Partnering to Build Schools in India

The Just Let Me Learn foundation is a valued partner with Bibles For The World in bringing Christian education to children and families in remote villages in India.  Mrs. Sandy Nelson and her son, Dean, have made a powerful difference through their efforts to help build schools that are serving hundreds of children.  Dean also heads a group of tech professionals called Infrastructure Masons, which has contributed heavily to these school-building efforts.

One of the founding principles of Infrastructure Masons is to Give Back. In the video below we travel to the remote mountains of Northeastern India to visit a village called Sesawng. This is where the Just Let Me Learn foundation has just completed their second school. Infrastructure Masons donated $50,000 dollars which they raised at their Inaugural Networking event last May. This made them them the largest single donor for this project. Infrastructure Masons agreed to let Bibles For The World show members, supporters, sponsors and the world how this donation will change the lives of children today and for many years to come.

 

Provide Healing and HOPE for this Young Man

This from Mrs. Lawm Pudaite, administrator of Sielmat Christian Hospital…

Mr Seikhogin Seiboi hails from a small village calleLajangphai in the outskirts of Churachandpur district, Manipur. He has five brothers and three sisters. He is the second eldest of all. He is a 27 year old divorcee and has a six years old son named Thangboilen. Seiboie graduated from college in 2011 and holds a bachelor of commerce degree. Due to poverty he could not pursue further studies

As he comes from a poor family, to earn for his son‘s education and to supplement his family income Seiboi went to Delhi to work in a private company. It was during this time that he had a tragic accident with long-lasting consequences. On September 27, 2015 he fell from a four storey building while sitting on the railing. This accident resulted in paralysis of his lower limbs due to severe spinal injury. Ahis family was poor they could not efford to take him to a good hospital nor consult with a medical specialist. As a result, Seiboi was confined to bed full time. Lack of proper medical care worsened his conditionHe suffered from depression and was frustrated and began to lose all hope. He blamed God for all that had happened to him. He also started developing bed sores.

On October 2016 a team from the World Race came to India and stationed at Sielmat. During their involvement in the Lord‘s ministry, a medical camp in collaboration with Sielmat Christian Hospital was held at Lajangphai village where Seiboi lives. The team met him and thLord touched their hearts. Seiboi was brought to Sielmat Christian Hospital for a medical checkup during the free medical camp held at the hospital. He was admitted so that he could receive the assistance of the medical staff at the hospital. 

By the grace of God, Seiboi improved daily and his bed sores are healed completely. But, unfortunately, full recovery and walking is not expected without a miraculous intervention from God. The best he can expect is sitting on a wheelchair after regular physiotherapy. After five months of hospitalization the young father  is now discharged from hospital. However doctors advised him to go for further treatment with a good physiotherapist. We’re praying that Seikhogin will completely recover — and we’re grateful to the World Race Team for their generosity and prayer support. 

But here is what YOU can do to help:  Seiboi’s family does not have the financial means for him to work with a physiotherapist. The Sielmat Christian hospital team is once again praying and seeking God’s help to help Seiboi for his further treatment. We trust God that He will send help and bless him — but would appreciate any help you might provide.  

You can give to help provide physical therapy for Seiboi!

Click Here to Help!

 

International Day for the Unreached 2017

Day for the Unreached is June 4 – Pentecost Sunday

Bibles For The World is once again part of an alliance of globally focused ministries that is promoting June 4, 2017 as the International Day for the Unreached (IDU).  The intent of IDU is to inform, inspire and mobilize Christians to help reach out to more than 2 billion people around the world who have yet to hear the gospel.

The annual event was announced during a press conference at the annual National Religious Broadcasters convention in Orlando last month and is sponsored by the Alliance for the Unreached, a group that includes Reach Beyond, Bibles For The World, Operation Mobilization, Missio Nexus, Global Mapping International (GMI), Partners International and World Mission.

“We want to remind people that there are literally billions of people around the globe in desperate need of the good news of Jesus, but have never heard His name or story. We’re called to bring it to them,” said Wayne Pederson, executive director of IDU.

Scores of Christian leaders are urging people to get involved. Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren made a direct appeal to all Christians:

“With more than 2 billion people who haven’t had a chance to meet Jesus, it’s time for the Body of Christ to take a radical stand and say, ‘This has to end in our generation.’ Join me in committing to pray, give, go, and advocate for those who need to know Christ by participating in the International Day for the Unreached.”

The Day for the Unreached will include a variety of efforts to raise awareness.

Many major media networks and stations around the country will promote the event for weeks leading up to May 15. Pastors around the country are urged to preach sermons on the topic, while small groups focus on Jesus’ command to go to the nations. Individuals have the opportunity to join a 30-day prayer movement, interceding for the salvation of the unreached.

People interested in learning more about the unreached or to get involved can download a free Great Commission Action Guide from the website, DayForTheUnreached.org. An abundance of other resources are available at the site, including bulletin inserts, sermon outlines, promotional posters, web banners, videos and radio spots.

Information is also available on the International Day for the Unreached Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/dayfortheunreached.

It’s fitting that The International Day for the Unreached falls on Pentecost Sunday, the day the Holy Spirit came upon the first followers of Jesus, empowering and charging them to share the gospel with people from all over the world.

“Thousands of people heard God’s Word preached in their own language on that day, and more than 3,000 were added to the number of believers, said John L. Pudaite, president of Bibles For The World. “Let’s not forget that the return of Christ is tied to every nation hearing the good news. We’re not saying we can usher in the Second Coming. But we can be a part of a last days move of God that is foretold in scripture. And that’s both a privilege and a profound responsibility.”

Individuals, churches and media outlets can learn about creative ways to participate in the International Day for the Unreached by visiting DayForTheUnreached.org.

Is Bibles For The World’s Child Sponsorship Ministry In India in Danger?

Recent developments in India have had consequences for a number of ministry groups that have outreaches to Indian people.  The most visible of these is Compassion International, which was recently forced to withdraw its support for some 148,000 children sponsored by Compassion partners.

What does this mean for Bibles For The World?

The news in India isn’t completely dire. For more than 50 years, Bibles For The World, headquartered in Colorado Springs, has provided a sponsorship program to assist children living in poverty in India. While our program differs quite a bit from that offered by other ministries, we have continued to provide help and hope throughout the turmoil Compassion has experienced during the past year — and there are no concerns at this time that our program is in jeopardy.

Bibles For The World’s “Partner Parents” program matches children in grades K-12, and even college and seminary students, with partners in the United States and Canada who provide for tuition, books, uniforms, shoes and basic health care in one of our three dozen Christian schools across northeast India. Older students attend Trinity College & Seminary, located in Sielmat, in the Manipur state of NE India. Currently, some 2,300 young people are sponsored — but there are at least 7,000 who are on waiting lists.

The Indian government places a high value on education — and that is what we deliver through accredited, high-quality Christian education overseen by Indian nationals. Our Partner Parents program is designed to promote lasting relationships between children and their sponsors.

Of course, we grieve for the loss of Compassion’s help to those in India who are in desperate need. However, we believe people should know there are still ministries, like Bibles For The World, that continue to provide opportunities for people to make a difference through their sponsorship of young people in India.

Protect Kids in India from Mosquitoes!

One of the most significant threats to children in India is about the size of a dime and, seemingly,  lighter than air.  Of course, we’re talking about the mosquito.

According to the World Health Organization, the mosquito is worst of all disease-spreading insects. Responsible for the passing of malaria, dengue and yellow fever, lymphatic filariasis, Zika virus, and Japanese encephalitis, the threat of a mosquito bite can be far more severe than many people realize. The mosquito is linked to about 750,000 human deaths per year, far more than any other animal or bug, yet so few people have access to the simple resources they need in order to be protected against them.

HYDERABAD, INDIA: An Indian woman carries vegetables on her head as she passes by a warning board for the dengue fever part of an awareness campaign launched by the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad, in India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh, 09 October 2006. Reports have it that the dengue fever has now spread to 18 of the 27 Indian states and claimed 49 lives as 3,331 cases of the mosquito-borne virus were reported across the country. AFP PHOTO/ NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

HYDERABAD, INDIA: An Indian woman carries vegetables on her head as she passes by a warning board for the dengue fever. Reports have it that the dengue fever has now spread to 18 of the 27 Indian states and claimed 49 lives as 3,331 cases of the mosquito-borne virus were reported across the country.  (NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Bibles For The World provides Christian education for some 10,000 children and students across northeast India.  The vast majority of those are youngsters who attend the 35 schools that BFTW runs to serve their remote communities — and disease carrying mosquitoes are a way of life for every child and his or her family.  Sadly, many children in these regions have already contracted cases of Japanese encephalitis.

That’s why Bibles For The World has mounted a campaign to help protect thousands of children and their families with a simple, yet effective gift — a mosquito net!

Though it may not sound like the most glamorous gift for a needy child, what a blessing it would be to children and their families — especially because so many think something as simple as a mosquito net is an unaffordable luxury.

With your help, every student can take home a mosquito net just as the rainy season begins, helping to ensure that they and their families will be protected.  It will be a gift that keeps giving — providing safety and peace of mind that so many families don’t currently have.

But here is what will make an even greater gift  . . .

Only about one-third of all our students are blessed to have sponsors. That means a very large number of young people would NOT receive the protection of a net — UNLESS we can help provide it for them as a special Christmas gift.  Here’s how you can help:

To provide one mosquito net large enough to protect a family costs only $12.00.

So, if you can give just $24 you will provide protection not only for a sponsored student and his or her family, but also for another student and family, as well!

What a blessing it would be for ALL the young people in BFTW’s schools to have this simple, effective protection from life-threatening disease for their families.

If you would like to help with this special project, you can click below to give online today!

Click Here to Protect a Child!

 

 

Help and Hope in Baton Rouge

Not every opportunity to touch lives with God’s Word happens overseas.  Sometimes, you simply do what’s needed.  When recent floodwaters ravaged Baton Rouge, Louisiana, tens of thousands of residents were displaced, many losing everything to the swirling waters.  Bibles For The World staff member Dakota Sandras joined a team of workers determined to bring help — and hope — to many affected by the storms.  Thankfully, BFTW’s warehouse is well-stocked with copies of the New Testament — our special version called “No Greater Love.”  We loaded Dakota’s vehicle with cases of the books to add to other supplies she would be helping deliver through relief efforts spearheaded by local churches in Baton Rouge.  Help…and hope.  Pray with us for the people of Baton Rouge who stand in need of both.

Bringing Hope to Refugees…

RefugeeIStockBibles For The World is working together with Operation Mobilization (OM) in Germany to help bring God’s Word to refugees from the Middle East who are pouring into that nation after fleeing violence and persecution in Iraq and Syria.

Hundreds of thousands of displaced people have struggled to find peace and hope within Germany’s refugee settlements. Can God’s Word make a difference for them?

“There is a tremendous need for the truth of God’s Word in these refugee camps,” says Hermann Schallenberg, OM’s contact in Germany.  “People are eager to learn about Jesus — we simply need to help them by sharing the Gospel.”

Bibles For The World is working with OM to print and provide German/Arabic parallel translations of New Testament Scriptures, beginning with Gospels of Luke, to help refugees understand the love and grace of Jesus Christ.  This project will touch tens of thousands of men, women and children who are desperate to find hope within the seeming hopelessness of the refugee camps and settlements.

Please pray that gifts of God’s Word will have a dramatic impact on the lives of those who’ve suffered so much — and who still face so many uncertainties!  One man, a father of four, said simply, “Being a refugee is like being in quicksand.  I feel like I’m sinking further and further.”

If you can help meet the need for God’s Word among the refugees, please click here…  Thank you!

 

Photo courtesy of iStock

Easter a Special Time for New Believers

The weeks leading up to Easter have been a busy time for John and Mawii Pudaite and members of a Bibles For The World team of pastors and teachers!  BFTW conducted a series of Seed Sower’s Seminars during the two weeks before Easter — one in Imphal, Manipur, India and two more in Nepal — in Kathmandu and in Dhadingbesi.

Altogether, some 400 local pastors and lay leaders attended the seminars, which provided training and encouragement based upon the Gospel of John.  The majority of those in attendance — especially those in Nepal — are first generation Christians who were eager to celebrate their very first Easter Sunday.  However, many also endured great hardship to attend, especially those who traveled to Dhadingbesi in north central Nepal.  About 40 of those traveled on foot for three days before they reached a town where public transportation was available to cary them the rest of the way to the Seminar’s location.

When asked how many lost homes in last year’s earthquake, nearly everyone raised their hands.  But, they also indicated that the destruction opened many doors for local churches to express their love and concern for fellow villagers — and the opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ to them.  As at all Seed Sowers’ Seminars, Bibles For The World distributed thousands of copies of Nepali Gospels of John for attenders to take back to their villages for evangelism purposes.

Upon returning to India, John Pudaite was part of a baptism service for new Meitei believers who were eager to celebrate Easter by being baptized!

Thank you for your continued prayers for these ministry outreaches in India and Nepal.

Bibles For The World Promotes Day For The Unreached

Day for the Unreached – May 15

Bibles For The World is part of an alliance of globally focused ministries that has designated May 15, 2016, as the International Day for the Unreached, a one-day event intended to inspire and mobilize Christians to reach out to more than 2 billion people around the world who have yet to hear the gospel.

The event, announced during a press conference at the annual National Religious Broadcasters convention February 25 in Nashville, is sponsored by the Alliance for the Unreached, a group that includes Reach Beyond, Bibles For The World, Operation Mobilization, The Seed Company and Missio Nexus.

“We want to remind people that there are literally billions of people around the globe in desperate need of the good news of Jesus, but have never heard His name or story. We’re called to bring it to them,” said Wayne Pederson, Reach Beyond president.

Scores of Christian leaders are urging people to get involved. Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren made a direct appeal to all Christians:

“With more than 2 billion people who haven’t had a chance to meet Jesus, it’s time for the Body of Christ to take a radical stand and say, ‘This has to end in our generation.’ Join me in committing to pray, give, go, and advocate for those who need to know Christ by participating in the International Day for the Unreached.”

The Day for the Unreached will include a variety of efforts to raise awareness.

Many major media networks and stations around the country will promote the event for weeks leading up to May 15. Pastors around the country are urged to preach sermons on the topic, while small groups focus on Jesus’ command to go to the nations. Individuals will also be called to join a 30-day prayer movement, interceding for the salvation of the unreached.

People interested in learning more about the unreached or to get involved can download a free Great Commission Action Guide from the website, DayForTheUnreached.org. An abundance of other resources will soon be available at the site, including bulletin inserts, sermon outlines, promotional posters, web banners, videos and radio spots.

Information is also available on the International Day for the Unreached Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/dayfortheunreached.

Perhaps it’s fitting that The International Day for the Unreached falls on Pentecost Sunday, the day the Holy Spirit came upon the first followers of Jesus, empowering and charging them to share the gospel with people from all over the world.

“Thousands of people heard God’s Word preached in their own language on that day, and more than 3,000 were added to the number of believers, said John L. Pudaite, president of Bibles For The World. “Let’s not forget that the return of Christ is tied to every nation hearing the good news. We’re not saying we can usher in the Second Coming. But we can be a part of a last days move of God that is foretold in scripture. And that’s both a privilege and a profound responsibility.”

Individuals, churches and media outlets can learn about creative ways to participate in the International Day for the Unreached by visiting DayForTheUnreached.org.

Bibles For The World Achieves Silver Status

PrintBibles For The World today achieved the Silver GuideStar Nonprofit Profile level. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations and a leader in advancing transparency in the nonprofit sector. This level demonstrates Bibles For The World’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

“We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents,” said Jeff McLinden, BFTW vice president. “As a GuideStar Silver participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and to GuideStar’s immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.”

In order to be awarded the GuideStar logo, Bibles For The World had to fill out every required field of our nonprofit profile page on www.guidestar.org.

“I encourage you to check out our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about,” added McLinden. “We are engaged in exciting initiatives, and we are thrilled to have another platform for communicating our advancement and progress.”

About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles

The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar invites nonprofits to update their profiles at no cost to the organizations. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the millions of people who visit GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations and the more than 120 sites and applications that use GuideStar data. To earn a logo, an organization needs to complete all required fields for that participation level. The GuideStar logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants’ profiles in the GuideStar database.

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