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HeartCry student missionary Ruxi Vandici began her monthly update with this testimony, “It has been a month with little energy for me, but I am thankful for the ministry opportunities I had during this month.” The remark is a reminder of her ongoing battle with sickness, but discloses the grateful heart that she maintains. Please continue to pray for our Ruxi’s mom. Although she rebounded from a distressed physical condition recently, Ruxi would appreciate your prayers. In this month’s report, she shares:

In the last period I have seen more and more Christians facing very difficult trials and suffering. In order to encourage and strengthen them in these difficult times, we organized a Zoom meeting on the topic of “Endurance in the Christian Life”. This topic has resonated with many believers as Christians from several different countries joined the meeting. The women I invited have spread the word to other women, and after the meeting several of them, they expressed their gratitude as they have been greatly encouraged. They asked me to give them the recording of the message so they could pass it on to their friends! They told me the topic was providential as many of them are going through great and long term trials. It is such a privilege to be able to bring at least a small measure of encouragement and hope in the Lord to tried believers.

During the last month I had the opportunity to share the gospel with a young woman who is a fellow patient with my mom at the dialysis clinic. She has a child and back in the fall I gave her a children’s book with Bible stories for him. Recently, she told me that her son asked her very persistently to read to him from the Bible stories. This opened up a conversation and I could share the gospel with her. She listened to me, but when I explained that the Bible says we are all sinners and deserve God’s just punishment, she told me she was a good person, doing good to all around her. It is so sad to see again and again how blinded people are to their own sinfulness and how much they trust in their filthy rags of “good works”. After this discussion I sent her a New Testament and a booklet explaining the way of salvation. Please pray that she would read the New Testament and I would have other opportunities to talk to her about Christ! May the Lord open this woman’s eyes to see her sinfulness and her need of a Savior!

I continue to have the Bible discussions with the young woman who is seeking the Lord and wants to follow Him. It is very encouraging to see her progress. I have great hopes that her profession of faith is genuine. I keep explaining various aspects of the gospel to her and also stress the importance of the Word of God which is the guide God gave us for this life. I am encouraged to see her deep trust in the Lord. She was sick recently but she was at peace as she knew her life was in God’s hands. She also has a great desire to talk to the people around her about the Word of God. Please pray that the Lord will establish and strengthen her in the faith.                 

I have been very encouraged by a verse from 1 Peter lately. Praise the Lord for His wonderful promise that He will keep us in His grace till the end! The verse says, “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10