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DR. K. SYAM KUMAR VISITS OUR CHURCHES IN AMERICA . Where he Leads. 4/2000.

Dr. K. Syam Kumar from our Free Medical Clinic in Rajahmundry , India, had ah opportunity to visit America in late October and early November. He initially had been invited to Kentucky to provide a second opinion on a woman who was ill. From Kentucky, he flew to Brighton, Michigan, where he attended the Fall Services on October 27-29 and participated in the Foreign Mission Board meeting held on October 27 and 28 in Brighton.

From Brighton, he flew to Portland, OR with several Board mem bers and stayed in Battle Ground, Washington, until November 6. While in America, he had the opportunity to speak at churches in Brighton, Portland, Castle Rock, Vancouver and Hockinson where he provided enlightening information on the work of the church and the Free Medical Clinic in India. It was indeed a pleasure and a blessing to have him in our midst.

First village church to be constructed in India. Where He Leads…. 1/2000.
The first village church authorized for construction in India will be started this summer….will be built in a village that Pastor M.P.Suratnam serves….will hold 80 to 100 people, seated on the floor. The cost of the church is about $ 5000…


Foreign Mission Committee: Translation of tracts into Hindi language of India. Christian Monthly 1/1999.
We have just received word that the translation of the God’s Peace and Are Your Sins Forgiven tracts into the Hindi language of India has been completed. 50 000 copies of each tract will be printed….The next Hindi translation to be done will be the Principles of the Doctrine of Christ.
Foreign Mission Committee: Request for Prayers. Christian Monthly 1/1999.
The Apostolic Lutheran Curch Ministries of India was founded about five yers ago. The Church is comprides of 30 village located in the State of Andhra Pradesh. On November 20th brother Jered Niemela of Chassel, MI. left for India on a five-month visit to the church. He will monitor the on-going work in the 30 churches and assist in the development of an orphanage. In late January, ministers will be sent to attend the 5th Annual Convention of the church in the city of Tuni. They will also visit a church in the state of Orissa that was visited on the last mission trip.

Helmes, Alvar: Mission Trip to India. Where He Leads 1/2001.
On February 13, Richard Juuti, Carl Lamppa, Mike Hilman, Amy Helmes, and I left for India to visit the states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. This was Richard Juuti's fourth trip to India. Carl and I were making our second trip. Schedules for services had been arranged beforehand by the pastors in India, and we were kept fully occupied during our stay. We arrived in Orissa, our first stop, on Thursday, February 15, where we were met by Pastor S. P....

Helmes, Amy: Thoughts on our Mission Trip to India. Where He Leads 1/2001.
In
mid-February, I had the privilege of travelling to India in the company of four Christian brothers. Our team consisted of my father-in-law, Alvar Helmes, Richard Juuti, Carl Lamppa, Mike Hilman and myself. Travelling across the world with only men for companions was an experience in itself, but having been asked to write an article, I'll try to highlight those experiences more directly related to the mission work.

Juuti, Richard Where he leads… India mission trip (Jan 22 . Feb. 12,1999). Christian Monthly 5/1999.

Juuti, Richard: Mission trip to India. Where He Leads…2/2000. http://www.apostolic-lutheran.org/mission/index.html

Kumar, K.,S.: A typical day’s work in the ALC Ministries Free Medical Clinic. Christian Monthly 12/1998.
Kumar, Syam: Where he leads… ALC Ministries of India Free Medical Clinic. Christian Monthly 7/1998.
…On May 30th Our Apostolic Lutheran Church Ministries Free Medical Clinic opened…The clinic was dedicated at the inauguration attended by pastors from the Tuni area and rev. K.Aseervadam.

Dr Kumar, K. Syam: The Apostolic Lutheran Church Free Medical Clinic of India. Christian Monthly 8/1999.
"The ALC Free Medical Clinic is a church to heal the soul spiritually and to heal the body physically." (Dr. K. Syam Kumar)
In the village of Rajavaram, a Pastor has a congregation of about 100 believers. The village and sub-villages have a total population of about 5,000, mostly Hindus. The Pastor sends many of his people to the ALC Medical Clinic to hear the Word of God for their souls, and for treatment of their bodies.

Dr Kumar, K. Syam: Operation Theatre opens in Free medical Clinic in India. Where He leads...3/2000. http://www.apostolic-lutheran.org/mission/foreign/whereheleads_js2000.pdf

Maki, Bob: Visit to Orissa state. Christian Monthly 5/1999.

Mäenpää, Ann-Mari. Volunteer in India – January 11 to April 5, 2000. Where He Leads…2/2000. http://www.apostolic-lutheran.org/mission/index.html


New literature tranlations. Where He Leads…Foreign Mission News of the Apostolic Lutheran Church of America 1/2000.
Principles of the Doctrine of Christ, God’s Peace ant The Sinner’s Plea Tracts: Translated into the Urdu language…Translated into the Kannada language of the state of karnataka in India. The Kannada language is spoeken by 13 million people.

Niemela, Jered: ALC Ministries of India Orphanage Project. Christian Monthly 11/1998.
The orphanage envisioned for the ALC Ministries of India is seen as an important part of the mission field in India…
Niemela, Jered: A Mission field Experience in India. Christian Monthly. 2/1999.
On January I went with Dr. Kumar to a medical camp in the village of Gowripatnam. The pastor here is a converted Hindu priest from the highest caste and the village is solely high caste. He had arranged the meeting in the village center: ….In a few minutes the streets were filled with shouting people…but the mob kept coming….The crowd again broke out in rioting…

Sugandharatnam, M.P.: Request from India for correspondence with Sunday school children. Christian Monthly 11/1999.
Sugandharatnam, M.P.: Missiontrip to Northeast India. Where He Leads...3/2000.
http://www.apostolic-lutheran.org/mission/foreign/whereheleads_js2000.pdf

To readers in India. Two tracts are now available in the Hindi language: God’s Peace and Are Your sins Forgiven?
Christian Monthly 5/1999.

Waaraniemi, Eeva-Liisa: INTIASTA SUOMEEN. PMS 19/9.5.2001.
OPISTOLAINEN TANPA GUAMTSO TULI SUOMEEN INTIASTA VIIME KESÄNÄ. TANPA NÄKEE ITSENSÄ TIIBETILÄISENÄ, VAIKKA ONKIN ASUNUT INTIASSA KOKO ELÄMÄNSÄ. HÄNEN VANHEMPANSA JOUTUIVAT PAKENEMAAN TIIBETISTÄ, KUN KIINALAISET TUNKEUTUIVAT TÄHÄN PIENEEN MAAHAN VUONNA 1959 TANPAN VANHEMPIEN OLLESSA VIELÄ LAPSIA.
Tanpa Guamtso tuli Suomeen ollakseen uskovaisten kanssa, ja pääsikin tänne pienen paperisodan

Where He leads… Mission trip to India (Fourth annual convention of ALC Ministries of India). Christian Monthly 5/1998.
Brothers Richard Barney and Richard Juuti were selected by the Foreign Mission Board to attend this years convention of the ALC Ministries of India. Brothers Jered Niemela and Alvar Helmes also offered to participate in the trip.
We arrived at the ALC Ministries headquarters in Tuni, Andrha Pradesh State…The first three days were

First village church to be constructed in India. Where He Leads…. 1/2000.
The first village church authorized for construction in India will be started this summer….will be built in a viilage that Pastor M.P.Suratnam serves….will hold 80 to 100 people, seated on the floor. The cost of the church is about $ 5000…


Foreign Mission Committee: Translation of tracts into Hindi language of India. Christian Monthly 1/1999.
We have just received word that the translation of the God’s Peace and Are Your Sins Forgiven tracts into the Hindi language of India has been completed. 50 000 copies of each tract will be printed….The next Hindi translation to be done will be the Principles of the Doctrine of Christ.
Foreign Mission Committee: Request for Prayers. Christian Monthly 1/1999.
The Apostolic Lutheran Curch Ministries of India was founded about five yers ago. The Church is comprides of 30 village located in the State of Andhra Pradesh. On November 20th brother Jered Niemela of Chassel, MI. left for India on a five-month visit to the church. He will monitor the on-going work in the 30 churches and assist in the development of an orphanage. In late January, ministers will be sent to attend the 5th Annual Convention of the church in the city of Tuni. They will also visit a church in the state of Orissa that was visited on the last mission trip.

Juuti, Richard Where he leads… India mission trip (Jan 22 . Feb. 12,1999). Christian Monthly 5/1999.

Juuti, Richard: Mission trip to India. Where He Leads…2/2000. http://www.apostolic-lutheran.org/mission/index.html

Kumar, K.,S.: A typical day’s work in the ALC Ministries Free Medical Clinic. Christian Monthly 12/1998.
Kumar, Syam: Where he leads… ALC Ministries of India Free Medical Clinic. Christian Monthly 7/1998.
…On May 30th Our Apostolic Lutheran Church Ministries Free Medical Clinic opened…The clinic was dedicated at the inauguration attended by pastors from the Tuni area and rev. K.Aseervadam.

Dr Kumar, K. Syam: The Apostolic Lutheran Church Free Medical Clinic of India. Christian Monthly 8/1999.
"The ALC Free Medical Clinic is a church to heal the soul spiritually and to heal the body physically." (Dr. K. Syam Kumar)
In the village of Rajavaram, a Pastor has a congregation of about 100 believers. The village and sub-villages have a total population of about 5,000, mostly Hindus. The Pastor sends many of his people to the ALC Medical Clinic to hear the Word of God for their souls, and for treatment of their bodies.

The President of this village, a strict Hindu man, had fallen sick. His right leg was always in pain, and it turned black. Treatment from doctors in the area did not bring relief. After a lot of money was spent to find a cure for the disease, the Pastor brought him to our ALC Medical Clinic. I examined his leg. It was completely necrotic (dead) from gangrene.

First, I told him about Jesus Christ, and to believe in Him who can heal his leg. I told him that I was nothing, except that, by faith in Christ, by his grace and with the Holy Spirit as my guide, I would treat him. The disease was TAO (thrombotic arteriolar occlusion), a complete occlusion of the deep arteries of the leg from a blood clot.

When the Word of God was preached to him, he believed. Now his leg is completely healed. Through his man, many other villagers want to learn more about Jesus. I praised God for the opportunity I had to minister to this man, both spiritually and physically.

An 11-year-old girl from the village was brought to my home. I moved her to our clinic because her condition was very serious. For nine months, she had suffered, and had seen many doctors, but did not get help. Her illness was diagnosed as cardiac left ventricular failure with hypertension, enlargement of the heart, anemia, urinary tract infection, and chronic kidney failure.

I advised her parents to bring her to the Medical College Hospital in Visag, where I had received my training. After the doctors there said there was no hope for her, the parents returned her to me.

I told her parents about Jesus Christ, and to believe in Him, as He is the only healer there is for their daughter. They cried and repented. I started treatment of the girl, and after four days, they brought her back to me. She was out of danger, and I believed she would improve.

First, I praised the Lord for using me as his servant to tell the parents about salvation in Jesus Christ, and for using me to help cure their daughter. The parents were happy, and cried about their sins. I told them to continue to believe in Jesus Christ, and to walk with Him. I also told them that I was nothing, only his instrument. They praised God, and recently attended church for the first time.

Several Months Later: The former Hindu President of the village is completely free of TAO. He attends church near the clinic, and encourages his villagers also to attend church and visit the clinic for physical ailments. The 11-year-old girl continues to make good progress, and will undergo treatment for another month or so. Please pray for the people in Rajavaram, that these two cases of illness will bear fruit for the salvation of many souls.
Foreign Mission Board

Dr Kumar, K. Syam: Operation Theatre opens in Free medical Clinic in India. Where He leads...3/2000. http://www.apostolic-lutheran.org/mission/foreign/whereheleads_js2000.pdf

Maki, Bob: Visit to Orissa state. Christian Monthly 5/1999.

Mäenpää, Ann-Mari. Volunteer in India – January 11 to April 5, 2000. Where He Leads…2/2000. http://www.apostolic-lutheran.org/mission/index.html


New literature tranlations. Where He Leads…Foreign Mission News of the Apostolic Lutheran Church of America 1/2000.
Principles of the Doctrine of Christ, God’s Peace ant The Sinner’s Plea Tracts: Translated into the Urdu language…Translated into the Kannada language of the state of karnataka in India. The Kannada language is spoeken by 13 million people.

Niemela, Jered: ALC Ministries of India Orphanage Project.
Christian Monthly 11/1998.
The orphanage envisioned for the ALC Ministries of India is seen as an important part of the mission field in India…
Niemela, Jered: A Mission field Experience in India. Christian Monthly. 2/1999.
On January I went with Dr. Kumar to a medical camp in the village of Gowripatnam. The pastor here is a converted Hindu priest from the highest caste and the village is solely high caste. He had arranged the meeting in the village center: ….In a few minutes the streets were filled with shouting people…but the mob kept coming….The crowd again broke out in rioting…

Sugandharatnam, M.P.: Request from India for correspondence with Sunday school children. Christian Monthly 11/1999.
Sugandharatnam, M.P.: Missiontrip to Northeast India. Where He Leads...3/2000.
http://www.apostolic-lutheran.org/mission/foreign/whereheleads_js2000.pdf

To readers in India. Two tracts are now available in the Hindi language: God’s Peace and Are Your sins Forgiven? Christian Monthly 5/1999.

Waaraniemi, Eeva-Liisa: INTIASTA SUOMEEN. PMS 19/9.5.2001.
OPISTOLAINEN TANPA GUAMTSO TULI SUOMEEN INTIASTA VIIME KESÄNÄ. TANPA NÄKEE ITSENSÄ TIIBETILÄISENÄ, VAIKKA ONKIN ASUNUT INTIASSA KOKO ELÄMÄNSÄ. HÄNEN VANHEMPANSA JOUTUIVAT PAKENEMAAN TIIBETISTÄ, KUN KIINALAISET TUNKEUTUIVAT TÄHÄN PIENEEN MAAHAN VUONNA 1959 TANPAN VANHEMPIEN OLLESSA VIELÄ LAPSIA.
Tanpa Guamtso tuli Suomeen ollakseen uskovaisten kanssa, ja pääsikin tänne pienen paperisodan

Where He leads… Mission trip to India (Fourth annual convention of ALC Ministries of India). Christian Monthly 5/1998.
Brothers Richard Barney and Richard Juuti were selected by the Foreign Mission Board to attend this years convention of the ALC Ministries of India. Brothers Jered Niemela and Alvar Helmes also offered to participate in the trip.
We arrived at the ALC Ministries headquarters in Tuni, Andrha Pradesh State…The first three days were spent in conducting the seminars.
The seminars were attended by more than 100 pastors (40 of them associated with the ALC Ministries)…At the Pastors Seminar, our Altar Book, translated into the Telugu language, was dedicated and distributed to the pastors…As part of an outreach ministry a free medical clinic has been established…Following the pastors seminar, convention services were held in four different locations. On Sunday, Jered and Alvar visited the Yanam region, about a four-hour drive from Tuni, where two of the pastors live…Two public schools are functioning under the ALC Ministries…We met with the Central Board of India. We were encouraged by the dedication and sincerety of the leaders of the Church and the pastors in spreading the Gospel…The Central Board of India thanked the Church in America for their prayers and financial support.
Visit to Attiriba District, Orissa State:
For several years we have been invited to visit this area of India by pastor S.P.Limma…At one of the services, the Principles of the Doctrine-booklet (translated by pastor S.P.Limma into the Orya language of Orissa) was dedicated and distributed.
Yesuratnam, K.: Apostolic Life Ministries of India. Where He Leads…Foreign Mission News of the Apostolic Lutheran Church of America 1/1999.
The Apostolic Life Ministries (ALM) of India is a daughter-church of the Apostolic Lutheran Church of America. The ALM has different wings of ministry, such as a church ministry, literature ministry, free medial clinic and children`s home (orphanage). The ALM Ministries managing committee consists of Pastors K. Yesuratnam and M. P. Ratnam and Dr. K. Syam Kumar.
The church Ministry

There are 12 congrecations spread in the central part of East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh State where the Telugu language is spoken. There are approximately 2000 believers in these congregations, and seven pastors attend to their spiritual needs. The Word of God is proclaimed to to people throughevangelistic night services, personal and door-to-door evangelism, tract distribution, street preaching, etc. We also have set Bible study hours, belivers `fellowship, prayer hours and Sunday schools.
The literature Ministry
Literature is one of the best channels to reach the people in India. Through the support of the ALC of America, we have recently expanded and repritend our Telugu Hymnal called Spiritual Songs that is used extensively in our congregations for praise and worship of the Lord. We also publish a bi-monthly magazine called Spiritual Food.This magazine uses articles from the English Christian Monthly and is sent to seven states in India.
The demand for our literature is great with reguests coming to us on a daily basis. As people write us with a request for our literature, we send it by mail. Sometimes we may go in person, taking a load of literature with us. We try to do our best in supplying the literature to meet the needs of the requesters. (see Literature Ministry for other Telugu-language translations.)
Apostolic Lutheran Free Medical Clinic:

The Free Medical Clinic is run by Dr. K. Syam Kumar. The clinic is used as a channel to bring people to the knowlwdge of Christ as Dr. Kumar first preaches the Word to them before beginning to medical exams. The majority of the patients are Hindus.
The Free Medical Clinic was opened in June 1998. Since that time more than 25,000 patients have had examinations and treatment, with the limited amount of medicines available, and listened to the Word of God at the clinic. Once a week the clinic becomes a mobile clinic, traveling to a village in the interior to treat patiens.
ALM Children`s Home (Orphanage)
The orphanage was startet to educate and give shelter to the orphan and destitute children. The capacity of the home is 25 children. The children are taught Bible stories in morning and evening devotions. Our prayer is that these children will become future preachers and will spread the Word in other parts of India.

Dr Kumar, K. Syam: The Apostolic Lutheran Church Free Medical Clinic of India. Christian Monthly 8/1999.
"The ALC Free Medical Clinic is a church to heal the soul spiritually and to heal the body physically." (Dr. K. Syam Kumar)
In the village of Rajavaram, a Pastor has a congregation of about 100 believers. The village and sub-villages have a total population of about 5,000, mostly Hindus. The Pastor sends many of his people to the ALC Medical Clinic to hear the Word of God for their souls, and for treatment of their bodies.

The President of this village, a strict Hindu man, had fallen sick. His right leg was always in pain, and it turned black. Treatment from doctors in the area did not bring relief. After a lot of money was spent to find a cure for the disease, the Pastor brought him to our ALC Medical Clinic. I examined his leg. It was completely necrotic (dead) from gangrene.

First, I told him about Jesus Christ, and to believe in Him who can heal his leg. I told him that I was nothing, except that, by faith in Christ, by his grace and with the Holy Spirit as my guide, I would treat him. The disease was TAO (thrombotic arteriolar occlusion), a complete occlusion of the deep arteries of the leg from a blood clot.

When the Word of God was preached to him, he believed. Now his leg is completely healed. Through his man, many other villagers want to learn more about Jesus. I praised God for the opportunity I had to minister to this man, both spiritually and physically.

An 11-year-old girl from the village was brought to my home. I moved her to our clinic because her condition was very serious. For nine months, she had suffered, and had seen many doctors, but did not get help. Her illness was diagnosed as cardiac left ventricular failure with hypertension, enlargement of the heart, anemia, urinary tract infection, and chronic kidney failure.

I advised her parents to bring her to the Medical College Hospital in Visag, where I had received my training. After the doctors there said there was no hope for her, the parents returned her to me.

I told her parents about Jesus Christ, and to believe in Him, as He is the only healer there is for their daughter. They cried and repented. I started treatment of the girl, and after four days, they brought her back to me. She was out of danger, and I believed she would improve.

First, I praised the Lord for using me as his servant to tell the parents about salvation in Jesus Christ, and for using me to help cure their daughter. The parents were happy, and cried about their sins. I told them to continue to believe in Jesus Christ, and to walk with Him. I also told them that I was nothing, only his instrument. They praised God, and recently attended church for the first time.

Several Months Later: The former Hindu President of the village is completely free of TAO. He attends church near the clinic, and encourages his villagers also to attend church and visit the clinic for physical ailments. The 11-year-old girl continues to make good progress, and will undergo treatment for another month or so. Please pray for the people in Rajavaram, that these two cases of illness will bear fruit for the salvation of many souls.
Foreign Mission Board

Where He leads… Mission trip to India (Fourth annual convention of ALC Ministries of India). Christian Monthly 5/1998.
Brothers Richard Barney and Richard Juuti were selected by the Foreign Mission Board to attend this years convention of the ALC Ministries of India. Brothers Jered Niemela and Alvar Helmes also offered to participate in the trip.
We arrived at the ALC Ministries headquarters in Tuni, Andrha Pradesh State…The first three days were spent in conducting the seminars. The seminars were attended by more than 100 pastors (40 of them associated with the ALC Ministries)…At the Pastors Seminar, our Altar Book, translated into the Telugu language, was dedicated and distributed to the pastors…As part of an outreach ministry a free medical clinic has been established…Following the pastors seminar, convention services were held in four different locations. On Sunday, Jered and Alvar visited the Yanam region, about a four-hour drive from Tuni, where two of the pastors live…Two public schools are functioning under the ALC Ministries…We met with the Central Board of India. We were encouraged by the dedication and sincerety of the leaders of the Church and the pastors in spreading the Gospel…The Central Board of India thanked the Church in America for their prayers and financial support.
Visit to Attiriba District, Orissa State:
For several years we have been invited to visit this area of India by pastor S.P.Limma…At one of the services, the Principles of the Doctrine-booklet (translated by pastor S.P.Limma into the Orya language of Orissa) was dedicated and distributed.
Yesuratnam, K.: Apostolic Life Ministries of India. Where He Leads…Foreign Mission News of the Apostolic Lutheran Church of America 1/1999.
The Apostolic Life Ministries (ALM) of India is a daughter-church of the Apostolic Lutheran Church of America. The ALM has different wings of ministry, such as a church ministry, literature ministry, free medial clinic and children`s home (orphanage). The ALM Ministries managing committee consists of Pastors K. Yesuratnam and M. P. Ratnam and Dr. K. Syam Kumar.
The church Ministry

There are 12 congrecations spread in the central part of East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh State where the Telugu language is spoken. There are approximately 2000 believers in these congregations, and seven pastors attend to their spiritual needs. The Word of God is proclaimed to to people throughevangelistic night services, personal and door-to-door evangelism, tract distribution, street preaching, etc. We also have set Bible study hours, belivers `fellowship, prayer hours and Sunday schools.
The literature Ministry
Literature is one of the best channels to reach the people in India. Through the support of the ALC of America, we have recently expanded and repritend our Telugu Hymnal called Spiritual Songs that is used extensively in our congregations for praise and worship of the Lord. We also publish a bi-monthly magazine called Spiritual Food.This magazine uses articles from the English Christian Monthly and is sent to seven states in India.
The demand for our literature is great with reguests coming to us on a daily basis. As people write us with a request for our literature, we send it by mail. Sometimes we may go in person, taking a load of literature with us. We try to do our best in supplying the literature to meet the needs of the requesters. (see Literature Ministry for other Telugu-language translations.)
Apostolic Lutheran Free Medical Clinic:

The Free Medical Clinic is run by Dr. K. Syam Kumar. The clinic is used as a channel to bring people to the knowlwdge of Christ as Dr. Kumar first preaches the Word to them before beginning to medical exams. The majority of the patients are Hindus.
The Free Medical Clinic was opened in June 1998. Since that time more than 25,000 patients have had examinations and treatment, with the limited amount of medicines available, and listened to the Word of God at the clinic. Once a week the clinic becomes a mobile clinic, traveling to a village in the interior to treat patiens.
ALM Children`s Home (Orphanage)
The orphanage was startet to educate and give shelter to the orphan and destitute children. The capacity of the home is 25 children. The children are taught Bible stories in morning and evening devotions. Our prayer is that these children will become future preachers and will spread the Word in other parts of India.

Helmes, Alvar: Mission Trip to India. Where He Leads 1/2001.
On February 13, Richard Juuti, Carl Lamppa, Mike Hilman, Amy Helmes, and I left for India to visit the states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. This was Richard Juuti's fourth trip to India. Carl and I were making our second trip. Schedules for services had been arranged beforehand by the pastors in India, and we were kept fully occupied during our stay.

We arrived in Orissa, our first stop, on Thursday, February 15, where we were met by Pastor S. P. Limma who drove us to his church compound in Talpatratikira (a five-hour drive) where we stayed until Tuesday, February 20. This was our third consecutive year in which we have visited his church. On Friday we visited three different leper colonies (Jharbeda, Mahnadi Lakshmi Dunguri, and Pointala). We spoke of the love of Christ for all of them and distributed blankets to the adults and clothing to the children after the sermon. The clothing was provided by the Hockinson Church Sunday School children who donated $370 towards this effort. In the three colonies there were about 190 adults plus about 60 children. The people support themselves by begging. The children are illiterate and are not allowed to leave the colonies to go to public schools, even though they do not have leprosy. Thus, they will grow up to be uneducated adults and will never have an opportunity to leave the colonies. Pastor Limma is attempting to add rooms in his compound to accommodate 10 of the children and provide them with an education as well as to provide spiritual instruction. Ifhe is successful in obtaining permission, the ten children may not have to return to the leper colonies.

On Saturday, we had services at two village churches (Paharsirigida and Bormunda), one in the morning and the second in late afternoon. There were about 150 total people in attendance. In the first church, we had our feet and hands washed in a basin of water, which is their custom when guests arrive. We also had our supper at the second village.

Sunday was spent at the church compound where we had a three-hour service. There is much singing in the churches in India prior to the start of the actual preaching. About 175 adults and 50 children were in attendance. A dinner was prepared for all of the people. " On Monday we visited two tribal churches (Binji Palli and Kadali Palli) that were started by Pastor Limma's father. We were the first Americans to visit these churches. In the first church, we were warmly welcomed with a tribal song and dance. The welcome song was this: "Because Jesus humbled Himself to die on the cross on

lour behalf, we humbly welcome you to our church." About

150 people, including children, attended the services. In the first church we had our feet washed; in the second church, our hands

On Tuesday morning we visited the Sutpada leper colony and again spoke and distributed blankets and clothing. In the afternoon we made preparations for leaving Orissa by train that evening.

After a 17-hour train ride we arrived in Rajahmundry on Wednesday, February 21, where Dr. K. Syam Kumar has his free medical clinic. He has also started seven churches in the area that are simply a thatched roof canopy set on poles, but have a combined membership of 750 people.

Prior to our arrival, Dr. Kumar had translated Luther's Small Catechism (less the Questions and Answers) into the " Telugu language and wanted us to teach the Catechis~1 a group of about 25 Sunday school teachers. Thus, for three consecutive days, beginning on Thursday morning, we provided about six hours of instruction in the catechism. There were many good questions asked at the end of each session, especially as it pertains to baptism. The classes were held at the Quarry Market Church, the first church started by Dr. Kumar. On Thursday evening, after visiting the clinic, we had a service at the Burugupudi Church.

On Friday morning we again visited the clinic. Later we visited a Lutheran Bible College. We had the opportunity to speak to 50 seminary students. We had services in the afternoon and evening at the Quarry Market Church.

On Saturday morning, February 24, our team split up, with Richard Juuti an& Mike Hilman going with Pastor K. Yesuratnam for two days and then going on to Pastor M. P. Sugandharatnam' s church areas. Carl, Amy and I stayed in the Rajahmundry area.

Richard Juuti and Mike Hilman Schedule (as written b): Dick Juuti):

Pastor K. Yesuratnam took us to his village of Kapileswarapuram. We held services in two different churches and visited a third church that was basically a thatched roof hut. In the evening we met with children at the orphanage and were pleased with the children's understanding when they were asked to explain the thoughts expressed in the 23rd Psalm. The children are receiving some good biblical training and seem to be a healthy and happy group. Children and staff at the orphanage. On Sunday morning, February 25, we were with about 90 Sunday school children. Pastor K. then drove us to his brother's place where they have a small church. A service had not been planned, but they wanted to hear a short message anyway. We then went back to Pastor K' s for another service with about 300 people in attendance. Pastor K. then drove us to Pastor M. P. Sugandharatnam's place in Injaram. An evening service was held in a 12' x 12' room in Kakinada that was completely full of people. Pastor K. Yesuratnam's church in Kapileswarapuram. Pastor M.P. has made a down payment on a piece of property where he hopes to build a church.

On the morning of February 26, we held a church dedication at Bhatlapalika, the second church built with foreign mission funds. In the afternoon and evening we continued with services, but held them outside of the church as there was not enough room inside for the 500 people in attendance. On February 27, we held two more services at Bhatlapalika. In the evening, we held a dedica- tion service for a church in Brahmapori. This church was not newly-built, but they have put on a new roof, a cement floor, and another set of doors. This work; was paid for from the foreign mission fund. The service was again held outside because of the large crowd.

February 28 found us driving 3-1/2 hours to Bhimavaram to hold two services in two different loca- tions. It was 12:45 p.m. before we returned to Pastor M.P.'s.

On March 1, I spent part of the morning visiting P . Solomon Raju, the man who has been helping Pastor M.P . and who also did some translating for us. In the afternoon we held a service about one hour away. In the evening we held a service in another location about 20 minutes drive with about 100 people present. Pastor M.P. had some Bibles and New Testaments that he gave out at this service.

On March 4, we met the other team in Visakhapatnam for the journey home. Over the last 14 days, we have " received many requests for prayers and many people also requested that we return.

 

Carl Lampa. Alvar Helmes. and Amv Helmes Schedule:

On Saturday morning, February 24, we conducted the

last Catechism class. In the evening we had a service at the Anandanagar Church. Sunday was our busiest day with five services scheduled. In the morning we attended the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rajahmundry, the largest Lutheran church in Rajahmundry , where Carl Lamppa was asked to give the message. We also baptized Dr. Kumar's second son at the service, since the church had requested that he be baptized there. There were over 2000 people at the service. In the afternoon we had services at the Sched- uledCaste Colony and Quarry Market churches. Later in the day we visited Lankalu island in the middle of the Godavari River and conducted a service.

The Godavari River is the widest river in India and is about 2-1/2 miles wide in Rajahmundry. In the center of the river are two islands (Lankalu and Lankatlu) where people live. Dr. Kumar was the first one to bring the Gospel to these people. They make their living by fishing. On a good day, they can make the equivalent of $I.00. The huts they live in are only temporary, since the islands are flooded by about 15 feet of water during the monsoon season and the huts are washed away. During this time, they move to the shore until the flood waters recede. Then they go back and rebuild their huts. Access to the islands is made by canoes that can hold from five to six adults.

The people on the islands are very friendly, but they are illiterate The parents of children pled with Dr. Kumar to provide an education for their children. Thus, three teachers go there five days a week to teach them how to read and write, and they also bring the Gospel to the children.

In the evening we had a service at the Arypunam Church. In this area the upper caste Hindus had burned many of the homes of Christians and lower caste Hindus because they wanted to take their land. The people now live in miserable conditions with barely enough food to survive. As funds permit, Dr. Kumar has provided them with rice. Many of them, including women and children, work in the nearby quarries where they break rock using hammers They are paid the equivalent of$4.00 for breaking up one dump truck load of rock ( about one week' s effort for two people; up to one month' s effort for the very elderly). More than 35,000 people work in the quarries. Breaking rock in the quarries. As a member of the Foreign Mission Board, I was asked to attend the dedication of the new church in Bhatlapalika that Pastor Sugandharatnam serves and that we had financed. On Monday, I left Rajahmundry for the day to attend the church dedication with Richard and Mike. Carl and Amy visited the second island on the Godavari River during the day. In the evening, we had a service in the street outside Srino' s apartment. Srino works at the free medical clinic and was converted from Hinduism. About 60 people were at this service.

On Tuesday, we again went back to the first island, the largest of the two, where we spent most of the day. We had a service and spent much time with the approximately 200 children who live there. On Wednesday we met with the children from the Quarry Market Church and had a service. At the end of the service, we baptized 16 adult believers. We also held a communion service for about 40 adults.

On Thursday, we spent most of the day traveling to and visiting the orphanage that is run by Pastor K. Yesuratnam in Kapileswarapuram. It was very interesting to see the changes and improvements to his facility from the last time I was there three years ago. The children put on a skit about Noah and the ark that was very good.

During our stay in India, Amy was kept very busy making pipe cleaner toys for the children and teaching them English songs and Bible stories. Mike helped her in this regard whenever possible. Amy also played hymns on the flute she had brought along, which was much appreciated by children and adults alike. The toys were tied to Bible stories as time permitted. For example, the eye- glasses she made were related to "Christians traveling by faith, not by sight."

We left Rajahmundry on Friday, March 3, for a four- hour drive to Visakhapatnam where we would fly out of on Saturday morning. We had to stay there overnight in order not to miss our early morning flight to Mumbai (Bombay) on Saturday morning. We left Bombay at 2:00 a.m., Sunday morning, for home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helmes, Amy: Thoughts on our Mission Trip to India. Where He Leads 1/2001.
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mid-February, I had the privilege of travelling to India in the company of four Christian brothers. Our team consisted of my father-in-law, Alvar Helmes, Richard Juuti, Carl Lamppa, Mike Hilman and myself. Travelling across the world with only men for companions was an experience in itself, but having been asked to write an article, I'll try to highlight those experiences more directly related to the mission work.

The first place that our team spent time was at the church compound in the Bargarh District of Orissa State. S.P. Limma is the pastor of the brightly painted, tile- roofed church there. Standing at his side as he serves are his wife, Prabha, his one-year-old daughter, Gloria Rose, and his dear mother, Bijilamati. Also at the compound are a host of dedicated servants and friends, His desire to serve the Lord and his devotion to his flock became apparent as we spent our days visiting area tribal churches and leper colonies. Our spirits and voices were often joined together in songs as we hurtled down the dusty roads in Pastor Limma's Sumo, with the wind whipping through our hair. With the horn in use most of the time, we were continually dodging a myriad number of vehicles, pedestrians, and animals, enroute to our next destination -without seatbelts.

From way back in my teenage years, I have felt drawn toward the disease of leprosy. I had read books on the subject and also found information on the Internet to become more informed prior to our trip. Because of this, our visits to the leper colonies were probably the most meaningful part of the trip for me. The Hockinson Sunday school had given a donation that Pastor Limma had used to purchase items for us to distribute. At each of the four colonies that we had the opportunity to visit, we were enthusiastically greeted with "nemeste, nemeste," by the residents, accompanied by folded hands, smiles and sometimes even tears.

We began each visit with a prayer and short message. During this time, I also had an opportunity to work with the children in India. I had filled a large suitcase with over 4000 colourful pipe cleaners, most of them fastened into kits that would be used to create a small toy. As I sat with these tattered-looking children clustered around me, i1 wasn't long before their somber faces were breaking out in tentative smiles as they watched a tiger, lion, butterfly, flower or eyeglasses being created. These children, even those who don't have the disease, are considered "untouchable," so I had to move slowly and smile a lot, before they would let me hug or hold them. I knew that they were considered contagious, but it was as though I had to touch them.

When I was finished with the children, we lined up the adults, ladies first, and began to distribute blankets. Even though the weather is very warm most of the time, these bright, plaid blankets will protect them from mosquitoes and in many cases, the hard ground. Also, during the winter, the weather can get quite chilly and the blankets will be put to good use during those months. Their appreciation was obvious as they received their gift. They would often take my hand and hold it to their face or kiss it. After the adults all had blankets, we passed out clothing to the children, dresses for the girls, shirt and shorts for the boys. They proudly hugged their new garments as they lined up to be photographed.

Farewells were difficult for me. It's painful to see others suffer and its hard to understand God's purpose in allowing it. But even amidst the confusion and pain, God brought a small measure of comfort to my heart. While we were at the second colony and I was pondering this, a small sparrow began to flit around in the dust near the children, and I knew that it was sent as a reminder of Matthew 10:31 -Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. God knows each of the souls there, and if they receive the Gospel and the promise of eternal life, they are richer than a king in his palace. Psalm 34: 10- ...but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

There would be many other experiences to share if space permitted, but I'll just close with this thought. Each member of our team came to bring the Gospel, as we felt inspired by God to do so, along with a measure of hope and encouragement, but each of us took home far more than we brought...

 

 

 

 

 

Päivitetty 30.12.2004 21:44
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