India Mission

Jeff and Lou Ann

Jeff and Lou Ann

The Hawkins are returning to India in March. The purpose is to meet with Stephen and Prabhukiran to encourage them in their work. We will also sponsor and participate in two leadership conferences. The ministry in India continues to grow by the Grace of God as Hope Builders Ministries partners to equip, encourage and empower the indigenous church there. Leadership training and disciple making in the congregations is the focus. The strengthened and encouraged church is equipped to share the Gospel effectively and better able to take care of the needs of their poor. Hope Builders Dignity Projects partner with the churches in this as well.

You can help Jeff and Lou Ann on this mission by praying and giving and sharing with your friends. Be an Advocate for the Work in India. Thank you!
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India Mission Trip

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Pastors in Orisha

Pastors in Orisha

Helping Indigenous Missions in India

In February 2014 Jeff will be joining Stephen Prasad and HIMIndia for a month of ministry to the new pastors in training. 198 pastors are now organized into 18 districts and taking pastoral training. Early next year the 180 pastors under the supervision of their district leaders will begin to train 3 more pastors each. Their objective is to complete the three year study and to start 1 new church during this same period. The prayerful goal is to start 540 new churches in the next three years each having a trained pastor. Pray with us. Join us.

Why Support Indigenous Missionaries?

Following Christ

Following Christ

Partnering with indigenous ministries in Africa and India just makes sense.

When you support a Zambian or Indian missionary you have saved time, money and SOULS!

TIME is saved because these missionaries already know the language and the culture of their native country. They have a built in understanding of their people both culturally and linguistically. The average western missionary must spend years preparing to go (language studies and building support) and once on the field it takes MANY years to truly learn the culture and communicate relevantly. Over 60% of western missionaries do not return to the field after their first “furlough” meaning everything has to start over.

MONEY: It costs over $500,000 dollars to train, equip, move and keep a western missionary/family on the field for 4 (FOUR) years! The whole process takes at least 6 years. AND this does not include the cost of “doing” ministry on the field. Native missionaries already live in the economy of their culture. There is no moving, language studies or abnormal costs of living. Unlike the western missionary they live at the same standard of living as their fellows. For a fraction of the cost ($21,000 over 6 years) 40 native pastors can be trained and equipped in the Word of God and they stay on the field all their lives. IF we apply the western standard to the native church most of those who do leave home to study and prepare do not return to their rural setting but gravitate to the comfort of the city where most “missions” tend to take place. (Not that there is not a need, but there are already an abundance of native and foreign missionaries living there.)

Missions trips also known as “short-term” missions are very expensive. Many well intentioned believers spend multiple thousands of dollars to go on a mission’s trip for a few weeks. This same amount of money could support scores and even hundreds of native missionaries already on the field and working but without many needed resources.

Mazabuka, Zambia HUB Pastors

Mazabuka, Zambia HUB Pastors

SOULS: A HUB of 40 missionary pastors will win thousands of people to Christ, starting many new bible preaching, Gospel believing churches in their communities. It is amazing to see and experience the growth of the church in Africa and India. God is bringing in a GREAT Harvest of Souls through the ministry of the African and Indian Indigenous Church. Because of the cultural and language barriers a foreign missionary may win a few hundred people to Christ and plant a church or maybe two, but most do not last when the missionary departs (actual statistics).

CALL TO ACTION!
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the BRETHREN. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his BROTHER in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. (1Jn 3:16-18)

Motorcycle for Pastor overseeing the training of 10 HUB pastors (400 men total).

Motorcycle for Pastor overseeing the training of 10 HUB pastors (400 men total).

A CHURCH or individual can sponsor a HUB of native missionary pastors for $300 a month. In 6 years this HUB can grow into 40 trained pastors and 40 Gospel Churches with THOUSANDS of new souls serving Christ and becoming Disciples. NOW that is  FRUIT which can be shared in the DAY of Visitation! Many will gather around the Throne of God with thousands of their brethren they had a part in coming to Christ.

The Mission Paradigm has changed. Many places do not need foreign missionaries, but they do need their fellow Christians in the western world to partner with them. The Apostle Paul collected gifts from the Gentile church to take to the poor church in Palestine. A few went to distribute the funds and give accountability to the project, but there were no missionaries sent to Israel. There were plenty of Christians there, even Apostles. They needed material help. This is the case in most countries around the world. The Church of our Lord Jesus Christ is well established, but it is poor. It is not leaderless. (The Lord Jesus Himself “gave some to be “leaders” and the Holy Spirit gives the different gifts of leadership as He see fit.) The leaders there need help to train more leaders. They need Bibles and training materials. They can use bicycles and motorcycles to help them to cover more territory in places that do not have adequate roads. They need a bit of financial support to help them facilitate ministry.

Pastors Conference in India

Pastors Conference in India

HIMAfrica and HIMIndia has partnered with Hope Builders Ministries to provide the link between the American Church and the Church in Africa and India. With your partnership literally thousands of believers can be trained and equipped to take the Gospel to their own people in a very short amount of time with a loving and strategic investment on your part.

Join us today. There will be much to “boast” about in the Kingdom that is coming if you do.

Philippians 2:16  Hold firmly to the message of life. Then I can boast in the DAY of Christ that I didn’t run in vain or labor for nothing.

Testimony from Zambia

Steven Slater (RT) with HBMZ team and Zambian couple.

Steven Slater (RT) with HBMZ team and Zambian couple.

 

Pastor Steven Slater joined HBMZambia this year in Livingstone for an evangelism/disciple-making outreach. The following is  his experience and reflections on the week. Enjoy.
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What is it like to be sent by God to share the gospel with in a culture that is entirely different from the one from which you came?

It is intimidating. You ask yourself, how will the people in Zambia respond. Will I explain the Word well enough to be understood? Can my being here make any difference at all? But God truly went before us. He prepared hearts to receive the Word so that many souls turned to Christ for salvation. He led us to people who were already believers but needed encouragement to persevere in the faith and grow in grace. It was all God’s work who reminded me daily from Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and courageous for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

This week was also eye-opening. We weren’t the only Christians in Zecco compound. The Lord’s remnant was there, alive and well, yet struggling and wrestling against false teachings, temptations and discouragements just like Christians do everywhere. I understood this week that God’s Kingdom is global and united by His Spirit to do battle against a vicious foe who is already conquered. We are all united in the fight against satan and in the proclamation of the Good News. This week was a time of mutual encouragement. We sought to be a blessing and in return, we were wonderfully blessed as well.

And the outreach this week was also life-changing. Its impossible to return to America and not allow what happened here in Livingstone to not change my heart. All I can say to the Lord is “Thank you for this experience, but now, what do you want me to do in my life because of it?” This week I truly experienced the heart of God for the poor, the outcasts and the rejected of this world. I felt the love of Christ toward those of whom He said, “in as much as you have done it for the least of these, my brothers, you have done it for Me.”

Pastor Steven J. Slater

Plainswell, Michigan