FEC works in partnership with Zion Evangelistic and Care Ministries (ZEC) in establishing reproducing communities of Christ followers in the greater Visakhapatnam (Vizag) district of Andhra Pradesh, India with a population of over 6 million. Since God’s divine calling more than two decades ago, a primary vision of Syam Babu and Esther Sunitha, ZEC founders, is reaching children through evangelistic rooftop clubs and camps. This vision has multiplied to include:
- Developing and training a network of between 3,000-4,000 pastors in 46 mandals (townships) of the Vizag district
- Training and sending scores of church planters to towns and villages throughout the district
- Evangelistic Crusades through the pastor network
- Training and resourcing scores of youth and young adults focused on reaching the next generation of children
- A variety of care ministries reaching the poor, the HIV positive, street children and more
Syam and Esther have developed a team of over 70 staff and volunteers leading ZEC’s multiplication ministries that are regularly reaching and discipling thousands for Christ.
It is a great privilege for FEC to partner with Syam, Esther and the ZEC team in the Vizag district. The initial relationship with ZEC came through Northwoods Community Church (Peoria, IL) and is now expanding to include others from FEC. Northwoods Community Church and Crossroads Evangelical Church (Wauseon, OH) regularly send teams to assist with leadership training and care ministries. There is always an open door for others to join. The ZEC team covets the prayers, visits, support and encouragement from throughout FEC.