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Ministry

MINISTRY

We have accepted a new role of leadership with Calcutta Mercy Ministries. This month we will step away from our role with AG World Missions and I become the Vice President of Calcutta Mercy Ministries (as of this week) and President beginning in January. In many regards, this is a continuation of a part of what I have been doing. I have served on the Mercy Hospital board since its transition from the AG to Mission of Mercy in 2001. Our family has known, loved, supported and been connected to Sister Huldah Buntain for nearly 30 years now. Many of the Calcutta Mercy Hospital Board members have been great friends for a long time!

 

The most important thing we can say is thanks for a great, awesome, and blessed 30 year journey!

I am anticipating some questions you may have in a FAQ type dialogue:

 

What will you actually be doing at Calcutta Mercy?

 

As Vice President (President in January) my role will be for the vision and direction of the organization. My natural gifts are that of a mentor/teacher, relational networker and communicator (think story teller). All of these strengths will serve the organization. A major part of my role will be to raise funds for Calcutta Mercy.

 

What is the role of Calcutta Mercy? 

 

We do three things in greater Calcutta: feed. educate. medically assist.

 

Thousands of children and adults are fed a hot meal of rice and lentils every day in Calcutta and Calcutta Mercy is a big part of that.

 

Thousands of children are in AG schools in greater Calcutta and we help make that happen.

 

We have an amazing charitable hospital in Calcutta where 40 percent of our inpatients and 60 percent of our outpatients receive free or drastically reduced medical care. We provide finances to help make this happen. It is a major challenge to be a charitable hospital that can sustain itself. The hospital needs and deserves assistance to provide for the type of patients we care for, that is where Calcutta Mercy comes in. We also have clinics located outside of Calcutta.

 

How does this fit into the mission to reach the world with the gospel? 

 

Pastors Ivan and Sheila Satyvrata carry the mantle of responsibility of the Assemblies of God Church and Mission in Calcutta. They provide spiritual oversight for many church services including 8 different language groups. The more Calcutta Mercy can provide support for ministries that include feeding, educating, and medically assisting; the more he and his pastoral team can effectively minister to the needy and expand the church. During Pastor Ivan’s 12 year leadership, the church has doubled in attendance and quadrupled in local finances. I am personally proud to serve in my capacity with Calcutta Mercy knowing what I and others at Calcutta Mercy do will help Pastor Ivan and others who live and breath at the tip of the spear accomplish the work of the gospel in greater Calcutta.

 

Do you still need our support? 

 

Absolutely yes. While Calcutta Mercy will provide me a salary, the financial needs to feed, educate, and medically assist in Calcutta are great and we need you! We want you to continue to support what God has called you to, we would love to connect, come to your church and share the vision.

 

We only give to AG ministries and projects that give AG Missions credit, can we do that with Calcutta Mercy? 

 

Yes! The Assemblies of God World Missions believes in the work of Calcutta Mercy and considers us as partners with AGWM. When you give to Calcutta Mercy, give us the name of your church and you will receive AG Missions giving credit the same way you have done by supporting us as missionaries. That is the kind of relationship we have and the way we do work together. Contact me with any specific questions you may have regarding this.

 

Can we give the same pledge we have been giving to you to Calcutta Mercy and, if so, how do we do this? 

 

Yes. Just let me know you want to do that and our office will let you know what needs to be done to make it happen.

 

Where is the USA Calcutta Mercy office located? 

 

Griffin, Georgia.

 

Will you be transitioning from Rogersville, Missouri? 

 

No. We will continue to live here in Rogersville, travel to churches to share the vision of the work and travel to Griffin, Georgia several times a year to connect to the USA ministry office.

 

How often will you travel to India? 

 

While this is yet to be fully figured out, we anticipate a minimum of three to four trips per year.

 

What will be your future role with AG World Missions? 

 

I described our transition from AGWM to Calcutta Mercy to a friend of mine as ‘same camp, different tent.”. We will no longer be Assemblies of God missionaries, but our work will still be touching the same people and working with AGWM from the organization of Calcutta Mercy. Dr Greg Mundis, AG World Missions Director,  described succinctly what is my heart and prayer of my transition from AGWM to Calcutta Mercy in a personal note to me by saying “ I pray in your new role that the life you have lived and experienced gained, the missiology you have learned and the contacts you have made (that you will call upon) will be a blessing to the kingdom and to AGWM.”. That really sums up my heart and desire going forward.

 

What are your thoughts of these 30 years: glad to be leaving, sad, happy? 

 

Mixed. Excited. Sad. Happy. Really Excited! I think the most important thought for each and everyone of you to know is that we are leaving well. We love, respect, and honor AGWM as an organization and those individuals who make it what it is. Twyla, Bobby, Josiah, and I have lived our lives with unmerited favor, and AGWM has been a major part of that favor. When I resigned from being the Area Director of India, Omar Beiler, the Regional Director of Eurasia created capacity for us as we looked ‘Godward’ for our next steps. My replacement Joseph Gordon has graciously allowed me ministry opportunities and treated me with kindness as we tried to figure out our next steps. We still get to be a part of the India and Eurasia family – same camp, different tent. No longer as AGWM missionaries but as a part of Calcutta Mercy.

 

And, our future is bright. The privilege to do something we know, believe in, and are excited by is awesome.

 

We’re in.. How do we keep praying, keep getting communication and engaging with you? 

 

Thank you. We love you too and see you as part of our ministry family. Unless you unsubscribe, we will continue to send you occasional updates here. You can also go to the Calcutta Mercy website at www.calcuttamercy.org.

 

Additionally, we are finalizing an update of our personal ministry website located at www.mcgurty.com . You can get updates there about our family, our prayer needs, our Rickshaw Journey business (www.rickshawjourney.com) and about the Life plan coaching I am involved with (www.guidedlifeplan.com) .

 

Also, all of our personal emails, phone numbers, and contact information is available at www.mcgurty.com/contact .

 

Love to all of you!!!!

 

Bob and Twyla

 

PS: We kept last week’s update below, just in case you missed it!

Our Story

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Calcutta Mercy:

 

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VISIT Calcutta Mercy

Rickshaw Journey:

 

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VISIT Rickshaw Journey

Guided Life Plan:

 

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VISIT Guided Life Plan