New Year Update 2016
February 23, 2016
Happy New Year! We pray that you have had a good time celebrating the birth of Jesus this past Christmas and that 2016 will bring new blessings and a closer walk with our Lord and saviour. We are writing to everyone who has supported Harvest India in the past few years, whose details we have in our database to update them on the exciting work of Harvest India. If you no longer wish to receive these updates, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we will remove you from our lists.
2015 was a year of change for Harvest India UK. There is a new team of trustees who wish to give thanks for the work of those who came before us, especially mentioning Rev Tracy Ansell. We thank God for the sacrificial work that has been done in His name for the benefit of those marginalised, disadvantaged and persecuted in India.
The new trustees are:
- Joan Manktalow – Chair
- Diane Davies – Treasurer
- Alaric Hunt
- Jim Manktalow
- Alun Davies
- Jane Hunt
- Sue Slack – Secretary
Early in the year we had a flying visit from Suresh Kumar – President of Harvest India – on his way to the USA and he was able to speak at a few Churches and fundraiser events. We hope to have a longer visit from him sometime this year and are looking for opportunities for him to meet as many church groups as possible to spread the word about the work of HI and catch his vision. Please respond to this email if there are opportunities for Suresh to visit your Church and meet Church Leaders in your area?
2015 saw the big celebration in India of the founding of what has become Harvest India. Jim and Joan, along with David Prosser and his wife were guests of honour. The celebrations were spread over several days and culminated in the official opening of the new Church on the HI campus.
Harvest India/Suresh Kumar won the Dr. Ambtker Fellowship National Award 2015 for the work that HI have been doing for the poor and downtrodden in the society of India, and the presentation event was held in New Delhi. Of the award, Suresh said, “This is very prestigious and distinctive Award that we got by the grace of God. We are all the part of this success, thank you so much for your love and support, God bless you”. Suresh also spent time meeting people at the UN/UNESCO at their request and telling them about the work of HI– evidence that the work of HI is having an impact, and is being noticed on the worldwide stage. God is good!
Other trips took place with Sue Slack and Sarah going to Tenali for two weeks teaching English in the schools and orphanages, also visiting the many of the amazing works being undertaken in and around Tenali. Alaric went out in November to lead a conference on Prophesy for the Indian pastors and see the developments. There were many signs and miracles during his time there which show that God is working there in so many ways. A résumé of Alaric’s visit can be found HERE.
A trip is planned for August 20th to 31st 2016, led by Alun & Diane Davies and anyone wishing to go and see for themselves what is happening on the ground in India, should contact us by the end of February for more information. (Approximate cost of trip £1000 per individual + fund raising for the work undertaken while in India).
We have continued to raise funds though various means over the year. New Malden Baptist Church Messy Church group raised money towards a new water well, a vintage tea party also raised money for a new well, as well as beetle drives and coffee mornings all raising funds for the work. Trustee Alun Davies attempted to cycle 607 miles from Dover to Lands End over 9 days using only cycle paths and quite country roads. He had to stop at 463 miles with a swollen knee but was thankful that everyone honoured their pledges of support and £2500 was raised. With one off donations also received and the regular donations by standing order we have sent nearly £40000 to India in the last 12 months, and have money set aside for the work to be undertaken on the trip in August.
However, the profile and income of Harvest India in the UK remains very low. We need opportunities to tell people about the work and share the experiences of those who have been and seen for themselves. If you know of any church or group who would like to know about Harvest India, we can provide a speaker / preacher to share at meetings or services.
May we wish you all a Happy New Year and once again, thank you for your continued support for Harvest India!
On behalf of the Trustees Harvest India UK