“My Strength is Made Perfect in Weakness”
For anyone who wishes to be healthy and move ahead, it is important to have a thorough medical check from time to time. By this we know our vulnerabilities and our health status. For a firm or company, there is the quarter closing of accounts, the half-year closing and the annual closing. Thus a businessman knows whether he is gaining anything or just losing and eating into his capital.
Now for a church or a Fellowship, this kind of humble heart-examination in the sight of God should be a daily experience. We should know whether we are pleasing God or simply grieving His Holy Spirit by pride, presumption or vanity.
What is it to have God’s strength perfected in our weakness? Money, possessions and the flatteries of men give us a false feeling of power. The Bible says, “Power belongeth unto God.” (Ps. 62:11) So real power comes only through humbleness of heart before God and obedience to His Word. We forget this often and imagine big buildings, lovely worship halls or sanctuaries or numerous centres and overflowing grounds full of people, speak of power. On the contrary, trust in these things is a sure sign of spiritual decline and downfall. Hence watch your heart, your thinking and planning. Shut your ears to all flatteries generated by your deceitful heart or your friends—Power belongs only to the Risen Saviour.
Yes, as we enter our 75th year, we must humble ourselves greatly that we have done so little to lift up Jesus in this desperately rebellious and woeful world full of suffering and fear.
As we were literally born in
revival and grew in revival, let us not now turn to the chariots and horses of
“My strength is perfected in your weakness.” One meets a lot of miserable people whose glory and strength consists in their pay cheques, houses, lands and even ornaments. We dare not produce one such blind individual. After all these years, we are still in our infancy, in terms of missionary labours and sacrifice. Every little church and centre of ours must stop and ask, “What am I doing for missionary work and for reaching more souls?” The devil can make you busy with just bricks and mortar and thus keep you from building with living stones the kind of church which the gates of hell cannot prevail against. We should definitely ask God that the devil should run away from every place and region which we enter with His Living Word. The Truth of Jesus brings an abiding liberation from our sins and base inward nature.
By our Saviour alone, we can prevail and conquer; by this strength alone we can serve and “save the lost.”
NEW CENTRES AND ADVANCES
Our New Telecast in
The latest advance is a new
Please pray that the indifferent will happen upon our telecast and listen to some of the warmest words of love and strangest words of warning which they have ever heard in their lives, and turn to the Saviour.
Though our team here consists
of just three or four humble, dedicated people, we are reaching many people
through our 25 weekly radio broadcasts to many cities and small towns of
We want prayer especially for
our broadcast aired by Transworld Radio which is
Our New Telecasts in the Indian Sub-continent
After much yearning and praying, Orissa which has figured so notoriously as a state where very poor Christians were set upon by men moved with mindless hate and by murderous gangs promoted by Hindu activists, has our telecast in Oriya language proclaiming Jesus’ everlasting love for sinners and rebels.
Up north in the
We must needs pray that the promise of God assuring us that “His word proceeding from His mouth will not return void” will accomplish the great purposes of God for these hard-working and industrious people.
As God begins to speak to the hardcore Hindus who speak Manipuri language, through our new telecast on Sundays from 1.00 to 1.30 pm, aired from Imphal, let us pray that mighty men and women of God will arise from among them.
Since we do not appeal for money nor ask our hearers to support the telecasts, the false impression must not gain grounds that some rich people or vested interests are behind us. It is really a marvel and wonder to us how God supports our continually expanding broadcasts and advances. Let us take note that His Name is Jehovah-Jireh—”God will provide.” Let us give all the glory to Him.
Advancing into Sieber,
Now this is a part of
Earnest people from the
outlying areas also came in and there was real hunger amongst the people. It
grieves us that the rural districts and villages of
The Sunday’s meeting was well attended and was followed by a long season of personal work. We did find these folk here hungry for God’s Word and willing to make many adjustments and give supremacy to the Word.
Sister Lily was able to help a number of women who always have their own hard trials and the highly difficult job of bringing up children in this present highly polluted moral environment.
The northern parts of
The North German meetings in
In spite of the heavy expenses
involved, our television broadcast, which reaches more than three million
households in this industrial heart of
Although Bro. Joe has sought
to widen the vision of our
Bro. Johannes Weidenmuller had
the additional responsibility of interpreting Bro. Joe at short notice at these
meetings. Though those who could have been a great help in these meetings,
failed to come from
of the Work into
After addressing the young
people at the youth camp in our centre in Langol, Imphal on the 25th of June, at seven in the morning the
next day, Bro. Joe and Sister Lily set out and reached the Burmese border at Moreh after travelling across several thickly wooded
mountain ranges. This 120 km road can tire and shake up most people. At the
border they had no hassles to face and were soon at the packed church of a fair
There was not a single policeman or military person within sight. Bro. Joe had complete freedom as he delivered the Word of God. If there were ‘informers’ present, they certainly could not have escaped easily from the searching Word of God which turns men away from their sins into the righteousness of Jesus.
Many pastors were present. We
must now look to the Lord that a great company will carry forth the word of God
into many corners of
The knowledge of the ancient
opposition to the Gospel which was present in
Though Bro. Joe was told that people do not attempt the return journey to Imphal, Manipur, the same day, he insisted that he should get back and was thus driven back across the same badly pitted stretches of road. Even one of the security jeeps which was accompanying them almost got stuck in the mud of a mountain landslide. The Lord in His mercy brought Bro. Joe and Sister Lily back safely, though a general strike had been announced which encompassed transport and travel as well. Further, this road is notoriously infested with insurgents and even the Army goes in convoy.
Too many of our people today are cultivating a kind of easygoing, false religion which cleverly bypasses the Cross, with nice chorus singing. Let all our old and young realise that faith which steps back from taking risks is scarcely to be called faith at all. If each of our families cannot even produce one or two missionaries, what are we really worth?
The New Hall at Kotagiri
When Bro. Joe was very young and just out of college, he joined his parents in fasting prayer in a tiny tea-garden quarters, by a mountainside in Kotagiri. When the monsoon rains began, he remembers how he stubbornly sat under a small tree cover and would not budge from his time of prayer. Even the monsoon clouds cooperated and they had glorious seasons of prayer, with some rain drops trickling through now and then.
Now these seasons of prayer would be followed by a few days of revival meetings in this small hill resort. The halls available then for these meetings were pretty small.
Now at long last, after these many years of labouring in this mountainous district with its beautiful hills and valleys, dominated by tea gardens, the Lord enabled us to build in a pretty tiny spot a beautiful prayer hall with an amazing seating capacity for a building of this size.
When revival meetings were announced for three days, the Lord brought in the people and His Word went out with power. On the second day of the meetings, people had to be accommodated on the roof of the building too!
Now we need to exercise prayer and faith to draw in these precious souls and turn these simple people into soul-winners.
Tanjore, Tamil Nadu
district which is renowned as the rich rice bowl of
In spite of his busy schedule of meetings, Bro. Joe allocated meetings for Tanjore in February. The hall which was hired for these special meetings was filled to overflowing. Many non-Christians came in and heard God’s Word.
This is just the beginning and bigger revival meetings are planned in our own grounds which God has wonderfully provided.
The New Hall in Gummidipundi
a dusty little village 40 km north of
Dr. John Thomas, who was in that little group of young doctors, felt the call of God to take up the challenge of establishing a medical clinic right in the bazaar area and next to the police station. At this Gospel Clinic, many heard the Word of God for the very first time. The Lord also used Dr. John Thomas to pray for the sick when they were beyond the reach of medical help. Many were healed by God in answer to prayer. Earlier, passing through this village, Bro. Joe was moved by the milling crowds in the bazaar. Now this resulted in both the Gospel Clinic and the church being established after a revival campaign. Dr. Masi also assisted in the early days when the work was being built here.
An inexpensive little prayer shed did service as a church building and in the week was used as a primary school facility. After these forty odd years, this whole structure became weak and dangerous and at long last we took up the project of constructing a much bigger hall with galleries. There are additional classrooms also above the hall, making our building one of the prominent landmarks on the main street of Gummidipundi. Now we have the important duty of teaching the children of this area the things of God. The Lord must give us teachers who are truly dedicated. Currently there are 300 children in our primary school here. Dr. Jayanth Samuel continues to serve the people at our Gospel clinic here.
On Sunday, the 5th of July, instead of a formal opening with ribbon cutting etc, Bro. Joe chose the way of having a huge revival rally when the whole new facility was packed out and the grounds too were full of people listening to the Word of God. Bro. Rodney also helped with the message here.
The New Centre in Ashok Nagar, Chennai
Three nights were given to this new centre in May, which we are seeking to build next to a well-known clinic on a main road in Ashok Nagar which has emerged as a much-sought-after residential area. We had to actually ask our people not to come because the space available was limited. The Lord stood with us and His Word went out in a new and crowded locality.
The New Centre in Annavaram, Andhra Pradesh
In this place of Hindu pilgrimage, the Lord has been using our team members to reach souls over the years and Bro. Joe had desired to preach amongst these earnest souls who are taking their stand for Jesus. Our small compound was almost full at the one meeting which Bro. Joe addressed here.
The New Hall in Kavali, Andhra Pradesh
When the worker who is a retired postal official, turned out to be both disorderly and unfaithful, it was necessary for a new beginning to be made. Hence, Bro. Joe instructed our building crew to build a commodious prayer hall in minimum time, raising the ground level of a low-lying plot. They reported that even as we prayed, angels appeared to come and help them do everything here which was necessary.
The last night of the three meetings here in February, saw an even bigger gathering than had turned up earlier. The Spirit of God brought such a conviction of sin upon them but yet the meetings could not be extended. It was really wrong to stop the meetings at that stage.
There are several additional constructions which are required before this centre can be said to be really operational. According to our normal practice, when such situations arose, we did not wait until the flooring and the front section of the hall were ready, but went fully out to proclaim God’s word to all who would hear.
A Primary School in Mettupalayam
A small primary school called
In this rocky campus of nine acres, the Lord indicated a spot where out of the rocky soil, God gave a spring which supplies water to our various operations.
We are praying and planning to have a large open-air revival rally in this place for the people of this whole area. A new work should spring here as the Word of God is declared to the people.
Our Worldwide Labours
The slow advance of the Gospel into many needy areas reveals clearly that many who once had a longing to win souls and magnify Jesus, eventually chose comfortable places and not too far away from their location as the field of their operation. The Bible clearly tells us that the Spirit of Christ which rests on us is one which leads us into building and restoring ‘the former desolations’. In the midst of an inexorable cycle of self-destruction so close to him, how can a truly converted person be happy when he knows there are whole cities and regions where there is little preaching of the Word of God?
So even in the little villages or towns where we have our centres, there must be a great burden or concern for the souls that are without the word of God in other countries and much prayer must go up for the US, England, Germany, France, Guyana, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and other countries where we are labouring.
Several earnest people had
gathered at Quinta Hall,
We have a long way to go in
During the Winter Retreat in
One of our young men at
Though the moral condition of
When Bro. Joe went to
Many in the congregation are
very poor people who work long hours. The smallness of our labours
does not depress us inasmuch as the soul of the poorest man in
In the capital city of France,
The two days given to
IN THE UNITED STATES
The early Pilgrim Fathers who
Are we of the Fellowship to
remain as mere bystanders or shall we be those who with tears warn the nation
The American Retreat
It was amazing how day after
day the Lord carried us through, giving us the right Word from His heart. Yes,
we need to get right back to, “THUS SAITH THE LORD.” The promise of wealth and
glamour which has drawn many like a magnet to
At such a time, when people
from the workplace like John speak for the Lord, people sit up and hear. The
seasons of prayer at the Retreat were times when we poured out our hearts
before God both for
The Thanksgiving Retreat
People generally get quite taken up with eating and drinking, visiting friends and family during the Thanksgiving weekend. But some of our people who feel drained of spiritual power, from the fast, high pressure life here, deem it a necessity to come to this retreat, which we manage to hold with a supreme effort, amidst a many-pronged and demanding ministry.
Some came from very distant
places and we put them up in a motel, not far from our church, which is
situated at Novi,
More and more people are logging on and hearing the message on their computer in distant and remote places. In the days ahead, we expect to have a very large number in our “unseen congregation,” for there are still many who are longing for a true and “searching Word” from the Lord.
Our work by way of radio broadcasts, telecasts and through our magazines and literature continues and grows in spite of the bleak economic condition.
A number of earnest people were at the Easter Retreat and the dear Lord gave us plentifully from His table.
Please remember to pray for the steadily increasing television ministry in this vast continent.
Brother Lawrence who will be
remembered as one of our old Bible students has been careful to labour on
diligently for the Lord in
The work amongst students of the University and in some of the housing colonies is increasing and our team is kept far too busy. The telecast which reaches the whole nation and the radio message each week is carrying the ‘words of life’ and liberating truth to many. We believe that the word of God will prevail.
Our revival meetings were held
for four evenings in a High School hall. Then we moved to our rented hall
opposite the gates of the
A short retreat for teacher trainees and several meetings for nurses and student-nurses in two hospitals, kept Bro. Joe and Sister Lily very busy.
Where violence and thieving
have become a way of life, it is only our good Saviour who is keeping our crew
safe. Two of our young sisters are being used of God as a Director of the
We must pray much for Dr.
Danny and the team here. Prayer for advancing deeper into
Klaus Klingler continues to labour on in this country, where day to day living has been made extremely difficult over the years by the moves and dictates of its communist President.
Unfortunately Klaus has had to
labour alone without a supporting team. Liselore, his
wife, however has faithfully supported him taking care of the day to day
running of their farm and household in
Please pray that God will raise up other missionaries to assist him and to continue these labours.
The want of a proper place for worship however is a serious impediment to the growth of the work. The Government of Singapore continues to keep a strong hold on all the property with laws which strictly limit Christian work to public and not residential areas and these public places are hard to lease.
At the meetings here in February, the word of God went out and was heard with great earnestness by several new people. Building and strengthening the faith of some of our own people takes up a great deal of our time.
The two meetings arranged in a
church hall in
It has become customary these days to receive a preacher with a handclap. Not many people however feel like clapping their hands at the end of Bro. Joe’s message. Preachers of today appear to thrive on handclaps and the plaudits of men, instead of putting on sackcloth for the perishing millions and the frozen church groups around the world.
In the evening the meeting was
held in a small hall where political gatherings take place usually. Some who had been influenced by the life of our sister Liang
during her tenure as a
Our literature will soon be
available in the local Malay language.
The International Students’ Camp
Young people poured into
It is not celebrities of any sort nor do we provide gimmicks and novelties to lure young people to our camps. It is the cleansing Word of God which goes out and touches their deepest need. Why be apologetic of this fact that Jesus and His salvation alone really satisfy the heart of man?
We should however watch against the hardness of heart, which comes to many who are granted the grace to view numerous works of God. We should never therefore lose that joy, excitement, expectation and gratefulness while we partake of His merciful acts. The very rapid flow of events in the Fellowship today is a real danger and God alone must keep us from becoming mechanical and treating God’s workings casually or as commonplace.
Before the camp closed, the registration showed that we had 5600 people resident in the camp. The Word of the Lord went forth and the earnestness and longing that many of them revealed for the touch of the Lord was quite moving.
The third day of the camp witnessed a visitation of God’s Spirit which caused many to humble themselves with tears.
Many of our senior brothers, who themselves were converted as students, helped in the discussion groups, where they encouraged young people to open up and share their inward thoughts and views. Of course, they were not allowed to stray far off from the carefully set questions before them. John Branch and John Daniel helped Bro. Joe with the main messages.
Students are encouraged to get alone with God and pour out their hearts before Him. Many were found doing just that.
Youth Camp in Imphal, Manipur
Arriving at Imphal at around 2 pm, on Thursday, the 25th of June, Bro. Joe and Sister Lily were received with great joy by a well-known high official in the administration. As a young student, Mr. Sing Sit had been converted at one of our students’ camps. At the airports these days, Bro. Joe is even greeted by the security men who had either been at our meetings or are actually converted people.
At 5.30 pm, in our packed hall, the message went out to the young people and others who had gathered for our youth camp. John Daniel and some of our team members were busy with reaching these young people and drawing them into true faith in the Lord Jesus. Bro. Joe therefore could only address one message to the young people at the camp. John, who had freed himself from the many cares of his hectic business life, was able to take full share in the work of the Lord here together with his family.
Whereas hitherto very few local non-Christians, who had established a reputation for themselves as being very hostile to Christian teaching, would come to the meetings, a new and an open frame of mind was manifest by them. Thus quite a large number of the Hindus of the plains were present. The dear Lord is lifting them out of many complicated and distressing situations.
A strong spirit of prayer gripped the young people and many cried out to God for mercy and forgiveness of sins. Now these young people carried this Spirit of prayer to their remote mountain villages and towns. They would be introducing a completely new moral integrity amongst their people.
Our Large Campaigns in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh which has now a population of 80 million, having been the location where the revival first broke out, naturally, has more of our centres where our people are actively engaged in reaching souls.
Now the Lord in His mercy made it possible for us to pack into the short space of six or seven weeks a veritable whirlwind of soul-winning campaigns in January and February, of which we give you a few glimpses.
The Convention at Stuartpuram
So many people arrived in Stuartpuram for the convention that all the cover that could be provided over the seating area proved inadequate. Our Wonderful Saviour sent a cloud over the place so that the people who could not find room in the huge covered arena were kept from the direct heat and rays of the sun.
Bro. Whitson and Dr. Samraj helped with the opening days of the convention. Others of our team laboured hard giving the Bible classes and preaching at the other subsidiary meetings. Towards the final days much of the preaching burden fell to Bro. Joe’s lot.
The Lord poured out of His Spirit repeatedly upon the vast crowd and a tremendous spirit of prayer and the spirit of repentance seized the people.
There is a continuing trend of greater and greater crowds at our meetings. Though tired in body, Bro. Joe was graciously strengthened and the Lord wonderfully supplied His Word. The crowd was estimated to be around 100,000. What is important to us is that God should touch each one of these individuals.
Many sick people had to be prayed for too. Always there are wonderful happenings and the workings of God in healing spirit, soul and body are everyday events.
Our bookstalls were also kept very busy. The financial downturn afflicting the markets and banks had no impact whatever upon these mammoth meetings, where many very poor people also heard the word of God. The Lord provided all that was needed.
Now we expect these men and women from several corners of this vast sub-continent to take the word of God to remote regions.
Our compound was packed with
people. Bro. Joe had to preach at
Dr. Samraj and Dr. Jesu helped with the heavy burden of addressing the huge congregations during the morning and other meetings.
In this fast-growing port-city, the crowd grew bigger and bigger by the day. People came from distant places with hungry hearts. On the third and final day of the meetings, a special meeting was also held in the morning at our commodious centre. Our compound situated close to the railway station was packed with attentive listeners.
The spiritual potential of these crowds cannot be estimated. God can do mighty things through these earnest hearers and seekers after the truth. Building up these souls in faith after their spiritual rebirth is becoming a very daunting and challenging task.
We feel that we are hardly doing any justice to meeting the great need of the people. These northern stretches of the Eastern seaboard reaching into Orissa need the fire which drives the demons entrenched in these parts into the Bay of Bengal in the manner in which the demons fled in the Gadarenes, at the word of Jesus.
Many in our congregation are highly educated people and yet they are seriously handicapped by a strange diffidence and fear, imposed upon them by a caste-ridden society. Many that became Christians in some of the backward areas were drawn from the poorer rungs of society and therefore were looked down upon. They themselves developed an inferiority complex that makes them wilt before the flood of evil or corruption in their departments, instead of standing fast and fighting for the Truth. This situation should be completely overturned and a victorious spirit—the spirit of looking unto Jesus—should be given to them.
The amazing thing is, as the Lord Himself is in the midst and ordering all things, everything works like clockwork. The Lord keeps even the elements in such a way that they cooperate with us, the rain and sun being at His command.
Our Television ministry also is touching so many that the number of our viewers who want to attend, appears to grow continually.
It is generally found that when the technical equipment and other paraphernalia increase, the message and its depth and clarity suffer. In other words, the whole thing becomes a mere human organisation. Now this means that God is nowhere in sight. The Lord in His mercy however has been keeping us humble and trembling at His Feet and He Himself goes forth to touch and transform people.
Our hall, in this capital city of
With the help of TV monitors, etc, we manage to get even our overflow to hear the Word of the Lord. It is indeed a pity that these meetings could not be extended. Bro. Joe is greatly pained when the deep needs of the people are not met.
In this college and railway centre, the word of God rang out by the main street. Our work which began as a very small effort, has grown through prayer and faith into a ministry which is touching several young people and turning them to Christ.
The Lord caused a growing number of people to attend the meetings and hear His Word.
What should be considered as totally unacceptable is to engage in half-hearted and superficial service. Are we ever going to produce Christ-like men from this region?
Certain sizeable pockets of land and territories which have
seen the activity of Christian missions for a long time,
remain as barren and fruitless fields. But this hardness must be broken.
The Fellowship’s revival meetings have scarcely taken place
The Lord in His mercy must give us a centre of our own where souls can be truly built up in faith. Otherwise there are many ‘foxes today who ruin the vines’. Some of the people appear to think that Christian work is a business. Such people should be unmasked and put far away from us.
The campaign itself, which was for a duration of two days only, drew many people to the vast YMCA grounds. But we failed to draw in the net properly.
The traumatic reports of the burnings and the killings and the wholesale destruction of churches in the Khandamal region of Orissa, had filled the hearts of many with fear and they were ready to retreat into their shells like frightened snails. At such a time, the Lord laid it on Bro. Joe’s heart to call for meetings in Masulipatnam in October ’08.
It was quite a courageous
gesture of the governing authorities of the
Many people however turned up and perfect order was maintained at the meetings and the message went forth with great freedom. Around this city, where late Mr. Daniel had prayed so much as a young man, new centres and preaching points are being established.
LABOURS IN FAR-FLUNG REGIONS OF
Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Ooty, which is also known as the Queen of Hill stations, has got one of our old centres, which requires a fresh revival sent from the Lord. Many, who had begun their Christian experience as young people, have now become elderly, retired men. Fresh fire and young people with zeal need to be raised up.
The few days that were allocated to Ooty were far from adequate. Several people from various hill tribes attended in spite of the opposition being stirred up by die-hard traditionalists who seek to hold them captive to their ancient customs and superstitions.
Our small team has been labouring faithfully amidst the great need of this vast metropolis. The two meetings in a high school hall addressed by Bro. Joe were well attended. At our meetings we want people who come from outlying cities to take the fire to their own places and be used of God. In fact, some of those places from which people attended our meetings, are asking for our regular Sunday services to be held.
Our weekly telecast in Bengali
is being used of God and souls are being touched in remote corners. As this
telecast reaches parts of
In the Sunderbans, we were
able to put up a simple, medium-sized structure for our use during our
bimonthly medical camps. The Lord also is touching and healing people. In the
recent devastating floods, some of our brothers were the first to reach the
sufferers in the Sunderbans with a few small items, to relieve their distress.
How we wish we can do more for the people of the marshlands of the Sunderbans,
which are so close to
During the two nights of the campaign here, the medium-sized hall of the YWCA overflowed.
Our Sunday services are so
early in the morning that many people find it hard to get to them. Of course
many brave the chill of the
We believe the time has come
when the Lord will give us our own hall here, where people can freely gather
for prayer. People with discernment can easily see that what
After the tragic terrorist
The Lord is blessing the work amongst the slum children and more and more children from non-Christian background are hearing the Word of God and are putting their trust in the Living Saviour. Sister Esther who ministers to these children every week, is going forward in faith, in spite of the stiff opposition from many quarters. Recently some rocks and stones hurt her, but God has given her a continuing burden and we are only envisaging the widening of the work amongst these neglected street children.
Despite our many projects, Bro. Joe feels the urgent need for a home for these needy street children, who must be brought to the Feet of the Loving Saviour and be taught the things of God at their early age. Moreover they need to be protected from the rapacious men who wish to use and violate them.
Our new and commodious hall was full, with many seated outside the hall. The Word of the Lord was sown in many hearts.
There are many newcomers to the Fellowship these days who hardly know anything of the deep heart-cries that were in our hearts long before any visible work appeared. We had cried much for a testimony in this college town from where a steady stream of college men proceed into the life-stream of the nation.
Any work amongst students and other sub-urbanites requires painstaking and steady labours. Let us pray that some of the ‘oldies’ of the Fellowship will not weaken and destroy the good work of the past. If their children have no burden, God will raise up rank outsiders and “the stones will cry out.” We have not yet been able to fill our fair-sized hall with transformed and truly converted men and women. During the three days of our meetings here, several new people were present.
Our work in the western coast is not what anyone can describe as powerful or widespread. It has been slow-going.
In the three days of meetings
in February which were given to
Age-old customs which are contrary to the Word of God have to be dismantled steadily in Kerala. We need to see the scepticism and unbelief in various quarters uprooted. Simple faith needs to come into the hearts which are currently so cluttered with money. Yet the religious show goes on! Services and conventions take place regularly. Oh, may the Lord send us His revival visitation, which will upturn this boring superstitious practices and hastily intoned prayer!
In an area where there is much Christian work and an unusually high level of factional and tribal killing, our meetings must needs be different and life-changing. The Lord brought many to the meetings which just concluded at the end of June.
Our hall was quickly filled with
those hungry for God’s word. Many new people were present including the
students and staff of a neighbouring
Hitherto we have been slow to
mention the Western state of
While we have not as yet embarked upon our usual strategy of having public campaigns, the work goes on and small groups of people are being touched in various locations and cities. Pray that the preaching of the Word of God and our Sunday Services will spread even into remote areas.
It was a great joy for us to
see converted people who had once been total strangers to the Gospel at the
Annual Retreat in
The Annual Retreat
When our Lord Jesus had His retreats in the wilderness, there was no retreat kitchen or elaborate organization. It is somewhat disconcerting to us that to feed upwards of 5000 and accommodate close to 10,000 people including day visitors, requires such a mass of utensils, equipment, fittings etc. In the midst of all this, one can easily miss the primacy of God’s Spirit and His Word. We carefully however keep the dear Lord right in the centre.
Now the dear Lord has been very merciful to us in that He used His Word to our hearts. Bro. Joe says, “In my own heart, the Word of God burnt strongly such that even sleep departed from me.” How precious is the presence of the dear Lord!
Now to carefully select and sift the really hungry and the earnest and to turn away those who come out of mere convention and habit is not at all easy. However, we made a real attempt to keep people who really do not mean business with God away. In fact, a few disorderly people were even told not to come.
When a work grows into so many regions, languages, tribes and ethnic peoples, it is only the Holy Spirit which can give and preserve a spirit of purity and unity. When people from Burma, Malaysia, the borders of China and others from distant Kashmir and westernmost Gujarat, besides internationals from the Occident meet under one roof, in one Name—the Name of Jesus—and in one accord, what power is generated! We praised the Lord together, extolled His Name and cried mightily in His presence, to be made ‘meet for the Master’s use’.
Now we expect a wide scattering of the Word of God as these men and women have returned to their own places and to their respective posts of duty.
Many were logging on to the Internet and were partaking in the Retreat almost meeting by meeting. We need to make it known that this new facility is now available from our big retreats. God must cause His blessing to spread throughout the world.
While running a school has become a commercial enterprise to many today, we run our schools to give the Light of the Gospel to a non-Christian society by inculcating Christian values in our school children. Thus their parents are exposed to the Truth.
We are grateful for the loving service and sacrifice of so many of our teachers and staff of our schools. It is due to their hard work and dedication, some of our small Nursery Schools have now grown into Matriculation Schools and are able to see good academic results as well. Three of our four Matriculation schools have obtained 100% results in the School Leaving Matriculation exams, with most of our students obtaining first class marks.
There is a great need for
dedicated teachers today for our schools, especially for our
ON THE LITERATURE FRONT
Our books are being greatly valued and the readership of our magazines keeps growing continually.
Since some of Bro. Joe’s booklets published already have been out of print for a long time, there is a great demand for those booklets. So we reprinted two of his booklets, “True Faith” and “Make me to Know.” These two booklets are going out far and wide and proving to be a great blessing to many.
Our daily reading book, “Faith is the Victory” continues to stir many hearts for a closer walk with God and is in great demand. Hence we have had to reprint this book in English and Telugu. Now we have published this book in Tamil also. The lives of William Carey and Steven Masood and two children’s books have been published in Telugu.
It is marvellous to see that notwithstanding the economic recession, the distribution of our books appears only to increase. Hence our books are continually in great demand and we constantly run out of stock of our publications. Mrs. Daniel’s two books, “A Wise Woman Buildeth Her Home” and “The School of God’s Children” have been reprinted with a new attractive cover. In Telugu, twenty-two titles and in Tamil five titles underwent reprint.
Our magazine “Christ is Victor” in English, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali and Burmese reach many needy souls in widely scattered areas. In several nations, the international edition of our magazine “Christ is Victor” is being read by many students.
Our Radio and Television Broadcasts
It is amazing what the Lord is
doing. Our TV and radio messages continue to be a great blessing to men and
women of so many nations as souls are being touched and challenged. With more
channels carrying our message into new areas in
With the addition of two more
new channels in Oriya and Punjabi, now we have thirteen weekly telecasts in
As we enter the important landmark of the 75th year of the Fellowship, it behoves us to be both deeply grateful and humble.
If Moses said, “Who am I..?” and if Paul the great Apostle said, “Who then is Paul..?”, must we not in true self abasement say, “We are nothing..and what we have done for Jesus is so little?” But we shall not stop there. We shall give of our best to the Master, our very best.
The world is clearly eroding
the love of many but we shall not like them seek the warmth of the company and
fire made by the enemies of God and of Jesus and sit warming ourselves while
our Lord is being spat upon. Many find sacrificial living and giving to be hard
but Brother Joe emphatically says, “As I seek to measure everything by
“…See, says God, that you make all things according to the pattern showed to you in the mount.” (Heb.8:5) May we likewise carefully build according to God’s pattern and not our own!