More Believers than Seats!

Sunday Worship Service

The church in South Asia greets you all with love in our Lord Jesus! We have experienced major changes and transitions. There is more growth on the horizon.

   Our season has been marked with sending out loved ones, and receiving new believers into our growing family in Christ.
   The recent two major changes to our ministry team dynamic involved sending brother AB off to join CCBC (Calvary Chapel Bible College) South Asia for his first semester at Bible college and sending off our American missionary sister with honor to her home in California after more than 3 years of foundational, administrative and church planting work here in South Asia with us.

Happy to see Brother AB who is now at Bible College

 Brother AB has spent one year alongside our ministry team learning, growing and actively pursuing Jesus; he had built a wonderful rapport with our fellowship’s families and other local missionaries for his work in teaching children, encouraging the saints and leading praise & worship at our outreach events. We prayed and decided he was a perfect candidate for Bible college and that he was really ready! I was able to visit brother AB after a month at the CCBC South Asia campus — he is doing incredibly well and that makes me very happy.

I was blessed to share my testimony and about God’s leading with Calvary Chapel Bible College

When I visited the Bible college, I enjoyed the fellowship. I was also able to share my testimony and prayer requests with my friends and leaders.

Honoring Sister M. the Indian way

 Our American missionary, “sister M”, was given two traditional honoring ceremonies from our CC South Asia family and also our local YWAM family. The saints, whose lives she touched, shared stories and testimonies about how she had led them to the Lord, or counseled them with wisdom. They shared especially about how she loved God and loved people. We miss her very much and we pray one day she’ll return to us soon. We send her out with our blessing and prayers, as she transitions into a season of taking care of her father.
   With all these changes, came unexpected growth, as well! Namely, more people joining our fellowship and more locations being offered as start-ups for CC South Asia to expand within our city.
   First of all, our city is huge with a fluctuating population of more than 10 million residents (sometimes up to 15 million). MILLIONS of people call my city their home — without traffic it can take nearly 2 hours to travel across town by car, from end to end. God has definitely given us favor! We have seen fruit at two different outreach locations where we are exploring planting new church fellowships.

Cleaning the new church plant building

One such campus, already has a vacant home and small property! This was readily provided to us by Brother Albert who is part of our fellowship. He offered to let us use the house for ministry purposes. Immediately, we began evangelism in that area. This area is about 45 minutes from our existing church fellowship. It has a different demographic of people as well.

   My main concern, as a pastor, is not being able to re-locate our already existing and growing fellowship. Difficulties include the cost of transportation, distance, traffic and the general preference of believers to want to attend church in their own colonies. For that reason, I’m slowly developing the far away campuses. I am hoping for God to equip & send leaders from the Bible College or raise up men from within our church to help those areas grow in the future.

Not Enough place to sit. Please pray for the new place.

   My other main concern is we have physically outgrown CC South Asia as it is now (gathering on a house rooftop). I have been searching and praying for a property or building to rent or buy that can be used for church purposes. Financially, we are not in a position at a local level to do this immediately. Legally, many challenges arise in getting a space specifically for a church, because of anti-Christian politics. It is a burden on my heart to see the day come when CC South Asia (in this colony) has its own structure for gathering the saints to study, worship and pray.

The large Catholic Family that joined our church

We are experiencing major favor amongst Catholic believers who are hungry for God’s Word. A family of 10 recently joined us. They have come seeking Truth. They are weary of their superstitious traditions and the guilt-burdens they carry because of knowing about God, rather than knowing God directly through Jesus.

   Additionally, the believers are experiencing personal growth! In the absence of brother AB and sister M, three men from our church have come under my wings for spiritual development and to help with outreach. Brother Albert has been especially helpful to me. His desire to learn the Bible, lead his family, and serve has really touched my heart. He has consistently amazed me with his kindness. He even comes to my home to cook, spend time in the Word, and make sure I’m doing okay as a bachelor. Because of his example, other men are stepping up on many more occasions and volunteering for more ministry opportunities.
   I praise God that I was able to save up and buy a little 2003 Suzuki car for $500! I am now driving it on rainy days, instead of the motorcycle. I can also take the brothers along with me to outreaches at the two new campus areas. It is my very first car. I feel so thankful and happy!
   In all these changes, I can see that God is so good. We continue to trust Him and fully rely on His provision and direction by His Word and Spirit. That He may make Himself gloriously known in CC South Asia as the One True God.

A group went to clean the new place for a church fellowship

Urgent Prayer Requests:

– Pray for the Catholic families who are joining us to experience grace and truth
– Pray for our evangelism efforts in the two new areas to yield souls getting saved and start-up campuses
– Pray for God to send trained men to help pioneer the new campuses for church planting at the right time
– Pray for a way and place for CC South Asia to have a building/property of its own with room for all the believers to attend
-Pray for brother AB as he studies at CCBC to be transformed, equipped and clearly called for the ministry
– Pray for me to stay physically healthy, as I’ve been sick frequently. I also need to get into fitness and lose weight.
– Pray for me to stay encouraged and uplifted in the absence of my ministry partners
– We need 20 chairs in our church.

Please pray that God provides.

Fixing the New Building

Thank you so much for partnering your prayers with us and reading our updates!
Blessings in Him,
Pastor JE

Had a blessed time with my brothers!

Working in the New Building

 

 

 

 

Working on the church plant building

View from our New Church Plant Building

View from the church plant

Gospel Meetings and Close Encounters

Preaching at a Village Church

The little fellowship of CC South Asia greets you with much love and thanksgiving.

In the month of July, God has graciously used us in many areas far and wide in our region. Seriously, we don’t deserve this lavish love that Jesus keeps pouring out on us, but we can’t keep it to ourselves. Glory to God!

I would like to highlight just some of my favorite moments from the ministry this month. I hope that you are encouraged and stirred to more good works in your area of the world through our testimonies and witness. Please keep us in your prayers always! Thank you for taking time to read my stories from CC South Asia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preaching at open-air meetings

Gospel Meetings and Close Encounters

   A three-day adventure on a Gospel crusade into the villages on the outskirts of my city led me to a very scary, but funny, situation.
   First of all, I was a humble guest of an evangelist who had set up open-air preaching dates and times. I was accompanying the team as the worship leader. I often take opportunities as an itinerant worship leader to raise a little support for the local outreach efforts of CC South Asia.
We saw many decisions for Christ, and we prayed for many hours with the villagers.

Word Better Than Worship

Two miracles happened on this crusade. In the beginning, I was only given one session to preach the Gospel; however, after hearing the teaching style I used, Calvary Chapel style, the evangelist insisted that I teach an additional 4 more sessions to proclaim the Word. Actually, the evangelist ended up saying to me that my teaching was better than my worship! I laughed and said “thank you.” I hope it was a compliment.

Open-Air Gospel Meeting

A Sneaky Snake

 
   The second miracle was the hand of the LORD upon me to rescue me. I was sitting casually enjoying a big, delicious plate of chicken curry and rice. A group of us were outside sitting in plastic chairs eating our lunches, and I was not paying much attention to anything except the tasty food. I noticed the feeling of a dog’s tail swiping against my foot. It is not at all unusual for stray dogs to lounge around us underfoot, especially when we are having chicken for lunch. I just assumed that my chair was providing shade for some scrappy dog who was happily wagging his tail and waiting for me to drop a bone. In my mind, the dog’s tail was tickling my foot — until I noticed my neighbor stiffened up and wide-eyed, staring down. He slowly and carefully retracted his feet up and away from the ground. I decided to inspect what was alarming him and interrupting our lunch…
   …the “dog’s tail” was a cobra! A cobra was slithering across my ankles and feet. It was swaying around and ready to attack.
   In case you don’t know, cobras are common to my country, and a very deadly species known as a King Cobra is what I was up against.
   My reaction was simply to lift my legs up slowly and I felt very scared, but I didn’t dare flinch. The people around me told me not to move, so I didn’t move. I was just stuck. The cobra slowly retreated and met his demise when a man with a big stick smashed its head.
   Praise God I didn’t die young eating my chicken lunch. We all had a good laugh and praised the Lord.
People witnessed that the snake didn’t attack me, and they were saying, “God didn’t give that snake permission to bite you!”

Helping People Grow in Faith & Business

Brother Albert and Family

One of our families has been struggling since we met them many years ago. The husband is absent, the wife is emotionally broken and complains of knee pain as her excuse not to work. The eldest son is partially paralyzed on one side of his body from an accident. We have had to work patiently and consistently by way of prayer and helping with transportation to doctors’ appointments and groceries and holding prayer meetings in their small home. The family’s situation was incredibly challenging. We also had taught them how occupying our minds and working with our hands to serve others is beneficial and part of the new life in Christ. Then, we decided to put a plan into action.

   CC South Asia decided to not give the family any cash, because they were not wise enough on their own yet to faithfully steward money freely given to them, but we did decide to buy wholesale food provisions, and helped them to open up a small shop from within their own home. Here in our city, it is not uncommon for people to set up snack points, tea houses, and small convenience shops right in the front room of their house. We decided if we supplied the basics, held the family accountable to work from home, and taught them budgeting and money management, we could encourage them and empower them. The response was incredibly powerful, and the woman and her son are working hard and feeling a new sense of hope. We can see that they are growing in their understanding of the Word and receiving more faith that the LORD does in fact provide — and we also have our parts to play.
 Please pray for this family to get back up on their feet, trust Jesus and stay plugged into our fellowship and grow more!

 

 

Preaching at a Village Church

Helping Hands

We have a HUGE praise report and answer to prayer. Finally, we have a team of volunteers from within our fellowship stepping forward to serve the Lord. Up until this point, I have been tirelessly setting up the church, cleaning the church, and even washing all the dishes and picking up the trash after church lunches for years. In fact, even when we asked people to sign up to help, they would manage to find an excuse and escape. I often felt embarrassed that it was unbelievers stepping up to volunteer to help me and not our church members. But my example and devotion has paid off, and I now have a team that I am training every Saturday to help me on Sundays with set up, tear down and clean up.
Please pray that our servant team would mature and be greatly satisfied in serving the Lord in our fellowship. If God would grow any number of these saints to join our ministry team one day, that would be awesome!

An Open House and Open Hearts

Fellowship

   One of our brothers in the fellowship had the brilliant idea to host a meal at his home and conduct a prayer meeting — but his aim was to invite all his unbelieving neighbors. Over 25 people came and enjoyed eating with us and joined in worship and listened to the Word of God. Everyone concluded to pray together, in Jesus’ name. We were so impressed with this brother’s heart to open up his home and cook a wonderful chicken meal and just love people. The neighbors enjoyed his hospitality and said they would like to visit our Sunday worship service to hear more. Many of the neighbors, therefore, have opened up to us and invited us to personally visit their homes and come pray and share about Jesus.

   Please pray that as we love our neighbors, Jesus would encounter them in powerful ways.
   Please partner your faith with our faith…

 

 

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Fellowship Meeting

  • Pray for our CC South Asia ministry team & volunteers to grow more in the Word
  • Pray for the local saints here to mature and trust God more.
  • Our local missionary sister from the USA needs prayer for her father’s healing & salvation, Mr. P., who is experiencing kidney-failure.
  • Our landlord’s wife, Mrs. R, is gravely ill and in the hospital and we promised him that we would add her to our prayers.
  • My sister is seeking proposals for a husband (arranged marriage) and our family would love to be prayed over for her desires in her future spouse and a blessed Christ-centered marriage.
  • Please uphold me and my ministry team’s health always as conditions are harsh and outreach is not always safe.   I am so blessed by your prayer support and continued interest in what God is doing here in CC South Asia. We pray for our supporters to be blessed and that they would keep their hearts and eyes fixed on our beautiful Jesus.

I am so blessed by your prayer support and continued interest in what God is doing here in CC South Asia. We pray for our supporters to be blessed and that they would keep their hearts and eyes fixed on our beautiful Jesus.

 

Preaching at Open-Air Meetings

Lord bless you all richly.

In His love,
Pastor JE