My name is Mary and my husband’s name is Roger. We have three children. Jason, Hannah and Andrew and we are the Govan family living in Fayetteville, North Carolina. We attend Fayetteville Bible Chapel. I was born and raised in Andhra Pradesh, India and excepted Christ at the age of fourteen.
I came to the United States in 1983. I always had a heart for mission work. I did not know how to start the ministry. My husband and I were financially supporting the evangelists in India on and off for 10 years. As I grew in the Lord, I realized my responsibility as a child of God to witness to others. We finally committed to do this ministry regularly since 2000. We have been supporting the ministry with the help of my father-in-law through Voice of Calvary and the church we attend Fayetteville Bible Chapel. When we went to visit my family in the summer of 2004, we saw that there is a great need and opportunity to serve the Lord Jesus our Savior. We want to expand this ministry in the entire southern parts of Andhra Pradesh. We visited the places and witnessed the Lord’s work being done their. So we came back and named the ministries as PREMA ministries and currently in the process of registering it with our state as a non profit organization. Prema is a Telugu word, meaning love. Telugu is the language spoken in Andhra Pradesh.
We cannot support the needs they have by ourselves. We need help. We want to preach the gospel to all. We can not just give Gospel and ignore the needs of the people. The villagers are un-educated, live in slum areas. The ground is covered with pig and human waste. The colony stinks badly. They live in very filthy conditions with no proper facilities such as latrines or bathroom to take a shower, drinking water, medical facilities, no electricity or transportation. Their houses are the size of a closet made of flat rocks, mud, and hay for the roof. This is only one colony. So there arises the vision for our ministry “To reach the unreached”.
Our ministry is
1. Evangelism and Discipleship (provide monthly salary to the evangelists already working)
2. Leadership Development (training evangelists)
3. Constructing Buildings (for Churches and a place for the evangelist’s family in four regions)
4. Provide Jeeps (one in each region)
Our Compassion is
Our Hope is
1. Changed lives that love and honor Christ and live for Him.
What We Believe
We believe the Bible teaches, among other things:
…Its own divine authority, absolute accuracy, and verbal inspiration. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2Peter 1:21)
…That the one true God eternally exists in three equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
…That our Lord Jesus Christ is God the Son. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal future return to the earth in power and glory. (John 1:1; John 3:5; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; John 14:3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54)
…That man is sinful by nature, and that it is impossible for him to be saved by his own works or religious observances. (Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)
…That in accepting Jesus Christ by faith one is saved, born again, and forgiven through the merits of Christ’s life and death. (Acts 16:31; John 1:12; Colossians 1:14; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
…That regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit occur at the moment of salvation. (Ephesians 1:13; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13)
…That water baptism is a commandment and the act by which believers are immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thereby publicly identifying themselves with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:4; Matthew 28:19)
…That there will be a resurrection of both the believing and the unbelieving, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting torment. (2Corinthians 5:6-8; Luke 16:23; Revelation 20:11-15)
…That all believers are priests, and have equal access and divine right to draw near to God and to offer up spiritual sacrifices apart altogether from human authorization or appointment. (Hebrews 10:19-22, 13:15; 1 Peter 2:5)
…That to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (Mark 16:15; 2 Peter 3:9b)