Joyful In Thee

Thank you for your prayers and support!

Praising the Lord Together

We have had a really good start of the first worship service in the church building during this month of November. Everyone was so happy to come together to worship our Lord Jesus Christ! We had the Lord’s supper together during our 1st Sunday worship service. During the lock-down, God taught us many things about depending upon Him when things don’t go well and trusting in Him for everything.

Praising the Lord at Our Church

People in the church have been sharing testimonies about what God has done in their lives and how He is working when they put their trust in Him. I was really happy watching them growing in the Lord. Their testimonies are really encouraging me to do more for God. It’s also building my faith and teaching me to lean on Him (God).
I want to share a few of the testimonies in this newsletter, so that they may encourage you to keep praying for us and for the ministry.

Brother Arthur*: He was suffering for many months with kidney stones, and was becoming very weak. I saw him crying and struggling with extreme pain. I shared in the monthly prayer requests to please pray for him and we were praying for him too. The doctors suggested to him to have surgery to get the stones removed, but our God is powerful and heals.

Brother Arthur was worried about his kidney stones, but he still trusted God would do something in his life. Two days later the stone came out itself and he was healed from that pain. Praise God!

Sister Kalma*: She had a kidney infection. Within two weeks God healed her!

Prita* : Contracted COVID-19. Healed!

Amber*: She had extreme stomach pain. When she prayed and asked God to heal her, God amazingly healed her right then! 
There are so many things that God is doing in our church people’s lives: providing new jobs, healing them, and restoring them. 
We are praising God for what He is doing and are thankful to you for being prayer supporters to us!

Young Adult Bible Study 

This month we started a young adult Bible study. It is going very well. They are really excited to know God from His Word. We are also teaching them inductive Bible study, so that they can easily divide and understand God’s Word rightly. Even when they are at home, they are studying the Bible using the IBS (Inductive Bible Study) method. 

Praying Together

We have now moved to a new place where we will start a Bible school/college. This month we hosted a meeting for pastors from different denominations to introduce our Bible school/college. We got good responses from the pastors and prayed together over the work that we are doing here. I really praise God that we received encouragement from local pastors. In February, we are going to start classes. Right now our team is preparing for the school. Brother Andrew* is working alongside me in teaching and helping with the Bible school/college.

New church plant 

For many years, many pastors came to serve in a particular area, but no one was able to continue with what they had started. For many years, I watched pastors come and start ministry there and then suddenly leave. I do not know why. I always wondered, “Why is this happening?” This place is my home town. Now, God has opened a door for me to start a Bible study to reach this area. The total population of this area is 67,271. In the place we are working in, there are 800 people. This area has some historical Hindu temples and also a big hill covered with very big rocks on it. There are many temples on these rocks. A lot of people, from other areas, come to worship these rocks and idols. There is a lot of idolatry in this area. The town has nine mountains around it. I have been living in the area for 12 years but there is still no church today. From (undisclosed) city it is a 3-4 hour drive.

During this November, we started a Bible study. We now have 11 people who are coming to the Bible study. We are really excited about how God is going to work in this area to break the idolatry and traditions of men. We need your prayers to continue the work that God has already started. We want to see people worshiping the true Living God, instead of worshiping rocks and trees.In this area many young adults are addicted to alcohol and smoking. There are raging women, people stealing and fights. Some people have been kicked out of their families because of their addictions. They need Jesus. Their lives need to be transformed. We want to see them experiencing the love of God so that they can love one another. 

I have been meditating on the Word of God from Romans 13:8-10. I got stuck in the words “Love your Neighbor”. It encouraged me to reach those young adults so that they could experience the love of God and love their neighbors. 
The work has already begun. One of our team members, Brother Punkaj*, has been discipled by and serving in our Calvary Chapel church for 4 years. He is a Bible college student who studied at our Southern and Northern campuses. He’s serving there in Ardim*. I go once a week to encourage and work along side him until he is ready to take over the ministry there. Please pray for him and the ministry in Ardim*.

We still have 4 different locations where we hope to start up churches, but need workers. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Pray that God would lead His servants to take over the ministry in those areas. 

People Giving Testimonies At Church

New Church Plants

  1. We planted our main church in 2015
  1. East Almir*– praying for workers
  2. Ardim* – work started (170 km from city)
  3. Negal*– praying for workers
  4. Kenosh* -praying for workers.(30 kms from city)
  5. Jaga* – praying for workers. (85 kilometers from the city)

Thank you for taking time to pray and partaking in the work we do here. We keep praying for you and your families. We love you. 

Prayer Requests:

  1. Pray that God’s work that we are doing here would be fruitful and a blessing to many.
  2. That the Church believers grow more in the wisdom of God and in His Word. 
  3. Pray for sister Amber’s* son. He is sick.
  4. Pray for my mom to have good health. She has fat grown in her liver. Please pray for her healing.
  5. Pray for my newborn niece to have good health.
  6. Pray for my wife, she is now 7 months pregnant. 
  7. Pray for brother Punkaj* who is serving in Ardim*.
  8. Pray for Andrew* as he is serving in the Bible school/college.
  9. Pray for Andrew’s* dad to get a new job.
  10. This Christmas season, we are planning to print calendars to give as gifts and reach more people with the Gospel. We would also distribute them to make friends. Please pray for the financial provision for this. 
  11. Blankets distribution (Relief work)–It is winter now, and there are many who are homeless and sleep on the streets at night. We want to share the love of God and the Gospel and give them blankets.  

Please pray.

Thank you!

Pastor 6* and Family

*Names have been changed or omitted for security reasons.

Ask of Me

Thank you for your prayers and support. It is really encouraging for me to hear that you are praying for us and for God’s work that we are doing here in our city. I am thankful to God that there are people who pray for and support us in God’s work.

During this pandemic situation, God has been really faithful to us. He has provided for us and kept us safe.

Serving the Lord Together with My Wife

We are still doing our worship service online and through conference calls. Because of the lock-down, we haven’t been able to meet together with our church family. So this month, we visited and had a Bible study in their homes. We encouraged them and were able to spend some time with them. They really felt loved, happy, and cared for.

They asked me, “How were you able to make it through this pandemic situation, and provide food for your family and the people who are with you?”

I answered and said, “When things were going well and everything was good we had only some food and things. But during this time of Corona, I experienced a double and triple portion of God’s provision. You can see how faithful our God is to provide for us.”

They said that they were worried about us and prayed for us. They were really encouraged and praised God. I can see God’s provision even more during the tough times when things are not going well.

Sharing at a Local Church

I have been invited to local churches of other denominations to teach the Word of God. It is really a blessing and encouraging. More than 250 families attend the church I grew up in. I got to teach the Word of God there and I was able to share my testimony about how God lifted me up and is using me as His servant. I was a person who knew nothing and always clammed up. But God did everything. People were able to see the work of God and praised Him. 

I can feel that through this season, God is taking us to the next level of His work and in our spiritual lives. He is teaching us many things and we are experiencing His goodness in our lives.

Not only good things, yes, I am facing some struggles and experiencing hard times in my life. But those hard things are helping me to transform into the image of God and to be how God wants His children to be. I can feel that God is preparing me for a purpose. I am praising God for everything. I am really thankful to God for helping me in those times of struggles. Keep praying for me.

We recently started a young adult Bible study. God has put it in my heart to focus on our church’s young adults and to have a separate Bible study with them to encourage and to teach them the Word of God. It is going really well. New people are being added to it. It is really encouraging to see them studying the Word of God. Please pray for them as they grow. Pray that they will make good choices in their lives and that if they fall they will be able to get up with the help of God’s Holy Spirit and experience the Grace of God.

A Bible School in Our City

When God sent me to Bible college in another country, I learned the true Word of God. I was amazed by the teaching and the people’s pure heart in serving the Lord. 

I wished that we could have a Bible school, in our city also, to teach God’s Word and how to rightly divide the Word of God. I experienced God’s love and His heart and His purpose through the Word of God. If God could change my heart and start to work through me, He will surely do it in every person who hears this type of teaching. I have been praying for this for 4 years.

God has opened doors this year to work on it and start in 2021. We are going to have Bible classes teaching verse by verse, chapter by chapter, book by book. 

We found a good house where we can start a Bible school and a new church plant. Please pray for us to have wisdom and knowledge to be led by the Spirit of God. Now I have a team who is helping me in this vision. Pray that we serve with humble hearts and in unity.

Thank you for taking the time to pray and take part in the work we do here in our city. We keep praying for you and your families. We love you. 

Prayer requests:

  • For me and my family to have good health
  • For my 4 month old niece to have good health
  • For our church family to grow more in God’s Word.
  • For the future Bible school/college
  • Pray for brother Andrew* and brother Punkaj’s* families’ protection as they serve here in our church and help with starting a Bible school. 

Thank you

Pastor 6* Family
*Names have been changed or omitted for security reasons.