We are pleased to announce that $55,000 of the $110,000 needed to build the High School has been donated by generous supporters as a challenge to others to join in, step up and invest in the future by helping build a High School to provide a high quality education to young people who would not have an opportunity to learn if not for NICM. Donate Today
On behalf of NICM, I want to take the time and words at the beginning of this newsletter to personally thank IDES, Parkside Christian Church, Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, Eastview Christian Church, Martha and as well as the rest of our supporters for making this tremendously difficult crisis bearable and livable for so many poor families in and around all of our Churches. Each of our pastors thank you. Each of the beneficiaries of your support appreciate your kindness for not letting them go hungry. Our family, staff and volunteers here at NICM recognize your passion for serving, which has allowed us to partner with you and serve the needy as well. It has been honorable working in North India with you as our supporters.
We want to send over our newsletter update about the situation over here, and how NICM has had to adapt to new circumstances. It goes without saying that each one of you has had to adapt to new circumstances along with everyone in the world who has had to do the same too. No doubt, like with everyone else, the COVID-19 has affected all of us in different ways.
First of all, our Sunday services have taken a new turn, as all of our pastors are sending in their recordings of their messages to their Church members. They do this for Sunday services as well for other times throughout the week during regular Bible studies. WhatsApp has become a common digital avenue for sharing messages. WhatsApp is easily accessible even on low-budget phones and requires very little data connectivity. However, we have now more than ever found use for our solar digital panels. We want to thank GNPI for their innovative ideas and generosity in giving these to us.
We continue to spin the wheel of our prayer chains, as it has become necessary to use our time to communicate with God so that he can continue to hear our prayers and requests. All of you are always in our minds while we pray for your safety, the safety of your children, the safety of your mothers and fathers along with the safety of each one of our brothers and sisters supporting us in all of our Churches. NICM represents the Kingdom of God here in this part of North India, and people need us for their spiritual, physical and emotional nourishment. With your help, partnership, loyalty, support, prayers, passion and long-standing commitment, we have been able to help people and are continuing to do so.
We have distributed 395 out of 500 bags so far. Out of the 395 bags, Pastor Beera Masih, Jagmol and Jagtar Masih have provided a month’s worth of rations to over 30, 40 and 30 families respectively. Many families are immensely thankful for the help we have accorded them. Moreover, it has strengthened their faith in the power of the lord in that he always provides. Due to lack of food available for sale in Rajpura where Pastor Jagtar serves, he only managed to pack a week’s worth of snacks and supplies for the time being. With time, he will make sure to deliver a month’s worth of rations to these families. From Pastor David Roshan Lal’s Church, we have a short testimony from a man who used to work as a cleaner of gutters but later found it in his heart to also volunteer at the Church. Moreover, David Roshan Lal also helped distribute 45 bags of food and medicine to our evening school located in his village and associated with his Church.
Very recently, NICM had also traversed in and around the local city to distribute snacks and food to areas most severely affected because of COVID-19. In fact, we focused on migrants who were walking on foot with their wives and children back to their villages far away. It was quite a pity to see them walking on foot without transport. These migrants were truly vulnerable, as traveling long distances makes them susceptible to crimes. We stopped throughout the different parts of the city to help and pray with these migrants while providing them with some supplies for their journeys.
Testimony of Sohan
“If you look at me, no one would think much of me. I do not care much for the pleasures of this world anyways. I was born a simple man and was always thought that I would die a simple man. I served humbly cleaning all gutters in the villages, and I was content with that little I received to support for my wife and daughter. My wife is a housemaid. After the virus hit us, lowborn folk like us were the last on anyone’s mind. No one dared to help us, as no one wanted to be seen associating with the likes of us, as we were of humble birth. For generations, we were mistreated and bonded to low-wage labor. We got used to it. However, after God recognized my humility towards my work, he privileged me with the task of serving the Church in whatever little capacity that I could help. I was born with little, but he blessed me with more than I could handle. Moreover, the Church serves as my new family wherein everyone looks upon me and my wife and family as an equal. Thanks to the pastor, I do not have to see my family starve to death on account of hunger.
Now I have rations, thanks to the generosity of many who care for me at the Church. My loyalty is to Christ for the love he has shown me on the cross.”
Even more importantly, during this deadly time when very few from the other communities have stepped out or contributed towards the needy, non-believers have looked up to believers and are moved by the generosity we have bestowed upon them during this time of misery, joblessness, poverty, death and disease. Despite hostility and tension ensuing amidst religious groups between extremist majority groups and minorities, Christians have been able to cast aside any reasons or excuses that anyone could falsely accuse us through our acts of kindness. Even though many popular misconceptions have prevailed in India for decades against Christians, we continue to press hard for the cause of the Lord. Irrespective of how people will continue to think about us, we will always serve selflessly.
Our duty to Christ is to bring the message of his salvation to lost souls, and we will continue to serve the poor and weak till we die. Thank you for your support enabling us to carry out the will of the Lord here in North India. It is a difficult time for all of us, but our work here is incomplete, and the reward for our hope of our Lord and savior outweighs all the troubles we face in this life.”
Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burden, and this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Thanks & Blessings
Simmi, Suraj & Team NICM
As some states in the US consider reopening, many in India are struggling to find their next meal due to the Coronavirus lock downs. Here is an excerpt from Simmi’s recent email;
The villagers from all of our Churches will need supplies of masks, hand sanitizers, gloves and soap bars, as they won’t be allowed to get out on account of the curfew sanctions in place. Our organization, however, does qualify as a non-profit so we have full permissions from the respective authorities to help those afflicted in this crisis. The government is actually seeking our help additionally. Apart from that, we need to get at least one month’s worth of ration out to as many families as we can among our Churches, evening schools and leper colonies. The cost to provide one family (of five members) with enough hand sanitizers, bars of soap, gloves, masks and essential food rations for one month will cost around Rs. 6000 (or $85). We have a count of over 500 families, which amounts to around 500* $85=$42,500.
More importantly, if NICM can serve its community selflessly in this extremely critical time, our ministry will serve as an extremely powerful testimony. Very few people are stepping up to help those who are in dire need. Let us grab a hold of this opportunity for Christ to show who we are, what we are made of and the love that Jesus wants to bring about to North India.
So far giving has been very generous, but they still need about $10,000 to provide the protections and food to families at risk. Please consider making a donation today to help save lives and show the love of Christ.
Some of the recent highlights;
- With the help of skilled female doctors, health and hygiene awareness programs were conducted to improve prenatal health. These health initiatives help to prevent delivery related infections and reduce complications associated with pregnancy and delivery.
- In one of the nearby villages, none of the children are attending school. Providing Christian education to these children, along with some hygiene and basic medical needs is vital. To open the school, provide teachers and utilities requires $300 a month.
- The sewing centers are busy training women and 112 graduates are expected in 2020, providing an income, stability and a future.
- With the help of IDES, NICM provides thousands of meals a year to needy families. In order to get food to one of the remote villages in a timely and efficient manner, a small vehicle is needed. If you would like to help with the funding, please designate so on your check.
Please continue praying for NICM because prayer is what provides strength to the many NICM workers.
Also, your financial support has never been needed more by NICM. There is so much work to do, and without your support we cannot move forward.
Please consider sending a contribution to:
NICM, P.O. Box 1823, Martinsville, IN 46151.
We are so thankful for all of you, and pray daily that you will be blessed through your partnership in the work of NICM.
NICM US Board Chair