Friday, April 13, 2007

LIFT UP THE LAITY TO LIFT UP THE NATION

In May 2005, the Lord spoke to me to “LIFT UP THE LAITY TO LIFT UP THE NATION”. I began to work with the churches encouraging the believers to rise up and join the pastors in reaching the communities around them. The following letter was given to the pastors at the Tamil District Council Conference in July 2005. At the SIAG Conference in October Rev. D. Mohan, Superintendent, All India Assemblies of God said that there are 85% of the people in our churches are Sunday Christians and are not involved in any outreach ministry. I was overjoyed when I realized that the Holy Spirit had guided me in the right direction.

Thanks be to God that He has always led us in triumph from 2002 since I became actively involved in ICI. In the beginning of that year we had only 13 Study Centres and 379 students. We had been concentrating on getting individual students. However, at the end of 2003 we had more than 8000 students but found it very difficult to correspond with each student and guide them into a spirit filled church.

The year of 2004 was a year of transition for us. We moved from a student based set up to a local church base set up; wherein the local churches became the study centres and trained the students (members of their church) to go out and reach the communities with the love of Jesus Christ through their outreach ministries and add to the local church and to the body of Christ.

With the grace of God, we now have 546 study centres and more than 17000 students in Tamilnadu.

"Dear Pastors,
Do You want to reach every person in every home, in every street and every village?Then may we help you. The purpose of ICI University is to utilize every available means to take the message of God's Word to the people where they are. Our aim is to win the lost, disciple the new believers and train people for service in the church. In order that we may remain focused on our purpose God has given us a theme "LEVER THE LAITY TO LEVER THE NATION" or "LIFT UP THE LAITY TO LIFT UP THE NATION".We seek to serve the churches in the villages, towns and cities in the districts and in the nation - to encourage the members in every church to rise up and join the pastors to reach every member in their families, every person in every street and in every community so that we may lift this nation before God. We look forward to hearing from you. Please e-mail us at iciuniversitymdrs@gmail.com.
Thanking you,

Sincerely in Christ,

Noel Pentony
ICI University
Plot No.24
1/62/12A Ravi Colony
Chennai-600016
Tamilnadu"

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