Mangal was dying. He was also troubled and confused. Lying in his sickbed, he listened weakly to a missionary who wanted to pray for him. He refused, of course. Hadn’t he already prayed to all his Hindu gods? Why would this one be different? He had no money for medicine to heal his liver. It was his fate to die. Imagining his wife’s future, he choked back the tears. His family was Hindu, strict in the faith. They would despise his wife, believing her bad luck, the cause of his death. They would shun her. As would all her friends in the village. No one would help or protect her. It was the custom. He had done the same to other widows. Now their faces haunted him. Some begged on the streets; others practiced prostitution. His two daughters would suffer more… Wait! What was that the missionary said? His God, Jesus, died for my sins? As he listened, a deep feeling of peace swept over him unlike anything he’d felt before…
Today, after God miraculously healed his liver, Mangal is one of KGM's Kingdom leaders God saved and YOU sent. Through Mangal, God began work immediately with the Kusuvala, Kagaj Kot, Tarawali, and Harijan Valmik tribal people groups who live in or near Mangal’s home village.
Why Plant Churches?
Only 1 in 10 Indians, like Mangal, are in reach of a local church, pastor, missionary, or Believer. 460,000 villages in India have NO believers. These are the unreached. They are not like the people you and I know who choose not to read the Bible, these people cannot read it because there is no Bible in their language. They are silently wasting away, real people with real faces, waiting to hear about their sin and a savior. We grieve that many who hear the Word and do not go to Him. But what about the many who do not go to Him because they never had the chance to hear. These are the truly unreached. These people have NO ACCESS to the Gospel. You can help change that.
KGM Church Planters go ONLY to unreached people who lack access to the Gospel.
IN TRIBAL VILLAGES
IN TRIBAL VILLAGES
They've heard about large, mainstream ministries that are doing wonderful work in India's large cities and believe they've got the nation covered. This misconception is leaving behind millions and millions of seekers in India who need to hear the Good News.
KGM tribal village church planters go where mainstream ministries do NOT go. Many of these villages are resistant to the Gospel and reject outside "western" influence. But God wants to reach them and He IS - through indigenous leaders.
Why Indigenous Leaders Need Your Help.
LACK OF FINANCES AND EDUCATION Most indigenous church planters do not have the financial resources or educational credentials to attend seminary. They speak local village languages that are not spoken by college professors and many of them are oral learners. KGM provides translators and conducts exams orally in the classroom and provides one-on-one mentoring in the mission field.
Second, tribal village church planters come from areas of extreme poverty. Most of their church Families live on less than $4 a day. Churches demonstrate the love of Christ with compassionate outreach ministries. Widow Rescue, Women's Training, Vacation Bible School. English Classes for Children and Adults. Medical aid. These ministries require funding. Outreach ministries are included in the KGM Church Planter program. You can help provide these.
HOW OUR LOCAL PARTNERS MAXIMIZE YOUR IMPACT
Local partners are highly qualified: KGM has amazing Spirit-filled, indigenous leadership that God has called to train and mentor its Church Planters who have a heart to reach unreached tribal peoples. They also have impeccable credentials. (Check them out here.) You can be certain your gifts equip a native leader with sound biblical training. The 2+ year accelerated KGM Bible College curriculum has 1,914 hours of combined classroom and intern training in the mission field.
2. Local partners leverage impact: By training indigenous pastors, our partner leverages your impact. They select leaders who have spheres of influence and are well accepted in their villages. Once trained, these leaders have no cultural or language barriers so they share the Gospel quickly, reproducing and multiplying churches faster. They are perfectly positioned and gifted by God to reach their unreached people groups. Just like Mangal. Through him, God began work immediately with the Kusuvala, Kagaj Kot, Tarawali, and Harijan Valmik tribal people groups who live in or near Mangal’s home village.
3. Local leaders have longevity: Churches planted by indigenous leaders last. They are planted in the leader's home village where his influence lasts a lifetime. Cross-cultural church planters stay for 3 to 6 months or a year at the most, then go home. KGM pastors are home. This is where they want to live until they die. They are loyal to their villagers and eager to bring the hope, love and compassion of Christ to their families, friends, neighbors, communities, and neighboring villages.
4. Local partners plant churches that cost less. Most village churches are started in homes. No fancy buildings. No land for big parking lots needed. And the money exchange rate is an automatic advantage. One american dollar is equal to $71.78 Indian rupees. That's why...
You can plant a church in India for the price of an Apple I-Phone (less in many cases!)
Just $600 plants a church and that INCLUDES pastor training and support for an entire year.
But we're not done yet.
We need your help. Here's how you can get involved.