Sthotram (“Praise the Lord” in Malayalam Language) India is a land of natural beauty, ancient cultures, rich traditions, multi-cuisine, various languages and diverse people groups through which we clearly see the fingerprints of God. In the midst of this there is inequality, poverty and spiritual darkness. On the cover, you see a homeless boy with a stray dog. In this place of brokenness, the dog is viewed as more valuable than the boy according to the caste system (a social class system of Hinduism). However, the light that we have received through Christ can break through any obstacles of darkness. Through the last 25 years of ministry, we have been continuously experiencing this breakthrough! It is a privilege to serve with Drs. Abraham & Molly Pothen, my parents, and founders of this ministry and the many people who have been faithful to God’s call for decades to see the light of Jesus Christ shine in dark places. Their commitment to God and love for people is humbling. We are all called to influence people we know, communities we live in and the world we call home with the love of God, as commissioned by Jesus with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. If you love people, you will love India. I invite you to pray with us for the people of India and consider partnering with us to see the whole Gospel move forward to bring about holistic development in the communities of India and Nepal.
Emmanuel Pothen, President
Emmanuel and Allison Pothen PRESIDENT and ADMINISTRATOR
Drs. Abraham and Molly Pothen FOUNDERS and NATIONAL DIRECTORS, INDIA
Nepal has 348 unreached people groups.
Over 40 million people in India live under $1.25 per day.
1 1/3 of people under poverty in the world lives in India.
India has 2,214 unreached people groups out of total 2,549.
Fraction of the world’s population that lives in India, making it the second largest country.
Number of children living as orphans in India.
Number of people living in India, making it the most populous democracy in the world.
Our vision is to see holistic development (physical, spiritual, social & economic) within communities of India & Nepal through the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ. OUR MISSION
Influence International, Inc. exists to train, resource and send individuals to plant churches in the most unreached areas, to strategically respond to the physical, social and economic needs and to equip and mobilize churches and individuals to be missional in nature.
WHAT WE DO
IN THE LAST 20 YEARS AT DOULOS COLLEGE CAMPUSES, WE HAVE TRAINED OVER A THOUSAND STUDENTS TO BE CHRIST-LIKE LEADERS TO PLANT CHURCHES AND ADVANCE THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN INDIA & NEPAL.
Vision to Expand
Training indigenous leaders in their own language and community is the most effective way of raising christian leaders and transforming a region.
Due to the diversity in language and culture, our vision is to establish Doulos Institutes in every major language in India and Nepal and to equip native men and women to work in their own communities.
Along with theological education, we have a strong practical ministry focus. Students are required to be involved in evangelism, church planting, etc. as part of their training.
Students are mentored, taught and given opportunity to grow in Christ-like character, to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit and to be Christian leaders in places of need.
A VAST COUNTRY IN URGENT NEED OF CHRISTIAN LEADERS JAMMU AND KASHMIR ZAMBIA
PAPA NEW GUINEA BIHAR PHILIPPINES
DIVERSITY Each state in India has a population similar to some of the largest countries in the world and each state has diversity as that of different countries.
ARUNACHAL PRADESH MAURITIUS
FIRST GENERATION Many of our students are first-generation Christians and have no background in Christianity.
ANDHRA PRADESH ETHIOPIA
TAMIL NADU THAILAND KERALA ALGERIA
ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS MALTA
POPULATION 73,217 1,000,000 10,000,000 50,000,000 100,000,000 203,000,000 STATE SIZES COMPARED TO A NATION OF THE WORLD
NO ACCESSIBILITY In some areas, the Bible is not available in the local language. Verbal instruction is critical in these remote areas. UNREACHED 97% of Indiaâ€™s population does not know the living God.
Holistic Development in India and Beyond
TRANSFORMED AND READY TO SERVE He said he was transformed! “I have heard this before…” I thought to myself. Although, half-way through the conversation I began to believe him. His name is Joginder and he comes from Jammu, the northern most part of India. He told me the story of how he met Christ through the healing of his sister-in-law who was infertile. God’s healing touch then transformed his life and slowly his whole family as well. Through this, he became so passionate and wanted to do something for this amazing God! He decided to learn the Word of God and wanted to study in a college where the instruction would be in Hindi. He even booked his tickets and was ready to go to a school like that, but somehow could not proceed. But, when he heard about Doulos Theological College in Kerala, even though he was not particularly excited, amazingly, the doors just opened up. He got his tickets in a week, which is next to impossible! Doors open when God’s hand is at work! So, I talked to him as he was spending his final few moments on the campus of DTC. He has completed his three years of theological studies and graduated with flying colors. He is leaving with mixed emotions.
Looking back on his life, he said that the first year adjusting to the new food, new language, new culture and new environment was very difficult. As time went by, things became easier. Our entire conversation was in english, and although it was not polished or grammatically correct, it was amazing to see how much he has learned. In the first year he could not even speak a sentence of english and came here though he had barely even passed the eighth grade. Hearing him fluently speak in english was incredible. Miracles do happen! To anyone who is willing! He talked about how he has been influenced a lot in his spiritual and social life, especially dealing with other cultures. As he shared how his character has been transformed he was so enthusiastic. Before he knew Christ he would get into fist fights, arguments and somehow trouble just followed him. But now, he does not know how he can be so calm. Even when others pick a fight with him, he is able to just look at them and walk away, which he knows is only a work of God in his life. He was even awarded as the student with the best conduct. Joginder wants to serve the Lord in Kashmir, an area where people are usually unwilling to go, fearing terrorists and other issues. Knowing how God has transformed him leaves him challenged and humbled at the opportunity to go to Kashmir.
YOU CAN SUPPORT A BIBLE COLLEGE STUDENT TO BE A CHURCH PLANTER FOR
$40 per month
WE PLANT CHURCHES TO BE A LIGHT [JYOTI] AND TRANSFORM THE COMMUNITIES. OVER THE LAST 24 YEARS, 400+ CHURCHES HAVE BEEN PLANTED IN INDIA AND NEPAL.
Native missionaries are trained and equipped and move with their family to a specific area of need. Relationships are built as they interact with the community.
As people commit to follow Christ, and demonstrate it through baptism, they are discipled to be disciple-makers.
Sharing the Gospel, praying for the needy, and loving on those they meet leads to group Bible studies.
Churches are multiplied as the cycle continues and a community begins to transform.
UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS IN INDIA AND NEPAL CHRISTIAN POPULATION Only 3% of India is reported to be Christian by Indian Census Departament (Catholic, protestant, evangelical). UNREACHED IN INDIA 75% of the worldâ€™s unreached people groups with more than 100,000 people are in India. RELIGIONS India is the birthplace of 4 major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. REACHED UNREACHED
UNREACHED IN NEPAL Nepal has 374 people groups; only 26 of them have ever been reached with the Gospel.
Holistic Development in India and Beyond
FROM â€œSLUMDOGâ€? TO CHURCH PLANTER We would like you to meet Akbar Ali. He and his wife Alice, along with their two children, are ministering in a state called Tamil Nadu. You would never know it from looking at this kind man, but Akbar Ali is an ex-convict. In fact, after his release from prison, he was eager to return to his old ways. His time in prison had changed nothing in his cold heart. He immediately came to Doulos Theological College, where he had heard rumors that an old friend and partner-in-crime was staying. He planned to find his friend and get outta there. . . God had other plans. The moment Akbar Ali set foot on the campus of this Bible College, he felt a supernatural presence- the presence of the Lord. He did indeed find his friend, but he found much more that day. His friend shared the Gospel with him, and Akbar Ali has never been the same.
Here is a man with a shameful background. No education to speak of (he had not finished fourth grade), and yet, he later graduated from Doulos Theoloical College with high grades. Not only that, this education was in a totally different language than he had grown up speaking, since he is from a different state. He has now lead many people to the Lord and planted a church with about 80 devoted attendees. During the week, he also ministers in two other villages, feeding meals to 12 mentally disturbed individuals. These are normally ignored, abused people, but Akbar Ali has a heart to serve them. Perhaps it is because he himself recalls the days as a young boy, where he had to find his meals from the garbage thrown onto the railroad track. God has truly taken Akbar Ali from darkness to light and he wishes to bring this light to others.
YOU CAN SUPPORT A CHURCH PLANTER FAMILY FOR
$75 per month
IN THE LAST 18 YEARS, HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN HAVE BEEN RAISED IN OUR DAYA HOMES. WE HAVE EMPOWERED THOUSANDS MORE BY PROVIDING THEM WITH BLANKETS AND SWEATERS, EDUCATIONAL TOOLS AND MEDICAL CARE. AT DAYA HOMES WE PROVIDE:
Daya Homes provide a safe place for children to thrive. A place where they can find comfort, peace, love and healing.
Nutritious food helps children grow, both physically and mentally.
We believe that the key to holistic transformation of oneâ€™s self comes through knowing the loving God and following Him. Kids get to know God and His love personally.
Education is one of the most important components to pull a child out from extreme poverty. Once education is provided, generations are transformed.
HARDSHIPS FACING CHILDREN IN INDIA POVERTY There are 300 million kids in deep poverty.
LACK OF EDUCATION 10 million children (ages 6-14) are not able to go to school.
STARVATION Out of all the kids who are starving in the world 66% of them are in India. 6,000 die everyday due to starvation.
FORCED PROSTITUTION India has 3 million sex workers, of whom 1.2 million are below the age of 18.
GENDER DISCRIMINATION Of every female child that dies in India, every 6th death is directly related to gender discrimination.
CHILD LABOR 50 million children are forced into laboring in hazardous circumstances and paid nothing or very little.
Holistic Development in India and Beyond
THE SPLENDOR OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER When the girls are young and come into the Daya Home (usually at 4 or 5 years old), they often bring along with them anger, frustration, sadness; which can be seen as the girls act out their broken pasts toward other girls there and even at school. Anjali came to us in June of 2012. The house mother gets frequent calls on Anjali’s behavior at school and has to meet with the teachers and administrators on a regular basis. It is hard work! At her young age, before coming to us, she had already been tossed around between orphanages after being rejected by her mother and never knowing her father. Nobody even knows the date of her birthday. None of her previous guardians were able to control or work with her in the ways she needed. She is entirely “creative” in her attempts to get attention, and daily proves to be a real challenge to those who look after her, as well as her teachers and friends. We know that what she is craving is love- the true love of God which is daily being demonstrated at this Home. But for Anjali, this process is slow. The meaning of her name, Anjali, is “splendor, light, and fearless.” We are asking God to heal this broken little girl. A girl so rejected, so hurt, a girl who plays tricks and is rarely serious. A girl who we pray will indeed be the “splendor” of her Heavenly Father whose love is relentless! I am certain that Anjali will be healed and made to feel worthy again over the next few years. A visitor to the Daya Home
YOU CAN SUPPORT A DESTITUTE CHILD FOR
per permonth month
recently said, “The staff at the Daya Home is unbelievable, full of joy, compassionate, forgiving, and sacrificial of themselves for the welfare of God’s children.” We thank God for them! Pray for their wisdom and strength each day, and specifically as they continually give to Anjali. Please remember her in your prayers.
WE WORK TO BREAK THE GENERATIONAL CYCLE OF SOCIAL EVILS BY BRINGING LIFE [JEVA] TO COMMUNITIES THROUGH VOCATIONAL TRAINING, ADULT LITERACY PROGRAMS, RELIEF WORK AND HEALTH & HYGIENE AWARENESS.
What is Poverty?
Poverty is the lack of choice, peace, safety, relationships, resources and hope.
Advancing the Kingdom of God includes providing platforms of physical and spiritual transformation, so people can thrive in all aspects of life.
We work by enabling the churches to bring about development in their own community among people with whom they are already building relationships.
Blankets, sweaters, school and medical supplies are strategically distributed to break cycles of poverty, lack of education and poor health.
HINDU SOCIAL CLASS STRUCTURE PYRAMID AND ITS EFFECTS GODS
INFANT MORTALITY There are 63 deaths per 1,000 live births in India.
Warriors + Kings
POVERTY 1/3 of the world’s poor live in India.
Outcast - Out of Caste, Street Sweepers, Latrine Cleaners
Merchants + Landowners Commoners + Peasants
GENDER DISCRIMINATION Untouchable (Dalit) women are one of the largest socially segregated groups anywhere in the world, and make up 2% of the world’s total population. NO EDUCATION Less than 50% of children (age 6-18) attend school. 37% of all illiterate adults in the world are Indian.
Holistic Development in India and Beyond
VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR MINISTRY I was born and raised in a very poor family. I knew about God, but my family didn’t have any relationship with God. We had severe financial problems and debts and we struggled so much. When an opportunity arose for my mother to go work as a housekeeper in Kuwait, she needed to go there to earn money. In my mother’s absence I was so depressed and in her letters she wrote about the abuse and neglect she was facing from her employers. As a young girl, imagining my mother going through these things was too much for me to handle. On top of that, my sister had very serious kidney issues and was nearing death on two occasions. In this place of fear and darkness, I made a decision before God: if my sister were healed, I would serve Him with my life. I wasn’t sure what this really meant, but soon after, a pastor from the area came to visit us and through prayer, she was completely healed! I couldn’t believe it. Who was this God who can even heal the sick?! I immediately began attending church regularly and growing in my faith. I had such a heart to serve God but didn’t know what that meant for a single girl with no real support from my family. The pastor told me about Doulos Theological College
WILL PROVIDE ONE CHILD WITH A BACKPACK AND SUPPLIES CAN SAVE A LIFE WITH A BLANKET
WILL PROVIDE A SEWING MACHINE
where I have been studying for 2 years. One thing I have been privileged to learn, is sewing, fabric painting and embroidery. I intend to train other young women with these skills which will lead to their empowerment, economic development in communities and a platform to build relationships and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please pray for my family to be re-united as well as for my future “ministry in the workplace” as I use the sewing and embroidery skills I have learned here, as part of God’s mission. I’m so thankful that He can use a simple girl like me to advance His Kingdom.
India is a land of natural beauty, ancient cultures, rich traditions, multi-cuisine, various languages and diverse people groups through which we clearly see the fingerprints of
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THE HEART BEHIND THE ORGANIZATION
DR. JAY PASSAVANT Board Member
FRANK MADIA Board Member
DR. CHRIS ZIEGLER Treasurer
ALLISON POTHEN Administrator
EMMANUEL POTHEN President
WHAT’S BEING SAID ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION
“It is evangelistic and holistic, and focuses on one of the greatest needs of the church, the training of the next generation of leaders.” DR. PAUL PIERSON Dean Emeritus School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, CA
“I commend the ministry of Influence International for the impact it is making in a land of vast need.” DR. TETSUNAO YAMAMORI Senior Fellow Of Center For Religion And Civic Culture, University Of Southern California President Emeritus, Food For The Hungry International Former International Director, Lausanne Movement
“I have found Doulos to be a strategic Theological College that produces servant leaders for the church of India and beyond.” DR. FREW TAMRAT Principal of Evangelical Theological College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2014 PROJECTED BUDGET FUNDS DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS FUND DISTRIBUTION FACILITIES
OFFICE OPERATIONS/ WAGES
OFFICE OPERATIONS/ WAGES
PROGRAMS FUND DISTRIBUTION DOULOS: RAISING LEADERSHIP JOYTI: CHURCH PLANTING
DAYA: EMPOWERING CHILDREN
JEVA: DEVELOPING COMMUNITIES
MISSION SEMINARS TOTAL DOULOS:
TOTAL OPERATIONS: $133,759.76
1% 100% VISION/ DISCIPLESHIP TRIPS
TOTAL PROGRAMS: $166,220.00
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We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization