NIEA,USA Board members recently visited the Bindthola Campus. They went to see the hostel and school where the children stay and learn. They children honored them with songs and a performance. They prayed for the children and asked for God's blessing to be with them.
Afterwards, they were shown photos of the Bindthtola Campus 13 years ago. They were so amazed at how many changes have taken place and the grace God has given with such an increase!
The children invited them to the village and they were very happy to go with them to see their village. They visited several believer's houses and prayed for them. Their hearts were encouraged to meet their brothers and sisters in Christ in India. It was wonderful time for them.
Dr. Alex Philip will be hosting a workshop at this event.
You won't want to miss it!
On a Chilly Afternoon…without even a shawl!
One chilly day when coming back from the project at noon, Munna a colleague and I reached the main road and were stunned to see a 6-year-old girl roaming with a newborn child. Both children were shivering with the cold because neither of them had enough clothing to cover themselves, not even a single piece of warm clothing. Sadly, they appeared oblivious to the cold weather.
On the other hand, due to the intense cold, I was wearing five warm pieces of clothing. That caused me to stop and think. We stopped our vehicle and called the child to enquire about them, but the child ran to a hut in the distance. We followed her and again were shocked to see their shelter, covered with nothing but cloth and paper. It was here that we met Sonali’s and Deepa’s Dad and Mom. Temperatures were less than 10C that afternoon, the height of winter here in Northern Bihar.
Overcome with grief and shock, we rushed to the NIEA campus and shared what we had seen with other friends, and took up a collection. A dear sister gave us $15 to buy some warm clothes for them immediately; several others promised to help. We looked through our supplies and found a sweater, a shawl, and blankets, and we bought two sets of warm clothes, a small blanket for the newborn child and a sweater for the sister. My wife Gigi and an associate Rebecca joined me, and we found the little hamlet of these precious kids.
We gave them these gifts of love and prayed for them. “Thank you very much!” they echoed with joy and gratitude. Standing in the cold that wet afternoon, our hearts were warmed to know that another family was blessed.
The words of Isa. 61:1-3 rang in my heart – “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor….”
As we continue to serve in Bihar, the heartland of poverty and backwardness, please pray for the poor and needy. They surround us; they are cold; and they need help.
God bless you.
(Narrated by Pr Pramod Paul, NIEA Leader, Bihar Mission Field.)
Jagarnath Kacchap pictured fourth from left, with his Mother Tongue Translator (MTT) colleagues from Bihar and Jharkhand teams, in the Fall of 2009.
SCRIPTURE TRANSLATOR AND COLLEAGUE NOW WITH THE LORD!
Dearly beloved and sorrowing family members,
Jagarnath Kacchap became part of our family when the End-2-End Initiative project involving the crafting of Bible Stories in six Bihari-Jharkhand languages commenced in July 2008. Panchpargania was a language identified as in need of God’s Word through a State-wide Consultation held in January 2008 in Patna, Bihar where Church Planters, Bible Translators and Resource Partners gathered. We were delighted to get to know Jagarnath as the project started and have had the privilege to serve with him since then for the Luke Translation work, the Jesus Film, the New Testament project and MAST workshops…and more. He was a precious brother in Christ.
We were grateful to Jagarnath for his obvious love for the Lord and zeal to serve the Master always. He was so committed to his work and often narrated to us stories of the challenges faced by rural villagers in Bundu district of Jharkhand, where a large number of people spoke the Panchpargania language. We also were delighted to meet his wife, Jalhi Vina Toppo as she used to come occasionally to Purnia for various meetings.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints,” (Ps 116:15) says the Psalmist. As we reflect on the tragic passing away of our dear brother and his sister-in-law, our thoughts focus on our heavenly home and eternal hope. We must believe that the Lord who conquered death and suffering, will comfort Jalhi, Satish and Samuel, and the aged mother Agni Devi.
Our future glory outweighs by far our present sufferings. St. Paul says “I consider our present sufferings insignificant compared to the glory that will soon be revealed to us.”
With this hope may we comfort ourselves and continue in the faith and work for the Lord. Let us continue to pray and support the bereaved family in all ways possible.
May the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ fill our hearts with hope and renewed faith.
Warmly in Him,
Alex & Laly Philip, NIEA - India
At NIEA, we are in the business of envisioning a New India. Serving in a largely under-developed part of India, transformation is what we seek. Transformation is the progressive and ongoing measurable supernatural impact of the presence and power of God working in, through, and apart from the Church on human society and structures. It addresses the plea “Lord, may your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
Over the past 2 years, we have seen the power of God's Word go forth as eager listeners and readers have access to Scripture in their own heart language. Lives are changed, and as committed disciples engage with the Living Word, dramatic results ensue.
Individuals are being called to be conformed to the image of Christ. Churches are being challenged to be renewed. This motif encompasses every facet of human society and calls for an understanding of the Greek word “metamorphoo” which means to change from one degree of glory to another, with ever increasing glory (see John 4:14; 2 Cor. 3:18, I John 3:9).
Through the multi-faceted ministry of training, church planting, child care, education, medical services and scripture translation, our focus is to see the nation transformed -one by one, village by village, state by state. God's peace and grace be with you!
Leading as many as possible to Christ, especially the most needy in society,
by growing the ministries we offer