My time in the North taught me many things. It was a good place to stay for a semester, a good experience to be alert in the ministry, and a super good new page in my life. It was the lock-down. We were all eating less food and thinking about the next days provisions. Everybody had these two questions in their minds: “How many days are we going to stay here?” and “How we will reach our homes back in the South?” There were no classes going on, because we didn’t know when the local intelligence policemen would come and inspect us. (They don’t want to see anything happening in regards to Christianity.) Our only belief (about it) was “We are under lock-down, but the Word of God is not.”
As our hearts thought about this statement, we already knew that God had started a new beginning in our lives. I knew that I could not teach where I was, but that there were people outside of the mountain I was on who are looking for the Truth. With the help of my students, I started filming teachings. All that we had was our mobile phones, but God miraculously provided us with a camera temporarily to finish the introduction to 1st Corinthians. That is how we started Calvary Chapel (our country) CC Fellowship. Now it is on YouTube. Not only I, but every missionary in my country who is ministering with Saving Grace has his or her ministry with this thought of “CC fellowship”.I never thought of putting myself on the internet. I do not even post my pictures on Facebook. The first doubt my mind attempted was “Maybe I am not adequate to teach the Word of God online. That is only possible for senior pastors.” After spending so much time asking God,”Is it your will for me to start this?” I was greatly encouraged and refreshed in regards to my channel. I thought “Let me start this with what I know, and God will teach me the remaining things that I need to know in His time.”
With this new beginning, I have started my journey back to my hometown with seven students on a 24 hour train ride. The seven of us are from different districts, that are in two different states, but we all speak the same language. My hope is that every single student will lead a great life for Christ and that they will plant many churches in the future. I am very humbled that all of you are with me in this journey and our Lord is with all of us! As William Carey said “Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God”. My prayer is that the students who are taking Bible training would understand God’s heart for unreached people and that they would experience the above statement in their lives.
God bless you,
Pastor 7* *Names have been changed or omitted for security reasons.
The lock-down has brought so many new things to all of us. I want to share with you how we survived and had a great fellowship even in the midst of tough circumstances.
Right after I reached the North, within 3 weeks, the lock-down was started. I had been asked to teach Inductive Bible Study prior to starting my actual teaching; Leviticus. The new students were so blessed to learn the Inductive Bible Study. It was great to have some people with my same language from the South in the college. We made good friends with people in the local community and prayed for their salvation.
After the first few weeks of the lock-down , we began running
out of gas (for our stove), vegetables, and all other provisions. So, we began cooking with firewood and started growing vegetables including radishes, beans, etc.
The main worry everyone faced was how to get back to their hometowns. We were all stuck there for almost 3 months, but miraculously God provided every single need for all of us.
While all of this was going on, there was a huge disturbance with the Local Intelligence department investigating our college, so we had to stop teaching and classroom set up.
Our last semester was a good experience in understanding that we should be ready to face any sudden negative situations.
Please continue to pray for the students, as they have gone back to their hometowns. May God use their lifestyle and testimony to reach others for Christ.
God bless you, Pastor 7*
*Names have been changed or omitted for security reasons.
Praise God for His grace and love upon my family and church family.
Praise God! One more person was baptized during the lock-down.
Praise God for His safety during the lock-down! For 7 months they have not allowed any temples, mosques or churches to open because of Covid-19; but we never stopped having our Sunday service and house fellowship. God has kept us safe during every situation. We could not have online services because the people in my church family do not have smart phones or internet facilities.
Please pray for the families in our church. They are being persecuted by their own families, communities, and political leaders. One of them, Jamesh*, and his brother are being persecuted by their own father. Their father wants to take them to the village court because of their faith in Christ.
Please continue to pray for my state. Since the lock-down, crime is increasing day by day including; murder, robbery, fighting, suicide, etc.
Please pray for my church family–that they can be strong in the Word of God, and that God would provide them all of their basic needs including food, clothing and shelter. During the lock-down, they all lost their jobs and spent all of their savings. They planted rice, but a flood came and ruined the crops. Now, since they don’t have jobs, they are trying to leave my state to try to find a job.
Please continue praying for safety for me and my parents.
Please pray for our church to be painted. For 8 years we have not been able to paint it. Pray that God would provide for the finances needed for paint.
Please continue to pray for my marriage, that God would provide a girl who can partner with me in spreading the Gospel.
Thank you for your prayers, help and partnership in the Gospel!
God bless you all,
*Names have been changed or omitted for security reasons.