Training Centers in India

by Patricia Taylor

India has the largest number of unreached people groups (UPG) in the world. With its population exceeding one billion and the languages spoken there numbering in the hundreds, it is clear that native missionaries are the best people to reach those who have yet to hear the good news of salvation through Christ. These missionaries are following the Lord's command in Matthew 28:19-20,

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,* baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."

*The word for "nations" is the equivalent of people groups. The Greek word is "ethnos," meaning an ethnic group having their own culture and language.

Training centers exist for the purpose of giving believers who are called to the mission field everything they need to be the best possible gatherers of the harvest (Luke 10:2). Until and unless these gospel workers are properly trained, they cannot do the task to which they have been called. Because the numbers to be reached are so vast, the number of training centers must be commensurate with the need.

ministry training
Packed into this small room, believers receive training in all aspects of ministry.

In order to achieve this goal, three training centers are planned for, or are in the process of being set up, in Himachal, Chandigarh and Jammu states. Each student will be trained in discipleship, allowing those who hear and accept the Word to be sustained in their new faith. The training is designed for a year, after which these students are to return to their native villages. They plan to disciple people and start house churches.

The training encompasses many aspects: discipleship, church planting, Bible training and evangelism skills. Accountability in finance management, spiritual warfare and intercession are also taught and practiced. The tools which are used in the training can then be duplicated in the field and shared among the believers in the newly-planted fellowships.

Giving financial assistance through Christian Aid to training centers is one of the best and most significant ways to help spread the gospel to unreached people groups. It has a cascading effect, as the well-equipped native missionaries go forth sharing their faith and preaching the gospel.