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There is probably more diversity of religions and sects in India than anywhere else on the earth. Apart from having nearly all the worlds great religions represented, India was the birth place of Hinduism, Buddhism, a Vital supporter of Zoroastrianism and home to Jainism. Apart from these native religions, India hosted a number of other religions. In 1971, the number of Christians in India was 14.2 Millions, which rose to 22.20 Millions at the end of 1991, sharing an overall increase of 55.6%. It is expected that this figure would double by the end of 2020 AD.

So, please help us to reach primitive tribal groups in India with your Loving, Valuable, Generous and Blessing support.

May God Bless You

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Sahara ministries partnership request proposal

  1. 1. SAHARA MINISTRIES Regd under 1908/32A Sec Act – 117/2005 (28th Nov, 2005) H.No: 7 – 1 – 232, Dwaraka Nagar, KHAMMAM – 507 002, A.P. INDIA Mobile No: +91 – 944 – 057 – 6580, E-Mail: saharaministries@gmail.com, Web Site: www.saharaministries.org ‘It is not enough to do evangelism or to plant a single congregation. We have not doneour job unless a movement of fully indigenous, mission-minded, multiplying churches is planted in a people group. Then they can evangelize their own people, city or nation.’Dear precious Brother/ Sister in Lord Jesus Christ,Greetings from India, the Land of Many religions……I am a humble Servant of God and jealous for God to do anything to establish His Kingdomaccording to His will. It is really a great privilege that God has given to share somethingwith you about SAHARA MINISTRIES activities for your kind cooperation. Lord has beendirected me to contact you and thereby I am contacting you in His High name. God namewill be glorified. VISION: Partnering in God’s Vision for proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom (Matt.24:14) to the people of India.SAHARA MINISTRIES is registered as a Charitable and Religious Trust and having a clearVision, Mission, Integrity, Transparent, Personal Integrity and a Prayer support to bringholistic development among the believers, downtrodden community, remote areas andtribal people irrespective of Caste and Creed. We mainly are concentrating to reachPrimitive Tribal Groups, Unreahed and Unengaged people groups in India. We are alsoconcentrating on Women, Children, and Youth, Poor and Needy people throughtransformational activities. Purpose: Is to “Become perfect in Jesus Christ (Colo.1:28) for good works which God ordained to walk in for fulfilling life" (Eph. 2:10).We are conducting various social and spiritual transformational activities to meet theirneeds. Presently we are running small semi orphanage, Adult Literacy Programs, Schoolafter school program for children, Church planting among the tribal areas, and Communitydevelopment through Income Generating programs, Evangelism and pastoral support. MISSION: To serve as a vehicle of God’s love for meeting the Spiritual and Social needs of the poor and disadvantaged.Our Major Activities are: FINANCIAL INTEGRITY Evangelism & Discipleship It is having strong Church Forming commitment to maintaining Adult Literacy Program the highest standards of Health Activities & Medical Camps financial Integrity, Environmental Awareness & Climate change spending contribution Orphanage / Old Age Home according to the purpose School after School for poor Children for which they were raised. Community Development Activities Women empowerment Activities. "The multiplication of new churches is the best evangelistic method under heaven." – Peter Wagner HELPING THE HOPELESS and REACHING THE UNREACHED – SAHARA MINISTRIES 13 March 2013
  2. 2. KONDA REDDIS in APKonda Reddis inhabit on the either side of river Godavari in the hillyand forest tracts of East and West Godavari and Khammam districtsof Andhra Pradesh. Their population as per 2011 Census is1,36,391. The total literacy rate among Konda Reddi is 19.92. Theirmother tongue is Telugu. They are recognized as Primitive TribalGroup. Konda Reddy tribe is divided into exogamous septs forregulating matrimonial relations. Like other Telugu speaking peopletheir surnames are pre-fixed to individual names. Generally, each Andhrasept is exogamous but certain septs are considered as brother septs Pradesh Mapand marriage alliances with brother septs (agnate relations) areprohibited.They are primarily shifting cultivators and largely depend on flora and fauna of forestfor their livelihood. They eat a variety of tubers, roots, leaves, wild fruits etc., They collect and sell non timber forest produce like tamarind, adda leaves, myrobolans, broom sticks etc., to supplement their meagre income. This type of tillage, in which the axe and not the plough is the primary instrument, is in Andhra Pradesh known as podu, but there are important differences among the various forms of shifting cultivation. They also hunt with bow and arrow, and those living on the banks of the Godavari add to Human Sacrifice Place their food supply by fishing, often from dug-out canoes. They cultivate largely jowar, which is their staple food. They alsogrow chodi, red gram, bajra, beans, paddy and pulses. They eat pork but do notconsume beef.The Konda Reddi family is patriarchal and patrilocal. Monogamy is arule but polygamous families are also found. Marriage by negotiations,by love and elopement, by service, by capture and by exchange aresocially accepted ways of acquiring mates. Levirate is vogue. Theyworship Muthayalamma (Village deity), Bhu Devi (Earth Goddess),Gangamma Devi (River Goddess) etc., and celebrate festivals likeMamidi Kotha, Bhudevi Panduga, Gangamma Panduga and VanaDevudu Panduga.The Konda Reddi family is patriarchal and patrilocal. Monogamy is arule but polygamous families are also found. Marriage by negotiations,by love and elopement, by service, by capture and by exchange are KONDA REDDIsocially accepted ways of acruiring mates. Levirate is in vogue. They worshipmuthayalamma (Village Deiy), Bhudevi (Earth Goddess), Gangamma Devi (RiverGoddess) etc., and celebrate festivals like Mamidi Kotha, Bhudevi Panduga, GangammaPanduga and Vana Devudu Panduga. The men and women folk jointly perform dance on festive and marriage occasions. Konda Reddies have their own institution of social control called Kula Panchayat. Each village has a traditional headman called Pedda Kapu. The office of the headman is hereditary and the headman is also the Pujari (priest) of he village deities. The younger brother or nearest male relative of Pedda Kapu acts as his assistant and substitutes in case of absence of Pedda Rev. Shastri sharing Kapu from village and he is called Pina Pedda. The offences the gospel to like adultery, incest and cases of divorce and inter dining with Kondareddi People persons of other community are dealt by the village panchayat. HELPING THE HOPELESS and REACHING THE UNREACHED – SAHARA MINISTRIES 13 March 2013
  3. 3. KOYA in AP The Koyas mainly inhabit the hilly areas of Khammam, West Godavari, East Godavari, and Warangal districts and are sparsely found in Adilabad and Karimnagar districts. The Koya population as per 2011 Census is 4,96,876 in Andhra Pradesh. The total literacy rate among Koya as per 2011 Census reports is 27.83. The Godavari and Sabari rivers which are flowing through their area of habitation exercise profound influence on Koyas economic, social and cultural life. Koyas popularly call themselves as Dorala Sattam (Lords group) and Putta Dora (original lords). Koyas call themselves "Koitur" in Koya person their dialect. Though strongly influenced by neighbouring Telugu speaking people, they retained a typical cultural traits of Koyaculture. The rest of the Koyas found in Khammam district (Bhadrachalam division),Polavaram area of West Godavari district speak Koya. It is also called "Chettu Basha"(Tree language) or Gali basha (Air language) in Telugu language as it is spoken bypeople living under the trees and forests.The Koya tribe is divided into several functional, endogamousgroups who are in turn divided into several exogamous phratries.These divisions are exogamous and are meant mainly to regulatemarital alliances and other family relations. Each phratry is againdivided into several clans. Nuclear and monogamous families arepredominantly found. Marriage among Koyas take place after KOYA Womenattainment of puberty and cross cousin marriages are encouraged. on WorkLevirate is socially accepted. The following four types of acquiringspouses are in vogue among Koyas. Marriage by negotiations is the most preferredmode of acquiring mates in modern times among Koyas. Monogamy is the generalpractice among Koyas though polygamy is socially approved. Descent is through maleline only. Koya woman is industrious and she is an economic asset to the family. Thewoman attends to all agriculture operations except ploughing besides domestic work.Divorce is oral and conventional but not legal and it may be initiated from either side.The Kulapanchayath plays an important role in administering the divorce. Widowremarriage known as Maru Manuvu is allowed among Koyas, though the remarriedwidow is not allowed to wear "Puste" (marriage badge). She is given equal status withother married women in all social and religious functions. The Koyas are mainly settled cultivators. They grow Jowar, Ragi, Bajra and other millets. Most of the Koyas living in midst of forest collect tubers and roots such as Tella Chenna Gadda, Kirismatilu and edible green leaves such as Clencheli, Doggali, Gumuru, Thota kura, Boddukura and prepare curries for their domestic consumption. Their lands are very fertile due to Cooking System periodical floods of Godavari in the Koya habitat. Lord Bhima, Korra Rajulu, Mamili and Potaraju are the important deities toKoyas. Their main festivals are Vijju Pandum (seeds charming festival) and KondalaKolupu (festival to appease Hill deities). Koyas have a number of religious functionarieswho attend to different aspects of their religious life. It also takes active part in themarriage ceremonies and conducting of fairs and festivals. Koyas either bury orcremate the dead. In case of children or pregnant women, the corpse is buried whilethe corpse of others is cremated. Only clan members carry the corpse to the burialground. Koyas perform a robust colourful dance called (Permakok ata) Bison horndance during festive and marriage ceremonies. The men put on Bison Horns on headand wear colourful dress. They carry a big cylindrical drum to their neck and beat itrhythmically. The women form into circles by holding each others hands over theirshoulders and perform splendid dance while singing. HELPING THE HOPELESS and REACHING THE UNREACHED – SAHARA MINISTRIES 13 March 2013
  4. 4. KONDA DORA in AP The Konda Doras are found chiefly in the scheduled areas of Khammam, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh. Their population according to 1991 census is 1,79,334. The total literacy rate among Konda Dora is 14.96. They call themselves as Kubing or Kondangi in their own dialect, which is called Kubi. The Konda Doras of Vizianagaram, Srikakulam and East Godavari have forgotten their own dialect and adopted Telugu as their mother tongue. Konda Doras living in Visakhapatnam can speak Adivasi Oriya and Telugu.Konda Dora tribe is divided into a number of clans such as Korra, Killo, Swabi,Ontalu, Kimudu, Pangi, Paralek, Mandelek, Bidaka, Somelunger, etc. Levirate typeof marriage is customarily practiced in this community. Polygene is also in vogue.Marriage by capture, marriage by elopement, marriage by negotiations andmarriage by service are traditionally accepted ways of acquiring mates. Divorce issocially permitted. They eat beef and pork. They are basically shifting cultivators.But they are adapting to settled cultivation. Theycollect and sell Non-timber forest produce. Theyworship Boda Devatha, Sanku Devata, NisaniDevata and Jakara Devata and offer sacrifices.They celebrate Chaitra Panduga, Balli DevataPanduga, Korra and Sama Kotha, ChikkuduKotha, and pusapandoi (ceremonial eating ofadda nuts). The most important festival isKada Pandoi (seed charming festival) and thisfestival is followed by hunting. They perform the famous community dance called Dimsa, during Vetting festival, and on marriage occasions. The traditional musical instruments used are tudum, dappu, Kiridi and Pirodi. They perform the famous traditional dance ‘Dimsa’ with a lot of traditional instruments including drums, during festivals and marriage occasions. A sub-tribe of Konda doras is called Konda Kapus. In the traditional panchayat the cases such as divorce, minor and major social disputes are dealt and the decision of the headman is final. HELPING THE HOPELESS and REACHING THE UNREACHED – SAHARA MINISTRIES 13 March 2013
  5. 5. LAMBADA (BANJARA) in APThe Lambadas are a scheduled tribe inhabiting throughout of Andhra Pradesh. Theyare also known as Sugalis. Their population according to 1991 census is 16,41,897.The total literacy rate among Lambada is 15.22. The Lambadas are the largesttribe in Andhra Pradesh. Lambadas live in exclusive settlements of their own calledTandas, usually away from the main village, tenaciouslymaintaining their cultural and ethnic identity.The traditional dress of the men comprises of dhoti, uppergarment and bright coloured turbans. The womenfolk wearlanga of coarse cotton prints, richly embroidered with severalfold at the waists. Lambada tribe is divided into five phratriesviz., Bhukya (Rathod), Vadthiya (Jadhav), Chowhan, Pamar Banjara Menand Banoth (ade).Traditionally joint family was playing a dominant role in choosing the mates,determining the residence, controlling the property, watching the morals andmanaging the affairs of the youngsters. The joint family was the norm in the earlydays among Lambadas but now it is breaking down gradually into nuclear families.Marriage by negotiations is the only accepted way of performing marriages andsometimes marriage by service is also practiced. The married women wear ivorybangles or imitation of them above their elbows, which are referred as Balia. The Lambadas believe that the world is protected by a multitude of spirits-benign and malign. Hence the malignant spirits are periodically appeased through sacrifice and supplication. The Lambadas also worship and pay reverence to the benevolent Gods such as Vishnu, Rama, Venkateswara and Seva Bhaya. Meraima is beloved to protect their females and children and preserve the fertility of their lands and females while Seva Bhaya and seetala are regarded as the protectors of the cattle. They also celebrate the Hindu festivals like Ugadi, Balaji, Raki, Naga Panchami, Banjara Women Dasara, Deepavali, Sankranthi, Sivaratri and Holi. The importanttraditional festivals are Teej, Seetala and Tulja Bhavani and they regularlycelebrate them. The dead are cremated in separate cremation grounds.Lambadas have their own traditional council for each Tanda for the disposal ofdisputes originating form economic and social causes. This council consists of oneheadman (Nayak), one advisor (Karbari) and one messenger(Dappan). All the offices of the council are hereditary. They calltraditional council as Naiker Ghar.Lambadas are expert cattle breeders and largely subsist by saleof milk and milk products. They have settled in modern times onland and also became good agriculturists. Lambadas are givingup their nomadic habits and permanently settling on land. Thelandless families are migrating to towns and cities and eking outtheir livelihood by driving auto rickshaws and by rickshaw pulling.They are also engaged as labourers on daily wages in Banjara Womenconstruction work of buildings, roads etc. HELPING THE HOPELESS and REACHING THE UNREACHED – SAHARA MINISTRIES 13 March 2013
  6. 6. IN ODISHA STATE - KOYAThe Koyas form a major chunk of the tribes in Orissa. They inhabit the hills ofMalkangiri District. They have a tradition of about 200 years and it is believed that theywere driven from the plateau in the Bastar region of Madhya Pradesh by famine anddisputes. They are fun loving people and songs and dances punctuate their individualand social life. They believe in observing totemic rites, taboos and special rituals forinvoking rain and elimination of diseases. They speak a different Gond dialect of theDravidian group which more or less resembles the Telugu language. By plainsmen andofficials the Koyas are regarded as the major supporters of the Naxalites. Despite the march of civilization, the Koya village is regarded as a political unit for handing out justice. Their villages are situated on the patches of clearings in the midst of forests. The Koya tribal do not settle at any place permanently because of their belief that there may be some supernatural elements which cause some natural calamities or the local God will be displeased. They live in low thatched houses. KOYA Men There are some rituals which they observe at the time ofestablishing a new village. Soil is taken from the new land to present it to the chiefmentor and the ’guru’ tests it to determine the auspicious movement, day and futurecourse. The community shifts to the new land at the auspicious moment. It takes morethan one year to complete the formalities. The head of the Koya village is called ’Peda’and it is hereditary. Animal rearing is the main activity of the Koyas. They rear Pigs,Goats, Cows and Hens. The main festival of Koyas is "Bijapandu" festival celebrated inthe month of Chaitra. They live in low thatched houses. They cultivate Tobacco leaf,Mandia, Maize, Bhatta Paddy. Mahula and Salapa is their ideal drink. This tribal ofOrissa believe in puja and local medicine for their illness and disease and moreoverthey use very little quantity of milk. Alcohol (Salap) consumption is very commonamong the Koyas.The Koya dormitory assumes a unique place in their social life.Monogamy is preferred by most Koya male. But, now a day’spolygamy is gaining favor among some Koyas. As younger malesmarry older females, they take up several females with a view togaining sexual pleasure and property. The liberty to choose a lifecompanion is restricted among the Koyas. At times, a grown upmale with his friend’s, kidnap a female and afterwards he paysbride price to the female’s father and the marriage is solemnized. KOYA WomenIt is known as ’Karsu Pendul’. Instances where grown up Koyafemale forces her way into the house of her choicest male are also common. In suchcases, male’s father gives a small bride price to the female’s father and it is known as’Lonadi Pendul’.For good crop, the deity is prayed to and seeds are kept before the God. It is believedby the Koya tribal that on the touch of the deity, the seeds will yield more. Thefestival of consuming new crops is observed in the months of Bharava and Ashwina andthis festival is known as ’Kusem Pandu’. While ’Sikud Pandu’is observed in the monthsof Ashwina and Kartika and newly harvested rice is eaten. The rain god is worshiped inthe months of Magha and Phalguna. During this festival, the images of a male and afemale are married under a ’mohua’ tree. It is believed that the rain god is thusmarried and he would give ample rain. Than, the priest sprinkles water on the imagesand the marriage of the rain god is said to be solemnized. Dance and songs starts fromthere. The Koyas have an interesting dance style. HELPING THE HOPELESS and REACHING THE UNREACHED – SAHARA MINISTRIES 13 March 2013
  7. 7. The Koya tribal dance involves the men tying the buffalo or bison horns on theirheads and engage in mimic fights, while the women wearing traditional costumesdance prettily in a ring with their hands on each other’s shoulder. Every aspect of Koyalife is charming and colorful. But the place of honor is occupied by their dance andmusic. The invigorating dances set to the beat of tapping music of traditionalinstruments are a way of life for the Koyas. In all seasons and occasions, the Koyapeople sing and dance. Like other tribes, the Koyas draw the attention of the people fortheir festivals and mode of amusements. Festive fervor sweeps the Koya villages rightfrom the beginning of Baisakh month. They observe four important festivals like, BijaPandu, Kodta Pandu, Bumud Pandu and Ikk Pandu.The festival of Bija Pandu isobserved in the months of Baisakh and Jyestha and choicest deity is offered pigs,fowls, eggs and mango. Although an important festival of most of the tribes ofOrissa, it is celebrated with unmatched enthusiasm by the Koyas. BONDA in Odisha The Bonda are an ancient tribe of people numbering approximately 22,000 (2011 census) who live in the isolated hill regions of the Malkangiri district of southwestern Orissa, India, near the junction of the three states of Orissa, Chhattisgarh, and Andhra Pradesh. One of the isolated tribes of India, the Bonda tribal are known to lead marooned life. Not much is known about the tribes even today. BONDA Women The Bondas known among themselves as Remo (men) are asmall tribe of the type now often called Austro-Asiatic country and found in themountainous region north-west of Machakunda river. They reside in the Bonda Hillsunder Khairput block at the height of 3000 feet. They have kept themselvescomparatively unaffected by the morden civilization of today’s era.They have preserved themselves comparatively unaffected by the march of civilization.Indeed, by plainsmen and officials, the Bondas are regarded as savage. In fact theBonda tribe is considered to be the most barbaric of all tribes of Orissa. The strangedress and appearance, the extra ordinary dialect they use speak of a different tribalculture altogether. The inaccessibility of their homes separatethem from other tribes of the district .The origin andaffiliations of the Bondas are obscure, but one may accept thepossibility that they are members of a group of Austro-Asiatictribes which at some remote date took shelter in the wildJeypore hills.There is every reason to suppose that the Bondas have BONDA Womenchanged very little during their long history. They arecategorized into Ontal and Kilo sub groups. Bondas are fond of Podu Cultivation andBonda ladies help them in this job. They still practice the barter systems, exchangingthe produce of their fields for articles of daily use. In Bonda community, the bride isolder than the groom. ‘Patkhanda Yatra’ at Mudulipada festival held in the month ofApril and May is the main festival of Bondas. These tribes also celebrate a festivalcalled Chaitra Praba – a festival to hunt wild life from the forests. Men and boys go outinto the forest for hunting. If they come back without anything, they cannot show theirfaces to women. Therefore, no animal escapes the hunters. If they get nothing else,they even kill a jackal. HELPING THE HOPELESS and REACHING THE UNREACHED – SAHARA MINISTRIES 13 March 2013
  8. 8. Women dance and sing whole day in the streets and in village commons. All motorvehicles are stopped several times on the road by streams of girls who dance and singacross the road. Only after paying few amount, the vehicles are allowed to move.The Bonda tribal of Orissa keep their own rules fairly well. They observe the tabooson incest or adultery and their religious obligations with such fidelity that the fewexceptions are long remembered. The Bondas spend a great deal of time on theirreligions and its feasts and holidays are an important part of Bonda lives. Certainfeatures are common to every festival.The religious occasions are real festivals and holidays; dancing accompanies eachfestival and there are some relaxation of rules, which forbid men and women of thesame village to dance together. The chief festival among the Kondh is the Kedufestival, which was once associated with human sacrifice. At present, a buffalo issacrificed in place of the human victim. Hunting is one of the favorite recreations ofthese tribal of Orissa. In the summers especially in the month of March, when theentire world makes holiday, organized beats are held in which, all the men and boys ofthe village take part, armed with bows and arrows, axes or spears and occasionallywith matchlocks, and they slay any live thing, irrespective of age or sex that they maymeet in the forest. Such expeditions, as a matter of course, culminate in a feast andarouse in the village.By nature Bondas are very short tempered and get easily ruffled. On a rage they caneven commit murder. As a testimony to this statement, many a Bonda tribal can befound languishing in prison. In fact this is one of the major reasons for the dwindlingBonda population in the district of Malkangiri.BONDA ATTIRE: The Bonda are generally semi-clothed, the women wear thick silverneck bands. The Bonda attire is explained in a legend relating to the Ramayana.According to it, some Bonda women chanced upon Sita who was was bathing at a pondin the Bonda hills and, seeing her naked, they sniggered. Enraged, Sita cursed them toa life where they would be condemned to remaining naked and having their headsshaven. When the Bonda women pleaded forgiveness, Sita gave them a piece of clothshe tore off her sari. This explains, according to the legend, why Bonda women haveshorn heads and wear only a ringa, a length of cloth that covers the waist. Their torsosare covered in strings of colourful beads. Bonda women also wear metal rings thatcover their necks and bangles on their arms. Since Bonda women hunt and forage forfood in the forest, it is thought that these ornaments have a function of protectingthem from injuries and attacks by wild animals.GENDER ROLES AMONG THE BONDA: In Bonda society, the women enjoy aprivileged position. They are the primary workers and providers of food for thecommunity. This matriarchal dominance is also seen in the marital norms of thecommunity. Bonda girls largely marry boys who are at least five to ten years youngerthan them. Thus the girl looks after her husband as he grows up and in turn he caresfor his elder wife. In contrast with many other populations in India, the number ofwomen among the Bonda greatly exceeds the number of men. Among themen alcoholism is a major issue. They spend much time brewing and consuming liquorfrom rice, palm and the mahua flower. The Bondas are trained in using arms at ayoung age. This, coupled with rampant alcoholism and their reputation for a quicktemper, has contributed to high rates of fratricide among them. HELPING THE HOPELESS and REACHING THE UNREACHED – SAHARA MINISTRIES 13 March 2013
  9. 9. PERSICUTION AMONG THE TRIBAL AREAS Christians are persecuted, banished even from shops, left alone to die if they need to be taken by car to hospital. This is the everyday reality in Kandhamal, the lawless and insecure region, described in the report published on 8 November by a group of activists. But the authorities of the state of Orissa have been saying that everything is "normal" after the violent persecution of recent years in which many Christians have been killed and tens of thousands forced toflee from home. In the village of Bodimunda, Tikabali police, there are stilldestroyed buildings and houses, a clear sign of anti-Christian violence. Before the village, they visited thehouse of a Christian pastor, which has remained intact inthe midst of the other ruins. The minister - whose iswithheld for his protection - received them politely butwith obvious concern and said that he was forced toconvert to Hinduism to save his elderly mother, who wastoo old to run away during the violence on the streets. A few minutes later, members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Hindu nationalist group linked to the violent fundamentalists of the Sangh Parivar, arrived. They asked the group who they were and the minister immediately replied that they were bank officials acquaintances of a relative of his who works in the bank. Soon after, the group left the house.Bamadev Pradhan, a tribal Christian, lives in his dirtfloor house, paralyzed an unable to walk. Familymembers have said that when he was struck by a severefever, they tried to take him to hospital in Tikabali,about 8 km away. But no one was available and theyalmost had to force a Christian who had a car and rentedit out, to bring the paralytic. On their return, the car wasstopped and taken away by the followers of the RSS.The owner got it back only after paying a fine of 1,051rupees and promising that he would no longer transport Christians. The owner of the vehicle confirmed this and added that he had to pay the "fine" even though he had approached the police for help. A few minutes after the arrival of the Group, Jesaya Nayak, a resident entered asking them to leave because the situation was "volatile." From information gathered, it appears that in the village RSS followers have forbidden anyone who has a vehicle to give lifts to Christians, even if sick. HELPING THE HOPELESS and REACHING THE UNREACHED – SAHARA MINISTRIES 13 March 2013
  10. 10. EVANGELISM, DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH FORMING: According to Christ’s Great Commission, it is the duty of every Christian to “ GO into all the World and preach the Gospel to everyone and to make them disciples of Lord Jesus Christ by baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit (Mark 16:15 and Math 28:19-20). Dear Brothers/Sisters, responding to the above mentioned task that Persecuted Lord Jesus Christ has assigned to His true followers, our Trust has Tribal Believers been sincerely evangelizing the State of Andhra Pradesh since 2007 sharing the Gospel starting from Villages to Mandals, from Mandals to Districts with an aim of touching each and every nook and corner of the States in a systematic way. The task of winning the perishing souls for Christ and expansion of the Extraordinary Kingdom of God is not an easy One. It involves a lot of planning, manpower, infrastructure, finance and prayer. Our Trust has no support from any one. So, all has been done purely by faith, prayers and careful planning, all these years. Konda Reddy Requesting Budget: (Unit Cost $20 per person per year) Church TOTAL 1 year 1st Year For 2 Years Expenditure Expenditure forS. MONTHLY Total inNo DISCRIPTION in Rupees for 1 Church 24 Church Total in Planter Planters in US $=Rs 50 US $=Rs 50 in US $ Rupees (5% Extra) 1 Honorarium 2,500 – 00 50 – 00 60,000 – 00 1,200 – 00 1,260 – 00 2 Bicycle (One Time) 4,500 – 00 90 – 00 108,000 – 00 2,160 – 00 2,225 – 00 3 Christmas Gift (One Time) 2,500 – 00 50 – 00 60,000 – 00 1,200 – 00 1,260 – 00 4 Project Director Help 5,000 – 00 100 – 00 60,000 – 00 1,200 – 00 1,260 – 00Total Expenditure for 24 Church Planters 290 – 00 288,000 – 00 5,760 – 00 6,005 – 00 CONSOLIDATED BUDGET st nd rd PLACE OF WORK 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year S. No of People Group Total Total Total No States Districts Workers in Us $ in Us $ in Us $ Khammam Andhra Konda Reddy, Koya & 1 East Godavari 12 Pradesh Banjara West Godavari $ 5,760 $ 6,005 $ 6,305 2 Odissa Malkangiri Oriya Koya , Bonda 12 2 states and 4 Districts 4 People Groups 24 Our holy task is in great need for finance and also the back support. We, therefore, invite to launch your programs in INDIA. With your valuable support and guidance, together we work by sharing the responsibility of reaching every creature with the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ OUR DREAM & GOAL: by way of Conducting the different activities in every Village, Mandal and District in INDIA, so that Plant 2-3 Churches In a year maximum number of Non-Christians will come to Make 24 - 36 Disciples in 3 know of the true God and escape from falling into Years of Time everlasting hell fire by accepting JESUS CHRIST as To Bring 100 people to the their savior and Lord which you and I have already Knowledge of Christ in a Year done and found peace with God and looking At least Baptize 100 New forward for the Second coming of Lord Jesus Believers in a Year. Christ. HELPING THE HOPELESS and REACHING THE UNREACHED – SAHARA MINISTRIES 13 March 2013
  11. 11. AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM (ASP) FOR CHILDREN: Sahara Ministries is reaching out very poor and needy, changing their lives through Education. Our Mission is providing under- privileged children with an opportunity to gain the lifelong gift of education. We believe that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and taking control of ones own life. The level of poverty and illiteracy in India is frightening! More than a quarter of the population of one billion is poor, and 65% is functional illiterate - although among the AFTER SCHOOL poorest the percentage of illiteracy is much higher. This PROGRAM illiteracy is leading to early marriages, over population, poorsanitation, squalid living conditions, etc. That’s the reason the bulk of our work iscentered on facilitating accessible education.Our holy task is in great need for finance. We, therefore, invite precious brothers andsisters to involve themselves with us in this work by sharing the responsibility ofreaching every children with the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ and providing the basicneeds by way of Conducting the After School Program, Feeding, Providing Play Materielin every Village. So, if you are led by God in this endeavor and wish to offer your mite,Please respond quickly. Your small donation will make a difference in the life of thesechildren. Annual Exp 3 yrs TotalS. Monthly Annual DISCRIPTION in US $ Amount inNo Exp Exp in Rs $ = Rs 50/- US $ Teacher Honorarium – 10 No1 1000 1,20,000 2,400 – 00 7,200 @1000/- X 10 No X 12 Months Sports Materiel – 10 Centers2 15,000 300 – 00 900 @1,500/- X 10 centers Snacks @100/- per each centre3 100 12,000 240 – 00 720 X 10 centers X 12 months Project Manager -1 no4 5,000 60,000 1,200 – 00 3,600 @5,000/- X 12 months TOTAL EXPENDITURE for 10 Centers 2,07,000 4,140 –00 12,420 ORPHANAGEA day in the life of a tribal kid: MY DAY starts at 6 am in themorning and after freshening up, I eat some stale rice. Then I go tothe nearby forest for collecting fuel wood for the house. This workgets over by 9am and usually I collect one bundle of wood which canbe used for three to four days. But I have to go for the wood TRIBAL ORPHAN CHILDRENcollection daily as this will help us to keep a stock for the rainy S.M PROVIDED CLOTHS TOseason. After coming back home I eat rice with some curry for lunch THESE ORPHAN CHILDREN-- it works for the whole day. Then I start my real job -- grazing ofcattle. This work usually starts at 10 am and ends by 6 pm in the evening. But mywork structure is not limited to this. During the harvest season I go for harvesting andcarrying the crop. Usually I get Rs 25 per day for this. But I give half the money to myfather. He spends it on booze and merriment. The females give all their earnings totheir mother, and they usually get Rs 20 per day.Monthly Expenditure for 1 Child = US $ 25 – 00Monthly expenditure for 25 Children = US $ 625 – 00One Year Expenditure: @25 X 25 Children X 12 months = US $ 7,500 – 003 years Expenditure: $ 7,500 X 3 years = US $ 22,500 - 00 HELPING THE HOPELESS and REACHING THE UNREACHED – SAHARA MINISTRIES 13 March 2013
  12. 12. FINANCIAL REQUEST:Our holy task is in great need for finance and alsothe back support. We, therefore, invite to launchyour programs in INDIA. With your valuable supportand guidance, together we work by sharing theresponsibility of reaching every creature with theGospel of Lord Jesus Christ by way of Conducting theGospel meetings in every Village, Mandal and Districtin INDIA, so that maximum number of Non-Christians will come to know of the true God andescape from falling into everlasting hell fire by My FAMILYaccepting JESUS CHRIST as their savior and Lordwhich you and I have already done and found peace with God and looking forward forthe Second coming of Lord Jesus Christ.Dear precious Brother “Let us work together, Let us win souls together andLet us expand the kingdom of true God together”. If any one dies withoutknowing God we are the responsible for those lost souls. As per statistics every1 second 1 person is dying in Asia. So, if you are led by God in this endeavorand wish we can work together in India.We shall be very happy to receive your ministry cooperation and your helpinghand. If you need more information about our Church Planters, Orphan childreninformation, we are ready to send you the profiles. For immediate communicationplease contact our Mobile No:+91 – 944 – 057 – 6580 or through mail:saharaministries@gmail.com. Finally“Charity sees the need, not the cause” A German Proverb My Prayerful, Special and Immediate Requests are: Church Planter Support (Monthly $50) for 24 – 36 CP for 3 years After School program (Monthly $20) for 10 Teachers for 3 years Orphan Support (Monthly $25) for 25 Children for 3 years Discipleship Training for 36 Church Planters (Monthly $200) for 3 years Adult Literacy program (Monthly $20) for 20 centers for 2 years Health Camps (Monthly $200) for 24 camps in 3 yearsWe are expecting a favorable reply from your end.May God be with you.Until India Reached….. SEND YOUR DONATIONS TO:Yours in HIS Service. Trust Name : SAHARA MINISTRIES Bank Name : State Bank of India Place : KHAMMAM, A.P., India. Account No : 30194248174 Online Code (IFSC) : SBIN0005817(Rev. LALBAHUDUR SHASTRI) SWIFT Code : SBININBB134Humble Servant of God (Through OVERSEAS BANK, Hyderabad) HELPING THE HOPELESS and REACHING THE UNREACHED – SAHARA MINISTRIES 13 March 2013

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