UPDATE on Situation in Manipur

This is the most recent update on the civil unrest in Manipur, India.

Because of the demonstrations and violence that erupted in September, BFTW’s schools in the area of Sielmat including Trinity College & Seminary and Selma Christian High School had been temporarily closed.  Selma Christian Hospital has continued to operate through the difficulties, often treating those injured during demonstrations and transferring those patients to government hospitals.

The following is a report by Ronny Pakh and John Pudaite, who are currently traveling in India with the World Race team:

Schools have been allowed to resume classes since last Monday (September 28). However, in view of curfew relaxation between 5am and 2pm, most schools have moved their timing 2 to 3 hrs earlier to compensate for the the loss of afternoon class hours.

The 9 dead bodies — early victims of the violence — continue to remain in the morgue. We understand that some tribal representatives have gone to meet Home Ministry officials in Delhi seeking help to resolve current issues that have crippled the hill areas of Manipur since August 31. The public, apparently, will wait for the outcome of this meeting.

Women volunteers continue to picket peacefully during curfew hours.

A solution to the problem is still not in sight to this day. Churches are praying. Community leaders are doing their best to keep the crowd sensible even as they continue to protest against the three recently introduced bills that sparked the demonstrations and subsequent violence.

Please continue to pray for peaceful resolution to these challenges in Manipur!

World Racers Get Busy!

MedicalClinicThe 50+ members of the World Race team that descended on Bibles For The World’s ministry outreaches in India wasted no time getting busy to help!

Aided by 26 members of the World Race, a medical team from Sielmat Christian Hospital held a Free Medical Camp at Saiphai English School. In total, 506 patients were treated, from the school children, families, and other members of the village/area.  Many families in the area have children sponsored by BFTW “Partner Parents” and were eager participants at the medical camp.

Moving-Bricks-at-Chaltathol-for-the-ChurchAnother team got their hands a bit dirtier as they worked to help transport bricks for a building project.  The Evangelical Free Church of India at Chaltathol is building a new sanctuary with the help of BFTW partners — AND the willing hands of these members of the World Race team!



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!

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