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Word Conference


'Ambassadors for Christ' theme marked the 10th Anniversary of our Annual Word Conference held from 1 to 4 November.  560 pastors from 22 states of India came and attentively listened to various sermons challenging them to go back and prepare their congregations to be Ambassadors for the Lord. Rev Alistair Begg, Rev. Ian Lewis, Dr Mohan Chacko, Pastor John Miller and Pastor Isaac Shaw were the resource persons. The sessions included Encouragement for Preachers, Expositions for Expositors and Practical Skills sessions in preaching. A session with Rev Vijayesh Lal heading the United Christian Forum equipped pastors to better handle persecution and what steps needed to be taken constitutionally.
Every participant received 10 Bibles in a language of their choice. A total of 6,000 were freely given to pastors to pass it on to new believers.
 
It brings great joy when a participant like Pastor Eali comes back to say, “Last year after attending the Word Conference I went back and improved two things in my church. One, we emphasise on punctuality and two we introduced Sunday sermon review in our Friday prayer meeting.”

We are unmindful of the tiredness in receiving and caring for over 500 pastors each November as long as we see the fruit like the one we see in Pastor Eali’s church.

As a result of the conference, if the Lord’s servants have caught the vision of faithful biblical preaching and teaching, then we realize how worthy the investments are. Many are encouraged and their passions are renewed to continue to promote the same value we uphold.

- Pastor Abuan Pamei, Coordinator of the Word Conference

Women’s Conference


A Women’s Conference for the wives of pastors and for leaders in the church was held simultaneously during the Word Conference. Because He loves us....was the tag line of the conference and was boldly proclaimed by each woman. Women were taught of God’s love for them, the importance of prayer in their ministries, issues regarding women’s health, teachings from the book of Jonah and their role as Pastor’s wives and the significance it involved. Laura, Lyn, Gloria and Sengmei  were the resource persons who shared from their own experiences.  
 
Anjana, a pastor’s wife, came from Himachal Pradesh.  She and her husband became believers in 2006 and have a small church running in their house for about 60 members.  She was apprehensive of coming to the Conference as she is an introvert. However she made many friends during this Conference. In her words “the Women’s Conference has really helped me grow spiritually and has taught me to pray continually and ask for forgiveness both for myself and for others”.

Anjana is looking forward to the next Women’s Conference.

Watch highlights of the Word Conference and the Women’s Conference

Expository Preaching Seminars


Seminars were held in 6 of our 7 Anugrah Ashrams with the aim of bringing Bible teaching focus to the pulpits and improve biblical preaching. Christian leaders were trained to effectively communicate the Word through Expository Preaching. 242 completed the course in Delhi, Dehradun, Lucknow, Ranchi, Jaipur and Chandigarh Anugrah Ashrams.

Leadership Seminar

I have been in the defence services for 36 years. The Leadership Seminar gives a different perspective. Conviction that the power is from above and within myself. - Nicodemus, IAF
 
With the leadership seminar I now shifted from I to Us and from Me to We!
- Arnold, Student
 
People have uphill hopes but downhill habits! I broke my downhill habit and attended this conference. I learnt the importance of connecting to people rather than correcting them. This will definitely help me in my job with the police.
- Ravi Joseph, IPS
 
I was not very keen on a leadership seminar. I however learnt much. To enrich others I need to put God first. I want to be a good team member.
- Crystal, Student

A two day leadership seminar was held in Delhi Bible Bhavan. Pastors, business men and women, students and entrepreneurs attended and learnt leadership skills.

Chandigarh Anugrah Ashram Inauguration

 
It was in March 2001 I came in touch with DBI. My whole life changed after that. I was an unbeliever but my brother forced me to join a course in DBI and even falsely gave in writing that I was already a believer. It was during the course that I for the first time started reading the Bible and learnt about sin and the need for a Saviour. I surrendered my life within these 22 days of my training.  With a desire to learn more, I joined the one year course. The foundations for my Christian life were established here. I received my life’s calling of being a Pastor while in DBI. Since 2002 I have been pastoring a church in Chandigarh. It is my joy to see an Ashram here in Chandigarh. May many like me find the direction for their life while in DBI.

- Ashwin Paul, DBI Former student


The Chandigarh Anugrah Ashram was inaugurated and consecrated on 5 November. Rev Alistair Begg inaugurated and prayed for the Ashram. Currently 17 students are doing the one year Ashram course there.

Providing Resources


As part of the tenet of Vision 2025, DBI aims to provide teaching and study tools, in Hindi language both by translating existing materials and writing relevant new materials.

4 new study and leadership tools in Hindi were released during the Word Conference. All the participants received a complementary set of these new books. DBI has a total of 46 titles published in Hindi language.

Helping the Poor

Anokha

Thousands move to Delhi everyday with their families, with the hope of getting a better job and living. Many of them end up in slum areas in severe poverty.  Children are not sent to school because of lack of proper documents of parents or because the parents would rather have their children work and earn for the family. A project was initiated among the children called ‘Anokha’ the Hindi word for ‘unique’ or ‘special’ in a slum nearby DBI in Delhi.  This community has about 30-35 households and most of the men and women do menial jobs for a living.

The children come to the Anokha centre to learn basic English, Maths and Hindi. The schedule each day at Anokha starts with wash up since the children do not bathe at home, then a devotion where they are taught about Jesus followed by classes.  The children love to sing and enact the Bible lessons. Apart from studies and the Bible, children learn health and hygiene.

Most of the children who come to the centre are malnourished. While they come and learn they are also provided snacks twice a day and lunch in the afternoon. This year we have 17 registered children and three regular volunteers helping at the centre. As a result of this effort some of the children have now started going to Government run schools.

As an effort to meet their spiritual needs, a ‘Satsang’ or holy fellowship is held once a week where the parents of the children come together to hear stories of the Bible.

You could partner with us in this unique project. Sponsor a child for £36.85 every month. Please write to dbi2.bb@gmail.com for a detailed budget and how you can help.
 

Youth Under the Bridge


Many boys and youth run away from home every day with great ambitions of making it big in cities. However they end up with no place to stay and are badly mistreated. Most of them turn into drug addicts. DBI has reached out to 12 of such boys and youth who now have made the space under the bridge their home. Every week a team visits them and shares stories from the Bible, provide for their basic needs and encourage them to go back to their homes. As a result of our effort two of the youth have agreed to go in for help for de-addiction.

 

Jaipur Anugrah Ashram          

The Jaipur Anugrah Ashram was purchased in 2014 to reach out to the state of Rajasthan. As much as it is a desert the gospel too has scarcely reached people of this state. DBI was able to train 700 men and women in our one week, one month and one year courses since 2014. Due to the constrains in space, we are unable to train more and have had to send away prospective students. In 2017 we plan to expand the centre to make room for more classrooms and dormitories. Please write to us for a detailed project if you would like to be a part of this strategic move in Rajasthan.

Thanksgiving

We are grateful to the Lord for how He has once again used an ordinary DBI team to do extraordinary attempts in North India. We thank you for your prayers, partnership and participation. Prayerfully seek if you would like to make a year end gift to DBI.

Please watch Pastor Isaac as he shares an update on the vision.

The Sunday morning services are now live streamed.
Watch the service live by click here.
  • Team DBI as they review the year and prayerfully set goals for 2017 in the last week of November.
  • The advent season would be a time of great harvest in all our centres as we plan many programs to witness the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Provision for the expansion of the Jaipur Anugrah Ashram.
  • Vision 2025 to be accomplished.
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