Thanks be to God who has been doing wonderful things through us! Thank you, too, for your prayers and partnering with us through your financial gifts!
We are doing well by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord has kept us safe in this extreme hot weather where the temperature has been about 113 degrees. He is our refuge and strength.
We are excited to see the Lord opening new doors of ministry! We have begun Bible studies on Friday nights. We have been studying the first epistle of John. I (P. M.) have been enjoying teaching the book. The number of participants in the Bible Study are increasing. Last Friday, 19 people attended! Praise the Lord for the hunger for the Word that His people have! I have been using PowerPoint to teach. This is a new experience for me, too.
I (P. M.) had an opportunity to preach and teach the Word in a three-day convention at a village in another state in our country. This village is a six-hour drive from my home town. It is a small village in a remote place, but more than fifty percent of the people are believers in the Lord Jesus. The ministry there began with one family. The young man of the family is the pastor of the church. The people in this region are not well civilized. Only two or three families in the village have a television. We stayed in a room that had no fan and no air conditioner, and it was about 115 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, we slept in the open, under the blue sky. But I had a very blessed time. In the mornings, we had Bible study, and in the evenings, we had church meetings. There were about 200 people in the evening meetings. The evening meetings were attended by the believers from other villages in the area, too. These believers walked more than 6 miles to get to the meetings, and then walked more than 6 miles home again, at 11PM. They walked through the jungle, where there are wild animals such as leopards and bears. I was so blessed to see the hunger and thirst in these believers for the Word. In many places, Christians have bicycles, motorcycles or cars, but still don’t come for Christian meetings.
We are also busy in translating some Bible study materials for the Pastors School students. We have completed a translation of a commentary on Philippians, and we are now translating the Old Testament Survey and the New Testament Survey. This semester, we will have more students, so we are making more beds and other arrangements for them.
We are planning and seeking God’s guidance in beginning a Sunday Service in the town that we live in. In order to start a Sunday Service here, we would need a hall/building to hold the meetings in. Please pray for this matter.
Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and support. We are excited about the things God is doing!
Co-workers in Christ,
P.M. and V.M.