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A PUBLICATION OF THE INDIA MISSION FUND

India Quarterly

VOLUME 37, ISSUE

3

AUGUST

2014

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T he events of the past few weeks remind me that whether one lived during the days of the 1 st Century New Testa-

ment Church or in our present generation, that stumbling blocks, hindrances and a changing world around us are

inevitable as long as this earth stands. Let me share several hindrances that have come to light.

First, the mission team preparing to leave for India in early 2015 has for the time being been put on hold by our Indian brethren. You probably have read in your local newspapers or heard on the national news about the recent elec-

The Congress Party which had been particularly favorable to Christianity experienced a landslide defeat as the BJP (a radical Hindu party) won a resounding vic- tory. Already changes are being noticed by our breth- ren. Add to that the June 2nd bifurcation of the Andhra Pradesh State, where most of our work is located. This dividing of Andhra Pradesh was set in order by the Congress Party before their defeat. A picture (to the left) that appeared in the Indian Deccan Chronicle reflects the feelings of many in A.P. that their state is being pulled apart by this decision. The divided state was not a crowd pleasers and likely was one of the reasons the Congress Party lost so decisively in the elections. Now many of our works that formerly were in the same state are divided between two states: An- dhra Pradesh and Telegana. Fortunately, the central

government in Delhi has set up the State Capitals for both in the same location for the next ten years. Never- theless, changes are unavoidable for our gospel efforts in India. Due to all the confusion and even violence, the Indian

preachers and workers have advised our American brethren to

tions in India

workers have advised our American brethren to tions in India refrain from coming until 2016. Additionally,

refrain from coming until 2016.

Additionally, as summer began I was given a final answer for the long process I have been going through to obtain an Indian tourist visa. Unfortunately, the result was another “VAF” which stands for Visa Application Failure. The Indian Consulate informed me that any future plans for my visa would be denied with no appeal possible. This is certainly disheartening to me after 23 years of traveling to India to be denied with no hope of a visa in the future. I am grateful all the remaining IMF Board members and a few other of our number have valid India visas for the next 10 years. Despite my setback, the work continues.

While these other matters were occurring I received word that Brother Devapal from Guntur was being held at the police station. His son Sunny called me first and I quickly got Brother Edward Rouse and Brother Paul

me first and I quickly got Brother Edward Rouse and Brother Paul Ramireddythota Church Building with

Ramireddythota Church Building with collapsed roof.

Prajeev involved in the matter. It appears our most recently purchased church building in Ramireddythota was having some roof repair done when suddenly the thatched / asbestos roof collapsed sending four workers to the ground. One gentleman, a 60 year old construc- tion worker, had a heart attack following his fall and died. The laws of India place the burden or responsi- bility upon the property owner in cases of death, which was our Bread of Life Society, even though the man was hired to repair our roof. It appears the structure holding our roof was weak and the police were investi- gating a wrongful death claim. We found it in our best

interest to offer a cash settlement to the family of 1 lak (about $1,725), along with agreeing to pay the hospital bill (around $200), police expenses and other charges totaling about 2 lak total ($3,500) for the entire negli- gence matter. It has certainly been an odd period of time but thinking back to some of the things the Apostle Paul, Barnabas, Timothy and others faced in New Testament times I supposed these experiences seem rather insig- nificant. Thankfully, despite the changing circumstances around India one of the amazing qualities is their love and hunger for the gospel message. In April the Kukatpally Church of Christ sponsored another summer camp at their church building during the school break. A few pictures from that great week follow showing the children singing and enjoying a marvelous time as they learned more about Jesus and his church.

Keep all these matters in your prayers. for being part of this great work!

Thanks

God bless,

Bill Adcox

and his church. Keep all these matters in your prayers. for being part of this great
and his church. Keep all these matters in your prayers. for being part of this great
Nothing stirs the heart of the children more than songs. Many of our American “kids”

Nothing stirs the heart of the children more than songs. Many of our American “kids” songs have been carried over to India through the years, plus we have learned a few songs from them that we have brought back to our own children like, Jesus’ Power, Super Power.

we have learned a few songs from them that we have brought back to our own
Ray White Robert Teague David Kelley Scott Gage Dennis Gage Bryan Christmas Larry Cash Bill

Ray White

Robert Teague

David Kelley

Scott Gage

Dennis Gage

Bryan Christmas

Larry Cash

Bill Adcox

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