Commit Thy Works to God

Hello Team,

I am happy to write to you about the many things that God has been doing in the ministry here.

I am continuing to teach on Sundays from 1st Corinthians. I am about to finish chapter 2.

We had a marriage celebration at the church. The bridegroom is from our church, so it was a good time to have all of us attending the marriage and spend time as a church family on that special day. 

I have been visiting so many houses of those who are desiring to have prayer meeting in their homes. Through this, I am trying to reach their family members, friends and relatives who have not experienced the grace of God yet!

We are also personally visiting a few homes to comfort families who have lost their dear ones, and to help them heal their broken hearts with the Word of God.

Once again, I am so grateful to my leaders who taught me the Word of God in such a way that changed my life. Now, I am seeing how believers are responding to verse by verse teaching from the book of Corinthians. It is totally amazing to see people coming to church regularly and listening carefully while I am preaching.

During the month of October, we are going to have government holidays for over a week for those who are in school/education for the biggest festival of our state, Dussehra. There are a few children and toddlers in the church. This would be a great time for me to invite them to church during the week to teach them about God from the Bible and maybe have more time of fellowship and worshiping our Lord. Pray for this upcoming season. May my desire also be the desire of all the youngsters in the church, and may the holidays be great days to focus on spiritual life growth for them. I have not announced this yet in church, but this is my thought of using their holidays for God’s glory.

My mother is doing a little better than she was in previous months but she is still in need of supplemental oxygen 24/7. A year has already passed, since my mother was admitted into the hospital on September 6th, 2021. God has been so faithful in providing for her medical needs. Please continue to pray for her complete healing.

Thank you everyone,

Pastor 7*

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My Heart Shall Rejoice

Hello Team,

So many things are happening in ministry! 

I have been teaching the young girls in the church new songs, music and about how worship in the church should look. They are enjoying the new songs, and the meaning in the songs. The instruments and singing are becoming in tune with new sounds. I also explained to them that worship should not just occur at the church building, but it should be their life style!

The other believers also enjoy worshiping the Lord with new songs. I am slowly training them not to sound like gentiles (the world) when we gather and worship but we should be decent and in order in the fellowship.

While sharing the Word of God during the first month, I taught them some basic fundamental Christian principles from the Bible. It has now been almost 6 weeks. I have started to teach verse-by-verse from the book of 1st Corinthians. I was amazed at how the believers took it. It was like me at Bible College! I had never known about verse-by-verse teaching prior to Bible college. Now it is the same way with the believers here in the church. They love the way we are studying the Bible. The beauty is that they were amazed at how much they can learn the Word of God by studying the Bible verse-by-verse in depth. I am so glad that they are really able to taste the Word of God through this recipe. I am about to finish up the 1st chapter in 1st Corinthians. I am teaching about unity and how we ought to love one another and how we should have the same testimony as Christians in this society!

I teach 2 times on Sundays. From 10 AM to 12:30 PM, I share at a church in the city which is close to my home. From 7 to 9 in the evening, I share at a church in a village that is about 16 miles away. We are praying to start a church in another place also. Right now, we are waiting to hear from that family who is planning to host us and open their house for church fellowship.

I have great satisfaction to see how God is using me in this ministry and believers are learning the Word of God. They are on their way to become more mature disciples, instead of believers with stunted growth.

So please pray for these churches. I am truly happy for being busy in studying and making sermons for different churches on Sundays and for house fellowships, birthdays and different occasions during the week. It’s so joyful to me to watch how God is filling these believers with His Word and speaking and ministering to their hearts and mine.

Love you all!

Prayers

Pastor 7*

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He Teaches My Hands

Hello Team,

One of the thing that I have failed to do during the last seven years is to get to know the other pastors who are doing ministry in my hometown and district. Mostly, I thought, “They do not know the Word of God properly. Most of them are not educated and did not go to a good Bible college. They love to teach prosperity teachings–some unknowingly and some knowingly.” So what happened was, I built a wall between them and me. But, as we all know, knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. 

Sharing at a Local Church

I felt that I do have a responsibility to reach out to the men of God and people who are waiting for teaching about love and an exemplary life. So, for the past few months, I have been trying to get to know them. I have been going to them to teach and preach to their congregations. Interestingly, some of them are very humble and welcomed me with a great heart. They gave me a good time to feed their flocks. However, some of them thought I would take away their flocks.

I’m focusing on the pastors and congregations who are interested to know the Word of God. It is actually a beautiful thing to get to know some of the great men of God who are thirsty for Truth. As I read in a book, “God has sent you as a missionary to the place where you were born, so start preaching the Gospel from your neighborhood and your street.”

In my district their are 3 big cities and 13 towns. There are also over 1,040 villages and the second fastest growing city. So, even though I have been praying for a long time for my district, very recently I have realized that there is so much work to do in it. I am honestly praying to start a church in my hometown. My thirst is to teach the Word to people who are capable of teaching others and to see the growth of believers in the grace and knowledge of Christ. I have started doing a few things in order to work towards this.

Please pray that God would show me the steps and guide me in order to reach my goal for His kingdom. I am very glad that God has given me this great experience with men of God during the past seven years from 2016 to 2022. I am praying that this is the time that I will be able to actually use that experience into a God guided action.
Hopefully, I will get back to you with great ministry updates next month. I know how much you all love me and have been understanding with me during this season. I owe you all a lot for that.

God bless,Pastor 7*
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His Way Is Perfect

Hello Team,

I cannot believe a month has already gone by!

The most happy experience that God gave us as a family this month is a few of our friends visiting my house to check on my Mom. We had a good worship and prayer time together. My mother was so happy that they came all of the way from a different state to see her. My family and I have been refreshed by their presence. They encouraged us by saying that we all are not alone in this because hundreds of saints are praying for us.
I had to take a few weeks break from the current semester because my mother had low oxygen levels once again and was suffering from severe back pain. She was admitted into the hospital once again for a couple of days. There are so many blood tests, scans, doctors fees and ambulance expenses that I had to go through once again.
When I took a break for my Mom, God gave me an opportunity to teach in a different church (left) which is very far from my hometown. The pastor, who is serving there, asked me to come again for a little longer next time. He wants to gather pastors and believers from different places so they can receive knowledge from the Word of God. He said to me, “Brother, the students who are getting trained under you, will gain tremendous knowledge from the Word of God.” There are so many other things that he shared with me, but that one single statement caught my attention.
I thought, “If people are really learning when God is using me, why shouldn’t I try this in my hometown?” I have thought about this before, but not about starting a specific structure. I truly got inspired and started to ask God what is His next step for me.

It is a happy feeling to come back to the students again. Teaching them, investing the Word of God in them, seeing them grow, getting to know them and building friendships with them–it is all beautiful!

Please continue to remember my mother in your prayers. Please pray that she will be able to breathe on her own without needing oxygen. Mom has been on oxygen for nine months. Pray that God will heal her lungs and alveoli, and increase her lung capacity.

On other note, please pray that God would start a new work with me. Wherever I go to teach and preach, God always speaks to people’s hearts through His Word. I do have a burden for my city and for my hometown where I was born and grew up. Pray that I will reach people and different pastors in the area and start building relationships with them, to start what God has for me in His will.
Love you all! Thank you for the valuable responses from some of you. I am truly blessed and comforted by them.
God bless,Pastor 7*
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The Lord Sustained Me

Hello Team,

In the month of March, I rejoined into the ministry. After experiencing a terrible season in my life, God gave me an opportunity to join with the Bible College here to teach and to be part of the current semester.

I am teaching 1st Corinthians to the new students. It is always an awesome thing to see how the students react to the contextual verse by verse teachings. It is a great joy to get to know the students, hear their testimonies each semester, and see how God works with different hearts!

I have also begun making videos on YouTube and Facebook; please pray that I will be able to upload the videos regularly.

I really want to thank each one of you for your consistent prayers for my mother’s health. She is doing a lot better, but she is still on oxygen so please continue to pray for me and for my mother’s health.

God bless,

Pastor 7*

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My Cry Came Before Him

Hello Team,

You have been hearing about how God is working in my mother’s life. It is an absolute miracle that she is alive today! For the past few days, she has been able to walk a few steps with the help of walker and oxygen. The doctors are not sure how long she will need oxygen. One doctor suggested turning off her oxygen for ten minutes every hour during the day time, which is showing me that my mom is doing a little better with her breathing. When we turn off her oxygen for ten minutes, her oxygen saturation is 58. (A normal healthy person’s saturation fluctuates between 95 to 99.) So now we know how much more she needs to get better to be lead a normal life.

On the other hand, in regards to my ministry, I am going to rejoin the Lord’s work starting the 1st week of March. I will be teaching 2nd Corinthians at Calvary Chapel Bible College during the current semester. I also think I am ready to make more videos through Facebook and YouTube. One thing that I have come to understand more fully during this season is that death is so quick. No doctor or technician can stop someone’s death and most people are dying without knowing Jesus as their Savior.
I believe God may use this season and experience in my life to be a blessing to many people. This experience gave me a lot more concern and responsibility toward the people who haven’t heard the Gospel yet and those who claim that they are Christians but are living in a superstitious Christian religion, not knowing the true Word of God.
I have also received books that are useful to my ministry. I like to read. I like to spend hours studying different authors’ commentaries. For that reason, I always exhort students that unless they spend hours sitting studying and reading God’s Word they cannot stand an hour in front of the pulpit. I am so excited to start a fresh chapter in this journey.
I love you and thank you all for being understanding with me for all these days and months and for not pressuring me while I was doing my responsibility to my family.
God bless,Pastor 7*
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Therefore My Heart Is Glad

Hello Team!

Meeting With My Friend

It’s been a very different season here just like everywhere else. The influence of the pandemic still exists. The news channels are continuously exhorting about the third wave in our state.

However, I was so happy to meet my friend, Pastor 6*. We talked about our next semester teaching schedule, last semester experiences with the students, and the blessing to hear each and every student’s testimony of what they learned and experienced during the semester. I was so excited and humbled to see videos of their practical ministry and how they are getting trained for their future ministry. Last semester, I taught from the book of 1st Corinthians. This semester I am going to teach 2nd Corinthians and Colossians. I was very happy hearing what the students learned through 1st Corinthians. They are now able to see the difference between what is happening in the churches around and what the Word of God says about how churches should be organized and what Christianity is and what religion is, and problems in the church and solutions from the Word of God. They have learned how important it is to stick to the Word of God and not fall for reputation, money or other luxuries in life. I pray that they would be faithful in what they have learned, and come to learn in future semesters, and plant more churches.

I have been visiting different churches and have been inquiring about young adults who are interested in joining the Bible College.
Through YouTube, I am able to reach a couple hundred people. So, I want to start to teach live through Facebook and YouTube in the up coming days. Please pray about this. There are people who are watching and responding, and I believe that there are more about to.
I am always thankful to each one of you for sharing my thoughts and helping me to implement the ideas that God has gifted me with. Please pray for the students who have received their diploma and are about to finish their college in this coming semester. 
Blessings,
Pastor 7
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Unto Thee Will I Pray

Hello Team,

I never imagined that I would be this sad while writing a newsletter. It has always been a great joy to write to you about all of the things God has been doing here. But, the month of May has been the most difficult season so far. Depending on the severity of the spread of the Corona virus, different states have been locking down their states different times. In my state, May was a month of lock-down. Still, we are in lock-down during this month of June. We are allowed to go out only from 6 to 10am. (It is different for government employees.) We have seen more than 400,000 cases in a single day. Thousands of children became orphans, and multitudes died in the past couple weeks. Day by day, we are hearing about new things- like the black, white, and yellow fungus. So, yes, we are in real trouble, real fear, and real loneliness.
As a nation, our country, sent a vaccine to several other countries. But the government has failed to get the vaccine to its own people. We are in lack of the vaccine. No one really knows when we could all be vaccinated. Since it is a huge country with a big population, it is a big mess with the virus everywhere. I have had Covid already (during the 1st wave) and now we are having the 2nd wave here. In other states of our country, the 3rd wave is also devastating the people and nation. Maybe some or most of you have been watching in the news what is happening with our country.
Apart from this sad update, I have some good news too! The first thing is that God has been so faithful! He kept us so safe all of these days. Even in the future days, He is the One who will keep us safe. The second thing is: When I started my YouTube channel, I thought of teaching only in my own language. Some friends of mine from different countries were saddened because they cannot understand my language. So, they wrote me personally and that led me to try to teach in English. In these English language videos, I want to talk about basic things that people are confused about from or in the Bible–both doctrinally and theologically. Currently, I am working on that video to come out.
So, yes, we need your prayers and I need your prayers. I hope it is going to be all over with this virus in the next couple months. Thank you for keeping spreading love.
Blessings,
Pastor 7
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Growing in the Truth

Hello Team,

Hope you all are well and thank you for all your prayers!

Spending Time With the Students

Last month was a month of fellowship and teaching. I taught 1st Corinthians to the students here. They had a lot of doubts and questions. The beauty is that the Word of God has filled their hearts with answers and solutions. I am so glad that every time I teach this book, in different places with different students, the people are understanding; what Christianity is, how the church should be organized, how spiritual gifts should be operated, and many more things that a Christian has in his or her life as they walk with the Lord Jesus. By the end of the book, they are able to recognize what is the ‘religion’ and what is the ‘way’ and what is godly and what is not godly within the church. 

Sharing God’s Word

I was also able to preach on one Sunday in church. I preached on the topic “What is ahead of you when you become a Christian?” As part of their study in the book of Romans, I talked about sanctification, growing in the Truth and knowledge of Christ, transforming into the image of Christ, and the obligation we have to bring the Gospel to unreached.

I was so blessed to be a part of the teaching schedule and to invest the Word of God in the lives of these men who are seeking Truth.

Teaching Classes

Blessings,

Pastor 7

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How Excellent Is Thy Name

Dear Team,

I released 2 more YouTube Videos on 1st Corinthians

I am so blessed that I was able to release two more Youtube videos recently on 1st Corinthians. I am receiving so much encouragement from many different countries personally and publicly. It is a great platform to teach verse by verse and to get to interact with people that you would have never otherwise been able to with the Word of God.

Some of the people called me on the phone, some messaged me, and some asked me to add English subtitles so that they can understand what I am teaching. Lord willing, I will try to implement some of their suggestions. It is a great joy to have several comments and suggestions from different parts of the world. 

One man called me on the phone and told me, “This teaching of yours is very understandable. I am learning many new things. I am grateful to God that He is using you in my life to know the Word.”

What a wonderful thing to hear from a person who I have never met or seen in my life! Praise and honor belongs to our Lord alone!

People should learn, know and experience the Word of God in their lives and they should be able to teach others. With this intention, I am moving forward in this YouTube project.
I am rejoicing that we all are serving a living, all-powerful God. Let us wake up the dead lives with the true Living Word!
Easter wishes to all of you and your family members! He is risen!!!

Blessings,
Pastor 7

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