Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On My Trip to India, Part 4

As most of you know, I traveled to Ventrapragada, India from May 5-16 to be part of a team that taught (and learned from) Indian Pastors and those training to be pastors. The team was sent by the Treasuring Christ Together Network (our family of churches) to serve an Indian ministry called Reach All Nations (RAN). This week I would like to share with you about RAN’s Bible School.
The staff of RAN recruits students for their Bible School from the networks of relationships they have developed over the last several decades. The vision of the School is to train pastors and developing pastors who have a heart to plant churches throughout India and reach people with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Currently, the Bible School lasts for forty days and includes intensive training in the Bible, theology, and various aspects of ministry. In addition to instruction, the students are required to engage in a variety of ministry activities which makes their actual stay extend to about two months.
The staff of RAN is hoping to expand the length of the Bible School from forty days to six months. In fact, they are devoting the entire month of June to fasting, prayer, and seeking the Lord about when and how they should make this move. They are hoping to do so in 2015.
Once students have graduated from the School, they are permitted to apply for a long-term partnership with RAN. About half of the students are approved. Those who are approved must then serve in their area of ministry for at least six months before they can apply for financial support. Those who are approved for financial support receive $50-100 per month.
As of now, RAN has about 60 supported ministry partners and another 150 non-supported ministry partners. Each of these pastors is required to attend weekly gatherings of RAN pastors in their local area, monthly gatherings in their region, quarterly gatherings at RAN headquarters where the staff provides more intensive theological or practical education, and the annual convention which draws 1,500 or more people.
It was my privilege to teach preaching at this Bible School. I’ll share more about that next week, but for now please visit RAN at www.reachallnations.org and lift them up in prayer. While the staff appreciates the various types of support they receive, they mainly long for partners who will pray. So let us pray!

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