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.
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.
Rev. 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.
The Jehovah Shammah Children’s Home (JSCH), a government registered organization in West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, 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 Sudhakar Bula, who, along with his wife Mary, currently oversees the care of 40 children.
The 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.
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 20+ churches or mission stations.
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.