Manifold Evidences of the Presence of God In INDIA, MTM Ministry

After the three different conferences & three different locations on the same subject in Vietnam and after two-weeks of conferences, Raymond & Naomi Burkholder traveled on to Delhi, India and then we forwarded on to Sikkim State of India where we caught up with Jay & Amy Smoker who were prepared to serve as MTM guest teacher for our two conferences in this state of India. Our first event was a scheduled youth conference in Gylashing in Sikkim State of India April 23-26, 2024.

HUNGER FOR BIBLE TRUTH

I was humbled by the level of hunger for “bible truth” that we witnessed. They listened intently, and surprised us with their long, attention-spans over the six hours of class time each day. Many students would continue reading their Bibles during breaks and really enjoyed reading the passages out-loud for our lessons

WE HAVE HEARD THE MACEDONIAN CALL TODAY

The journey to Odisha Bible School October 16-27, 2023 began with the call to raise financial support thru VBS Summer Bible School at pastor Raymond’s home church, Faith Mennonite Fellowship. God provided thru his people giving generously, the funds matched exactly what was needed. However, there was a problem; pastor Raymond had no guest teacher for OBS this year! He announced on a Sunday morning, he feels God is revealing the funds and guest teacher will be supplied out of the home congregation, that someone is being called to go.

GODS COVENANTS AND COSMIC CONFLICTS

HBCS/MTM INTENSIVE BIBLE SCHOOL was facilitated May 29 to June 11, 2023, at Himachal Bible College and Seminary, in north India in the State of Himachal Pradesh. The post title reflects the topics that were taught at the Intensive Bible School.

Double Discipleship Making Events in a Hindu Kingdom

The present prime minister of India is striving hard to make India a Hindu Kingdom eradicating all other religions. This has resulted in persecution for Christians and Muslims. Muslims and Christians are fleeing India for this very reason. It really appears like the Gospel discipleship making opportunity in India is Fast closing. We must be adamantly passionate to do the work of Jesus in India NOW while it is yet DAY for there is a Night coming when no man can work (John 9:4).

Finally MTM is Back on the Discipleship Trail

Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” The Nepal Asian Bible School was planned to be held in 2020 but was canceled indefinitely because of covid. God finally opened the doors for the Bible School to be conducted February 21 thru March 4, 2022. This MTM hosted Bible School was a two-week pastoral equipping event for emerging leaders & pastors. NABS was conducted in the regions of far western Nepal at Nepalgunj. There were 22 students registered and all qualified for graduation at the first Nepal Asia Bible School.

Vision for Spiritual and Social Action

Four years ago MTM (Macedonian Teaching Ministry) had started a short-term Bible School in the state of Odisha (India) which later on named as Odisha Bible School (OBS). It is being organized by a local committee, formed by MTM to operate and organize the OBS every year.Each year 30 to 35 students are participating / attending the Bible school. Odisha Bible School (OBS) conducts three weeks training course and each year 30 to 35 evangelists, pastors, leaders those who are mostly untrained attend the same.

Disciples in the Making

The MTM vision of teaching faithful men who will be able to teach others also resonates in my heart in a greater way after the Odisha Bible School in India the last 3 weeks. I was extremely blessed to be a part of this year’s Bible School here in the state of Odisha. There were 31 men here for this Bible School; along with the 4 dear pastors who organize and make it all happen.

NOW Is the Acceptable TIME

Recently a Christian leader in India was involved in a court case concerning his baptizing a new believer.  One was a young girl who went on to marry a Hindu man.  They discovered she was a Christian and she was killed by her husband’s family. Going through her phone they found pictures of her baptism and were able to trace the leader who had baptized her. He faced legal charges in a costly lawsuit, costly in time and money. Another leader in India is also facing a court case involving a tract written using the ministry name. Because the writer used the story of the prodigal son and talked about the fatted calf, the Hindus have taken the ministry to law. 

Religiosity Hinders the Work of Jesus

“We’ve never heard this kind of teaching before!” The speaker was an older deacon in the local church. The setting was Putao in far northern Myanmar. The teaching of this MTM Bible School was on two important subjects for the deeper Christian life; “Know Christ and make Him Known,” a study on Holy Spirit inspired church growth and evangelism from the book of Acts, and “the Godly Family.” Important, even critical subjects for the church to examine, if we wish to grow and prosper. Yet this church leader claimed to have never heard them taught.