B. Esudas' mission has a
number of goals in sight. With the first priority being
the spreading of the gospel, there are goals
that are aimed at addressing the immediate needs of the
Christians as well as long term goals of helping to make the congregations of the church of
Christ in Esudas area more self sufficient. At the present
time, all six congregations of the church of Christ where
Esudas preaches combined cannot support him or their own
Esudas' work is almost wholly
funded from sources outside the six congregations where he
serves. The contributions of all six churches on October
7th was less than 3 dollars with a total attendance of 85 souls.
These Christians are poverty stricken and utterly incapable of
sustaining the needs of Esudas in his work.
The most immediate need is
the care and support of Esudas'
orphaned children. In
addition to his own three children, he and his family have taken
in an additional 9 orphans they are caring for in their own
home. In addition to this, there are a number of
infirmed and widowed Christians in these
congregations who are unable to work and earn a living for
themselves. The congregations themselves are unable to
provide for the needs of these saints and they are dependant
upon outside contributions in order to meet their most basic
needs which is primarily food.
Another long term project is to finish the
construction of the worship facilities in
Construction for these facilities were started but never completed
due to a lack of funds. The details and cost of these projects
are included in the sections for each individual congregation.
The Livings Stone Preachers Training School
was operating in Makkenavaripalem.
Student preachers were taught the basics of the Church doctrine,
over view of the Bible, preaching techniques and sermon preparation.
The preachers school was closed due to a lack of funding in December
of 2004. There were 29 student preachers who were attending
the school in November before it was closed. New preachers are
needed to spread the gospel throughout India. The harvest is
plenty but the laborers are few. One of the long term
goals is to re-open the preacher training school to train men to
carry the gospel to the populace.
Esudas has opened a Christian school where the children can be educated and raised to be
strong Christians capable of being doctors and officers among his
caste. If the people can get a proper education, they have a
hope of overcoming their poverty and then helping the churches in
this area to become self sufficient. The key to assuring the
future of the Lord's church in this area of India is education for
the young. It is the only way these people will ever be able
to get out from under the need for outside support. Thanks to
the generosity of congregations of the Lord's church this school has
been opened and is currently operating out of Esudas own home.
Transportation is an issue to overcome
with the Christian school. Children from neighboring
villages cannot attend the school because there is no
transportation for them. Esudas has been successful in
raising the money and acquiring a bus to transport more children
from the neighboring villages and communities to the school on a
regular basis. This bus is very expensive to keep
registered, operate and maintain. Please keep this work in
your prayers as many children depend on this bus to get to and
from the Christian school.
In addition to the expense of
operating and maintaining a bus is the expense of feeding the
children while they are at school. Currently there is no
program for feeding these children. They are required to
bring their own food to school with them.
the contributions of others the congregations of the Lord's church would be without literate
preachers who can bring them the truth of God's word. The
Christian school would be unable to continue and many impoverished
Christians would not have an opportunity to eat even one decent meal
a day. There is
a real opportunity here to help the light of God's truth shine in
this part of the world.