A gift that keeps on giving
Suri, NW Kolkata
PERIOD OF THE PROJECT
There is a great need for leadership training among tribal people in Suri, North West Kolkata. Harvest associate, pastor Timothy Das, did 3 vision casting meetings in different places with an introduction about Harvest and the lesson “The role of the church in society”. They were challenged by the vision casting meeting and showed a real desire for the discipleship training and to be obedient followers of Jesus Christ.
The initial training was received very positively. The work of the Holy Spirit was evident, convincing people of sins, and helping them recommit their lives to serve God and love His church. They expressed their desire to grow in all areas of life and practice giving, obedience, and servanthood to become true followers of Jesus Christ. The first wholistic ministry training helped the participants learn that they had never realized that every individual is so important in fulfilling God’s plan. As a result of the training, many participants have practiced what were very humble attitudes in their culture, for example, men decided to help their wives do the work that only women do, like to wash dishes and clothes and to feed babies. Others started to clean their church compound.
The predominant local language is Bengali, so, the team translated the training materials from English into Bengali. The participants demonstrated God’s love by planning and doing seed projects, like collecting contributions, buying and distributing 15 blankets and clothes to families of a nearby “basti” (slum) village. They distributed medicines that were prescribed by local doctors to poor patients in hospital. They understood the importance to be involved in the local community and influence all sectors of society with a godly nature. All the participants dedicated their lives for the good of the community so to make it more in the image of God.
The team members trained 3 other leaders who multiplied the training in other places. The mentees are doing excellent job, they need minimal assistance and they will be a great team.
We praise God for a change in the local culture, where men understood the importance of helping their wives in domestic chores.
May the Lord open doors and provide for the multiplication of SamS trainings in India.
ESTABLISHING SELF-SUSTAINING SAMARITAN STRATEGY TEAMS IN NEW AREAS