An Urgent Call to Action:
Pastor Steve Burns has informed me that we are behind in our targeted financial goal for the next quarter by $4,085.00. In other words, we need $4,085.00 to reach our mutually agreed upon goal for the church planters by December 31st. This comes on the heels of our shortfall from last quarter of about $2,000.00. I have spoken to Brother Paul about this and we agreed to commit it to prayer. We also discussed ways that the church planters could generate income in ways similar to some of our pastors here in the U.S. who are working and pastoring. This Christmas season, consider a gift to the church planting ministry on behalf of someone you love. Give them a card with a note that says you gave a certain amount of money to the church planting ministry in India on their behalf (2 Corinthians 9:6-15). We would be amiss not to thank the many who give regularly and generously. We appreciate so much your commitment and heart for the outreach in India.
Christmas in India:
The children in the orphanages made Christmas cards, like the one below, and sent them to us for Christmas! Some of you who have contributed to “Konnect with a Kid” received a card from them. You can view more of the cards that they sent at http://www.insightintoindia.wordpress.com. At Christmas time, there is outreach to widows and orphans in the various church planting locations.
Updates and Prayer Requests:
In Semala, Odisha, Brother Nehemiah requests prayer for the salvation of Jaganatha, Kabi, Ajodya, and Dibani. Praise the Lord for the salvation of Bulet Paduka. Pray that he will follow through with baptism.
In Umarkote, Odisha, Brother Joseph is requesting prayer for pray for the Hindus who have been attending services on Sunday in the new church building that they built. The water wells and outreach are drawing people to the Gospel. He also asks prayer for the outreach to children in the various villages. Finally, he is seeking to provide housing for 3 homeless believers. Pray that the Lord will provide for them.
In Golamunda, Odisha, the Sipka brothers request prayer for their outreach to children and widows at Christmas time. They also ask that we pray for the many tracts that have been distributed. Pray that there will be spiritual fruit from these tracts.
In Cholapuram, Tamil Nadu, Brother Paul and Sarah and Brother David are planning an outreach to the people of that area on December 24th. They will also be ministering to the orphans on December 25th. Please pray also for the planned evangelistic services in the city of Rajapalayam in January 2013. Pray that God will open doors and open hearts to the truth.
Finally, pray that the Lord will supply the needed funds for our upcoming trip to Myanmar and India in May 2013. Pastor Burns tells me that we have $80 and we need about $4,000.
If you would like to download the bulletin insert version of this update, please click on the link below.
India December 2012 Update