International Ministries

Kick-Off Gift for World Mission Offering given by IM partner in India

September 8, 2010 News
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The Balasore Technical School, an IM partner, kicked off the 2010 World Mission Offering with a generous check for $2,000 (about 90,000 rupees.)  Located in the eastern part of India, in the state of Orissa, the Balasore Technical School provides vocational training and spiritual guidance to under-privileged youth.  

Mr. Ramesh Kumar, Principal of the school presented the check to Rev. Benjamin Chan, IM area director for East Asia when the two men were attending the Baptist World Alliance Congress in Hawaii in July.  

This is not the first time the Balasore Technical School has given IM a donation.  When they learned of budget cuts and financial needs in 2004, the school sent a donation of $700 to IM.  They have faithfully continued their support every year increasing their support each time.  In 2007 the school gave $1,000, and this year their donation jumped to $2,000

The Balasore Technical School was once well known all over India, but after 100 years, the school was about to close in 1997 when IM’s consultant, Dr. Imo Ayer invited Mr. Kumar to help revive the school.  In less than ten years time, not only did Mr. Kumar rebuild the teachers’ team and restore the programs, the school became self-supporting. The enrollment of students continues to grow and reached 512 this year.

The church and the Indian community celebrated how the school once again provides study opportunities to hundreds of under-privileged children. “All our students get jobs, and many receive job offers before their graduation,” said Mr. Kumar proudly.  In 2009, the school dedicated a new dormitory to accommodate 125 residential students. The school operates on an annual budget of $220,000 with 75% locally generated.

American Baptist International Ministries is the first Baptist international mission agency formed in North America, and the second oldest Baptist mission agency in the world.  More than 1,800 short-term and long-term missionaries are served annually, bringing churches and individuals in the United States and Puerto Rico together with partners in more than 70 countries in holistic, cutting-edge ministries that tell the Good News of Jesus Christ while meeting human need.