Palumpur, India means “Abundant Water” which is situated at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in the State of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal means “Region of Snow”. This is where Berachah Ministries Bible College & Seminary is located in far north India. Isa 55:10 … Just as the snow melts off of the mountains and flows into the valley to provide water for the valley so is this Bible College providing Living Water to the desert of dry souls of a land population where only .09% are evangelized with the gospel. The state of Himachal Pradesh is the least evangelized state of all of India. People, when told, “God Bless You”, have no idea what you said. Steeped into the idolatrous religion of Hinduism and Buddhism serving a god who neither knows or cares about them.
MTM received a request to come and teach at this Bible college of 43 students for 3 days as well as another 2 days which included a pastor’s conference with students also attending. The enrolled students are from many different states of India who already have sensed the “call of God” upon their lives to reach their own people for the Lord. These are students are not there to decide if they have the call of God upon their lives, but rather they already have sensed God’s call and are pursuing a closer personal walk with God, and a knowledge to take the gospel forth to an unreached people group.
The MTM Team & The Bible School Seminary Students
Raymond taught the students of Kingdom principals how Gods kingdom differs from the worldly kingdom. When speaking to the pastors, he taught on the Godly marriage and Godly home. Very new teaching to many of them that Godly marriage and Godly homes is also a way to grow the kingdom of God along with evangelism.
I taught to the students about having Christ living within us by the Holy Spirit and being formed into a living example for the world to see. An everyday practice what Godly living is like. To the pastors and students, I taught how the Body of Christ functions in a church and the qualifications of ordained leaders. Qualifications not only to be present at the time of ordination, but to be maintained through the life of the leader.
The vision of MTM has been carried out once again with this Bible teaching conference. The MTM vision is to respond to the call of native Christians who have the basic foundation of the gospel but have not had the opportunity to be discipled in the “all things of Jesus Christ”. Repeatedly MTM has the opportunity to teach the Biblical Anabaptist conviction, which is totally new teaching among Christiandom in Asia and the regions where MTM ministers. Teachings and belief that many of us take for granted because we have been taught from little on up for many generations. If these people in these parts of the world would already be in conviction where we are as Anabaptist’s, there would be no need for MTM to go and teach them. But the staggering truth is that MTM is teaching them Bible truths that are totally new to them.
My personal challenge by this conference was to see the great need firsthand, and to see that many of my pursuits of life has been about myself while others are dying not knowing the salvation I have experienced through our dear Lord Jesus Christ.
Editor’s Note; This article & testimony was written by John Michael Nolt from Myerstown, Pennsylvania USA. John served as guest teacher with MTM for this Bible school seminar. John Michael Nolt serves as assistant pastor at Little Kutztown Brethren church near Myerstown, Pennsylvania. Thank you my dear brother John for choosing to serve the Lord in giving of your time and resources in support to MTM. My prayer is the Lord will reward you openly for your great sacrifice and labor of Love. Thank you brother.