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

January 2018

Written by Michael Taylor on . Posted in Prayer Letters

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old is gone, the new is here!” II Corinthians 5:17

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! We pray that you are doing well as we look forward to 2018 “with eyes of hope,” as my dad would say. We celebrated a joyful Christmas together as a family, and we hope you did as well. Just one week later, on New Year’s Day, my dad traveled to India for another ministry trip. We praise the Lord that he arrived safely and had smooth travels. However, as most do, he caught a cold a few days after he arrived. Thankfully, he was treated for his cough, and he is doing better now. Please pray for continued health for him and all of the administrators of IEM as they approach the next busy season ahead.

The IEM team in India is preparing for a busy and celebratory season ahead. This week, we celebrate the Bible College graduation and host our annual Christian Workers’ Training Conference at our campus in Kerala. Hundreds will gather to learn from leading Christian evangelists and speakers in India. My dad specifically encourages us to pray for the Lord’s anointing over them as they share the Good News. Our Bible College students come from various parts of India, and many will be returning to their hometowns for continued ministry after graduation. This will be a great opportunity for them to apply what they have learned about evangelism and discipleship throughout the years. Please pray for these graduates as they enter this next chapter of their lives.

This week, we look forward to ministry opportunities with some dear friends from Ohio who just arrived at our Bible College campus. Eric & Keri Kuhns, Wesley Kuhns, Kari Kuhns, Javin Mast, Lori Coblentz and Michael & Charity Kline arrived on January 17th. Please pray that the Lord would supply them with both energy and rest as they settle in. Lord-willing, I will be going in February to join my dad for ministry as well. While I am there I plan to meet with the Bible School administrators, faculty and staff as we develop the Bible School program and envision plans for the coming year.

Thank you for your continued partnership with us as we grow in ministry together. We are so encouraged by your love, support and prayer. May the Lord bless you, abundantly.

Yours in His Service,

Dayan Mathai
Executive Director, IEM