International Ministries

Ben Chan Reports from India: Jan. 26 - 27, 2013

January 28, 2013 Journal

January 26, 2013

An American Baptist International Ministries team visited the Balasore Technical School in Orissa, India in January 2013 and witnessed the grace of God and the able leadership of Principal Ramesh Kumar who has revived a closed-down old school to having 550 students and new buildings and facilities in 17 years. Our team will speak at a youth conference tomorrow and finish our India Trip on Monday.

January 27, 2013

There are 2 million Ho people in India and about 200,000 in Orissa State. BOBBCA (Bengal Orissa, Behir Baptist Convention) began a ministry to bring life transformation to the Ho people ten years ago. In this celebration event, BOBBCA and Ho Baptists give thanks to God for the establishment of four churches, and 103 baptized and 112 non-baptized members.

January 27, 2013

We are taking part in the last program of our trip - the BOBBCA Youth Gathering in Galusai. Children and parents of the Galusai village also sat patiently listening to messages brought by Rev. Katie Longkumer and Dr. Rev. Joseph Huse. The mission in Galusai was started by Imo and Arenla Aier in 1992 when they resided here and served as IM consultants of BOB churches. When Imo and Arenla saw children here running around and had no education opportunity, they started a "school" under a tree. They then shared their vision with American and Naga Baptists of establishing an elementary school in this place. Unexpectedly a local land owner first responded to the invitation, and donated a piece of land to build the school. IM funded the first basic structure of 4 classrooms, and provides an annual grant to support a more formal elementary education for children of Galusai and nearby villages. Last year, Imo and Arenla, and BOBBCA celebrated the completion of a new cement new school building which are co-funded by IM and the Balasore Technical School. The school is blessed to nurture 100 children under the good care of 6 teachers. The two buildings and a small chapel also become a platform of worship and Christian outreach activities.