July 2018

Written by Michael Taylor on . Posted in Prayer Letters

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your prayers while I was away on my recent ministry trip to India. I believe this was only the second time in 40 years that my father has missed a June trip to India (the other time was in 2005 when he had heart surgery). Please continue praying for my mom and dad’s health. We are praying that Dad’s health will improve so he can return to India in January.

I thank the Lord for giving me a very fruitful trip, as I had the opportunity to meet with and encourage our ministry partners in Kerala and Mumbai. I was also encouraged by my visits with the students, faculty, and staff at the Bible College, and the children and staff at the Children’s Home. It is incredible to see how God is working in the land of India.

I also had the opportunity to meet with the Leadership Training Institute planning team in Kerala. We had productive meetings discussing hopes and plans for the upcoming year and improvements that we can make to strengthen the leadership program. Please pray for all of these ministries as we ask God to give us continued wisdom and discernment.

On one of my first days in Kerala, I was honored to participate in the inauguration ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the school year. I am so glad to bring back a good report of the Bible College students. They are bright, energetic, and ready to learn and grow as disciples of Christ. Please pray for these students as they learn more about God’s character and encounter His transformative love.

The children at the Children’s Home also warmly welcomed me with a special program where they sang songs and performed skits. I also had the chance to visit with them during their evening prayer time. Please continue to pray for the Children’s Home ministry, especially for wisdom as we face new challenges that are confronting many Christian organizations across India. We are thankful that we are in good standing with the government and the ever-changing regulations. But, we ask for your prayers for God’s continued protection.

During the second part of my trip, I traveled north to Mumbai where I met with nine of our local evangelists who are focusing on ministry in the slums. I was so encouraged by their testimonies and the ministry updates they shared. I also taught a Bible class which was recently started by one of our new churches in the growing city of New Mumbai. This weekly Bible class is designed for new Christians as they seek to grow in the Lord. I shared passages and encouragements from Romans 8 about the security that we have in Christ.

Once again, thank you for your continued and faithful prayers for the ministry in India. Your love, prayers and encouragement were truly felt on this trip. We love you very much and are praying for you also.

Yours in Christ,
Dayan Mathai
Executive Director

June 2018

Written by Michael Taylor on . Posted in Prayer Letters

“Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you will receive a return.” (Ecclesiastes 11:1)

Beloved Ones in Christ,

As I write this letter, I am reminded that among the teeming millions in India, over 90% of the people do not know Christ and are living without the blessed hope of eternal life. While this is daunting, I am encouraged by this verse in Isaiah, “So is My Word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (55:11). The Lord is faithful when we share His Word with those who do not know Him. He is stirring up new bodies of believers across India. People are responding to the Word of God and becoming saved in great numbers.

On June 11th, another school year began with 16 new first-year students and 54 second and third-year students enrolled. Many of them have just returned from their three-month summer ministry. They are excited to have seen many come to know the Lord through VBS programs, Bible studies, and open-air meetings that they organized during their summer ministry.

One of our third-year students, Manny (name changed for privacy), just returned from a ministry trip to northeastern India with several friends from IEM. Before Manny came to know the Lord personally, he was living a life of substance abuse and violence. He rejoices that he now lives in the grace of God, and is passionate about sharing the Gospel that transformed his life. He hopes to return to northeastern India after graduation to continue supporting ministry initiatives there. Please pray that the Lord will continue to equip students like Manny, our graduates, and evangelists to boldly proclaim the good news of the Gospel.

The children in our Children’s Home are also excited for the start of a new school year.  Currently, we have 55 children in our Children’s Home, and we support another 60 in their homes.  Many of them have come from a life of abuse and neglect. We are so thankful that the Lord has given them to us to nurture as we share the love of God with them.  It is with your prayerful and financial support that we are helping these children grow in the Lord. Thank you!

Because of my hip pain, I am not able to make the trip to India this month. However, our son Dayan is there to oversee the start of the new school year.  He will also meet with the India board of directors, along with the evangelists in Kerala and Mumbai. Please pray the Lord will give Dayan a safe journey and anointing from the Holy Spirit to preach His Word.  Mariamma and I appreciate your continued prayers for us, especially for Mariamma’s health.  We uphold you in our daily prayers, and we love you very much!

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all,
G.V. Mathai

May 2018

Written by Michael Taylor on . Posted in Prayer Letters

“…And all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.”

Isaiah 52:10

Beloved Ones in Christ,

I write this letter with a grateful heart for your love and commitment to help the work of our Lord in India.  Because of your prayers and support, we have been able to reach a multitude of people with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ over the years. You will be receiving our newsletter in the next week or two, with pictures and updates on the various ministries.

Our Bible College students will be returning from their short-term mission work by the end of May.  The new school year will commence for the students and children on the first week of June.  Please pray that the Lord will give us grace to select Bible College students who are committed to the work of the Lord.

Recently our team of workers conducted two special evangelistic meetings in Kerala State where five churches joined together.  We also held special meetings in Orissa.  I have reports that the meetings were well attended, and many people made decisions for Christ.  Revival continues in Mumbai, where the evangelists are earnestly working to reach out to many villages.  Because of these crusades and conferences, people are coming to know the Lord and growing strong in their faith with fellow believers.

Since returning from India in February, I have been undergoing tests and treatment for my hip pain.  If I feel better, I will go to India with my son Dayan the second week of June.  My wife, Mariamma, is recovering from another bout with pneumonia.  Please continue praying for both of us (especially Mariamma’s complete healing), and for our son Dayan to have a safe, fruitful ministry in June.

I thank the Lord for inspiring many dear saints in America to take the Gospel to the unreached people in India.  As the Lord extends our days here on earth, let us fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord to take the Gospel to all nations of the world and minister to the poor and needy.  Hebrews 4:12 says the Word of God is powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword.  It will accomplish that which God has purposed. We thank the Lord for your faithful partnership.  May the Lord reward you and bless you abundantly.

With Much Love,
G.V. Mathai