Glad Tidings India

Rev. William D. Teate, Jr

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TCC background:  Glad Tidings India has been a TCC supported missionary organization since 1983.

Bill Teate was first introduced to TCC by Dr. Donald Ewing in the 80’s.  He has been a tireless worker for the Lord’s work in India for over 35 years.

What is your ministry? 

Our ministry is to train and equip the indigenous church in India to reach their own people with the Gospel by providing Scriptures, training in Church Planting, training in conducting Literacy Classes, training in conducting Vacation Bible School, and Self-Help projects.

What is your role in that ministry?

President, Glad Tidings India and to raise funds for ministry in India and coordinate projects to be undertaken.

What religious groups do you serve?

Primarily Hindu (50%), Animists (40%) and Muslim (10%) (in India)

What age groups do you serve?

All ages

What is the country and location of your ministry?

Throughout India, main offices in Chennai

What is the geographic area you serve?

India

Briefly describe your current ministry.

Our ministry is to train and equip the indigenous church in India to reach their own people with the Gospel by providing Scriptures, training in Church Planting, training in conducting Literacy Classes, training in conducting Vacation Bible School, and Self-Help projects.

Glad Tidings India shares the Gospel through:

Unreached People Groups – Transforming an entire Unreached People Group through Bible-Content Literacy courses, Church Planters, and Vacation Bible School.

Church Planting – funds from the sale of Bibles train and equip national evangelists to establish new churches throughout India.

Literacy – providing training to churches and other agencies to conduct Bible content literacy classes for adults throughout India.

Empowering Women – setting women free from physical and spiritual bondage through the Gospel and literacy courses.

Christian Education – supplying the curriculum and training of teachers to conduct Children’s’ Bible Schools, reaching up to one million children per year.

Self-Support – assisting churches to become self-supporting by providing income generating enterprises

Tell us one brief story of how God is working in peoples’ lives through your ministry.

Mr. J is a church planter trained by Glad Tidings India / India Bible Literature, working in the state of Tamil Nadu.  While doing field work in his target area, he gave a Gospel of John to a man whom I’ll call Mr. Danas, who was suffering from body pain and unable to work.  In speaking with him, Mr. J discovered Mr. Danas’ main occupation was witchcraft!  Many people came to the witch doctor saying they needed to be delivered.       Mr. J shared about the true deliverance through Jesus Christ.  Mr. Danas, the witch doctor, committed himself to God!   He was healed of his body pain and both he and his family are attending the newly established house church.  Praise the Lord!!    

 After 8 months of work, Church Planter Mr. J reported the following results:

36 accepted Christ

4 baptized

53 seekers

29 ready for baptism

3 witnessing prayer cells started (nucleus house churches)

57 attending worship

List the three specific goals you had for the past year and describe the degree to which they were reached

  1. Begin work in 12 new Unreached People Groups – began work in 11
  2. Begin literacy classes for 10,000 adults – 7,050 literacy students attended
  3. Print 300,000 Bibles — printed 293,140

Please describe how your ministry is equipping the Christian community where you are currently serving, to be self-sustaining and/or to support ministry growth.

  • Church Planters are trained to be self-supporting and begin self-supporting churches.
  • Literacy students are taught self-help skills, simple math, savings plans.
  • Some literacy students become “Each One Teach One” teachers and reach others.