India is the second largest country with 1.25 billion people. It has 638,000 villages and 4,693 distinct people groups. Its complexity of size, culture, language, economics and religion is like having over 200 different countries in one nation. If we were to finish the task of discipling India and we need to at least one church for every 1000 persons that means we need over one million churches.
God is at work in India and we would like to extend an invitation to you and your church to partner with HBI to fulfill God’s mission in India. We sense the urgency and the need to fulfill the Great commission in our generation in our nation and we invite you to join us in this God given vision.
There is a great response to the Gospel and a movement to complete the task in our generation. God is blessing India and we believe in our generation, we can reach India for Christ. In1987 it was estimated that we had less than 115,000 churches but over the last 30 years God has blessed India and we now have over 700,000 churches. Now is the time we must harvest the receptive and disciple the unreached. We need partners who will come alongside us in this great task of reaching India for Christ.
God enabled HBI to start a church planting movement in the year 1987 with a vision to plant 10,000 churches by 2020. We praise God for what He is doing through the simple village church planters.
Since 1987, through the mobilization of village church planters through a strategic effort of Non-formal training program, God helped us to plant 7,844 churches that has discipled and added over 460,000 people by mobilizing a task force of 1,030 village church planters. We presently have 760 village church planters, 4500 lay leaders, 16 Area co-ordinators, 18 field co-ordinators and 10 State co-ordinators. Just this year alone (April 2013 to March 2014) God used these simple pastors to plant 1048 churches that mean we are averaging almost 3 churches a day!
Every year we gather these simple village pastors from 22 states of India and Nepal for a one week annual conference to encourage, equip, envision in moving forward to disciple villages, districts, states and the nation.
The conference takes place in Chennai and these pastors will be traveling from their mission field to spend one week time here celebrating with their co laborers God’s faithfulness in their lives and ministry and also being equipped by various resource people to help them move forward in their vision and commitment to see India reached with the Gospel of India. As most of them are oral learners, this conference is vital for them to listen, learn and be equipped to serve the Lord.
This year the Lord brought to our focus on how each home of the believer can turn into a worshipping community so the knowledge of the glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. We would like to envision the pastors to carry the message that the Lord desires each home to be his dwelling and worshipping place so that the neighbors of each believer will get an opportunity to know the Lord and will worship Him.
Our cost is $50 per village church planter to be part of the conference. This will cover their travel from the mission field, board and lodge for 7 days and conference arrangements and material.
We need another $8500 to cover the cost of this life changing event.