Servants of God from Kerala, Andhra Pradesh & Orissa trained to reach Hindus with power


“For The Elijah Challenge Training in Debadola, Rayagada [in November 2015] around one hundred delegates came together. With the exception of one family they were all pastors, evangelists, mission leaders and Bible college students. They were Lutherans, Baptists, Pentecostals as well as from other backgrounds. For the first time I saw around eight mission directors present at our Training. They had come from Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa to attend the Training. Praise the Lord.

We had very systematic and effective training for the Lord’s servants to reach the lost. We did not have many opportunities to minister to the sick during the training as almost all were servants of God in good health. The pastors and evangelists were very excited about the teaching which they acknowledged is a powerful tool for reaching the Hindus.

There was one clear impact on these servants of God from the Training. The majority of them had confessed that previously there was an obstacle making them feel helpless in reaching the Hindus. But after the Training, forty servants of God come forward to declare publicly that they would now reach the Hindus with power and authority just as the disciples of Jesus proclaimed the kingdom of God in the New Testament (Luke 9:1-2 & 6; 10:9).

An outstanding miraculous healing took place during the Event. I was teaching the servants of God that it is very important to take our wives when we go to homes to minister to the sick, especially to women. I called my wife Rosy to demonstrate ministering to the sick for the servants of God by laying her hand on a woman. I called forward an Aunty who we knew was suffering from some physical problem. But we did not know the full extent of her infirmity. For the past twenty years she had suffered a great deal after her son’s birth. She had had an operation twenty years earlier, and the lower part of the stomach was infected. She went to the doctor and had taken much medication, but the pain did not subside. As Rosy laid her hand on her and then I laid my hand on Rosy’s, the pain disappeared. Praise the Lord she was healed at that very moment. The pain had been there for the past twenty years, and now was completely gone. Praise the Lord!”

“The sister’s husband was suffering from very high blood sugar. He was very weak in his body as well as his joints. It was difficult for him to walk freely.  We ministered to him and wonderfully he received strength from the Lord.”

“There was a woman relative of a pastor in the training who was suffering from malaria, causing her body to shake. While we were ministering to another pastor she came forward and shared that as we were ministering to him, she was instantly healed…at a distance!

Thank you so much for your prayer and support.”





Reports from TEC India Coordinator Subodh Jena






3 new believing families forcefully expelled from village by Hindus

“I have just received an urgent prayer request from our Elijah Challenge Pastor Junul Purty. Last month I shared with you that he is very busy nowadays reaching Hindu villages with the gospel.”

Goddess fails to heal woman after sacrifice, but Jesus healed her for free

“Last week he went to a village where he preached the gospel and ministered to the sick in the name of Jesus Christ. After experiencing miraculous healings three Hindu families accepted Christ.

But somehow this news was reported to the Hindu leader in Bhubaneswar (the capital of Orissa). A group of Hindu fundamentalists went to the village with the leader. They forcefully expelled the three families from that village except for an old couple called Papa and Mama who were forced to stay behind by themselves in the home. The families are very anxious and upset. Nobody knows what will happen to elderly Papa and Mama. Pastor Junul requested that you pray for them. We are scheduled to be there at the end of February.”

-Subodh Jena, Elijah Challenge Coordinator
November 2015


Update from Subodh Jena – November 6, 2015

“This morning I had a talk with our Elijah Challenge Pastor Junul regarding the three families who were driven out from their village [after accepting the Lord Jesus]. Now they are staying in the village of relatives—far from their own village. The elderly Papa and Mama also left and are staying with them in the other village.

Pastor Junul shared with us that the three families had gone to the police in their village and informed them about what had taken place. But the police took no action at all for them. They had received money from the Hindus in the village and so sided with them.

Please pray for those new believers as well as for Pastor Junul. He is serving in one of the most dangerous areas in India—where Australian medical missionary Dr. Graham Staines and his two young sons were burned alive by fundamentalist Hindus in 1999.”

Original report on the three families
Reports from TEC India Coordinator Subodh Jena




Tribal people in Orissa, India accept Christ and are baptized

“We had a baptismal service and good fellowship with our new believers in Jharmunda, Sundergarh District led by our Elijah Challenge Pastor Mansukh Kerketta. They are mostly from the Munda, Kharia and Oran people groups.

A hundred years back Roman Catholic and Lutheran missionaries came to this needy area. The tribal people were oppressed by high caste people so missionaries were able to help them after which many converted to Christianity. But they did not know Christ personally. The Christians there are commonly addicted to alcohol and cigarettes.

This District is very close to the bordering states of Bihar and Jharkhand in India, so it is easy to reach these two states with the gospel. May the Lord open the way.

Many non-believers are receiving Christ through the ministry of Pastor Mansukh. He also reaching nearer villages by preaching the gospel and healing the sick—just as Jesus commanded the seventy-two disciples in Luke 10:9. He and his wife went to a nearby village and there was a woman who had an issue of blood for a long time. But due to local tradition they had not shared her condition with others. Mansukh was able to share the gospel including how Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5. After hearing the gospel they requested Mansukh and his wife to pray over her. They ministered to her in her home that evening, and the Lord healed her miraculously.

Another little child was suffering from fever and when they ministered to the child, the Lord healed him instantly. An elderly man had severe chest pain and cough. He was also healed in Jesus’ name. Please pray for Pastor Mansukh and his family.”

-Subodh Jena, Elijah Challenge Coordinator
November 2015


 Preparing for baptism






Pastor Mansukh is third from the left next to Coordinator Subodh Jena

Reports from TEC India Coordinator Subodh Jena




Official from the Office of India’s Prime Minister Modi accepts Christ

The following is a wonderful report from Pastor Hanok Singh about a feeding event we did in Sahajanpur, Punjab.  The official mentioned is appointed by the Prime Minister’s Office.  He is the top government official in this area of Punjab.

“We had a 3-day evangelistic feeding event in Shajanpur.  We were advertising for the meetings and received threats from local anti-Christian parties. They warned us not to continue with the meeting.  In spite of the threat we continued to do our preparations.  A few days before the meeting our planning committee decided to invite the top leader of the city as a chief guest.”


   Hanok, Simon & City Official from the Prime Minister’s Office                                                                                   

“As Brother Simon was sitting by the city leader he asked Simon, “when are you going to preach, how long will you preach?” Sensing his desire to hear the gospel Brother Simon took the microphone and started preaching.  After 40 minutes of pure uncompromised gospel he gave the altar call, and to our surprise the leader and all the police officials stood up to pray the salvation prayer. We presented him a BibleClose to 340 signed decision cards, all were first time listeners.  Close to 200 + were healed and delivered and 17 were baptized in water.”  


 Simon baptizing new believer

I spoke with Simon, our ministry coordinator, yesterday.  He called to tell about something unusual that happened in his church last Sunday.  He had finished preaching and asked the church to stand and praise the Lord.  As the congregation responded, Simon noticed a man in the front row was crying. “Sir,” he asked, “why are you crying?”  Here’s what he told Simon.  “When I came in today I could not walk or stand without crutches.  When you told us to stand and praise the Lord I forgot I needed crutches and stood up.  Then I realized the pain I came in with was gone.”  As you might expect, with no hesitation and with a deep level of faith he prayed to receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and SaviorThe Lord had healed this man and he walked home without the crutches.   

Reports from The Elijah Challenge in India

But wait, that is not the end of his story. His family and neighbors knew it had been a long time since he could walk without the aid of crutches. So, when they saw he no longer needed crutches they asked him what happened. “How is it that you have no more pain?” The man who was healed said, “I no longer need crutches because Jesus, the Son of God, healed me today.”  Soon the whole village heard the news of what Jesus had done for this lame man.  Please join us in praying that the entire village will come to believe in Jesus as a result of this one man’s testimony.   

Matthew 11: 4-6  Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and THE LAME WALK, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”

Report submitted by Elijah Challenge Board Member Bill Willis of Feeding Events India
October 2015




Woman in a wheelchair for 2 years experiences Jesus’ healing power

“The elderly lady, the mother of my dentist in the Philippines, hadn’t been able to walk for two years due to a range of medical conditions. She had  been partially paralysed for about 6 years after having a fall in her home. She is being cared for by her daughter who is our dentist. She had compacted discs in her back due to her fall. This has caused weakness throughout her body.

In the powerful name of Jesus we ministered to her with authority in front of the dentist and her whole extended family. (Like many Asian cultures, Filipino elderly people get looked after at home by their children).

At first nothing happened, so we persisted. Upon persisting, the lady started to shake uncontrollably. This lasted for at least five minutes. The shaking was accompanied by strong heat which she felt throughout her body. She was visibly impacted and affected. A lot of strength returned to her body and with assistance, she was able to stand. We kept on issuing commands in Jesus’ name, and she got a lot of strength back in her hands.

During the shaking she was making various sounds as the heat (we believe a manifestation the healing power of our Lord Jesus) travelled through her. When the shaking subsided, she was silent for another five minutes—partly through shock and partly through not understanding what was happening.

Reports from Don & Anna

Despite the fact that she had not yet gotten up to walk by herself, there was a noticeable demonstration of the power of God as well as improvement in her condition. The Holy Spirit did His work. Her whole family saw that there is power in the name of Jesus Christ.

We got to tell Nannai (“nanna”) that Jesus knows her situation. He has not forgotten her. We said that all Jesus has ever wanted from her and her family is to be in relationship with her and her family.

Interestingly, in the Filipino national language of Tagalog, her name literally means “miracle.” Nannai is of course very influential in her family. Jesus did great things here and we feel that He is now real to everyone in that house. Good things will come from this.

Later we received a message from my dentist saying that her mum now feels “light” and great—inspired to get up and walk. The heaviness she had been experiencing has lifted and she feels well. Praise God! This lady hasn’t walked for two years! Dr. Jesus is in session! This never gets old! It inspires us to go and do it more, pointing the way to the Saviour through the proofs He provides. Amen!”

-Submitted by Elijah Challenge-trained disciples Don & Anna Parbery based in Gold Coast, Australia while on a trip to the Philippines
October 2015




Six-month-old baby girl healed at a distance in the powerful name of Jesus!

“On 29th September 2015, I received a phone call from the hilly region of the Gajapati District. There was a six-month-old baby girl who was very sick.  Her family lived at the top of the mountain and in her serious condition they could not take her to the hospital. On the 29th the baby lost consciousness a total of nine times. The family lost hope as they saw her struggling between life and death. In desperation the father called me and with a sinking heart shared all these things with me. He asked me to pray for the baby. If she survived he would call me back the next day.

I was so sad to hear this. Greatly burdened, we ministered to her at a distance in the powerful name of Jesus Christ. Through the night we were wondering what was happening to the child.

Thanks to the Almighty and living God, the father called me back the following afternoon and shared that as soon we began ministering to the child the day before, the baby started drinking milk. She was normal and afterwards slept well. Praise the Lord for His great and mighty work.”

Reports from Subodh Kumar Jena

“A family surnamed Bhatra had only one son named Rocky, who was 10 years old. Two months earlier he had gastritis as well as some other medical problem. His family took him to several places for treatment. But gradually his body began to weaken. When his condition did not improve, the family took Rocky to Delhi our capital city to see a well-known medical doctor. After the treatment they returned to Bhawanipatna in our home state of Orissa, but after a few days the pain returned.

So last week the family brought Rocky to our home and we ministered to him in the name of Jesus Christ. The Lord touched him powerfully, and Rocky is now doing fine. For the last week he has had no more problem and no more pain.”

-Subodh Kumar Jena
Elijah Challenge India Coordinator


Manly & Junko

“…a lady came who had been deformed by polio since childhood…”

JAPAN: The gospel confirmed by miraculous healings in this gospel-resistant nation

“…God has moved Junko (my wonderful wife) and me into doing a home church here on Okinawa as well as on Ishigaki Island. We had a great but very sad send off from our church.  We are still working with them, but have moved to witnessing and training new believers to train and disciple others and encourage them to fulfill the great commission. God has really impressed us to move out of our safety of a large gathering and into the world with His commission. 

We are having church in Beauty Salons, Coffee shops, hospitals, and of course in our home on Wednesday and Sundays. Those coming to the Lord are doing the same and seeing wonderful growth. We have weekly Sunday services at our home and do services via skype to Ishigaki Island where we also go once a week to train and minister. God is so good. Each week we have new people and seeing miracles after miracle. 

Just this past week we had four new people and a lovely Budhest couple wanting to know more about Jesus. We had a lady come who had been deformed by polio since childhood.  Her right side was numb and unable to have feeling.  Her right foot was curved in at the ankle and walked on its outside along with it being about 2 to 3 inches shorter. Well, as one would expect, when the ladies were praying for her, they felt her back pop several times and she was now standing up straight, and her foot was no longer bent inward. We noticed the shortness of her leg so my wife holding both legs in her hands (she was sitting of course) and felt both her lets vibrate. And in front of everyone present, we say her shorten leg grow out to an inch longer then her good leg and then the other leg grew out to the other. Praise the Lord.

But the greatest was afterwards. The lady in her 50’s stood up and was kicking her right leg and saying “I have never been able to do this”, “I have never been able to do this”, as tears flowed down her face. She started to feel tingling in her leg and arm. She left our home standing up straight, walking much better and with tears of joy. God is so good.

We had another lady from Ishigaki Island who had a large cancerous tumor the size of a baseball on her left side. We prayed for her and the next week she came to Okinawa to go to the hospital. She showed up later at our home meeting on Wednesday with a wonderful smile on her face. The tumor was gone and they couldn’t find any cancer. How wonderful is our God.

Yes, we have been busy, but God gets all the glory and we continually look forward to His return.”

Missionary Manly Slough trained with The Elijah Challenge
September 2015




Baptists decide to reach out to resistant Hindus after The Elijah Challenge

Praise the Lord for His grace upon the work of our hands. We thank God for enabling us to reach a needy place like Dhenkanal. We heard that it was one of the areas least evangelized by the Canadian Baptists while they were there many years ago. According the census only five hundred Christians live in this entire district. The sad thing is that there was no one to follow up and continue the work the Canadians started in the early nineteenth century. The church in Dhenkanal is fundamentalist and very formal.  

Our Elijah Challenge Training was very powerful and presented a challenge to the believers. All together there were around a hundred servants of God and believers. Servants of God who had never in their lives ministered to the sick came forward and ministered to the sick with us with power.

“There were many who stood up when I asked if anyone wanted to reach out to the Hindus.”

A sister had severe pain in the lower part of her leg. To alleviate the pain she would tie a cloth to her leg while sleeping. But because the pain was severe she was not able to sleep despite even taking much medication. The Lord healed her as the ladies ministered to her.

A sister who is working as a traffic policewoman was suffering from a lot of pain in her hands and her head. She had difficulty directing traffic with her hands due to the pain. She had taken medicine for a few weeks, but it did not work. Praise the Lord she was healed as we ministered to her there.

A gentleman had suffered from a stroke two years earlier resulting in one leg and arm paralysed. Though he had been to the doctor and took medicine, nothing worked. Additional treatment required much more money which he could not afford. But Almighty God touched him and miraculously he was able to walk and raise his hand.

An elderly man had a heart problem for a few years. He came to our Training Event with much expectation. The Lord touched him miraculously as we began to lay hands on him along with the servants of God. His entire body started shivering, and he was able to breathe freely. The pain along with his anxiety was gone.

After our Training was over, we went to a house where we met with a brother named Samuel who had advanced education. He had gone to Delhi for a job, but after a few months his mind was no longer functioning normally. He began talking more and more and going around here and there. He was newly married, but because of this his wife left him. There at his home we ministered to Samuel. After returning home from Dhenkanal, I received a call from Samuel’s father. He informed me that there was improvement in Samuel’s condition. I spoke with Samuel and ministered to him over the phone. Thank God for His mighty works.

Subodh Jena Kumar Reports



June 2015 3

Punjab: Hundreds saved at event sponsored by Houston’s First Baptist

The state of Punjab is located in Northeast India on the Pakistani border.  We are thankful the Lord has called us to his harvest in the villages of Punjab.  The indigenous population is predominately Hindu, but there is also a large number of Sikhs and Muslims.   As in other parts of India, it is mostly the women who carry on the religious traditions within families because men work from dawn to dusk seven days a week.  The three primary sources of family income are from small retail shops, farming and some industrial.


According to Wikipedia, “Punjab is the birthplace of Sikhism and Amritsar is the home of the The Harmandir Sahib  informally referred to as the “Golden Temple”.  Unlike Hindus, Sikhs are monotheistic and broke from Hinduism because of the cast system.  Sikh men also have the reputation of being very militant and gospel resistant.  Many men carry large knives concealed in their clothing. 

 The Golden Temple houses the holiest Sikh gurdwara or holy writings.  Amritsar, Punjab, is just a few miles from the Pakistani border.  The city was founded in 1574 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das. The Harmandir Sahib was designed by the fifth guru, Guru Arjan, who had the cornerstone laid by the Muslim Sufi saint Sai Hazrat, December 1588. Guru Arjan completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, in 1604 and installed it in the gurdwara.  There are four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib, which symbolize the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions.  The present-day gurdwara (doorway to God) was rebuilt in 1764 by Jassa Singh Ahluwalia with the help of other Sikh Misls. In the early nineteenth century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh secured the Punjab region from outside attack and covered the upper floors of the gurdwara with gold, which gives it its distinctive appearance and its English name.  The Harimandir Sahib is considered holy by Sikhs. The holiest text of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib, is present inside the gurdwara during daytime and the holy book goes for Sukhasan during the night time. Its construction was mainly intended to build a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to come and worship God equally.  Over 100,000 people visit the holy shrine daily for worship.  The Harmandir Sahib literally means the Temple of God.   In 1578 CE Guru Ram Das excavated a tank, which subsequently became known as Amritsar (Pool of the Nectar of Immortality).”

This pool surrounds the temple and is always available to worshipers for the ritualistic washing away or cleansing of their sin.  As you can see from the picture above, it’s a very beautiful place, but for us it was a very sad place. Thousands come every day seeking forgiveness by washing in the pool, as they pray for their families and the difficulties of their life.  


Hindu Women Praying To Receive Christ in Punjab  In addition to doing evangelistic feeding events in unreached Hindu villages, we also do evangelistic feeding events for Hindu women.  At this women’s event our new women’s evangelist preached the gospel to approximately 200 women and 150 confessed their sin of idolatry and prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their only Lord and Savior.  As you might imagine, these events can be very exciting.  

So far, we have done two women’s events this year and one in December of 2014.   Under The Elijah Challenge Lisa Hartman, Elijah Challenge Board Member and a very gifted teacher from Houston’s Second Baptist Church, along with her three teenage daughters preached the gospel and ministered to the sick with testimonies of miraculous healing at the December event last year. They will be teaching and ministering to the women again this coming December.

The harvest is huge and we are praying that Jesus will call many more women into his harvest field in India.   If you have ever wanted to go on a missions trip and minister specifically to women, get in touch with me at 281-450-8910 and I will have Lisa call you back with additional information.  If you would like to go at a different time, we can set that up also.  I promise, the Holy Spirit will use you to expand God’s kingdom and your life will be forever changed.   If you want to sponsor a women’s event the cost is $800,  all of which is tax deductible.  We started doing evangelistic women’s gospel events because the majority of those attending feeding events are women.  Now God has opened a huge door for women’s ministry.  Women are the key to reaching families.  Please pray about helping us introduce these women to Christ. 

Baptism of New Believers In Uttar Pradesh

The man being baptized above by Simon Haq, our ministry coordinator, is actually one of our network pastors.  He invited Simon to come to his church and teach them about water baptism.  Simon started by telling them the meaning of being immersed in water and when they should be baptized.  He concluded by inviting those who had not already been baptized by immersion to raise their hands.  To Simon’s surprise the pastor raised his hand too.  This pastor had been baptized before he had fully understood and accepted Christ, so he wanted to be properly baptized.  That day Simon and this pastor baptized over 20 men, women and children from his congregation, in the irrigation tank pictured to the left.  

For new Christians to agree to be publicly baptized is a really big deal in India.  To do so sometimes results in persecution from family and friends.  This is especially true for married women if their husbands are not believers.  None the less, the number of new Christians being baptized is growing rapidly.

Houston’s First Baptist Sponsors Outreach in Punjab

At this evangelistic event hundreds prayed to receive Christ. The men wearing turbans below are Sheiks  praying to receive Christ.             

The Holy Spirit has been very active in Punjab. He is opening doors that have never been open before.  Many pastors have been calling wanting us to come to their village.  We have already trained 30 pastors.  Several pastors are seated on the stage in the picture to the left.

Directly and indirectly our partners in this ministry have made it possible for over 2.3 million Hindus to hear the gospel and pray to receive Christ.   Approximately 75% of the people attending our events hear the gospel and accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. 

What a great and wonderful Savior we serve!

Prepared by Bill and Sammye Willis 
Founders, Feeding Events India
June 2015
(Bill Willis is an Elijah Challenge Board Member)




Filipinos RUN to Jesus after witnessing woman dramatically set free from demons

“Our last evangelistic event was the most dramatic. We left Malapatan on 5 tricycles with kids riding on the roofs holding on to amplifiers and food. This was the same group as in the Jeepnee. It took 1 1⁄2 hours to travel 40kms to Barangay Klabalan. This is another jungle farming community. The church here had a coconut tree fall on the roof and was not in use so the crusade was held in a basket ball court. There were some 300 folks listening. 3 tribes and some folks from the Religion (adherents of the major world religion centered in the Middle East) watching from the side of a hill.

The electricity was a little better in the beginning. There were 2 microphones at the start going through a small guitar amplifier. During the singing of a few songs, one of the microphones stopped working. Next a Religionist man threatened us because it was Ramadan and he did not like the style of music. This made me a little tense as he had been drinking and this area is known for being an aggressive Religionist. We continued on! I contemplated using the name of Jesus or Isa Almasih to share the Gospel. I went with Jesus and prayed that no weapon formed against me would prosper.

At this evangelistic event I asked for a first volunteer to come forward for healing after sharing the Gospel. I asked for someone with back problems. Some men came from the hillside carrying an unconscious, pregnant lady that that looked to me to be about 8 or 9 months pregnant. As I waited for the volunteer with back pain to come forward, the lady “woke up” screaming and salivating. At first I thought she was having her baby and I sort of panicked as I was asking for a doctor as I thought we were going to have the first Elijah Challenge crusade birth. When I looked at her eyes and she tried to bite me I could see that there was something bigger than a birth to deal with. I am not the cleverest evangelist but I thought something was wrong. When I laid my hands on her she began slashing like a shark for some 20 minutes while coming in and out of consciousness. I had to protect myself with 1 arm to keep from being bit. Every time she became unconscious I thought all was okay. Then I would place my hands on her again and she would come after me with her teeth.

Jim trained with Elijah Challenge in 2008
Reports from Jim Hathaway

By this time the trained pastors joined in. She seemed to settle for a bit and sat upright in her chair. She began to mock Jesus in a sort of praising way and by this time I did not really know what to do. I was very aware of all the tribes’ people watching. I decided to have her walk from one side of the basketball court to the other. She was clinging on to me and still mocking the Lord in a sarcastic worship sort of fashion. I sat her down on a chair and she continued to mock and salivate. Again I could see all the tribes’ folks watching, including the Religionists as they had threatened us at the start of the meeting. My trained pastors joined me in this dramatic ministry time. At last she settled and seemed very normal. Sarcasm gone! Now I walked her to the other side of the basketball court, all the people watching. This time she was changed and thanking me for what had happened. Her voice was very sincere and eyes had returned to normal!! As she returned to her family she gave me another hug and again thanked me again!We were all very bewildered as to what had happened but I asked for others to come forward for healing. I was thinking that there could not be any bigger mountain to deal with tonight. A lady with a swollen cheek due to a rotten tooth, another with a tumor and others with back problems came forward for ministry. All were healed. When I gave the altar call to become followers of Jesus over 130 folks RAN from the side of the hill to the where I was standing! Classic Elijah Challenge crusade!

The farther I minister into the jungle areas, the more I am seeing demonic manifestations and the need to teach the Elijah Challenge Training. I will return to work with the Blaan people next year. The invitation is to go to another island with The Elijah Challenge.”

-July 2014