Dear Brother Eckhard,
From the past three months, I am not checking my e-mail frequently. On March 25th when my son Matthew Henry from Secunderabad indicated, I read your two e-mails written on March 12th and March 23rd. Since I was suffering with severe headache and hip pain, on March 27th I got admitted in a Hospital in Vijayawada. Doctors suggested. me not to think much and treated by infusing a packet of blood cells, monitored for three days in the hospital and then discharged me on March 30th.
On April 1st, the Lord’s day, brother G. Daniel visited Tenali assembly and spoke on “The blessings of the believers in the Resurrection of the Lord”. We all enjoyed the message and were encouraged. After the ministry meeting, brother Daniel mentioned about your two e-mails in the brothers meeting.
To be honest, I do not have a heart to reply back to your two e-mails. I was silent with a opinion that there wouldn’t be any benefit even if I reply back. However, after listening to the brothers suggestion, I wanted to confess before the Lord and tell you what is in my heart, may be for the last time. I hope you will get answers for all your questions.
Yes, dear brother Eckhard, as you have written “Things have happened and deteriorated to such a low point”. However, I am not the reason for such deteriorated state. You, with your own hands directed things in to such condition. The Lord who searches the heart is aware of this matter. From the year 1978, when ‘Assembly of Believers’ fellowship was started by me in India to till date, for the past 40 years, many foreign donors have supported the ministry of the Lord whole heartedly. I confess before the Lord that from 1988, you have supported us more than others through the ‘German Mission Funds’. I am much thankful for your decades of support. Even though it hurts you, I must tell you this. From 2014 December, the month that I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, instead of being a supporter your behavior became as a dictator. You gave commands to give Pallekona and Tenali Campus documents to K. Vinay Kumar and treated me like an employee under you, but not at all as an experienced brother who worked tirelessly for 40 years and toiled to start a new fellowship that is according to the scriptures and that was never before in India.
Neither you nor any other brother have asked “Brother Yohan, the Lord has used you to establish more than 100 local assemblies, a printing press, a Christian book room, an orphanage and a hospital. For 40 years, you took care of all these. Now you are suffering with illness. Have you thought of any one for the administration? Is there any right person in your opinion?”. Rather you have tried to transfer the responsibilities without my suggestions.
On what motive a printing press or a book room or a hospital or an orphanage was established? After me, who can run them in the right direction with their motives? Who will have an understanding of such persons that can manage them? A foreign brother like you who visits once or twice a year or me? Who will have a perception of the minds and hearts of fellow Indians – I, who was born in India and have 80 years of experience or you?
Dear brother Eckhard, when I was 11 years old and was about to join the first forum in the high school, my class teacher wrote my name as “Subba Rao” and my religion as “Hindu”. But I refused what teacher wrote and asked him to write my name as “Yohan” and religion as “Christian”. When I was 78 years old and was with deadly disease, even before any one of you gave a suggestion, I gave away the documents of properties (22 meeting halls) that were built up during my 40 years of ministry and transferred the administrative responsibilities. You can watch hand overring the documents in this video (https://youtu.be/xBoqbAS50Ns?t=11m). Your son or son-in-law who learnt Telugu can help you to translate.
In the last week of November 2014, doctors in Sentini Hospital, Vijayawada suspected that I was with multiple myeloma and in the second week of December 2014, doctors at C. M. C., Vellore confirmed it. In the third week I came back to Tenali from Vellore and on the evening of 18th December, 2014 in the “Annual Literature Distribution Festival” held at Tenali Meeting Hall I gave all the property documents of 22 meeting halls except Tenali and Pallekona Campuses to K. Vinay Kumar, Solomon, Shanthaiah and Shalem in the presence of two hundred believers. I announced that a separate trust was formed for Pallekona Orphanage and School and in future a committee will be established for Tenali Campus with local church members.
I know the mindsets, opinions, thoughts and desires of the hearts of every one in our fellowship in Andhra Pradesh. With prayer and my previous experience, I tried to handover the responsibilities depending on their abilities. But you simply obstructed it. If the three volunteers in Pallekona doesn’t have any intention to take over the Pallekona Orphanage and School, why did you force me to give the Orphanage and School documents to K. Vinay Kumar?
In 2015 February when you came for Tenali Conference, on the evening of conference’s last day this is what I told you, brother Buckhard, brother Ulrich and Assembly of Believers Trust Members – ‘I already handed over the documents that belong to the fellowship. God gave me Pallekona Orphanage and School as a personal work. I will not transfer it’s administrative responsibilities to anyone. After me, a trust with 7 members whom I appoint will run it. For Tenali Campus a committee will be formed with local Church members’. But you forced me to give Tenali Campus documents to K. Vinay Kumar against my desire. Threatened me that support will be stopped, if I do not give Pallekona Campus documents. But I said “I have not started Pallekona Orphanage and School relying on your support. If you want to stop, then stop supporting. God will provide for it” and I left the guest house.
Dear brother Eckhard, there is a reason for reminding you all these matters. That is, on February 27th, 2018 during Nellore meetings, you held a separate meeting with local brothers from Tenali and said “Yohan gave all documents to K. Vinay Kumar in our presence and now he is saying that K. Vinay Kumar stole them. Yohan is lying”. By saying the above you misled the local brethren. With the evidence in the video recording, you can see that on December 18th, 2014 in the presence of 200 brothers I voluntarily gave the documents of 22 meetings halls to K. Vinay Kumar. Because you forced me in February 2015 I gave the Tenali Campus documents on the last day of the conference.
K. Vinay Kumar kept these documents that he got from me in these two occasions in the office of Assembly of Believers Trust in Tenali for few months. After that, without informing me or any one in the fellowship he took away those documents like a thief. When this matter came in to light, I questioned K. Vinay Kumar about this theft in the ‘Assembly of Believers Trust’ meeting. He confessed that he took the documents and that he is 80 years old and because of his old age he is forgetting where he kept few items at his home. He said that he will bring documents very soon and made everyone to believe him. Trust members Sangeetha Rao and Solomon also said that K. Vinay Kumar must bring back the documents.
After few days, ‘Assembly of Believers Trust’ meeting was held in Vetapalem. When I mentioned about the documents in that meeting, he said “Brother Bubenzer said not to give back the documents. So I am keeping them with me”. This is the reason for slandering K. Vinay Kumar that he stole the documents by deceit.
Dear brother Eckhard, if we have to speak openly and frankly then it will be more appropriate to say that “Eckhard Bubenzer made Vinay Kumar to steal the documents” than saying “Vinay Kumar committed the theft”. Even before you started supporting us from 1988, the ‘Assembly of Believers’ fellowship that was started by me in 1978 already had an orphanage in Pallekona, a printing press and a book room in Tenali and 7 local assemblies near Tenali. After you started supporting some more churches were constructed. Please note this: 35 years back, buying a land for a local assembly and completing the construction of a meeting hall was not an easy or normal thing. The local members would have prayed for years, would have sacrificed some money from their hard earned wages for the Lord and some foreign donations would be added to them to construct a local meeting which would take few months or few years in some occasions. I was a government employee. But in my entire life I never gave even one month’s salary to my wife for home maintenance. There were several occasions, where I put my wife’s jewelry in pawn shops to complete the construction of the meeting halls. For many years, this is how I earned properties one after one for the fellowship. Who is Vinay Kumar to keep the documents of these properties in his home? Did he buy even one of them? Did he give even One Rupee as donation for them?
Brother Eckhard, you do not know even 10 percent of what I know about Vinay Kumar. I clearly know how his work life was, his family life is and his Christian life is. He cannot write even four lines about the specialty of our fellowship. It is sad that his eldest son was addicted to alcohol and committed suicide and his youngest son is suffering with night blindness and is not in a condition to be any help for his family or the local meeting. K. Vinay Kumar is also 80 years old and takes 20 plus pills per day. If the Lord calls him suddenly, the documents of fellowship will be lost and future generations will suffer a lot. Isn’t for this reason, suffering with deadly disease and Lord could call me any time, I gave the documents to be kept in the committee office? You are not understanding the severity of this issue and using Vinay Kumar to fulfill your selfishness.
You wrote “It pains me very much to have to direct your thoughts towards your behaviour regarding our brother Vinaya Kumar, who you have insulted and menaced in your mails of December 28th and 30th in a shocking way, as well as according in public before many witnesses. You owe brother Vinaya Kumar a public and genuine apology, given this sinful behaviour.” Morally and Spiritually you both behaved treacherously and deceitfully towards me. So, first you return the documents and put them in the committee office and then apologize me in public. After that I will apologize K Vinay Kumar in public as you desired.
Brother, If the Lord permits, I will answer your other questions in the next e-mail.
Your brother by Grace,