On March 5, 2018, a small village in Northern India celebrated the inauguration of a public water well. Jesus’ Economy church planter Veer heard of the village’s need and helped them bring clean water to their area.
Of the 300 villagers, most of them are very poor and unable to drill a well on their own property. This leaves them with either using and drinking unclean water or walking miles a day just to get to clean water.
While this is a problem many villages face, for this particular village it was even more severe because most of the villagers work in agriculture; working the land for other people. Working in fields all day so they can earn a basic living doesn’t allow them the time they need to walk to get clean water. This means that children are the ones who are typically sent to retrieve the water.
The village tried to get the local government to bore a water well for them but they were unsuccessful.
Veer found out about their lack of clean water and guided the villagers in an application to Transformation India Movement (TIM), Jesus’ Economy’s partner organization in Bihar, India, for a public water well. TIM saw their need and granted their water well application for a 180 foot deep water well.
Sixty people attended the inauguration of the well including a local member of government. The people of the village recognized the work of Veer and TIM and now see what the Lord can do to meet not only their essential physical needs but their essential spiritual needs. This has opened many new doors for Veer to spread the gospel to this village and explain to them how Jesus is the Living Water.
Sponsoring a church planter so this kind of work can continue is vital.
In one of the Northern India villages where Santhosh, one of our four church planters, works, the need for clean water became so great that Santhosh took action to help the villagers bore a water well.
In this village, there are no public water wells for the 300 people living there. The only wells in the village belong to the few wealthy people who won’t let any lower caste people come and get water. The poorer members of the village were essentially living at the mercy of the privileged for clean water. Their only other option was to walk miles a day to the nearest public water well, which can take hours.
The villagers turned to the government for help, requesting a public well be dug in the village but the government denied their request. This is where Santhosh came in, he told the villagers how to apply for a well through Transformation India Movement, Jesus’ Economy’s partner organization in Bihar, India.
After applying for their well, the village’s need was met and a 110 foot deep water well was dug. They inaugurated the well in March 2018 with a presentation of the gospel, explaining how Jesus is the Living Water. Fifty villagers attended the inauguration and heard the message.
Because of the well and Santhosh, this village has access to clean water and is praising God for it. Many villagers are eager to know more about Jesus after receiving the tangible gifts from his followers. This is a great new opportunity for our sponsored church planter, Santhosh, to share the gospel with everyone there.
In follow up, Santosh will visit this village regularly, as part of his village church ministry. He will hold church services, distribute Bibles, and help to meet some of the needs of the villagers while he is there.
Jesus’ Economy’s church planters visit dozens of villages every year on a salary of only $7,500 USD per year. They travel by bicycle and public transportation, often relying on the kindness of strangers to have their needs met. If you are passionate about supporting the work of church planting, you can donate to our church planters.
During 2017, Santhosh has continued to bring the good news of Jesus to more villagers. 20 new people have chosen to believe in Jesus and 11 people have been baptized. He has also seen growth in the home churches he leads, as 18 new people have started regularly attending Sunday morning services.
He recently held a spiritual renewal seminar that brought together 250 people from 16 different villages. It was the first time something like that had ever happened in that part of India and it resulted in much excitement about the name of Jesus.
Santhosh launched a literacy training center in one of the villages that he ministers to and it has been a great addition to the village. 40 children from that village are studying in the literacy training center, learning to read for the first time. Without Santhosh's work, these children would likely never have the opportunity to learn to read. Several adults have also joined.
Through his ministry, Santhosh has seen a total of 297 people trust in Jesus. Among those 297, 153 people have been baptized. The believers are spread across 13 house churches and eight home Bible study groups. People are regularly coming to Christ.
Santhosh's impact in Northern India continues to be deep, profound, and exciting. Join in this excitement by donating to the church planting fund so he and the other church planters can continue spreading the name of Jesus.
Baptisms abound in Bihar, India, as church planter Veer continues to spread the gospel throughout a dozen villages.
This has been the first full year of church planting for Veer and he has spent the year working diligently to bring the name of Jesus to many villagers. In the first six months of the year, more than 1,300 people heard the gospel for the first time. And in total, more than 4,000 people have heard the name of Jesus through Veer's ministry!
During the first six months of the year, 11 people were baptized and eight people said they wanted to be baptized and are in the process of preparing for baptism. Veer has continued to use the analogy of the water well that Jesus' Economy provided. He tells people that as the water well has given villagers access to clean water, Jesus is the Living Water (John 4:13–14). Through this simple analogy, many people have heard about the love of Jesus and wanted to know more. People are seeing how the love of Jesus is tangible, but also eternal.
Veer has successfully launched five house churches and six Bible study groups. Across the home churches, he has seen a regular attendance of 98 people. Of those 98 church attendees, 31 people total have been baptized over the past year, demonstrating their full commitment to Jesus!
Because of Veer's dedication to his ministry, many people are hearing about the love of Jesus for the first time in their lives. The gospel is reaching the unreached.
Veer is looking forward to another year of church planting and spreading the gospel. Please join us in helping him reach more people for Jesus by praying for and supporting him.
Church planter Rahul's dedication to 11 different villages in Northern India has resulted in many people trusting in God and attending church on Sundays. Through prayer, lives are being changed. The gospel is reaching people who had previously never heard the name of Jesus.
Rahul has been a church planter sponsored by Jesus' Economy since October 2015; and because of his hard work, more than 4,500 people have heard the gospel for the first time. Of the people who have listened to Rahul, 119 have chosen to believe in Jesus.
With these high numbers, especially of villagers choosing to trust in Jesus, Rahul has established a main church in one of the villages. Every Sunday, people flock to the church, which is actually not a building but rather a meeting place under a large tree. More than 70 people attend this service on a regular basis!
This is a huge answer to prayer as this is the same village and church that was experiencing heavy flooding and rains during monsoon season. Because of this extreme weather, Rahul had experienced troubles getting people to come back to church and being regular attendees. Now, people are excited to gather together and listen to Rahul.
In addition, Rahul has established five other house churches and is conducting five Bible study groups. And through his ministry, 24 people have been baptized!
Rahul continues to see more and more people want to change their life and trust in Jesus. All of this work is based in prayer and driven by prayer.
Celebrate with our brother Rahul, as he got married in March and is now working alongside his new bride in ministry! Partner with and pray for Rahul as he strives to spread the gospel throughout Bihar, India.
Santhosh, one of our church planters in Bihar, India, recently held a spiritual awakening seminar for 250 people from 16 different villages in the region. The theme for the one day seminar was drawn from John 17:3, "Know Christ and Make Him Known."
Santhosh worked with five other leaders that he trained to organize the different parts of the event.
This is the first time any of these villages were able to not only attend but host a seminar like this; it has never been done before in this area of Northern India. So many people were excited about it that six people were baptized the day before so they could attend the seminar as newly baptized believers.
It wasn't just the attendees who were excited either, leaders and the regional coordinator were excited too. When something like this comes together and actually happens in an area where a year or so ago, the idea of it ever happening was a pipe dream, the excitment is palbable.
The excitement came with good reason as dozens of people made commitments to follow Jesus and better their lives.
In addition to the six people being baptized, during the seminar, 10 people expressed a desire to be baptized and 22 people decided to believe in Jesus. Santhosh said that the seminar was a great motivator for villagers to know Jesus more closely and really made them excited to provide access to the gospel throughout the region. There is a renewed desire to expand the ministry even further than before.
The renewal seminar greatly affected young people as well: 12 of them decided to take part in the discipleship training offered and 10 young women enrolled in an empowering women tailoring program, to learn marketable business skills.
Because of this one day event, the local ministry has been greatly strengthened and hope is exceedingly abundant among villagers. Because of what one of the region's leaders shared from John 17 about knowing Jesus better, several people experienced God's presence and were inspired.
From the seminar, the believers who attended came away more rooted in their faith and better equipped to talk about Jesus. They also witnessed the healing power of Jesus.
Two women who attended the event had been living with severe pain from illnesses. They experienced healing during the seminar. More and more healing is being brought to the region as Santhosh continues to work at spreading the peace of knowing Jesus.
Support Santhosh in his efforts to strengthen the local leadership and community in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Jesus' Economy is transforming lives and empowering women in Bihar, India. In a state where millions live in extreme poverty, it can seem impossible to have hope. But the people of Bihar are strong and resilient and we are coming alongside them as they lift their families and community out of poverty.
Bihar, India has a population of nearly 104 Million. More than 54 Million of those people live in extreme poverty. Most of their food sources are dependent on the weather, which during monsoon season often means few crops.
These families do not have enough money to provide for themselves on a basic level, and this makes for very poor living conditions.
Bihar has a women empowerment measure of .379, ranking among the top 10 worst in the world. In this state, a large percentage of the women are illiterate and jobless, and have no means to help themselves. But with our church planters providing literacy training, they have a chance at a new life.
Many women and children spend their days walking miles to collect drinkable water. By the time they've gathered this necessity, there isn't much time left in the day for work or an education, and the cycle of poverty continues.
To help meet the basic need of clean and safe water, Jesus' Economy has funded the drilling of four water wells. Now thousands of people have access to good water; women are able to work, and children are able to go to school.
We have also funded four church planters. These pastors are actively sharing the gospel with hundreds of people throughout the new home churches and bringing peace to these people and their villages.
With the physical and spiritual needs being met, Jesus' Economy is now focused on long-term sustainability. Forty women in Bihar will be trained to run their own businesses so they can lift their families out of poverty.
As part of the empowering women program, women learn the trade of creating high-quality, handmade clothing, as well as business skills and employer (fair trade) ethics.
The women will become successful businesswomen, thus able to support their families financially, and the cycle of poverty will be disrupted. Their incomes will allow for physical sustenance, and also for the opportunity for their children to go to school regularly.
The women of Bihar, India are immeasurably strong and full of hope for a better future.
Donate to the Empowering Women Program and help end poverty in Bihar.
Advik, our newest church planter, partnered with Jesus’ Economy in September 2016 and is working in villages that are extremely impoverished and severely lacking in men. Despite these difficulties, Advik has reached more than 1,000 people with the name of Jesus.
In these villages in Bihar, India, education for children seems to be the least important issue for locals. Not because they don’t value it but because they’re just trying to find food, on a daily basis. They don’t know where their next meal will come from or when. Men will travel outside the states to find jobs and once they get one, they generally don’t send money or help their families back in the remote villages of Bihar. They leave and don’t look back.
This leaves the women of the villages to do the work that the men aren’t there to do, on top of the work the women already perform, and they get paid very low wages for their hard labor. Advik has devoted much of his time reaching out to these women and children, bringing the hope of Jesus to their lives; he is a man they can count on.
Advik's efforts in 2016, just four short months of the year, resulted in five bible studies with 16 believers attending and five new baptisms performed. With this being his first full year as a church planter with Jesus’ Economy, Advik has set some ministry goals. He would like to see more house churches and Bible studies established, along with several more people coming to Christ. If he continues to diligently minister in the way he has been, he will go above and beyond his goals.
Advik is fulfilling his calling and acting upon what Jesus wants his followers to do. He is practicing religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the kind talked about in James 1:27. He is caring for the orphans and widows during their hardships.
One of the ways he will be taking care of the women and children is by establishing a literacy training center. He will also fulfill even further the mission of Jesus' Economy by establishing empowering women programs in Bihar, India that allow women to have sustainable jobs.
With these goals and plans ahead, Advik will reach villagers in these impoverished remote villages like never before.
Rahul continues to reach out to more and more villages, extending the gospel to more than 4,500 people despite the obstacles the monsoon season brings to him, his ministry, and the area villages.
Rahul has brought peace and healing to people in 16 villages, 11 of them are new villages where he started his ministry in 2016. In these villages, he has brought 20 new people to Jesus and 20 have been baptized.
From late May to September, Rahul struggles to maintain attendance in church services due to the rainy season. They currently don’t have a church building to meet in, so every Sunday Rahul gathers with villagers under a tree. When monsoon season hits, they can’t meet and he struggles to bring people together to worship. When the rainy season is over, because of how many services are missed, he has to visit people repeatedly until he has convinced them to come back to the Sunday service under the tree. The lack of a building combined with monsoon season has proven very difficult for Rahul and other believers. But he has pressed forward, making an impact wherever he goes.
In many of the villages Rahul ministers in, severe flooding is a huge issue during monsoon season. The floods destroy their crops, huts, and roads every year.
Despite travel difficulties, for the last two years, Rahul has been diligently working in these villages and leading prayer meetings. After he started ministering, the villagers noticed a change in their community. The river stopped overflowing and flooding the villages, crops are able to survive and flourish, and roads have been rebuilt. With these changes that make all of life smoother, many more villagers are willing to talk with Rahul and listen to what he is sharing about the gospel making his reach broader than ever.
Support Rahul's ministry to an impoverished and unreached villages by donating to his fund.
Jesus’ Economy church planter Veer faces the difficult task of bringing the gospel to a region dominated by oppressive religions. In Northeast India, he is offering the freedom of Jesus to those who have never even heard Jesus' name.
Despite the many obstacles, in just three months Veer saw 20 people come to Christ and choose to be baptized. Veer joined the efforts of Jesus’ Economy in October 2016, taking over an area that Vinod (a former Jesus’ Economy church planter) was working. Veer has worked diligently ever since.
Veer is focusing his efforts on a village where Jesus’ Economy provided a water well. This has given him an opportunity to speak about the love of Jesus, the Living Water. He has launched Bible studies and home churches, with more than 70 people attending. This means more than just new believers are coming to hear Veer talk about the freedom of the gospel.
At the end of 2016, Veer focused his efforts on Christmas-focused messages and Christmas-themed programs. Through these efforts, Veer shared the message of Jesus with 2,500 people in 10 different villages. This was the first time any of these people had heard the gospel. From these Christmas programs, 10 people placed their faith in Jesus and a new Bible study group was started.
With the new bible studies and house churches plus the reach of the Christmas-themed programs, Veer has reached many villagers in a very short time. Veer has also expanded his efforts by launching a tailoring training center for impoverished women. Currently 26 women are attending the center regularly. Veer has also launched a literacy training center where 30 children are learning to read. Through showing the love of Christ in word and deed, Veer has become an integral part of renewing an impoverished and previously oppressed group of people.
To help the work of Veer continue, please donate to his fund so that his diligence in the ministry can have an even broader impact in the region.