Pastor Prabin Sipka and wife Susama
In February 2013, by God’s Grace and calling, I was able to go to India and partner with Stephen Prasad to begin HIMIndia, Helping Indigenous Missions in India, training pastors in the Word of God. Today there are hundreds of pastors receiving Bible training using the Mini Bible College lessons prepared by the late Dick Woodward and made available through International Cooperating Ministries.
In February 2014 Stephen and I visited Odisha State and the ministry of Bethel Association. Pastor Prabin Sipka and his wife Susama conduct a school caring for children from 5 to 25 years of age. There is also an active orphan ministry caring for hundreds of single and double orphaned children both on campus and from the surrounding community.
Pastor’s gathered at Bethel with HIMIndia
Along with this Pastor Sipka has organized an association of hundreds of pastors networking together in ministry and studying the Word of God together. HIMIndia is providing the training resources for their training using the Mini Bible College and supplemental materials. Bibles and other ministry resources are needed.
Prayerfully consider being a part of this ministry. 2 Timothy 2:2 challenges us to be disciple makers passing on the teaching of the Word of God to those who can teach others. YOU can help. A financial gift of as little as $25 a month will have a huge impact on helping these poor rural pastors train their people in the Word of God and win many to Christ in this country of 1.3 Billion souls. Fewer than 2% of the people are Christian in name and many of these are untrained in the Word of God. You can help by helping us to train pastors in the Word of truth.
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Without faith it is impossible to please God. To have the kind of faith that pleases God the people of God must understand and obey the Word of God.
Help HIMIndia to train pastors in the Word and strengthen and encourage the Lord’s Church in India.
Below are some testimonies sent to me from Pastor Sipka in Odisha State. Remember this is an idolatrous nation. The people coming out of this idolatry are on a journey to the Truth, Jesus Christ, the ONE true and living God. Christians in Odisha State suffered deadly persecution in 2008. Hundreds were murdered and over 50,000 are still living in ghettos, not being allowed to return to their villages and homes. It is not “easy” to be a Christian in India.
We hope you are doing well and that your preparation for Zambia is going good! We just wanted to update you on what has been happening here the last few months. We have collected testimonies from our pastors, and each and everyone explained to us how encouraged they have been since our Pastor’s Meeting in February. Many of our Pastors have experienced God’s hand and faithfulness through preparing many healing miracles for people that they pray for. Along with this, we have been able to see many new believers committing to worship Jesus.
The month of May means that there is a break from school, so we have been able to put on an eight day Vacation Bible School program for 40 children for the colony nearby our home. These children, along with the families who sat outside to watch the activities, were able to learn more about who Jesus is and ask questions about His love. Also, because of the holiday, our Bethel children have been able to watch many films about the Bible and miracles God performs. We will hold a special VBS at the end of May.
A big change that has occurred on our campus is that we are caring for 150 extra boys for the next year. They are children supported through a ministry in Chennai, but were in need of care this year while they develop and make changes to their ministry. This ministry was able to provide us funds to care for these children, and because of those funds we have been able to create a conference hall on top of our school building. We will use this new hall for a classroom, study room, prayer, and Friday and Sunday worship! Praise God with us for answering this need.
Please continue to pray for our ministry and the needs of our Pastors. We trust and pray that God is blessing you and that He will lead and guide you and provide for every need you have.
With love and regards,
Pastor Prabin & Susama Sipka
Field Report from pastor: Bunki’s Miracle
When Bunki found out she was pregnant for the third time, she was more than a little skeptical. After two miscarriages, she sent a prayer request to Pastor Prabin at Bethel Association, asking that the Lord would grant her a good and healthy baby. When she went to the doctor for her first ultrasound after finding out she was pregnant, they were devastated when told that the baby was growing in the fallopian tube. This Hindu woman knew that her current pregnancy was a gift from the Lord, and instead of terminating the pregnancy as she was advised to do, she turned to prayer along with everyone at Bethel. A month of two later, she went back to the doctor and was told that through a miracle, her baby was now healthy and growing in her uterus. Now Bunki’s baby is a three month old happy and thriving girl! Bunki along with her entire family is now trusting in Jesus Christ and is no longer worshipping Hindu idols. Through studying scripture, prayer & worship, we believe that one day soon they will completely surrender to the one true God!
I grew up in a Hindu family where we worshipped the Devil. June 15, 1997, one forest guard told me that Jesus is king, and after hearing this I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior. Then on February 5, 1999, I received water baptized. From that day on, I have been living and doing God’s work. To this date, I have led 30 families to Christ and have continued to disciple them. Other than these families, I have 5 families from outside villages who attend the Church I pastor.
My family is continually worshipping Jesus, but we are facing persecution from our village. Within the last few years, they threatened to cast us out of society, but recently God has quieted their mouths and they no longer threaten us. Please pray for my family and my church members that God will lead and guide us. As you pray for us, we are daily praying for you.
Raj Kumar Pradhan
I have three congregations that I pastor. God has given the chance for our three congregatiosn to experience more and more people coming to know Jesus. I am working to distribute literature and preach the Gospel.
In my village, a wife of a Hindu priest came to me, requesting prayer. She asked our congregation to pray that God would provide them with a boy baby. Upon delivery, they saw God had answered their prayers and their family turned from Hinduism, and now believe in Jesus Christ. This happened in March, 2014.
In the time since Pastor Jeff’s meeting in February, we have spent much more time in prayer and have been working more for Jesus. One man in particular, Surash, was tormented by devil spirits for months. He tried all he could to get rid of the devil spirit, such as going to Hindu priests and those performing witchcraft. It wasn’t until Surash came to us for prayer that the devil spirit fled his body. He has now accepted Jesus Christ, and he, along with 20 other members of my congregation have received water baptism this past month.
Please pray that each family in our congregation will be able to be provided with a Bible and also pray that our believers will grow in their faith.
I am working in and preaching the Gospel within ten different villages. God has produced many miracles within my life. Everyone within my home village is Hindu, so no one was preaching within this area. When I was small, God chose me and I began to preach to all within my village. One man within a particular village, Mundipanga, was mute since birth. That man traveled to many Hindu places to worship. Finally he came to our church and now, He is speaking! Eight people within his family now praise Jesus Christ!
In another family, one boy was incredibly sick with a fever. They tried many different witch craft tricks, but he did not experience complete healing until he came to us for prayer. Because of his testimony, five people have accepted Christ and are preparing for baptism. Please pray for my church members and Bibles for each member.
Pranaya Kumar Lohara
I am working in Belamguda Village. In this village, 25 families have accepted Jesus. In Belamguda, we have experienced many different persecutions, but I am continuing to serve here. I distribute literature and preach the Gospel. I am often severely beat and mocked, but I continue to preach and work for Christ. After Pastor Jeff’s meeting, we have experienced four people accepting Jesus and many others have been interested in attending my church.
For a long time, my congregation has been praying for one drunkard in our village. After many prayers, God broke the cycle of alcoholism in this man, and his entire family has now accepted Jesus.
My people in my congregation are very poor. We are not able to afford a church building, but we are praying in a small veranda. Please pray that God will provide a church building for us. Right now, five people are ready to receive water baptism. Please pray for the people in my congregation to grow in their prayer life. Pray for this village, that all non-Christians will come to know Jesus.
This past Easter, we were able to celebrate the risen Christ in a new way. During our worship, a Hindu women was carried into our church. This woman was carried in laying on a bed because she had been experiencing here period many, many days, and came to us for prayer. Together, we all prayed for this woman on Easter, and God filled her with strength. She was able to sit up, and now has energy that allows her to attend church.
This past month while distributing tracts, two Hindu men began asking me questions and are now attending church. Praise the Lord that they are preparing to receive water baptism. Please pray for me and my family as well as my church members.