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