Monthly Archives: January 2018

God’s people give generously to meet a need!

In my October Asia Newsletter, I quoted from a report received from Pastor Denny Moses which gave details of their ministry in Khagaria, Bihar, for the months of September and October. Brother Denny Moses’ report included activities centred around the visit to Khagaria by Advent Christian Conference of India’s President, Rev. Francis Thangadurai, along with other senior pastors from Chennai. Among many activities they dedicated a new church building and the pastor’s quarters at Baliya; they dedicated another pastor’s child and they conducted the marriage service of one of their pastors – Brother Ramesh, to Sister Rani. Brother Denny Moses wrote as follows…

On the same day (07/10/2017) Br. Rajesh and Sis. Rani‘s marriage and Br. Rakesh’s (Allouli Pastor) child’s dedication were celebrated. All the church believers & Pastors gathered to lift up the highest name of our Father on these two occasions. Child dedication and a marriage service were held – the bride Sis. Rani & the groom Br. Ramesh are both handicapped, Br. Ramesh has completed his Bible training in GEMS Bible School and continues to serve God as a pastor in our mission.

Kindly pray for them to get a handicapped scooter. As they are handicapped they are unable to get in or get out of any train & buses or any other vehicles. May our Lord fulfil their need by your valuable prayers.”

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Brother Denny Moses also added a specific prayer request at the end of his report…

5. Pray for newly married couple Br. Ramesh and Sis. Rani (at right) as they are physically handicapped, but they have committed their lives to serve God in Bihar. They are unable to walk like normal people, so they need a physically challenged vehicle. For that we need 90,000 Indian rupees [about NZ$2,010], please pray that God will provide for them so that they may do God’s work earnestly for His glory.”

Thank you to those who prayed, and thanks and praise to our Gracious God who answered our prayers through two members of His great, worldwide family here in New Zealand, who between them generously gave NZ$2,100. The funds were sent to Yesuway Jeevan Mission in Chennai who sent them on to Khagaria, and the vehicle has been purchases and handed over to Brother and Sister Ramesh and Rani.

Pastor Paul Sundar Raj, who leads the team in Khagaria has sent the following letter of appreciation, and some pictures of the vehicle and of Ramesh and Rani.

“Praise the Lord

Beloved Iya,

In the greatest name of Jesus Christ, I wish you all .As the verse says “The Lord is My Shepherd I Shall not want” Our God has made us fulfilled our prayer request. The Handicapped new couple  ro. Ramesh and Rani’s unimaginable expectation is fulfilled only and purely by the grace of God with your giving hearts. Really, we are wordless to express our thanks for your unforgettable help towards our Bihar ministries – as the verses says in Matthew 25:45

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Definitely, Lord will remember you throughout your life time.

May God Bless You.

Thank You

Yours Lovingly

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Paul Sundar Raj & Team”

(Photos: 1. Bro Ramesh and Sis Rani with new bike 2. From Left: Pas. Sushil Joshua, Head Missionary Paul Sundar Raj, Bro. Ramesh and Missionary Denny Moses.

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Brother Denny Moses tells me that Sister Rani is not yet able to ride the vehicle, but will be learning to do so very soon, and assures me that the vehicle will comfortably carry them both together when necessary.

I have pointed out to Brother Paul Sundar Raj that I was merely the channel for the provision of the vehicle and that God deserves all the glory!

Ernie Schache

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Letter of appreciation from Pastor Paul Sundar Raj

Letter of appreciation from PASTOR PAUL SUNDAR RAJ, leader of the ACCI outreach team in KHAGARIA, BIHAR

Pastor Paul Sundar Raj has sent the following letter of appreciation, with Christmas and New Year greetings from his team in Bihar. Brother Paul went to Bihar, in answer to a very strong call from God, in February 1999. He went there as a single man (alone and unmarried) and has been there ever since and his dynamic and God-centred leadership has brought the ministry to what it is today. What is it today?

At the end of 2017, there were 11 churches with a total of 13 pastors ministering in them. There was a total of 2,000 members in the 11 churches, with 80 baptisms and 250 new believers joining the churches during 2017. 2,000 children attended VBS during the Indian summer and 17 infants were dedicated to the Lord during the year. They have 20 prayer cells attached to various churches, and during the year they distributed 300,000 tracts and 800,000 New Testaments. Finally, they sent 3 of their believers for full-time study for the ministry at GEMS (Gospel Echoing Missionary Society) BIBLE COLLEGE.

St Xavier’s School – English Medium – which is the ministry’s major “bridge” into the community, and which now teaches well over 1,000 students each year, had 100% of their students who sat the Indian Government’s Standard 10 Board Exams pass, with 15 of them receiving 100% marks in every subject they wrote an exam!

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He has also sent pictures of the key members of his team both at St Xavier’s High School and of the outreach ministries, and asks for regular, believing prayer that the Lord will continue to use them all during 2018 to share the Gospel and the message of God’s love in Jesus Christ with the people of Khagaria.

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From Left to Right: Pastors Rajesh, Sathurdhan, Rakesh, Santhosh, Bipin, Dilkush, Sushil, Arjun Gabriel, Samuvel Templar, Deepak Kumar, Punidev, Lakhan and Saurav.

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Teachers at St Xavier’s High School. Most of these teachers are Christians, many of whom have come from Chennai to Bihar as missionaries and have had to learn a new language.

Please pray that the Lord will call more such men and women for service in Bihar.

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Left to right: Pastor Paul Sunder Raj, Willian Carey, Joanna, Paul’s wife Sudar Mathi.

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Pastor Denny Moses, who is Assistant Pastor at the Khagaria Church and looks after all communications for the team, his wife Briscy and their son Chris Judah.