Suresh’s Upcoming 2017 Visit & 2016 Recap
February 9, 2017
2017 – Dates for Your Diaries
Saturday May 27th @ 7:30pm - Fund raising concert at Cosham Baptist Church Portsmouth when the band Dragonfly will perform . Dragonfly is based in the Portsmouth area and is a 5 piece band which plays covers from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and more. This will be a great evening of music and it’s free to attend with a retiring offering, so bring a friend! Click HERE for more info.
June 3rd to 19th – Suresh Kumar is in the UK again and there are opportunities to hear from him directly. You can contact us via our email address to request a personal visit from Suresh to your church or group: email@example.com
Saturday June 17th - A fundraising dinner with Suresh Kumar President of Harvest India as the after dinner speaker is planned at Cosham Baptist Church Portsmouth. If you would like to attend please contact us ASAP by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and click HERE for more information.
2016 – A Great Year for HI UK
What a great year 2016 was for Harvest India and Harvest India UK. Suresh Kumar, President of Harvest India had a successful visit to the UK in June and made new contacts with Churches in the Bournemouth and Poole areas as well as strengthening ties with existing contacts. There were multiple fundraising events, such as coffee mornings, sponsored events and continued sales of Punjamies and jewellery made by the women rescued out of the sex industry. Funds were regularly transferred to India to continue the wide ranging work along with specific donations for work in areas such as elderly care, hospital development and education. This year over £60,000 was sent to India. A big thank you to everyone who helped raise funds in all the imaginative ways and for those who give regularly. August saw seven people travel to India to see the ongoing work and to spend time teaching in the nursing college and assist with medical camps. The team (including two Trustees – Alun & Diane Davies) consisted of, a Doctor, three Nurses, two Physiotherapists and a carpenter (who had been a hospital project manager). As well as teaching, they spent time in the children’s homes, schools & colleges, HIV/Aids hospice. Elderly Care Homes, leprosy colony and undertook two evangelistic outreach meetings in villages a few hours away from Tenali. It was a humbling experience made special by meeting many of the Pastors and leaders of Harvest India over a breakfast and hearing of their work, their successes, challenges and plans for the future, the obstacles they have to overcome to spread the Gospel and meet the immediate needs of the people in the villages where they have planted their churches . Closer links were forged and greater understandings of the day to day issues for Harvest India were gained. The group revisited many of the projects and sites last visited by five of them in 2014 to see how they were progressing:
- The Leprosy Colony new building at Boyapalem are all now occupied and the old tin shacks have nearly all been removed, but the old Church building still needs replacing.
- The new paper plate making facilities on the HI campus are operational and supplying the internal Indian markets.
- The hydroponics and fish farm on campus are up and running and well on the way to providing a lot of the needs for the food on the campus.
- The new Dental College was in the final stage of construction and the accommodation block half built.
- A new Children’s home has been opened in Bhattiprolu predominantly for children who previously scavenged on the waste tips. .
- Rice fields around the KSK College in Bhattiprolu have been acquired and are helping supply the kitchens for the 1400 students. The new dormitories have been completed and the team had the privilege of opening them by cutting the ribbon.
- The Hospital & Primary care Centre at Bandalagaruve is nearly complete and it’s walls in place and will open as soon as the new bore well to supply clean water is operational.
It was testament to the tenacity and determination of HI staff that many of the facilities, although only just completed had already been and were continuing to serve the community with even greater plans for them now they were fully operational. In October Trustees of Harvest India UK Alaric & Jane Hunt, Jim & Joan Manktalow went out to take part in Pastors Conferences and also see the progression of the work.
Joan wrote of the visit:
A significant highlight of my time in India this year was being in Peddaporam and meeting again the women who, having come to know Jesus as their saviour, have been working for some years in small cottage industries which have since been forced to close. In a lively meeting, when we discussed their future, the women were enthusiastic to start a business of making paper plates which has the potential to be self-sustaining and, perhaps more importantly, will not be reliant upon an overseas market. Paper plates can be marketed locally for use at weddings, parties and celebrations. It has the potential of becoming a profitable concern that the women themselves can manage, as demonstrated by a similar, successful project which has been setup in Tenali. It was also a wonderful blessing to be reunited with men and women who had come to Christ twenty five years ago in a village at Old Peddapuram when a team of us had visited that area to run outreach crusades. Despite persecution, these men and women were still faithfully following the Lord Jesus and some of the elderly members of the church are now being looked after by the pastors family in their home. I met again two women who recognised me and we spent time together walking through their village holding hands because this was the best way we could communicate; such precious memories. For several years Harvest India have held meetings in a small building in the red light district of Tenali, giving rice and medical help to the women. When we visited this year a different group of women were at the project. We had a lovely time with these dear women, sharing the love of God with them and, as a result, all thirty two women accepted Jesus as their saviour. They said they would attend church if Harvest India sent a pastor the following Sunday – we subsequently learnt that all the women went to the church service. Please pray that they will grow strong in their faith. Out of all the wonderful and blessed times we had on this trip, these three are the most memorable incidents of my recent visit. I thank God for the privilege of being linked with this amazing work, which is witnessing revival and experiencing the abundance of God’s blessing.
Jane and Alaric wrote:
Bishop Suresh Kumar and the team at Harvest India organised a varied itinerary for us, enabling us to see different aspects of the work of Harvest India. For example, we visited churches, elderly homes, children’s homes, schools and colleges, a nursing college, an AIDS hospice and a new Harvest India hospital, which has just been built. There was also the opportunity to take part in food distribution to poor communities.. There were three one day conferences for pastors in different locations. Alaric spoke on the subjects of physical healing, spiritual warfare, and developing a prophetic foundation, and Joan spoke on overcoming challenges. The level of the prophetic increased during the trip, and was combined with healing. There were two evening crusades, in which Jim preached and Alaric shared his testimony. This is a very fruitful season for sharing the gospel in India, despite the persecution that Christians sometimes experience. Many Hindus are turning to Jesus and we lost count of the people raising their hands to invite Jesus into their lives, but a conservative estimate is that at least 300 people accepted Jesus for the first time during our time in India. Another memorable occasion was presenting Bibles to a group of teenagers at the Harvest India compound in Tenali. We were so excited to receive a financial gift from a friend to buy Bibles for India, and we asked Suresh to arrange to buy the Bibles and distribute them. As well as receiving their Bible, each young person also received personal prayer and prophetic encouragement from the team.
You too can go out to India and see for yourself the work firsthand. For more information on trips, please contact us by email: email@example.com
May Christ continue to bless the staff of Harvest India and all the work they do amongst the Dalit people and other marginalised, disadvantaged and neglected in India as they continue to Carry Christ’s Compassion To Every Village In India.
Thank you for your continued support,
The Trustees of Harvest India UK