Monthly Archives: September 2013

Answered Prayer

Pastor Paul Sunder Raj recently reported as follows…

“Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ,  I and the team are very grateful for your support and prayer. We have conducted a Women’s special camp & Brother’s session on 14/09/2013. 150 persons attended. Word of God was shared by Dr. Joel and Mrs. Shanti Joel. It inspired their spirits to reach the Gospel to their villages and towns. Please pray to conduct such meetings regularly. Thank you.

Bro. Paghu Ram from Kasimpur was affected by witchcraft. We sent you a prayer request. God answered our prayer. He is delivered from his bondage. He is attending the church regularly. We praise God and thanks for your prayer.”

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St. Xavier’s School, Khagaria

 

The Advent Christian Conference of India purchased St Xavier’s School in Khagaria, Bihar in April 2003, soon after Pastor Paul Sunder Raj went to the area as a missionary/church planter. At that time there were 183 children on the roll.

Since the school was purchased it has proved to be a tremendous “bridge into the community” for the Conference’s outreach with the Gospel. On many occasions in the past ten years, when Pastor Paul and his team members have been threatened by those opposed to the preaching of the Gospel by the team, the parents of the children attending the school have successfully turned away the threats by indicating that they value the school and the quality education it is bringing to their children, and by indicating to those carrying out the threats that they would have a large group of parents to deal with if they cause any further problems. Praise the Lord for those interventions and for the support the school enjoys and for the opportunities it has given for the sharing of the Gospel and Christian ethics..

Today, the school, which is one of only two English medium schools in Khagaria City, has 1010 students in classes Nursery to Standard 10. It has 25 teachers of whom 17 have come from Tamil Nadu State as missionaries, and 8 non-teaching staff. At present 25 of the students are receiving free education, 80 are paying 50% fees and the balance are paying full fees

As the roll number of the school has grown over the years the land and buildings have become very cramped and unsuitable, and have been seriously flooded on several occasions in recent years when heavy rains have occurred. Even during short rains the school grounds fill with water – if it rains continuously for just half an hour rain water enters into all the left side class rooms.  Congested class rooms due to shortage of space available in the rooms causes students to have problems in writing and carrying out other activities, moving about and in fact learning properly. There is not sufficient outside space for parking cycles, for the children’s leisure activities, or to conduct any kind of program or activity which involves all of the children or to include their parents or caregivers.

The school presently faces a crisis! Government authorities have advised the school Board that unless they relocate and meet government regulations as far as the size of land and buildings required by those regulations, the school will be compulsorily closed in April 2014! The owner of the rented premises from which the school operates has also been pressing the school board over the past year or two to relocate as he requires the land for other purposes. He has given several “deadlines” which have come and gone but the ultimatum from the Government Education authorities is likely to be carried out as they have threatened!

The minimum area of land required by the Government is 1.3 acres and the school Board has located a suitable piece of land in a suitable location. The cost of that land is 1 crore and 40 lakhs rupees – 14 million rupees, which is approximately NZ$273,000 at present exchange rates. The cost to build suitable buildings is estimated at 90 lakhs rupees – 9 million rupees, which is approximately NZ$175,000 at present exchange rates. The school Board has 30 lakhs set aside for development – 3 million rupees, which is approximately NZ$58,000.

This seems an impossible situation for the school and perhaps for the Advent Christian ministry in Khagaria as a whole. But our God is the God of the impossible – Matthew 19:26 tells us ”…but with God all things are possible.” and Luke 1:37 says “For nothing is impossible with God.”

 Will you please bring this urgent situation before the Lord in prayer on a regular basis, seeking wisdom for the school Board and for the members of the team in Bihar and for an outcome that will allow the school and the outreach ministry to continue?

(Ernie Schache)

Prayer for those affected by flooding

Pastor Denny Moses asks for our prayers for some of their people as follows…

“Please pray for the Gogri, Prabatta and Baliya   Sanna) places. Due to heavy rain people in these places are affected by flood. Around 35 families of our Church believers are included.  We need your prayer for these people and places please.”

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Report June and July 2013

Pastor Denny Moses reports as follows concerning the Advent Christian  Conference of India’s outreach in Bihar, and seeks our prayers…

“Greetings to you in the Loving name of Jesus Christ.

Report of months of June and July

  •  Baliya Church: For the Glory of God we conducted one leaders’ equipping meeting. 35 people gathered and we motivated them to spread the Gospel fast.
  • A two day Mini Convention held in Prabatta Church.  We preached God’s word of “STANDING FOR JESUS AT ALL TIMES”. In that meeting around 80 people gathered.
  • A two day CHILDREN’S RALLY was held in Gogri Church. Because of this program the children are coming to church.
  • Brothers. Santhosh, Rajesh, Pinke, and Rekha have been sent to Bible College for training for ministry
  • Please pray for Br. Ubethra.  His family members are rejecting him as he accepted Jesus. In his family no one is ready to talk with him.
  • To the Glory of God we have distributed 11,000 tracts and 3,000 New Testaments in different places.

Praising Points:

  • Br. Sajay got hurt by poison snake but God saved his life.
  • Sis. Priyaka delivered from evil spirits.
  • God healed heart diseases for Sis. Sulekha Devi
  • Br. Javagar lost his two kids but God brought them back.
  • After one month Br. Shreelal’s lost fishing boat was found.

To God be the Glory.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for Brothers. Joseph, Narayan, Chotta lal, Sukdev, Raijthi and Sis. Sugathi. These people are backsliding from God’s Vineyard.
  • Br. Navin suffering from cancer.
  • Sis. Sudha Devi suffering from brain tumour.
  • New land needed for school.
  • Bala Bazar and Bakri Churches under construction.
  • Annual Prayer Camp in October 11, 12 and 13.
  • Sunil Sharma suffering from eye problem.