We want to thank God for His mercy and goodness to us. We had six young men graduate from the Bible Institute last Sunday. It was a glorious time with about 350 people in attendance. We had lunch for everyone, which is always a good thing to have. As the people were going home four people stayed back and wanted to talk to me. These four had attended services before but were not regular. They wanted to know what they needed to do to become Christians. I was happy to spend the next hour with them explaining that true Christianity is not just a religion, an identity, or a series of rituals, but rather, it is a relationship with Christ. I explained to them their need for salvation because we all are sinners, what Jesus did on the cross by shedding His blood to provide that salvation and that they needed to repent. All this was truly new to them, but I was happy to see that they understood everything I was telling them. In the end all four of them opened their hearts and accepted Christ. I was overjoyed. Just as they were leaving, two young men, one in college and one in high school, wanted to talk to me. They had been attending services regularly for the past few months and they too indicated that they wanted to be saved. I spent almost an hour with them as well, making sure they understood what it meant to be saved. In the end they too made professions of faith in Christ. So that day there were six people whom I believe made professions of faith and asked Jesus into their hearts. Praise the Lord!
On the 23rd of this month we will be taking a five-month furlough to the US. Please pray for us as we make preparations for the trip. I am happy that God has raised a group of leaders within the church in Mysore, India, who are able to take up the responsibility in our absence. Please pray for them. If any of you would like for us to visit you when we are in the States please let us know. We can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may leave a message for us at our mission board: Baptist International Missions Inc. at (423) 344 5050, or at our home church: Stanley Heights Baptist Church (423) 867 8060, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Joanne and I are praising the Lord that our older son Michael will be graduating high school this year. He is registered with Temple Baptist Academy in Powell, Tennessee, and will be receiving his diploma there. This is part of the reason for our furlough. Michael believes he has been called to full time ministry and plans on coming back to India with us and study in the Bible Institute here. Please pray for him.
Please pray with us as we have to get several official things taken care of with the government here in India. As you can imagine, it is not easy dealing with various officials. Please pray that God would give us peace and prosper what we venture to do for His glory. I can’t go into great detail in a prayer letter, but it has to do with the buildings on the property, with a couple of registrations that are needed to make things more official and thereby hopefully run more smoothly. Thank you for your prayer and financial support. It is much appreciated
David and Joanne Divakar