Dear Friends, Steve Hawthorne in his article on “The Story of His Glory” makes the statement that the greatest story of the scripture is the story of God’s glory. If the Word of God is clear about anything, it is God’s intent to restore His glory by redeeming mankind and all of His creation to reveal His glory once again. Unquestionably the fall of man distorted the glory of God. After several years of promoting the enablement of establishing God’s glory everywhere, so that the gospel of Jesus Christ will be accessible to every man, woman, boy and girl in the sphere and influence of Hindustan Bible Institute & College and the Indian National Evangelical Church in India and Nepal, our focus this year is on the Kingdom of God. Paul in the book of Romans says all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. It is God’s intended purpose to restore the knowledge of God’s glory everywhere. In the book of Habakkuk, God made a promise that one day the knowledge of His glory will cover the earth as the water covers the sea. Yet as we begin to look back and try to move forward with the vision of establishing His Glory everywhere, we cannot do it unless truly God becomes the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and rules over all of His creation. Hindustan Bible Institute & College has been in existence since 1952 and it was specifically founded for the purpose of reaching the unreached people of India, through the development of indigenous leadership in the context of nationalization. In transition from Colonialism to the new era of nationalization, the Church was challenged with the need for a large number of leaders to fill the responsibility God was passing on to the national Church. Our commitment is to build transformational leaders to disciple our nation. I want you to pray for the ministries of HBI and the Indian National Evangelical Church that we will not lose perspective of the vision that God has given to us to disciple 2,000,000 followers of Jesus Christ, to see 200,000 transformational leaders equipped to be God-class transformational leaders, 20,000 churches planted, 200,000 house churches enabled, 2000 church planters equipped and released so that the knowledge of the glory of God will be within the access of every man, woman, boy and girl. Because of our commitment to the kingdom of God, we will see not only lives transformed but communities are totally transformed all over the nation. I want to encourage every staff of HBI, every student and alumni of HBI, every church planter to embrace God’s empowerment of not only the Holy Spirit but the authority that He declared to His disciples “all power has been given to me in heaven and earth”. He is sovereign over everything and under his sovereignty lies our empowerment. It is very essential we begin to appropriate and allow God to work in us and through us to fulfill His mission in India and beyond. Thank you for being an encouragement, prayer partner, support to HBI, its vision and ministry.
Praying for you and may the Lord bless you.Rev. Dr. Paul R Gupta President & Director
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