Baptist Institute Of Theological Studies (Training center in Punjab State)

This is a extension of Kerala Baptist Bible College & Seminary. In BITS we are preparing the churches planters for North India. We have regular classes during week days and in weekend they are signed to work with a Pastor in our association. We do have monthly outreach evangelism. Pray for this ministry.  

 Class room lessons

Class room lessons

 Future Church planters and Pastors - Pray for these young people..

Future Church planters and Pastors - Pray for these young people..

 We are ready to go ..... will you pray....

We are ready to go ..... will you pray....

 Distributing Gospel tracks. (Taken and posting the picture with their permission)

Distributing Gospel tracks. (Taken and posting the picture with their permission)

 Our voice is for the Lord. School students invited for singing. 

Our voice is for the Lord. School students invited for singing. 

 Dedicated men for for the Lord. Pastor and staff of BITS.

Dedicated men for for the Lord. Pastor and staff of BITS.

Ladies Seminar

Churches in Kerala conducted a one day ladies seminar at Edayirikkapuzha IGBC.

Ladies in India are the one moving the family. They mostly play behind the curtain. So we take a day for them to encourage and fellowship and empower.

Proverbs 16:20, 'He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he' was the theme. Shibu has taken a seminar on 'Family problems and Biblical solutions'.

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Julie Simon taken health seminar. This helps a lot to them. Many of the ladies were able to clarify their concerns about health.

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Mr. Jacob John has take a class on counseling. And the same time they had fun time too, where they laugh a lot, action songs, Bible quiz, and few other different programs 

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Leaders of Ladies Ministry, Mrs. Mariyamma, Mrs. Nish, Mrs. Julie and Mrs. Annamma.

Pray for the ladies in India.

Monday Shibu showed me around the campus, met a bunch of staff members and teachers. Shibu and Julie are crazy busy since Shaju and Julie are missing. They basically both work for two people. That is why it was great that my visit was short but long enough to not be too much of a distraction.

 Students of Bethany Christian English Medium School

Students of Bethany Christian English Medium School

Julie and I went through all the classes of the day school. That was fun, the kids asked all kinds of questions. One of the questions was if I ever had an accident with my bike. Well, I could show them my scars. (Made bunch of pictures).

 Shibu and Julie with students of Day School

Shibu and Julie with students of Day School

Monday evening Julie and I met with the female Bible College students. About 16 I think out of the 50-60 students.

Most of these girls come from far away; quite a few from Northern India and most were farm girls. I asked each girl where they came from etc. And most came from large families. Two girls are from Hindu family. I also answered all kinds of questions and we had a good time.

Tuesday morning I went to the College office to have internet until it was time to leave for Cochin.

One of the staff members drove us, Julie, Abbie and one of the pastors wife came along. Half way down I invited them all for lunch. We stopped at a nice hotel for that.

 With Orphanage lady staffs and children. Shibu & Julie’s daughter Abby at my left.

With Orphanage lady staffs and children. Shibu & Julie’s daughter Abby at my left.

 Sep. 25th Sunday morning I first gave my testimony to the College students. College is in English so Shibu didn't have to translate. The students have their own church service but have chapel, (a short church service) every day. It was such a blessing to hear these students, the majority male, sings every day. You could hear it from a mile away.

After the students church service, we went immediately to the regular service where a great pastor was speaking. Shibu introduced me and I gave my testimony again, Shibu translated. And I had prayed hard before that I wouldn't be so nervous and I was not.
 

 

All these people were so friendly; they made me feel welcome from the very first minute.

Sunday night there was a get-together for the daughter of one of the pastors who was going off to College.

Hennie Van Den Hengel's visit...

I am Hennie Van Den from Springville, Pennsylvania, visiting SIMONS Ministry in India.

I arrived in Cochin, Kerala, India on September 24th Saturday morning 2.55am. Shibu and his cousin picked me up. After about 3 hours driving mostly on bumpy roads we arrived at the ministry and Shibu's house. Julie met me and I went straight to bed and slept for hours. Then we had lunch together and we talked and unpacked all the supplies I had brought.  It is very hot here. I have now come down stairs but the house is quiet giving me a chance to write this down. Shibu and Julie already have a plan for my stay here. Since I'm not here very long, it is basically meeting the people here that work in the ministry, and going to church tomorrow (Sunday). They asked me to give my testimony etc.

September24th Saturday evening I met Shibu's mother Annamma and grandmother. I didn't know that she was still alive. I mean his grandmother. Shibu's mom is such a nice lady. She told me the history about the ministry, how her father in law had started it.

 with Annamma Simon

with Annamma Simon