August 4, 2022

Dear Friends,

Many Christians avoid witnessing because they do not know how to turn a conversation toward spiritual concerns. Equip India has identified and is spearheading a coordinated effort to reach the least evangelized people in the world by utilizing the topic of a tragedy such as the
Covid-19 pandemic. The subject of death and eternal life creates the setting and desire to hear the Gospel. The “Good News” that God has provided a way to Heaven outside of “human effort” will usually produce an open response on the part of the prospect because it is such incredible news, almost universally unheard of by unregenerate people, thrilling and unanticipated news right at the beginning and the sincere enthusiasm of the witness helps preclude hostility.

D. L. Moody once said, “If God is your partner, you better have large plans.” Well, God is our partner. We believe God has designed this plan. People in India and its surrounding nations are hungry for God’s Word. They are hungry to be empowered to make a difference in their own country. In the last 14 years, Equip India has mobilized and equipped 185,144 pastors and key lay leaders representing 16,773 churches as teacher/trainers. Equip India training materials are available in 16 major languages spoken by 90%
of the population.

Pastor Pritam Masih from Hebron Tabernacle Church in Punjab, North India reported, “We conducted a workshop at our church where we learned how to share the Gospel with others. That time we had 14 families in our church and by next month we had another 15 more families or 29 families in total.
I thank the Lord for bringing Equip India to us. Our church members now know how to share their faith and in a way that creates even more curiosity about Christianity and is non-threatening.”

By focusing and concentrating efforts and resources in this way, we can increase and expand ways
in which the church is enabled to fulfil the Great Commission. We have three primary objectives:

  1. To encourage and enable the Church in South Asia to fulfil their calling as ambassadors of Christ.
  2. To inform the North American Church about the needs of the Church in South Asia.
  3. To provide opportunities for people and churches to share in ministry with the South Asian Church.

Years ago, missionaries penetrated South Asia with the good news of Jesus Christ. Thousands of churches were started, which this day continue to meet for worship and fellowship. The missionaries and denominations that helped birth these churches, eventually went on to other areas, leaving the churches without trained leadership or outside support. Well, we are COMMITTED to help support this work and to teach them how to effectively recruit, equip and multiply an army of believers.
Equip India has also developed “Kids for Christ” and is training children to become witnesses for Jesus Christ at a time when they are establishing lifetime habits. “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) “We must reach tomorrow’s leaders today!”

Due to the flexible Gospel outline, the student’s personality is easily integrated into his presentation. The on-the-job training provides the teacher and subsequent kids with the opportunity to master the material and gives them the practical experiences in sharing their faith before they complete the instruction. The confidence that the teacher feels assures that he or she will use the training in a Sunday school class, teaching
in a hostel or orphanage or during VBS.

Most of these children attend secular schools near their living facilities and the children living in hostels such as the children shown in photo periodically visit their non-Christian families. What a mission field these kids have been placed in!