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Longkumer - International Ministries The latest from Katie and Taku Longkumer https://internationalministries.org/teams/373-longkumer.rss Our Upcoming Programs <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">Here’s a glimpse of our upcoming programs.&nbsp; If you are near any of these please come and let us personally thank you!&nbsp; If you’d like to set up a gathering please contact us.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b>SEPTEMBER&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">8-14:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>N. Dakota : Mission Conferences &amp; Churches&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">15-23:&nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>S. Dakota :&nbsp; University of Sioux Falls &amp; Churches&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">24:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Return to IL&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">27:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>First Baptist Church, Lebanon, IN&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">28-30: &nbsp; &nbsp; Visiting Rushville, IN &amp; Area &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b>OCTOBER &nbsp; &nbsp;</b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">2-3:&nbsp;&nbsp;GRR &nbsp;&nbsp;Annual Gathering, Bloomington, IL&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">4:&nbsp;&nbsp;Peoria First Baptist Church</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;5-9:&nbsp;&nbsp;Central IL churches (still arranging! Call!)</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">10-11:&nbsp;&nbsp; Springfield, IL Central Baptist Church&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">16-26:&nbsp;&nbsp;Massachusetts Mission Conf, Assn meeting and churches<b><i><br></i></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b>Oct 31-Nov 1:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Dixon, IL, First Baptist Church</b><br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b><i>We would love to hear from you!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</i></b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<b>&nbsp;</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b>Our new address is :&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Revs. Taku &amp; Katie Longkumer &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 650 E. Butterfield Rd.&nbsp; # 501</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lombard, IL 60148&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b>Phone Numbers:&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Taku:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;217-415-7135</b><b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</b><b>Katie:&nbsp;&nbsp;217-503-3002</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b>&nbsp;Emails:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lightinthejungle@yahoo.com">lightinthejungle@yahoo.com</a>&nbsp;<span class="MsoHyperlink">&nbsp;</span><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</b><a href="mailto:nagaladyrev@gmail.com">nagaladyrev@gmail.com</a><b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</b><a href="mailto:katie.longkumer@internationalministries.org" style="text-indent: 0.5in;">katie.longkumer@internationalministries.org</a><span style="text-indent: 0.5in;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="text-indent: 0.5in;">&nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></span><a href="mailto:taku.longkumer@internationalministries.org" style="text-indent: 0.5in;">taku.longkumer@internationalministries.org</a><span style="text-indent: 0.5in;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: 0.5in;"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><i>May you have a very blessed end of summer &amp; special autumn.</i>&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b>THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE, SUPPORT AND PRAYERS!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b><i>GOD BLESS YOU!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</i>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-family: 'Viner Hand ITC';">Your Partners in Ministry,</span></b><span style="text-indent: 0.5in; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.2666664123535px; font-family: 'Viner Hand ITC';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><b style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-family: 'Viner Hand ITC';">Taku &amp; Katie Longkumer</span></b></p> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59664-our-upcoming-programs https://internationalministries.org/read/59664-our-upcoming-programs House Church Movement <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>In 1998 a government school teacher, '<i>Paul'</i>&nbsp;<i>(name changed for security)</i> from a closed community, heard the Gospel and committed his life to the Lordship of Jesus through the radio ministry of the CBCNEI.&nbsp; Upon completion of the correspondence classes, he was counseled and baptized.&nbsp; Discerning the Lord’s call to reach out to the people of his community with the Gospel, he resigned from his good paying job and respected position to become a fulltime evangelist.&nbsp;&nbsp; <i>‘Paul’</i> underwent Discipleship and Evangelism training with a parachurch organization as well as a specialized training for his focus group.&nbsp;</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>At that time he was rejected by his family and barred from returning to his native village.&nbsp; But after much prayer, by the grace of God, the villagers eventually allowed his return with the stipulation that he would not share his faith.&nbsp; Thus, from that time onward he began working in nearby villages, sharing the Gospel with others and a ministry was formed. &nbsp;Taku first conducted a week long discipleship training program in 2000 with 12 young men who had come to the Lord.&nbsp;</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>From that humble beginning the work has continued to grow with 80 house churches and many evangelists expanding the ministry to 5 districts in Assam.&nbsp; We have continued to participate in this work to provide training, conduct baptisms and offer encouragement and support to those engaged in this growing, but challenging ministry.</span></b></p><p> <b><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> There is an unprecedented movement of the Holy Spirit among this community.&nbsp; Recently a prominent religious leader committed his life to Jesus and is having a great impact as he reaches out and discusses Scripture with other leaders.&nbsp; It is crucial to uphold these believers in prayer for God's continued grace, power and protection. &nbsp;Please watch for upcoming projects for additional ways to offer tangible support.</span></b><br></p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:57:55 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59584-house-church-movement https://internationalministries.org/read/59584-house-church-movement 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Nepal on Saturday, April 25 <p>“An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9 shook Nepal on Saturday near its capital, Katmandu, [<i>sic</i>] according to the New York Times. People in the capital described scenes of panic and collapsed buildings, and the United States Geological Survey predicted severe damage to villages near the quake’s epicenter, about 50 miles from Katmandu [<i>sic</i>].” <br><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/26/world/asia/nepal-earthquake-katmandu.html">Read more.</a></p> <p>“The death toll in Nepal after a massive earthquake stands at 597, according to Laxmi Dhakal, a spokesperson for Nepal's Ministry of Home Affairs. There have been at least 15 aftershocks of 4.5 magnitude and higher in Nepal since a massive 7.8 earthquake struck the mountainous Asian nation around midday Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.” <br><a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/25/asia/nepal-earthquake-7-5-magnitude/index.html">Read more.</a></p> <p>American Baptist International Ministries (IM) Area Director the Reverend Dr. Benjamin Chan is contacting leaders of IM partner organizations who are based in Kathmandu, the Reverend Jir Man Rai, General Secretary of Nepal Baptist Church Council; Mr. Subash Pradhan, principal of Nepal Baptist Bible College; and Mr. Tirtha Thapa, director of Human Development and Community Service.</p> <p>“We are conveying condolences to the earthquake victims and prayer for peace and strength to them and their country on behalf of American Baptist sisters and brothers," stated Chan. "Mr. Thapa replied that he is attending the worship service, and 'so far we all are fine.'”</p> <p>IM development worker <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/373-longkumer">Taku Longkumer</a> is attending the annual meetings of the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India in Tura, Meghalaya which is about 340 miles from Katmandu.</p> <p>Taku shared, “We were shaken during this morning's massive earthquake in Nepal. No problems here, but we need to pray for those impacted.”</p> <p>IM will be collecting contributions for relief for the victims. More information to follow. Please pray for Nepal and for IM's partners there.</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/58011-7-8-magnitude-earthquake-hits-nepal-on-saturday-april-25 https://internationalministries.org/read/58011-7-8-magnitude-earthquake-hits-nepal-on-saturday-april-25 Turbulence Roils North East India : PRAY <!--StartFragment--> <p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; ">We are living in one of the most unique regions of the world! </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; "><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; "><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; ">Sadly, some of the wonderful attributes contributing to that uniqueness are also sources of ongoing conflict in the region.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; "><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; ">Again this summer Assam is experiencing eruptions of violent protests with loss of life and property.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; "><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; ">Last summer the conflicts arose between the Boro Tribals and Muslims.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; "><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; ">These past two weeks the battles have been on several fronts involving several different people groups.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; "><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span><br></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">Here’s Some Background -</span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:Arial">Strategically situated, this region </span><span style="font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica">is </span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt; font-family:Arial">known to have been an important physical and cultural bridge between India, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, f</span><span style="font-family: Arial">orging a “complex transition zone of linguistic, racial and religious streams.”<a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn1" href="#_ftn1" name="_ftnref1" title=""><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="mso-special-character:footnote"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;?? ??&quot;;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"><sup>[1]</sup></span></span></span></span></a> It has been an area of “civilizational intercourse through history, with the ‘indigenous tribes’ representing successive waves of immigrants from both East and West.”<a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn2" href="#_ftn2" name="_ftnref2" title=""><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="mso-special-character:footnote"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;?? ??&quot;;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"><sup>[2]</sup></span></span></span></span></a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:5.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span><span style="font-family:Arial">Consequently, North East India has an extremely diverse population with </span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt; font-family:Arial">more than <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">160 Scheduled Tribes</i></b> belonging to five different ethnic groups, and a <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">large and diverse non-tribal population</i></b> as well. The ‘scheduled tribes’ only refer to the tribes listed in the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution, and do not reflect the actual complexity of the ethnic mosaic of the region, which comprehends <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">over 400 distinct tribal and sub-tribal groupings.<a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn3" href="#_ftn3" name="_ftnref3" title=""><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="color:#1D395D"><span style="mso-special-character:footnote"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;?? ??&quot;;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast;color:#1D395D;mso-ansi-language: EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"><sup>[3]</sup></span></b></span></span></span></span></a></i></b></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">CURRENT CONFLICT</span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:5.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family: Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; ">Two weeks ago the Government of India made a decision to create a new state, granting the statehood demands of the Telengana people in Andhra Pradesh.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Immediately upon that pronouncement protests erupted!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Within the state of Assam there are 3 tribes demanding separate statehood.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>At present these groups exercise self-governance as Autonomous Districts receiving funding for local development.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Among those the Boro Tribe is demanding “Boroland”, the Karbi Anglong tribe and the Dimasas are jointly<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>demanding a separate state.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:8.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; ">These protests have become violent with protestors destroying many government buildings and the police retaliating with force, firing and killing two youths.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The situation remains tense in all these areas as these groups have called successive “Bandhs” (protests) which shutter all businesses, close roads and disrupt railway communication, stopping the flow of goods not only in Assam but Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur as well.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:7.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span><span style="font-family:Arial">NEI is further affected by the closure of all roads in the “Chicken’s Neck” (the small strip of land that connects NEI with the main body of India) by the Nepali population</span> <span style="font-family: Arial">demanding the formation of “Gorkhaland” .<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>All of this impacts the supply of food and other items for this region.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:5.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">PLEASE PRAY FOR:</span></b></p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">PEACE TO PREVAIL:</span></b> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">that all parties would seek <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"></span>resolution through non-violent dialogue </span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">rather than the <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"></span>destructive demonstrations.</span></b><p></p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">WISDOM AND DISCERNMENT</span></b> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">for all the community &amp; political leaders to be able to come&nbsp;</span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">together to seek a solution<br></span></b><p></p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">GRACE AND DISCERNMENT</span></b> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">for the church leaders of these peoples to be a voice of peace&nbsp;</span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">and healing in the midst of the conflict.</span></b><p></p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">GOD'S GRACIOUS PROVISION</span></b> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">for those experiencing lack <span style="mso-spacerun:yes"></span>&amp;/or travel disruption due to all&nbsp;</span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">the blockades.</span></b><p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-family:Arial">Thank you for your prayers!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>If you would like further information please feel free to contact us.</span></i></p><div style="mso-element:footnote-list"> <hr align="left" size="1" width="33%"> <div style="mso-element:footnote" id="ftn1"> <p class="MsoFootnoteText"><sup><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn1" href="#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1" title=""><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="mso-special-character: footnote"><!----><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Cambria;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;?? ??&quot;;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">[1]</span></span>(B.G.Verghese, <span style="mso-bidi-font-style:italic">India’s Northeast Resurgent:Ethnicity, Insurgency, Governance, Development</span>, New Delhi: Konark Publishers, 1996, p. 1)</span><o:p></o:p></span></a></sup></p><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn1" href="#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1" title=""> </a></div><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn1" href="#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1" title=""> </a><div style="mso-element:footnote" id="ftn2"><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn1" href="#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1" title=""> </a><p class="MsoNormal"><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn1" href="#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1" title=""></a><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn1" href="#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1" title=""></a><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn2" href="#_ftnref2" name="_ftn2" title=""><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt"><span style="mso-special-character:footnote"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:Cambria;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;?? ??&quot;;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">[2]Survey of Conflicts &amp; Resolution in India's Northeast?Ajai Sahni; http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/publication/faultlines/volume12/Article3.htm</span><span style="font-size:6.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></span></span></span></span></a></p><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn2" href="#_ftnref2" name="_ftn2" title=""> </a></div><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn2" href="#_ftnref2" name="_ftn2" title=""> </a><div style="mso-element:footnote" id="ftn3"><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn2" href="#_ftnref2" name="_ftn2" title=""> </a><p class="MsoFootnoteText"><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn2" href="#_ftnref2" name="_ftn2" title=""></a><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn3" href="#_ftnref3" name="_ftn3" title=""><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt"><span style="mso-special-character:footnote"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:Cambria;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;?? ??&quot;;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">[3]These are the unique tribes or tribal communities that are recognised under Article 342 of the Indian Constitution. A very large variety of sub-tribal distinctions add to the diversity of the region</span><span style="font-size:9.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:13.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:#1D395D">.</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></span></span></span></span></a></p><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn3" href="#_ftnref3" name="_ftn3" title=""> </a></div><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn3" href="#_ftnref3" name="_ftn3" title=""> </a></div><a style="mso-footnote-id:ftn3" href="#_ftnref3" name="_ftn3" title=""> <!--EndFragment--><p></p></a> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 03:34:52 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/49851-turbulence-roils-north-east-india-pray https://internationalministries.org/read/49851-turbulence-roils-north-east-india-pray Kids Making A Difference <p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">When we launched the project “Kids For Missions” we thought this would be a great opportunity for VBS and Sunday School&nbsp;groups to realize that each one of us, even kids, can make a difference in peoples’ lives with even just a one-time gift of $50.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>That amount is enough to purchase a “kid”, young goat that will provide milk for a family.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>As it matures and reproduces, the first new ‘kid’ will be passed on to another family to bring the nutritional and economic benefits of it’s milk and sale of future offspring to others in the community. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">We have been surprised!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Kids of all ages have been participating.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>At present we have reached half of our target.&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Many of those gifts were received from friends at Hoosier Village in Indianapolis.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They enthusiastically engaged in this endeavor, even naming each kid they donated.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>With the&nbsp;help of their Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Joseph Huse, (our MPT Convener) they were able to procure lovely bright red safety collars so each kid could bear the nametag the donors sent!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">These classily clad kids are now impacting the well-being of several impoverished families in remote villages in southwest Assam.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>There are still many families and communities that can be helped from the addition of another ‘kid’ in their family!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Your gift of $100 will provide two young goats.&nbsp; To donate toward this mission project, please&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/projects/78">click here! </a><br></span></p><p> </p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 09:25:07 -0400 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mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> </p>While God has added new members and churches to the BOBBCA, the Association officers work hard to train pastors and Christian workers. I had the opportunity to meet and encourage four seminarians including two Bible women (female evangelists.) They are all sponsored by the IM Leadership Development Grant Program. I am also very glad that another IM sponsored candidate General Secretary Rev. Samaresh Nayak will soon finish his Doctor of Ministry study. Rev. Nayak is one of the most faithful and highly effective leaders I know among IM partners in India.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span> <p class="MsoPlainText">In the Annual Meeting last year, BOBBCA celebrated the ordination of three pastors. This year, two pastors were ordained during the Annual Meeting: Mr. Sukamal Mohapatra, Stewardship and Promotion Officer of West Bengal State, and Pastor Amar Singh of Nilagiri Baptist Church in Orissa State. Rev. Dr. Joseph Huse brought the message in the ordination service, while IM Team members were invited to join the pastors in the laying of hands ceremony. </p><p class="MsoPlainText">The closing service was blessed with the musical performance by the Kharagpur United Choir, the Kharagpur School faculty, and the Ho Baptists from Orissa. Rev. Dr. David Sagar delivered the message on the Ultimate Mission Call. Rev. Samaresh Nayak thanked the involvement of the IM team, and affirmed the close relationship of IM and the Association. After receiving a memorial plaque from Rev. Nayak on behalf of IM, Rev. Paul Vick thanked BOBBCA for the wonderful spiritual and rich cultural experience that the IM Team has had. The Annual Meeting was closed with thankful and joyful spirit. </p><p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><br></p> <p></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:09:17 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46512-ben-chan-reports-from-india-jan-24-2013 https://internationalministries.org/read/46512-ben-chan-reports-from-india-jan-24-2013 Ben Chan Reports from India: Jan. 23, 2013 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p class="MsoPlainText"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p class="MsoPlainText">The evening meeting of BOBBCA Annual Meeting on January 23 was blessed by the inspirational<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>music of brother Dayanidhi Rao, a professional Christian singer from Kolkata (Calcutta,) and the powerful message of Rev. Saras Mandal, Director of Trans-world Radio India.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">After a good night of rest, the congregation listened to the moving message brought by Paul Vick on the topic of A Call for Spiritual Renewal. Paul shared his journey as a pastor and attorney serving the church and the most needed people of the community. Paul ended his sermon with the story of how his parents committed to the needs and missions in China, and how Paul and his family never lose their faith in God even after the tragic death of his parents and brother in the plane crash in China. </p><p class="MsoPlainText">IM team members conducted three workshops after the morning service: Joseph Huse on Stewardship and Resource Development; Paul Vick on Management; and Joyce Vick on Education and Children Ministry. </p><p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p><br><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:04:32 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46510-ben-chan-reports-from-india-jan-23-2013 https://internationalministries.org/read/46510-ben-chan-reports-from-india-jan-23-2013 Ben Chan Reports from India: Jan. 23, 2013 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]-->The BOBBCA Annual Meeting was held at the Ward Memorial Baptist Church in Kharagpur, West Bengal. Paul Vick brought greetings on behalf of IM in the opening service on January 22. Taku Longkumer shared a message on A Call for Self Denial in the evening meeting, which was attended by 500 delegates from Bengal, Bihar and Orissa states. Benjamin Chan shared a message on A Call for Commitment in the morning service of the second day. In the afternoon, IM team conducted three workshops: Benjamin Chan and David Sagar on Christian Leadership, Taku Longkumer on Church and Missions, and Katie Longkumer on Counseling and Worship. There are fruitful discussions on the contextual understanding and applications of the presentations. The conference was blessed by music and cultural performance of a joint choir, Sunday School students, and teams from the three regions of the Association. Rev. Samaresh Nayak, General Secretary of the Association shared that BOBBCA was formed on March 13, 1999. "In all these years, our primary focus has been church growth. The number of churches have almost been doubled in the past decade increasing to 110 churches and 21,000 baptised members. We will welcome new church members this year, and will continue our focus on evangelism and church planning."<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span> </p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:00:58 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46508-ben-chan-reports-from-india-jan-23-2013 https://internationalministries.org/read/46508-ben-chan-reports-from-india-jan-23-2013 Ben Chan Reports from India: Jan. 21, 2013 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">Our team finished a visit with the Baptist Convention of Telugu Churches in Chennai and Ongole.&nbsp; We arrived at Kolkota (Calcutta) this morning.&nbsp; We will have several meetings here today with the leaders.&nbsp; <br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">Our team will depart Kolkota to Kharagpur, West Bengal this morning&nbsp;to attend the Annual Meeting of BOBBCA - the Bengal-Orissa-Bihar Baptist Churches' Association.</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">&nbsp; We will deliver messages on the theme of"Rising Above... Reaching Beyond." We will also conduct workshops. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">The Association has overcome quite a leadership crisis and is now under the able leaders of the General Secretary Rev. Samaresh Nayak, whom was bought in and trained by Imo Aier, the then IM Mission Consultant. The Association has grown from 12,000 members to more than 20,000 in the last&nbsp;5-7 years.</span></p> <p></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:57:34 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46505-ben-chan-reports-from-india-jan-21-2013 https://internationalministries.org/read/46505-ben-chan-reports-from-india-jan-21-2013 Ben Chan Reports from India: Jan. 18, 2013 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"><br></span></p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">We had two busy days visiting Telugu Baptist churches in the rural area.</span> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">We&nbsp;received warm welcome and were invited to join&nbsp;processions to the villages. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">We also dedicated new church building, officiated ground-breaking for new church building,and shared the words of God. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"><br></span></p> <p></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:52:32 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46496-ben-chan-reports-from-india-jan-18-2013 https://internationalministries.org/read/46496-ben-chan-reports-from-india-jan-18-2013 Ben Chan Reports from India: Jan. 16, 2013 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">This is the second day we attended the Annual Assembly of the Baptist Convention of Telugu Churches.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">We had the opportunities to bring greetings and bring messages on the theme of Putting the&nbsp;Full Armor of God.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">We also had conversations with Baptist leaders to learn about the ministries in South India.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">Tomorrow, we will involve in the ordination of 60 pastors.</span></p> <p></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:49:27 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46494-ben-chan-reports-from-india-jan-16-2013 https://internationalministries.org/read/46494-ben-chan-reports-from-india-jan-16-2013 What Time Is It? <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"></span>That can be a tricky question!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Each room in my home presents a different answer.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The timepiece in the bathroom is set 10 minutes fast.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The battery is diminishing in the clock in our bedroom so it’s about 5 minutes slow.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Clocks in the kitchen and dining room only add to the confusion.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>When I really need the accurate time, I resort to a source that hasn’t been tampered with, skewed to suit my purpose or incorrect due to lack of power…my cell phone or computer. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial"><span style="mso-spacerun:yes"></span>When we were recently in Jaigaon at the Bhutan border for ministry I encountered a similar dilemma finding these clocks on the wall of our hotel.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>You see, one block away the nation of Bhutan was ½ hour ahead of our time and some distance further the time zone of the nation of Nepal would put me between the two times!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>With just a 15 minute gap between each of these three time zones the clocks resembled mine at home.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>I ran into problems when I turned to my trusty source of accuracy to keep myself on schedule.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Imagine the confusion when I discovered that the time presented on our electronic devices differed.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Taku’s phone received its signal from India but mine picked up the time from Bhutan.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I’m not sure how that works, but I was never sure if I was running 15 minutes early or late. <br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">That trip to Jaigaon coincided with a Hindu festival, Vishwakarma Puja.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Vishwakarma is believed by the Hindus to be the presiding deity of all craftsman, architects, engineers, “the divine draftsman”.&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; ">When we arrived I noticed artisans busily putting the finishing touches on dozens of clay images they’d constructed, carefully painting their expressions, dressing and adorning them with jewelry in preparation to be sold. The night before the Puja, families gathered at automotive workshops, electronic, construction, ironworks and any mechanical or metal related businesses to clean and decorate their premises.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>They then went idol shopping, perusing the various sizes and degrees of ornamentation to find the god that fit their budget and building, then bundled it onto a truck to deposit it in the shrine they’d created.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Interestingly, once purchased, the face of the god was covered with newspaper, blinding him until the priest arrived the next day to present offerings and prayer.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Only then the face was again revealed.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial"></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; "> These occasions cause my heart to grieve.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>I cannot begin to imagine the grief of our living God, the Creator of heaven and earth, who created each person praying to those brightly painted, richly adorned pieces of clay.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Likewise, I only sample a tiny bit of His joy as I worship with those who have heard and responded to the Gospel and now experience the love of God our Father, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power and presence of the Holy Spirit living within. These believers, now comprising 39 churches, have formed an association as they grow in the Spirit and continue to extend the Good News of our Living God to their friends and families.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We are so privileged to be in India and play a small role in the great work God is doing.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">Seeing all of this brings clarity to my question, "<span style="font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">What time is it?”<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">It is time to give ourselves to the fulfillment of the purposes of God</i></b>, that <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">all may hear the Gospel of Christ.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></i>THANK YOU for giving of yourselves in partnership with us in ministry.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Together we are a team.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We could not be here without your prayers and financial support.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></b><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Please continue to unite with us in prayer and uphold us through your gifts.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Let us trust that God has greater yet in store for us all as do all for His glory.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> <br></span></span></span></p><p></p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; "><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>God Bless You!</span><p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; "><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Taku &amp; Katie Longkumer</span><span style="font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span 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mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana; color:black">$7,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) funds has been released by American Baptist International Ministries (IM) to help Christians who are displaced by ethnic violence in western Assam, India.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana; color:black">Hundreds of people forced to move to relief camps started to receive relief supplies on September 4-5, including bathing soap, detergent, baby food and mosquito netting, according to the Council of Baptist Churches in N.E. India (CBCNEI), an IM partner.</span></p> <p class="ListParagraph" style="margin-left:0in;mso-add-space:auto"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Verdana;color:black">In addition to the $7,000 OGHS contribution, CBCNEI received funds through </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Verdana">Campus Christian Fellowship, Kohima Science College, Thahekhu Baptist Church, Guwahati Baptist Church, Guwahati Satsang Church and CBCNEI itself.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Verdana">According to an official CBCNEI report, “The communal violence in Kokrajhar district of Assam has left many homeless and lives were lost. At present most of these affected people are living in relief camps set up in secure places. They are afraid to go back to their own homes, fearing that bloodsheds and violence may occur any time.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana">Violence erupted in July between two ethnic groups in western Assam, India, according to Taku and Katie Longkumer, IM development workers in NE India. “Over 200,000 people were displaced as dozens of villages were burned to the ground and over 70 people hacked to death,” described the Longkumers at that time.&nbsp; They characterize the scene as “tense” and “violent” and began requesting prayer from U.S. and Puerto Rico churches a month ago. </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana">Says Katie and Taku Longkumer, “Only the grace of God can bring healing to the myriads of people whose lives have been disrupted or uprooted.&nbsp; Please pray for wisdom that the authorities could bring the situation to a just and compassionate resolution with no further loss of life.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana">Emergency donations can be made by writing a check payable to “One Great Hour of Sharing – Assam Relief” and give to your church, or mailed to: International Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482</span></p> <p><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Verdana">One Great Hour of Sharing</span></b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana"> is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries.&nbsp; The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work, and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering.</span></p> <p><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:9.0pt; font-family:Verdana">For more information, contact Catherine Nold: Catherine.nold@abc-usa.org</span></i></p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--><p></p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/44735-7-000-in-oghs-funds-is-helping-victims-of-ethnic-violence-in-assam-india https://internationalministries.org/read/44735-7-000-in-oghs-funds-is-helping-victims-of-ethnic-violence-in-assam-india Flopping Fish, Pinching Crabs and Passing Pachyderms (A Quick Grocery Run!) In many ways our life on the field here in India is not entirely different from home. While we have opportunities for great moments in ministry, we also go through the regular daily routines of life. Sometimes though, even our “normal” holds surprises.&nbsp;<div><br></div><div>It was one of those days I’m sure everyone can relate to. Taku and I were hosting several colleagues for dinner to plan and prepare for a ministry event. That of course meant grocery shopping. &nbsp;That morning we were searching for a particular small fish to cook with some ferns and fermented bamboo shoots, a tribal specialty.&nbsp; </div><div><br></div><div>We were pressed in the crowd along a very narrow street where the vendors squatted along the roadside selling their goods. While Taku crouched down selecting the choice fish, my attention was fixed on the next vendor who was selling live fresh water crabs. He deftly rifled through the Styrofoam container, seemingly oblivious to the pincers clamping on his hand as he plucked out his customer’s choice specimens. Actually I was just watching to make sure the crabs that were scrambling up the side of the container didn’t get out to test their claws on my sandaled toes! There was a lot going on! I was bumped by the passing crowd, busy retrieving small fish that managed to flop out onto my feet, and preoccupied with escaping crabs. Adding to demands for my attention, someone had grabbed a crab and was holding it at arms length among us in a rather disconcerting manner.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>&nbsp;Just as I was thinking about the absurdity of my new “normal”, it became even more bizarre! Someone nudged me from behind (closer to those crabs and fish). I glanced up expecting to see a vehicle trying to pass by at just an inch or so from dragging me along. Instead, I encountered the leathery thigh of an elephant (whose hip towered above my head!) as two young men, perched atop this giant, nonchalantly guided its saunter through the market and into a residential area.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>&nbsp;Life holds surprises and challenges. Some are pleasant or dramatic and exciting. Others may just be frustrating, disappointing or even discouraging. At the end of each day though, what matters most is our witness in the midst of it all. 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Name="Bibliography"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" QFormat="true" Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} </style> <![endif]--> </p><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Violence erupted about a month ago between two ethnic groups in western Assam, India, according to Taku and Katie Longkumer, American Baptist International Ministries (IM) development workers in NE India. “Over 200,000 people were displaced as dozens of villages were burned to the ground and over 70 people hacked to death,” describe the Longkumers.&nbsp; They characterize the scene as “tense” and “violent” and began requesting prayer from U.S. and Puerto Rico churches &nbsp;a month ago.</span> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">“The majority of those left homeless are still in relief camps, afraid to return to rebuild their homes even though security forces are in the area to enforce peace,” said the Longkumers.&nbsp; “There remain many folks unaccounted for, and incidents of fatal violence still randomly erupt throughout the area.&nbsp; The situation has breached the borders of Assam with violent demonstrations, riots in Mumbai.”</span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">In a update received by IM on August 20, the Longkumers cite rampant threats made in the cities of South India and Maharashtra during the past week warning all people from North East India to leave before August 20 (the Muslim holiday of Eid) or they would be attacked.&nbsp; This resulted in mass hysteria and the exodus of around 16,000 people from South India back to NE India.&nbsp; As thousands of people swamped the train stations the government issued numerous special trains to transport them to Guwahati.&nbsp;&nbsp; These threats were conveyed through mass texts, on blogs and social networking sites.&nbsp; Government officials and members of the Muslim community tried to assure the panic- stricken travelers of their security to no avail.&nbsp;&nbsp; Only now the exodus has subsided with extra security forces being deployed in the sensitive areas of the cities under threat.</span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">News reports indicate that the government has discovered that the threats originated from Pakistan, the Longkumers describe.&nbsp; “So, this has now expanded from local ethnic violence to a national issue with international implications.” Assam has the second- largest Muslim population in India, next to Jammu Kashmir.&nbsp; Throughout the years the presence and capture of ISI (Pakistani intelligence) operatives have been reported in the papers here.&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">“The situation remains tense,” report the Longkumers.&nbsp; “We are not in any danger, but these conflicts do touch on the areas where our work with Neighborhood Ministry takes place.&nbsp; The baptisms we'd been conducting are on hold as the ‘safe’ location we'd been using is in that conflict zone.”&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The <span style="color:black">Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI), a para-church organization of India, has denounced the violence in Assam and the social media hate campaign that led to an exodus of young professionals from several cities in recent days. The </span>Rev. Dr. Richard Howell, General Secretary of EFI,<span style="color:black"> pledges their solidarity with all victims in the current national tragedy. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:black"></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:black">IM’s partner, The Council of Baptist Churches in North East India (CBCNEI) has people presently in the area visiting relief camps, while others are preparing to provide relief for 20 villages within the next week. IM has given an immediate grant of $7,000 to CBCNEI for relief work.</span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:black"></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Says Katie and Taku Longkumer, “Only the grace of God can bring healing to the myriads of people whose lives have been disrupted or uprooted.&nbsp; Please pray for wisdom that the authorities could bring the situation to a just and compassionate resolution with no further loss of life.”</span></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:56:58 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/44377-longkumers-report-on-north-east-india-violence https://internationalministries.org/read/44377-longkumers-report-on-north-east-india-violence “This Is A Place For the Sick to Come and Recover” <p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> 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Hostel Superintendent had seen an advertisement for an apartment early Sunday morning and immediately called the owner.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Only after making that contact he rushed to inform us and took us to view the place before church.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>His was the first call of over a hundred enquiries the owner received before we met that very evening to form an agreement.<br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span>We had arrived in Guwahati Friday, October 21<sup>st</sup>, and begun searching for housing on Monday.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>After viewing several options throughout the week and we were about to settle on different a location before the Lord brought us to this amazing home that far exceeds our expectations.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">It is ideally suited for the purposes and vision God had placed on our hearts to have our home serve as a place of refreshment, renewal, rest and counsel for many faithful ministers we know who have sacrificially served for decades with no break, no vacation or time of renewal. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Our desire has been to be able to provide a healing place of rest for these friends while we serve here in North East India.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">Taku’s sister-in-law traveled from Dimapur to help us clean before moving <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>in.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>As she stepped out on the balcony overlooking the expanse of river she immediately commented,<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>“This is a place for troubles to roll off!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Whatever troubles you bring seem to be carried away by the river current”.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>In just our few days here we are experiencing this gift of peace and refreshment as we return home from long days walking the hot, dusty, polluted streets of the city in our efforts to get our residence established.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>As God has so richly blessed us, we pray that you also may experience the abundance of His grace, His hand of provision and blessing each and every day.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Katie<o:p></o:p></p> <!--EndFragment--><p></p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/40220-this-is-a-place-for-the-sick-to-come-and-recover- https://internationalministries.org/read/40220-this-is-a-place-for-the-sick-to-come-and-recover- CONNECTIONS……….“AFTER TEN YEARS!” <p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> 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most of our daily shopping for food items is done through these local roadside vendors.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>The first thing Taku went shopping for was tea….real tea….loose leaf from the tea gardens of Assam.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>He went around the corner from the CBCNEI compound to a tea seller he used to regularly buy from.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The owner cocked his head to the side, studied Taku without speaking, mentally calculating.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Finally, face beaming, he spoke,<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>“After ten years!”<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Day by day we are reconnecting with folks we’d dealt with years ago.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>A general store owner who’s converted his shop to a bakery, filled us in on changes in the family business.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Our ‘dahi’ (yogurt) and sweets shop maintain the same personnel.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The old lady sitting at the roadside selling vegetables got out her freshest for us as she recognized and rejoiced over our return.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>Here in our new home our nearest market is one which we frequented also years ago.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Our first evening here Taku ran down (literally, we live on a steep hillside and travel by foot since we don’t yet have a vehicle) to the bazar.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Both the man selling the live chickens as well as the fish monger recognized him.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>One recalling, “You used to always come here with your white wife!”<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>CONNECTING….that’s what we’re here to do – what all of us are to do, to make a difference in our community.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>We are privileged to be reconnecting with people we just routinely deal with….merchants, vegetable vendors.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Years ago we talked with them, squatting along the roadside, standing in mud, doing business in the rain, by kerosene lamps,<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>buying their goods…asking about their lives.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Connecting, caring for those we encounter along the road of life.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We’ve been surprised and blessed they remember.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We are excited at the opportunities to further connect.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Pray with us that the love of God will touch their hearts and draw them to the joy we share in Christ.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>We are connecting again with the Body of Christ here in Guwahati as well.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Katie has been invited to speak November 27<sup>th</sup> in the Naga Christian Fellowship Guwahati where she ministered for several years.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>In December we will both be ministering in the Regional Conference for Youth With A Mission workers in Dimapur, Nagaland.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Taku will preach Christmas Day in Guwahati Baptist Church, the oldest church in the city, founded by the ABC missionaries.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>As always, we count on your prayers!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>As partners in this wonderful venture of faith, we need you to stand with us as we begin to engage in the purposes of God through our lives.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>May you be richly blessed by our loving Father!</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Katie<o:p></o:p></p> <!--EndFragment--><p></p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/40216-connections-after-ten-years- https://internationalministries.org/read/40216-connections-after-ten-years- …... 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Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>&nbsp;</span>Delay upon delay upon delay …… we knew, but we’d forgotten.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>You know how that is?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>From previous experience we anticipated the adjustments we would encounter in managing life in India.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>But we are still taken by surprise sometimes in our daily dealings with mundane life details.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This part of India has undergone tremendous change and development in the past several years and this does expedite some of our ventures.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>But it also complicates life because along with the growth and development there has been a surge in vehicle ownership, that unfortunately road development has been able to keep up with…..translates to ….. lots and lots of traffic jams!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Ah, but that’s life in cities everywhere.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Guwahati at just over 2 million population, is a small city in this nation.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span>One of our initial discoveries as we began trying to establish here, was that without the renewal of our expired Nagaland drivers license we weren’t able to sign a lease, get a cell phone connection or even take care of some banking matters.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Thus, an immediate trip to Dimapur was required.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Now, thanks to recent developments we were able to travel from Guwahati to Dimapur and return that same day by train!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Previously that journey involved a whole day on the road just one way!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Finally, with our DL in hand we’ve been able to move on, procuring a rented residence, and now (with the necessary documents from our Land Lord) we are at last able to apply for a mobile connection…of course we’ll have to wait a day after submitting all the necessary documents and four passport photos per person!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>But we are making progress!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Soon we will be once again connected with the cyber world!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This is a busy time of year known as “Festival Season” here in India.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>There are special celebrations observed by the many different religions in this nation, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, etc.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The markets are crowded with people shopping for these special occasions.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The Hindus observe several different ‘Pujas’ engaging in special worship events for various deities on particular days.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The past two weeks have held numerous pujas, bringing non-stop fireworks for several nights, chanting and singing over loudspeakers 24/7 for others.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>This week our efforts at getting any business done has been again hampered by delays.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Monday many businesses were closed for the Muslim holiday Id, Tuesday and Wednesday the entire state paused in mourning for a beloved singer who died in Mumbai but was brought here to his hometown, lay in state for two days where tens of thousands thronged to pay last respects.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Schools and government offices were closed!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Today we’d hoped for work to resume, only to realize this is a Sikh holiday celebrating the birthday of Guru Nanak…another national holiday so offices are closed!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Slowly, but surely, we are moving along.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>God has provided a spectacular home and we are daily venturing into the hot streets traipsing along conducting the business of life….step by step getting things done.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Actually, things aren’t moving too slowly considering we’ve been in Guwahati less than three weeks!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Perhaps we are still just a tad impatient!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Well,<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>God has ample opportunity to work on that area of our character each day we’re jostled among the crowds in our daily marketing!&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; We remember all our partners in prayer and trust God is meeting your every need with His grace and peace.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>We are so grateful for your prayers as well.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Blessings,<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Katie<o:p></o:p></p> <!--EndFragment--><p></p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/40167-s-l-o-w-d-o-w-n-but-keep-on-moving- https://internationalministries.org/read/40167-s-l-o-w-d-o-w-n-but-keep-on-moving- Warmly Received! <p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>329</o:Words> <o:Characters>1880</o:Characters> <o:Company>IM NEI</o:Company> <o:Lines>15</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>4</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>2205</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>14.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> 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North East India!&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Our travels back to India went smoothly, the only glitch we encountered was unanticipated luggage requirements that resulted in fees we’d not planned on.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Otherwise, all went well.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We were able to spend a day in Delhi, which we spent trying to adapt to the day/night time reversal.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>(I guess that means we napped!)<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>That was really needed, as our pre-departure schedule was pretty intense with travel and ministry upto the week before.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>That final week we moved from the parsonage where the First Baptist Church in Farmington had so graciously permitted us to stay to Katie’s parents in Springfield, then returned to Peoria to spend the weekend with our three adult children.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>That final night in the US our kids all came down to Katie’s parents to bid us farewell the next morning….only some of them didn’t arrive until 2:00 AM…. So since we were up all night prior to departure the day of rest in Delhi was especially appreciated!</p><p class="MsoNormal">We did reach Guwahati safely, encountering only a few hours of delay in the final leg of the journey from Delhi to Guwahati.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>There were two surprises encountered upon arrival in Guwahati!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The first was <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">the heat!!</i><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Of course we’ve lived here before and have experienced the sauna-like conditions of the tropics, but we believed we were arriving during the ‘cool season’.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Generally from the beginning of October the temps drop significantly.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Unfortunately, this year that much anticipated drop had not yet occurred.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>So we disembarked unto the tarmac in mid 90’s temps and high humidity!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>We were definitely overdressed, as even Delhi was cooler than that.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal">Our next surprise was more pleasant, as it warmed our hearts.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Unbeknownst to us the CBCNEI officers and staff had gathered for a welcome luncheon at the campus guesthouse canteen.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>With joy we reconnected with the personnel and caught up on family news.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>And then collapsed again – gratefully in Debbie Mulneix’s residence on the CBCNEI campus – to prepare for the adventure of exploring the city of Guwahati in search of our home for the upcoming years.</p><p class="MsoNormal">We know God has a place prepared for us for His purposes and that in His time we will be there! &nbsp;Thanks for keeping us in prayer as we forge ahead anticipating more of God's grace and surprises!</p><p class="MsoNormal">Blessings,</p><p class="MsoNormal">Katie &amp; Taku</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <!--EndFragment--><p></p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 08:04:11 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/40163-warmly-received- https://internationalministries.org/read/40163-warmly-received- Ready .... Set .... COMMISSION!! <p><i><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; font-family: Arial;">August 2011</span></i></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">At times I’ve felt like I was in a year-long marathon.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The past twelve months I’ve had the honor to travel, share with congregations, make many new friends and invite people to join in the awesome privilege of participating in the mighty work God is doing in North East India.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>While enjoying all this and recognizing the importance of it all, my eyes were set upon the finish line…my goal, reaching the<span>&nbsp; </span>amount of support needed to be appointed (become International Ministries personnel and actually receive a salary – always a helpful aspect to maintaining a family </span><span style="font-family: Wingdings;"><span>J</span></span><span style="font-family: Arial;"> ), be commissioned and actually go to India!</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">Well, we’ve made it through the <b><i>READY</i></b><i>…. &amp; <b>SET </b>…..</i></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">In May we were appointed!<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>In June we spent time in orientation with the International Ministries staff at Valley Forge and now we are preparing for the next step….our official <b>Commissioning Service . </b></span></p> <p><b><span>&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p><b><span>We will be Commissioned as International Ministries Development Workers to North East India at our home church,<span>&nbsp; </span>Central Baptist Church in Springfield, IL<span>&nbsp; </span>Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><span style="font-family: Arial;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">We are excitedly preparing for this event and request your prayers and presence if possible.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>We feel honored, encouraged and so blessed that the church is combining all their services, including the satellite congregation, to send us out with unified prayer and support.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Our International Ministries Board President, Ruth Clark will preside over the act of commissioning, our International Ministries India Director, Rev. Dr. Ben Chan will also participate as well as other International Ministries staff.<span>&nbsp; </span>Of course our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Reg Mills (also an International Ministries Board Member) will bless us with a message from the word.<span>&nbsp; </span>Rev. Dr. Dwight Stinnett, who has also been a great blessing to us will take part.<span>&nbsp; </span>The members of our Missionary Partnership Team (MPT) will also be installed with anointing prayer as they carry the important responsibility of being our representatives here while we are abroad.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">This will be a great time of celebration as well as a holy time of commissioning.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">Please do be in prayer with us on that day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 6.0pt; font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">Aahh…..the marathon is over!<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><b><i><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; font-family: Arial;">NO.....this is just the beginning! </span></i></b><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; font-family: Arial;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">This was just the first lap warm-up!<span>&nbsp; </span>We are about to embark upon the task to which we’ve been called.<span>&nbsp; </span><b>OCTOBER 18TH we will fly from Chicago O’Hare Airport to New Delhi, India and then on to Guwahati, Assam, arriving OCTOBER 21ST.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></b></span></p> <p><b><span>&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">We are so thankful for your support and appreciate your prayers as we continue in this amazing journey of service.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 07 Aug 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/38305-ready-set-commission- https://internationalministries.org/read/38305-ready-set-commission- Appointment Milestone! <br><p><span>This month, May, Taku &amp; I have reached the milestone of having raised sufficient support to be <b><i>appointed</i></b> as IM Development Workers to North East India.<span>&nbsp; </span>This means that we are no longer volunteers, thus enabling Taku to bring his ministry as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Farmington to a close. </span><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span><span>He</span><span> </span><span>celebrated his final Sunday as Pastor on May 15th by baptizing four of our youth.&nbsp; I was still in Indiana so I missed that emotional service, but heard it was special.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>From this point onward we both will be able to focus our energy and effort toward raising the final percentages of support yet lacking and make preparations for departure to India in October.</span></p> <p><span>We have traveled many miles over these past several months to reach this milestone!<span>&nbsp; </span>Since our <i>endorsement</i> last April, we have been able to personally share the exciting ministry God is calling us to in dozens of churches, AB Women's Ministries meetings and other gatherings in eight states, from Wisconsin to Arizona, the Dakotas, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana &amp; Missouri.<span>&nbsp; </span>Katie was privileged to visit nearly all our American Baptist churches in North Dakota in October of last year, then in April she traversed nearly 1400 miles crossing the width and breadth of South Dakota in two weeks of meetings<i>.<span>&nbsp; </span>(We look forward to one more visit to the Dakotas in September before we depart.) </i></span></p> <p><span>During just the initial two weeks of this month, through the wonderful efforts of our MPT (Missionary Partnership Team) Convener, Rev. Dr. Joseph Huse, we’ve been involved in nearly twenty events, enjoying the scenic fields &amp; hills while criss-crossing 2900 miles on the road.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span>Though a bit road-weary, we are blessed to have had the opportunity to meet so many who are coming alongside as partners. Our travels and speaking engagements continue as we head back to Indiana &amp; Ohio this weekend.<span>&nbsp; </span>Check our schedule to see if we’ll be in your area.<span>&nbsp; </span>We would love to see you as we travel through and are always eager to share the news of God’s work in North East India and our vision.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span>We are excited to see how God is bringing details together and anticipate reaching our full amount of support necessary to enable our commissioning <b>Sunday, August 21st at Central Baptist Church in Springfield, IL.</b><span>&nbsp; </span>This is going to be a powerful service of dedication and commissioning of our MPT &amp; ourselves in ministry.<span>&nbsp; </span>All are welcome to come take part in this meaningful service.</span><span style="font-size: 16.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Algerian;"></span></p> <p><span>We are grateful to God and all of you who are partnering with us in this amazing journey of service!<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; <br></span></span></p><p><span><span>God Bless!</span></span></p><p><span><span>Katie &amp; Taku<br></span></span></p> Thu, 26 May 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/36219-appointment-milestone- https://internationalministries.org/read/36219-appointment-milestone- A Magnificent Missionary Partnership Team <p><b><span style="font-size: 18pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Biondi;">A Magnificent Missionary Partnership Team!</span></b></p> <p><span>We are so excited to have an excellent band of brothers &amp; sisters committed to being a part of God’s great work among the peoples of North East India (NEI)!<span>&nbsp; </span>Our Missionary Partnership Team (MPT) members met each other for the first time June 19th at our home church,Central Baptist Church in Springfield, IL.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>As we gathered., Pastor, Rev. Dr. Reg Mills welcomed and committed the team’s service together in prayer.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span>God is so gracious to bring diverse individuals together and create a team, a unit bonded by His Spirit and passion for mission. <span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The team members have each offered their volunteer service to promote and enable our ministry in North East India.<span>&nbsp; </span>These individuals, who hail from various churches and locations in Illinois and beyond, have dedicated their time, talents and energy to minister with us and on our behalf. <span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><b><span>Rev. Dr. Joseph</span></b><span> <b>Huse</b> has taken the lead as our Convener.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>He not only brings to the team his vision for mission, but an understanding of the ministry in North East India.<span>&nbsp; </span>We were blessed to minister together when he accompanied Taku &amp; I to NEI in 2007.<span>&nbsp; </span>He has first-hand knowledge of the unique conditions, needs and opportunities for ministry through his experience traveling in the region, teaching and interacting with many different people groups.<span>&nbsp; </span>We are grateful for his commitment and know that his adept leadership &amp; administrative skills, combined with his years of experience in varied roles in ministry, will bless all the MPT members.<span>&nbsp; </span>Joseph’s home is Flora, Indiana, but he is presently serving as Interim Pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Kansas City, MO.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span>We are thrilled to have a member who actually enjoys &amp; wants to do the nitty-gritty of maintaining communications data base!<span>&nbsp; </span><b>Barbara McKean</b>, of Central Baptist Church, Springfield, has volunteered to take on this responsibility.<span>&nbsp; </span>While we are all ‘rookies’ at this MPT adventure, she is a seasoned participant, having previously served on another missionary’s MPT.<span>&nbsp; </span>We all appreciate the experience and expertise she shares with us.</span></p> <p><span>Also from Central Baptist Church, <b>Rev. J.R. Heikes</b> joins us in service. <span>&nbsp;</span>A retired minister, he has years of ministry experience in both Iowa and Illinois.<span>&nbsp; </span>His involvement in varied roles in<span>&nbsp; </span>Regional Ministry equips him to offer wise advise and insight as we share our vision and develop relationships with churches.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>We are glad to have J.R. on the team.<span>&nbsp; </span>He has had a significant role in Katie’s ministry development as he was a member of her ordination committee.</span></p> <p><span>Aonther member of the team is a long-time friend of Katie’s, dating back to college days.<span>&nbsp; </span><b>Meme Thorpe,<span>&nbsp; </span></b>(Pawnee, IL) has been a faithful supporter and friend to our family throughout our years of ministry.<span>&nbsp; </span>She identifies herself as our “cheerleader” and energizes the team with her enthusiasm.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Her creativity coupled with her energy taking on projects, propels us along the journey toward our goal!</span></p> <p><span>Many years ago our hearts bonded with <b>Karen Ballard, </b>when we met while sharing about our ministry at the First Baptist Church, Rantoul, IL.<span>&nbsp; </span>She has become a dear friend, faithful prayer partner and supporter.<span>&nbsp; </span>She<span>&nbsp; </span>&amp; Katie share a passion in worship that further melds that bond.<span>&nbsp; </span>Karen will be heading up our prayer support network and getting our praises &amp; needs out to our network.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 12pt; line-height: normal;"><span>Our team is rounded out with the participation of <b>Jeff &amp; Marilee Stephan.<span>&nbsp; </span></b><span>&nbsp;</span>This wonderful couple is from First Baptist Church, Farmington, where Taku is serving.<span>&nbsp; </span>Jeff is the Moderator and Marilee the Organist.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Both Jeff &amp; Marilee are a great support and are ever ready to take on any task at hand.<span>&nbsp; </span>Recently Jeff stapled 600 business cards to tea bags for distribution on our display tables.<span>&nbsp; </span>These two ‘work as unto the Lord’, bringing excellence to each endeavor.<span>&nbsp; </span>Their servants heart and loving service ministers to all the team and makes the way for our ministry. </span></p> <p><span>You may be hearing from some of these great folks as we move forward in communicating and requesting financial support for the ministry God has called us to in North East India.<span>&nbsp; </span>We need you!<span>&nbsp; </span>Our goal and hope is to have our support raised and be able to be commissioned and deployed one year from now, summer 2011.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span>If you would like to give to our ministry you can do so on this website.<span>&nbsp; </span>If you would like to become part of our network and receive notices of our news and prayer requests you can signify that as well.</span></p> <p><span>More news to come soon…..actually, lots is happening &amp; I’ll catch up with my reporting!</span></p> <p><span>May God bless you as you share His heart for mission.</span></p> <p><span>Katie.</span></p> Fri, 30 Jul 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/24230-a-magnificent-missionary-partnership-team https://internationalministries.org/read/24230-a-magnificent-missionary-partnership-team IM Endorses New Development Couple for Service in India American Baptist International Ministries (IM) is pleased to announce that <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/373">Rev. Catherine (Katie) and Rev. Taku Longkumer</a> have been approved as endorsed candidates for service in India.&nbsp; The Longkumers will serve with IM partner the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India (CBCNEI). &nbsp;<br><br>Working with the leadership of CBCNEI, Katie will provide worship and counseling training to churches in northeast India and share her gifts in missionary training. Taku will work with the mission secretaries of CBCNEI and its member conventions to provide the pre-field and in-service training to the missionaries; to equip churches to better support their sponsored missionaries; and to visit and provide pastoral care to the missionaries in their work areas. The Longkumers will also interpret the ministries of CBCNEI and its member conventions in the U.S. and globally.&nbsp; Taku was himself a beneficiary of the ministry of the early American Baptist missionaries in northeast India. His grandfather was one of the first converts of his village and his parents served as missionaries to an unreached neighboring tribe who, at that time, still practiced head-hunting.<br><br>Katie and Taku are excited about the many possibilities of this new ministry. "’The fields are ripe unto harvest’ among the many unreached people groups in northeast India. We are excited to have the opportunity to serve with these committed and enthusiastic believers, equipping and facilitating their growth in missions as they plant churches and disciple new believers,” commented the couple.<br><br>The endorsement phase of the new missionary recruitment process means that the couple will form their Missionary Partnership Network (MPN). The size of an MPN varies, but the goal is to maintain 1,000 or more individuals who are supporting the missionary in important ways, including subscribing to the missionary's print or e-newsletters, hosting them at regional gatherings or at their churches, and supporting them through prayer, volunteer work groups and personalized giving. During the endorsement phase, the missionary couple will also form their Missionary Partnership Team (MPT), which is typically comprised of no more than 10 individuals.&nbsp; Members of the team are invited by the missionary and are usually close friends or family members who will work closely with the endorsed candidate to help insure a vibrant ministry. &nbsp;<br><br>Presently, Taku is the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Farmington, IL. Katie has served as the interim pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in the same community. Both also served as Special Assistants to Ben Chan, IM’s area director of East Asia and India and have made frequent trips to India. The Longkumers have three grown children.<br><br>Katie and Taku Longkumer’s home church is Central Baptist Church, Springfield, IL. Executive Director of the Great Rivers Region, Dwight Stinnett, expressed his support of the Longkumer’s endorsement. “While Taku and Katie have served faithfully among us for five years now, I know that their hearts have longed for the opportunity to return to Taku's homeland and continue their work as ‘agents’ of God's Kingdom.&nbsp; They are worthy of our support, and I pray that will be realized quickly so the Longkumers can join in the work of the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India.” &nbsp;<br><br>For more information on the Longkumer’s ministry or about their newly-forming Missionary Partnership Network, please contact them at <a href="mailto:lightinthejungle@yahoo.com">lightinthejungle@yahoo.com</a>.<br><br>American Baptist International Ministries is the first Baptist international mission agency formed in North America, and the second oldest Baptist mission agency in the world. More than 1,800 short-term and long-term missionaries are served annually, bringing churches and individuals in the United States and Puerto Rico together with partners in more than 70 countries in holistic, cutting-edge ministries that tell the good news of Jesus Christ while meeting human need. <br> Wed, 05 May 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/20995-im-endorses-new-development-couple-for-service-in-india https://internationalministries.org/read/20995-im-endorses-new-development-couple-for-service-in-india The Journey Begins! <span>Greetings Friends!</span> <p><span>We are so excited to be members of the IM&nbsp;family&nbsp;as Endorsed Missionaries.&nbsp; Some of you may be acquainted with us from our involvement in World Mission Conferences&nbsp;as International Partners in the 1990's, or from related visits to your churches to share about God's work in North East India.&nbsp; If we've not yet had the privilege of meeting, allow us to introduce ourselves.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span>Taku is an Ao Naga, born and raised in Nagaland.&nbsp; His grandfather was the one of the first converts in his village at in the early 1900’s.&nbsp; His orphaned father received primary level education at the mission school before being sent out as a missionary to a neighboring Naga tribe that still practiced headhunting – this was in the 1950’s!<span>&nbsp; </span>&nbsp; Taku’s early&nbsp;years were spent in the jungle, encountering great hardship, but experiencing&nbsp;God's grace as&nbsp;the entire village became Christian.&nbsp;&nbsp; In later years Taku&nbsp;responded to God's call to ministry and was educated by American Baptists missionaries teaching at Eastern Theological College in Assam.&nbsp; Katie is from Central Illinois, the land of corn fields.<span>&nbsp; </span>Prior to meeting Taku she had been involved with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) ministry in South America, Mexico and on the campus of University of Illinois.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span>Folks often ask where we met.<span>&nbsp; </span>We respond that neither of us went searching for the other in their home place.<span>&nbsp; </span>Instead we each bridged half the distance, meeting in Hawaii!<span>&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Taku had been working with the Naga Missionary Movement (Nagaland Baptist Church Council) who sent him to Honolulu, Hawaii to train with YWAM and partner with them in ministry in India.<span>&nbsp; </span>After our training we both were members of the team pioneering the YWAM<span>&nbsp; </span>ministry in South India.<span>&nbsp; </span>While serving together we discerned God’s call to unite our lives in marriage.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span>Since then the majority of our 27 years of matrimony have been spent in North East India working with the IM partner churches.<span>&nbsp; </span>We have three children, the first two sons (Meren &amp; Lima) were born at home <span>&nbsp;</span>in Nagaland, India, <i>(one by candlelight!)</i>; and our daughter Sentila was born in the US while Taku was attending seminary.</span></p> <p><span>Our family has spent the last ten years in the US in preparation for the work God has placed on our hearts in North East India.<span>&nbsp; </span>Katie has completed her M. Div at Northern Baptist Seminary and received ordination while Taku Pastors the First Baptist Church, in Farmington, IL.<span>&nbsp; </span>He will remain in this position until we have reached 110% of committed support of the funds required for this ministry.<span>&nbsp; </span>When this goal is achieved we will be commissioned and deployed to the mission field.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span>For the past couple of years we have both served as Special Assistants to Ben Chan, IM Area Director for East Asia and India.<span>&nbsp; </span>In that capacity we have taken brief ministry trips to North East India.<span>&nbsp; </span>The latest of these was in February of this year.<span>&nbsp; </span>We were able to participate in a Silver Jubilee Celebration with one of the church planters who was commissioned from Nagaland while Taku served at NMM.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Through great struggles over the past 25 years there have now been 29 churches established in the Bhutan Frontier Mission field.<span>&nbsp; </span>It was a joy to be reunited to celebrate the grace and goodness of God together.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>I’ll share more about that in my next postings.</span></p> <p><span>Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>We would be happy to visit your church if you would like us to come and share about God’s amazing work in North East India.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>We will soon begin our scheduling for church / region visits so please do contact us if interested.<span>&nbsp; </span>As our schedule develops I’ll make note of it here so you can see if we are heading your way!</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>We would appreciate your prayers and support.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>God bless you.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Taku &amp; Katie Longkumer</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 02 May 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/20853-the-journey-begins- https://internationalministries.org/read/20853-the-journey-begins-