Topic: Missions Scripture: Acts 2:37, Acts 2:42–2:47, Psalm 15:5
Here at Open Bible Church of Rapid City, we have a rich history of reaching the lost through the many that have been called and sent from our church along with strategic partnerships in the development of pastoral leadership around the world. Planting churches abroad is the most successful way to evangelize. The field in India is plentiful, the need for trained pastors is great, and we want to have a hand in the harvest to come.
One of Open Bible’s oldest and most stable mission works is in India, the second most populous nation in the world with more than one billion people. About 80 percent of the Indian people are Hindu, 14 percent are Islam, and only 2.3 percent are Christians. Presently there are 536 Open Bible churches in southern India.
Because of the current ever-increasing growth of our Open Bible work in India, we are estimating that within the next 10 to 15 years we could have more than 1,000 churches there. Therefore, it is vital that we train more pastors, other leaders, and evangelists for these churches so we can continue spreading the Gospel, reaching thousands of people during these perilous times.
India Field Director, John Paul, has developed a very successful program for training these future pastors and leaders for Open Bible’s work there. This training will be done in the new Bible college facility that will be constructed out of funds received from Mission India. This building will have the capacity to house 48 students for this two-year program. The facility will also serve as a conference center for pastors and youth events.
Our plan is to make this our Fall missions project culminating at the end of November. Rapid City will be a primary sponsor of this national project with a goal of $50,000 to be used for matching donations across the nation to incentivize other Open Bible Churches. You can begin giving now as God has blessed you. Simply mark your gift “Mission India.” I am excited to see what God will do when His people focus on the Harvest. Join me in this sacrifice of love to reach a people that desperately need it.
Loving God, Investing in People. It’s what we do!