“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,