Your Labor Is Not in Vain in the Lord – Pastor 15 Update June 2024

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 15:58.

After serving the Lord in the northern mountains for many years, we moved back to our home town in 2017. The Lord gave us the opportunity to revisit the northern mountains last month. We met with the believers and had fellowship with them that before we led to the Lord. It was such a blessed time to see them all and to see them walking in the Lord! We thank SGWM for sponsoring our trip to the North.

These three young men, Pastor 10*, Pastor 12*, and Pastor 13* (our first fruits in the North) are serving the Lord. They are being used by the Lord to save the lost. We were filled with joy to see how they are being used by the Lord to share the Gospel with young men and women. We worshiped the Lord with these believers and encouraged them from the Word to continue to grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Some of the young men and women, whom we shared the Gospel with and led to the Lord, have moved to cities for jobs. Those who are working in a nearby city came to know that we were here and came to see us. They were children when we were sowing the seeds, but now they have grown up and are working in the city. More importantly, they are following the Lord.

These young women shared their past experiences with my wife. They said things like, “Auntie, you used shampoo our hair and comb our hair. You played with us and used to tell us Bible stories.” They are the girls from low caste families. In their society they are looked down on, but they felt love and acceptance by us. In the mountains, children do not regularly take baths. Because of that, they smell and have lice in their hair. The love and acceptance they received from us made the Gospel effective in their lives.

M* is another girl (now a woman) who together with her three sisters gave her life to the Lord while we were ministering in the mountains. Two of her sisters, who accepted the Lord, have now married unbelievers. One of them (right) was in the village when we visited this time. My wife talked to her and encouraged her from the life of Naomi who had left the house of bread and finally returned to the house of bread.

M* stood firm in her faith and is married to a man who is also a believer (above). She and her husband serve the Lord in a village that is about 40 kilometres from her parent’s village. She came with her family to see us in her parents’ village. What a joy to see them serving the Lord! 

We also visited a family where a young woman is believer in Jesus. She wants to marry a believer in the Lord. All the family members were there when we visited. We spent a few hours with the family and shared the Gospel with them.

After visiting the villages we went to the city where Pastor 12* serves the Lord. We spent a day and a night with him. While we were there, one young woman came with her two children to see us. We did not remember her. She told to us that when we would go to villages to share the Gospel she was 12 or 13 years old. At that time, she was looking after the goats for her family. She used to come to our camp site with her goats and listen to the Bible stories that my wife would tell all the children who came. She now lives in the city. She is working and she has two kids. She is following the Lord with her heart. Praise God! None of our labor is in vain in the Lord.

Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support. Please continue to uphold us in your prayers. We need more financial supporters as our monthly income has gone down.

God bless,

Co-workers in Christ,

Pastor 15* Family

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