North India Bible Training (NIBT) trains church leaders in north India to study, apply and teach God’s word effectively, so that they can train others.
The church in north India has grown rapidly in the last 10 years – over one million people have turned to Christ in a decade. The result of this is that thousands of small house churches have formed, each led by an independent, often untrained pastor. There is an urgent need to train up leaders for these churches, who can teach the Bible effectively and equip the new believers to live as Jesus’ disciples.
NIBT workshops and conferences are run throughout the region, led by a small number of Hindi-speaking trainers. These bible teachers train a group of ‘A’ trainers (50-100 people), who then teach ‘B’ trainers (600-1,000 people). All participants return to their home parishes equipped to pass on what they have learned to other leaders within their house church. This ‘multiplication’ model has already succeeded in furnishing many thousands of north India’s small churches with trained bible teachers, who can help their congregations understand God’s word.
Greetings, I hope you are all doing well. Thank you very much for your prayers for us and our ministries. I would like to share updates from my family and our ministries.
I am sure that you are aware of the COVID-19 situation in India. They are calling it the second wave but the chief minister of Delhi says that in Delhi this is the fourth wave. Positive cases in India are increasing rapidly. Yesterday there were 152,000 cases in 24 hours in the whole of India and 11,741 in Delhi. These are just the reported cases and there will be many more unreported. The government has not announced a complete lockdown but an unannounced lockdown is happening – markets are empty and public places have an isolated look. Temporary workers have been sacked again. People are scared to go out, hospital beds are fully occupied and there is no more room for patients. In Delhi there is a night curfew from 10pm to 5am and there are restrictions on all type of gatherings, including churches.
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