Here is an update from HeartCry missionary Sandeep K. about the work God is doing in his ministry:
Dear Brothers at HeartCry,
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.”Psalm 27:1
I derived a great comfort from God as I read this Psalm the other day. In this day of uncertainty, chaos, moral and spiritual bankruptcy, where do we turn to? Whom do we trust? Who will lend a supporting hand? Who will redeem our soul? Who will forgive our sins and heal our sickness? The Holy Spirit prompts the answer for all these taunting questions. What a comfort it is to know that it is my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is my light and my salvation. And I am sure this is the case with you, as well. It is because our salvation is secured in the hands of our Savior that we will move on with great confidence in Him to snatch those who are burning in the fire, as it were (Jude 1:23). Please pray for the following prayer requests, as we would truly appreciate this:
Our Local Church (Reformed Baptist Church)
1) The Sunday service continues to be a blessing to all those who attend. I recently started a series from the book of Hebrews, chapter 11. It is our desire to teach people what true faith in the Lord Jesus is all about. We want to give them a comprehensive understanding of faith in Christ Jesus. Please pray that it may challenge, convict, encourage and ultimately mold them according to the image and likeness of our Saviour.
2) Our Sunday service is a bi-lingual service. Although we are all Telugu speaking people, students and the educated ones would like to hear the Word of God in English. At the same time, we do not want to disparage anyone who doesn’t understand English. And therefore we make use of a translator. Bro. Johnson, our elder, translates the messages into Telugu. Please pray that the Lord may draw many to experience saving grace in their lives.
3) On October 14, with all the young people that come to church, we were able to go to a picnic with the view of sharing the Gospel. It gave them an opportunity to come out of their bubble and ask several questions. Please pray that these young folks may be converted, baptized and made into disciples for Christ’s sake.
4) Every Wednesday at 7 o’clock in the evening, we gather for Bible Study and a prayer meeting. Attendance for the prayer meetings is often very low. Please pray that all the baptized members may come for the Wednesday prayer meetings.
5) Every Saturday is a day of evangelism. Bro. Johnson, Bro. Adibabu, Bro. Benjamin and I go to various areas to share the Gospel, to engage in conversations, to distribute Gospel tracts and to offer a word of prayer to the sick and needy. Please pray that many souls will be drawn to our Savior through our evangelistic efforts.
6) As requested above, our meeting place for Sunday services is rather small, and we need to construct a new church building. Please pray that the Lord would help us build one for His glory in the near future.
Church Planting Efforts
1) It’s been one year since we started this work, and we are thankful to the Lord for keeping us faithful to serve Him. Apart from 100 students, there are about 20 people who have started attending the service. For students it is mandatory to attend our service, as their principal ordered them to attend. But our work is not entirely based on those students; it is also our earnest desire to see the young and old and people from all walks of life repenting of their sins and turning to the Lord in faith. Please pray that we may be able to reach out to people who have never heard about Christ in this town in the days to come.
2) Here are some pictures of our evening service (bi-lingual):
Other prayer requests
1) Please pray for the Bible Training Institute to train village pastors, missionaries and evangelists. In December, we are looking forward to having a pastor from Michigan here to train these men for 3 days. Please pray that it will be a blessing to him and all those who attend.
2) Please pray for an Irish evangelistic team who will be visiting us in the month of January 2014, God willing. Their main aim is to reach out to the youth and children with the Gospel of our Saviour.
3) Please pray for other missionaries who are being supported by HeartCry. Brother Samuel G. is doing well, and he says there are about 8 people coming to listen to the Word on Sundays. Due to my illness last month, I couldn’t do as much travelling as I wanted to. Please pray that the Lord will give me strength to visit all these brothers who are labouring in His Vineyard on a regular basis. Please also pray for Brother John H., as he has been unwell due to typhoid. Brother Israel reports that four seekers have started coming to his church.
4) As Christmas is fast approaching, please pray that the Lord may give us more opportunities to preach the Gospel to people from all walks of life.
Finally, I am doing well now, and many thanks for praying for my recovery.
In His Service,