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Dr. Jabez Rapaka publishes book on Indian Pentecostal Church

The Library is pleased to congratulate a member of its staff. Rev. Dr. Yabbeju (Jabez) Rapaka has just published his first scholarly monograph. Dalit Pentecostalism: A Study of the Indian Pentecostal Church of God tells the story of the Indian Pentecostal Church (IPC) of God in the state of Andhra Pradesh, the largest and most populous state in South India.

In his preface to the book, Dr. Rapaka writes that the genesis of the book was his discovery during his doctoral research that no substantial research had ever been done on the Indian Pentecostal Church, the largest indigenous Pentecostal denomination in India.

Dalit Pentecostalism has already garnered laudatory reviews from leading scholars of Pentecostalism. Dr. Eric N. Newberg calls the book “a groundbreaking study… [that] authenticates the formative role played by Dalits in the formation and development of the Indian Pentecostal Church.” Dr. Vinson Synan, Dean Emeritus of the School of Divinity calls the book “by far the best treatment of Indian Pentecostalism to date.”*

Dr. Rapaka has been with the Library since January 2002, serving as a circulation and reference GA, before joining the staff in March 2006. He holds M.B.A., M.Div, and Ph.D. degrees from Regent and is an adjunct professor in the School of Divinity and the College of Arts and Sciences. He and his wife Gloria are the founders of Love and Hope Ministries, which is active in India and Haiti, “meeting the physical, educational, emotional, and social needs of the poor, needy, destitute, abandoned, neglected, and the unwanted of society through providing food, clothing, shelter, medical care and education.”

Dalit Christianity will be offered for sale soon on the Love and Hope Ministries website.

 

*Emeth Press, “Dalit Pentecostalism.” http:www.emethpress.com9781609450548.htm.

Library Staff Members Travel on Mission Trips to Haiti and India

Written by Rev. Jabez Rapaka, Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Assistant

During the second half of 2008, Rev. Jabez Rapaka traveled to Haiti and India, whereMeghan Lane with children in Carrefour, Haiti the charity he and his wife founded, Love & Hope Ministries, is active. From August 18 to August 22, Rev. Rapaka led a team of three other Library staff members (Patty Hughson, Paulette Thompson, and Meghan Lane) on a mission trip to Haiti, where they delivered clothing and school supplies to more than fifty children. They also made monetary gifts to more than thirty needy Haitian pastors as well as to a food canteen for poor widows. The team ministered to more than 200 precious Haitian children, and Rev. Rapaka preached in a holy convocation and pastor’s seminar.

From December 9 to December 23, Rev. Rapaka and his wife Gloria led another team to India. The team, which included Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students, Dr. Pamela Lee, ministered in seveRev. Rapaka with newly-baptized Christian in Eluru, India ral Indian villages, Gospel meetings, and a seminar for pastors. By the grace of God, fourteen souls were added to the kingdom of God, and seven HIVAIDS victims received water baptism by Rev. Rapaka. In addition, the team presented more than 250 people, including children, widows, the elderly, pastors, and HIVAIDS victims, with clothing and blankets. Four Indian pastors were blessed with new bicycles for their ministry work, and thirty more received a monetary gift for Christmas. Twenty staff members from Love & Hope schools and children’s home received a Christmas bonus and other gifts, and 200 children from Love & Hope School and Children’s Home received school supplies, candy, and toys.

Love & Hope Ministries currently operates a dozen projects in Haiti and India. More information about the Ministry, as well as a photo gallery, is available at the Love & Hope website.