April 2018

Written by Michael Taylor on . Posted in Prayer Letters

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” ~ Hebrews 11:6

Beloved Ones in Christ,

We are so grateful to you for your partnership with the work of our Lord in India. Thank you for your continued and faithful prayers. As it is written in Hebrews (see verse above), your faith is pleasing to the Lord. We are blessed to live out our faith in action with you. Your partnership is a cornerstone of this ministry, and we treasure your prayers as we continue to equip Indian nationals to transform India with the hope of the Gospel.

 Despite the obstacles we face and the confrontations we experience as a ministry based in India, the Lord remains faithful and has protected His servants as they share the Truth with others through evangelism, care, and compassion. They are carrying out the Lord’s Great Commission to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel,” and they claim the promise that His peace and presence and protection will be with them wherever they go (Matthew 28). We continue to ask God to empower these missionaries and enable them to bring many into His Kingdom.

Our team in India is preparing for evangelistic outreaches in two districts in Kerala state. Please pray for our pastors, church members and sponsored evangelists who are prayerfully anticipating this upcoming ministry excursion. We also ask that you pray for the hearts of those who they will be meeting on these short trips. Some are sure to learn the name of Jesus for the first time; others may be re-introduced to the love of God. Please pray that their ears would be receptive and their hearts open to the message of the Gospel.

Our Bible College students, including some who attended the Leadership Training Institute, have gone for three months of outreach ministry — visiting homes, sharing the Gospel, and hosting Bible studies in the villages. Please pray for their continued safety, health and renewed encouragement. This is a wonderful time for our students to apply what they have learned about evangelism and discipleship in their Bible classes.

We have appointed one of our Bible College graduates, Kiran (Class of 2013), to visit all our mission stations across India, as Brother Babu Paul was doing before he passed away in 2016. Kiran will travel to our ministry centers to encourage the believers as they hold evangelistic meetings. He is an enthusiastic young man, with a great desire to serve the Lord. Please pray for him as he travels and carries on the Lord’s work.

Again, your faithful partnership has enabled us to introduce many people to the unfailing love of the Lord. I wish I could come and visit all of you and express my gratitude to you in person.  Please continue praying for us, especially for Mariamma to be healed.  We love you all and uphold you in our prayers.

Yours in His Service,

G.V. Mathai

March 2018

Written by Michael Taylor on . Posted in Prayer Letters

 “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8

Dear Ones in Christ,

Warm greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. This season we reflect on the love and sacrifice that Jesus displayed on the cross, dying for our sins. But, the story doesn’t end there. This is a season of celebration – we rejoice in Jesus’ power over the grave! His resurrection is the central story of Easter, and the reason for the Hope we have in Him. His resurrection is the reason we can share the Good News with conviction and confidence.

The Lord has been gracious in giving me another safe journey to India and back.  He has given me special grace and anointing to preach the Word and carry on the ministry in India. Thank you very much for upholding me and my family in your prayers. Thank you especially for praying for Mariamma while I was in India. Please continue to pray for rest and energy for the both of us. The Lord has been good to us, and He is the source of our strength.

While I was in India, it was wonderful to see all the Christian workers and former Bible College graduates who came for the Christian Workers’ Conference in January. The Lord gave us a very blessed conference, graduation service, and evangelistic training meetings. Our Bible College students are currently on their summer mission trip, applying what they’ve learned throughout the school year as they share their faith with others.  Please pray for their protection, strength and encouragement as they travel and serve in multiple ways.

I also wanted to share some thoughts about Rev. Billy Graham, a man who impacted many with the Good News of the Gospel and inspired my ministry work. He was a true blessing to me personally. I had the privilege of meeting him in 1956 when he first came to India to hold an Evangelistic Crusade. In 1983 I attended the Billy Graham Amsterdam Conference with over 1,500 Christian leaders who attended from various countries. I went as a delegate from India. Graham’s vision to gather Christian workers together inspired me to join with other Christian leaders in India and start an itinerant evangelist ministry. I thank God for allowing me to meet Billy Graham here on earth, and I look forward to seeing him in Heaven one day. Please pray for his family and for the fruitful continuation of his ministry.

This month our evangelists held special evangelistic meetings in Orissa, and in April they will be having meetings in three places in Kerala.  Please pray for the follow-up work, and that many people will come to know the Lord. Let us rejoice in what God is doing!

Also please pray for our annual board meeting, which will take place May 4-5. We ask that you pray for safe travels for our board members, and for a fruitful time together. We believe the Lord has much in store for the future of IEM, and we are thankful for our upcoming time together to seek Him and discern the specific ways in which He is leading us.

Yours in His Service,

G.V. Mathai

February 2018

Written by Michael Taylor on . Posted in Prayer Letters

“I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation.”  ~Psalm 13:5

Dear Friends,

We pray you are all doing well and enjoying a healthy start to 2018. Thank you for your faithful prayers in this season – they truly comfort and lift up each of us. My dad has remained healthy during his time of ministry in India and sends encouraging reports of how the Lord is working in and through the lives of many who are impacted by the work to which He has called us.

At the end of January, IEM hosted a three-day Annual Christian Workers’ Conference, where we were joined by more than 500 people on our campus.  Our partners from all over India, even as far as the northeastern states of Orissa and Manipur, were able to join us as well. We are grateful that the Lord blessed their travels and protected them on their long journey. Dr. C.V. Abraham, a well-known family counselor, joined us as a special keynote speaker for one of the conference sessions. We are so grateful that he was able to join us and inspire many as they continue to grow in their walk with the Lord and share His love with others.

Each night, after the conclusion of the conference, our ministry workers who were staying with us on our campus gathered together to share updates from the ministry field. This was a beautiful time, with the workers reuniting and sharing how the Lord has uniquely worked through them in their communities. After sharing, each group prayed with each other.

The conference led up to the Bible College Graduation Ceremony, which took place over the next weekend. This year, we celebrated 19 Bible College graduates who faithfully completed their three years of theological study. Although I could not be there to celebrate with them, I am so glad that some of our friends from Ohio were able to visit and join in on the celebration. We are thankful that the Lord protected their journey to India. Our guests played a special role in the graduation ceremony, as they sang special music for the graduates and audience. I was told that these friends brightened the occasion and inspired many with their worship songs.

Please pray for my dad as he transitions back home to California. We know the journey is long and ask that you pray specifically for rest and health as he resumes the work of the ministry here.  Please also continue to pray for my mom’s health – that the Lord would continually minister to her and strengthen her during this difficult time. We thank you for your prayers and loving support. We continue to pray for you as well.  May God bless you!

Yours in His Service,

Dayan Mathai
Executive Director, India Evangelical Mission