DPM-India Director, Elsie, writes: We have written many reports on how Derek’s teachings have been a blessing to the pastors and the larger church community in India. But what about, when beyond being a blessing, it becomes that last, vital straw of hope that one is clinging on to? Yes! That is what Derek’s teachings became to us and the hundreds of pastors we work with, through the second wave of the pandemic that hit India in 2021. And it continues to give that boldness to a community of people who have seen the worst of the pandemic sweep away many, many loved ones.
Derek’s teaching on Applying the Blood could not have come at a more appropriate time than this. And the fact that proclaiming the power of the blood of Jesus actually brought mighty deliverances meant that this teaching truly came to life for every leader and believer that received it.
Through most of the year gone by we reached out to pastors who were dealing with a huge loss of lives in the communities around them, with Derek’s teaching on the blood. Here are just two of the responses/testimonies that we received:
“This was a time when it seemed that all we have learned from the Bible and our Bible colleges was thrown into question because all of our praying didn’t stop the pandemic or the deaths in our communities. But thank you for bringing to us this life-changing teaching on declaring the power of the blood – it has helped us see a change in our personal circumstances and in the lives of our believers...” - Ps. PK, South India
“Thank you for bringing us food – both physical and spiritual. We were beginning to grow weak and weary with the continued challenges of the pandemic. At this time, you have brought us food that has strengthened our souls and taught us to hold on to our confession in faith and without wavering to see the victory...” - Sis. JM, Tamil Nadu
These testimonies, and many others like them, have given us a new resolve to bring Derek’s vital teaching for the current times to many more leaders all around India. It is not that the leaders do not know the facts of the Bible or that they don’t believe it; sometimes it is just the lack of knowledge of how to put it to use that keeps them from moving forward in victory, and Derek’s teaching being simply practical gives them the breakthroughs they are looking for.
We have also been burdened to reach young leaders in these times, who more often focus on songs, worship and keeping young people entertained simply because they themselves do not have a strong foundation in the Word of God. With a focus on holiness and commitment, we plan to extend the residential training courses to young leaders, tailoring the courses to include those topics of Derek that are most needed for the times now.
Considering that this young generation of believers is captured by worship and the doctrine of “grace” (which is often misinterpreted), we will focus on making Entering the Presence of God and By Grace Alone available as resources for training. Also, having seen the effectiveness of The Power of Proclamation, this would be another book that we would widely distribute to leaders together with Applying the Blood. The cost of printing 3,000 copies of each of these books in both English and Tamil would be approximately NZ$21,000 and the cost of holding each three-day training seminar for 25 young leaders would be NZ$1,200, including accommodation and meals. Would you like to sponsor a training seminar for these young leaders?
Sri Lanka is currently going through a very difficult time economically and politically. DPM-India Directors, Elsie and Danny, advise, “we plan to make a return visit in May this year for at least a week to encourage and support the pastors we have worked with there. These pastors have been constantly in touch requesting that we come and offer encouragement and support through Derek’s teaching. We will hold seven seminars for 150-200 pastors for a total cost of NZ$6,000.
We also need to reprint two titles in Sinhala and Tamil for this trip to Sri Lanka for free distribution to pastors, namely What’s So Important About the Cross? and Applying the Blood.
For more than 20 years, thousands of Derek’s books have been provided free-of-charge to pastors all over Nepal through seminars and church distribution, along with free distribution to Bible college teachers and graduates. Pastors throughout the nation, like Ps. Bhupendra Karki of west Nepal, continue to find Derek’s teaching invaluable for their own spiritual growth...
“I have been serving the Lord in my own area for a couple of years. Somehow, God led me to the teaching of Derek Prince while I was in Kathmandu for three months. I was so overwhelmed to learn from Derek’s teaching. I have been teaching right from Derek’s books Foundations for Life, Holy Spirit in You and Self Study Bible Course. Other pastors have borrowed these books from me. Derek’s teaching is very Biblical and easy-to-understand; that is why most of the people who read one of Derek’s books like to read more of his material.”
Gopaljee is the only publisher in Nepal distributing thousands of books to the pastors and leaders each year and so it is crucial that he continues to be well stocked with Derek’s Nepali books. In 2021, thanks to your generous financial gifts, Gopaljee was able to gift 23,000 books free of charge to pastors and Christian leaders! This year, we need to keep this momentum going and we would like to print a further 44,000 Nepali-language books! This will cost approximately NZ$40,000.
If you would like to partner with us in helping to train pastors and leaders across India, Sri Lanka and Nepal you may donate securely online.
With our grateful thanks for whatever gift you can make today. Donations to these countries are non-tax rebateable.
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