Partners

East West InterKnit's Partners in Ministry

East West InterKnit has established relationships with Christian ministries, conceived and led by nationals, in South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean for the purpose of providing for training, tools, and other resources to assist them in doing better whatever it is that God has called them to do.

Our participation with our partners includes:

  • Provision of personal or institutional library materials;
  • Scholarships for training Christian leaders;
  • Gifts in kind to meet the specific needs of their projects;
  • Funding for tools, special programs, or emergency needs;
  • Short term helpers to train or assist in other ways;
  • Networking on their behalf to find others who may be able to assist in ways we cannot.

Some of our partners are working in very sensitive areas where proclamation of the good news is not welcome and any hint of cooperation with outsiders would be vehemently opposed. For that reason, we may not give detailed reports or include photographs for all of those with whom we work.


Bright Angels Academy in Kenya

 

Our partnership in Kenya began when we agreed to ship donated theological books for the library at Nairobi Great Commission School, something we continue to do.  We became aware of projects started by Julian Orimbo, the NGCS librarian, in a remote rural community in one of the poorest provinces. 

Julian established Bright Angels Academy, a Christian school, in an area not well served by any other school.  At times the enrollment includes as many as 250 students. Her teachers are volunteers committed to improving the lives of children in their community.  When there is enough, she provides the teachers with food to help their families.

Many other projects have been launched. Julian has assumed responsibility for providing three meals a day for 40 children and tries to provide meals for others who come to the school when resources allow.  She has organized evangelistic outreaches in the area that have led to the conversion of many and to growth in the village church.  She has started sports and other programs for youth in an attempt to reach them with the gospel, to build unity in a area populated  by diverse tribes, to teach a healthy lifestyle, and to encourage education.  She has a started a fellowship group especially for elderly widows who are often forgotten members of society.

Her work has been affirmed by trusted friends of EWI.

MENH and Jean Berthony Paul: Visionary, Pastor, Mission Founder, and Humble Servant in Haiti

Pastor Thony PaulRev. Jean Berthony Paul, known to his friends as Pastor Thony, is the founder and president of Mission Evangelique du Nord d’Haiti (Evangelical Mission of Northern Haiti or MENH). [click to view their current newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 3, Winter 2010]  The mission was established in 1979 in the community of Grande Riviere du Nord near the town of Plaine du Nord (about 10 miles from Cap Haitian), known in Haiti as the capital of voodoo.

Pastor Thony’s family lived in a mud and thatch-roofed house in the mountains, and eked out a living off the poor land as best they could. Whenever it was known that they had a little money, the voodoo priest would arrive and convince them to sacrifice a chicken or perform some other ritual for money lest one of the children sicken and die.

J S Children's Home (JSCH)

Mrs. and Mr. B. Azariah and Sam Jones 1996

The J S Children’s Home (JSCH), a government registered organization in South India, was established by the late Mr. B. Azariah and his wife Salome. The doors of the home were opened to the first 49 children in 1972. Reminded by scripture of the admonition to care for orphans in their distress, the founders felt that they must rescue as many of the helpless and destitute as possible. In later years, as support allowed, JSCH housed and cared for as many as 250 children at a time.

Following Azariah’s death in early 2004, the leadership of the home passed to his son, David, who, along with his wife Mary, currently oversees the care of 40 children.

Some of the JSCH girls photographed in early 2009The children come to JSCH for a variety of reasons and from many different backgrounds and are accepted without regard to race, religion, or caste. Some who were found living on the streets were brought to them by village leaders. Others were brought by family members too poor to care for another child. Some were orphaned due to cyclones, tidal waves or other natural disasters. All are sheltered, fed, clothed, given medical care, educated, provided with vocational training, and shown much love.

Mission in Tri-State Area in South Asia

Bethel mission church lit up at night

The work, as we know it today, began when Pastor Frank was asked to assume leadership of a 46-member church in one of the poorest parts of his state. The congregants, primarily from Dalit background, were people of very limited means and even less influence. But Frank persevered and the church began to grow and to serve others in the area. Three decades later the mother-church has over 1500 members and has been responsible for planting another 45+ churches or mission stations.

As the churches grew, Frank encouraged each of them to begin to care for widows and orphans. The need was great as many men in the community were mine workers. The high rate of premature death due to lung disease and accidents left hundreds of widows and thousands of children destitute and unable to care for themselves. Led by Pastor Frank, the churches began reaching out to the widows and have done their best to assist with food and clothing, education, and vocational training to enable them to become self-sufficient. Many have come to know the Lord and are serving others through the mission.  Three of the mission churches are responsible for homes that together care for more than 100 orphans or children whose parent(s) could not afford to keep them

Robertsonpet boys, Frank, and school vanOther needs became apparent as they grew so the mission added new programs.  They established a computer training center that has already turned out hundreds of graduates. Through their “feed the hungry” program, many of the very poor receive meals or supplies as the churches are able to provide.  In addition to the children's homes already mentioned they have added at least two daycare centers. Land is used to raise crops that supplement the food needed for the children's homes and other feeding programs.  Volunteers from the church occasionally conduct medical and dental care for the poor.  The mission also conducts regular outreach programs that include sharing of the gospel message.  Thousands have made decisions to follow Christ.  With help, they hope to reestablish a program to train future pastors and Christian leaders.

Bethel Mission continues to grow.  In 2010 Bethel Mission had forty churches and supported forty-five pastors.  In early 2014 it is said to have 45 churches and 65 pastors. Thirty six former residents of the children's homes are engaged in full time Christian work.  The mission's territory includes towns and villages in three states whose people represent speakers of at least four languages.  Pastor Frank completed a law degree in late 2009 with the intention of meeting the need to defend believers who come under attack from the radical fundamentalist majority religious group.  He has been accepted to the bar and has had a positive influence not only on believers but also on the local legal community.  He continues to preach and to lead the mission.

Pastor Frank was raised in a Christian home but rebelled against this parents' teaching and resisted the call of Christ.  He became involved in radical political activities aimed at improving the well-being of his community.  His activities brought him into conflict with his school's rules and was expelled in 10th grade.  He was confused and frustrated even to the point of considering suicide. But shortly after this period, events in his life caused him to reconsider the claims of Christ.  He surrendered and his life was radically changed.  

Good News Theological College and Seminary

Administration and classroom building on the GNTCS campus

 

Good News Theological College and Seminary is an interdenominational pastoral and theological institution located on the outskirts of Accra, Ghana. Its mission is to provide sound Christ centered biblical education to church workers and leaders, fully equipping both men and women with ministerial, spiritual, and theological training for servant leadership in the African context.

Stories From Scholarship Recipients

Isaac Mantey

Isaac ManteyIsaac says, “I have been called as an apostle to raise leaders. Specifically to the rejected areas and rejected people. My ministry aims at helping the rejected, less privileged and the orphans to their various careers; to develop the potential of the rejected, less privileged and the orphans and help them secure leadership positions in the society.” He, “aims at populating the Kingdom of God. These ministry objectives are going to be achieved through three bodies and that is the school, an orphanage home and the church.” Even though others are welcome, Isaac’s main focus is the rejected, less privileged, and the orphans.

James Reynolds Boafo-Baafi

James Reynolds Boafo-BaafiJames says, “My calling came when I was then serving as a secretary at the Assemblies of God Church in one of their local branches in the suburb of Accra. I responded by undergoing practical training of pastor for a period of six months. I was more involved in serving and doing a lot of Bible studies, prayer and fasting. I was directed by God to enter into forty days prayers and fasting time. At the end of the fast, I gained admission into a Bible College to study theology. I discovered while in the Bible College that my ministerial calling is teacher/evangelist. My future career goals are to lecture in a theological institution and to run seminars and training for believers in Christian faith.

 

Sunday Schools, Evangelism, and Church Planting

An evangelist and church planter, with the help of his wife, launched a home Sunday school program that serves as many as one hundred children. Family members of the children will occasionally attend the gospel meeting held each Sunday. Many of those attending are seeking truth. Please pray that God’s truth will be revealed.

In addition to the weekly services at the church, the evangelist travels to speak in major institutions to present the gospel using videos, DVDs, and other tools that have been provided. Additional cell churches have been established as a result of this work. Please pray for these outreaches.

He has invited us to bring a team to conduct some workshops in a neutral place while also warning that it would be unwise to have foreigners visit his churches due to possible repercussions from radical non-Christian elements.

He has need for additional equipment and funding to allow for a helper in the work.

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