Update on India

India, News
How we became involved with India I first visited India with the International Leprosy Mission in January 1981. Terry Virgo had just begun to gather a team of men who, in due course, became the leaders of Newfrontiers, a family of churches around the world. When the team first met in September 1980 we had contact with a few churches in south east England – and one in Bombay in India! Little did I know on what first visit that God had in mind. He used the visit to put a hook in my heart and since then I have visited India on many occasions. Initially there were some issues that needed resolving in the church in Bombay (now Mumbai) and Henry and Dorothy Tyler lived there for four months…
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Ministry update – Asha HIV, India

HIV, India, News, Poor
I love visiting Mumbai in India! I have been many times. One of the ministries that impresses and humbles me most is the ministry among those infected and affected by HIV. I have reported about this ministry on a previous occasion. I have just received a full report of what was achieved in 2012. This is just an extract. Scan it and absorb the diversity, the love and compassion, and the holistic approach that Nelson, Pamela and their team bring to those who are often rejected by society. Ask God to touch your heart as you read. I will let Nelson tell the story. What do we do? Connect the HIV infected people to their families who normally disown them; often it takes months or years. Of the 47 people…
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Karuna – helping leprosy-affected people in Mumbai

Health, India, News, Poor
We have all read about leprosy in the Bible, but not many have met anyone who is affected by it. In Mumbai in India there are estimated to be 160,000 such people plus, of course, their families who are also affected by this disease by association. 12 years ago a remarkable ministry started there and the following report celebrates the growth in that ministry of love and compassion (the meaning of the hindi word 'Karuna'). Over 2,000 of these have received over 40,000 treatments! In my estimation it is one of the best ministries I have ever seen, combining love and compassion with a high standard of treatment and impact of the gospel. Enjoy reading about the progress that has been made...
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Foundations for Farming in India

Agriculture, Foundations for Farming, India, News, Poor
In March 2010 Mark Devaraj travelled from India to Zimbabwe to be trained in Foundations for Farming. He already had an agricultural qualification and the vision of the leaders in India was to have a ‘champion' who could train others as a means of blessing communities and opening them up for the gospel. Recently Mark had a visit from the originator and visionary of Foundations for Farming, Brian Oldreive. Mark has given me an update. The last 12 months After returning from Zimbabwe a year ago, I immediately planted a series of well-watered gardens to try growing maize using Foundations for Farming methods to see how it worked in our soil and climate. The results were really encouraging, and I went on to plant a larger area of about an…
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Update on India

India, News, Poor
Recently I had the pleasure of Inder Pawar coming to visit me. Inder is at the core of what is going on among Newfrontiers churches in India being lead elder of Grace Church, Nassik, heading up the training initiatives for Newfrontiers in India, chair of the Management Team of the FMC in Bangalore and also serving the local churches on behalf of Guy Miller. I took the opportunity of interviewing him. I think you will enjoy the update. The map shows some of the places he refers to. Inder also mentions the Karuna Ministry to leprosy sufferers in Mumbai and the HIV/AIDS Ministry in Mumbai. The links will give you more detail. Please pray for India at this very exciting time.
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Ministry Report – Feeding Programme in Mumbai

Christian ministry, Good Practice, India, Ministry Report, News, Poor, Relief and Development
Recently I was visiting India and was very impressed by what I heard of a beautiful ministry of compassion. I asked Lynn Fernandes to write it up for my blog: Around December 2007, a few of us from Living Word Church, Mumbai, India, felt sovereignly lead by God from a verse in Is 58:7 " ...is it not to share your food with the hungry, to provide the wonderer with shelter, to cloth the naked, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood." In short, to do something for the poor. There were so many poor people around us. Where were we to start and how were we to go about doing what we felt lead to? Feeding of the Poor We started off one Wednesday in…
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