Why Indigenous #Missions? Pictured below is a District of 40 pastors being trained by Hope Builders India under the guidance of Stephen Prasad. They have been training for ONE year now. Already 13 NEW churches have been planted in their district! Praise the LORD. The Bible Training has made them better pastors who are preaching the Word of God and better able to disciple their people to maturity in Christ. The congregation become disciple makers displaying the righteousness of God in their communities.
#IndigenousMissions is cost effective and culturally effective. This is why Hope Builders Ministries is “Rapidly Winning Communities to CHRIST through Indigenous Disciple Making.”
Partner with Missions!
YOU, right where you live, can become an effective, active and important part of Indigenous Missions.
- PRAY for Hope Builders India and directors Stephen Prasad and Prabhukiran Rambabu.
- GIVE. Become a monthly supporter of Indigenous Missions. $25 per month can make a significant difference providing training materials, travel and food. Give online @ https://app.mobilecause.com/form/eod54g
- #ADVOCATE! YOU can help raise up partners by sharing this mission opportunity with others. Using this link https://app.mobilecause.com/join/34504? you can get into ministry in a BIG way and help promote and provide for indigenous missions with Hope Builders India.
PRAY, GIVE, ADVOCATE
2 Timothy 2:2 And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
On June 29th Pastor Stephen with Hope Builders India introduced 36 pastors to the Hope Builders Disciple Makers training program. He taught them basic Bible Study Methods (ABCs) from the Letter to Philemon and the One on Three Disciple Making strategy. He also introduced them to the www.minibiblecollege.com material available in their own language. Partner with Missionary Pastors in India HERE Read more below
The 36 pastors were organized into 3 Hubs according to their areas and then into 1 on 3 training groups. This is the heart of Hope Builders Ministries’ work with indigenous believers around the world. We are not there to “westernize” the believers, only to equip, encourage and empower them in the Word of God. This is why HBM can do so much more working with Indigenous Missionaries instead of sending western missionaries who do not understand the culture and language for many many years and cost many thousands upon thousands of dollars for training and maintenance.
For the cost of ONE western missionary (over $100,000 annually) HBM can provide the basic support and ministry tools and equipment for TEN already trained indigenous missionaries who will reach many many thousands of their fellow pastors training them in the Word of God. These pastors are then better equipped to “make disciples” of their congregations who become bold and effective witnesses of the love of Christ to their people. Matthew 28:19-20 is the mandate for ALL believers to become disciples of Christ who make other disciples.
Just as the church in China experienced explosive growth AFTER the western missionaries were forced to leave, so too India will grow spiritually and numerically as we partner with Indigenous Missions.
Join others partnering with Hope Builders Ministries in India supporting missionary pastors HERE
I heard a challenging message on the life of John the Baptizer and specifically when he was in prison and about to be martyred. The main verse that captured my thoughts is from Matthew 11:6 in this drama of John’s life. He has lived his life far differently than any other man in total dedication to God. He is the one of Malachi’s prophecy to proclaim the coming of the promised Messiah and make the nation of Israel ready to receive Him by repenting of their sin and believing in HIM, so that Israel can finally experience the Davidic promise of “Heaven on Earth,” the Kingdom Come, the prophecy of Daniel and all the prophets, the personal reign of the God-Man, Yeshua haMashiach, from Israel’s capital, the Zion of God, Jerusalem. BUT it did not happen the way he, John, or they, believing Israel, thought it would!
John not only suffers in prison but he is viciously beheaded out of pure hatred and vengeance. Jesus is cruelly crucified!
Matthew 11:6 Jesus told the John’s disciples to tell him, “Blessed is he who is not OFFENDED by Me.”
Maybe today God has not lived up to your expectations. He has not done things the way you thought He should. Think of the hundreds and maybe thousands of people coming to be healed by Jesus only to be saddened and surprised that He had left the scene. Would they not wonder why He left healing some and not others?
Jesus tells us today, “Don’t be offended by Me.” We must remember that His ways are not our ways, yet His ways are perfect. We must believe that He will keep His promises. He will save all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. He will reward the faithful beyond imagination. He will rule and reign upon this present earth. Jesus will return and we who believe with Him.
Don’t be offended with God and His ways. Trust Him. His promise is to conform us into the image of His dear Son, our Savior, the God-Man, the LORD Jesus Christ.
He does not promise us comfort or wealth or health. He does not promise to deliver us from pain and suffering. In fact, He does promise that our days will be filled with tribulation. He promises us that all those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer! Paul tells us that the way into His glorious coming Kingdom on Earth is through Suffering. Acts 14:22 Peter teaches us in his epistles to prepare for it. Jesus tells us to “rejoice” in it.
Jesus, the Disciples, the Apostle Paul and thousands, even millions of faithful believers throughout history have suffered immensely and immeasurably for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He did not deliver them. Many yet to come will not be delivered from martyrdom.
Are we better than they? Do we deserve God to do things differently just because we think we have a better plan?
NO, my friend. Do not be offended with the LORD because of the way HE has planned to work in your life and all of life to bring about HIS sovereign will. GOD is GOOD all the TIME and all the TIME, GOD is GOOD.
I highly recommend a little book that was suggested to me. It is the story of John the Baptizer, “The Man in the Third Cell” by Gene Edwards. Get in on Amazon, new or used, it is a short 90 minute read, and worth the time.
Bibles Study Methods Conference in Zambia
Inductive Bible study methods is one of the primary skills a pastor must know to be an effective Bible teacher and preacher. Many never learn this essential method of study or after time move to topical studies or search and copy other studies.
Intensive Care Ministries‘ vision is to teach national pastors and Christian workers to study the Bible inductively. Brother Dan will be conducting an INTENSIVE Inductive Bible Study Methods conference with HBM in Zambia May 22 – 26. Thank you for praying for Dan and and the 50 Zambian pastors attending.