BY MY SPIRIT
SHEPHERDED — 71 YEARS
My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever. Isaiah 59:21
The above precious promise was given to my dad many years ago by our wonderful Saviour Jesus. Over the years, we have seen the unfolding of this promise to some degree. The wide expanse of this promise and the never diminishing blessing which comes from its “henceforth and for ever,” we have to reach out more resolutely and possess. This promise speaks of succeeding generations of our children and the mighty prophesying Spirit which is to rest upon them.
Now with deep concern I see the emphasis which many parents are putting upon worldly prosperity. In other words, many parents are clearly indicating that what they deem as the most important accomplishment in their children, is educational and economic advancement. Well, I can understand if the lower rungs of society think a great deal of money and position in this world. Sometimes it does happen that people from an impoverished background have the great temptation of only looking for material benefits. Now I never saw my father looking for these economic or material promotions or gifts.
This whole work has been founded on the promises of God, a broken and a contrite spirit and revival, which endowed us with a prophetic Spirit and taught us obedience to the Word of God. Thus souls that have turned to Christ in our meetings or ministry always went to God for a word from Him confirming the work of grace done in their heart and indicating the course which was set before them. Thus God was the prime mover and not money and planning or organisational skill. On all sides, the world is seeking to demolish these foundations on which we have been built. Convenience and comfort, besides other subtle temptations, are infiltrating the hearts of those who once made discipleship their prime pursuit. Hence we are in grave danger of producing ‘cheap’ disciples. I can see clearly how big halls and a turning tide of wider acceptance and honour are dangerous new features which presage spiritual decline and a turning away from our ‘first love’ for Jesus. I clearly see how those who had once ‘run well’ have gotten into reclining chairs and rockers. Had they faced and continued to face severe tests and trials and if much less honour and money had come their way, their spirits would have been far healthier and sharper!
Now shall we get back to the humble heart, the teachable spirit, the readiness to receive rebuke and correction and thus recover the prophetic Spirit and the flaming love for our precious Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, which rested so strongly upon us. In fact, we should cry for a double portion of God’s love and power which we badly need.
— JOSHUA DANIEL
New Centres and Advances
New Prayer Halls
In the Fellowship, we never have any special ceremony of any sort to dedicate our new prayer halls. It has always been that the revival meetings themselves are the dedication! It gives great joy to the people of those places to have Bro. Joe* with them on these occasions, when he declares God’s word with great authority and power. It gives us a great opportunity to reach the unreached. Thus Bro. Joe preached in these places, by way of dedicating the new halls built there.
In Avinasi, Tamil Nadu
After two weeks of prayer and waiting on God in Coonoor, together with John and family, Bro. Joe and Sister Lily left early on the 15th of June, for Avinasi.
In this town where many have shown militant hatred towards what they consider to be an ‘alien religion’, a fair-sized prayer hall was dedicated to the Lord. More or less it was essentially a service where the Word of God was proclaimed to many who had gathered at 9.30 am on a working day.
Many in this congregation had worked wholeheartedly in the erection of this hall.
Straight from Avinasi, they went to Bhavani, over 100 km away, where many of the evangelists and preachers of four districts had gathered for prayer.
After a blessed time with the Lord, around 6 in the evening, Bro. Joe commenced the service of dedication when the new school building in Bhavani was dedicated to the Lord. There was a large crowd present who occupied three levels of the premises and the Word of God went out with power
It was back in 1963 that the Lord fulfilled Bro. Joe’s desire to pitch our big tent of those days and preach in front of his college gates. The small prayer shed which came up as a result of the campaign, close to the college, had gotten so old and its woodwork was worse than dangerously rotten. The application to replace this humble shed with a more commodious and adequate building has been gathering dust during the last four years with the local municipality. We however decided that it was time to replace the shed with a more commodious structure, permit or no permit. We were not prepared to bribe anybody. Danger to life by the collapse of the old structure was to be avoided at all costs. Bro. Joe ordered our team to go ahead and build. Our brothers soon put up a much bigger hall. Although the floor was not paved, we went ahead with the meetings. The Lord helped Bro. Joe to address the last three nights of the revival meetings here. Many gathered to hear God’s word. With the big Retreat round the corner, we could not extend the meetings, though the need was very great.
Our public meetings always draw new souls, but travailing prayer for souls and building them up in faith has to vastly increase.
When the regime in
Our Gospel Clinic under late Dr. Jayasingh reached out with great love and service even to these poor evacuees. At that time we acquired a humble piece of land amidst these huts where our Sunday services began to be held. We had revival meetings for these people and steady work was done by our team in Royapuram. This work has now grown into a sizeable church group. The original prayer shed having grown decrepit and rickety, was rapidly replaced by a large and commodious hall.
Revival meetings were planned for May 6 and 7 and the new hall had a large spill-over crowd seated all round it. The Word of God went out with power and we expect a continuing ingathering of souls.
In Gudiwada, Andhra Pradesh
Soon after the All-Asia Students’ Camp, the very next day, Bro. Joe set
In Gudiwada, a huge crowd gathered to hear God’s word in our new prayer hall at 7 in the morning. Bro. Joe preached at this meeting and dedicated the new prayer hall. Our evangelist and preacher, Bro. Surayya, who for many years has followed the Lord renouncing his former idolatry and licentious living, is still active for the Lord.
Our New TV Broadcasts in
Soon after the Summer Retreat in
Now this interview over ‘Revelation TV’ channel has opened one of the
biggest challenges which we have taken up, anywhere. From August,2005, “The Lord’s Challenge”, our half an hour telecast, is
going out into the whole of
From July 2006 onwards, we have added yet another channel to our
In the midst of Bro. Joe’s tight schedule of ministry, only one day
could be allotted to
Sunday, the 5th February, was their only full day
In a Moslem country where permits for new churches are hard to obtain,
the vision of this young minister from
In the evening of that Sunday, Bro. Joe addressed a large congregation
consisting chiefly of Indonesians drawn from troubled backgrounds. The
congregation appeared to be mesmerised. He little realised that their glassy looks meant that the Word was
hitting right home. There was quite a stir with crying and confession and many
thronged forward seeking prayer and the touch of the Lord. It was rather late
by the time he returned to the hotel room quite exhausted and with a flight to
catch in the morning for
Years ago when Mr. N. Daniel and Bro. Joe had preached in Nagercoil, there had been quite a move of God’s Spirit. Now Nagercoil is a greatly changed city since the time Bro. Joe was last there. It was very painful for Bro. Joe to realise that for such a long period, we had done so little for this needy southernmost district of India. Hence when so many other needy places were waiting for revival meetings, Bro. Joe fixed two series of revival meetings in this town, in February and in May.
The introductory campaign in February appears to have helped to kindle in him a much greater burden for this southern region.
Just three days after the Annual Retreat, Bro. Joe and Sister Lily set out for a second round of battle in Nagercoil. Bro. Joe and John Daniel laboured for these people with great love and burden to see a breakthrough in this hard place, which is full of some from of formal Christianity, without the power which delivers from worldliness and the works of the devil. Even as the monsoon was just setting in, sending down the showers every now and then, we longed and prayed for the “showers of blessing” from God in this needy place, as Bro. Joe and John Daniel laboured with all their hearts for these dear people.
On Sunday morning, Bro. Joe preached in the
The tearful sowing must be followed by agonizing prayer, if we must see any real breakthrough in this citadel of mere formal Christianity.
Winter Retreat in
We booked quite a spacious sanctuary of a centrally-placed church in Clapham for the four days of the Winter Retreat in January. A goodly number began to attend right from the start.
On the closing day of the Retreat, we had the joy of having Jean Blanshard and her husband at two of the meetings. After
Bro. Joe’s visit to North Uist,
On the last evening of the Retreat, the Revelation TV Channel which
telecasts the Gospel out of
The Lord gave us His presence and His Word richly at the meetings
here. Night after night saw new people
coming in and most of them were young people. The spiritual need here is so
great that our small work seems to be less than a drop in the bucket. To hold
any spiritual standards in the godless atmosphere of
In January, soon after the Winter Retreat in
The Retreat in
More new people were in evidence and some of the older people due to age and health reasons were prevented from attending.
The days passed quickly but the Lord graciously gave the needful Word and the young people in particular were carefully applying the Word to their hearts. There is therefore the great possibility of new and mighty developments arising from the lives of these young people.
This city in former
After the collapse of the communist regime, we should have worked a
great deal more to lift this eastern part of
The three days of meetings drew just a small number of people. Our Bro. Vitus and his wife must be used of God to reach more people. Most of our audience consisted of young people and God should raise up these young people.
The Winter Retreat in
The Winter Retreat in
It has become the normal practice for Bro. Joe for the past several years to begin the New Year in the midst of the people at the Winter Retreat here. The season of prayer with which we enter the New Year is always blessed of the Lord. A new group of young people are slowly emerging out of the confusion of their past lives. The dear Lord Himself must thrust us out once again, saying, “Launch out into the deep.” We simply have to advance with faith and praise.
After a very short night on the plane, as the day dawned, Bro. Joe and
Sister Lily reached
Only two meetings could be given to KL. At the first evening meeting, there were several whom Bro. Singarayar, our worker amongst the native Indians, brought to the meetings. He and his wife are slowly taking hold. Even as a travelling biscuit vendor, God is using him to touch lives. He and his wife brought a vanload of people on both nights. The Malaysian Chinese who were in the meetings showed much hunger and earnestness.
It is very unfortunate that Bro. Joe’s entire stay in
Bro. Joe hates to give the Word where there are few opportunities to nurture the seed. If all of you set your hearts to nurture the seed, praying for a bumper harvest, what great things would happen!
The second night too saw him sow the seed with great burden and he was kept praying with the people until long after the meeting closed.
Making an early start, they reached the big and thriving city of
Some of these doctors were at the evening meeting which Bro. Joe addressed in a large church. Several came in and heard the Word which was pregnant with power from on High. In some of these shuttered lands where the preaching of God’s word is highly restricted, there are some jewels of grace who are longing to see exploits of faith done to exalt Jesus. Unless we pray much for these people, they appear to be destined to languish in their loneliness.
James Bong and his wife, who take care of the literature work in KL need much prayer support. Ong
and Liang in
The two evening meetings in
The Retreat at
For years from the time of Mr. N. Daniel (senior), people in the Fellowship learned how to utilise their vacations for God and for the deepening of their spiritual life. Now however some people are showing quite a decline in spiritual desire and hunger. Some of them use this vacation time to visit friends and family but find travelling to the retreats to be wearisome, expensive and not too convenient. So he warned such people in clear terms that neglecting the word of God at the retreats will only cost them a great deal of loss in days to come. As for Bro. Joe, he tries to be as gentle as he can be with these people, as they are fighting all the time against much stress in their places of work.
Bro. John Branch also helped at the retreat for the first five days. The main thrust of his message was “Satan cometh immediately and taketh the Word sown in their hearts.” Now this danger which the Lord pointed out in the parable of the sower is continually happening while people fail to prepare their hearts to receive the Word of God.
There were quite a number of children in the camp and special classes were held for them. Moreover, these children brought much liveliness and blessing to our hearts by singing to us and reciting portions of scripture.
The two extended seasons of prayer were times of great blessing. However, as the need of America and of the western hemisphere is so great and judgment appears to be so close, we come woefully short in our poor efforts and agonizing prayer for this nation.
Many prayed much for the retreat here and the Lord caused His Word to zero in on the specific needs of the people.
This is a very large state, which seems to set some very dangerous
trends which appear to affect the whole country. In the same breath it must be
said that some very active Christian ministries too are located in
Being almost 2500 miles distant from where Bro. Joe lives, and three time zones away, we never could do any real work for the Lord in this state. Some of our people there however do some witnessing and praying amidst the desperate need here.
Bro. Joe’s incessant travelling and preaching does not easily lend itself to giving some six months notice of his availability for meetings. But to schedule any special event most people or churches want no less than one whole year. So though it appears very hard, Bro. Joe says, “I too need to correct myself and find someway, even at this late hour, how to offer some few days to those who really desire depth and reality, well in advance.”
The Thanksgiving Retreat
Thanksgiving is a very extraordinary holiday. Remembering the hardships and the deprivations of the early pilgrim settlers in America and the mercies of God which preserved them from extinction and all the gifts bestowed by God on the nation make it a unique event. This holiday is a celebration of God’s many mercies.
Very dismal weather with snow and severe cold hit us that weekend. But in spite of it many people came and the word of God was planted in needy hearts. In the midst of the rush of daily life here, hearts get dry and spirits get shrivelled. Hence this time of heart-searching and humbling comes to us as a timely blessing.
The Easter Retreat
It takes a tremendous effort for Sister Lily and John Daniel to get all the foodstuff, books, sound-equipment etc., to this Retreat Centre which we rent.
Retreats in the North American continent generally are expected to cater excellent food and provide plenty of fun and games. Now our retreats are thought of as being too intense. In other words, save for a few, spiritual hunger is lacking.
It is unfortunate that several of our regular comers were absent.
Hindrances and excuses abound in
After we closed with a blessed
time around the Lord’s Table, we had to wind up everything and move to our
church building at
Thus we had a different kind of audience on Saturday evening, as quite
well-to-do relatives of the bridegroom, converged on our church from both the
East and West coasts of
Our meetings tucked in a corner of the university campus were but a small effort in the midst of heart-breaking need.
The Word of God did go forth with power. Bro. Lawrence labours among automotive workers as well, in this city.
It was a very long journey indeed for Bro. Joe and sister
Lily from the West Coast of the
In fact, there are three
It is hard to describe the
faithfulness with which our small team works in the midst of tough
circumstances and very real dangers. Dr. Danny is being ably assisted by our
nursing tutor, Tabitha, and Sekhar, our computer
engineer, who is being seen as an asset in the
Sister Lily was also able to address the nursing trainees in both the
The five meetings of the evenings drew some who gave keen attention to the word of God. There was not much else to view or hear. Our small group of singers did valiantly, though often in several different keys!
Our main thrust here seems to be through the national TV and radio
network over which the message reaches many in
distant areas, even in the interior of the country. Oh may God give us the love
and spiritual vision to cry for the souls of those who seem to be “locked-in”
into a terminal apathy, which has given up all hope of “lifting
We have just
initiated certain measures to reach Dutch-speaking
All-Asia Students’ Camp
When we first started calling this camp an All-Asia Students’ Camp, it
did appear like an exaggeration. Today however the Lord brings in young people
from farflung and remote areas including the borders
This year we lifted the restrictions slightly and permitted some from pre-college senior high school classes. What a sea of bright young faces was drinking in the Word in the vast hall which the Lord has given us! It was such a delight to Bro. Joe to labour for these young people who were yearning for the blessing of God.
Bro. Joe, Bro. John Branch and Bro. John Daniel shared the solemn responsibility of giving a timely word to turn to Christ and thus conserve and employ the tremendous potential hidden in their young lives to build His eternal Kingdom.
An early monsoon brought some heavy showers upon the camp. How greatly
our hearts rejoiced that whereas there was hardly any shelter a few short years
The Spirit of prayer which descended on many was most thrilling to witness and greatly challenged the rest of the students. In between the sessions, the hall rang with the earnest prayers of individuals praying by themselves in the vast gallery space.
The season of fasting prayer saw a powerful visitation of God’s Spirit, when many in the vast audience cried out to God, some for forgiveness of sins and others for a deeper life.
Youth Camp in Imphal, Manipur
Arriving in Imphal, the capital of Manipur, soon after finishing the meetings in Shillong, Bro. Joe had to go post-haste to be present at the wedding of two of our Bible students. The wedding address of Bro. Joe normally rouses many from their slumber. Cutting across the native culture and causing the Word of God to be central brings with it great blessing.
From the morning of 22nd June, the Youth Camp began. With rapt attention the young people heard God’s Word, as Bro. Joe and John Daniel laboured here wholeheartedly.
The Spirit of prayer appeared to be very strongly present such that many were heard pouring out their hearts in prayer and confession between the sessions.
The Lord is certainly doing a new thing and transforming the lives of young people so that many great things can be expected to come out of their lives.
LABOURS IN FARFLUNG REGIONS
Revival Meetings in
It has been a very long time since we had revival meetings in
After the first revival meetings under Mr. Daniel (Senior), which saw widespread blessing, our more recent contribution to the spiritual welfare of these parts has been small. Just a few of our medical men and women laboured for relatively short stints in this famous medical college and hospital. Those who were converted in years gone by when they were students here, have either gone on to their reward or are still serving the Lord as aged saints.
After addressing over 2000 people at our Central Hall in the
Headquarters on Sunday, Bro. Joe was driven to
Meetings in Ponneri, Tamil Nadu
Soon after the meetings in
Today there stands a
From years of observation, it is clear that institutionalised Christianity sooner or later grinds to a halt, being satisfied with mediocre spirituality. Now in our few schools we must pray and maintain a high level of integrity, purity and truthfulness. Hence more than attempting to reach the outlying areas, we concentrated upon the school, the teachers and our own congregation. Once again after burdened sowing, we know the Lord will give “His increase”.
At our meetings in Guwahati, the capital of
Though it was the height of the festival season which is marked by a very high degree of idolatry and spirit worship, yet the dear Lord stood with us and caused the truth and reality of the Lord Jesus to break forth through the darkness.
Meetings in Shillong, Meghalaya
It was at short notice that allocating a few meetings for Shillong, the capital of the State of
Bro. Joshua Thomas went away with these dates and checked for the availability of the only big hall in that city which was suitable for our meetings. The Lord so ordered it that the only two days in the whole month that the hall was free were those two days that were assigned for a short campaign there.
The Central Library Auditorium is currently being used by the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya when in session. As might be expected, our message is hardly popular. It is only when hearts are really shaken and broken that they go out and bring in their friends. Hence on the first night there were a quite a number of vacancies. On the second night there were a lot more people present. The Word of God went out with power and grace. There were many who desired prayer after the meeting closed on both nights.
Straight from the meetings in
Now the lack of our own hall in
Many of you are praying for
Being a prominent temple-city,
Our television viewers appear to be growing in numbers and there is
evidence of the Spirit’s work in their hearts. The meetings in the mornings
were well attended too. In the evening meetings, there were an increasing
number of people who kept coming in from many places and the crowd consisted of
many outsiders. We need to pray much for the work in and around
Meetings in Gummidipundi
Gummidipundi work was started as a result of Bro. Joe having to pass through a crowded market area on his way North every now and then. The Northern Trunk Road ran right through the bazaar until the seventies of the 20th century. The multitudes had always moved his heart greatly. Hence we opened a clinic almost next door to the police station right in the bazaar, where the Gospel was given to many by Dr. John Thomas and the brothers who helped him.
A little later, in a small piece of land which the Lord showed in the heart of this little town, we built a simple structure where Sunday services began to be held. This was a valuable and strategic acquisition which with much prayer the Lord made possible.
Today our clinic stands in one corner of this medium-sized plot and a school stands on the south-eastern side where children are given the Word of God besides some sound teaching. By our present standards our hall is rather small today and requires rebuilding to take in a much larger congregation.
Most of the crowds sat outside the hall with a good view of the platform, the hall being fully packed, and heard the Word of God. The loudspeakers carried the Word to the passersby on the main street.
The Big Campaigns in Andhra Pradesh
Revival Meetings at Masulipatnam
John Daniel started the three-day campaign here. On the second day, due to the disruption of rail traffic, Bro. Joe could only reach just in time for the second message, John, having preached first.
On the next morning, the well-filled hall of the well-known
The open-air meetings in the evening in the college grounds were very well-attended. Our telecasts are being heard by so many that the desire of many for God’s touch upon their lives is drawing them to the meetings.
John Daniel, together with members of the team, commenced the meetings here. From the second day, Bro. Joe too plunged into the heavy work amongst a multiplying crowd of people.
Despite the heavy mist, even at 7 in the morning, for the first meeting of the day, many came. Most of them were students and were very earnest and attentive. We dismissed the meeting by 8.10 or 8.15 am so that they could get to their colleges in time. The second meeting at 10.30 which was addressed by the team members saw more people in attendance, despite being a week day.
In the evening, the crowd was so great that it filled the whole vast ground. When so many from all walks of life hear the word of God, there should be a great diffusion of light in society and in many workplaces. Our trust is in the Word of the Lord, not in human oratory or charm. The people who come to our meetings know what to expect and that there will be no entertainment or stuff which tickles human ears. Pray that God will bless many.
What a delight it is to hear the voice of prayer rising from many corners of our campuses in many places!
The Big Convention at Stuartpuram
This year, at Stuartpuram, our brothers had actually extended the vast meeting arena, covering another third of the area than our extended meeting pandal of last year. It is really amazing to see how year after year the crowd gets larger and larger and orderliness and discipline only increases under the Good Hand of God. Hence when Bro. Joe preaches, there is complete silence in the vast concourse of motley individuals. It is very sad to note that godly reverence is scarcely to be found today in many parts of the globe.
Some of our brothers are ably expounding God’s word and are a great blessing to both the people and the work. This year Dr. Samraj, Peter Paul, Priya and several others helped in the preaching of the Word.
Bro. Whitson who normally used to help at the
start of the convention at the first few meetings, was not recalled from
From 8.30 in the morning, when Bro. Joe addressed and prayed with all the trainees and preachers, to the last meeting of the day which closed at 9.30 pm, it was full steam ahead. Praying with people, looking into their several needs, asking the Lord to set free the deeply afflicted is all a demanding ministry and there is nearly always a stream of people waiting and even clamouring to find entry at his room.
At these meetings, the visitations of God’s Spirit were very strong so that a veritable roar of tearful repentance arose from the vast assembly on several occasions. The Spirit of God gave us tender hearts, sensitive to the Spirit’s rebuke and the Word that pierced hearts was sharp and powerful. Now this great blessing of a broken spirit should be broadcast and taken to many corners by this vast congregation. Although the size of the crowd has been estimated to be over a 100,000 for some years, we are not quite sure how much the exact count is. But may God make even “the little one” amongst them “a thousand.”
The cities in this country are facing a new work culture, where the pay-cheques are considerably higher and the demands of the work have greatly increased. Health problems also increase with this increase of stress in the workplace. When quality time cannot be given to the Lord, people become mere machines—religious machines. Children too are being overloaded with home work and extra tuition.
In the morning at 7, there was a goodly congregation who were drinking in the Word of God. There was a women’s meeting too at 10.30 which Sister Lily addressed. The dear Lord enabled Bro. Joe to address the whole group of our young preachers and instruct and warn them concerning those special spiritual diseases that preachers are prone to contract.
There were a number of new people at the meetings. The Lord in His mercy helps souls to forge ahead even in the midst of rampant worldliness around them.
Meetings in Narasaraopet
Brother Prasad Rao, who is in charge of this work, has been doing faithful work and now he is old and weak. That is one reason why Bro. Joe wanted to visit this place. He found that he had preached here last around thirty years ago!
Here in an open-air meeting Bro. Joe found a huge gathering before him sitting and drinking in the Word with great earnestness. The Lord helped him to preach to them in spite of the sun being almost on his face at the second meeting next morning. The hunger of the people always moves his heart deeply.
Christmas Carol Services
It is often felt that December is a month which should be given over to celebrations and festivities only. Any talk of revival meetings is considered to be an intrusion into the festive spirit of the season. But in the Fellowship we have always seized the tremendous opportunity that the Christmas season affords to declare the why and the wherefore of Christmas.
Today with a civilization which has lost its way, to lift up Jesus and put Him ‘back in Christmas’ is imperative. Thus at all our centres, the singing of carols is accompanied by the preaching of God’s Word, when Jesus the Saviour of the world, is lifted up before the large groups of people who gather at our carol services. News keeps coming in of the blessing and overflowing congregations, from so many centres. The dear Lord used our brothers to give the needed Word to the crowds.
This year Bro. Joe could address the huge crowds that gathered to hear
God’s Word at our carol services in
The carol services in
These carol services afforded us a unique opportunity to sing the praises of the Loving Saviour who left Heaven’s glory and came into the world for us.
On the Literature Front
Through our books and magazines, many are being reached in widely scattered areas. Some of our books are being greatly valued and the readership of our magazines also keeps growing continually.
At last a great effort has been made to produce a book of daily readings and a precious book entitled “Faith is the Victory” was published in May. This book contains messages given by Mr. Daniel (senior) and Bro. Joe, set in a daily reading format for each day of the year. Reports of blessing from the readers are coming in as many are greatly stirred in their spirits and quickened in their hearts by this book for a closer walk with God.
For those who travel often and for those who struggle to read small print, we have produced a big-letter edition of select books of the Bible—the Four Gospels, the Book of Acts and the Book of Romans.
In his lifetime, Dr. Jayasingh walked close to God and was a challenge and blessing to many. Thus he assisted others to straighten out more by his example than his words. A new book on Dr. Jayasingh’s life and a few of his messages has been printed in English, Tamil and Telugu.
It is very gratifying to see that notwithstanding the big wave of television purchases and the numerous channels now available, our readership appears only to increase. Hence we constantly run out of stock of our publications. In Telugu alone twentyseven reprints had to be made.
The book on Mother Mrs. N. D. Daniel “Faithful to the End” is available in Tamil also now. The life of John G. Paton who worked among cannibals was published in Tamil. Three other Tamil titles which needed reprinting are now ready.
In three capitals of the North-Eastern states of
When Bro. Joe sent an urgent message to our
literature team to have book fairs in
Bro. Joe often says that our present coverage in literature
The Annual Retreat
We were a far larger group than ever before—in all we were 8,300, besides the day visitors. In the first session of five days, we were over 5300. In the second half of the Retreat, although quite a large number of the first batch had left, others who had been allotted the second half of the Retreat, came in and the number exceeded 5100. Now all these were resident in the camp.
Anyone with a modicum of imagination will see that taking care of this large group for so many days and supplying adequate water and food is no easy undertaking. In fact, the campus looked like a little township. As the State Electricity Board was painfully subject to many power shutdowns, we decided to use our own electricity, generated from our diesel generators. This also prevents fluctuations which do not go well with the video and audio recordings.
The Lord graciously granted our springs of water to meet all our water requirements. The water purification plant also supplied good, aerated, inexpensive drinking water for those who wished to have such water.
Now it made our hearts to dance in praise and jubilation when the sound of the huge multitude singing in this great hall resounded and re-echoed, we trust, until Heaven. The Word of the Lord, which is the principal thing, went out with power.
This year Bro. Russell Mills and Betty Lou Mills also joined the team. There were several in the crowd who knew them from the time when they ministered amongst us seven years ago and earlier. When Bro. John Branch really gets on steam, he produces such penetrating sounds that few can sleep through his messages. Normally, of course, we never have sleepers. John Daniel and Bro. Whitson Paul shared in this great responsibility of breaking the ‘Bread of Life.’ Now the time is come when we have to implement the wealth of teaching which we have received.
At the start of the Retreat, Bro. Joe did feel pronounced weakness due
to much work and revival campaigns which needed to be finished before the
Retreat; but as he had to minister most often both morning and evening, new
strength and grace was given to him. The people scattered themselves under the
shady trees and many were found praying. Many enjoyed the greenery of
The Lord in the midst was the One who conducted this Retreat and all honour and praise is only due unto Him. We, His human instruments, scampered around like children seeking to do His bidding.
The Internet Ministry
Perhaps this is the fastest growing in our many-pronged work. Spanning the continents with close to lightning speed with the message of God’s love is now possible.
Our website, which began with 15 to 20 hits, has over 50,000 who look into it each month. Let us pray that millions worldwide will be going to our website, in order to meet the Saviour Jesus.
With a little more diligence and stepped-up prayer, the scope of this work and its depth can be greatly increased. To how many have you introduced our website?
Television and Radio Ministry
Airing eight weekly telecasts, which cover the greater part of the
These telecasts are meant to be a blessing to the many people who know little or nothing of the great and loving Saviour who died to bring them salvation. Inasmuch as our numerous broadcasts over the radio and television around the world need to be easily identifiable, they are uniformly called, “The Lord’s Challenge.”
From the beginning of August 2005, “The Lord’s Challenge” is being
aired on the Revelation TV, from
The small nation of
A true understanding of the purpose of our radio and television broadcasts and the wide scope of their blessing and a live expectation that God will touch the hearts of millions must grip our hearts.
While running schools has become some sort of business enterprise to many people, our schools are meant to build the lives of the children and young people in the fear of God and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
A little sacrifice on the part of our teachers and staff who make do with small salaries and a continuing effort to keep the fees in our schools at a moderate level, are significant facets in the functioning of our schools.
Our school in Bansi, not far from the
Our schools in
In our Ponneri school, out of the 42 students who appeared for the School Leaving Matriculation Exam, 41 passed and out of the 17 who appeared for the Plus Two Examination, 16 passed. Four of our other schools are elementary schools.
How well will our pupils fare in the severe tests of character which await them out in the world, is the real test which our schools must pass!
Promoted to Glory
Mother Mrs. N. Deevana Daniel
Mother Mrs. Deevanna Daniel was a mother of mothers, who was more than the mother of just her four children. In her larger role, as a prayer-support and prayer warrior, she mothered and sustained many. Those who went to her for prayer always felt her motherly love and concern for them and for their families.
Her partnership with her husband, Mr. N. Daniel was not a rosy path. After they were both called of God, many a time they passed through very hard and trying times but never did they feel forsaken nor were they cast down. Though she gave all her jewels and ornaments to the Lord, she never spoke of them. In her role as one who assisted her husband in the intense work required of them both, she never lagged behind. In all the trials of faith, none ever heard or saw a grumble or gloomy look from her.
One of her oft-repeated reflections was—“Who are we?” meaning, we are nobodies and “From whence has God chosen and lifted us?” This humble frame of mind kept her in the constant enjoyment of the presence of God.
These 42 years since the death of Mr. N. Daniel, she saw her role to be one of praying much and supporting Bro. Joe and the growing work with persevering prayer. Bro. Joe says, “Oh, how I will miss her prayer!” There are many who will echo the feeling of the same kind of loss.
Now in her absence, how many girls, young women and mothers will rise to fill the great vacuum created by her Home-going, remains to be seen. We need to take this as a great challenge. What a role a woman is given to play scripturally as she adorns the Gospel with a ‘meek and quiet spirit’ as Mother Daniel did!
In a very real sense therefore at this critical time in mankind’s
history, we stand or fall by the quality of purity, love and faith of
motherhood today. Oh, may we be found faithful in producing holy families bent
on “seeking first the
The Fellowship dare not produce worldly mothers who will only destroy their families. We need to remind ourselves continually of Mother’s exhortation which was tersely and pithily put into these words so pregnant with meaning: “Learn Christ, Live Christ, and Glorify Christ!”
“He being dead yet speaketh.” (Heb. 11:4) This is how the Bible describes the testimony of Abel. Yes, there are some voices that can’t be silenced even by death. Now Dr. Jayasingh’s is one of those voices.
When one like Dr. Jayasingh leaves this planet, there is a considerable gap created. But we must realise that the ranks of the selfless and those who are determined to walk like Jesus Christ must continually swell. There is need today for thousands of nurses, technicians, doctors and other lay people to obey the call of the Saviour of the world, to take up the Cross, follow Jesus and bring salvation to millions of souls, who otherwise would be engulfed in eternal darkness.
Bro. Joe often sighs, “When will we ever meet another like Dr. Jaysingh? Who will take on his mantle and who will step into his shoes?” Now the question should ring in your heart: “Is my life going to make a difference too?” It is for you to say, “Here, Lord, I give myself away, ’Tis all that I can do!” Then the Lord will indeed accept you and make you too a blessing, like Dr. Jayasingh.
Bro. Yesudas, who for over five decades served the Lord faithfully was called Home. in October, 2005.
Bro. Yesudas in his pre-conversion years was a highway robber and his testimony always had a telling effect upon audiences. We must see more fearless preachers like Bro. Yesudas arising from our Seed-sowing and proclamation of the Gospel, in the highways and byways around us.
Bro. Yesudas used to testify that his fingerprints were kept in the High Court and that a few years after his conversion, those records were destroyed. He also used to say that his dad, who was also a notorious criminal from Stuartpuram, taught him that the worship of a particular deity would greatly enhance his robbing and burglarising skills!
Bro. Elijah was marvellously reached and
converted from a Hindu background and from a remote place. When our medical
ministry was initiated 60 km north of
In that little tent Bro. Joe gathered three medical men just out of college and spent an extended time instructing them and praying with them. This in fact became the springboard for the spread of our continuing medical ministry, and as it is well-known quite a stream of medical missionary workers have since gone out into various fields.
Elijah helped in a humble capacity attending to various chores and manual work related to establishing Christian missionary centres.
After several years spent in Arambakkam area,
he was moved further north to Sulurpet and eventually
he was posted 500 km north of
Now after many years of faithful labour, he was called Home on August 22. He leaves behind his faithful wife and a boy and a girl.
Remember, Remember, Remember!
The Bible is full of God’s exhortation to remember His works. Thus while in these pages we have remembered a mere fraction of His many mercies bestowed on us this past year, let us individually also recall the tender mercies of our Saviour and give Him thanks.
Last year Mother Mrs. Deevanna Daniel was present with us and this year she is mingling her praise with the Hosts of Heaven. Her place as a faithful watchperson should be taken by the vast multitude of women and mothers who are with us today.
It is no accident or mystery that the multitude of converted men and women grows continually. It is humble trust in prayer and faith in the Almighty Saviour of the world that has carried us forth in this manner.
At this time when the devil is weakening the faith of many and while we keep getting shocked to see some of them put their trust in money, gold, houses and material possessions, let us keep our eyes glued to the Cross and follow Jesus ‘seeking His kingdom and His righteousness first.’ Thus will we be dominated by ETERNAL VALUES.