The Amazing Story of Church of Christ India Missions
In 1979, Ron Clayton made his first trip to the country of India. He was excited by what he saw there and was soon determined to make this his full-time work. After several trips, he moved his family to India in 1981, but difficulties made this a short term move. He continued to make trips as often as his stateside local work would allow until...
The Carl Crosser Memorial Bible Study Institute
The Carl Crosser Memorial Bible Study Institute is one of the most powerful tools that we have to insure the long term success of the gospel in India. Literally thousands and thousands are hearing and responding to the words of Jesus. But where do the go from there?
The apostle Paul chose...
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One of the most life-changing concepts that Christ brings to any nation on earth is the need for those who are blessed to become a blessing for others also.
But let's not stop there--lets not only be a blessing to others ourselves. Let's empower them...
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$500 conducts at least 50 gospel meetings--that's a mere $10 per meeting!
And that's exciting! So how do we do it?
We work with a team of over 25,000 (yes, 25 thousand) gospel preachers and teachers across India (a land of over 1.2 billion people).
And what does a gospel meeting look like in India? Well sometimes it looks very much like one we do in the U.S. with a guest preacher coming to a local congregation to preach to whomever comes to the building.
But the vast majority of gospel meetings in India are exactly like what is described in Acts 10: 23-24
The next day he [Peter] rose and went away with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him. 24 And on the following day they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends.
So, for $10 we can pay the transportation cost (and it's often much lower than that) to put a qualified and excited gospel teacher or preacher in the home of someone who has gathered their friends, neighbors and relatives to hear the good news of Jesus.
Just like Peter and Cornelius!
On average, over the years the cost to convert one soul in India is about $7 for our team. Can you help?
The Amazing Story of Church of Christ India Missions
He continued to make trips as often as his stateside local work would allow, until he could once again become full-time in India. In these early days, Ron and Karen were responsible for every aspect of the work.
In 1986, Ron and Karen Clayton joined forces with Jerris Bullard. Bro. Jerris had first gone to India in 1978 and soon saw the advantages of working in cooperation with someone else. With more “feet on the ground” in India it was possible to have a sharing of the labor and responsibilities. These three are still integral parts of the team we have in India today. In the late 90's Juanita Bullard also became a full-time member of the team.
In 1993, Kyle Clayton returned to India for a short visit. That short visit has now lasted most of the last 21 years. You see, he met and married a beautiful Indian Christian, Sony. He and his family truly are an integral part of our work in India. Kyle oversees much of the day-to-day operations throughout the year.
From almost the beginning, visiting preachers, elders, and often their wives have been welcomed and challenged in the work. Their visits are true “working” trips and they have contributed much to the work. Many of our visitors have become regulars, making annual visits and preaching and teaching all over India.
In 1994, Ben Renegar was one of those visitors, making his first trip to India to work with Ron and Karen. After a number of visits to India, Ben became a full-time member of the team in 2002. In addition to his campaign evangelism, Ben focuses on the work in India with teaching and converting denominational preachers with the restoration plea to come back to the Bible. He conducts dozens of denominational preacher’s seminars each year, with great success.
In 1996, Robert Hall made his first visit to India and he too was “hooked”. He became a full-time team member in 2002. Since that time he has been an integral part of the team. His work with our orphans’ homes and in writing, publishing, and mailing our newsletters has been essential. His preaching in India has been multifaceted in campaigns, preacher training as well as assisting in denominational preacher’s seminars. Unfortunately due to health issues, Robert has had to scale back his involvement to a part time level, but he is still a great part of our work.
In late 2008, Jerry Edwards made his first visit to India with Robert Hall. Within two months he was also a full-time team member. Jerry has gone on to take responsibility for the preacher training efforts in India. His campaign work usually dovetails with the preacher training in seminars as well as in the campus classes.
In June of 2014, David Nance joined our team. He had previously done mission work in Ghana, west Africa from 1996 to 2006, and in 2007 began working with in India, having been invited to see the work by Michael Hughes.
Everyone on our team is involved in oversight of various parts of this work and in reporting back to our generous supporters here in the United States.
The Lord has blessed our team with a great and successful history. We owe a great debt of gratitude to everyone who has prayed for and materially helped this work! So, please continue to pray for us.
Please continue to help us!
And also, spread the word about our work so these historic successes can bear even more fruit for the Master's vineyard.
The Carl Crosser Memorial Bible Institute
The apostle Paul chose promising men to take under his wing. Men such as Timothy, Titus, Luke and others. In fact, in his various epistles Paul lists at least eleven different men by name who were his fellow team workers. And at one point he even mentions "all the brothers who are with me." (Galatians 1.2)
Basically Paul had a four-fold approach to mission work:
Teach them...Train them...Trust them...Turn them loose!
We can see this in action throughout the book of Acts and Paul's letters. He constantly took men with him. He often left them to do the work after he departed. He frequently returned to visit, encourage and further teach them. The letters to Timothy and Titus are good examples of how he taught the, trained them, trusted them with important works and turned them loose. But he always kept in touch with them throughout his life.
And some of them he trained more intensively. This is precisely what took a lot of Paul's time during his three year stay in Ephesus. The Bible says he "...took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus" (Acts 19:9). This is basically a school of preaching!
So the Carl Crosser Memorial Bible Institute an important part of the work of the Church of Christ India Missions team! This school brings instructors for one week to various locations to teach those who are interested in preaching the gospel, both active preachers and potential preachers.
It isn't enough to teach people the gospel. We need to train them to teach others! But once we've taught them and trained them sufficiently, we need to actually get them involved in the work by trusting them with important and challenging gospel ministry! And when they've proven themselves, we need to turn them loose so that they can do the Lord's work, and even begin training others to do what they themselves do!
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Let's empower them to become a blessing in their own lives!
By sponsoring a child or a local Indian preacher, (either yourself, or with your family, your Bible class, your congregation) you are empowering them to do the Lord's work.
Naturally, a local preacher is a great impact for the gospel in the lives of the people and families that he touches.
But by rearing an orphaned or abandoned child in Christ, you are actually doing the very same thing! We are not only committed to rearing these children in Christ. We are committed to rearing them to be the spiritual and financial anchors that the local churches in India need!
The Lord's church in India (and around the world) needs effective gospel preachers. And it needs just as deeply the committed member-leaders that have made American churches so strong over the years. Strong enough to send missionaries around the world.
So please pray about sponsoring an orphaned or abandoned child, or a local preacher through the Church of Christ India Missions team!
How Much is a Smile Worth?
These orphans or abandoned children will never forget how their lives have been changed by your prayers and help!
Medical Clinics are Very Needed and Very Effective
The old saying is very true: People don't care how much we know, until they know how much we care!
A Bible Class in the Middle of the Day!
When most of the men are working, we still fill our Bible classes!
There's a Deep Hunger for the Word of the Living God in India!
This worship assembly is standing room only--only outside!
Reaching India with the Gospel of Christ--But not Without Your Prayers and Help!