Samson was born there and came to Christ there so his heart is for the people of Punjab. He knows the people and most importantly he knows how to reach them for Christ. He and the local pastors speak English and the Punjab language. English is the second language for the local people, but to communicate easily with the people, a pastor must speak the local language. Sending people like Samson from their home country back to reach them and then train their own people may be the model for foreign missions in the future. But there are other reasons that India is ripe for the harvest of Christ. Christ is working in India. Christ never sends us where he has not gone first. India has 1.39 billion people and only 3% are Christians, BUT Christianity is growing. 19% of Indian people coming to the US are Christians like Samson and his family. This is an untapped resource for reaching India. India also has a very stable economy and the people have a good opinion of the US. Our US dollars go very far in getting churches built and in paying staff there. The average wage for laborers is $2-3 US dollars per day and college grads make less than $600 per month. We can do God's work for a small amount compared to the US and also help the local economy.
Sold Rock India's goals in the next few years are to:
Add more pastors and be able to provide better salaries and for better living conditions.
There is also a need to grow the children's ministry at our churches by hiring a female minister to work with the children. Solid Rock has seen that if children come and get involved, the families soon come to become involved.
As home churches outgrow the homes where they meet, it is critical to build a church in the community since the people have very limited means of transportation.
There is also a need for transportation for pastors with a small motorbike and for a van to bring people to the two churches.
How You Can Help
Solid Rock India is an established ministry with a proven track record of success in reaching people for Christ for a very small amount of money. We have done wonders with so little, and we know that much more could be accomplished if we have the following:
Prayers for our efforts daily.
We need more weekly and monthly givers to Solid Rock India through your local church or directly with Solid Rock India. A small weekly or monthly gift means we can plan our ministry and make even more happen in Punjab.
We need capital improvement funds for our construction projects that will be completed in 2019 and for new projects. This once a year capital improvement fund drive is how Solid Rock was able to build the second church in 2016 for $50,000 and built a third church in 2018 for $30,000.
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