“For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.”
Bihar, India is often referred to as the graveyard of missions. Bihar’s population is over 80 million people, yet only 1% claim to know Jesus as their Savior. Ten years ago Assembly of God missionaries, whose names are withheld due to security concerns, began serving in Bihar in partnership with a local minister, Pastor Sanjay. Determined to plant a church among the many unreached people of their state, they began to courageously evangelize and disciple new believers. New churches were planted, but much work remained. Training was needed so that more pastors could be equipped to plant more churches.
This missionary couple began to ask God to open doors to allow them to launch a Bible School in Bihar. Obstacles seemed ever present. Ten years passed, and at times they wondered if they would ever see their vision of a Bible School fulfilled. Their prayers continued, and in January of 2014 the vision they dreamed of became a reality. The Bihar AG Bible School launched with 14 enrolled students from newly planted churches!
Recently Joel Ellis, Vice President of Global Operations, met with Pastor Sanjay, who is using Global University/ ICOM (India College of Ministry) materials to help catapult this training initiative. According to Pastor Sanjay, the new Hindi Christian Life and Christian Service series and ICOM electronic tablets will greatly expedite the training efforts in the state of Bihar. Pastor Sanjay and the missionaries expect enrollments to double in the next few months. The goal of Bihar AG Bible College is to train 500 leaders and plant 500 house churches by 2020.
The missionary couple serving in Bihar reflects, “When God speaks a Word to your heart, hold on to it. It may look impossible, it may delay, but hold onto it. A word from God will surely come to pass. Though it tarries, wait for it!”
To learn more about Global University’s strategic missions partnerships around the world, visit http://www.globaluniversity.edu/missions_index.cfm or contact Director of Donor Relations, Nicole Vicari, at email@example.com or by phone at 800.443.1083 ext. 2636.