Missions News & Stories

I am very excited about your desire to push for finishing the task! I want to have a part in this effort!! Praying that the task will soon be done!! Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation.

— Jean P.

After recent scandals, I have become skeptical of the native missionary movement. I have been supporting native missionaries for decades now, but these scandals have really burnt my trust. Thank you for addressing trust and accountability in Prayerline letter.

— Jann F., IL

We give thanks to our loving, compassionate, Sovereign God for your ministries. Thank you!

— Rick and Debra R., WI

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you, for such wonderful weekly articles. I look forward to each one, as it helps me to view beyond my own thoughts/circumstances enabling transformed and focused prayers outwardly to what God is doing around the world. It helps me to think outside of my little, local box, to see as God sees that there is more at stake than my problems. These articles and this ministry are a simple grace that is calling us to pray together as one body in Jesus Christ. Again thank you!

— Mark M., FL

God’s Joy and Blessings as we remember what Jesus did for us, new Life in Him.

— Jim and Lorraine H., WI

Thank you for all you do in helping us share in the needs of our brothers and sisters in God’s Kingdom! You are precious! Never forget the value of being the facilitating Hand of Jesus!

— Dale and Nancy D., NY

Thank you for all of your hard work in all of the hardest situations around the world, and thank you for making us aware so we can pray and help support your efforts. May God bless your efforts abundantly!

— David S., OR

Thank you for sending us the newsletters from the various ministries Christian Aid supports with its thrilling testimonies and their needs for us to pray for them.

— Keith and Carla H., CA

God bless you for being a great agent in the Hand of God to build His Kingdom!

— Doug R., GA

God bless your efforts on His behalf!

— Larry W., SD

Road to Kalimpong

February 27, 2014

A remote mountain village in West Bengal, India, had no Christians a few years ago. Now the village has a church and a growing community of believers who are sharing the gospel with their neighbors.

As a native missionary in the lush hill country of West Bengal, Dayaram * knows what it means to go the extra mile or two for the sake of the gospel. In March 2012 he and his wife, both newly ordained, made their first arduous trek to a remote mountain village located hours away from the resort town of Kalimpong.

The couple traveled the first four miles of the journey by motorbike. That was the easy part. Then Dayaram and his wife left the bike in a secure place and set off on a rigorous hike. They walked down a mountain, waded through a river, climbed another mountain, and meandered through the forest for another hour until they arrived at a village that is home to 50 families.

Dayaram befriended residents of this village and found them to be very receptive to the Word of God. For eight months he made numerous trips to the community, even venturing out during the rainy season. The swollen river was at times treacherous to cross, but the determined missionary made every effort to continue preaching and teaching in the village.

By October of that year, 13 people had accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and were asking to be baptized. Dayaram shared the exciting news with his ministry leader and home church in Kalimpong. The ministry arranged for a baptismal service to be held in the river. A short time later five more believers were baptized, and a third baptism added four more believers in the village. Even the local government leader received Christ.

Since no church existed in the area, the people assembled for worship and prayer in a room in one family’s house. The growing community of believers needed a larger place to gather. One family donated a small plot of land, 100 feet long by 50 feet wide. Other individuals felled trees in the woods and offered them as a contribution to the project.

Construction started in the fall of 2012 and progressed slowly as funds became available. The villagers poured concrete for the floor, then fashioned wooden slabs for the walls. The tin roof came from monies supplied by the ministry office. Through generous support from members of Dayaram’s home church, the ceiling, electrical fittings, a rug, and curtains were added. It was a true labor of love for the men and women who pooled their resources and talents to complete the one-year project.

Finally the long-awaited day came on Nov. 14 of this past year, when the community gathered to celebrate the dedication of their new church. About 50 people from the ministry headquarters church also attended the service to show their support. With thanksgiving and great joy the villagers lifted their voices in praise to the Lord.

Currently there are 11 families worshiping in the church, and the little wooden structure on the hillside may eventually need to be expanded. Eager to spread the good news, the believers have become powerful witnesses for Christ among their own friends and neighbors.

There is another reason why more people are coming to the church, a second great miracle that is transforming the community.

Dozens of villagers and ministry guests turned out for the dedication of the new church in November 2013.

“Before there was no road to enter the village. We had to cut through the forest path to reach this place,” explained Dayaram. “But once the gospel was being preached, local leaders were able to approach the authorities and apply for the construction of roads.”

Their application was approved, and now a small access road is being built through the forest. Hard surfacing of the road will be done later this year.

“Very soon this village will have proper roads and transportation will become easier. We praise and thank the Lord for the new church,” he said.

Dayaram and his wife still travel to the community. When the new road from Kalimpong is finished, they will be able to visit more frequently—and in a fraction of the travel time. Best of all, the village church can now serve as a beacon of light to neighboring communities, directing people down the “narrow path” that ends at the foot of the cross of Christ.

In December two villages in the West Sikkim region held dedication ceremonies for their recently completed churches. One congregation celebrated with an opening service Dec. 23—just in time for Christmas.

Christian Aid Mission provided funds to help believers in Sikkim rebuild after a devastating earthquake in 2011.

“Many more new areas are being targeted for church construction and for spreading the gospel,” said the ministry’s director. “Please pray that we will be able to work vigorously for the building of the kingdom of God.”

Since 1956 Christian Aid Mission has assisted the work of this evangelism and church-planting ministry in the foothills of the Himalayas. Our donors have helped provide funding for several of the more than 150 small churches started by indigenous missionaries like Dayaram. They have also assisted the ministry’s Bible school, where Dayaram and his wife received their training.

In addition to missionary-related support, Christian Aid sponsors needy children who are receiving care through the Indian ministry. More than 1,000 children are being reached at its Child Development Centers in Sikkim and mission high schools in Sikkim and West Bengal.

An earthquake in Sikkim in 2011 caused substantial damage to churches and homes. Christian Aid responded by sending emergency relief funds to help impoverished believers repair the damage.

* (name changed for security reasons)

Email this page Print this page