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Lighthouse Leadership Seminar

26th June 2015-27th June 2015
Dr Ambedkar Bhavan, Sector 37
Chandiagrh, India
Historically, most of the growth of the Indian church has been concentrated in the southern and northeastern parts of the country and it is true to this day. The Northwest part of the country is often
neglected or often considered resistant to the Gospel thus bypassed by many missions and missionaries.
It is often called "the North India-Hindi Belt." The area stretches across north and central India and
covers nine states: Uttarakhand, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu
Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.
Currently, we are working in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana & Punjab.
Why is this area so important?
Northwestern India is a major population center and the Ganges River belt contains one of the most
heavily populated regions of the world. If the state of Uttar Pradesh were a country, it would be the
seventh most populous in the world; if Bihar were a country, it would be the thirteenth. Fifty percent of
the total Indian population, some 550 million people, live in this portion of India.
Uttarakhand is one of the newly established state of India. It was established on 9th November, 2000.
The population of Uttarakhand has a very small number of Christians.
http://gbpihedenvis.nic.in/District%20wise%20Religious%20Population%20of%20Uttarakhand2001.html
Uttarakhand is known for the Hindu religious places. It has all the popular temples.
According to: http://www.bharatonline.com/uttarakhand/culture/religion.html
Religion or faith can be defined as belief in a supernatural power that protects us, punishes us and
provides us with whatever we need. It sometimes has a face and sometimes it doesn’t but the faith
prompts people to worship this power. Uttarakhand has a major chunk of population believing in
Hinduism but it still is a multi-faith society with other religions like Sikhism, Islam, Christianity and
nature worshippers. Below is a breakup of the religion of the total population:
Religion Percentage of Total Population
Hindus 92 %
Sikhs 2.5 %
Christians
2%
Muslims
2.5 %
Nature Worship (including tribal)
1.5 %
Other forms of Worship
Apart from these regular religions, several folk forms of worship are also prevalent in Uttarakhand.
Major ones among these are.
Snake worship: The descendants of the Nagas who lived in Uttaranchal in ancient times still worship the
snake on Nag Panchami.
Karna worship: Karna (of Mahabharata) worship is widespread in the Jaunsar-Bawar area of western
Garhwal.
Sameshwar or Duryodhana worship: Duryodhana (of Mahabharata) is worshipped in the upper valleys
of the rivers Tons, Yamuna, Bhagirathi, Balganga and Bhilangana.
Mahasu worship: Mahasu worship prevalent in the Yamuna and Bhagirathi valleys of the western
Garhwal.

Lighthouse Foundation organized a Conference for Pastors & Leaders in the city of
Chandigarh for two days.
It was a privilege to have Rev Santosh James, the renowned Biblical Teacher, to stir
up the Pastors & Leaders from Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana & Uttarakhand.
Around 60-65 Pastors, Evangelists, Gospel Workers & Leaders attended the
Conference and were motivated to continue their race effectively.

Pastor Amit (in Yellow Shirt) is
leading Our Worship Center in
Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Please
pray as he needs to pay off a loan
that he took for a Motorbike.

Everybody was excited and very happy because of the seminar & fellowship time. Even
after the sessions in their free time, they were repeating the gospel songs.

On 27th June, we got some more people in the seminar. The total number of candidates
was around 75 who participated in the seminar and they were encouraged by the word of
God. Everybody was refreshed and excited to go forward to spread the light of Gospel.

Bro Shyam Kumar (Solomon) & his wife leading our "New Sight" Program
among Blind people. They are visually impaired. We want to encourage you to
come forward to Support this Ministry.

Bro. Ranjan is an excellent
worship leader. He is in
need of a new Keyboard.
Please pray

Bro. Ravi is Our Gospel Worker. He is a Passionate Evangelist. He is the
only man in his family. Please pray for the Protection & Finances for him
to take care of his mother & Sister.

Pastor Shivchand Sharma (Subhash) is leading our worship Center in Patiala, Punjab.
He needs a Guitar for Ministry. Also pray that he may find a Good life Partner.

We all had a great time of Fellowship during Lunch.

After Lunch, moving forward to the next session with Praise & Worship

Everybody was refreshed in the Spirit. Many Leaders came forward and shared
their testimonies about how they got out of their discouraged & Depression
during the Seminar. They requested that this kind of Conference should happen
two or three times in a year.
In Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh Leaders do not get opportunities like this,
that’s why for them this seminar was a big thing and they loved it.

Please continue to pray for the ministry of Lighthouse Foundation.

We thank you so much for your prayers & support.
Please continue to remember us and ministry here in your prayers. Please
convey our love & prayers to all the dear ones at home.
Thanking you in Expectation. We expect your continuous prayers & Support for
the Lord's ministry here.

Financial Accountability
We are open and transparent both before God and man in stewardship of gifts and donations
entrusted to us. Every year all our accounts are audited by a Govt. Authorized Chartered
Accountant. We submit our annual financial statement to the Government of India and to the
donors concerned. All gifts given are used appropriately to advance the Gospel of Christ & for
the extension of God`s kingdom. Every effort is made to minimize the administrative costs
associates with each gift.