Stratology School for Indian Pastoral and Theological Training
The single greatest need in India is the Biblical training of indigenous Christian leadership. Most of the native Christian leadership cannot distinguish their left hand from their right theologically. To this end, we have founded this Stratology School. (*Stratalogia* is the radix of a Greek word found in 2 Timothy 2:4 which literally means to enlist, call out, or conscript an army.) We are able to teach fifty pastors consistently once a week or four times a month. As this is a fledgling endeavor, we are presently teaching Bibliology, laying the authoritative foundation for all subsequent doctrinal studies. For if a warrior’s blade is dull and in a state of disrepair, he will be cut down in the heat of the battle. The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:16), and we intend on sharpening and cleaning the weapons of Indian Christian soldier. Nothing less than *one shot–one kill* proficiency is our aim — for *missing the mark* is the very definition of sin. Replete with examinations, assignments, and a tentative curriculum, we intend on training and raising up a well-supplied and well-trained indigenous Gospel army for the glory of God in the single most demon-possessed, unreached, unevangelized, and materially and spiritually destitute nation on earth by any standard – India.
Koinonia for Christ Orphanage
Koinonia is from a Greek word that is Acts 2:44 and 4:32 as well as several times in 2 Corinthians 8 and which denotes joint-partnership, communality, commonwealth, and cooperation. It is said that the early Jerusalem church in above Acts passages, “And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need,” and that “No one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” In response to Christ’s repeated radical challenge for us to “sell everything and give to the poor”, we decided to start this orphanage and to stimulate affluent American Christians to come alongside impoverished children in India. Every single day the thirteen children in our orphanage are being drilled and trained in the Scriptures (besides being fed, schooled, and otherwise loved), and some of the boys even aspire to the ministry. It is our goal to train these children to be Christian ministers and missionaries themselves. “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27).
Street Preaching, Evangelism, Translation Work, Water Well Drilling, and Miscellaneous Mercy Ministries
We bi-weekly engage in street preaching and confrontational evangelism, and Bible distribution in the dense demography of the city of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India, where our ministry is headquartered. We bring along our Stratology School theology students as well as our orphanage children to engage in this work. We enter temples and engage Hindu Brahmins priests with the Gospel and are working to reach the higher castes of Indian social strata, as they are very unreached. We weekly do evangelism in the local AIDS hospital, praying with, preaching the Gospel to, and giving Bibles to the dying AIDS victims, pointing them to the Great Physician of souls, our Lord Jesus Christ. We also conduct weekly village Gospel crusades and have been privilege to baptize Hindu, Muslim, and animist converts to Christ.
We are currently in the process of translating the book “Foundations of the Christian Faith” which was authored by Roger Weil (who selflessly spent much time evangelizing behind the Iron Curtain in the Cold War era). This book will serve as a much needed evangelical Christian doctrinal abstract for these largely Biblically analphabet Indian Christian leaders.
By drilling water wells, we have also had the privilege to give fresh-water access to two impoverished rural communities that are Communist-controlled and mostly populated with tribal animist clans and low caste peoples. Moreover, we weekly distribute 55 pound rice bags to poor Christian tribal peoples and we have been able to provide a sewing machine and a bicycle to impoverished Christians to help them earn their own income. By God’s grace and the generosity of GraceWork Ministries, we have been able to provide a monthly stipend sufficient for an HIV positive widowed Christian mother who is too weak to adequately provide for her children. This pension fully sustains her and her children.
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