Monthly Archives: February 2013

Brother Paul’s Trip to Odisha

Paul's Trip to Odisha

Paul speaking at Brother Joseph’s church in the Umarcot District

Brother Paul made a trip to Odisha this past week to visit each area were there is a church and meet with the church planters.  He had a good trip and came back with quite a few pictures and prayer requests.  Stay tuned for more updates from his trip.


Presenting Brother Lokanath Tandi with his bicycle.
The bicycle was paid for by the brethren in Coimbatore as part of the Bicycle Project.

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2007 India Presentation

Hope you enjoy this presentation about India from the past.

Presented at the 2007 CGBCI Conference Mission Night.

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Update on the Ministry in India – February 2013

From the City of Coimbatore

On the first Sunday of each month, we hold communion together by washing feet, having a love feast and then the bread and cup.  The children join with us and two of them have made professions of faith.  Now they are preparing for baptism.  We are also selling eggs to raise money for bicycles for the church planters in Odisha.  So far, we have 570 rupees.  We also have a special time of prayer for our various ministries and outreach.

Prayer Needs:

  1. For the children in Agape home for their studies and spiritual growth.
  2. For the families of the saints and their health. Brother Paul, Bro. Moses and families.
  3. To solve the water problem because of poor rain fall, we decided to dig the unused well in this month to get water, for the needs.
  4. For fixing solar water heaters and solar street lighting as the electricity bill is increased by the government and the cooking gas price is hiked.
  5. For our Conference in May and those coming from the U.S.; their health during the stay in India, and the needs for the travel of Odisha church planters. It will be a terrible hot in this summer.

From the City of Sankarankoil

Currently, the place of worship is part of a match factory.  So we are praying for land and a church building.  Brother Samuel and his son, Josiah, are meeting the unreached people with tracts and the Gospel.  However, we need a better place to meet. This city is dominated by Hindus and the resistance to the Gospel is increasing.  In many locations  the doors are closed for the gospel work.

Prayer Points:

  1. For the people who are reached to have a desire to accept the Gospel.
  2. A good place for worshiping and to get land for building a church building.
  3. For the health of Brother Samuel and Josiah, Josiah at present is having Asthma problems.
  4. For the kids who come to church on Sundays and their parents to be saved.

From the City of Cholapuram

The ministry here is blessed and new people are coming. Paul preached on Christmas day and many people were told the purpose of God’s birth in this world. The children are also coming to the Sunday classes.  We gave them a cricket kit so they could play and we offered new dresses to a few poor women and children.  We praying for a related ministry to free them from the addiction of alcohol.

Please pray for…

  1. Our new sewing training centre to reach women and families beginning Feb 1st.
  2. Our outreach to the youth in the village who are addict to drugs and alcohol.
  3. The ministry to children.
  4. Brother David and his family.
  5. The new Christians who are preparing for baptism.
  6. Electricity for the church building and the needs of fans and chairs.

For future outreach plans…as we are praying for God to raise up more church planters to help us reach through the open doors with the Gospel near Srivilliputhur.

If you would like to download the bulletin insert version of this update, please click on the link  below.
India February 2013 Update

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Update on the Ministry in India – January 2013


Pastor Steve Burns informed me that the financial goal for the 1st quarter of 2013 has been met!  Not only that, but he also told me that enough money was received to make up for the deficit of the last quarter of 2012.  Wow!  God is good!  Thanks for being such generous givers to the Lord’s work!  “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good work” -2 Corinthians 9:8

Christmas Outreach in India:

 Kids Christmas 2012

Christmas gives unusual opportunity for witness.  Gospel tracts and witnessing took place in the villages of Parravakudi, Coimbatore and Cholapuram during the holidays of Christmas.

Children in both orphanages heard the Christmas account of the birth of Jesus; sometimes for the very first time.  Can you imagine hearing it for the very first time?

In 1994, a 6 year old boy in Russia heard the Christmas account for the first time and this was his response:  “And when Maria laid the baby in the manger, Jesus looked at me and asked me if I had a place to stay. I told him I have no mamma and I have no papa, so I don’t have any place to stay. Then Jesus told me I could stay with him. But I told him I couldn’t, because I didn’t have a gift to give him like everybody else did. But I wanted to stay with Jesus so much, so I thought about what I had that maybe I could use for a gift. I thought maybe if I kept him warm, that would be a good gift. So I asked Jesus, “If I keep you warm, will that be a good enough gift” And Jesus told me, “If you keep me warm, that will be the best gift anybody ever gave me.” “So I got into the manger, and then Jesus looked at me and he told me I could stay with him—for always.”

Macedonian type of outreach:

The outreach by the churches of Tamil Nadu to the brethren in Odisha continues!  They continue to purchase bicycles for each man to use in going from village to village evangelizing.  Below is the most recent picture of one of the men receiving a new bicycle.  This continues to thrill me because it is vision with action on the part of the believers in Tamil Nadu.


Remember, you can read more about the ministry in India at

If you would like to download the bulletin insert version of this update, please click on the link  below.
India January 2013 Update

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Prayer from India

Kayli prayer time

The children at Agape Home praying for Kayli Hostetler Messner and her family.

Kayli Hostetler Messner from the Orrville Grace Brethren Church has been fighting the battle with ganglioneuroblastoma since the age of 8. She is now 20 years old and in September found out that her disease is now stage 4.

The members of the Orrville Grace Brethren Church and others have put together a prayer vigil for Kayli.  Pastor Ike mentioned the vigil to our brethren in India and they wanted to get involved.  The children at Agape Home are praying for Kayli each morning and evening and for an hour each Sunday.  Tears welled up in my eyes as I looked at the picture of them praying for her.

If you would like to read more of Kayli’s story you can visit her caringbridge site at:

Her mother, Judy, shared her testimony at the 2012 CGBCI Ladies Retreat and if you would like to hear the audio of her testimony, click here.

Written by Joy Miller

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2013 India and Myanmar Trip

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Team Members: Pastor Ike Graham, Joshua Steiner and Benjamin Miller

Please pray for the health and safety of the team going to Myanmar and India.  There are a lot of connections and layovers.  Food and climate is different.  Pray for opportunities to tell others about Christ on the way and when we return.  Pray for souls to be saved, baptized and added to the churches.

Myanmar:  Pray for clarity and accuracy in communicating eschatological truths from the word of God to the church planters and pastors.  Pray that each one of them will receive the word as it is, the word of God and not the words of men (1 Thess. 2:13).  Pray that the Lord will make it clear to us, even while we are there, how our relationship with these believers should proceed or not proceed.

India:  Pray for clearance through all the red tape the government is now requiring of foreigners entering the country and staying at the orphanage.  Pray that all the church planters will have health and safety and meet with us.  Pray that they will grow spiritually and renew their zeal for the Lord’s work.  Pray that God will encourage and challenge them through us to be the men that He wants them to be.

Prayer cards are now available

If you would like to download the printable version of the prayer card click here or if you would like to have a printed prayer card mailed to you please e-mail

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