I am writing this report returning from over two weeks training and consulting with our leaders in India and putting in place a strategy for the next expansion phase. Over the past couple of years due to some limiting health issues, I had been unable to get in to India as I had desired but despite this the work has forged ahead and we were overjoyed with their spirit of faith and expectation looking forward. I have been involved in India for 37 years in leadership development and church planting. What is happening in this land today is unprecedented. The impact on the communities from urban to village is remarkable and is the most exciting thing I have seen in my ministry lifetime. Photo with Apostle Prasad Rao who does a great work in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Apostle Rao is a new ICAL member!
Apostolic Model Church:
For example, one church in Western Hyderabad, although housed in less than perfect facilities, has great training for leaders and emerging pastors as well as in service education and training for pastors in the field. Over the past 5 years, this single church has planted 113 new congregations with a goal of 300 churches by 2020! It is a model apostolic church in mission.
Apostolic Strategic Planning and Training:
During this time with a minimum of help from outside India we have been able to launch "Kingdom Voice" an apostolic training /teaching program produced in our own studio and being beamed from satellite with a focus on training pastors and leaders in the field, this is supported by a printed magazine carrying the same name "Kingdom Voice" and other literature with articles bringing further training particularly on the Fivefold, and general but necessary relevant Kingdom teaching. This ministry is reaching an ever widening audience of thousands of pastors and leaders with reports of great effect.
The additional ministry that strengthens this work is the regional Apostolic Conferences held in major cities across the nation where thousands of pastors have gathered for ministry and training on key aspects of the Kingdom and apostolic message.
This Kingdom focused ministry is being led by a husband and wife team Apostle Prasad and Kala Rao. Prasad has recently been accepted into the ICAL family and anticipates great expansion throughout India.
ApostleNet India, the ministry he leads, is a serving Apostolic ministry to the whole body of Christ and already spans much of the Nation and gives tangible support in Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Apostolic Business Projects:
As an additional contribution this trip I was able to take successful business leaders with me who are giving serious support to business initiatives in this rapidly developing economy.
This will assist local Kingdom projects that should also include facilities for apostolic centres to be accommodated as well as agriculture support to assist increasing production and commercial viability.
All in all, this Apostolic trip saw fresh vision come into focus as well as more defined strategies to positively impact this nation which stands as, "the largest open mission field in the history of the world." The church in India is getting ready and rising up to release the blessings of the Gospel of the Kingdom with maturity, passion and a spirit of sacrifice.
Let us pray the Lord of the harvest that this is so!!!
(c) 2016 by Chris Peterson, ICAL Ambassador