Photo essay: Tour new churches planted in India

Rajiv Yangad
Monday, March 18, 2013

On 28-30 July 2011 a missionary conference was organized at Chikhli, a village in the Central Maharashtra District where the district office is located. The district pastors had made a commitment to start 32 new churches,  and were asked to specifically pray for the identification of new missionary leaders. As a result of their prayers over two months, 60 new missionaries were selected and attended the 5K20 Missionary Conference along with existing pastors and leaders -- a total of 100 people. The term "5K20" refers to the district's plan to plant 5,000 churches by the year 2020.

The goal of the conference was to help ensure that every missionary had a clear understanding and conviction of salvation and calling to be a missionary. Ultimately, 53 people signed a missionary covenant and 26 existing leader pastors signed a mentorship covenant.

All of these new missionaries have started a new church with the help of their mentors - a total of 53 new churches, with 10 of these being officially organized. At the beginning of March, he district superintendent, Rev. Rajiv Yangad, recently toured some of the new churches in the city of Aurangabad and shared about the churches through the following photo essay.

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Rev. Akash Kakde (above) is the pastor of the N3 church in Aurangabad, which started and
was organized in 2009. The church enjoys the attendance of 50 people.
 

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In the N-3 Nazarene Church, Members participating in worship with little Othaniel on 'Dholki'.

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Yangad (far right) then visited a newly organized house church in Aurangabad, led by
new missionary leader Mrs. Jyoti, a member of the Prajakta Memorial Church of the Nazarene.
Jyoti and the other two missionary leaders in Aurangabad are being mentored by Pastor
Dr. Chandrakant Mhaske, pastor of the Prajakta church. 
 
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Mrs. Jyoti led prayer during the worship service in the 8 by 16 room
where 27 people had gathered. The church started in Bhimnagar,
Usmanpura, Aurangabad. Presently they are running 25-30.
 

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Rev. Yangad visited the new church in Highcourt Colony, Satara Parisar in Aurangabad,
where missionary leader Mrs. Sane has started a church which was oganized last year.

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A number of children were included in the service Rev. Yangad visited, at Mrs. Sane's church
that she started in Satara Parisar, Aurangabad.

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The host who offered up his home for this new church is Ramdas Hiware. He was a severe
addict of alcohol. Mrs. Sane started praying for him and now Ramdas testified that he is free
from alcohol for last two months. 

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Rev. Yangad prayed over the small group of worshippers.

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The next visit was to the new Nazarene church in Highcourt Colony, Satara Parisar, 
Aurangabad, started by missionary Mrs. Bagul. About 20-25 people attend. More people
would have attended the meeting, except there was a water supply problem in the
neighborhood and the members needed to gather water during that time or they wouldn't
have had water for the rest of the week.

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Rev. Mhaske (far left), the mentor for Mrs. Bagul, is a bivocational pastor who also works 
as an associate professor at a dental college. (Read more of his story.)

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Pray for the new churches being started across the Central Maharashtra District, as well
as the new missionaries and their mentors -- for wisdom and perseverance, and for the
infilling of the Holy Spirit on the leaders and the new church attendees.
Pray for the new churches being started across the Central Maharashtra District, as well
as the new missionaries and their mentors -- for wisdom and perseverance -- and for the
infilling of the holy spirit on the leaders and new church attendees.