Dear Partners in the Ministry,
Thank God for His faithfulness and help in the time of need. We want to thank you for your part in the ministry here in India. Some time ago a young man arrived at our church on a motorcycle at around eight o’clock at night. Now while motorcycles are very common here in India, this man looked like he had done some hard riding. He had fairly long hair and a long beard with a big moustache that was curled up at the ends. He also had gold earrings in both ears, which made him look like a modern day Indian Maharaja (king). I must say I could see him only in the glow of the lights around me, and I was not comfortable, but one look in his eyes told me he was hurting. Initially, he was very elusive while talking to me, except that he was from another town and had just arrived in Mysore and he wanted to talk to Jesus. He looked for the first church he could find to pray in and arrived at our church gate. I told him he had come to the right place and took him into a classroom and introduced myself and let him get comfortable. When he felt he could trust me, he told me his name, Abhi. Then for the next two hours he poured his heart out and all I did was listen. He was not yet 30 and had a successful farm breeding prize winning milk cows. He was brokenhearted for different reasons and decided that the way he could get some peace was to take a long trip. A friend of his had told him he should try Jesus. The thought bothered him for the last hundred miles, so while passing through Mysore he “found” our church. I told him that it was no accident that he just happened to come here. I gave him some good advice, and then I told him it may be God’s way of showing him the truth that is to be found in the Bible. He agreed. In fact he agreed to just about everything I said to him about Jesus dying on the cross and shedding His blood for the sins of humanity. He agreed he needed to repent and accept Him as personal Savior. He said he understood everything, but the only thing he could not accept was that Jesus was the ONE true God. In his worldview there are gods and goddesses for every aspect of life. Abhi did not accept Jesus that night, but when we parted ways at 11:00 p.m. he said he would keep in touch, and he has called since then. Please pray for Abhi’s salvation.
There is a lady in the group in Australia who was giving some of the believers there a hard time. I was able to communicate with her on three different occasions, and she seems to have settled down. Please pray for her and all the believers there. Also, please pray for me as I plan on taking a two-week trip to Australia in the month of August.
Last month, my brother-in-law and sister, Sam and Sharon Dayanand, invited me over to a neighboring state to speak to over 40 Baptist pastors about the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. It is quite a debated topic because of the confusion people have with miracles, tongues, visions, etc. I was really thankful for the opportunity and must say I really enjoyed teaching there and tried to show them why we do not hold to some of those practices today.
A couple of days ago, Joanne, Michael, Stephen and I were able to go to a hilly area near Mysore to preach the gospel and to edify some believers who don’t have a church in their area. That place is notorious when it comes to hurting Christians. Some time ago Christians were beaten there because of their faith. Just last month the local people refused to allow a Christian to be buried at the local cemetery, and the family had to take the man’s body to another town for the burial. However, the gospel needs to be taken there. Please pray for us as we endeavor to go and spread the gospel.
Once again Joanne and I thank you for all that you are doing for us, we really appreciate all that you do so that the gospel of Christ can be preached here in India. The church here in Mysore has sent out two more missionaries to different parts of India. One is way up north and one is just south of us. All this is done by God’s grace and the help of God’s people.