Making Disciples in India

Making Disciples

Making Disciples

Greetings in Jesus name,
Thanks for yours prayers and financial support for ministry in india.
Here are some pictures of disciple making seminar with young people in remote area. Here nobody has ever organise this kind of seminar. By the grace of God our HIMIndia organised for disciple making seminar for rural youth. We encouraged many by the word of God.

52 young people participated from independent churches. all have learned how to make disciple and how to share the Gospel with other people groups. Many young people have dedicated there life’s share the Gospel and make disciples. They are requesting me to make audio album of this teachings in songs to better understand and be more effective in teaching with others.

Many People Groups: They are from banjara, chakali, mangali’ kummari, vadrangi, dhoodhekula padmashalies people groups
And also 4 unsaved young men have believed the Gospel and are to take baptism.
In his disciple making ministry
Rev Prabhukiran & Swarna

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Greetings Dad from Prabhukiran,

This is a testimony from a pastor I recently ministered to. Praise the LORD.

Pastors Prasad and Prabhukiran

Pastors Prasad and Prabhukiran

“I’m Pastor Prasad. I’m 45 years old and I have 3 children. I have been working as a pastor for15 years in an independent church…with out any theological training but Im working as self employed. Believers give some offerings to help support men. On one fine day, I was been invited to an HIMIndia pastors seminar with brother Prabhukiran. That day I totally rededicated my life to God for his great ministry. I think in india many pastors are like me without any souls burden and I’ll pray that this kind of seminars should be conducted all over the country ..thanks to brother Prabhukiran and HIMIndia.”

In his great commission,
Rev.prabhukiran(RAMBABU

HIMIndia Trip Report

Stephen interpreting

Stephen interpreting

From February 17 to March 25 I had the privilege of conducting 12 pastor seminars in three states (Telanga, Andhra Pradesh and Orrisa). Over 1000 pastors attended. Our goal was to encourage these rural, independent pastors in the Word of God. The vast majority have had no biblical training and are doing the best they know how in preaching and shepherding God’s flock.

The seminars began with an hour session on the authority and the essential central necessity of the Word of God in Christian life and ministry. Without the written Word we would not know who Jesus Christ is and that HE is the revelation of God. The second session dealt with the essence of faith. What is the faith that “pleases God?” Faith in God’s Word. The first day ended with the challenge of our mission, “why are we here?” WE are here to “make disciples of everyone, everywhere until Jesus returns.” This is what we are to be doing until He comes back. Everything we do must flow out of our obedience to this command. And, importantly, to make disciples we must be disciples. We must be people who have died to everything, especially “self.” Otherwise we are not His disciples and can not reproduce true disciples.

Prabhu Kiran and Swana with Jeff

Prabhu Kiran and Swana with Jeff

This first day of teaching had a tremendous effect on many of these dear men. The Holy Spirit convicted them and their response was a genuine repentance concerning the way they had been doing ministry, focusing on buildings and worship services and prayer meetings and healing services and crusades/revivals that mainly satisfied or “entertained” the church, but did not win souls who became disciples of Jesus Christ. (These are their words!)  I was so reminded of the “educated” church in America focusing inwardly on itself in the same way with massive budgets to “keep the doors open.”

The second day would begin with a session on basic inductive Bible study methods. The ABCs. This was to help them to dig into the Word and be workmen who need not be ashamed when the Chief Shepherd returns, because they handled the Word accurately and “cut it straight.” Then two sessions followed on the 1st Justification (Romans 4, the Gift of eternal life) and the 2nd Justification (James 2, the Prize of eternal rewards) and ending up with “Are you ready for the Judgment Seat of Christ?”

Pastors training

Pastors training

The result has been an outpouring of desire to be trained in God’s Word. Many confessed that they had no idea what the Bible actually taught and wanted to be instructed. Our brothers, Stephen Prasad, Prabhu Kiran and Prabin Spika, are now busy organizing these brothers and many more who are hearing about this training for studies and mentoring in the three year Bible training program.

In the past three years HIMIndia has experience an overwhelming response. This response requires a mutual response from us.

Will you pray and ask God if He would have you partner with HIMIndia in meeting this challenge, this need? These pastors desire and need training. Christ’s church requires trained pastors, men who have been mentored and discipled in the Word of God. Seminary training would be nice, but it is a luxury they can not afford. HIMIndia bridges the gap. Will you help?

The basic need to support pastoral training is $1500 in each of the three states per month. $4500 total. HIMIndia has set a goal of $5000 per month. This provides 10% to HBM who provide all the administrative needs from this end (fund transfers, website, giving gateways, tax accountability, auditing, bookkeeping, etc).

This will help to train thousands of pastors.

Pray and Participate in this effective ministry.

Thank you
Jeff Hawkins

HIMIndia (Helping Indigenous Missions in India)

Christmas in India

imageYesterday our brother and co-worker Stephen and his family sponsored a Christmas program in Patipalli village. It included the preaching the Gospel and giving some gifts of clothing to poor widows. Pictured is Stephen, his wife Glory and his dad and mom (Ausgustine and Martha).

Thank you for praying for HIMIndia as we work to support indigenous ministry in India. Our primary focus is equipping, encouraging and empowering pastors to “equip” their people to do the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:12). At this time over 500 pastors are being blessed with additional training, training material and bibles.

BUT along with this we are careful to not forget the poor. Galatians 2:10

imageStephen spent $400 of his own money (he receives about $500-600 per month from HIMIndia) to bless this church he founded in Patipalli village. HIMIndia also has a training facility there next to the church. Pastors from as far as 50 miles come there for special training, meetings and fellowship.

HIMIndia encourages them by partnering with them in carrying the Gospel to their neighbors who are steeped in a culture of idolatry. As in biblical days the local religious leaders are hostile to a religion that worships ONE God and teaches that He is the ONLY true God. Unlike other religions Christianity persuades by the imageliving Word and living love.

Pray for them. Partner with them. They sacrifice daily. Let us join them in sacrifical living and giving.

We are Christ’s Ambassadors being prepared for His Kingdom and preparing others for His soon coming reign.

 

Praise the Lord,

Jeff Hawkins
Hope Builders Ministries
HIMIndia/HIMAfrica

Shifting Missions

Hope Builders Ministry Zambia

Hope Builders Ministry Zambia

Missions has taken on a different priority in our post-modern western culture. Like so much of politics, we are filled with good intentions and miss the root/primary issue. The real purpose of Missions as defined in the Great Commission is The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The buzz words are many, but one phrase rings loudly. That is, doing  missions is “building the Kingdom of God.” But the Kingdom of God becomes something we are building in our own image and according to our vain imaginations. And we are doing it with “good intentions.” But bottom line we are to be getting people ready to enter the Kingdom of God. They must be born again (John 3:3) and they must be holy (Ephesians 5:5; Galatians 5:19-21; etc.). They must be disciples of Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:22).

This could and probably should be a long discussion on “what is the Kingdom of God?” and “what is our part as disciples of Christ in the Kingdom of God?” But right now I want to touch on the “shift in Missions” seen in the last few decades.

To put it bluntly, Our mission is the sharing of the Gospel to the salvation of souls bound for an endless eternity separated from God in the Lake of Fire.

Christian Missions is about Soul Salvation. Today we have syncretized the message of eternal life in Jesus the Christ with many social programs. Now I know I will/am wading into a muddy pool here, but follow me for a bit. We have syncretized our Christian Mission with social development. The very thing we fought about in the Christian culture wars of the early 20th century with liberal denominational churches we have instituted into our own vision of missions in the missional church today.

Fellow missionary Michael Pfuam serving in Zambia says it this way talking about “Syncretism in World Missions”

In “modern” mission work we come across the intentional “change of the bad circumstances” e.g. the fight
against poverty, fight for democracy, freedom from abuse … These are all good and noble attempts. In focusing on these, missionaries become developmental workers, diplomats and politicians. Home churches collect vast amounts of money for developmental projects and the “eternal soul of the lost” is no longer the central focus of their investment and mission-work.
Values of our secular society take over, leaving the focus of the great commission on the sidelines.

Quoting Hugh Thomas Kerr, “Missions is not about sociology but salvation;
not economics but evangelism;
not reform but redemption;
not culture but conversion;
not progress but pardon;
not the new social order but the new birth;
not revolution but regeneration;
not renovation but revival;
not resuscitation but resurrection;
not a new organization but a new creation;
not democracy but the gospel;
not civilization but Christ.
We are ambassadors, not diplomats.
(Wesley L. Duewel, Ablaze For God, Francis Asbury Press, Grand Rapids Michigan USA, 1989, page104-105.)

Today the church seems not to believe that the Gospel is able to save people from their sin on its own. It needs help and so we use social causes to win the hearts of people so that they can then “hear” the Gospel. Two observations is that the Scriptures are clear that the Gospel is powerful to save in and of itself. Christ and the Apostles did not establish social justice and social reforms to introduce the Gospel to people so that they could “hear it” or “see it” to be saved. Any relief Paul raised was for the starving Church in Jerusalem and not the whole world. Secondly, my observation is that very little real Gospel ministry gets done with the establishment of social relief. I would contend the church has gotten the cart before the horse. Social change takes many years but begins with heart change, a change of mind and only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can accomplish this.

In short Christian Missions is about getting out the message of Jesus Christ, not creating a better world, “the Kingdom of God.” And I would contend that the best way to continue to spread the Gospel is through home missions, i.e. indigenous missions.

We should be evangelizing here at home and incorporating the converts into the local church and teaching them the Word of God so that they in turn do the same thing. That is we should be making disciples who are making disciples…

The Western Church should be helping churches around the world to do this NOT by being the great white savior and going ourselves but instead supporting the equipping of the church in Africa, Asia, South America etc to do the work of making disciples in their cultures. They need sound teaching. They need Bibles. They need help with infrastructure like transportation etc. We need to partner with them to help them do the work that we will never be able to do effectively because of culture and language.

That is the mission of Hope Builders Ministries and why I (HIMAfrica/HIMIndia) have partnered with this ministry. We are a conduit of blessings from the Lord to the church in Africa, India and around the world helping to supply the needed training and Bibles and bicycles and material support they need to do the work in their culture and economy.