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Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

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by esudas bontha www churchofchristindia com
By Esudas Bontha

2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.


greetings in the name of our lord and savior jesus the christ
Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ!!
  • I am thankful for this opportunity.
  • I am married to a good Christian woman named Viajay Kumri since 1988.
  • God blessed us with 3 children. All Of Them Are Christians.
  • I am presently taking care of 50 children in my home.
  • My 20 year old son (Bontha Bharath Bhushan) helps me preach on Sunday.
about india

About India

Revelation 12:9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

The Hindu god Vishnu and his consort,

riding on Sheshanaag, god of all cobras

who always worships Vishnu

about india4
About India
  • 1.55 Billion people.
  • Population tripled in the last 50 years
  • We have 28 States.
  • 7 union territories
  • They are divided on the basis of language
  • There are many languages in India.
we have 6 major religions in india and many denominations
We have 6 major religions in Indiaand many denominations
  • Hinduim 80.5%
  • Islam 13.4%
  • Christianity 2.3%
  • Sikhism 1.9%
  • Jainism
  • Buddhism
  • Roman Catholic
  • Baptist
  • Lutheran
  • Living evangelical fellowship
  • Laymen\'s Evangelical

  • Total 2.3%

New Testament Christians, 0.5%

the 4 main castes are
The 4 main castes are:

The highest population in India are the Sudra, my people

There are over 100 sub-castes

Brahmins are (Hindu Priest.)

Kshatriya are the (Kings)

Vysya are the (business men)

Sudra (untouchable people)

our greatest challenge in india

Our greatest challenge in India

Hebrews 5:12-13 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.

the endless cycle of poverty
The Endless Cycle of Poverty


Off to work to help feed the family,

Only manual labor or childcare. No time or money for school


Maybe 2 years of school, but can’t read or write


Marry and have children


A new soul is born


Grow up

Without literacy, the cycle will continue forever

still chained
Still Chained?

In the past, the Bible was chained and people could not have it

Among the Sudra, they may own a Bible but they cannot read it



we all must grow in knowledge
We all must grow in knowledge

2 Peter 3:17-18

beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:3

His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue

1 Peter 2:2

as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby

Growing in the Grace AND KNOWLEDGE of Christ


Babe in Christ

Child in Christ

Mature Christian

Elder, Deacon,

Preacher, Teacher

we must study to become mature
We must study to become mature

Ephesians 4:13-1

till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ

christians must study the bible
Christians must study the Bible

“I write to you”…so you must read!

1 John 2:13

I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.

2 Corinthians 1:13

For we are not writing any other things to you than what you read or understand.

Revelation 1:3

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

Ephesians 3:3-5

how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ),

Matthew 12:3,5, 19:4, 23:31

Mark 12:10

Have you not read …

1 Timothy 4:13

Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

we must study to defend our own faith from false teachers
We must study to defend our own faith from false teachers

Jude 3

…contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

Acts 17:11

… they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.

2 Peter 2:1-3

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.

but if we cannot read
But if we cannot read…

Study to show





Cannot Read


Mature Christians,






Babe in Christ

Child in Christ

We can be saved without reading, but…

why must we educate first
Why must we educate first?



Preachers, Teachers

Bible Self-study,

Grow to Maturity,

Defend own faith

Spiritually Sound




Spiritually Strong

Mature Person

Economically Strong



Better Jobs,

Escape Poverty


Men & Women,

Stronger Families

Community Leaders

my history in the lord s work

My History in the Lord’s Work

All to Jesus I surrender. All to Him I freely give.

I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live.

I surrender all. I surrender all.

All to Thee my Blessed Savior, I surrender all

4 generations of gospel preachers
4 Generations of Gospel Preachers

My father and grandfather were Gospel preachers

I have been preaching for 23 years in state of Andhra Pradesh, South India.

I work in 3 Districts and have started many congregations.

Today my son and I preach for 6 different congregations.

Andhra Pradesh

where i first preached
Where I first preached

And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women Acts 5:14



Matthew 28:18

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”


Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 2 Timothy 4:2


And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:16

preacher s meeting
Preacher’s Meeting

And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2

New Building finished in 2010 for Makkenavaripalem church of ChristAfter 18 years of work and prayer
indian christian school

Indian Christian School

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

which is the better way
Which is the better way?

10 years at Christian Home & School

Bible Study visit in Home

1 hour? 40 minutes?

Can hear the Word, BUT

can’t study if they can’t read.

Totally dependent on a few preachers for knowledge.

Morning prayer

Assembly: singing, scripture, prayer

Afternoon prayer

Evening: Moral Class (Bible study)

Evening: singing, scripture, prayer

Bedtime prayer


2 hours each day for 10 years = 7300 hours of spiritual training and study


Learn to read, able to spiritually feed themselves and shown the Lord’s Way

indian christian school students assembled to pray
Indian Christian School students assembled to pray

Song: God will accomplish His Will

Whatever we ask, O LordYour Will will be done.

Because of Your Love,The flowers also blossom.

So, please give ear to our praying because of Your Love.

indian christian school bus
Indian Christian School Bus

Getting the bus was a big step for the school and opened the door to accreditation.

Having the bus allows us to serve 40 more children from outlying regions.

land is the key to the future
Land is the Key to the Future

Current Bontha home and Christian School, 1/10 acre

Future location for Indian Christian School



Galatians 6:10

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

the hungry stomach speaks louder than the preacher
The hungry stomach speaks louder than the preacher

Jesus said,

“He that believes

and is baptized

shall be saved!”

I am so hungry,

when will he finish

so I can find some

food to eat?

where do 50 children sleep in the same house anywhere they can
Where do 50 children sleep in the same house? Anywhere they can!

And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward. Matthew 10:42

feeding the sick elderly and widows at subbaiahpalem
Feeding the sick, elderly and widows at Subbaiahpalem

They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do. Galatians 2:12

suneetha who is suffering with diabetes
Suneetha who is suffering with Diabetes

We provided a glucose monitor for this severely diabetic young girl

And the King will answer and say to them, assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me. Matthew 25:40


Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

my support
Supporting Congregation

Granby church of Christ,

Granby, MO

Contact: David Hersey

[email protected]

Other supporters

Mars Hill church of Christ, KY

Montana St church of Christ, TX

Sunset church of Christ, AR

Kingsville church of Christ, AL

Georgia Ave church of Christ, DC

Rutherford church of Christ, NC

Letona church of Christ, AR

Vernon church of Christ, AL

Terry Chapel church of Christ, KY

My Support