India March 2008 – Update

Friday, March 21, 2008

Hi friends,

I just got the following letter from our friends in Bangalore, India. Take time to read about the great work going on there. Should you feel led to give to this ministry, I’ve included the instructions of how to do so on the Donation Information tab.

Great way to celebrate a risen Savior!

Our very dear Bro. John & Sis. Patty,

Greetings to you in the Precious Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Trust you are keeping well. Thank you very much for your prayers and support. We praise and thank the Lord for the wonderful way in which He has been leading us until now. As we continue to trust and depend on the Lord, He continues to lead us and guide us miraculously.

During the first week of March’08, when we visited our mission fields in Kayathur and Pombur, in Villipuram District of Tamil Nadu, more than 100 adults and about 100 children stood up to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord after we preached the gospel and the invitation to accept Jesus was given. The people listened to the Word of God intently and gave their hearts to the Lord. During the mission trip a new believer who comes from a staunch, Hindu background was baptized at a glorious worship service in Chennai. Many from her family who are still Hindus listened to the gospel and we believe the Word of God has touched them.

We praise the Lord for the ministry at West Bengal, Assam and Sikkim. In the northern parts of Bengal, which are mainly tea plantations and in Assam, the work is progressing under very difficult circumstances. The people among whom we are working are in deep poverty, most of them are unemployed. They work mainly as laborers. But this has not hindered them in growing in their relationship with the living Lord. The children in these mission fields are suffering from malnutrition and do not have access to education. The Child Development Centres, that we have started among these children, for their holistic development is working wonders and it is a great blessing to the church. We are witnessing the parents of these children flocking to the church to listen to the Word of God. A 6 year old, girl child in Assam was suffering from Brain malaria and the doctors gave up all hope of the survival of the child. The parents brought her to the church and we fasted and prayed. The Lord answered our prayers and now she is completely healed. The parents have opened their home for the church to gather and worship the Lord. There are more than 100 children, who attend the IFCM CDC program in Kochugoan Assam. There is an urgent need for a shelter for the children to gather. We request you to kindly pray for this pressing need.

At our mission fields in Jammu, Punjab, West Bengal, Assam, Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, many new believers are being prepared for baptism. Next week we will be visiting some of these mission fields to baptize new believers. There is a lot of opposition at these places. We will greatly appreciate your prayers so that the glory of the Lord may be manifested and Satan will be put to shame.

We request you to kindly pray for a vehicle, which we need for our mission trips. The Sumo, which we have been using for the past 10 years, is totally, worn out and we are not able to take it to our mission fields.

Please continue to stand with us in the ministry with your prayers and support. We are praying much for you and your family.

We wish you a very happy Easter!

Yours in the Resurrected Savior,

Paul & Rebecca Devakumar.

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay.” Hebrew 10:35-37

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