IBL Patashala (formerly School of Evangelism)
IBL’s Patashala is a training program to equip grass-root level workers in Christian Witnessing and establishment of new congregations. IBL works in partnership with national churches and Christian organizations, training pastors and committed workers with the goal of founding self-supporting, self-multiplying and self-governing churches in geographical areas of need.
This academic and training programme started in 1985 includes: Christian witnessing, Discipleship, Church planting and administration, Biblical doctrines, Communications, Counseling and other relevant subjects.
The one year programme is divided into three terms four months each, with one month residential classes followed by three months field work. The field work will contain Family Surveys, forming Bible Studies and Fellowships, visiting the sick, personal witnessing and child ministries, gospel meetings and distribution of Bibles and gospel literature.
The Patashala will be located at the place convenient to the partnering church/organization which will have sufficient accommodation and facilities. Each Patashala will have 12 trainess whose monthly support, travel and training expenses sponsored by IBL, provided to the partnering organization in the form of cash and books. The partnering organization will find at least four qualified trainers who will be approved and their honorarium met by IBL. The trainees adopt certain needy geographical areas and work among different people groups.
Witness speak 1
“I am a businessman from a small village in Orissa. I was a Hindu and seeker of true living God. In my search, I happened meet an IBL worker who gave me some good Christian books to read. I accepted it gladly and began to read it carefully. One day while reading the Bible, something happened in my heart. I began to cry for my sins and I couldn't understand what was happening to me. I asked the IBL worker to help me in this matter and he explained how Jesus Christ the Son of God was crucified for my sins and I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and I am following Him”.
Witness speak 2
“My name is Hari. I belong to a village in Andhra Pradesh. I was very sick during the last six months and I was helpless because I had spent all my money for doctors and medicines. One day Bro. Bhaskar, a Christian preacher visited me and told me about Jesus Christ and His healing power. I had never heard His name before, but I instantly believed that he would heal me because I had reached a stage with out hope. Bro. Bhaskar prayed for me and I could feel the healing touch of Jesus Christ. I accepted Jesus as my Personal Savior and I am happy and healthy now. I feel it was in God's plan that this brother should visit me. I was helpless but now someone loves and cares for me. I am attending church service at the nearby and I am waiting for ‘public confession’ of my faith”. Read more Transformation Stories