Lost in India Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Lost in India?
- I signed up but I did not get my confirmation email. What do I do?
- Is there a deadline to sign up?
- When will my Adventure Kit be mailed?
- Does it cost anything to participate?
- How long are the videos?
- What ages is this program appropriate for?
- Do I have to watch the videos at certain times?
- How long will the videos and educational content be available online?
- I have dial-up/low speed internet. Will I be able to watch the videos?
- How much time will this program take each week?
- I am not part of the Sonlight Curriculum community. Can I still sign up for Lost in India?
- My homeschool co-op, church, Sunday school, or youth group is interested in doing Lost in India as a group. Can we do that?
- Does Mission India sell or share my email address with anyone else?
- Is there a minimum donation amount?
- What do I do with the loose change?
- Is a gift to Mission India tax-deductible?
- I'm ready to give my gift. Where do I send it?
- We are participating in Lost in India from outside the US. How can we give?
- How much of each dollar given actually goes toward your ministry work?
- What is a Children's Bible Club?
- Does Mission India force people to accept Jesus to participate in your programs?
Lost in India is an exciting online program brought to you by Mission India. Participants will explore the nation of India and how God is transforming lives through the efforts of local believers through a series of 8 online videos and related educational content.
During the project, you're encouraged to collect loose change and make a gift for Children's Bible Clubs in India at the end of the program. Each $1 raised will enroll another Indian boy or girl in a Children's Bible Club!
It is possible that the confirmation email got caught in your spam filter or redirected to your junk folder. To have the email resent, please go to the Account Login Page and enter your user name and password. The site should give you a “Verify your email address” message and automatically resend you a confirmation email.
If you are still not receiving your confirmation email, please contact Mission India at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can register at any time. All 8 video episodes and related content are available to registered users to access at anytime and at your own pace. You do not need to have your Adventure Kit before you start Lost in India.
Your Adventure Kit will ship within 7-10 business days. You do not need to have your Adventure Kit before you start Lost in India.Back to top
Registration is free and there is no cost or obligation to participate in the program. Throughout Lost in India, your family will be encouraged to collect loose change and make a gift at the end of the program. Each dollar given will enroll another child in India in a Children's Bible Club!Back to top
The program includes a series of 8 online videos that are each 4-7 minutes in length.Back to top
Lost in India is appropriate for all ages; even adults will find the content engaging and informative! The videos are 4-7 minutes long, and are accessible to all age levels. Each episode also includes bonus educational content, such as a devotional, excerpts from Chris' journal, and more about India's culture, religions, and how God is transforming this nation. You can choose to use/adapt the bonus educational content in a way that works best for your family's age levels and schedule.Back to top
One you have registered, all 8 of the video episodes and related content will be available for you to access at anytime. You can watch the episodes and finish the related bonus educational content at a pace that works best for your family's schedule!Back to top
Lost in India resources will continue to be available online for you to access at any time. The videos are not available for download, however we do have a DVD of the video episodes available upon request.Back to top
Lost in India videos are hosted by YouTube, which should allow you to watch even if using dial-up or lower speed internet connections. You may need to start the video and then click the pause button to allow the video to fully load before you watch. The videos are not available for download. If you are unable to access the videos online, you may contact us at 1-877-644-6342 to request a DVD.Back to top
You can adapt Lost in India to best fit your family's schedule. Each video is about 4-7 minutes long and also includes bonus educational content, such as a devotional, excerpts from Chris' journal, and more about India's culture, religions, and how God is transforming this nation. You can choose to use/adapt the bonus educational content in a way that works best for your family's age levels and schedule. This bonus content will also be available online for you to access at anytime. Lost in India is designed to enhance your family or group learning experience and to encourage your family in participating in the Great Commission.Back to top
Yes! Lost in India is open to anyone who is interested in finding out more about India and the work God is doing through Mission India's Children's Bible Clubs and other programs. We are thankful to partner with Sonlight Curriculum to bring you this exciting program!Back to top
Yes! Lost in India can be completed by individual families or as a group. We encourage people to register individually so that they can receive an Adventure Kit and to have access to the program's online bonus content. Only 1 Adventure Kit will be sent to each mailing address.Back to top
Mission India will not disclose your personal information to any other organization, ministry, or business unless ordered to do so by a legal court order. We do not sell, rent, or loan our mailing list to any other organization.
The information you provide, such as your address, e-mail address, and telephone number, is only used within Mission India to ensure accurate, timely processing of donations. Everything is kept confidential and we will remove any information from our files at your request.Back to top
There is no minimum donation amount required or expected. $50 happens to be the amount it takes to enroll 50 boys and girls in a Children's Bible Club, so many people use increments of $50 to set their fundraising goals. A gift of ANY SIZE will be received with gratitude!Back to top
We are not expecting you to send the loose change in to us. We are asking participants to count their loose change and submit the amount as an online donation at the end of this project. To have your online gift count toward your family/group goal, you must make the donation on your personal donation page. You can also send in a check for the total amount (Please print this form to send with your check). An email receipt will be issued for every gift given online, and for U.S. donors, all gifts (of $5 or more) given through the mail will be mailed a paper receipt. If you are a U.S. donor, you will also receive a year-end receipt for all gifts given to Mission India.Back to top
Yes, a gift to Mission India will be tax-deductible (for all USA donors) to the fullest extent of the law. You will also receive a year-end receipt for any gift amount (in US dollars) you give of $5 or more. Mission India is a U.S. registered, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.Back to top
You may make an online donation in the amount of your loose change. To have your online gift count toward your family/group goal, you must make the donation on your personal donation page. You can mail a check to: Mission India, PO Box 141312, Grand Rapids, MI 49514-1312 (Please print this form to send with your check). Or you can call us at 1-877-644-6342 to make a donation over the phone.Back to top
Mission India can accept a gift from anywhere in the world, but the gift amount must be entered in US dollars. You can make an online donation (to have your online gift count toward your family/group goal, you must make the donation on your personal donation page). Or you can also send in a check for the total amount (please print this form to send with your check). An email receipt will be issued for all online gifts, and a year-end receipt will be issued for every gift given of $5 or more.Back to top
Mission India works hard to be efficient with the gifts you entrust us with for ministry in India. Last year, Mission India's expenses were: 80.05% on our ministry work, 6.75% on oversight, and 13.2% on development.
Here's a little background information: As an organization, Mission India is dedicated to equipping Indian nationals to transform their nation for Christ (in the case of our Children's Bible Club program, we provide the materials for classes, and also train the teachers how to use them).
That's what our "ministry money" goes toward. But we also emphasize reporting. When a pastor or other ministry partner in India is granted one of our programs, he/she must not only implement the program, but report back to us what happened after it wraps up. For example, when someone leads a Children's Bible Club, we want to know how many boys and girls attend, and how many children and their parents become followers of Jesus. Some of the expenses required in getting that information are reflected in "oversight" and "development" money (salaries of people whose job it is to track that information, costs of packaging that information and delivering it to our supporters, etc).
Mission India is a member in good standing of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and abides by its recommendations.Back to top
Mission India provides India's Christians with training and resources to introduce Children's Bible Clubs into their local communities. These clubs last 10 days and are usually held during India's summer months of April, May, and June when children are having their school break. During the Bible Clubs, children enjoy games, skits, Bible stories, songs, and prayer.
Because the club leaders are from the local community, they already speak the languages and know the customs. This is a proven effective method of introducing the Gospel in India, where traditional evangelism is not welcome. Training local believers to lead Clubs also encourages the development of ongoing discipleship relationships, and children and families are welcomed into the local body of Christ. Many times, the Club leaders visit the families of kids and the whole family comes to faith. In some areas, our partners offer follow-up Clubs that meet year round in the evenings, offering additional times of fellowship, fun, prayer, and worship.Back to top
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES does Mission India tolerate forced conversions. Our ministry programs offer a helping hand to those in need because we follow Jesus' example – out of love for the hopeless and hurting, not because we expect something in return. Unfortunately, in India today, enemies of the Gospel often use "forced conversions" as an excuse to prohibit any sort of evangelism. Often any act of kindness directed towards the poor and under-privileged is falsely categorized as bribery.
In our Children's Bible Clubs, we introduce boys and girls to the Gospel, and many discover new hope in that message. Children also connect with caring, loving Christian club leaders. But whether or not someone comes to faith in Jesus Christ is left to the Holy Spirit, not us.Back to top