FROM THE DESK OF THE GENERAL SECRETARY

 

Dear Friends,

 

Greetings to you in the most precious name of our Saviour and Lord Christ Jesus.

 

I was installed as the General Secretary of the India Missions Association at the Annual General Meeting held on 11th September 2015, at Ashirvad Global Learning Center, Hyderabad.

 

I took charge of the Office formally from Dr R Theodore Srinivasagam on the 30th September, 2015.

 

Rev Dr I Wati Longkumer taking over Charge from Dr Theodore Srinivasagam as the General Secretary of IMA

 

First of all I thank God Almighty for the privilege he bestowed on me to serve Him and the nation India from this position of responsibility. At the same time I express my deep sense of gratitude to the leaders of IMA reposing your faith in me and inviting me to lead the Indian Missions Association, the national federation of Missions in India and one of the largest such bodies in the world.  

 

I have accepted this position because I sensed God’s leading and secondly because I believe in the vision and purpose of IMA. I do not come depending on my own ability, for compared to most of you, I am the least qualified, but I come with the conviction that with God everything is possible and that whom He chooses he equips too and empowers for the Task.

 

I am not coming to this office with my own agenda or vision. As I have said to the Executive Committee members, I do not bring a vision of my own for IMA, not that I do not have one, but because it is my strong conviction that IMA is a coming together of Mission Agencies in India and therefore, the vision of IMA should be the collective vision of its members. IMA exist because of and for the Mission Agencies in India. Therefore, it is my commitment to listen to you and hear what you are saying. Thereafter, together we envision a vision for raising God’s community here in India and beyond and together we move forward to realize that Vision.

 

Installation of Rev Dr I Wati Longkumer as the IMA General Secretary

 

To this end, I want to underscore that the India Missions Association does not belong to me or to the handful of faithful coworkers at the Office. IMA belongs to all organizations and churches that are committed to be a part in the sharing of God’s love in this nation and beyond. Therefore, it is my humble prayer to you to be actively involved with us, support us through prayer, advice and financial resources. The IMA Networks, coordination of prayer in your area, contribution of financial support, availing yourself whenever IMA need your help are some of the means through which you could involve to realize the collective Vision of IMA.

 

IMA General Secretary Rev Dr I Wati Longkumer with his wife Arenla and sons Chizuknok & Longsen Luka

 

Lastly, but in no way the least, I request you to join me in expressing our deep gratitude and appreciation to Dr R Theodore Srinivasagam, the outgoing General Secretary.  He had the courage and belief to take over the reins of leadership at a very critical phase of IMA history and under his capable leadership was able stabilize the situation and have set the course of recovery. The staff has particularly been blessed and learned much from him; his simplicity of lifestyle, adaptability, patience and hard work has truly impacted all who have worked closely with him. It is our prayers that God will continue to grant him good health and long life so as to continue to be a blessing to others and an instrument of His Grace.

 

Click here for Longkumer's ACCEPTANCE Speech during the Installation Service

 

Click here for Longkumer's BIODATA

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

 

Rev I Wati Longkumer


IMA NEWS

 

FAREWELL TO IMA STAFF, 30 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

On 30th September 2015, IMA staff bade farewell to two staff:

 

IMA Staff with Dr R Theodore Srinivasagam & Mr Prakash Nayak

 

1. Dr R Theodore Srinivasagam joined on 1st May as the Interim General Secretary and he relinquished the office on 30th September.  At the farewell conducted by the staff of IMA, Rev Wati Longkumer his successor, compared him to Caleb who at the age of 85 boldly declared, “I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out (45 year ago); I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day” (Jos 14:11-12). Just like Caleb Dr Theo did not consider his age a negative factor but was confident that with God everything is possible and took up the challenge to take on the reins of IMA at one of the most critical times of her history.

 

According to Longkumer’s opinion, he has achieved in 17 months what many would have taken years to accomplished: a testament of his commitment and hard work. And he is leaving IMA in a much positive condition then when he took over. His simplicity of life style, adaptability, and single-minded devotion to the task assigned has impacted all the staff at IMA.

 

Dr Theo will not leave IMA completely, for at the request of the in-coming General Secretary, he has accepted the position of “Executive Consultant” to advise and assist the General Secretary and member missions.

 

2. Mr. Prakash Chandra Nayak joined IMA on 1st July 2002 and was employed with the organization till 30th September 2015. He was an valuable member and served IMA in various capacities, such as Coordinator - Member Relations and Executive Secretary - South.  Rev Wati exhorted him saying that IMA is releasing him not because he has no more use for IMA but to be a blessing to a wider audience, just like Paul “sent” Timothy his valuable assistant and spiritual son to bless the churches in Asia (Phil 2:9-24). He pointed out that like Prakash there have been others before him for whom IMA has been a training ground, a networking place and a launching pad for greater mission opportunities and challenges, some of whom has become CEOs of IMA member missions.

 

Our prayers are with both the families of Dr Theodore Srinivasagam and Mr Prakash Nayak. 


NEWS FROM INDIAN MISSIONS

 

MISSION CELEBRATIONS

 

Evangelical Fellowship Of India Commission On Relief, New Delhi: EFICOR was given the PMI (Project Management Institute) India Award 2015 under the Non – Governmental Organisations (NGO) category for the Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Project (NDRR Project) implemented in Lakhnaur Block, Madhubani District, Bihar. The award was presented during the awards ceremony at the PMI India Project Management National Conference 2015 in Bengaluru on 10th September, 2015. This award recognizes and honours the project team that has delivered superior results through exemplary application of Project Management principles for projects, programs or similar initiatives implemented by NGOs. This is the second year that they have received this award.

 

EFICOR Team receiving the PMI (Project Management Institute) India Award 2015 from PMI India Team

 

The NDRR Project, completed in March 2013 was implemented in 10 Panchayats (50 villages) in Lakhnaur Block of Madhubani District, Bihar State. The NDRR Project through effective community mobilisation process benefitted 55,000 people in 50 flood prone villages of Lakhnaur Block ensuring a safe and resilient community. Please see https://www.facebook.com/EFICOR

 

IMA congratulates EFICOR for receiving this prestigious award.

 

Bible Believing Churches and Missions, Bangalore: BBCM was founded by Rev. Dr. Jayakumar in the year 1990 with a vision of planting churches in India. As years went by their vision was shaped by the Holy Spirit and thus it stands today with a greater vision of seeing one indigenous, reproductive, and disciple-making church for every 10000 people live in India.

 

Their timely vision is being successfully carried out through various training programs offered by their training department “Academy for Church Planting and Leadership” and partnership connections with like minded churches, denominations, mission agencies, and individuals. Having Bangalore as their base, they have been serving in and around the country. At present they progress toward 3000 churches of their unique definition by 2020 in India.

 

 

 BBCM's Silver Jubilee Celebrations

 

They celebrated their Silver Jubilee on the 19th September 2015 at Bangalore. On this occasion their next gen leaders were rededicated in the presence of their stakeholders. The founder is confident that BBCM will move forward better than all these years through the dedicated and committed service of their next gen leaders. 

 

IMA wishes the BBCM God’s richest blessings on this occasion and pray for its continued effectiveness in the years ahead.


A PEOPLE GROUP PROFILE

 

AHIR IN INDIA

 

Pop. in India: 60,569,000

Pop. in S. Asia: 61,865,000

Countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan

Religion: Hindu (99.97%), Muslim (0.01%), Sikh (0.01%), Christian (0.01%)

Main Language: Hindi

Other Languages: Telugu, Bhojpuri, Bengali, Oriya, Tamil, Chhattisgarhi, Maithili, Kannada, Marathi, Awadhi, Magahi, Kanauji, Gujarati, Assamese, Dhundari, Bundeli, Haryanvi, Sadri

Largest States: Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh,West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat, Assam, Delhi

Alternate Names: Abhir, Ayar, Ayar-Boricha, Gopa, Gola, Golla, Gol, Golar, Goala, Gopi, Gowala, Ghosh, Gwala, Ghasi, Goali, Iruman, Jadav, Kolaya, Muniyani, Rao, Sadgope,Yadav,Yadava

 

Introduction: Ahirs are involved in cattle grazing and agriculture. The name Ahir is derived from "Abhira" a tribe found in inscriptions and Hindu sacred books. They are one of the immigrant tribes from Central Asia who herd cows and spoken of as robbers and foreigners.

 

Location and Language: Found in central and western Bihar and in eastern and southern Uttar Pradesh and have become politically powerful in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh recently. The major language is Hindi.

 

Lifestyle and Culture: The Ahirs claim to have a connection to god Krishna as he was a herdsman and so their caste status is enhanced. But they are considered dull, slow-witted with little or no education and are reputed to be hot-tempered and heavy drinkers. A man may marry his wife's younger sister while his wife is still alive but not the elder sister. Widow remarriage is permitted. Divorce is freely permitted and generally sexual offenses within the community are regarded leniently. The dead are cremated or buried.

 

Occupation and Food Habits: They are milkmen, cowherds, cattle breeders, cultivators and labourers. They eat grain, mutton and chicken but not beef. Some sects eat pork too.

 

Religion: Their special Hindu deities are Kharak Deo, Matar Deo and Guraya Deo. A favorite saint is Haridas Baba, an ascetic. They also pray to Singaji for the protection of their cattle from disease. They celebrate Diwali, Marhai and Full Moon times.


UPCOMING IMA EVENTS & PROGRAMMES

 

IMA CONSULTATIONS & TRAINING PROGRAMMES

  • IMA Staff Retreat, 7 to 15 Oct. 2015, Shimla & Kullu Manali: IMA Staff along with their family will be travelling to Shimla & Kullu Manali for a retreat which was due since 2010. The whole retreat will be sponsored by Dr Theodore Srinivasagam, the outgoing IMA General Secretary.

  • Dr Wati's Nagaland Visit, 9 to 19 Oct. 2015: Attending Annual Conference of Asia Soul Winners and visiting member missions & churches in Nagaland.

  • Persecution & Legal Issues, 3 to 6 Nov. 2015, Madurai: This is for all leaders who want to get trained on facing persecution and the Legal issues involved. Resource Persons - NCCI & IMA Leaders. Cost - Rs. 1500/- [Please apply to Mr. Solomon Babu, IMA Training Coordinator at training@imaindia.org]


NEEDS OF IMA FOR YOUR PRAYER & SUPPORT

 

The following are the needs of IMA: 

  • Prayer Coordinators: Missionary work needs much prayer. So IMA plans to develop a nationwide volunteer Prayer Leaders & Coordinators who will organize prayer for IMA, its member missions and the needs of India, in their homes & local areas. We welcome your involvement.

  • IMA Staff Support: 5 staff members need full financial support. Need: Rs. 18,000 per month per staff member.

  • IMA Staff Health Endowment Fund: To help IMA staff and their families in the high cost of healthcare, it has been decided to have a Health Endowment Fund with a corpus of Rs. 10 lakhs. You are requested to donate generously towards this.

  • IMA Staff Children’s Education Fund: This is to assist IMA staff to educate their children in good schools. We will appreciate your generous contribution to this fund.

  • Training & other Programmes: These need subsidies to make them affordable to missions. Sample subsidies needed are -

- 2 days event for 35 people : Rs. 50,000

- 3 days event for 35 people : Rs. 75,000

- 5 days training for 35 people : Rs. 1.2 lakhs

  • IMA Infrastructure: Some of the urgent needs are -

- Laptops, LCD projectors & IT equipment : Rs. 4 lakhs

- 4-wheeler Vehicle : Rs. 8 lakhs

- IMA Accommodation & Conference facilities upgrading : Rs. 10 lakhs

- IMA Campus Farming : Rs. 1 lakh

 

 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 - Name of the Bank: ICICI Bank; Branch: S.D. Road, Secunderabad; Account No: 004801044534; IFSC code: ICIC0000048.

Please inform us by email/post after you send your contribution to help us send you a receipt.


IMA ADDRESS

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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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