AnAncient Civilization FindsNewLife
INDIA>>>>> The name “India” is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the nation’s early settlers. In land area, India is the largest South Asian nation and seventh largest in the world. India also has one of the most ancient civilizations, and is home to a diverse landscape, with snow-clad mountains in the Himalayan region; the fertile Gangetic Plain in the north; the Thar Desert in the northwestern state of Rajasthan; the majestic emerald mountains in the northeast; and the coastal region of southern states (surrounded by the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea). The massive expanse of India is rivalled only by its diversity of religions, cultures, castes, tribes and regional languages. Chess and calculus originated in India as well as the earliest school of alternative medicine known to mankind, Ayurveda. India is the largest republic on the planet, having the second largest population in the world with over 1.1 billion inhabitants. India boasts 18 primary languages with over 3,000 dialects in 28 states, and contains 193,579,953 homes in 6 million communities. More than 80 percent of people in India are Hindu. The India EHC work began in 1964 when Jack McAlister and Johnny Lee travelled to Secunderabad, India, and called five Indian leaders together in order to share with them the vision of EHC (then called World Literature Crusade). These five leaders were commissioned to establish India EHC in their respective states. Notably two of these individuals have recently retired having been in the ministry more than 45 years. The India EHC national office was officially established in Secunderabad that year, 1964. India’s first nationwide coverage (in which the Gospel was taken by EHC workers to every home) was aptly called “Operation Last Home” and occurred from 1965 to 1975. It took more than ten years to reach every accessible home in India with the Gospel.
India EHC received more than a million decisions and responses, necessitating the implementation of a Bible correspondence course as follow-up. Seekers’ conferences were conducted throughout the nation, new believers were directed to nearby churches and, in areas where there was no church, Christ Groups were formed. Especially noteworthy during the first coverage was the discovery of 126 villages the government didn’t even know existed! Since those early days, the work in India has progressed with much fervour. Nevertheless, EHC workers continue to face challenges and obstacles, including persecution, transportation problems and cultural differences to name a few. One EHC worker named David recently helped launch a citywide distribution of gospel booklets in Solapur, then boarded a bus for a late night trip to Mumbai. David had fallen asleep, but was awakened by a loud noise and the sound of people screaming for help before he was knocked unconscious. “When I opened my eyes, I found myself in a hospital bed, rather than inside a bus,” David said. “Other passengers on the bus told me that the driver had fallen asleep and the bus had crashed. The driver and conductor were found dead in the bus and many were seriously injured. My seat was directly behind the conductor’s seat, but God saved me and gave me new life. His angels lifted me in their hands.” David spent four days in the hospital, but quickly returned to his work as a pioneer missionary. “I immediately proceeded to Solapur to finish the challenging work of evangelism,” he said.
It takes many Christians with David’s commitment and courage to tackle EHC’s monumental endeavour to reach every home in India with the Good News. To challenge EHC’s evangelistic efforts even further, Christians are a religious minority, numbering about 71 million people scattered across the nation. In comparison, more than 900 million people embrace Hinduism, and Islam has over 172 million followers. Sadly, an upsurge in both Hindu and Islamic militantancy puts Christian evangelists in danger. Recently a group of six pioneer missionaries in Rajasthan was surrounded and beaten by an angry crowd to discourage them from sharing the Gospel. A Christ Group festival in Timra was disrupted by a man with a bow and arrows who threatened to kill the villagers if they did not stop worshipping the Lord. Believers in another village were threatened with excommunication from the community if they did not renounce their faith in Christ and return to Hinduism. EHC’s pioneer missionaries have been attacked, jailed, and threatened with death by angry mobs countless times, but they refuse to abandon the mission. Amid this persecution, EHC India continues to see as many as 254,591 responses to the Gospel each year. The Regional Director of EHC India, Samuel Hilel Lal, says, “It is because of God's grace and guidance, with the prayers and support of God's people, that we can share the Gospel of salvation to those who are seeking the truth. The ministry faces challenges and hardships, but God turns them into opportunities for us to pray more and to serve even more passionately in hard times!”
PRAY FOR INDIA Pray for the protection of Christians who face persecution and for boldness in sharing their faith with others.
globalconcern Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
healing the sick, helping the poor, educating for a better life.
Every Home Global Concern prides itself on being a ‘grass roots’ organisation that works on the ground by walking with the poor, and enabling them to bring themselves out of poverty. We enter a community ravaged by poverty and become a part of that community, strengthening it in its fight against hunger, disease and hardship. And we don’t just offer a quick fix, we work for lasting change and our job isn’t done until the people are self sufficient, self sustaining and can feed themselves!
Take Malawi, Africa for example Every Home began working in Malawi in 2003 when a severe drought affected the nation. But instead of just offering crisis intervention or bandaid solutions, Every Home began a Food Security Project that aimed to give impoverished farmers the tools and training to not only survive drought in the present, but withstand drought in the future, and without the assistance of aid. Every Home Malawi’s Food Security Project works with the poorest of the poor by identifying the 5 poorest communities in the region and then targeting the poorest people in these communities such as orphans, those with HIV/Aids, the elderly, the disabled, and their carers for assistance. Every Home Malawi’s workers then do life with these impoverished people for 3 years, walking with them until they graduate from the program and walk out of poverty. During this time, they become the villagers’ friend, teacher, confidant, supporter and greatest cheer leader.
An Every Home Global Concern worker teaches villagers in Malawi how to grow food.
This year (2010-11), Every Home Malawi completed the second year of one of its 3 year programs in its current 5 villages where they are impacting the lives of 1,200 farmers (366 men and 834 women) who attend training in agriculture, health and nutrition. 500 of these farmers (150 men and 350 women) received free of charge from Every Home maize and fertiliser to assist them along with their training. And the results of all this work only 2 years into the program are astounding. Maize production (kgs) 1,000,000 900,000 800,000 700,000 600,000 Total harvest 500,000
Total consumed Total sold
300,000 200,000 100,000 0 Baseline data 2009
For the first time in their lives, many farmers have a large surplus of crop. The temptation then arises for farmers to sell their surplus crop in order to pay for other items they need, but if they sell too much too soon then they find they go hungry in the lean months of the year whilst awaiting their next crop. So now they are encouraged to store their crop. Previously communities didnâ€™t store up any of their crops, but now they store up the majority of it in order to insure their households against hunger. Then if they still have surplus they can sell it to pay for school fees, medical costs and other necessities.
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â?‘ Africa, Poor to Grow Food
Families at Meal Time
Food security is not just about growing more food but being more economical in how it is used so as to avoid wastage. So training in preparing appropriate quantities of food for families at meal time has actually reduced the amount of food being consumed. Feeding centres are set up to teach mothers about nutrition and provide children with a healthy meal.
3000 Mosquito Nets It’s not only food security that Malawi communities are benefiting from. Every Home distributed 3,000 mosquito nets, resulting in dramatic drop in malaria rates. The community’s malaria rate has more than halved in the past 2 years. Africa accounts for around 90% of the world’s malaria related deaths, of which the majority are children under 5. With your help and support, Every Home is helping to change all that.
Mosquito nets for the disabled.
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Malawi orphans receive mosquito nets.
❑ Mosquito Nets
But there is still more work to do. Whilst malaria and malnutrition cases have more than halved, diarrhoea cases remain around the same. Every Home aims to address this problem by installing pit latrines. The community currently use hand dug toilets but heavy rains cause them to become flooded and the sandy soil can cave in when people try to use them. This can be very dangerous, particularly for children, but even more, it means that without suitable toilets disease is more prevalent in the community. Every Home provides communities with concrete so that they can build their own toilets that outlast the rains. In line with their health and hygiene training, villagers ensure that toilets have a water point outside for the washing of hands in order to prevent the spread of disease and diarrhoea.
A community toilet.
A hand washing station outside a toilet.
You can make a difference by supporting food security projects in Malawi and Zambia to build toilets in these communities. For just $250 you can provide a community with a toilet that will outlast the project. We take our toilets for granted to the extent that we have a plethora of clean toilets to choose to use at home and in public. You can provide a toilet for those who currently have no other choice, and by doing so protect a community from debilitating disease and death. There are literally thousands of people’s lives represented in this report. We don’t just talk the talk, but we walk the walk. We’re thankful that you walk with us as we walk with the poor. Let’s continue the journey together to see communities walk out of poverty completely. NOVEMBER 2011
- Aaron Moore
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The God of the Miraculous!
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The Independent State of Samoa, known as Western Samoa until 1997, is made up of nine volcanic islands, two of which make up 99 percent of the land mass. Samoa is home to the world’s secondlargest Polynesian group, the Maori people. Due to its status as an island nation, Samoa’s economy revolves around fishing and agriculture; but it also causes the people there to be extremely vulnerable to cyclones and disease. Still, Samoa boasts iconic scenic attractions as well as fine beaches, which please the tourists and nationals alike.
much, even when doing outreach in Bible college. We believe God has miraculously strengthened us to walk and witness all day long.We emulated other EHC pioneer missionaries who go the extra mile for Jesus. We will never forget this day!”
Through the work of Every Home for Christ, which has been working in the Samoan islands since 1963, people in towns and villages throughout the region are witnessing the life-changing power of the Gospel as EHC workers train Christian leaders to share the Good News home to home.
Morgan recently led Christian leadership workshops and Be Fruitful and Multiply (BFAM) training sessions in several locations. Attendance at one leadership workshop doubled from one night to the next after church leaders attended the first session and told others about the training.
“I got saved by reading the gospel booklet titled ‘The Way to God,’” said a man named John.“The title of the booklet really called out to me because I had always wondered,‘How can I find my way to God?’This question kept recurring in my mind year after year. I read the whole booklet and discovered a prayer page in the back and I prayed in faith and accepted Jesus Christ into my heart. I am so excited as I have now joined a local Bible-believing, Spirit-led church!”
“I appreciate the work EHC is doing in Samoa and around the world,” says Pastor Nanu Makisu. “When EHC hosted the Christian leadership workshops and the BFAM training, I supplied my sound system for the meetings and my wife and I attended all the sessions. I can see the fruits from the effort EHC is giving in Samoa. Keep up the good work.We are praying with you!”
John is just one among more than 3,800 people who have responded to the Gospel after EHC helped train and mobilize believers to go home to home, instilling in them the desire and equipping them to be able to evangelise their neighbours. Another group of volunteers who were former Bible college students tells the story of how God miraculously strengthened them to work with EHC. “We started our outreach in the village of Siumu. We began at 8 a.m. without eating breakfast and continued without lunch. We had nothing to eat until 6 p.m. We were exhausted and had witnessed all day; we felt we couldn’t open our mouths anymore! We have never in our lives experienced so
EHC’s National Director Morgan Gegera says, “These people have prayed the prayer of salvation and accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour and now help us in the ministry. Pray for God’s supernatural protection and provision for all the new souls. Praise God for the harvest!”
A church leader on Upolu Island, Semisi Ezera, also embraced the EHC vision for his church. Before he was a Christian, Semisi was the CEO of a successful company, but was arrested for cocaine possession and sent to prison. While there, Semisi heard the Gospel and accepted Christ as his Saviour. “I really appreciate what EHC is doing in Samoa and I applaud its passion to reach every home.” Ezera, who is now a pastor, says,“I believe and share in the vision!” With the cooperation of church leaders like pastors Ezera and Makisu, more than 145,000 gospel booklets have been distributed home to home across the islands of both Samoa and American Samoa. As a result, thousands of people have given their lives to Christ, churches have grown and ten Christ Group fellowships have been established.
PRAY FOR SAMOA When EHC workers Charles and Apelu traveled to Savai’i Island to provide leadership training they discovered the senior pastor of one of the churches had been sick and nearly paralyzed for days. “God moved our hearts with compassion and we began to pray for the pastor’s healing,” Charles said. “God answered our prayers and instantly healed this man of God. To God be the glory.” Seeing God’s hand at work through the power of prayer and the proclamation of the Gospel encourages Director Gegera and his team to boldly share the Good News throughout the islands. “I don’t know about you, but I am definitely, absolutely and totally convinced beyond any shadow of a doubt that God can miraculously and supernaturally provide, heal and deliver His children,” he says.“The song ‘He Is a Miracle Working God’ sums it up for us. He is indeed the God of the miraculous! We continue to covet your generous support and prayers. We value your partnership as we endeavour to take the message of our Lord Jesus Christ to the last home in the South Pacific!”
• Pray for the coverage of the remaining villages on the island of Upolu as EHC volunteers go home to home with the Gospel. EHC is working closely with some churches that have embraced the vision, but a great need still exists for unity and for the churches in Samoa to come alongside EHC to evangelise the nation. • More volunteers are needed. Pray for the churches to release more of their young people for this. EHC leaders also desire to reach out to the island of Savai’i, which is much bigger than Upolu even though less populated, and they request prayer for the right contacts there. • Pray for the establishment of Christ Groups that can help meet individuals’ spiritual needs. Pray also that new leaders will rise up to take up the task of looking after the Christ Groups once established. • Praise God that the 2011 General Election in Samoa went peacefully. Votes were cast in one day and the results were known on that same day; the government was formed on the next day. This is an answer to prayer! • Pray for the 486 new souls saved in a recent three-month period; that they will grow in their newfound faith and also be integrated into lifegiving churches in Apia and Upolu.
In a recent three-month period, EHC Samoa’s outreach teams systematically visited 1,623 homes in 25 villages, distributing a total of 20,199 gospel booklet to every home and seeing 377 people accept Jesus as Saviour. The EHC office also donated 6,542 gospel booklets to churches and individuals for evangelistic campaigns around Samoa and American Samoa. Every Home for Christ
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• EHC Samoa workers also have plans to launch a work on the New Zealand island territory of Tokelau soon. They are believing God for an open door. Please pray!
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