Dear Family in Christ,
I praise God for what He has been doing. Thank you so much for partnering with us in the Gospel!
Behold! A Great Multitude
“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,”
The Calvary Chapel Conference, which was conducted in the month of January at was a “heaven-come-down” experience. All of us could witness that moment on the earth for a few days. Brethren came from all over our country and fellowshipped with each other; it was truly a blessing. It is one of the many instances where we truly experienced the meaning of the word “koinonia”. We felt encouraged that we and our brothers share many things in common: our faith, our love, our heart, and our mind—because we share one Lord, one Spirit and one baptism. Not only are we one in all of the above-mentioned things, we all share the same sufferings and trials, which eventually serve a purpose to conform the body of Christ into fullness and holiness.
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain.”
It is with a great unspeakable joy, that we share in the call or the commandment to GO AND BEAR fruit. When we do God’s work in God’s way, the consequence of this God-honoring ministry is that the fruit will remain and be a source of blessing to many.
During the past Christmas season, we visited a tribal community in a neighboring state. Our hearts were burdened by seeing the dysfunctional families with children. That community has the history of opposing Christianity and ministers of Christ for a long time. Sadly, all of the men in the community were addicted to marijuana and country liquor. Many even lost their lives before their 30’s or 40’s. There are almost 30 widows in the small community. It was a devastating reality. We shared the love of Christ, through saree (clothing) distribution. Not only that, the Word of Christ was preached. We came back with hopeful and grateful hearts that God had opened a new door for us to minister to the community and have been expectant of fruit since then.
We have now gotten an update about the fruit. Many accepted Christ! The people in the community permitted local ministers of the Word to preach and teach and also gave land to build a church facility for the believers! The work has already been started. We rejoice at what the Lord is doing in the hearts of the people in that community. Please pray for the servant who ministers there. Pray for all their needs to be fulfilled, so that the light of truth may be shone upon many people and communities around through this tribal community.
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”
A few days ago, we were led to minister in a certain village. The Lord has been slowly opening doors to minister–one soul at a time. We recently got to visit a sister, who is a pregnant mother. Her story is a story of rejection, orchestration, and tragedy. She is ruthlessly treated by her family, and has not been provided her with basic pregnancy needs. Since she could not get enough care and food, she started to eat dirt and stones. Her situation got worse and she was taken to the hospital. Stones had formed in her stomach.
God opened doors for us to minister to this sister’s medical needs, and to provide fruit and proper food for her. Please pray that she may come to know the one true God and accept Him as her Lord. Please also pray for her health and the health of her baby (to have good growth and nourishment).
40 Days of Cottage Prayer Meetings
The Lord, in His grace, has helped us initiate a spiritual awakening among the church members to gather everyday for 40 days, since there are 40 days of prayer and fasting in the season of Resurrection Sunday. We got to visit each and every family and spend time in worship and the Word and fellowship. It has been a great time of encouragement to be bonded and blessed. May these prayer meetings be a blessing to everyone who is part of them. Pray also, as we are approaching Good Friday fellowship and Resurrection Day.
Enlarging of Tents
Decisions and choices play a very important role in fulfilling the great commission. They can either help fuel the growth or even stop the spread. We believe, with all of our hearts, that God has a great plan for our city. It is high time to take action to help spread the message of God’s salvation from a strategic location like ours. God, in His mercy, has opened a door for us to buy a plot of land for the extension of the Bible institute. It is with a great burden that we are imploring to God, that He will provide each and every need for this task to be fulfilled for His Name and glory.
A Day of Rest and Fellowship
The Lord provided for everyone to have a day of rest and fellowship. We all got to spend a day, from morning till evening, in a resort where we played cricket and did recreational activities. We all took some time and got into the water to enjoy the summer weather in a swimming pool. It was refreshing and relaxing. The Lord blessed our hearts and souls with some very much needed rest and joy.
Upcoming Ministry Plans
Nursing Home Ministry
The youth from our Church have been so fruitful in their ministry, that they are now ministering to many old women in a nearby nursing home. Please pray that Lord will provide all of the needs for this and for His grace to be upon us to be carriers of His light and love among these hopeless people.
Praise God! He has been so gracious to all of us by keeping us safe and healthy during this summer season. We are planning to spread the love of Christ, through organizing a water supply project near our church. Since the temperatures are going to get much worse, it will be a great time to be a witness for Christ this season.
As we mentioned before, we are heading to the central part of the country for our semester outreach. There are many different ministries we are all going to be involved in, including:
- A 2-day long pastors meeting
- Youth meetings
- Worship teachings
- Evangelizing in workplaces
- Prayer walks
- Village outreaches
- Kids camp
Please pray for all of the students and staff. May the Lord’s hand be upon each and everyone.
Pastor 6* and Family
*Names and faces have been changed or omitted for security reasons.