Stories from the flood victims

Picture here are Darbari, 80, and his wife, Luli Bai. They lived in a house by a river in India with their large family before the devastating floods earlier this year.

Below is their story:

The torrential rain caused the water level of the river to increase, but after so much rain over a short period of time, the water quickly began to flood their house. Water was everywhere and Darbari and Luli Bai tried to place their things on high places, but the water level kept increasing. They almost drowned in the water. All of their grain, rice, and clothes – nearly everything – was washed away in the flood and the rain caused the house to fall apart.

Because of the flooding, they did not have anything to eat to help them survive and Darbari was too old to work for food. They heard about CICM-IDES team providing aid and came to get help. They received food and clothing from the CICM-IDES team. The team also shared the tender love and message of the Lord Jesus Christ. Darbari and Luli Bai said they now are feeling the Love of Christ and his compassion towards humanity and are grateful to God and the CICM-IDES team.

When we talk to them about the love of Jesus, they are amazed…”

The bleating of water buffalo partially drown out the voice of Pastor Thapa as he prays for the villagers gathered to hear him teach. Thirty men, women and children are sitting on a plastic tarp under the dappled shade of a tree in the middle of a tiny village. Made up entirely of shepherd caste people, this village is surrounded by buffalo and goats. The air is heavy with the earthy smell of buffalo dung that has been mixed with straw to make fuel for their cooking fires.

“This area had been very dry toward the Gospel. They had never heard of Jesus,” says Thapa who retired as an Assistant Commissioner of Police in order to preach in the small villages in Uttar Pradesh, India. But he goes on to add that he, along with five other pastors sponsored by Central India Christian Mission have reached over 10,000 people in the 21 villages they have visited.

Later in the day Thapa visits another young pastor working with him who is teaching the Bible to a group of mango tree pickers gathered in the shade of an orchard. “There is not much work being done in the village areas,” says Thapa. “Most people want to preach and teach in the cities.” But the villages are where Thapa wants to make an impact. An afternoon meeting in yet another village has over 100 people sitting knees-to-backs in a cramped room, more suited to holding a family gathering of 10-15.

“When we talk to them about the love of Jesus, they are amazed to learn things they have never heard before,” says Thapa as he looks out on the people of another village he visits.

Follow up: Relief efforts after the floods in India earlier this summer

CICM, through its disaster relief ministry, responded to the needs of 345 families who were affected by the devastating floods that occurred in India and Nepal earlier this summer.

CICM distributed, to each person, 100 pounds of rice (that will last up to 4 months,) 4 pounds of lentils and a set of bedsheets. Also, the women received Sarees (the traditional Indian dress) and the men received Dhotis (Indian pants.)

These families lost all of their possessions in the floods. We pray these items will bring some relief to the hardships they are facing. By providing for the victims’ physical needs, CICM was able to be a witness for Christ.

We are thankful for the help and partnership of IDES and our faithful supporters who made this outreach work possible. Please continue to pray for all the families who are still suffering from the results of the floods.

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement of the ministry of CICM. It is evident that your generosity and prayers change lives in India.

“and you will be my witnesses…”

Pastor Suresh leaves behind more than dust as he travels by motorcycle on the arduous roads that snake through villages high in the mountains of Nepal.

The snow-capped crest of Mount Everest often keeps him company as he climbs higher. He stops at one village, merely a small grouping of mud, stone and tin homes, to give school materials to a barefoot child in need. He stops in another to read the Bible and pray for a sickly elderly woman.

“Many people had sickness and evil spirits, says Suresh, “We prayed for them and after God’s healing they have believed and become Christians.”

Suresh leaves behind compassion and kindness to an isolated people.

“CICM is committed to reach the unreached people, says Dr. Ajai Lall, CICM Director and Founder. “These areas have different languages. They have different ethnic backgrounds. These areas are difficult. It is best…to train Nepalis to reach Nepal.”

“I have to go long distances for ministry. With the help of CICM I have a motorcycle and I am able to maintain it,” adds Suresh.

But even with the motorcycle and hours of rough travel, Suresh can not always get to some of the villages clinging to the mountainsides. He has to go on foot, his small black backpack filled with ministry tracks and his Bible.

Down in the valley where his village is located, next to a brick factory that belches acrid smoke during the six-month dry season, Suresh and his family have a small shop and a mill for wheat and rice.

Workers from the brick factory stop by to purchase small items, “As they come to buy, I communicate the Gospel to the brick workers (many of whom are young children).”

CICM pastors, like Suresh, plant the Gospel in some of the hardest places in the world. Places that are physically hard to reach with people who are spiritually hardened against the Gospel. Pastor Suresh is witness for Christ to the people of his culture. Through his ministry work, he shows them that Christ’s love can reach them even at the ends of the earth.

Please prayerfully consider a donation to CICM’s Church Planting Ministry to aid Gospel carriers, like Suresh, in their work. Through CICM church planters, we are able to bring the knowledge of Christ to those all over the world and work to faithfully fulfill the Great Commission. We thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of the ministry of CICM.

Child labor in India and the surrounding countries

Brick making by the numbers.

7 days a week…
12 hours per day (with a 2 hour break on Saturdays)…
150 times a day… 24 bricks each load.

Susmita lugs almost 50,000 pounds of bricks per week out of the kiln to a waiting truck. At age 13, she earns less than $3 per day while working at one of Nepal’s estimated 750 brick factories. School for her is not an option.

Susmita is only one of the estimated 60,000 children who work in the brick kilns. They live in temporary shelters of stacked brick and tin roofs. Their floor is damp clay. Sanitation is poor. Their bathroom an open field. Healthcare is lacking. Schooling of any type is rare. Nepalese law forbids children to work in the dangerous environs of the brick industry, but the law is not enforced.

The object of employing children is not to train them, but to get high profits from their work. – Lewis Hine, 1908

Lalu, 16, another young worker, was sent to Nepal by his family in India so that he could earn money for his family. “We don’t have any work at home, so I am sent here to work for six months.” After the brick making season is over he will return to India for the harvest.

Children in Nepal are expected to contribute to their families economic needs, but this often goes beyond simple household chores to the risks and dangers of heavy labor in industries such as brick making, carpet weaving, stone quarries and mines.

As the sun begins to set, Susmita hauls her last bricks for the day out of the kiln. Her dirt encrusted fingers clasp the small scrap of paper with tiny marks that represent her toil for the day…over 3,000 bricks…less than $3 earned.

CICM Children’s Ministry is a vital part of CICM’s outreach. The Children’s Ministry is helping bring hope to the hopeless and free those children in bondage, such as Lalu and Susmita. Our CICM leaders work to rescue at-risk children and bring them into the CICM Children’s Homes. There we are able to provide a safe and loving environment for them to live and grow in the Lord.

Prayerfully consider a gift to CICM Children’s Ministry to help CICM continue to rescue at-risk children from such grievances as child labor. We thank you for your thoughts, prayers and encouragement of the ministry of CICM.

They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them.

In an area of 1.3 billion people with less than 3% of them being Christians,
CICM is committed to training church planters who will spread the Gospel message to the unreached. These unreached people are among Hindu and Muslim extremists who persecute Christians daily. However, CICM church planters are bringing the light of Christ to the unreached in the face of this persecution.

CICM evangelists see things in the context of eternity. They pray not that persecution with end, but that they will have the strength to face it and that God’s purpose will be fulfilled.

During the NACC last week, we were reminded of Revelation 17:14: “They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them. . . and with him will be his called, chosen, and faithful followers.”

The Lamb is truly triumphing over evil in India. In 30 years, the faithful followers of Christ in India have planted over 1,100 churches and baptized more than 300,000 people. Dr. Ajai Lall was able to showcase all that God has provided in his workshop he conducted during the NACC called, GOD’s Victorious Work around the World. Watch his CICM testimony here: NACC

In spite of facing more persecution, Dr. Ajai Lall still believes that there are increasing opportunities to bring even more people to Jesus Christ. Please pray for our leaders in India to remain faithful to the Gospel, in the middle of this story called life, and know that God will be victorious in the end.

Thank you for your continued thoughts, prayers and generosity to the ministry of CICM. We appreciate your help in bringing the knowledge of Christ to the people in India and the surrounding countries.

Children would not play with Vinay. They would mock him.

“People said Vinay (3-year-old born with a cleft lip and palate), was cursed…that he did something wrong in the past. Children would not play with him. They would mock the family,” laments Vinay’s aunt, Parvatrani.

When Vinay returned to his village after receiving surgery at Central India Christian Mission from volunteer doctors of the LEAP Foundation. “People said they were wrong to be mean. They accept him as a normal child now and he can go to school,” adds Parvatrani.

CICM’s medical ministry not only provides for the physical needs of people people in India, but also introduces them to the Gospel. The medical ministry includes the CICM Mission Hospital, Kansa Village Clinic and Dental Clinic. CICM also holds medical camps in remote villages. 18 doctors and a team of more than 100 personnel staff these facilities. This medical team treats 4,000 to 5,000 patients each month.

The Mission Hospital is open to all, regardless of religion or ability to pay, and serves a geographic area with a population of nearly 10 million. The compassionate staff provides excellent medical care to this greatly underserved population. The Kansa Village clinic serves more than 50 villages, reaching those who cannot get themselves to the hospital.

One of our closest partners is the LEAP Foundation and every year their team of doctors and nurses come to India for a week to perform cleft and lip palate surgeries. This gift to the children who receive it, is completely life changing, allowing them to again interact with other people, gain friends and a hope for their future.

The medical specialists with the LEAP Foundation as they partner with Central India Christian Mission are real heroes to these children. Their work truly restores lives. Please consider making a contribution to CICM’s Medical Ministry to help continue this life changing medical work. We thank you for your support, encouragement and generosity to the ministry of CICM.

Emergency help needed for devastation in India and Nepal

In India, the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, have experienced massive floods and landslides that have devastated the Indian and Nepali landscapes, displaced more than 65,000 people and killed over 100 with the number fearing to be higher. Please pray for these areas as CICM has evangelists that work in these states. The flooding and landslides were caused by monsoon rains that arrived 2 weeks early, crippling the unprepared countries.

Uttarakhand, which is called the “Land of the Gods,” suffered massive devastation in the area. The Hindu Shrine of Kearnath is damaged and the area around it is submerged under mud.

Hundreds of homes and hotels are destroyed and many roads are completely washed away. A large rescue operation is underway with helicopters dropping emergency supplies to the more than 60,000 stranded. The Yamuna River, in New Delhi, has also risen to its highest level in years and is beginning to flood the city.

Although CICM’s focus is evangelism, humanitarian aid opens the doors for sharing the Gospel. By showing the compassion of Christ through giving practical physical necessities, we also have the opportunity to share the Gospel message. Join us in praying for the victims of this disaster and their families and all those affected by the disaster. Even among the extreme devastation, there is an opportunity for Northern India to witness the light of Christ.

Please consider aiding in this rescue and relief operation. CICM will bring relief aid once the areas become reachable as weather and wreckage is making rescue efforts difficult. Gifts can be sent to 9425 N Meridian St, suite 281 Indianapolis, IN 46260 or a contribution to the CICM General Fund

Disowned by her family

The serenity on her face is evidence of the peace she says is now in her heart. Maya, 21, raised in a Hindu home, chose to follow the teachings of Jesus and express her decision by baptism.


But, painful memories of her family’s rejection after her decision are still very close to the surface. In a quiet voice, almost tortured by the recalling, Maya relates,

“As soon as I accepted Jesus Christ, my family disowned me. They told me, ‘We have nothing more to do with you. Go away from us.’”

In India, where only 2.5% of the people are followers of Jesus, leaving the Hindu
traditions of your family often results in rejection and persecution. Maya, her
face encircled by her white Sari, looks up and says,

“Even though my family has left me, I feel the peace, the calm, the presence of my Lord Jesus Christ in my heart and in my mind. And, it has changed me completely.”

The decision follow Jesus Christ brings no advantages to people in India. Disownment and abandonment by family is a typical response to someone who chooses to live their life for Christ. Physical and verbal attacks are also common to those Christians in India. However, these Christians have chosen to follow Christ because His Good News has changed their lives and His love is enough for them in India. They show great faith in the face of adversity. They are Christians on purpose.

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in India. Pray for their strength in the face of persecution and that we can be just as bold witnesses for Christ. Thank you for your support, encouragement and generosity to the ministry of CICM.

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few…”

For the national bird of Bhutan, the black raven that claws loudly as it soars towards the mountains, there is no border between India and Bhutan. For Bhutanese Christians, crossing to India offers freedom to worship as they please, or on their home side, imprisonment and fines.

Born in Sikim, (now part of India) Pastor John says, “God took me to Bhutan in 1968 and put His vision in my heart. At that time, there were only one or two believers in all of Bhutan. I did not have any theological degrees, but I felt deep in my heart there was something that needed to be done for the Lord’s ministry.”

The pastor’s work in Bhutan started with a short prayer of healing for a very sick girl. “I prayed a very small prayer, ‘Lord, please heal this child.’ I went to work and 24 hours later I got a call, ‘Our daughter is healed…now we want to follow Christ.’” That “small prayer” was the spark that led many to understand the Gospel message.

Bhutanese law prohibits the gathering of Christians outside of their homes. Public preaching results in immediate fines and imprisonment. Pastor John, who currently lives in India within eyesight of Bhutan’s mountains, goes in and out of Bhutan regularly to encourage believers as he meets with them in their homes. It is not easy being a minority Christian in Bhutan. “Our church members in Bhutan have been arrested for showing the Jesus film and preaching,” he says.

Pastor John also has a church in India, a short walk from the border of Bhutan, visited by many Bhutanese believers who cross the border to attend. According to him, these times together in India are used to teach, encourage and strengthen the Christians before they return to their house churches in the mountains of Bhutan. “We will teach them till they grow in maturity,” he adds. “I get to meet with a lot of people and hear about their problems. When we pray, God does miracles and in that way, we as the church (in Bhutan) are growing.”

Pastor John reemphasizes the importance of house churches, “We started with one house church and now the number is uncountable.”

Courageous leaders like Pastor John are spreading the Gospel message in the face of adversity. CICM has a team of dedicated evangelists who regularly start new ministries in unevangelized countries. With God’s help, these CICM leaders have planted over 1,000 churches in India and its neighboring countries.

Please consider supporting these leaders who carry out God’s will. Your gift will help share Jesus’ love and light with the unreached people of the world. Thank you for your thoughts, generosity and encouragement of the ministry of CICM.

Matthew 9:37- Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

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