Yesuaway Jeevan Mission, Chennai has recently added a further ministry partner to its list, making a total of eleven Christian ministries which are supported financially and prayerfully – five of these organisations are involved in the care and welfare of orphans and underprivileged children; one is a rehabilitation centre for those affected by HIV/AIDS and/or alcohol; one is a job training ministry for Gypsy women; one is a large elementary school/home for poor children and three are outreach ministries of the Advent Christian Conference of India in States other than Tamil Nadu.
The new ministry is a ministry to tribal communities based in a village called Baluthanda in the north-east of the State of Andhra Pradesh.
The new ministry’s name is
BALUNAYAK BANJARA TRIBAL MINISTRIES
and is led by
Rev Pastor B Balu Nayak
who is himself a member of the Banjara tribal community, and he is ministering in four separate areas – Mahabubabad, Baluthanda, Gorimella and Salarthanda.
He heard the call of the Lord to this ministry ten years ago and has been ministering the Gospel and carrying out various social services for his people since then. They have no buildings in any of their ministry areas and hold services in the open air, in homes and occasionally in rented tents. They have no financial support other than the small amount YJM will now be sending them each month, and there is much that could be done to help the mainly very poor tribal people to whom he ministers.
Pastor Balu Nayak was in October last year awarded the MAHATMA GANDHI NATIONAL AWARD in recognition of his ministry and service to his people. These awards are given by the Mahatma Gandhi National Foundation “…for demonstrably excellent work done by prominent personalities …in different fields of development activities and social service.”
Please pray for Pastor Balu Nayak and his ministries, and for those he ministers to – he has a burden for the Lord’s work and for helping his people.[nggallery id=168]