so they are missing out on a lot of spiritual blessings.
This fund will allow us to place these much needed books of insight and guidance into many hands to help uplift the church and point many to Christ.
Repair Riot-Damaged Churches
Odisha, India. Riots broke out in 2008 and many Christian churches were damaged. Two of them were Adventist churches. This one is the worst damaged and has never been rebuilt. The second is almost as damaged. The local members are clinging to faith and begging for prayer and new churches. We have a JFA Bible Worker in the area doing the ground work, but the communities are very poor with most barely able to survive. But right now, with the churches in this condition, it’s just a reminder of the violence that took place over a decade ago. We would like to help rebuild both churches for the surviving members and to be beacons of light for the community.
11 Typhoon-Damaged Churches
Odisha, India. A major Typhoon came through and blew off the roofs of 11 churches. Now they are semi-functional or completely non-functional depending on how much of the roof is still in tact. They desperately need our help as these churches service poor communities.
All 11 churches will only cost $14,000 to repair! That’s an average of just $1,273/church.
Life Changing Stories
One of the greatest needs in sharing the gospel is training our workers into deeper understanding of present truth and developing an Adventist healthy lifestyle. Armani* and Ariana* are gifted trainers with a well-developed systematic curriculum for a 4-month program which they hope to utilize in many different places throughout Asia.
Translation and printing of materials are needed for many different languages.
SUD Mission Projects
Southern Asia Division Mission Projects
We have a dream of several small “Lifestyle Community Centers” in every large city in India. These centers will be places where people can come to mingle and learn, to be inspired and discipled for Jesus. Another mission project is to train “Lifestyle Coaches” to lead the ministry in these Community Lifestyle Centers. These are just two of the Southern Asia Division’s Mission projects that we are hosting. Others include: hospital and church renovations and assisting students to attend SDA schools. Please note where you would like your donation used.
Thank you for helping us help others!
JFA Foreign Correspondents – The Hills
As Asia seems distant to most people in Christian countries, Jonathan and Hannah want to share the needs and experiences of missions through videos so that more can know what is happening and also see the needs that they can help to meet. While they would both say that Thailand is home rather than America, they live in Thailand also to make it easier/cheaper to travel to JFA projects. This fund goes to help make travel to the various JFA projects possible so that they can help keep us up to date with videos and pictures.