“Do you know Jesus?” Pranab asked the man on the bus. When he said he didn’t, Pranab told him about Jesus. That day, God also began to open Pranab’s eyes to the millions in his home state of Orissa, India, who were just like this stranger on the bus.
Soon after, Pranab began a missionary organization called New Life for India, seeking to mobilize church planters to take the Gospel to his state and beyond. That was 1997. By 2000, he had a network of about 11 pastors and evangelists visiting unreached villages in their region.
Pranab first heard about NAMS at a 2013 global mission gathering in Bangkok, Thailand. He instantly felt a connection to our vision and strategy. A friendship in the Gospel was formed. Two years later, at a regional NAMS gathering, also in Bangkok, he asked if he could work under NAMS for India and the South Asia region.
In December 2015, two of our NAMS regional team leaders visited him at his home, and met his wife and young son, as well as the village church that Pranab also leads.
He has now entered into our training system and is being discipled by one of our leaders. He has become one of our NAMS Companions and is giving leadership throughout his nation. Now after two years, NAMS Southeast Asia region leader Manik Corea is mounting a five day mission trip to Orissa, with the support of two leaders from our NAMS Himalyan/Tibetan base.
What will we teach and do? We will love them in Christ Jesus. We will share with them all that God has been teaching us about discipling the nations. We will listen carefully to their stories and find ways to partner with them for the spread of God’s kingdom. The gospel will be preached. Rising leaders will be identified and helped. The possibility of new works to spread the kingdom will be prayed over. A deepening bond in the mission of Jesus Christ will be sealed. From this mission, the work of spreading the gospel throughout the region will be strengthened. NAMS leadership from three different nations will be yoked in partnership.
This is what NAMS does. We pioneer with those the Lord sends to us. We preach and teach Jesus Christ and him crucified. We plant new churches wherever the Lord opens the doors. We obey the Holy Spirit. We live in conformity to the Holy Scriptures.
NAMS will never subsidize men like Pastor Pranab in such a way as to undermine them, but we do partner with men like him so that the gospel mission of Jesus can be carried forward throughout the world. The Lord God has always used some of those to whom much has been given to help those to whom little has been given.
Will you help us to help men like Pranab? Can you make a monthly gift to help us spread the kingdom of God to every nation?