To celebrate his 70th birthday, Ian Thorburn, a keen supporter of Harvest India abseiled 170 meters down Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower. (https://www.spinnakertower.co.uk/)
Ian, who has been out to visit Harvest India to support the work twice, is due to go again at the end of August and raised over £1200 from his feat, splitting it between Harvest India and Tools With A Mission which he also supports. (www.twam.co.uk/)
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
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!
Alun Davies On behalf of the Trustees Harvest India UK
David Prosser & Suresh at a Leprosy Camp
HI Nursing College Capping Ceremony
Jim & Joan Manktelow with Sudhir Kumar at the 50th Celebration
Prior to the trip, the Lord showed me a vision of a house with another storey being added to it, and excavation work being done on the foundations of the building. He also gave me this scripture: “…the Church being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone.” (Ephesians 2:20). Consequently I felt it was right to teach on building the churches on the foundation of the apostolic and prophetic giftings. The first two conferences were near Tenali, with approximately 100 pastors attending each one. In addition to the teaching, public prophecies were given, there was prayer ministry for the sick, and group activation in the prophetic. The third conference was held over two evenings under floodlights in the Peddapuram area in the bush. It was an open air conference for youth, but was also open to local villagers, so a variety of people of all ages turned up. The church there had a powerful emphasis on creative arts, singing, dancing and drama. There was a strong anointing on both evenings to preach the Gospel with signs and wonders following. Public prophecies and many clear demonstrations of healing occurred and on the first night 25 people gave their lives to Jesus.
Pastor Prakash’s Story
Pastor Prakash is someone I knew from a previous trip, and we met up again at the first pastors conference. He told me his story, which was confirmed by Suresh. A few weeks before the trip, Prakash contracted malaria and was pronounced dead by a doctor. He told me he remembers leaving his body, going into Heaven and encountering Jesus, who sent him back, saying that it wasn’t yet his time. Suresh said he went to see Prakash in hospital, and he had been dead for four hours. Suresh prayed for him to be raised from the dead, and the life came back into his body and he was healed. I asked Prakash if he would pray for me, and as he laid hands on me I had a powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit. After this, I saw a significant increase in the level of my anointing, particularly in the area of physical healing.
This was an incredibly diverse ministry trip, which included:
Praying for the staff and patients at an Aids hospice
Preaching at two churches
Visiting a complex for elderly people and a school
Attending a funeral, a Birthday party, a nursing graduation party and some baptisms
There were many opportunities to teach and to offer prayer and prophetic ministry, with a number of healings and salvations.
During a visit to the school which Pastor Daniel and his wife run in their village, I shared for ten minutes about the love of God and played musical chairs with the children. In the middle of the class, a woman who was clearly demonised, her body bent over and wracked with pain, entered the room. The school class turned into a lesson in healing and deliverance! After prayer from Pastor Swaroop and myself, the lady was set free from the demonic influence, received healing in her body, and gave her life to Jesus.
On another occasion I was asked to speak at a 12 year old girl’s Birthday party. This was an open air party, which was attended by local villagers. A number of people received prayer, including a young woman who was tormented by evil spirits and had pain in her legs. During prayer, the spirits shook her violently and left her, she was healed, gave her life to Jesus, and said she was going to remove all the Hindu idols from her house.
Another highlight was an amazing visit to Pastor Abner’s orphan school and church, which was a four hour drive from Peddapuram. During a time of worship and teaching, with the children and about 50 church members, God moved powerfully with demonstrations of physical healing, including one man who walked unaided around the room for the first time in several years. There was much joy in the house that day.
During my ministry trip I also had the privilege of baptising 5 people in the river near Peddapuram with Pastor Joseph.
During the trip the Lord laid on my heart three specific faith projects:
To buy an acre of land for a group of pastors to farm, producing three crops a year and financial provision for 10 pastors and their families, plus jobs for 30 people. This would cost in the region of £15,000.
Paper making machines plus materials to give jobs to many women, who have been rescued from human trafficking. The machines would cost £6000 and the materials £4000.
I visited a factory a four hour drive away from Tenali, which is fully equipped and ready for use in making roof and floor insulation, quality wooden furniture, and with machines to make cement and concrete blocks. It also includes two and a half acres of land, including office facilities and two lorries. This would be a sustainable source of provision, providing full time jobs for 18 families, free building materials, plus money for food and resources for Harvest India. This is for sale at a reduced cost of £500,000. If someone were to give £300,000 Suresh could obtain a £200,000 loan for the rest. If anyone knows any business people who are interested in investing in this project, please put them in touch with us at Harvest India.
Thank you so much to everybody who prayed and supported us on this ministry trip. You guys are amazing! And thank you Father for all your love and kindness to us and the people of India.
2015 is a very exciting year for Harvest India and we are thrilled to share what is happening with you- our faithful partners!
Fifty years ago, a young woman named Lalitha heard the gospel during an evangelistic crusade and her life was irrevocably changed. Lalitha was compelled to share the hope of the gospel and meet the needs of the poor in her surrounding villages. She partnered with a British man named David Prosser to conduct crusades in local villages, bringing hope and salvation to those in desperate need.
It has been fifty years since Lalitha began God’s work amongst the poorest of the poor, and upon her death, her son Suresh Kumar stood up to continue the call of bringing hope to the poorest of the poor in Jesus name. We have so much to celebrate!
We are marking our Golden anniversary this year in a very special way- we are hosting the grand opening of our new church on the Harvest India campus in Tenali. This building will seat 2000 individuals and will also be used as an event venue in the area to bring in income to the ministry. On August 28th 2015, Harvest India will be celebrating with two days of events. Harvest India board members, various Indian dignitaries and David Prosser will be returning to see how Harvest India has grown and to celebrate how his seeds sown in obedience have grown into a great harvest for the Kingdom in India.
If you would like to give to God’s work through Harvest India, please click HERE.
Cycling from the Port of Dover thought the fruit orchards of Kent, historic Canterbury and the Medway estuary to Roman Rochester on day 1. Day two, on thought the heart of London to Kingston cycling the Thames path past London Bridge. Day three cycling to Windsor & Eaton and on to Reading following the Thames and then through Windsor Park. Day Four sees the start of a gentle climb following the Kennet and Avon Canal to Great Bedwyn and then climbing on to the Historic stones at Avebury towards Alton Priors before descending into Bath. Day five is a more leisurely ride to Taunton on old railway lines (with the Staple Hill Tunnel) and parts of the Sustrans cycle network and the Somerset Levels. Day six sees the start of some serious cycling! Almost continuous climbing or descending though majestic scenery over Exmoor and the highest point on the route to Barnstaple Day seven sees a flattish start before short steep ups and downs again with fantastic coastal views to Crackington Junction. Day eight is cycling worthy of the Tour de France ‘King of the Mountains’ with some extreme climbs but rewarded with stunning scenery over Bodmin Moor before picking up the flatter Camel Trail and them the ups and downs to Newquay. Day nine is the final push – a challenging up and down route to Penzance though the ‘lunar landscapes’ of the old mining areas around Redruth and from Penzance, pushing on to the end – Lands End.
To Sponsor Alun Davies – Trustee of Harvest India UK – who is undertaking the whole journey – please click HERE to donate.
If you would like to cycle one of the daily legs of the route, please see below and contact Alun by email: email@example.com
Day 1: Dover to Rochester: 76.1 miles (Max climb 150 mts)
Day 2: Rochester to Kingston: 63.1 miles (Max climb 100 mts)
Day 3: Kingston to Reading: 49.8 miles (Max climb 90 mts)
Day 4: Reading to Bath: 87 miles (Max climb 180 mts –hilly middle section)
Day 5: Bath to Taunton: 87 miles (Max climb 60 mts – very flat!)
Day 6: Taunton to Barnstaple: 65 miles (Max climb 480 mts – very tough!)
Day 7: Barnstaple to Crackington Junction: 55 miles (Max climb 200 mts – very hilly)
Day 8: Crackington to Newquay: 63 miles (Max climb 300- mts – very tough!)
Day 9: Newquay to Lands End: 61 miles (Max climb 210 mts – very hilly)
During this holy Easter season, we reflect on the great sacrifice of Jesus and the victory in His resurrection. We take time to reflect and rejoice on the beautiful impact of Christ’s sacrifice that unites us with fellow believers around the world.
Just as many pastors and speakers prepare to lead celebration services this weekend, our Indian pastors are preparing to do the same. We want to introduce you to one of them, Pastor Veparti Davidu. He has been a faithful servant for the Kingdom for over 30 years. In fact, his son and daughter have also embraced this calling and are bible college graduates themselves.
Pastor Veparti has experienced great suffering and great joy as he has fulfilled the calling God laid upon his heart. He began his ministry in a place called Durgada, an area home to a large Hindu militant group, known to persecute Christians. Pastor Davidu shared that he has had his church burned, has been kicked out of his village and has been beaten over 100 times. Despite these horrific trials, he keeps returning to honor his calling and his church continues to grow. What started out as a community of 10 is now a community of over 300, with 50 youth in attendance.
God has also poured out miracles on Pastor Davidu. At one point he was diagnosed with diabetes and was experiencing kidney failure. While he was in hospital fighting for his life, all the Harvest India community came together to pray for him. As a result, he was completely healed, much to the amazement of his doctors. This incident has caused revival throughout his village. The congregation of his church are coming together to build a new, bigger church and they have committed to raise half the funds themselves. In a part of India where 95% of it’s population live below the poverty line, this is a beautiful demonstration of their faith and devotion to spreading the Gospel.
During this Easter season, as we rejoice in our Lord’s resurrection, remember the pastors in India and pray for them as they too bring the Good News to our brothers and sisters around the world.
If you would like to support the men and women who work tirelessly for the Kingdom like Pastor Davidu, please click here.
Meet the beautiful Anjali. She is 10 years old and is being cared for at our ROCKHARBOR children’s home in Tenali.
Her impoverished parents could no longer provide for her and entrusted her to Harvest India. She currently attends Quarry School (our free public school for all poor and Dalit children in the area) where she is thriving. She loves to study and hopes to become a software engineer when she is older. Her favorite activities are making crafts and playing with her friends that live in the children’s home with her. We are blessed to be able to provide an education for this child and to demonstrate Christ’s love for her each day.
Ramana is 6 years old and lives in our Vemuru children’s home. Her sweet face is matched by her beautiful spirit and temperament. After her parents died from AIDS and her relatives couldn’t care for her any longer, Harvest India intervened to offer her a home where she could thrive.
She is very shy but loves to sing, play games like jump rope with her best friend Tiputarao. Her care takers at the Vemuru home pray that she will be a doctor someday to help heal the sick and dying for the glory of God.
When V Balaram was 6, his world was changed forever. He lost both of his parents- his father to illness and his mother to grief as she was never able to recover from the loss of her husband. His uncle, with no resources to provide care or an education for V Balaram, heard about the opportunities provided by Harvest India.
Once again he had to endure upheaval and change in his life but thankfully, for the last time. He can remain in the safety and security of the ROCKHARBOR children’s home until he is ready for college. He expresses gratitude that he is able to receive an education, especially in math. His favorite part of each day is the evening time when he and the other children get to play in the safety of our 13 acre campus in Tenali, where the ROCKHARBOR children’s home is located.
As an infant, G Sudha Babu endured a loss no child should have to bear. He and his sister lost both their parents to AIDS. India is home to the world’s third largest population suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Six years ago some neighbors in his village brought them to the love and safety of one of our children’s homes. When asked what his life is like now, he shared, “I love to dance and play with my friends. My favorite class is science and I would like to be a police officer when I am older.” He also asked that people would pray for him and for his future.
These are just a few of the beautiful lives Harvest India is blessed to care for each day throughout the state of Andhra Pradesh. We strive to provide a loving, Christ centered environment for over 1300 children- all as special and unique as these. Thank you to everyone who stands behind these lives through prayer and financial support.
Harvest India has been blessed for the past decades by men, women and children coming to visit and serve alongside of us here in India. We know that many of your stories get shared with close friends and family, but we would love to hear too. For those of you who have stood behind the work of Harvest India for years or to the thousands of you who have traveled to India, please share with us and others.
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