BFTW and World Race Continue Partnership

Bibles For The World is continuing what has been a profitable partnership with The World Race in 2015 and beyond!  Last spring, a team of more than 50 young men and women traveled to Manipur to assist BFTW in many projects, including community medical clinics, construction work at the Trinity College and Seminary, visiting and praying for people at Selma Christian Hospital and helping with special programs at various elementary and high schools.

BFTW president John Pudaite and his wife Lawm are hosting 58 members of the World Race team for similar outreaches this October and November.

“We love the World Race members,” said Lawm in a recent interview.  “They are so enthusiastic and genuinely desire to help in any way they can.  People truly see the love of Jesus in the selfless way they pitch in to help.”

Please pray for the Pudaites and the World Race members as they deal with a greatly modified schedule and locations for their outreach due to the continuing unrest in Manipur!

Update on Manipur Violence

This most recent report on the violence that closed BFTW’s schools in Manipur, India was provided on September 23 by one of Bibles For The World’s staff in India, Rohny Pakh:

So far, the worst effected area appears to be Ccp town area. Schools within the proper town have been altogether shut down. And it looks like until they hear something  concrete from the central government, it looks like things would remain this way including keeping the 9 dead bodies in the morgue, sit in protest, clamping of curfew, etc.

LTL being in the interior area, is known to be having classes as usual. So is also rest of the PMS schools in Tipaimukh and Vangai area.

As far as PMs schools in other states are concerned, things are moving normally.

So is also with churches within Ccp town area. Most churches have stopped regular worship program. However, they remain opened for those who wish to pray individually or in group. Sept beiruol program has been suspended, too.

Churches in other areas are not reported to be affected.

Yesterday, we heard internal security secretary from Home Ministry came and visited Ccp. However, nothing on the outcome of the said visit  is yet known.

TCS is also known to have suspended classes as well. 

As for Sielmat Christian Hospital, it is functioning. However, business may drop significantly as curfew/bandh has been imposed for significant hour on a daily basis.




Manipur Violence Closes BFTW Schools/Offices

The Manipur region of India has been experiencing civil unrest due to political events taking place.  In fact, there have been some violent protests that occurred near our Sielmat Christian Hospital and Sielmat Christian Schools.  The Hospital  sustained damage from bullets and tear gas canisters, which were indiscriminately fired by police.  The photo below shows an ambulance, belonging to the Hospital, that was damaged by bullets. As a result, our India offices and these facilities have temporarily closed and regular communications have been suspended for the safety of all students and staff members.

An ambulance at Sielmat Christian Hospital was hit by random gunfire.

An ambulance at Sielmat Christian Hospital was hit by random gunfire.

PLEASE NOTE THAT as of September 20, ALL sponsored students are safe and communications with them will resume as soon as possible.

The Churachandpur violence that killed eight people was a reaction to three Bills passed unanimously by the Manipur Assembly on August 31. The Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015, the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2015, and the Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015, were brought in as substitutes to introducing the Inner Line Permit, or ILP. (Explained below)

The day before the special House session, tribal organizations across the state came together for the first time in years to call a strike across the five Hill districts. On August 31, highways, schools and businesses were closed and, around 6 pm, within hours of the Bills being passed, protesters clashed with police on the streets of Churachandpur town. Churachandpur is the headquarters of the tribal Churachandpur district, which is dominated by the Kuki tribe, but is also home to Paiteis, Zomis and Hmars.

According to tribal bodies, the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms amendment has been brought by the “communal Manipur government” to acquire tribal land in the Hill districts. Land in the Hill districts is protected by Article 371C of the Constitution, under which the land and its resources are controlled by its tribal inhabitants. No non-tribal can buy land in Manipur’s tribal areas.

The tribals have traditionally felt marginalized by the dominant Meiteis, who control the fertile valley and its businesses, dominate the administration, and occupy 40 seats in the Assembly — double the number of Hills representatives.

The Hill districts are underdeveloped and poor, and tribals have for decades complained that most development funds are hogged by the valley. The Hills have only sporadic, if any, electricity supply, few roads, enterprises, and schools, and follow traditional cultivation practices.

Hills vs the Valley

The tribals’ suspicion that the Manipur government, and the Meiteis, are attempting to grab the one thing that they have — their land — has erupted into the recent violence.  Things are now beginning to calm down and, while schools are still closed,

Please join us in praying for a quick resolution to the disputes, that violence will cease and that Hospital and Schools will return to normal operations quickly.   Thank you!

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