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Local missionary aspires to help build 100 churches in India

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Walls and roof the ministry will help build.

Local missionary Billy Gray, with Billy Gray Ministries, has collaborated with another ministry to help build 100 churches in India. Although BGM is in several countries, during the last 10 years many of  their efforts have been concentrated in India.

"Seldom am I in a group discussion that this question doesn't come up," Gray told The Log. "What about all the people who have never heard of Jesus Christ? My response is what are you doing about it? Will you go? Will you give? Will you send someone to teach others? Will you pray?

"God has charged us with this task," he said.

"He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'" (Mark 16:15)

Billy Gray Ministries has pledged to build 10 churches by the end of 2015. An Indian pastor who has built churches will oversee the construction.

"India has a billion people and soon may surpass China in population," Gray said. "Only 1 to 2 percent are Christians. It is a fertile field and many are hungry to hear the word of God."

When a church is planted there, they have small numbers and no where to meet. They meet under a shade tree or at the end of a dirt road, which enables non-believers walking by to be disruptive or abusive.

"They need the serenity of God's house in order to grow spiritually and in numbers," Gray said.

The idea is to help with the cost of building the side walls and roof. The finished structure will be completed by the Nationals with their tithes and offerings. This allows them to have a hand in the building of their own church, teaches them to tithe, and focuses their attention on the provision of God rather than the provision from the West.

The cost to build the beginning structure is $1,200. BGM will need to raise $12,000 before the end of the year. 

If you or your church would like to give to this project, please contact Billy Gray at billygrayministries@yahoo.com. All gifts are tax deductible. 

"This will be a great addition to your heavenly portfolio," Gray said.

Since Christianity is not well received in Asia, locations can not be revealed. However, if you participate, upon completion, we will send you a picture of the completed structure, give you the location, and how you may contact the pastor.