Banjara Tribal Ministries
The staff and team of Encounter continue to be blessed and humbled by their involvement with the orphans in India. Often reminded that “pure religion is to visit the fatherless and the widows,” it is our joy and commission to communicate the needs of more than 1900 children and trust God to supply the funds needed to care for these little ones.
The Banjara Tribal Ministries began in 1991 to train young men in the Bible so that churches could be established in the village areas of India. However, within a short time, God had moved in the hearts of Christopher and Rambai Boda to care for needy and abandoned children. The humble beginning of caring for just 5 children in their home has now grown to caring for nearly 2000 children on four different campuses near Hyderabad, India. With the assistance of qualified helpers, the children are now provided with care, food, clothing, education and most importantly, the teaching of God’s Word.
We are so thankful for the many dear friends that have joined in this great adventure by sharing to meet the financial needs of the children as well as providing funds for equipment and land. What a joy it is to know that children are being rescued, protected, provided for and taught the love of Jesus, and that someday they will impact their society with the truths of God’s Word!
Out in the villages of India are multitudes that have never heard of the love of Christ and remain steeped in evil and sin. In response to this great need, graduates of the Banjara Tribal Bible Institute are going to share God’s love in these villages. Therefore, we have begun the Adopt-a-Church ministry, providing an avenue to assist these destitute people with a simple church building. For just $5000, a church can be constructed, and the pastor can be supported for an additional $50.00 per month. To provide the pastor with a bicycle, a one-time gift of $50.00 is all that is needed. We are thankful for the churches and individuals that have responded to invest in this great effort to assist pastors and groups of believers in the distant villages of India.
We are excited to announce the expansion and impact of the Africa Encounter Revival Ministries team. Just three years ago, God impressed Leonard Bwalya with the great need and opportunity to impact the youth of Zambia through a team of young adults. Meeting with the team weekly to teach Bible truth, Leonard has now formed a dynamic team that is drawing many to Christ through singing and various ministry opportunities. Who would have ever thought about ministering to caddies on a golf course, mothers unable to care for newborn babies, or local police? These are just a few of the many outreaches of the team.
The uniqueness of the team has attracted the attention of national television, where the team has been featured twice. Schools, colleges, churches and various groups continue to request the team to share. Also, we have had the joy of seeing two of the team members now go on to Bible school to prepare for full-time ministry.
Leonard and his wife Rose have 4 children: Bibian (22 years old), Bwalya (17), and twin boys Chisanga and Mulenga (11). Additionally they have adopted 3 children: Anastasia (24), Mulenga (16) and Tricia (12). The Bwalya family is committed to reaching their country with the truths of God’s love, and they all share in the ministries of the African Encounter team.
As the African Encounter team continues to increase their outreach and impact, there are also specific areas of need for the ministry.
Financial support for the Bwalya Family
Bus for the team
Office equipment and supplies: computer, copy machine, etc.
Diesel fuel and other aspects of travel and maintenance
Regular financial support for team
Financial support for Bible College students
We are so excited to see the African Encounter Revival Ministries expanding and being greatly used by God!