Update on AGAPE Bihar
Category : India
We are so excited to share with you all the Lord has been doing in Bihar this past month!
Kevin Turner has returned to India with Doug Dorman and Your Next Step Ministries. They are there this week teaching through Romans with a group of pastors and evangelists. Victor and Pastor Chhotlal were able to fly to the conference and take part in this great teaching! This was Pastor Chhotlal’s first experience on an airplane. He is pastor of a 250 member church in Bihar, and also the roaming pastor over 15 other churches there. We are praying for finances to begin building a church building for his 250 member congregation. They are in danger of persecution because their number has grown so large and they currently meet in an outside open air covering. Having a church building would give them privacy and would not attract the attention that meeting outside brings. The estimated cost of building a church is $4000.
The Lord has provided much interest and support through the sharing of our trip to Bihar last October. We have 2 new sponsors for Aimee’s Kids children. All 18 children plus their caretakers each received a new blanket, sweater and mat for sleeping on for Christmas! We have received pledges for salary for the 2 teachers that have already begun part-time teaching of the children starting last November. They were so excited that they began teaching on a volunteer basis. Now that we have the pledges for their pay, the children will be taught full-time at the Aimee’s Kids’ home, now known in their village as “The Lighthouse.” Being taught at home will keep the children from being inundated daily with Hindu teaching. Also, it is giving Agape Bihar a trial run at running a private school to see if the Lord would call them to begin a private school open to the public in the future
Sudonsu is a new believer of about 9 months. He is a construction worker and has helped as a volunteer with much of the work that was done on the inside of Aimee’s Kids’ home. He also assists Geeta with bringing Aimee’s Kids back and forth to Patna on the 6 hour train rides. He has always wanted a guitar, so while we were there, he showed us the guitar he had made himself. (It did not actually play but he was quite proud of it!) Someone donated money for a real guitar for him this Christmas and he was incredibly surprised and excited, saying that he promised to learn to play it well. We had also given him one of the “Treasure” Bible mp3 players while we were there as we see the Lord working greatly in his life and believe he may be a pastor one day
We met this beautiful lady, Rita, while we were visiting Sita and Aarti’s village. She became a believer through Sita sharing the gospel with her. She and her family live in the dwelling below. After seeing her “home,” a couple was touched by the Lord to give $1000 to build walls on her home, protecting her family from the harsh weather conditions in Bihar. The Lord told me to tell her, “I am the God Who sees you.” Gen. 16:13 Geeta was able to share this incredible news with Rita over the phone of an elder. Rita sat speechless and amazed at the love of Jesus! You see, only one week ago, she had gone to visit the elder of her church. She was so bitterly cold and did not know how she could endure it any longer. The elder prayed with her and asked Jesus to build walls on her house. Now, in only one week’s time, the Lord had answered her prayer! Victor says this act of love and provision of the Lord for His children will be a great testimony to others! It is a testimony to all of us as well. When talking to the donor today, she shared that ever since she had seen the photo of Rita, with no walls on her home, and with the cold we are experiencing, she could not get her off of her mind. She had seen her photo on New Year’s Day. We have realized that the Lord was already working, that He gave Rita and that elder the prayer to speak, because He was already in the process of answering it. He wanted us all to know that it was His Plan, His timing, His desire, His Prayer He planted in their hearts, His provision, and His great love for His children. We are praying for additional funds to make her home a little larger as well. Rita, her husband, their son and his wife, and three grandchildren share this one small room. Knowing Jesus will provide exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or imagine. All praise to Jesus and to Him alone!
Sewing Seeds of Hope has been busy designing and making 2 shirts to send back with Kevin. Becky will take these and try to determine if there is a market for them here in the States. If so, similar shirts will be made by the women in the sewing centers, sent here to Becky, and sold. 100% of the profits will be sent back to the sewing centers to be used to buy more material and also to be divided among the women for income. A couple has pledged $200/month to Sewing Seeds of Hope to purchase 2 new electric sewing machines each month. This will make production much more efficient and cost productive.
Additionally, funds were donated for warm clothes for the evangelists and for 7 new bicycles.
Donations through individuals at Surfside Presbyterian the month of December are as follows:
I hope you will be as blessed and as challenged as I was to walk out our faith daily despite our circumstances.
Bihar, India – Victor and Geeta