|RUSSEL G. BELL, EVANGELIST
5712 S.W. 35th Street
Topeka, Kansas 66614-4594
|UNDER THE OVERSIGHT OF
LAPOYNOR CHURCH OF CHRIST
P.O. Box 61
Larue, Texas 75770
Phone: (903) 876-4334
October 1, 2009
Russel Bell's India, Romania, and Myanmar Report
July 31 to September 7, 2009
Dear Supporters and Interested,
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 1:2). What a wonderful work God has given us in Romania, India, and Myanmar (Burma) this just completed trip. I am so proud of the Christians in each of these countries developing the Lord's work.
First, the churches in Romania are growing in numbers and maturity. It is always a pleasure to work with Harvey Starling and the Romanian Christians. I was there over two Sundays and spoke at five different churches on those two Sundays. Monday through Friday, I had a variety of classes: several good ladies Bible classes, several classes for the deaf, several good classes with individuals, and, sometimes, two or three individuals together. In all twenty-five lessons were delivered in my ten days there.
India continues to be a very bright spot in world evangelism. Thousands of people in India are becoming Christians each year. Hundreds of new churches of Christ are started each year. More churches are either appointing elders and deacons or working very hard to that end.
Churches in Myanmar are increasing. Around twenty of our Burma students from National Bible College have no returned to that country and started congregations that are now growing. We know of at least two schools of preaching now functioning there. We know of no institution or college in India that has had a more profound influence for the Lord's church in India and surrounding countries than National Bible College (NBC) in Chennai, India. We have now graduated more than 300 preachers and workers from NBC; 22 were from Burma. A good number of other schools of preaching have been started by our graduates; Aurangabad Bible College, North India Bible College in Chandagar, and schools in Nepal and Myanmar, to name just a few. All are good schools.
Facts about Myanmar (Burma)
- Burma is now renamed Myanmar.
- Rangoon is now renamed Yangon.
- Yangon (used to be Rangoon) is no longer the capital of Myanmar. The capitol is Nyipidaw.
- We believe there are now thirty to forty churches of Christ in Myanmar.
- Kalay School of Preaching has a 3-year course and ten students.
- Myanmar School of Preaching meets for five weeks in the spring and five weeks in the fall. There are forty to sixty students who attend each session. Some of these students are members of the church and some are not.
- In most parts of Myanmar, the church assembles in someone's house. Only fifteen or twenty individuals can gather in one place. The exception is in Kalay where one hundred or so meet each Lord's day. John O'Neal and I put money in place to complete a building there that will serve as a building for Sunday worship assembly, a school of preaching, and a residence for the lead preacher.
- Bill and Mary McDonald live in Myanmar and help with the Lord's work there.
This trip we were privileged to work with two other Americans. Vendall Dollarhide worked with us for two weeks. Vendall is head of Mission Printing in Arlington, TX. Not only does he do a good job there, but he did a really good job in India. He was well received by all. John O'Neal was my preaching partner in Myanmar for the five days we worked in that country. All went well.
Statistics from this just completed work
- Presented 66 lessons.
- We saw 151 baptized on this trip.
- We worked in the three countries named above.
- We worked in two states in India: Andrea Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
- Delivered Bibles, song books, New Testaments, worship supplies, good religious books in their languages, and bicycles to hundreds of churches and preachers.
- We worked out the dates for lectures and graduations from one end of India to the other in January and February 2010 as follows:
1) Bangalore with C.H. Jacob, January 29-31.
2) Mumbai Lectures with Craig Phillips, February 3-8.
3) Aurangabad Bible College with Amel B. and Regendrea C., February 9-12.
4) National Bible College, Chennai, Peter Solomon, February 14-15.
5) Chandagar North India Bible College, Earnest Gill, February 17-19.
- Started two new congregations. In one there were ten baptized; in the other 44 were baptized.
- Sister Patricia's Orphanage now has 87 children.
- Spoke at the Kavali Teacher's College.
2010 India Evangelism Projects
|1.||10,000 full Bibles||
|2.||10,000 New Testaments||
|3.||10,000 Telugu song books||
|4.||100 bicycles, transportation for preachers||
|5.||400 sets of worship supplies (communion trays,
bread trays, collection sticks)
|6.||200 portable pulpits||
|7.||help on 104 permanent church buildings||
|8.||Sister Patricia's Orphanage||
|7.||Plane tickets, hotels, food, etc.||
|8.||Office supplies and stamps||
|Total needed for 2010||
All of the above items were purchased and delivered to good churches and preachers in 2009. We want to provide the same in 2010 in my 49th and 50th trips to preach and teach in India. Will you help?
Here is my plan to raise this $95,000. I am asking churches and individuals to donate $300 to $1,000 each. Some churches and individuals are donating twice each year and others are donating monthly. Any amount would be helpful and appreciated.
You can send your donations now or at any time. Please make checks payable to INDIA EVANGELISM or CHURCH OF CHRIST and send to either of the addresses on this letterhead or use the self-addressed envelope enclosed. Thank you for your support.
Things look good at Sister Patricia's Orphanage. We spent two days there with the 87 children.
There are now more churches of Christ in India than in the U.S. They are growing in number and maturity. Your donations to this ministry are helping to achieve this. God bless you.
Special thanks to the LaPoynor, TX, Church of Christ for overseeing our work. Also, special thanks to all the churches and individuals who support us, as well as provide the $95,000 for our listed India Evangelism Projects. My books, "Rightly Dividing the Word of God," volumes I, II, III, IV and V, are available at $5 each; and "God Man Money" at $10 per copy, postage paid. All money from the sales of these books go to India Evangelism.
My next work in India will be January 12th through February 22nd, 2010.
If you have any questions, call or write. God bless you.
Russel G. Bell
A ministry to assist churches, preachers, and church leaders to develop self-supported churches
in India and around the world. Financial help may be sent to either of the addresses above.