Village evangelism and church planting
There are approximately .65 million villages in India with around 70% of the population living in these communities, consequently the Gospel has yet to reach millions of people. Around 30% of these villagers are living below poverty line with lack of food, nutrition, accommodation, education and medical facilities. Thousands of Orphans are abandoned, along with street children, leading to disease and premature death. By helping with some of these physical needs we not only demonstrate Gods love but we are able to reach out to the spiritual needs of those who are steeped in the traditions of idol worship and set them free.
"Jesus went about all the cities and villages preaching the gospel of the kingdom" Matt 9:35
We are proclaiming the gospel in remote often unreached villages and establishing house churches where believers meet in rented accommodation. A local pastor is appointed (by IVCM) to take care of the spiritual needs of these churches, conduct worship and teach. Local prayer cell groups are set up as people travel from surrounding areas. Many are being led to faith in Christ and being baptised and then taken care of within the local church. We are currently working in 55 rural villages within two districts of Tamilnadu, and have 23 pastors.
There are numerous opportunities for evangelism, albeit sometimes with difficulties and obstacles from local village leaders. One successful model in particular is by setting up a basic cinema in the open air in villages and showing the 'Jesus' film in their own language. This often has far reaching effects as many people come out to watch with great curiosity. A great tool but requires much effort to set up and maintain.
Periodically we seek permission from village leaders to hold an open air event such as a gospel meeting. When held in the evening many people will attend as they will have come home from work, albeit some with suspicion. Local believers will invite friends who are curious to find out about a 'different God'!
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Reaching out with care....reaching in with love
IVCM UK is a Christian charitable organisation (Reg: 1147538) with a heart & vision to help indiginous pastors reach unreached, often remote rural villages with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to provide practical help and social works in India.
Mrs Kym Richards
UK president and Trustee Herefordshire
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