Reaching out – India 2016

For the last 20 years as part of my pastoral responsibilities before and since retirement, I have been taking teams into the Third World to India, Kenya and Nigeria to help, encourage and minister to church leaders. Over 70% of all pastors have had no formal training. They will be Spirit-filled and called of God but desperately short of training and encouragement.

I have had the privilege of spending several weeks at a time most years in these countries and immersed myself and the teams in their culture. In the last four years I have enjoyed the privilege of 6 visits to India, visiting Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Manipur States (this is in the far north on the border of Myanmar). The ministry focuses on gathering pastors to a central locality to spend about a week giving ourselves to teaching, prayer and personal ministry and counselling.

In January 2016 I will be travelling to India for nearly a month to spend time with pastors in Bangalore, Madurai and Chennai. Each of these centres will draw hundreds of pastors together for an intense period focusing on God’s word. I will be joined on this trip by David Ball so please pray for us both as we minister during the week then preach in the main churches at the weekend. We will seek to keep you updated week by week while we are away, via Rachel and the church leadership team.


The itinerary

  • January 7th – Fly to India (Bangalore).
  • January 9th-12th – Ministry at Hope Baptist Church, Hope Theological Seminary and time with the students.
  • January 13th – Travel to Madurai by bus (500km).
  • January 14th-20th – Conference of pastors from the Indian Church Growth Mission.

Ministry at the University of Madurai. Preaching in local churches at the weekend.

  • January 21st – Travel to Chennai by train.
  • January 22nd-31st – Pastors conference.

Visit to Compassion Ministry – outreach to discarded Hindu parents.

  • February 1st – Travel home.


For your prayers:

  • For good relationships between David and I.
  • For resourcing of all our needs, spiritual, physical and practical.
  • For daily in-filling by the Holy Spirit for relating to impossible situations.
  • For new vision in respect to continuity of ministry in India.
  • For safety in all our travels.
  • For good health.


Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you want further information or feel prompted to be practically involved.


John Farren

Member of Bridgnorth Baptist Church/

Mission Advisor to the Core Leadership Team

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