RESPONDING TO THE COVID-19 HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN INDIA
The pandemic has put a significant strain on India's public health infrastructure and trained health personnel. There is a desperate and immediate need for essential items, such as masks, face shields, and full-body protective suits for government hospitals and other essential workers, such as the police officers and sanitation workers.
Reporting over 300,000 new COVID cases daily with a climbing death toll. Severe lack and shortage of oxygen, medical equipment, and supplies. Desperate demand for oxygen concentrators, ventilators, hospital beds, and PPE Increased corruption in the black market and outrageous price gouging to prey on the vulnerable
In the late 80’s and 90’s the graduates/Seniors who were part of the initial ICPF movement that started in the College Campuses of India in the early 80’s, started migrating to the US. Parents and Ministers of the Gospel who loved the Godly work among campus students in India felt a burden for the ministry and in turn wanted to support the ministry that they benefitted from in prayers and finances. With that purpose, prayer groups were started in different parts of the country, gathering once a month to pray fervently and contribute generously for the cause. This prayer group resulted in the formation of ICPF USA in 1997. The prayer groups have extended to different states of the country and today there are ICPF/CGPF units in Dallas (TX), Houston (TX), Philadelphia (PA), Oklahoma City (OK), Danbury (CT), Atlanta (GA), Tulsa (OK), Chicago (IL), Minneapolis (MN), Carolinas (NC and SC), Chattanooga (TN), Phoenix (AZ), Los Angeles (CA), Detroit (MI), and in the State of Virginia, New York and New Jersey. There’s also a branch in Toronto, Canada.
Awake Camps in the US started in 2001 at the Waxahachie Camp Center in Waxahachie, TX with the sole intention of enriching and mentoring the Next Generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to empower them for the Divine Purpose of God in Worldwide Missions. This is a unique camp, which has continued through the years since that first camp and has been an impetus to many youngsters to have a U-turn from their unfruitful path towards a Purpose-filled and Spirit-filled walk with the Lord. In the past years, hundreds of lives have been impacted and we are trusting in God that these camps will continue to do the Perfect work of Christ in many more. The programs are divided into all the aspects of a good
Christian life with awesome time of worship, practical teachings on real life, small group sessions, a chance to reflect and re-focus your life on Christ-centered living with excellent Bible based teachings,
tools for making decisions in life and a time and place to draw closer to Christ. At the moment there are four Awake camps that happen each year, one in the South (Dallas, Houston or Oklahoma City) , one in the North East (Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York), one in the South East (Atlanta, GA, Chattanooga, TN and the Carolinas ) and one in the South West (California and Arizona). In the year 2019, a new Awake Camp will be held in Michigan for the Michigan, Illinois and Canada regions.
IGNITE is a program developed by ICPF to help successfully navigate Middle School students to High School and College level with sufficient Bible training, Discipleship training, and Missionary vision. Hence, Ignite focuses on catching students while they are young and training them to become effective, resourceful Christians.
The vision of ICPF since its inception has always been to reach the unreached in the College and High School campuses. That vision continues to grow in the hearts of the ICPF USA leadership. Different campus groups have been started and continue to grow. At present active Campus, groups exist at University of Houston (U of H), and in few colleges in Dallas and its suburbs. The plans are to establish more campus groups in various Universities where possible to mentor and enrich the Next Generation in the heart of the gospel.
Inter-Collegiate Prayer Fellowship is an organization committed to enriching and mentoring the next generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to empower them for the Divine Purpose of God in Worldwide Missions through personal and practical mentoring.
Bro. Joseph Joy is an ICPF Staff Minister and regional secretary of the Eastern Region in India. He had a well-settled job in Doha as Service Engineer but he left the job and joined ICPF to work for the Kingdom of God. He chose Calcutta as his mission field and he has been working there for past 18 years.
Recently his wife was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and Bro. Joseph Joy had a bad fall which caused damage to his spinal cord. They have two young children and the family is in need of our support and prayers. Hence ICPF would like to request your fervent prayers and financial support for their treatment.
Now, it is our responsibility to support this great man of God financially; hence ICPF would like to request you to do the same by following the below link.
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Change the campus today and change the world tomorrow.” There isn’t a mission field in existence today poised to shake the foundations of global spirituality like the university campuses of the United States. Today’s students are future world leaders. Future doctors, lawyers, teachers, and professors – future journalists, counselors, businessmen, and businesswomen – future military officers, company executives, media professionals, and government leaders – all are found on the university campuses today.