Reconciliation Report
Reconciliation Report
September/October Issue #54
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Going For India

In trips to Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, and south and central India, I’ve not seen such intensive training of new believers and church leaders as we saw in Uttar Pradesh, northeast India. Due to possible persecution, we must leave anonymous those with whom we served. An historic spiritual harvest is being gathered in this huge state of 183 million—well over half the US population. The experience of the mission where we served was that in fifty years of ministry just five baptisms were recorded. In roughly the last five years, 5000 baptisms have been recorded. Over 1114 house churches have been planted since 2003, including 20,000 new believers! The vision of our host mission is to plant 10,000 more churches and to see 200,000 new believers by 2012. Talking with a church planter in the heart of Hinduism—Varanasi (also known as Benares)—he said that all he lacked was more church planters, that harvest time is right now. How do you prepare leaders to take over these churches and ground new believers? On average, 52% of Indian adults are illiterate, compounding the problem (World Christian Database), while in Uttar Pradesh the figures may be closer to 40% of males and 25% of females being functionally literate.

Five training programs were in place when we arrived. Church planters are given three-to-five days of training per month, new believers are given three days of training, while house church leaders are instructed over three weeks. A more intensive School of Biblical Teaching lasts for three months. In addition, the ministry has 100 schools for Dalit children—most of them meeting under trees. The Hindu teachers employed are brought in for training each month. Children are taught the 10 Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer and gospel songs, and quite a few of the teachers and parents have accepted Christ as they have taught the Bible to the children. Having noticed a link to Third Millennium ( on our website Teaching section, our host asked me to bring over four seminary-level video courses and to facilitate them for his senior leaders. We covered “Primeval History: Genesis 1-11,” and “The Story of Abraham,” both taught by Dr. Richard Pratt, of Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando. We usually met between 5:30 and 8 PM. The courses were so well received that a new “Ministry Training Network” has now been established, using 3rd Mill materials as a foundation, and an Indian church plant team leader as the director. Perhaps a Doctor of Ministry degree will eventually be offered. Dr. Pratt plans a visit in the near future.

What I hadn’t seen in East Africa and Southern Sudan, or in working with another indigenous Indian ministry in south and central India, was either the intensity of training or the accountability for the material presented. Exams were given—at 5 AM. Another mission reaching Uttar Pradesh is training an estimated 7-8,000 leaders, and utilizes the campus where we stayed for 3-4 days a month. Around 9 PM one evening about 100 of them were sitting in circles grading 1200 exams. Women were also being taught, and could progress in a series of leadership levels. Contact us if you’d like to become involved in this harvest field.

Jim Sutherland


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Jim Sutherland, Ph.D. Director

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Mobilizing the African American Church for Global Mission


The “economic earthquake” that financial teacher Larry Burkett predicted in 1991 seems to have shaken the globe. For about 25 years we’ve been trying to get God’s people to become debt-free. The truth that “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7, NIV) is evident in the many takeovers by those with cash. Similarly “Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.”(Proverbs 23:5) is verified by the daily financial news. Debt is never a position of blessing, but instead is a position of risk. Moving forward on a cash-only basis is prudent, and possible, if our basic contentment is of biblical proportions—food and clothing (1 Tim. 6:8). Anything beyond these is God’s grace. Having visited many villages and people in deep poverty, believers there often have greater joy. Christ said: "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." (Luke 12:15). He also said, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5. Larry kept reminding us of these truths, that we can bank on.

China trip and meetings with church leaders, Oct. 11-19; Teaching a workshop on accountability at a Cedine Men’s Retreat, Oct. 25-26; Teaching on the need for African American missionaries, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Baltimore, Oct.31-Nov. 2. We plan to host an African American mobilizer Nov. 15-16 and an African American missionary couple Nov. 22-23. Jim plans to teach missions in Sunday School for four Sundays in Nov. and Dec. Weekly inner city evangelism/discipleship ministry and ongoing AfAm missionary census-gathering continue.

  • If you feel led to join those to whom we send special email prayer requests (and answers to prayer), please email We recognize our dependence upon God’s grace, through intercession.
  • Thanks for praying for the India trip. The climate, jet lag and heavy teaching schedule (which we wanted) combined to make it a very challenging trip. The Team was wonderful and our hosts very gracious. God gave favor.
  • The China trip completely changed the impression of the cities and revealed the seriousness of Chinese Christians to evangelize cross-culturally inside and outside of China.
  • Andre Henderson visited the Westside project from San Diego the weekend of Oct. 25-26th to lay a foundation for church planting. Fletcher Williams, our point man at the projects with whom Andre stayed, was ordained to Gospel ministry on Nov. 2nd.
  • The Cedine men's retreat teaching on accountability went well, with about 55-60 men attending. That teaching is now advailable online.
  • Wisdom is needed in planning for a second ministry trip in 2009, after the March Sudan trip.
  • God gracious gave Jim's father successful surgery on his left foot. He now plans surgery on his right foot.