Mission trip to Eare Ministries in Andhra Pradesh, India with Rev Dave & Sue Prosser UK and Canadian team Living Water Fellowship. Ministering at gospel outreaches in rural villages, leprocy colonies, orphanages, runaway children projects, old age homes and planting and opening water wells.
EARE ministries in Tenali, South India began with this woman Lalitha. A dedicated woman with compassion and love, she began preaching on the streets of India with her two sons, a bicycle, a lamp, and a drum. Whilst one son played a drum round his neck, the other pushed the bike and she preached to villages through a speaker on the handlebars! God honoured her faith, dedication and passion for the lost and in the 1990’s she had 20 children under her roof, and God provided and then progressed her ministry with the elderly, and as they began intercession for India and the ministry, her children also grew with the same vision as their mother.
Years into her ministry, she contacted a man called David Prosser, an evangelist and ‘revivalist’ who started out back in 1977 when he and his wife Sue, responded to a call to ‘sell up and travel for God in a motor home.’ This costly obedience became the launching pad for an international ministry, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to over 40 nations in 30 years. Since 1991 they have been regarded as the ‘Mum and Dad’ of this now thriving national work in India, which today has over 1,200 churches attached to it! Eventually in 2003 Lalitha went to be with the Lord, but left both of her son’s leaders of ministries that have been used to transform thousands of lives for the Glory of God.
I had the pleasure of going with Rev David & Sue Prosser to join up with Lalitha’s son Bishop Sudeer Kumar, leader of EARE ministries to experience first hand India’s rural villages and their ministry outreaches, but just walking in and evangelising in these villages usually isn’t very safe, to say the least, but the way EARE ministries reaches out to these villages involves tact. Firstly they find out the needs of the village, “usually a water well”, which some women in rural India have to walk 4 hours a day to collect water that’s not even guaranteed to be safe to drink!
So using the funding raised by the missionary teams from the UK and Canada before hand, the ministry will approach the village elders as Christians, and offer to pay and supply their village with their need. Which the cost for a water well to be built in their village is £500 and this will supply the entire village with clean safe water. The village elders enjoy the benefit and glory of the grand opening, but the whole village is aware that it was Christians who provided their need and at the ceremonial grand opening of the well, a Christian speaker would say something on the lines of, “every time you drink the water, think of Jesus” and all caste can drink freely, so sooner or later, there’s an interest in Jesus, and opportunities to evangelise and preach and some of the village water well openings I went to, people were already openly asking us about Jesus and wanting us for pray for them.
So, when “so” many villages start to embrace Christianity, the ministry organise a “platform crusade” and these open-air meetings can go on until 1.00am! With sometimes gatherings of up to 1000 people! These are great opportunities to preach the Gospel though dramas, songs, and by giving gifts of food and necessities enable people to see God’s power and love through healings, miracles and deliverance. These remote villages are never disappointed with how God moves.
Our mission trip was focused on 10 villages that have all received water wells, being led by Dave & Sue Prosser with the help of Dave & Elaine Dexter, Kevin Dexter, Liz Coltman, Caroline Kirkpatrick, Glen Hinch, Randy & Diane Beatty.