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March/April 2013

Dear Co-Laborers in Christ,

 “Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.”
Isaiah 42:12

Greetings from the Isle of Spice where the weather is hot, hot and dry. The tropical breezes are blowing hard and homemade kites are everywhere which is a sign that wet season is on the way. Most of the kites are made with flaps so they sing when they fly. Special events are held all over the island and the schools set aside a special day to fly kites.

While the kites were flying, we began preparations for our Easter services. The church received a good cleaning and redecorating. Carrie’s choir learned some new songs and invitations were handed out encouraging everyone to attend our Sunrise Service, breakfast, and worship service. The church was packed for both Easter services, three children were saved, and our church gave the risen Savior the glory and praise He deserves.

The pre-school closed for Spring Break, and Robert got busy building an additional storage cabinet for the classroom. Pat and Carrie had the joy of filling it. Please pray for the pre-school registration as we have had a lot of visitors attending church services to check out the pre-school and to let the children get to know Teacher Carrie. The pre-school has been a tremendous means of declaring God’s praise here on the island of Grenada.

On the last Sunday in April, we had another reason to give God glory when one of our moms gave her life to the Lord. Her son, Quannel, had been coming to church with some of the other children for the past year. Now Quannel’s mom brings him to church.

What a privilege it is to give God glory and praise from this island for all His marvelous works. We are thankful to be a part of it and to be able to share these blessings with those who have faithfully supported this ministry. Together we are declaring His glory and praise in the island of Grenada.

In Christ,
The Mathena’s
Grenada, West Indies

David Divakar in India

April 2013

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.

In Christ,
David Divakar

Ray Davis Update

Rock Of Ages Church Planting  Assistance

Feb/Mar 2013

Dear Praying Friends,

“For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”
(I Corinthians 16:9)

In the recent trip to Ghana, the Lord blessed in the revival services at Grace Baptist Church with Pastor Evans Benyah. There were six professions of faith and other decisions made among the people. On the last day of the revival services, I received a call that my sister, Carol Travis, had gone home to be with the Lord after several months of battling with cancer. As a result, I returned to the U.S. a week early to participate in her funeral services in Virginia.

Other members of our ROA team who were to join me for a survey trip to Togo, arrived as scheduled and made the trip without me. They were able to preach in four prisons and two churches in Togo and a school in Ghana. The Lord blessed the preaching of His Word with Two hundred and ninety-three professions of faith. Please pray for our ROA team that will be returning September 23 through October 1 and the open door in Togo.

On May 1st I will be traveling with Pastor Gerald Heard to Liberia. We will be preaching and teaching in a pastor’s conference and visiting with church planters sent out of their local church in Monrovia. Please pray for the open door to church planting in counties across Liberia. Pray for recovery of Robert Sayee, a church planter, who recently experienced a stroke and is presently hospitalized.

On April 3rd, I had cataract surgery on my left eye and am scheduled to have surgery on my right eye Wednesday, April 10th. I covet your prayers for healing and improved eye sight.

Thank you for your faithful financial and prayer support as we serve Jesus Christ together.

Love inChrist,

Ray & Sheila Davis
ROA Church Planting Assistance

Phone: (423)584-5188
Please make payable all support and designate to: Rock of Ages (ACCOUNT #75)