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The 4th Annual Preachers Files Lectureship


Youth Gathering Oct 16th 2010

The Congregations

The church of Christ in Makkenavaripalem:  was started by Bro. Claude A. Guild with Esudas' father Bontha Paul more than 25 years ago.  It is located in the village Makkenavaripalem, Santhamagulur mandal, Prakasam Distict, A. P. India. The population of Makkenavaripalem village is approximately 8000 souls, and the nearby village is Kommalapadu with a population of about 6000 souls. The Lord has placed an open door of opportunity to win many lost souls to Christ in this part of India.  There are 45 regular members in attendance for the services.   Many more have been baptized but due to lack of a building they are not attending the services.  Attendance will be better once we are able to build a place of worship large enough to accommodate everyone.

Worship services are from 12 Noon on the porch of one of the members.  Esudas conducts the Bible Class on Wednesday and his wife, Lakkepogu Vijaya Kumari, conducts the Ladies Bible Class on Every Friday evening and  Sunday School every Sunday morning for the children at 9 AM.   She also  conducts the youth meeting for the ladies in the village streets on occasion. She teaches the word of the Lord and gives instruction in diseases like HIV, health talks, home cleanness and child care.  Esudas does house visiting, conducts family prayers, funerals, memorial meetings, weddings, naming celebrations, thanks giving prayer meetings and visits the sick.  

Thanks to outside support they were able to provide Bibles, hymnbooks, tables and chairs, mats and communion trays and glasses. During last years famine they were able provide them with rice and dall, clothing and money for the aged.  All the members of the  The church of Christ in Makkenavaripalem are grateful for the outside support from brothers and sisters in Christ.

Several Gospel meetings and preachers get together programs have been conducted in this village. The Livings Stone Preachers Training School was located here from July to 1st through part of December 2004. At end of November school attendance was up to 29. Student preachers were taught the basics of the Church doctrine, over view of the Bible, preaching techniques and sermon preparation.  The preachers school was closed due to a lack of funding but the congregation still meets and worships there to this day.  A church building was started for this congregation in May 9 of 1977 but has never been finished.  They built the foundations, plinth beam, columns up to 4 feet. The cost of finished work was $3500.00   All of this money was contributed from our congregation and some neighboring congregations and individuals of our brotherhood. The needed amount to finish construction is $14000.  The completed building will be 8.4 meters wide by 12.64 meters long.  See Photo at right.

There are 3 denominations working in this village.

1. Baptist.

2. Living Evangelical Fellowship

3. Laymen's Evangelical Fellowship. 

There are also many people here with HIV and many orphans.  The fields are truly white unto the harvest.  Please pray for workers and support in their efforts to being the truth of God's word to these people. 

The saints in the church of Christ at Makkenavaripalem greet you warmly.


Thanks to the generosity and hard work of many Christians, Construction on the facility in Makkenavaripalem is nearing completion.  Pictures of the progress of this project can be seen by following the link below.

Makkenavaripalem worship facility construction pictures.

Pictures of the opening service

Preaching The Gospel in India
The churches of Christ in India
Salute you
The church of Christ in  Makkenvaripalem
The church of Christ  in Subbaiahpalem
The church of Christ in Ramanjaneyapuram
The church of Christ in
The church of Christ in
The church of Christ in
Massad Manyam
The Christian School for children
Aged, Infirmed and Widowed Christians
Challenges in India
Caste System
Educating the Poor

Future Worship Facility

Makkenavaripalem church of Christ
The Plan of Salvation
Hear the Gospel (John 5:24, Romans 10:17).
Believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God (Hebrews 11:6, John 3:15)
Confess Jesus Christ as the Son of God (Matt 10:32-33, Romans 10: 9-10).
Repent (Luke 13:3Romans 10: 9-10)
Be baptized (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, 22:16)
Live faithfully (John 14:15)
"Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes , and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest."
John 4:35

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