There are a very limited number of mission agencies in India to stand alongside these national missionaries and help them in ministry. As a result, many thousands of missionaries are left all alone in the mission field. Because of the poverty, famine, and living conditions these missionaries experience, many are literally starving to death in the rural villages of India.
Many of these missionaries are first-generation Christians. They have rejected the Hindu religion of their elders and embraced Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. This does not sit well with their families and village leaders.
Many are chased from their families and villages and forced to live amongst the poorest of the poor — all for the sake of His Gospel. They find themselves living in isolated, remote villages where poverty, famine, and unemployment is rampant. Many lack basic food and shelter.
By faith in God, these missionaries continue to stay among the poor and destitute and bring them to the saving knowledge of Jesus. They walk many miles every day visiting village after village meeting with people to share the love of Jesus. Many do not have a bicycle for transportation. They do not have hospitals, good drinking water, or schools for the children’s education in many of the rural villages. Added to the lack of basic necessities is the ongoing persecution these national missionaries face for shunning the religion of their fathers. Beatings, death threats and imprisonment are a few of the things they encounter on a daily basis.
These missionaries are praying, waiting, and weeping in the mission field seeking support from God’s people for God’s work.
Will you help these men and women share the Gospel? Your support for their basic necessities can work wonders in their lives.
The following are important basic personal and ministry needs of the national missionaries in India:
Support a Missionary:
There are hundreds of national missionaries working all alone in the mission fields of India, eager to join the ranks of MVN. Once a missionary’s work has been carefully reviewed by a team of core leaders and approved to come on board MVN, they begin to receive assistance in various forms: financial (up to $50/month), a bicycle, a Thompson chain-link Bible, and training programs.
MVN missionaries generally minister to at least 5 different villages and within 5 years most missionaries have built up a self-supporting body of believers. At that point, their financial assistance is directed to another struggling missionary.
There are approximately 50 self- supported missionaries in MVN today. Fifty dollars ($50) per month helps provide basic food, clothing, medicine, and housing for a missionary family. This support is only needed for five years. Within that period of time, each missionary is able to establish self-supported churches. Over 200 missionaries have become self-supported. On average, 5 years of support are needed. However, some need support for a longer period of time depending on various variables.
Child Development Center:
MVN operates Child Care Centers ($400/ month) with hundreds of children attending. MVN leadership appoints a Christian tutor and an assistant. Tutors spend 20+ hours/week teaching social interaction, physical hygiene, and biblical truths, as well as academic tutoring. Most, if not all, of the children, make professions of faith in Jesus as Savior.
MVN workers spend 15 – 20 hour per week working with selected needy children whose parents encourage them to attend the daily classes at the Center. Four aspects of child development are addressed:
SOCIAL – Children are taught communication skills and how to get along with others. They learn about compromise, active listening, persuasive techniques, and even leadership skills.
PHYSICAL – Children are taught good health habits and preventive measures to stay healthy. They learn the importance of physical exercise and personal hygiene.
ACADEMICS – Children are encouraged to pursue an education and are tutored in their academic studies as needed.
SPIRITUAL – Children are introduced to the Bible and taught the principles of Godly and pious living, as well as the importance of integrating moral principles in their lives.
MVN currently operates 11+ child care centers with hundreds of children between the ages of 6 and 14.
When MVN bores water wells ($2,500) in a village, the hostility towards the missionary decreases greatly. Illness related to dirty water is rampant in the many villages and cities across India. A water well meets the needs of not only the missionary family but the entire community.
The world bank estimates that 21% of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water. 128 million people lack safe drinking water. The Indian Association of Pediatricians records that Indian infants, below the age of five, accounting for 25% of the total global deaths due to diarrhea-related causes. These deaths could be prevented with the use of a local water well.
In rural villages, women and girls spend hours each day collecting water. This amount of time spent collecting water prevents mothers from caring for their children at home and prevents single mothers from working to provide income for their families. Many of these young girls lose the opportunity to go to school because they spend one-third of their day collecting water from distant water sources.
As MVN installs these water wells, the people in the rural villages will have easy access to clean water, minimizing diseases and deaths caused by waterborne parasites, as well as minimizing the amount of time spent collecting water each day. Villagers are taught the benefits of clean water and good sanitation practices to prevent contamination of the new water source.
Installing these wells lowers the hostility toward our missionary serving that village and the people are more receptive to the gospel. MVN has drilled 50+ water wells.
Food bags and bags of rice are provided primarily for the destitute poor of a village. (Everyday 7,000 people in India die from poverty and starvation). A mere $10 provides 50 meals. This relieves the financial strain and provides sustenance for the family.
With nearly one-fourth of its 1.2 billion population hungry, India indeed is the world’s hunger capital. India has 360 million people living under the official poverty line – more than any other country – and starvation is all too real.
Based on government estimates, 35.6% of Indian women and 34.2% of Indian men have BMI’s less than 18.5. If India is not in a state of famine, it is quite clearly in a state of chronic “hunger.”.
Two million children in India die from hunger every year.
Not only does MVN tell the people about the love of Jesus, but they also demonstrate His love by providing rice bags and food bags to the destitute poor. Feeding the poor often results in lessened hostility toward the missionary in the village also. Villages have been transformed when the people experience the love of Jesus expressed in this manner.
MVN provides free bags of rice, food bags, and meals to hundreds of destitute villagers where our representatives reside. A 25kg bag of rice can be purchased for $17.
A sewing machine (cost of $150) is a tool that allows women to learn new skills, build self-confidence, and provide a livelihood and income for her family. These type of self-sustaining job opportunities provides a way to take care of the financial needs avoid the severe poverty that so many experiences.
Worship and Parsonage Building:
As a community of believers and church grows, a worship building/parsonage building provides a place to live for the pastor, meeting space for a body of believers, and a training location for additional church planters and missionaries. To provide a worship/parsonage building ($2,500).
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