“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.” ~ Luke 2:11
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! As we celebrate His birth this month, we are ever grateful that He came to redeem us from our sin so that all who believe in Him could receive the gift of eternal life. I John 2:2 says, “He is the propitiation (sacrifice) for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
The ministry in India is progressing well, and many people have come to know the Lord this year. As you know, we have several evangelists in the northeastern state of Orissa. Last month I received an encouraging phone call from one evangelist who graduated from the Bible College several years ago. We partnered with his congregation to build a church, and he called to share that they will be holding special evangelistic meetings this month. They will also be distributing clothing and blankets to many poor families in their area. Please pray for this congregation as they do ministry this Christmas season.
God willing, I will be leaving for India on January 1, 2018. Our annual Christian Workers’ Conference will be held January 17-21. Workers from all over India will gather on our campus for a time of encouragement and rejoicing as they share how the Lord has been blessing their ministry centers. IEM will be covering their travel expenses, accommodations and food. That week there will be special meetings held on our campus in the evenings. Our Bible College Graduation service will be on the 20th. We will also be holding a convention in Mumbai at the end of January, where Dayan will be joining me. Please pray for revival, and that the Holy Spirit will convict many souls to commit their lives to Christ.
In February the Bible College students will be leaving on a 3-month ministry trip to the north & northeastern parts of India. Please pray for their safety and provision for their journey, and that many people will put their faith in the Lord Jesus.
We as a family are so thankful to the Lord this Christmas season for His faithfulness. Mariamma is extremely grateful for all your prayers during these difficult days as she continues her cancer medication. She is trusting in the Lord for the victory only He can give. We send you Christmas Greetings, along with all our children & grandchildren—Helen, Mishal & Len, Schuyler, Luke & Ethan, Dayan, Sheela & Dave, Sam & Ray.
Thank you for standing with us to accomplish the work of our Lord in India!
We Love You Very Much,
G.V. Mathai and Family