In a previous update, April 2011 Starting Banks Depositing Hope, I told the story of how we are helping the churches in North India expand with self sustaining income sources while helping the poorest of the poor lift themselves out of poverty and hopelessness. Things are going well and I wanted to give you an update...
After searching and searching finally the location was selected, remodeled and furnished. Working with the government for approvals are always challenging but it is important to us to make this bank legal in every way, but finally the ribbon was cut and we are underway!
After working with church leaders to identify our first round of potential business people we began the fourteen week training and relationship building classes, which will result in a refinement process leaving teachable and capable loan recipients.
Our goal is to target those who graduated the program in August for their initial loan. This process must be led by God so please pray for Gautam and Ravi as they focus on the final selection of the best people to partner with. We are starting small (less than 40 people) to see what we can learn in this first round of work.
Pray that these loans will not only help improve the financial situation of the receivers but that their lives will also be impacted with God’s truth and that church plants will be supported and built up.
Pray as well for Sunil who helps keep our office running as he has been suffering with tuberculosis.
I can’t adequately convey what this opportunity means to the people of Patna. I wish you can visit to see the hope on their faces. More to come!
This is your investment. This is your joy.
Won’t you please consider joining our financial support team? You can send contributions to: United World Mission, PO Box 602002, Charlotte NC 28260-2002 and write ACCT# 11013 in the memo line. Further info about on-line giving and other programs see www.uwm.org. Thank you to our present supports that allow us to impact the many lives across the planet. Again, THANKS!