Pastor Samuel is one of HeartCry’s newest partners in Asia (see HeartCry magazine, vol. 74 for his testimony). Samuel is a pastor and missionary leader in South India and is married, with two children. Together with his father, Samuel oversees a missionary organization that is currently supporting and training twelve pastors who labor in the villages surrounding his church.
“For you will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will you allow Your Holy One to see corruption.”
- Psalm 16:10
It is with immense joy that we write to you about all the innumerable blessings the Lord has showered upon us. Once again, we express our deepest thanks to you for extending HeartCry’s partnership with us. We praise God, for in His providence, He made our paths cross for His glory. We look forward to working along with the brothers from HeartCry to train missionaries and to learn many more invaluable lessons in the ministry of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
On March 31, 2013, which was Easter Sunday, we praised God, as I was able to baptize Brother Ramesh before the service commenced. What immense joy it brings you when a sinner repents of his sins and comes to Christ for cleansing and then is baptized! The congregation witnessed his baptism.
Brother Ramesh is a school teacher and is married and has a son. He has been attending our local reformed Baptist church for two years. How we thank the Lord for the penetrating power of the Word of God, which caused a jolt that was needed in his life. Please pray for Brother Ramesh, that he may be a mighty witness for our Lord in the days to come.
We praise God that the number of people attending our local church has been increased. Fifty to sixty people have been coming to the church. As much as it is encouraging to see the numbers growing, it is also our humble prayer that the Lord may in His grace confront every single individual with the Gospel and convert them.
The Sunday School Ministry
The Sunday School ministry is also being blessed. We get forty to fifty children for the Sunday School. Three teachers, including my wife, sweat it out to help them with their homework from school during the weekdays and share with them the Good News on every Lord’s Day. As a result of this, a couple of Muslim girls are attending our church service. Please pray that the Lord may speak to them and that they may come to Christ in the days to come.
The Bible Training Institute
We praise God that He has enabled us to start a part-time pastoral training course that will run for two years from the month of January 2013. Every month, students gather for two days, and we teach them systematic theology, church history, and Old and New Testament theology. Pastor Sunath (my father), Bro. Kiran, Bro. Tom, and I share the teaching responsibilities, as all of us are pastors and are like-minded brethren in doctrine. This course is designed to aid the village pastors to understand the doctrines of grace and the practical implications for their life and the church’s life. Sermon preparation and church government will be dealt with as a part of the systematic theology course.
There are sixteen students, including eight village pastors, that have enrolled in this program. Our only aim through our two-year part-time course is to support the planting of biblical churches in every nook and corner of our region. Please pray for the BTI, that it may be a blessing to all those who attend and may be extended to the fullest for His glory.
The Village Ministry
HeartCry has started supporting five individuals, including me. Bro. Yesu Das, Bro. Israel, Bro. Yehoshua, Bro. G. Samuel, and I are all extremely grateful to the support that is being extended to us. We are going to have our next public Gospel meeting where Bro. G. Samuel is laboring. Please pray that the Lord might save some.
On March 30, 2013, we praised God that six women and two men were baptized from the congregation where our Bro. Akkaiah ministers. The neighborhood where this village church is situated was once steeped in spiritual apathy and is now a witness to our Saviour. Please pray for the newly converted believers of this local church and also for Pastor Akkaiah.
Our Evangelistic Outreach
As part of our evangelistic outreach, we went to conduct a Gospel meeting in a remote village (which was more than one hundred kilometers away from our home) on March 25, 2013. This is where our brother Yesu Das is working. We praised God for the ministry of the Holy Spirit that night, for many listened to the Gospel very intently. Now it is our prayer that many may come to the Lord to receive Him as their Saviour. Please pray for Bro. Yesu Das, who is a pastor and has also enrolled in our training program.
On March 1, 2013, we were able to go to a place to encourage the church with the Word of God and to help them with a free diagnosis and free distribution of medicine. My father’s sister, Dr. A., is helping us with the medical ministry.
There is a lot of sickness in India because people are poor and the government’s medical services are substandard most of the time. Who can cure all the sicknesses? Only God is powerful enough to cure them. Please pray for the number of people that suffer from various diseases. Most of them are body pains, gastric problems, anemia, chest pain, bad eyesight, etc. We offered them a free diagnosis and free distribution of the medicine. Pray for the sick people and, more so, for their conversions. We are also about to conduct a medical camp in another village during this summer.
- Our church sanctuary is a bit too small and unable to hold more than sixty people. Please pray.
- Please pray for the ministry in N_________, the next town, where we started a church plant in November 2012. Every Sunday, we are conducting an evening service and so far we are getting ten to fifteen people. Please pray that the Lord may convert them.
- Please pray for the Bible Training Institute, for the teachers, and for the students.
- Please pray for those who attended two graduate youth camps we conducted in May 2013, one in V______ and the other in N________.
- Please pray for me; for my father, Pastor Sunath; and for Brother Johnson, our elder.
- Family-wise, my son Shane and my daughter Shireen are growing fast and are very skillful at distracting me from the work! My wife Vijaya is doing well.