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TACC goes to India

 

 

 

Bishop/Overseer Bill Middleton narrates Talking of the Hindus coming to be lessed, you need to understand that India has two main religions, Hindu and Muslim. Christianity in all its forms counts for little more than 10%. Although there is traditionally toleration by the Muslims for Christianity, there is almost active hatred by the Hindus. This seems to be changing. At one congregation that we visited, the pastor’s house had been destroyed by the Hindu villagers on two separate occasions. After the third destruction, they came and helped him to rebuild. In other villages, the village elders (predominantly Hindu) have given Grants of land for TACC in India to build a Place of Worship. In some instances this will be the only Place of Worship in the village, no Hindu Temple, no Muslim Mosque, just a planned TACC in India  Church!

It all started on Facebook.

 

NEWS FLASH! Due to unforseen circumstances, the visit by the Chief Apostle has been postponed, probably to a date in September. Although the delay is disappointing to all concerned, the organisers will use the delay to make the event even better. Multitudes are expected to attend. Praise the Lord!

(Updated from Hyderabad, India, June 13, 2012. Ed.) 

 

 

As many of you know, I am a keen contributor on Facebook, particularly the TACC Group Page. One day, whilst browsing the articles, I came across a name that made me think, Kailay Raju. “That does not seem like an African name”, so I sent him a message asking him about himself. He told me that he was a Pastor in Hyderabad, India: we exchanged e-mail addresses and then a few messages.

 

Before I knew it, Kailay had asked me to visit him in India! The Chief Apostle gave me his blessing and gave me Father Apostle Gopie as my Leader. Before I knew it, we were on our way, East London, Johannesburg, Dubai, Hyderabad. Basically, a 24 hour journey. When we arrived a smartly dressed young man came up with a broad smile on his face, “You must be Father Bill, welcome to India!” Introductions all round, Father Apostle Gopie, Mother Apostle Gopie and Mother Bill, then he took us to our hotel to recover.

 

We only had four days for that trip so life then became somewhat hectic. Father Raju had invited the pastors that he works with, and their wives, to a meeting in one of their Places of Worship, to meet us. We were met by glorious singing. Then came the first realisation that we were in a different country with different customs. In India, you take your shoes off when you enter somebody’s home or a Place of Worship (even shops in the markets). So, barefoot, we went inside and were immediately given the word. Lunch was cooked outside, our first taste of genuine Indian Curry. Delicious.

On the way to our next meeting, Father Raju told us that his 12 Pastors had decided to join with TACC and to form TACC in India. The next meeting was a Service in one of their congregations where again we had the opportunity to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On the way back to the hotel we learnt that two more pastors had stated their intention to join TACC in India.

The next few days were spent travelling many kilometres around Hyderabad/Secunderabad visiting the communities of our new Brothers. What an eye-opener! We attended a Holy Baptism with water when five people were baptised in water blessed by Father Apostle Gopie and baptised in the Name of The Father, Son and Holy Spirit by me.

A very striking service was the one on the Friday evening, held in the open-air. I don’t know how many attended, it was dark and we were under a flood-light, but after the Apostle’s Benediction the crowd gathered around for individual Blessings. Father Gopie, Mother Gopie, Mother Bill and I each Blessed whoever stood before us and it was an hour before we could finish. Many (most) of those blessed were Hindu women with their children. It was important to them to receive the Blessing of the only living GOD. Everywhere that we went, there were Hindus asking for the Blessings of our Living GOD.

 

 

 

On Sunday, we attended Church at Father Raju’s home, he has an upper room that is used solely as a Place of Worship. After lunch we visited the Joy Becker Orphanage which is run by Kailay’s mother. Sixteen children who entertained us with song and dance. Then off to the Airport for our journey home.

Two months later we could apply for new visas to enter India and left from Durban at the end of November. Father Gopie joined us on December 02. Before he arrived, Mother Bill and I visited a group of Pastors some 500km from Hyderabad who are also interested in joining TACC in India. This must be a separate mission. On our return to Hyderabad we were able to buy and hand over two motor-cycles to TACC in India, a gift from the Mother Church in South Africa. These 100cc motor cycles are a prime mans of transportation in India, you see complete families on them, mother, father and 2-3 children! two of our pastors had no transportation.

When the one, Pastor John, was given his bike, he told us that he had had a revelation early that morning (which he had told to a brother pastor) telling him that he was going to get a bike that day. The excitement was wonderful to see. Incidentally, the gift of the bikes had been a closely kept secret. Nobody knew of our intentions.

During this visit, too, there were numerous Baptisms with water, twenty one by full immersion, the remainder were simple baptisms at the various Sealing Services.

At every Service that we visited, Father Gopie Sealed those souls who wished to be Baptised with the Holy Spirit. It was amazing to see whole congregations standing for this Blessing. A total of 573 souls were sealed during the week. Some would stand, then with a wave of the hand, the rest would join them. Then the question, “Who has not been baptised with water?” There were 47 negative responses and those persons were then Baptised before they were Sealed.

The climax of our second visit was a Sunday Service which was a Welcoming Service with the anointment of three Deacons , thirteen Priests and a Community Elder, Father Kailay Raju.

 

 

 

We are now looking forward to the next steps in our Mission to India, firstly to a visit by Community Elder Kailay Raju, Priest Timothy Reddy and Priest Putlagari Raju who, together with their wives, have been invited to the 2012 Apostle Day Celebrations. Unfortunately, due to delays in granting the nencessary Visas to enter South Africa they could not attend. Immediately after Apostle Day the third Evangelical Mission was to take place, led, this time by our Father, the Chief Apostle and President of TACC, Prof. C Nongqunga, who will be accompanied by several Apostles and Overseers. C/E K Raju has many surprises in store for us, including, hopefully, a pilgrimage to the Tomb of Apostle Thomas, one of the original 12 disciples.

 

 

 

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