FROM THE IMA GENERAL SECRETARY

 

1st August 2014

 

Dear Friends,

 

Warm greetings to you in the name of our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ! I am glad to be in touch with you through this ‘INDIA MISSIONS NEWS”. I hope you were happy to receive the July issue and I pray that this August issue will be a blessing to you.

 

This is my second letter to you as General Secretary of IMA. Several leaders have written encouraging letters to me in recent days and I greatly appreciate that. Please keep writing and we would love to hear from you.

 

In my last letter I shared with you my 5 priorities. My small team and I are actively pursuing each of these and we are making progress in some of them.

 

Regional Get-togethers of Mission Leaders: I had the joy of participating in the month of July in four ‘Mission Leaders Get-togethers’ in Chennai, Madurai, Kanyakumari and Hyderabad. Mr. Prakash Nayak, the Regional Secretary for South and Dr. I. Wati Lonkumer, Associate General Secretary were part of the team. We were able to meet mission leaders of 40 missions in these meetings The joyful participation and helpful interactions which I saw in these meetings were heartwarming. What a joy it was when 91 year old Rev. Henry Joseph, founder of Maranatha Ministries, walked into the meeting in Chennai! He was one of the founder members of IMA in 1977. Maranatha Ministries are celebrating their golden jubilee and as IMA we wish them God’s continued blessings.

 

The leaders in the 4 regions decided that they would meet once in three months to pray for the needs of the missions, the country and for IMA. They also promised to help IMA in its various needs. This was exciting and I pray that we will have regional IMA meetings functioning all over India soon. (click here for the full report of the gathering)

 

We will continue to visit mission leaders in several centres across the county in the coming months. We will let you know the place and dates of our meeting in the next few weeks.

 

Programs: We are finalizing various programs that we are planning to have in the IMA Vision City campus, Hyderabad and elsewhere. Details of those that have been finalized are given separately. Please send leaders from your mission to attend these consultations or training. Please do not miss these as they have been specially planned to meet the needs of missions.

 

Book Release: Dr Ravi David, IMA Coordinator for Member Care Network and Professor in SAIACS has published a book “Mission Possible” on member care issues facing Indian mission leaders today and suggesting solutions for them. Copies are available at the IMA office at the cost price of Rs 200/- plus postage.

 

Finance: Praise God that we were able to pay the bills and salaries of IMA Staff for the month of July. But the financial situation of IMA remains precarious. Please pray that God will provide for our needs and I request member missions who have not paid their membership donation to kindly help us by sending it to us soon. I believe God will provide for the needs of IMA as we set right things and follow his plans.

 

Needs of IMA: We have very many needs in a variety of areas. Broadly, the needs can be categorized into Staff support needs, Program needs and Infrastructure needs. The details of the immediate needs are given separately in this issue. If the Lord leads you to contribute towards these, you may do so by writing to us. You may write to Ms. Sharon Solomon email id advancement@imaindia.org for details and cost.

 

Please continue to pray and support IMA, its staff and its activities and that it will be a clean and effective instrument in God’s hands.

 

May the Lord bless you.

 

Yours in His service,
R. Theodore Srinivasagam
General Secretary, India Missions Association

 


LOOKING AT SCRIPTURE

 

PART 2 – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL

 

1. Partnership in Prayer (Philippians 1:3-7)


R. Theodore Srinivasagam


When we think of ‘Partnership in the gospel’ (Phil. 1:5), there are various facets to it, One of the important ingredients in Christian partnership is praying for each other. Prayer is the bond that unites us and makes us recognize that we do not have all the abilities and resources within us to lead a God pleasing fruitful life. We are dependent on God and on each other. Prayer should be the hallmark of Christian partnerships.

 

In the book of Philippians we note that Paul, the great missionary, is thankful for the partnership that the church in Philippi, the first church in Europe, extended to him from its inception (Acts16:11-40). He therefore remembers them in his prayer with great joy and affection (Phil.1:3,4,7). Do the partnerships that we have with others bring joy to us?

 

Real partnership begins with prayer of thanksgiving and intercession expressing both our joy and also concern for the other's welfare. It shows our commitment to the common cause for which we stand together. There are innumerable instances both in the Bible and in mission history of the power of intercessory prayer by prayer partners for spiritual growth, guidance, removing of obstacles, meeting various needs and the forward movement of the gospel. This partnership in prayer is not just one way, but involves all parties who are part of it.

 

Praying on one’s own and also together was an essential ingredient of Christ’s ministry (Luke 6:12, 22: 40-41). Similarly the early church gave much emphasis to prayer from the beginning (Acts2:42).

There are several instances recorded in the New Testament where God’s people gathered together to pray. A good example of the result of praying together is seen when Peter was put in prison by King Herod. An angel of the Lord brought him out of the prison while a prayer meeting was going on in the house of Mary, late into the night ( Acts12:5-17). We can be sure that the church that met in the house of Lydia in Philippi prayed for Paul and Silas when they were put in prison. They were miraculously released from the chains that bound them when they were praying and singing (Acts 16;16-28).

 

Prayer is an essential strand in the ‘partnership in the gospel’. Prayer is the bridge that brings the mission and church alongside the whole Christian community so as to accomplish the God given task of reaching people with the gospel. As those who are involved in missions in India, we should emphasize not only individual prayer, but corporate prayer for missions, churches, our country and the world. We praise God that we have a large force of praying people in this land and each mission also has its own prayer network. But what is it that people pray for when coming together? We can learn from Paul’s  letters to the churches about the content of those prayers.

 

In a partnership responsibility is taken by all the partners to accomplish a task. In the case of partnership in prayer that Paul wrote about, we can see this with Paul praying for the churches and the churches praying for Paul so that churches would be established that are mature and bring glory to God in the communities where they are established.

 

A.    What did Paul pray for the believers in the churches? He prayed –

1.    for God’s love to overflow – ‘this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more…(Phil.1:7ff).

2.    for spiritual wisdom – ‘I keep asking that…God…may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation…(Eph.1:17ff).

3.    for knowing God’s will for their lives – ‘praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will…(Col.1:9).

 

B.    What did the believers in the churches pray for Paul? The believers prayed –

1.    for boldness in witnessing – ‘Pray…that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,…(Eph.6:19).

2.    for open doors – ‘pray for us…that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ…(Col.4:3).

3.    for Word of God to spread – ‘pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honoured… (2 Thes. 3:1).

4.    for protection from wicked and evil people – ‘pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men… (2 Thes.3:2).

5.    for prayer partners to struggle alongside him – ‘I urge you brothers……to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Pray that I may be rescued…..my service…may be acceptable…I may come to you with joy…’ (Rom.15:30-32).

 

How do our corporate prayers compare with those of Paul and the early church? We need to get back to real issues in Christian life and ministry rather than pray for superficial matters.

 

As missions, we need to pray for each other and also for IMA that we will be a source of inspiration and encouragement for the progress of the gospel in India and beyond. Are you involved in praying with other believers and as a mission or church are you praying with other missions and churches in your area for the issues Paul prayed for and Paul asked prayer for?

 


LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT BASED ON RELATIONSHIPS

Paul P. Radha Krishnan*

 

Our God is the God of relationships. Jesus’ relationship within the trinity and with human beings is unique and amazing. The Lord is eager to dwell among his people to build a strong relationship with them.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God(Rev21:8).    

 

When Jesus chose the disciples, his first priority was to live with them.

And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach (Mark 3:14).

 

But Satan is known for breaking relationships. His attempt to destroy relationships started in the Garden of Eden itself, where he tried to disrupt the relationship between God and His first created human being.

 

Relationship plays a major role in the process of team building. None can be a successful leader without having a team that is inter-related. A relationship-driven leader empowers others and develops empathy, essential to create strong and productive teams. They also view decision making through a relationship-focused lens than a power or title-based perspective.

 

The Lord Jesus Christ known as the good shepherd empowered his servants by treating them as equal in a world of hierarchical structures. Jesus, our ultimate role model for leadership, not only treated his servants as His equal co-workers but also promised them (and believers) more power than Him.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father (John 14:12).

The Lord Jesus Christ, the best leader ever, managed His team with a unique relationship. So back-sliders returned to his sheep fold, the weak empowered to do great things, illiterates trained to speak as scholars and the poor walked as equals among the rich. His small team of ordinary fishermen was a nightmare to the powerful Roman Empire.

 

Today younger workers overwhelmingly prefer relationship-driven leaders and having a sense of community. They challenge the traditional model because they value relationships and leaders who respect their ideas and perspective and who consult them on decisions. Managing effective teams in this environment requires leaders to understand this productivity-impacting trend and adjust accordingly. (Bobbie Little, Written for TrainingIndustry.com)

 

Traditionally, organizations viewed people who made decisions objectively as having strong leadership potential. These title-driven leaders typically take an analytical approach to problem-solving to find a fair, rational solution. This type of leader often excels at making logical decisions and then works tirelessly to implement and produce the results. However, they can come across as overly critical and may not realize when their decisions alienate others.

 

In contrast, relationship-driven leaders are more empathetic, patient and tolerant. They approach decision-making subjectively, using personal values as a guide and examining how each option will impact others. They are approachable, strive for harmony among their employees and work to build consensus and trust. They also admit when they’re wrong and seek constructive criticism. Yet, while they are adept at listening and forging personal connections, they can sometimes appear too concerned about what others think or too weak to make tough decisions.

 

When I did research for my thesis on Industrial Relations, I came to understand some best practices to excel in Leadership and management, which are based on relationships. Adopting these best practices will enable leaders to be more effective in an increasingly diverse situation. They are as follows.

 

·         Be open for different opinions: Everybody has their own understanding about a particular issue. Look at the big picture before dismissing any idea. Once you’ve evaluated the options and made your decision, share your selection criteria with teammates so they know you’ve heard and respected their opinions.

·         Be open to balance in decision making: Being open to new ideas doesn’t mean one should make all decisions based on compromises. Relationship driven leaders employ a multipurpose skill set to effectively manage the team. Sometimes, consensus-decisions can give the best results while other times you must tackle tough issues with decisions that won’t please everyone.

·         Be collaborative on issues management: When a service or project doesn’t go well, how do you respond? Do you tell missionaries or workers exactly, what they did wrong and how to do it correctly in the future? Or do you allow the workers or missionaries to take the lead in debrief? While it takes more time, relationship-driven leaders tactfully ask workers, what they think happened in a situation and how they’d approach it differently the next time. Both approaches result in improvement plans, but the latter validates the workers’ viewpoint and deepens his or her relationship with the leader. In times of organizational stress, a relationship-driven approach also minimizes negative reactions by asking, not ordering, workers to adjust their actions. 

·         Be champion in workers development: Historically, organizations assessed workers performance, identified high-potential workers and focused on grooming top performers for the next level. Relationship-driven leaders strive to develop each of their workers, learning their career aspirations, providing timely feedback and helping them achieve their goals. Meet with your workers regularly to discuss what’s working and what’s not, and identify new challenges and training opportunities. This advocacy for workers development also enhances your own interpersonal skills – a critical partner to your ministries acumen.

·         Be aware of silence: If nobody opposes your decision that does not mean that they are supporting you. Silence also can be a signal of resistance, so check in with teammates whenever you take a crucial decision..

 

Relationship is the lubricant of the leadership vehicle, and well-lubricated, the better. Similarly, successful leaders know organizations can only achieve high performance through good relationships. By adopting a relationship-driven approach, leaders can earn the trust and confidence of an increasingly diverse workforce and improve long-term retention.

 

*Pastor Paul P.Radha Krishnan is the Chairman of IMA. He is the Director of Mahanaim Ministries, Tamil Nadu and the National General Coordinator of the Global Great Commission Network.

 


IMA NEWS

 

IMA MEMBER MISSION LEADERS GET-TOGETHER IN SOUTH INDIA.

Prakash Nayak, Executive Secretary South, IMA

 

One of the main functions of IMA is to connect missions with each other and with IMA and build  relationships so that together we can fulfill the missionary mandate in this country. To make this a reality, IMA organized Member Mission Leaders ‘get-togethers’  in different parts of South India in July.

 

Four such meetings were organized in Chennai , Madurai, Kanyakumari and Hyderabad.  IMA Chairman Pastor Paul Radha Krishnan, General Secretary Dr. R. Theodore Srinivasagam, Associate General Secretary Rev. Dr. Wati Longkumer and the Executive Secretary for South Mr. Prakash Nayak met and interacted with mission leaders in the four locations.

All four meetings were held in partnership with the local missions who sponsored the events and  provided a meeting place and a delicious lunch. Dr. Theodore Srinivasagam shared God’s word on partnership and using a power point presented “What is IMA.” There was an open forum for discussion on “What member missions expect from IMA” and “How missions can contribute to IMA”. 

 

A brief report from each gathering is as follows,

 

Chennai: The first meeting was held in Chennai on 2nd July at YWCA guest house having 20 mission leaders representing 13 member missions. Christian Institute of Management hosted the meet. The issues discussed were having a legal body at the national level to help missions when necessary (EFI Legal cell is available for this), need for IMA to connect more with missions as envisaged originally and build relationships by personal visits rather than by emails. The outcome of this was-that the member missions decided to meet once in three months for prayer and fellowship and find a Prayer mobilizer for IMA.

IMA General Secretary at the Mission Leaders Get-together in Chennai

 

Madurai: The second meeting was held in Madurai on 3rd July, 2014 and was hosted by Rev. Aruldoss Gnannamuthu of India Field Evangelism. There were seventeen mission leaders, representing ten member missions. Several issues were discussed and included IMA leaders spending time with mission leaders to give their input, having member mission family get-togethers, seconding of personnel, and supporting IMA financially. The emphasis was developing partnerships – ‘seeing things together, being together and doing together’, The Madurai member missions decided to meet once in three months and the next meeting is scheduled for the 4th September, 2014. They are also working on providing IT equipment to IMA.

Mission Leaders Get-together in Madurai

 

Kanyakumari: The third meeting was held in Kanyakumari on 4th July at Hotel Singaar. It was hosted by Rev. R. C. Bernard of Peace Evangelical Movement based in Tirunelveli. There were 15 mission leaders representing 8 member missions from Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Nagercoil and Trivandrum. The issues that came up for discussion were the need for Prayer Mobilizers for IMA as the Prayer and Finance base of IMA is weak, the need for IMA programmes to benefit the missions, the need to financially support IMA staff and explore seconding member mission staff to IMA for 2 or 3 years at a time. The outcome of the meeting was that the missions decided to meet for prayer and fellowship once in three months and explore the possibility of having regional conference for missions and actively support IMA in the area of infrastructure. We praise God that India Good News Missions adopted  Prakash Nayak to support him financially and another mission is seeking to provide a vehicle for IMA.

 Mission Leaders Get-together in Kanyakumari drawn from South Tamil Nadu & Kerala

 

Hyderabad:  The fourth meeting was held in Hyderabad on 18th July, hosted by Seva Bharat.  There were 30 mission leaders representing 9 member missions. The issues discussed were IMA developing greater fellowship between missions, the linking of IMA with church leaders and the twin city Pastors fellowship and connecting with more missions across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The immediate outcome was having a IMA member mission fellowship and prayer meeting every 3 months and sharing with Pastors in Kakinada in their conference in September.

 Mission Leaders Get-together in Hyderabad drawn from Telangana & Andhra Pradesh

 

The general outcome from the 4 meetings with mission leaders were the following:

Mission leaders committed themselves to meet once in 3 months regularly regionwise. All the four regions have already decided the dates for gathering. The aim is to get to know each other, pray for each other, actively pray for and support IMA in its various needs and participate in its activities. Shortly Regional Coordinators will be appointed to take these regional gatherings forward.

 

IMA leaders also committed themselves to meet with the mission leaders periodically so as to maintain close relationships with them to enable connectivity and be a help to each other wherever possible.

 

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CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONARY TRAINING IN BANGALORE – A REPORT

Solomon Babu and Sharon , Training Department, IMA

 

A cross cultural training programme was conducted by the Maclin Mission Training Institute (of the Mission Society in USA) at the CEO Centre of South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS) in Bangalore from July 1-19, 2014.

 

We, Solomon Babu and Sharon with our 7 month old son Jonathan, participated in this training on behalf of IMA. Apart from us there were around 60 Indian missionaries, majority of who were from 9 IMA member missions, namely, UESI, BYM, FMPB, YWAM, IEM, EMFI, OEI, SAIACS and IMS. They were sent to sharpen their cross cultural abilities. There were also 20 Mission Society staff & missionary candidates and several guests who serve in India.

 

This training was to prepare missionaries for cross cultural ministries, teaching them cross cultural challenges and how to cope up with them. They also taught inductive bible study and oral storytelling and the importance of making disciples.

 

The sessions were taught by experienced overseas and Indian staff and missionaries. Lessons included cross-cultural challenges, culture shock, discipleship, spiritual conflict, core ministry strategies, preparedness, the Insider movement, cell group ministry, theology of mission, spiritual warfare, and prayer.

 

Dr. Ravi David, Coordinator for IMA Member Care Network and professor at SAIACS, helped to coordinate the training event. He also led a session on member care. His wife, Mercy, led a session on intercessory prayer. Other SAIACS staff led sessions as well. Dr. Prabhu Singh, professor for Anthropology and Missions at SAIACStaught the participants about current religious issues in India.

 

We also watched several movies that dealt with cross-cultural communication, and visited communities around Bangalore to practice what we were learning.

 

“If doctors and lawyers were to practice their trade without adequate training, they would be accused of malpractice. We feel it’s just as critical that missionaries be prepared thoroughly in their discipline – in the art of communicating and living out the gospel across cultural and language barriers,” said Dr. Darrell Whiteman, vice president for mission mobilization and training.

 

 Participants in the training programme

We saw the importance of missionaries committing themselves for missions and how they must undergo cross cultural training to become an incarnation in the host culture as Jesus did in the Jewish culture. We also saw the need for mission workers to make real disciples for Christ than merely producing converts. My wife Sharon realized the importance of handling culture shock, adjusting and adopting to a new environment. She also understood the importance of 'orality’ in the Indian context as we are much used to hearing stories in our households.

 

We were enriched by the sessions on Inductive Bible Study and understanding the way we relate to passages in the Bible. We were happy having this unique exposure to the wider issues connected with cross-cultural mission work that exposed us to cross cultural challenges brought alive by community visits. We also enjoyed meeting and interacting with people of other cultures both from India and abroad. By being part of this vital training we were motivated to fit into any community without alienating ourselves from the local culture and traditions, but meaningfully engaging in its transformation.

 

On 30th July we enthusiastically shared with IMA staff in Hyderabad about Inductive Bible Study and Cross Cultural Challenges during our monthly fasting and prayer day.

 

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IMA STAFF AND THEIR CONTACT EMAILS

IMA team working at its office in Hyderabad. Listed below are their email ids for you to contact.

 

·         For contacting IMA  - ima@imaindia.org

·         For General Secretary Dr. Theodore Srinivasagam - generalsecretary@imaindia.org

·         For Associate General secretary Rev. Dr. Wati  Longkumer - wati.ags@imaindia.org

·         For Executive Secretary North Mr. Zohmingthanga - esnorth@imaindia.org

·         For Executive Secretary South Mr. Prakash Nayak - essouth@imaindia.org

·         For Programs and Training Mr. Solomon Babu – training@imaindia.org

·         For Donor relations Mrs. Sharon Solomon advancement@imaindia.org

·         For Finance Mr. Devasahayam – finance@imaindia.org

·         For Research and communication Mr. R. Kannan - communication@imaindia.org 

 

The IMA phone numbers are 08418-202063/64/65/66


NEWS FROM INDIAN MISSIONS

 

Maranatha Full Gospel Association, Chennai, Tamil Nadu: This is involved in church planting ministry for the last 50 years. On 11th July 2014, they had their Golden Jubilee celebrations in Chennai when Pastor Paul P. Radha Krishnan, IMA Chairman, presented a Souvenir from IMA to Rev. Henry Joseph, the founder of Maranatha Full Gospel Association and founding member of IMA. We praise God for his faithfulness to this ministry.

 

Asia Soul Winners, Dimapur, Nagaland: They are involved in cross cultural ministry, compassion for children, secular schools, church empowerment programmes (CEP) and mass campaigns. They plan to conduct, Cross Cultural Missionary Training for their missionaries and Leadership Training for mission & church leaders. They are also keen to organize a prayer conference for the entire Himalayan region. Upcoming Programmes: Church Empowerment Programme on Sept 17 – 24; Kairos Course for Pastors on 24 Sept - 10 Oct in Nagaland and Women Conference in Assam & Nagaland from 29 Nov – 7 Dec. For information contact: <ghkhing@yahoo.com>

 

Velemegna Good News Society, Bidar, Karnataka: Their mission demonstrates the Love of Christ through excellence in health care, education, research and developmental activities. Their ministry is based on a 50 bedded Dr. Salins Eye Hospital in the heart of Bidar. From April to June, 3558 patients visited the hospital and they performed surgery on 329 patients free of cost. They are also involved in community outreach, church planting and vocational training. Please pray as they plan to start BSc Optometry Course in affiliation with RGUHS (Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science) and to install a new Hospital Information System.

 

Union of Evangelical Students in India (UESI): This focuses on student ministry in colleges. UESI South zone conducted a conference on “Women’s Concern” in February with 85 participants. The focus was to equip women to develop their full potential, provide leadership skills and help men & women get Biblical perspective of women.

It has scheduled a training programme at UESI Bible Study Center aiming to develop excellent Bible teachers so as to equip them to form a Biblical World view in all areas of life. Training commences from the 4th August to 19th October having 10 modules. For information contact: <gs@uesi.org.in>

 

Gospel Echoing Missionary Society, Dehri-on-Sone, Bihar: They are involved in evangelism, church planting, discipleship, training and educational, humanitarian and medical services. 5 Area Conventions for their churches in Bhojpuri area were conducted at Nokha, Hassan Bazaar, Dinara, Parsathuan and Bhagatganj of Bihar from April to July 2014. 

On 10th May 2014 six students graduated from the 18th batch of the Marathi Bible School at Lavhala, Maharashtra. At the same time a newly built Retreat cum Training Centre was dedicated for the training of more Marathi believers.

 


WORLD NEWS

 

IRAQI CHRISTIANS OF MOSUL FLEE AFTER ISIS ISSUE ULTIMATUM

 

Iraq is home to one of the world's most ancient Christian communities, but its population has dwindled amid growing sectarian violence. Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorist group has destroyed churches, monasteries and statues, and disturbed the grave of the biblical prophet Jonah. Mosul is the main city of the province of Nineveh in Iraq. ISIS has taken control of large parts of Syria and Iraq and said it was creating an Islamic caliphate.

ISIS has told Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam, pay a protection tax or be killed. Prior to 2003, the number of Christians in Mosul city had been as high as 60,000, but it dropped to about 35,000 by June this year. Another 10,000 fled Mosul after ISIS took control at the beginning of June and numbers have dropped rapidly since then.

Please pray for these Iraqi Christians and that the Lord will intervene in this difficult situation.
 

- From various sources
 


A PEOPLE GROUP PROFILE

 

DECCANI MUSLIMS

 

The Deccani Muslims ruled the Deccan plateau of India from the 14th century until 1948. Their language Dakhani is a mixture of Hindi, Marathi, Persian, and Arabic. They are the descendants of intermarriage between Muslim converts from Deccan Hindu castes, and foreign Muslim immigrants from the Middle East, Central Asia and East Africa. According to India’s population statistics, there are 21.6 million Deccani Muslims, of which less than 500 are known believers.

 

Large numbers of Deccani Muslims (about 2.5 million) are found in Hyderabad, the state capital of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh. Around 95% of them are Sunnis and the other 5% are Shi’as with a strong Sufi influence.

 

Lifestyle: For hundreds of years, the Deccan Muslims were the social, political and military elite in the kingdom of Hyderabad. In 1948, the newly constituted Indian government removed the Muslims from power and dismantled the state of Hyderabad, splitting it down the middle into three states. Many were plunged into destitution, and the community has been slow to recover. Muslim professionals adjusted more easily, entering banking, business, and employment as scientists and teachers. The former servants of the established Muslim government and nobility are now living on small pensions or on the meager income of family members. The Deccani Muslims, thus, went from being princely rulers, officials, and wealthy landowners to blacksmiths, shopkeepers, carpenters and taxi drivers.

 

In the countryside, Deccani Muslim culture embraces a mixture of Hindu and Muslim elements. However, much bitterness remains, due to the loss of their former glory. The educated urban population, which consists of only 25% of the Deccani Muslims, lives a more secular modern life and has very little in common with the conservative urban Muslim community and religious leaders.

 

Intermarriage is rare between the Deccani Muslim castes. Their society is patriarchal, which means the fathers have absolute authority in the homes. Most women wear veils while in public.

 

Deccani Muslims honor learning and place a great emphasis on the arts. Painting is their specialty, especially the beautiful illustrations in poetry books. There are numerous art schools spread throughout the area where the Deccani Muslims live. Some of these schools were begun as early as the 1500's by the migrating Muslims who were influenced by the famous Persian art.

 

Religion: Deccani Muslim culture is unique in its adaptation of many Hindu practices, including the caste system. Muslim communities derived from Backward Castes do not accept food from lower castes. Though the Deccani Muslims are predominately Sunni (94%) there is a strong and generally well accepted Shia community (6%). The city of Hyderabad is the religious center for both communities. Virtually every street in the Muslim sections has its own Muslim saint whose grave is located there and carefully preserved, sometimes in the middle of the road.

 

Christian Outreach: The Deccani Muslims are one of the least-reached mega people groups of the world. Deprived of their former sources of wealth, honour and power, many Deccani Muslims are deep in destitution and despair. They need encouragement and hope, which can only be realised through a clear understanding of the gospel. They need your prayers! In the last couple of decades, as the result of the work of some mission agencies, there are a few believers among the Deccani people. However, the work has been slow and tiresome. The task will remain the same until the Church in India catches a vision and burden to reach this people group.

 

How to Pray:

·      The Bible has yet to be completely translated in the Dakhani language. Pray that a strong team of Dakhani believers would soon be assembled to streamline this essential discipleship resource.

·        Praise God for the emerging partnership of both indigenous and expatriate organizations which are focused on the Deccani Muslims. Pray for strategic wisdom and Spirit-filled cooperative planning and joint efforts.

·         Hyderabad is identified by the central government of India as highly sensitive. Violence can be triggered between Muslims and Hindus in a moment. Pray accordingly.

·         Pray for supernatural intervention from God, that they will have dreams and visions about Jesus as the way, truth and life (John 14:6).

·        Pray for the Church to have a burden and vision for these people, so that more prayers and workers can be mobilized for this work.

source: www.uscwm.info; www.30-days.net; www.kcm.co.kr; www.imb.org


UPCOMING IMA EVENTS & PROGRAMMES

 

IMA PRAYER DAY:

  • 4th Wednesday every month: Every 4th Wednesday of the month, IMA staff spend time in fasting and prayer in the IMA office. You may join us in Hyderabad or in your own locations and pray for India, IMA and its needs.

IMA CONSULTATIONS & TRAINING PROGRAMMES:

  • Think Tank on Member Care, IMA Vision City Campus, Hyderabad: October 23-24, 2014 - for Mission Human Resource Leaders

  • Training in Partnership in Mission Work, IMA Vision City Campus, Hyderabad: November 12-14 – for CEOs of Missions

  • Training in Neighbours Ministry, IMA Vision City Campus, November 18-22, 2014 – for workers among Neighbours

IMA MISSION LEADERS GET-TOGETHERS:

  • Bangalore, August 2, 2014 at 10.30 am, Campus Crusade, Hennur Road, Bangalore – for Mission Leaders of Karnataka

  • New Delhi, September 25, 2014 at 5 pm, EFICOR Office, Janakpuri, New Dellhi – for Mission Leaders from North India

  • Dehra Dun, September 28, 2014 at 4 pm, Dehra Dun – for Mission & Church Leaders of Uttarakhand


NEEDS OF IMA FOR YOUR PRAYER & SUPPORT

 

We have very many needs and they can be categorized as follows,

  • IMA Staff Support Needs: 5 staff members need full support - Minimum support per staff is Rs. 15,000/- per month.

  • Program Subsidy Needs: This varies and depends whether it is for 2 days, 3 days or 5 days and number of participants. We will be grateful for sponsors for various programmes that will benefit all missions and make an impact on mission work in India.

  • Infrastructure Needs: Some of the urgent needs are - equipment for IMA office as many have broken down, laptops, UPS system, 4-wheeler vehicle, electrical wiring in the IMA campus, upgrading of accommodation block, farm input etc.

For details you may write to Ms. Sharon Solomon at advancement@imaindia.org

 


HOW CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE TO IMA?

  •  By sending your DD/Cheque drawn in favour of India Missions Association

  • By online transfer to IMA Bank Account. Kindly write to us for the bank details to finance@imaindia.org

Our Address: India Missions Association, 5-47, Kundanpally Village, Keesara Mandal, R. R. District, Hyderabad - 501301, Telangana, India.


IMA ADDRESS

India Missions Association, 5-47, Kundanpally Village, Keesara Mandal,
R. R. District, Hyderabad - 501301, Telangana, India.
Phone: 91-8418-202064/65/66; Email: ima@imaindia.org; Website: www.imaindia.org

 


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