The church is expanding rapidly in India, but even with the rapid growth only a fraction of the population has been reached with the Gospel of Christ. In order to continue this great work, IGL has mobilized barefoot pastors. The barefoot pastor and his family take up residence in one of the villages where he serves the church and disciples and trains new believers to expand God’s kingdom. A gift of $100 per month will support a pastor.
We want to expand on this proven method for reaching the people of India. To that end, we plan to adopt the region of Gondiya. Gondiya is in the state of Maharashtra in west central India. The population of Gondiya is 1.3 million and according to the Joshua Project is 0.2% reached. Here are their goals for the next 5 years:
- 200 Churches planted
- 100 Church planters trained
- 300 Women trained
- 300 Youth trained
- 5,500 Children discipled
- 5 life centers constructed
The cost of this initiative is approximately $280,000 over the course of 5 years. While this may appear to be a significant cost, it is a one-time investment which will result in a whole region being impacted by the gospel.
This initiative, by God’s grace and power, will result in a self-governing, self-sustaining, self-replicating church planting movement.