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June 5, 2010

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June 5, 2010

Some members of my church invited Samuel Stephens to speak at our bible study group about 18 mths ago. Pastor Stephens told us about the work the IGL were doing and that they needed sponsors to support children, especially girls, in their childrens' homes. Since then I have sponsored a little girl and have been impressed by the updates and messages that I have received. Also the online website makes it easy to send gifts and extras whenever I can.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

communications from the child I sponsor.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to make donations tax deductible in my country, Australia, but there seems to be some legal problems in India which prevents this.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

receiving constant updates.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

focussed on their mission and genuinely believe that they will make a difference.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help the poorest people of India by teaching them how to make a living, to become literate, improve living standards for children and their families, and spread the good news about God and Jesus Christ.

Ways to make it better...

donations were tax deductible.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the opposition of the current government to Christianity, persecution and lack of funds to continue their work.

One thing I'd also say is that...

despite the difficulties and opposition this organisation faces they continue to be faithful people in spreading Christianity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 15, 2010

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May 15, 2010

In August, 2009 I visited the IGL campus at Sharon Gardens to learn more about Rural Development and how my handbag business could benefit women's empowerment. After a couple years of prayer, planning & email contact with Becky Stanley, we realized that God was speaking the same plan to 2 women, in 2 different cultures, halfway around the world from each other! Sitting across from her the morning after my arrival, Becky confirmed the name of a women's discipleship program that our Lord had placed on my heart: Lydia's Purse. Though we initially planned to partner my business with their sewing centers as a "traditional", Fair Trade, manufacturing arrangement...we are now discovering that God has His own plan. Lydia's Purse motto is "Sewing Handbags while Sowing Hearts". The mission encourages women to live with Excellence in daily life (as Proverbs 31 women), while learning to sew an exclusively designed handbag pattern (made from recycled indigenous materials). A percentage of profits from the sale of these "skills training", practice bags could benefit the microloan program for women. I speak as much about the future possibility of this venture, as my past experience with this amazing organization, because they are truly committed to furthering the Gospel in/through India. IGL leadership is moving forward, seriously, stepping cautiously, as God clearly leads, protectively shepherding the multitudes in their care. I am humbled to partner with India Gospel League, to see families, regional communities, and a nation TRANSFORMED, through the empowerment of individual women!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the overwhelming support of the staff in IGL's North American office! Whether I'm looking for sari fabrics or representing IGL at a community event, the gracious staff are truly brothers&sisters;in Christ, as we fulfill His Great Commission!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase communication frequency with contacts in India ...but I am thankful for the gift of TIME: to continue in prayer and refinement of planning, so as not to rush ahead of God's perfect Will.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the development of RELATIONSHIPS with the staff in North America, women in the rural sewing centers in India, and other missionaries from around the world!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

not only friendly brothers & sisters in Christ, but sincere in their LOVE! They are truly my friends.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be a Light of HOPE to individual women and to great nations!

Ways to make it better...

my church group would have been better prepared for the visit--specifically, in the matter of wearing the respectful, traditional dress of the people we were serving (punjabi).

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the limitations to growth: due to the few, (founding) family members' ability to be stretched for so many viable opportunities...perhaps a fear of cultural differences, although we have UNITY in Christ no matter who/where we are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

God's Will will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 5, 2010

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May 5, 2010

I first came in contact with this organization thru my church.I had my kids choose a child for us to support.For a nominal fee each month we can support this child so he can survive and be educated.I have recently donated to help the missionaries start more churches in India and spread the gospel to all who want to hear.I recieve weekly e-mails from them with updates and answered prayers and also prayer requests.Many good things happening thru India Gospel League and many more good things to come.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Recieving a hand written letter from the child we sponser.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

All the great feedback.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world

Ways to make it better...

none

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

monetary issues

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 5, 2010

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May 5, 2010

I have been involved with the India Gospel League (IGL) for over sixteen years. For six of those years I was Director of the Wichita India Project (WIP), a group of churches located in Witchita, Kansas that came together to support the IGL. Though involved with missions for many years, I had never seen the completion of a project in a foriegn country before. The WIP came together with a goal to plant a certain number of churches, support pastors, build a number of Life Centers, teach life skills, and improve village life. IGL came up with a required budget to do all these ministries and in less that three years the money had been raised by WIP and all goals completed. We were able to walk away knowing that the indigenous community was sustainable. Therefore, we decided to do the same in another region of India. During that time period God enabled me to travel to India on two different occasions. I was able to see how God used the local Christian population, not Western missionaries, to accomplish His will. This is how missions should work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

evangelism, health care, learning life skill, children's homes, and feeding of lepers.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the results. The IGL is goal oriented backed by results.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and willing to lay their very lives on the line facing persecution and even death. I have know Samuel Stephens, president of the IGL, and his family for over 16 years. They are truly the life blood of the indigenous church.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

increase the value of life, improve health care, teach families to support themselves and thus reduce the number of orphan children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 5, 2010

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May 5, 2010

I'm extrememly impressed with the work of India Gospel League. They are involved in key aspects of society: education, medicine, leadership, raising up the next generation, advancing the plight of women and more! While we were with them in India, they had many things going on in the above areas; yet, they took good care of us and were extrememly hospitable. Their service to our team allowed us to fulfill our task: to train and serve the women of India and Sri Lanka. I may have come to bless, but I know I was blessed the more because of watching the Stephans' love, dedication, and unwavering passion to serve India. Women with a Mission in India has hands to do the work and feet to move forward for the betterment of women in India!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to watch how a community can be changed for the better by providing basic needs like child care and health services. It doesn't matter if it's India or the United States, when women have these needs met, they can grow.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more women in India and Sri Lanka. Local women would have more resources to grow the organization one woman at a time. More printed material would be available in regional dialects, so more women could become literate and change their future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

May 5, 2010

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May 5, 2010

IGL is stand-out in the work that it does for women in South India, the way they use investments to transform communities at a grassroots level is encouraging and it is all done with Christian love. Women we met were empowered to start their own businesses or trained for gainful employment. The women I met were proud of their work and thankful for being released from poverty-reinforcing loan-sharks. IGL are also transformative in improving literacy so that future generations will not be left behind and trapped in the poverty cycle. Their commitment to womens transformation groups for 5 years is very positive as it isn't just a once-off investment, but it is long-term and sees through a community to see what needs to be done and how those needs change over time. A worthwhile investment!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing families, individuals and communities transformed externally, as well as internally with the gospel.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to visit the communities being helped

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic! Especially our wonderful translators

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend there!!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

having enough trained, paid staff on the ground to be doing the work to be done

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

May 4, 2010

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May 4, 2010

This was a great experience, which was organised with India Gospel League. The team taught from the Bible in the mornings and this was followed by group teaching which I helped to run for the women who attended. We hoped to enhance the teaching by encouraging them to share their thoughts on the teaching. Some of the women were not able to read well, so we also used pictorial methods to teach them. It was an enriching experience for me, and all of the team, and we learned much from the women in our groups.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

India and Australia

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The love and care that the organisers of this trip had for us, and for previous and subsequent groups which I was unable to attend

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Full time pastors, administration staff, hosts and hostesses in the living areas, wonderful cooks, children's workers, nurses in the Cancer Hospital.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Increase the number of children that it cares for in the childrens' homes and in the pastors own homes. Empower the women, and secure an education for all women.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

May 4, 2010

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May 4, 2010

I have been to India four times on short-term mission trips, and every time is better than the previous one. India Gospel League is reaching everywhere in innovative, effective, and long-lasting efforts to build the kingdom of God in India and Sri Lanka.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my understanding of indigenous missions.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the authentic believers who work tirelessly and selflessly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 4, 2010

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May 4, 2010

The funds we provide each year (a 5 year commitment) are being used to provide health care, economic development, womens empowerment, spiritual instruction, child care, tutoring, vocational training and more. One of the best things they do is form Women's Transformational Groups, which focus upon all of the above in small groups of women. If you can reach the women, then you also reach the next generation. We are pleased with the results so far and intend to take our employees (about 10) to visit the village near the end of our commitment.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Adopting a village

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase financial accountability.

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Reading the impact they are having on individual lives

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very committed and work out of a sincere love.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help a much larger number of people.

Ways to make it better...

they communicated better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

communication.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they have improved communication.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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