Pop-up Fundraiser Successfully Raises $7,800 for Church Planting

Adriana Mendes didn’t plan to plant a church in India this year. But sometimes, the Lord asks of us when we’re least expecting. 

“During Missions Week at church, I just felt like the Lord was leading me to plant a church in India. And I thought that was the craziest idea,” said Mendes. “But I went home, and I kept thinking about it, and I knew this was something that was important and something that we had to do, and I couldn’t let my insecurities get in the way.” 

The following weekend, Mendes and her girlfriends took a trip to San Diego. In the space of a car ride, Mendes convinced the others that they should throw a fundraiser, with the goal of planting a church and maintaining it for a year.  

“I was just like, yeah, let’s do it. I think it’s doable; we should have a fundraiser,” said Mendes’s friend and fundraising co-planner Shanda. “Once we set the date, we just started splitting up jobs, but the cause sounded great. I was onboard.” 

“It’s really a God thing, honestly,” said Mendes. “Because I told Shanda, I have never, ever planned a fundraiser in my life. But everything just kind of fell into place.” 

Shanda, who had previous fundraising experience, was able to secure both food and a venue for the event, and together, the group of girlfriends solicited raffle items from those in the community. By August, less than two months after having her initial idea, Mendes’s fundraiser was ready.

Tommy Corrao Mid India Pop Up Fundraiser


“It all just came together so easy,” said Mendes. “So I know God definitely had his hands all over this.” 

Mendes and her friends hoped to raise $5,600 for an initial church planting a year’s maintenance. With a great turnout and a spectacular show of generosity from attendees, the fundraiser ended up raising $7,800, exceeding Mendes and her friends’ expectations.  

“It just goes to show,” said Mendes, “when you take a leap of faith, He will provide.” 

Interested in holding a fundraiser for a church planting or other service? Contact us today, and we’ll help you get started.

The Gospel Spreads, Despite Opposition

God is using ministers like Pastor V. to reach the unreached.

The mission of MICM is to “Proclaim Jesus Christ Throughout India and Beyond”, which is why evangelism is at the core of everything we do. Unfortunately, though, evangelism in Central India is extremely difficult. With deep rooted traditions in the Hindu religion, anti-conversion laws have been put in place resulting in the imprisonment of those found guilty of converting Hindus to any other religion. But in the midst of opposition, God is still working on the hearts of the Indian people and bringing salvation to the unreached through faithful ministers like Pastor V.

Pastor V. lives and serves in Central India, pastoring a congregation of around 150 people, as well as planting churches in other surrounding villages and running a MICM Village Learning Center with 40 children. His work has lead to 22 church plants resulting in 405 baptisms (and counting).

We praise God for the work He has done through Pastor V.’s ministry! However, one of the biggest challenges he faces is that many people hear and believe the Gospel, but will not publicly commit to Christ and renounce their idols because they’re afraid of the shame and ostracizing they’ll face from their communities and families.

Please pray:

  • That Pastor V. (and the other ministers in MICM) will take courage, and faithfully proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ despite opposition
  • For the continuance of the ministry, and the spread of the Gospel throughout Central India
  • That hearts would be transformed, and the Indian people would proclaim their faith in Christ with boldness

**For the safety of the individuals involved as well as the security of the ministry, names and/or locations have been altered or left out.