Front-Line Training

Aug 29, 2011 No Comments by

Something powerful happens when 40 pastors and leaders from the 2020 Network sit together in a circle.

We recently held a small training event in Barabanki District. More than 40 house-church leaders and church planters traveled by bus, motorcycle, bicycle, and on foot to receive two days of teaching, impartation, and encouragement.

Barabanki is a rural district in the north India state of Uttar Pradesh. With a population of 3.2 million and a land area bigger than the state of Delaware, Barananki’s vast rural landscape contains several thousand towns and villages. Most are without a church.

But that situation is changing. Over the past 5-7 years there has been a steady increase in the number of believers in north India.

At our training session this week I looked around the room and realized more than 90% of these leaders are first-generation Christian believers, all from a Hindu background. Most have been following Jesus only a few years.

TellAsia exists to equip and encourage front-line believers like these. Most of them live on $1-2 per day, eating a simple rice-based diet and traveling by bicycle or on foot. Their knowledge of the Bible is limited. Yet these believers are helping lead a gospel movement in one of the least-reached placed on earth.

We held our training session in a one-room concrete church building. A map of Barabanki district hangs on the wall, covered with hand-drawn dots and crosses showing the places where these workers have started village or house-based churches. We all gathered around the map and prayed fervently for the spread of the gospel in this land.

At our session this week each believer received a MegaVoice Bible broadcaster. These nifty solar/rechargeable devices are the size of a pocket calculator and play an audio recording of the complete Hindi Bible plus a series of Bible lessons. The device can be propped up on a table allowing an entire house church to listen. Our leaders excitedly opened their packages to experiment. Imagine hearing 40 transistor radios play at the same time!

The total cost of a two-day training event like this (not including the MegaVoice broadcasters) is approximately $300. TellAsia offers these valuable sessions all across Uttar Pradesh as often as our funding allows.

Please consider supporting TellAsia’s 2020 Network. Your monthly contribution goes right to the field, providing training and resources to front-line pastors and church planters.

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