For the past nine years, DPM-India Directors Elsie and Danny have been travelling to some of the major cities and towns in different states of India, reaching pastors and leaders with Derek’s sound Biblical teaching on various topics. Over the past 12 months especially, they have been to some of the most remote and largely unreached areas of India to bring Bible teaching and training to large numbers of Christian leaders.
Elsie reports: One of these places was the state of Bihar in remote North India (see map), where we met pastors and leaders who could not even read or write. Bihar is probably one of the most backward states in India in terms of education, as well as economic and spiritual development. On visiting this place we literally found “spiritual darkness” in the minds of the pastors. Even a basic knowledge of Biblical principles was lacking in this area.
What touched Danny and me most was when a pastor said to us, with tears in his eyes, “I cannot read or write, but now you have given me this SD card to listen to and I can hear and understand new things from God’s Word that I would never have had the opportunity to know if you had not brought this to me!”
“TEACHING THE UNTAUGHT”
The other place we visited were the very distant Andaman Islands, which lie way out in the middle of the ocean between India and Myanmar. In the Andaman’s, we went to the remotest areas, driving through the islands way up north – travelling through two thick jungles which are inhabited by the Jarwa tribes and then crossing two seas by boat between the islands. We were confronted by the tribals at one point with all their weapons – they demanded food and took all we had.
“REACHING THE UNREACHED”
When we held the Bible teaching conferences, it reminded me that these pastors were, in a sense, like the tribals, deprived of spiritual food as they live so far away from the rest of Indian society. The tears we saw in their eyes as we taught on and prayed for deliverance from demons, curses and bondages reminded us that they were striving on their own with so little encouragement and that, as Derek Prince Ministries, we brought them great comfort and strengthened them to press ahead in their God-given visions. Even though you have a vision, you still need the encouragement to persevere in it. And I think that is exactly where DPM has stepped in.
Danny and I (Elsie) were able to train pastors who belonged to a group of tribals called “the Karens” in the Andaman’s (originally from Myanmar). There is now a big spiritual breakthrough amongst this people group and we have been blessed to teach the pastors who are going forth to reach these people with the Gospel. Matthew 24:14: “And this Gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
Your generous support of DPM's India outreach over the past year has helped enable us to make these vital trips and we would like to say a huge “thank you” for partnering with us. Now 2020 awaits us…
In the year ahead, we are looking at reaching out to Uttarakhand – once again a very remote state in the Himalayas - and to Arunachal Pradesh on India’s border with China. Both these mountainous regions are very difficult places in terms of Christian ministry. In addition, we will also attempt to reach the Nicobar Islands, part of the Andaman group, but we need special permission to go in there.
Our vision and commitment is to support Derek’s mission to “Reach the Unreached & Teach the Untaught”. As part of this work, in the last 16 months we were able to distribute around 21,000 of Derek’s books and over 4,000 micro SD cards, each containing many hours of Derek’s audio teaching, to the pastors and leaders we met in 47 different conferences that we organized across both India and Sri Lanka.
For 2020, we now need to reprint a minimum of 25,000 more books and duplicate at least 3,500 SD cards to hand out at the many conferences we plan to hold. Our 2020 budget for continuing this vital outreach, as well as producing this teaching material is approximately $136,500. (SD cards cost us $7.60 to produce and we will require $57,000 to reprint the books.) In addition, we usually need to cover the cost of the conferences, as well as covering all our own travel and accommodation costs.
We cannot do this without your support and prayer. Your gift to enable us to help fulfil Matthew 24:14 and “Reach the Unreached & Teach the Untaught” as Derek called us to do, is very much needed at this time.
India’s political climate has seen huge upheavals in the last year and it is not clear how long religious freedom will last in this vast country of over 1.2 billion people. But while it does, we must make use of the opportunities we have right now and take the Word of God and Derek’s teaching to the uttermost parts of India.
Could you please help us to “Reach the Unreached and Teach the Untaught” across this huge nation?
Many thanks for your donations and prayer support.
Ps. Elsie and Danny
Directors, DPM-India and Sri Lanka
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Please read the following articles concerning our outreach and ministry reports in India.