Mission India’s New Location Signals ‘God is in This Whole Project’

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

Mission India No. 1Mission India’s new address is 1142 44th St. SE, Kentwood.Next year will mark a milestone for Mission India when it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Another high point arrived sooner when the nonprofit recently relocated from its Grandville location to a 9,500-square foot building in Kentwood at 1142 44th St. SE.

Its new digs equate to about 500-square more space where a staff of 42 work at what is Mission India's world headquarters; another nine regional directors work off-site.

"We could have renewed the lease (in Grandville) but we wanted to see what was available," said Mike Jackson, Mission India's vice president of finance and administration. "This one came up here and in the right price range for us."

Will donate building

But it gets better, according to Jackson.

Mission India No. 2“India has the least reached people groups,” said Mission India vice president of finance and administration Mike Jackson."We actually had a donor who stepped up and said, 'Tell you what, why don't I actually purchase the building, lease it back (to Mission India) for a year and then I'll donate the building to you," said Jackson.

"So we thought praise God. He bought it for the asking price, $400,000, and we then signed a long-term lease with him for 10 years and after the first year he'll terminate the lease and donate the building to Mission India (this December).

"And we didn't have to borrow money to renovate it. It's all paid for. Another donor donated the time for materials and furniture. God is in this whole project here."

The agreement will save Mission India an annual $75,000, according to Jackson.

Threefold mission

Which is good, added Jackson, because the ministry's mission has plenty of opportunity for growth.

Its three-prong mission is spreading the gospel through children's Bible clubs, adult literacy classes and church planter training.

Most strategic place

Its threefold focus relies on Indian Christians to bring Christ to the most unreached nation in the world.

Mission India No. 3In 2016, more than 5.1 million children were reached through Mission India’s children’s Bible clubs."We like to say we do the most important thing, in the most strategic place in the most economical way," said Jackson. "We feel the gospel has got to be spread throughout the world. India has the least reached people groups, so when (Mission India founder) John DeVries visited India, he felt God saying to him, 'John this is where you need to be.'"

Although in 2016, 11,706 worshipping groups were planted and 2,097,190 new disciples were made, there remain nearly 2,000 unreached people groups — four times as many as in China.

"It's why we only work in one country and that is India," said Jackson.

902.7 million Hindus (74.33 percent)
172.5 million Muslims (14.2 percent)
71 million Christians (5.84 percent)
22.6 million Sikhs (1.9 percent)
9.9 million Buddhists (0.8 percent)
Source: Operation World, 7th edition, 2010


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