The Needs of Our Pastors
“I am so thankful for all the prayers, support and much-needed groceries. I know this help is from God. As Mark 11:24 says ‘Therefore I say to you, what things so ever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them’. I see these words fulfilled in my life and am praying for Rev. Stephens and all the IGL families.”
Over 90% of the 7,000+ church planters in the Vision 2000 belong to indigent populations in rural, tribal areas and are ministering with a singular vision of preaching the gospel and planting a church.
IGL provides limited assistance for the first two years to a small percentage of church planters. It teaches local congregations to support the church planter as part of their discipleship; to build ownership and sustainability of the ministry. Church planters, therefore, are supported by their rural congregants with weekly tithes either in cash or kind. They are dependent solely on these gifts. However, in the present circumstances, both the people and pastors are struggling for survival; sometimes, for just a meal a day.
Pastor Moses from the Mahabubabad Region shares his testimony.
“Many years ago, God called me to be a full-time pastor to the people in the Mahabubabad Region. We have no building so we meet in my home. God always gives us the things which we need to survive. Since the lock down we couldn’t conduct church services. Because of that, we didn’t receive any tithes from our church members, so our family went through great suffering. I could not even buy the things which we needed as a family. But we have a strong faith in God and we prayed. God listened to our cry and finally sent help to us.”
Pastor Rameshwar lives in the village of Kanjar in the Shahabad Region.
Just after a week of the lockdown, Pastor Rameshwar’s family was left with only a bag of rice that barely lasted a week. Another pastor in the area found out about this need and brought him food and essential supplies. Pastor Rameshwar and his family were overjoyed and shared that it is yet another testimony of God’s faithfulness in their lives as they prayed and trusted in Him.
We have so many stories like these from pastors who are surviving on prayers and their faith in God.
Will you help pastors like Moses?
As the lockdown in India continues, there are still so many pastors struggling to survive.
Give a gift of $45 to help a pastor and his family for one month.