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India

View map Population: 1.2 billion

Life Expectancy: 63.4 years

GDP: US$1017 per capita

Unemployed: 10%

37% earn less than US$2 per day

Current Partnership Impact

1 families are being assisted

60 church planters are being supported

India, Asia

IND18 - NGM Reach Out Training Centre

Partnership Ref.:

IND18

Commenced:

25/09/2016

Funding Status:

No Current Donor

Partnership Type:

Evangelism / Church Planting, Training / Education

Funding Size:

$8,000 - $14,999

Annual Budget:

US$ 10,931



Partnership Overview

good mealIn the process of developing relationships with M's, Neighbours Gospel Ministries (NGM) also initiates development activities in the fields of social and economic life, education for poor and needy children, and health. NGM is registered with the government of their area with the objectives to establish projects, build networks and train people as a part of fulfilling the vision focus. Generally, whenever M's respond, they are excluded from their villages and face life-threatening warnings. NGM seeks to uphold both the spiritual and social lives of the Christians from a M background (CMB's).

This partnership has a number of components. The purpose is to provide a safe network / community for those emerging from another faith. These components are:

a) Good News sharing: This is done in partnership with others but there are not many doing it, willing to do it or good at doing it. The team basically consists of family members who make up the NGM team. They go out as often as possible. 

b) Church: They have a small house church movement with four groups and expect it to grow. Key people out in the villages refer people to this church as other churches do not make them welcome or know how to handle them. 

c) Training: There are people working amongst M's who are not trained and the methods/arguments they use are just not helpful. NGM is committed to multiplying themselves by training as many people as possible. This training began in August 2016 with 18 people. In the first course they trained a lot of poorer people who could not afford to pay. These are often village people and uneducated. They plan to run three training courses a year, 18 sessions, two days at a time. This would mean around 60 people would be trained a year. 

d) Vocational skills training: This is an important component of the overall strategy. Many of those coming out of the other faith lose everything including their jobs and they often have few skills, especially the women. NGM teaches sewing and computer skills to begin with. Flowing out of this and the second phase is the possibility of income generation, small businesses, loans etc. 

training centre

The stated aim of NGM in this area is:

i) To give vocational training to ex-communicated CMB's through several opportunities such as computer courses, sewing and tailoring, and basic education for children. 

ii) To provide opportunities to promote their own products and sales for their own support. 

iii) To assist in uplifting the dejected people in all areas of life physically, mentally, socially, economically and spiritually.

iv) To empower local churches and mission organizations in working better with and in an effective way of caring for M's.

v) A safe haven for those leaving another faith. They lose community when they leave and are often under threat. They need someone to care for them and NGM want them to feel safe and secure. They plan to rent a multi-purpose building for a house, a training facility and safe house. 

History of Partnership

BHW's Executive Chairman and Field Director first met Z in November 2013 at SAIACS Bible College in Bangalore. The following year BHW's Field Director and India Partnership Facilitators spent some time with her again at SAIACS and were impressed with her attitude and passion. 

A third meeting was held in 2015 when it was decided there was some potential to partner with her. We continued to dialogue with her and visited her in her home town in 2016 as she was graduating from SAIACS in March 2016. 

In early 2016 Z sent us a proposal which has formed the basis of our discussions and which was the basis of visiting in August 2016. Following this visit, when BHW's Field Director spent time with Z, her parents, the students in the first batch of training and some of the other key players in the development of the ministry, it was decided to commence a partnership with NGM. 

Beneficiaries

a) The T family. Part of our funding will be to support them in their ministry and their personal lives. They are a very poor family and a large family. They live in a very basic house with two bedrooms and there are seven adults with children on the way. They have three children, their son is married and they have a married adopted son. They very often have nothing or little to eat or struggle to pay the rent. Supporting them will also have the effect of others being blessed by them. This is a lifestyle and a passion, no turning back. 

b) Those who leave another faith and who have nowhere to go. This could be at a number of levels, the church, training, vocational training etc. These people are totally ex-communicated from their villages and lose their community, family, employment, education and hope of marriage. They are vulnerable and afraid and many go back to another faith because they cannot live outside. The trained CMB's will be able to apply for jobs and sustain themselves independently. 

During the training period the CMB's will not only be trained vocationally but also discipled in the Word of God to grow in their knowledge of Jesus Christ, the Bible and Christian beliefs. 

c) The missionaries and others who are being trained to be more effective in their connection to M people. They are trying but largely unsuccessfully at present. Even after the first course they have learned many things that they say will be of great help to them in their work.  

What We Like About The Partnership

Z is very qualified to lead this project both theologically and personally with her family involved.
There is a good network in place with other key people involved in this ministry.
It has an evangelism and poverty component to it.
The people this family are ministering to are marginalized people in the sense that few people really know that there is a M group in this area of India. These people are pioneering a ministry to them.
The training is empowering and multiplying out in the field.
It is in an area of interest for BHW. 

 

Key People

Leadership Profile

A and A: AT was raised in a M family / community in this area of India. When he was young he went to Nagaland for business and while there met AN who would become his wife. She was a Naga and brought up as a Christian. He promised to convert to Christianity but did not do so immediately. After a number of years watching the way she lived he realised his life was not right compared to hers and he became a believer and was baptized. This was in 1993. They continued to live in Nagaland. Even after he became a Christian A was nominal for a number of years and still gambled and drank. The family were afraid of him when he was drunk. Slowly the bad habits dropped away and he became a gentle man. He says he would have been a real mess now if he had not become a believer. 

His family came to visit them from time to time and after 12 years of living in Nagaland they decided to return to the family village in 2000. Immediately the family began to put pressure on them to reconvert. It got to the point where A was sent away with people of another faith for 40 days and 40 nights to convert him. But it all failed. After four years of pressure the family gave up on them and threw them out with ongoing threats. 

Immediately their lives were under threat and they had to hide away. A local church cared for them. The children were not able to go to school so mum and Z earned what they could to keep the family afloat. In 2005 A was able to move around more freely and got a job as a bus driver. They lived like that for four years and during that time formed Neighbours Gospel Ministry (NGM).

In response to the ex-communication they decided to repay those people by sharing the Good News. As soon as possible A began to go out with teams to share with them. Many threats continued to come. 

ZL: Z is their daughter and was born in Nagaland before her father became a believer. She remembers her mother praying over her as a child and her father mumbling M stuff. 

In 2004, the year they were ex-communicated from the community, she became a believer. She had been taught to be a good M girl. She wondered why they had to be Christians and why choose that if life was going to be so difficult. She hated seeing her parents being abused and beaten. At night her mum would whisper stories to here that she remembered, especially the story of Moses. They had no Bible or books, they had all been destroyed. She began to note that even though her parents were constantly persecuted, they were always rescued, sometimes at the last moment. And then she started to notice the huge hypocrisy in those doing the persecuting. There was no peace, they were thieves and cheats and lied to everyone. 

In class 10, about 15, she came to experience new life. Then after class 10 she had to leave school as that was the year they were thrown out. Her father had to go into hiding and she and her mother had to try and earn money to keep the family afloat. One local church took them in and hid them. For 1½ years she didn't go to school. During that time a local missionary came and prayed for them and found out that she wanted to study the Bible. He suggested that although she only had matriculation, class 10, she should go. After a number of refusals she was accepted to a Bible College as a trial for one term to see if she could cope - she was top of the class. She also studied the rest of her secondary schooling while at Bible College. 

From 2005 to 2008 she completed a BTh and came top of her class. After that she had a little break, came back to NGM to help and got involved in visiting and going out to the villages. She then went to UTCM in Dimapur and did a MDiv, gaining much wider exposure to the world and to missions. While there she met Ian Payne from SAIACS.

In 2011 and 2012 she came back and worked with NGM helping where she could, especially with the government requirements. She also realized that she did not know enough to effectively witness to M's and that training other people was the only way to grow the impact of witness to these people of another faith. She therefore applied to go to SAIACS and despite the fact that she had no money, was able to get help.

Her parents were quite disappointed at the time as she was a very valuable team member and with her away it would cost them more and any support she got would not be available to support the family and the work. There were many difficulties when she was at SAIACS. There were external attacks from M's with serious threats being published in the newspapers. Then two M's became Christians. However, one of them was from the M underground and he began reporting to them about their activities. They tried to convince him to stay but his influence seriously affected the work and other new believers left with him. He was later found to have planted a bomb in a Christian complex in Morei (Myanmar border.)

Z was at SAIACS from 2013 to 2016 and earned an MTh. She got the award for the best thesis. She is committed to staying in this area of India to continue this work. 

 

Vision And Annual Strategy

Vision 

To take the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to every local M in this area of India.
To become a shelter for those coming out of another faith so they come into real community and do not have to face the issues the T's had to face. "As long as we are alive we want them to come to us so they can feel like they are home and not alone."

Strategy

They realise that they cannot do this by themselves and so are partnering where possible with other people with a similar vision. But there are very few others! The strategy of the partnership is outlined in detail above but the five major components are; good news sharing, developing house churches, training missionaries, vocational training and providing a safe place for people to stay short to medium term. 

 

Annual Budget

The current budget is US$11,000 which will provide funds for the missionary training courses and also personal support for the T family. 

 

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