May 2017

Written by Michael Taylor on . Posted in Prayer Letters

Beloved Ones in Christ,

Thank you so very much for remembering the ministry of IEM with your fervent prayers and faithful support. The Lord is enlarging the ministry through the preaching of His Word as we minister to the spiritual and physical needs of the people in India. We thank God for the many thousands of people who have come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ over the past 51 years.

Since March, our Bible College students have been engaged in summer ministry throughout various parts of India, camping in remote villages, distributing tracts, conducting VBS programs, and witnessing from home to home. Please pray for their safety and for an effective ministry. They will be returning to IEM the end of May, and the new school year will start on June 5th.

Two weeks ago, some graduates from our Leadership Training Institute went on another Gospel tour to the northern province of Idukki, about 150 miles north of our campus. They stopped in many places to hold open-air meetings and distribute tracts. Please continue to pray that these Gospel tours will bring many people into the Kingdom.

We currently have six churches established in Idukki. Last week we were notified that one of the churches in this mountainous region was badly damaged by a severe rain storm, which is not uncommon, and happened to another church in 2011. The winds were so strong that the church roof and walls collapsed. Even heavier monsoon rains will be coming in June and July. We need to repair the building as soon as possible. Please join us in praying for the Lord’s provision and for all the believers in Idukki.

Along with the Bible College students and supported evangelists, the children in our Children’s Home are also grateful for your loving prayers and support. The Lord has been gracious in keeping them well, and they are growing strong in the joy of the Lord.

Thank you for your continued partnership with us in fulfilling the Great Commission of our Lord. We love you all very much and remember you in our prayers.

Yours in His Service,

G.V. Mathai

April 2017

Written by Michael Taylor on . Posted in Prayer Letters

He Is Risen!

Dear Ones in Christ,

The disciples were discouraged after the death of our Lord, but then He appeared to them following His resurrection and encouraged them to be of good cheer. In John 14:9 He told them, “…because I live, you will live also.” What a marvelous gift God has given to those who believe and trust in the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son!

The Lord’s great desire was that His disciples take the good news of the Gospel to every people group. He promised to be with them till the end of the age as they delivered the message of salvation to a sinful world, hopeless without Christ. I believe God wants everyone to have the opportunity to hear the Gospel in their lifetime. He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should repent and be saved.

We thank the Lord for raising up many beloved ones in America to partner with the work of our Lord in India. Along with reaching unsaved people, IEM has also been ministering to the physical needs of those less fortunate in health and finances.

Our Bible College students are currently on a three-month summer mission to the north and northeastern states of India, conducting house-to-house visits, holding Bible studies, conducting VBS, and hosting open-air meetings. Many of the men and women who completed our Leadership Training Institute are also engaged in the same work. Please continue praying for their protection and the fruitfulness of their ministry, that many may come to know Christ.

The children in our Children’s Home are now on summer break. Many who grew up in our Children’s Home have graduated from high school, gone on for further studies, and found good jobs. Others have joined with our Bible School and are serving the Lord in other ways as well. Many are now married and have children of their own. They are grateful for those who sponsored, prayed, and provided hope and help throughout their young lives.

At this time there is much maintenance work taking place on our campus while the students are away. Please pray for the Lord’s guidance in all the activities of the ministry, and for our annual Board meeting coming up on May 5-6.

We are extremely grateful for your faithful partnership in helping us fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord. We encourage you with these words: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow; Because He lives, all fear is gone.” We love you and pray for you!

Yours in His Service,

G.V. Mathai

March 2017

Written by Michael Taylor on . Posted in Prayer Letters

“…the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16

Beloved Ones in Christ,

We are extremely grateful to you for upholding us in prayer as we traveled and ministered in India from February 9th through March 13th. God has answered your prayers! Though Mariamma and I were a little weak from our health issues in January, God energized us to do the traveling and to accomplish great things for the Lord in India. Our son, Dayan, was indeed a tremendous help, encouragement, and blessing in dealing with many of the different situations with the government in India.

We were happy to have Kendra Eicher (from Ohio) join us for a short-term mission trip. She was a great blessing and encouragement to all the Bible College students, children in our Children’s Home, as well as the staff.

We thank the Lord for bringing many people from different walks of life to study the Bible at IEM. In January, 195 professional people graduated from our Leadership Training Institute, and many made a decision to serve the Lord. In the last two months, they have joined together for three 10-day Gospel Campaigns to surrounding cities. They have distributed literature and shared the Gospel in the marketplaces, and many people have come to know the Lord.

On March 4th, 25 students graduated from our Bible College. Along with their diploma, we presented each one with a study Bible. We thank God for graciously supplying that need. The Bible College graduates and other students have now gone to the north & northeastern part of India for summer ministry. They will be sharing the Gospel house-to-house and holding various outreach programs. Please pray for their protection and for the effectiveness of their ministry.

The Lord is stirring a revival in Mumbai and surrounding cities. Many people have been reached with the Gospel during the past year, and our place of worship is fully packed. Please pray that the revival will continue, and that many shall be added to the Kingdom of our Lord.

Once again, we express our hearty gratitude to all of you for your love, fervent prayers, and sacrificial giving. May the Lord bless you richly and fill your hearts with His joy. We love you and uphold you in our prayers.

Yours in His Service,

G.V. Mathai