1985, the Lord led us to contemplate a little deeper on the second objective
of IEM which is "To challenge Indian Christians to be involved in
the world evangelization in partnership with others." Our leaders
were faced with the question, " Is promotion of IEM more or less
important than ministry among Christians in churches?" Until then,
this was called as promotional work and the missionaries were called promotional
secretaries. The Lord definitely guided us to change this in order to
minister to the churches, creating missions awareness and imparting the
vision to get involved in missionary work.
missionary and a former leader, who was then the first promotional secretary
said, "It is very encouraging to see a large number of Christians from
almost every denomination aware of the issues involved in missions. They
think missions, they talk missions and they do missions. I am happy to
say that every one who is involved in the church ministries department
of IEM plays a part in bringing about this phenomenon in the Indian Church"
that more local churches select their own missionary candidates, train
them and send them to the unreached areas through IEM. In this way, the
local church will be more involved in their own missionary endeavours.
The ministry of evangelism began when IEM was born and continues unabated
East region of our country is replete with rolling hills. Most of the
roads are narrow and travel through them is very difficult. The cost of
living is much higher in Aizawl than other north east Indian states. Most
of the church ministry workers live in remote areas. There are hundreds
of big churches and small churches. Some of the big churches have their
own mission fields and missionaries. Many are touched by the IEM Church
Ministries. In Mizoram this year two ladies and two young men dedicated
their lives for the Lord and they want to join IEM as missionaries. Our
support comes from a few government servants such as Chief Engineers,
College principals, lecturers, physicians, commissioners and businessmen.
The Evangelical Church of Maraland and the Zomi Baptist church support
27 IEM missionaries. About 40 individual missionary supports come from
in India are accustomed to having convention in their churches. But the
concept of Missionary Convention is very rare and strange to many. We
just met one faithful supporter and asked him why he was not seen during
the National Convention held at Bangalore. His reply was surprising. He
said that he thought it was a time when all the missionaries come together
to have a convention. But the Lord laid this burden of motivating and
challenging the Christians. Though this convention from the very inception
of the mission. God used Rev Dr Theodore Williams to conduct these conventions.
In October 2002 we had the 37th National Convention at Bangalore. It was
at the same convention the fourth General Secretary Mr Noel Kotian was
publicly installed. There were supporters from all around the country.
On October 2003 we are planning to hold the National Convention at Baroda,
Gujarat. In March 03, The pastors association and the key leaders of the
city had come together to form a steering committee. We appreciate the
Christians and the church in Gujarat for coming forward to hold such an
event inspite of the unfavorable circumstances.
We live in a country where half the population is under 25 years of age.
It is extremely important for us to emphasize the ministry to youth. Political
parties, religious forums and secular organisations have found the need
of this movement and made the best use of youth energy to build their
organisation. These days, almost all mainline churches are filled with
elderly people. If this continues, the future of the church is at stake.
One young man who was blessed by the youth ministries of IEM has become
a missionary and he is in a mission field. He told us, "If I did not have
a chance of attending the "Happy Evening" programme in Chennai, I would
have ruined my life. I was led to Christ and ultimately felt the call
of God to be a missionary for Him. Looking back, I can’t believe that
one programme has changed the course of my life."
Today this world is trying to offer many things to your young people.
But through State Youth Camps, Happy Evening programmes, one-day retreats,
TIM(Training In Mission) Camps, YLTP(Younger Leaders Training Programme)
we offer opportunities for young people to find meaning in life and how
to be used of God.
Women are important.
We have entered an era since the advent of Christianity where women play
an effective and prominent role in the Church In the Old Testament, women
like Deborah, Esther were leaders who did great and mighty deeds for God
Jehovah. Our Lord Jesus had women disciples as well. This was a radical
step in his day when women when Rabbis did not consider women worthy of
being disciples. Nevertheless, it is clear that woman were among those
who followed Jesus through the cities and villages bringing the Good news
of the Kingdom of God.
Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India said, "To awaken
the people, it is the women who must be awakened. Once she is on the move,
the family moves, the nation moves." We are committed to increasing ministerial
opportunities for women, besides encouraging them to rise to their full
potential. We are committed in stirring up their gifts and motivating
them to get involved in raising prayer and financial support for missions.
Great Commission cannot be achieved by a `chosen few’ who are called to
go into the world to preach the Gospel. Every child of God should spread
the Gospel in some way or the other. We encourage those who say, "we are
not called to go as missionaries" but want to be involved in the missionary
activities, to be "senders" if not "goers". We call them ‘Area secretaries’.
These people are volunteers who give their time, talent and treasure for
the Lord. They include the ordinary factory worker right up to the CEO
of a reputed enterprise. We are privileged to have more than 3000 of them
are spread throughout the country.
IEM leaders were at a missionary dedication in the home of an Area Secretary.
The Area Secretary said that his desire was not just to collect few hundred
rupees but to raise enough to support a missionary. These Area Secretaries
are the pillars of our Mission. They toil faithfully to raise financial
support every month. Every year, we conduct a retreat for them and their
family members. We also conduct seminars where the biblical basis for
missions is imparted apart from other topics. At the end of the seminar,
they are taken to nearby mission fields.
is unequaled power in corporate prayer. It is God’s plan for His people
to unite in prayer - not just for Christian fellowship, spiritual maturity
and growth but also for accomplishing His divine purposes and goals.
happens when we pray? Prayer changes our evangelistic efforts into a bountiful
harvest. Further, as a Mission, we have spiritual and financial needs
that can only be met through prevailing prayer. We have also found that
in hopeless situations, God intervened, in answer to persistent prayer.
When we are busy doing the Lord’s work, Satan is busy planning, plotting
and `progressing.’ But through our God we shall do valiantly. God
is not concerned about statistics but prayer. Having realised this, we
conduct 40-day chain prayer in Andhra Pradesh and night prayers, fasting
and prayer, hundreds and thousands of prayer cells in most cities and