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