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Harry and Judy Sabnani are supposed to be relaxing into their retirement, after a busy career spent working in ministry for the Adventist Church. It may be fair to say they are enjoying retirement — but relaxing they are not. In addition to pastoring a church in Portland, Maine, every year they lead a group of volunteers to India where they spearhead a thriving ministry covering everything from supporting women-led micro businesses to sponsoring students to attend Adventist schools. I asked Harry and Judy some questions about their India projects, and Judy was able to spare a few minutes to respond before heading off on another trip.
Question: Every year you both travel to India as an outreach ministry. How much time do you spend there? Where do you go?
Answer - Weeks - Ongole - Section - Andhra
Answer: We spend about three weeks working in the Ongole section of Andhra Pradesh.
For how many years have you been doing this?
Mission - Trips - Years
We have gone on 17 mission trips in the past 16 consecutive years.
Who do you take with you?
Anyone - Years
We take anyone who is at least 15 years old and wants to go.
Can you tell us about some of the projects you work on while you are in India every year?
Meetings - Nights - Women - Donate - Livestock
We hold evangelistic meetings for anywhere from three to 15 nights, teach women to support themselves by sewing, donate livestock, organize to have wells bored for the villages, have homes built for village pastors and Bible workers, sponsor village children to attend Seventh-day Adventist Christian schools.
Who supports your India trips and ministries? Are they officially church-sponsored? Where does the money come from?
Auspices - Northern - New - England - Conference
We are under the auspices of the Northern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, but do not receive any financial support from the conference. Donations are solicited or received privately.
How did you become interested in India?
Wake Up To Breaking News!
When will they ever learn?