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“For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.”
Bihar, India, has a population of over 80 million people, yet only one percent claim to know Jesus as their Savior.
Ten years ago, Chad and Angela Germany, an endorsed U.S. Assemblies of God couple, began serving in Bihar in partnership with a local minister, Pastor Sanjay. Determined to plant a church among the many unreached people of their state, they began to courageously evangelize and disciple new believers. New churches were planted, but much work remained. Training was needed so that more pastors could be equipped to plant more churches.
Believing the answer to the shortage of pastors was establishing a training center, the couple began praying for God to help them start a Bible school in Bihar. For 10 years their vision remained unfulfilled, but their prayers continued. In January 2014, God answered their prayers. The Bihar AG Bible School launched with 14 enrolled students from newly planted churches!
Recently Joel Ellis, vice president of Global Operations, met with Pastor Sanjay, who is using Global University/ ICOM (India College of Ministry) materials to help catapult this training initiative.
According to Pastor Sanjay, the new "Hindi Christian Life and Christian Service" series and ICOM electronic tablets will greatly expedite the training efforts in the state of Bihar. Pastor Sanjay and the Germanys expect enrollments to double in the next few months. The goal of Bihar AG Bible College is to train 500 leaders and plant 500 house churches by 2020.
Chad reflects, "When God speaks a word to your heart, hold on to it. It may look impossible, it may delay, but hold onto it. A word from God will surely come to pass. Though it tarries, wait for it!"
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