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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.

Christmas and New Year Greetings

Pastor Paul Sundar Raj has sent the following letter of appreciation and Christmas and New Year greetings from his team at Khagaria, Bihar.

To God be the Glory.
Beloved Pastors, Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ,
We present our loving, hearty wishes in the mighty, everlasting name of Jesus Christ.
We wish you A Happy Christmas & Prosperous New Year – 2018

We are here to do the Heavenly Kingdom’s everlasting King of King’s and the Lord of Lord’s ministry. Even though we are in this field at the very first row, we can clearly say that definitely our Lord’s protective and blessful hands are laid on us only by His pure grace and by your earnest prayers, support and motivation from New Zealand and other places also. We praise God for all His goodness and abundant grace.

As it is written in II Cor.– 2:14, 15

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish

We are spreading the fragrance of the Gospel, not only by our own strength but also by your intention and supports. God knows your longing hearts that even the people of Bihar also should not perish so that gradually the people of Khagaria – district (Bihar) are moving towards the everlasting light.

All the glory, honor & thanks be to God forever and ever.

As it is written in I Cor. – 16:23, 24

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. Our love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

I (Paul Sundar Raj) your loving brother, with my team members wish you and thank you for your everlasting co-operation and love.

God’s name alone be glorified forever.
Thanking you
Yours in Christ

Paul Sundar Raj
for Missionaries, Teachers & Believers

 

He also sent the following report and their goals for 2018.
Please thank the Lord for what has been achieved in the past year and pray regularly for their ministries and personnel and believers in 2018.

ADVENT CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE OF INDIA BIHAR

ANNUAL REPORT – 2017

Dear and near in Christ Jesus, in His Holy and Precious Name, from long distance, we the Missionaries and Teachers wish you a Happy New Year 2018.

  • By the grace of our Almighty God, in this year 80 persons were baptized.
  • 15 prayer cells were started in this year and 5 more prayers cells were conducted newly
  • 300,000 tracts and 85,000 New Testaments were distributed.
  • The church construction work in Baliya and Parbatta was completed & two churches were dedicated.
  • In Rajakpur the Church compound wall construction work was completed in this year and pray for the church construction work there
  • 3 persons were sent for Bible training to GEMS Bible school.
  • Ramesh, Br. Saurav and Br. Arputharaj joined in our mission as pastors.
  • In this year Ramesh & Sis. Rani got married (both have handicaps and tare servants of God doing His glorious ministry.
  • Around 2,000 children attended VBS and we shared the gospel.
  • 17 children were dedicated for the kingdom of God.
  • Annual conventions and prayer camps, Family conference, Youth meetings and special gospel meetings were also conducted.
  • 250 new believers joined our Churches.
  • 114 members have completed one-year Tailoring course. They have received their certificates.
  • A new tailoring centre started in
  • By the God’s grace we have bought a land, for a church in Allouli, Please pray for its registration work. There are some problems to get the land’s registration.
  • In this year we have planned to meet the 20 main officers in our Khagaria District to share the good news on the birth of Jesus Christ.
  • In Khagaria district’s central jail we have shared the Gospel to 400 prisoners
  • In this year’s Board exam – Year 10 results, all the class students are passed and 18 students have taken full marks (10 CGPA) by the grace of our Everlasting Father.
  • Pastor Shatrugan with his family is doing the ministry in Karuvamodu village, there, unfortunately, some of the villagers are opposing him and the Gospel. At present days the believers of the church are trembling due to the strong opposition even though they are attending the church regularly. Remember them in your prayers and pray for that village  The satanic plans should be destroyed and there should be a church by the Grace of God.
  • In this year 125 village shared gospel in carol service

Our New Tasks For The Year – 2018

  • To make 400 believers and to baptize 150 members
  • To buy land at least in 3 fields and to complete the land registration
  • To dedicate 2 churches
  • To buy 2 buses for school children and begin the school buildings construction work
  • To send 5 persons to get Bible Training
  • To show the Gospel film (Jesus Christ) in Khagaria central jail for 700 victims & to share the gospel to 50 officials.
  • To open 2 Tailoring schools in 2 new places to teach the gospel along with tailoring
  • To issue the tailoring course completion certificate
  • To start 20 prayer cells, to conduct Special youth campus, family meetings, Area Convention and Annual Fasting Prayer camps
  • To conduct 2 days special Bible Study in every church
  • To distribute 100,000 New Testaments and 400,000 Tracts
  • To fulfil the plan of buying 2 bikes for 2 pastors
  • To share the gospel in colleges, Hospital, offices and schools.
  • To get strangers (speakers), 250 full bibles, PA system and some ministry related equipment.
  • To get sufficient dedicated, pious South Indian teachers throughout the year
  • To build and complete the school building to get recognition
  • To begin 3 church services in different places.
  • To conduct VBS for 2,000
  • To share the experience of salvation among politicians, Poojaries (Hindu preachers), Naxalites and terrorists
  • To join two pastors in our ministry.
  • To develop the ministry, we need 2 persons for part-time ministry workers.
  • To share the gospel in 150 villages through the carol service during the Christmas.

 

Prayer items

On behalf of the team in Khagaria, Bihar, Pastor Denny Moses has asked for prayer as follows…

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Sister Renu

Sister. Renu is living in Navtolia village (Christu Nagar) Khagaria. She is getting much trouble due to accepting Jesus Christ as her Savior. The whole village people are opposing her, and they have arranged a panchayat* judgement to give some punishment. Please pray for her to be relieved from all the captivities and troubles pray that our Almighty Lord’s wonderful hand should keep her safe among the villages.
{*The panchayat is the elected village council.}

india outreach Nov17 (3)Pray for the newly bought the church land
We are about to establish a church. An agreement was made for the land after many detailed enquiries, even the government land department officials also assured us to buy. Through this confirmation the land owners had most of the amount paid in advance. Now the same land surveyor has included our land in the lake area. Therefore we are unable to register the land. Kindly put this prayer request in your valuable prayers. The officials who included the land in the lake should rewrite the rules and declare that the land is excluded from the lake.

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In our Advent church Khagaria Bihar’s branch field at Bakri village, our field worker Pas. Gabriel is doing the service of God. One of the village men was famous for his witchcraft, also he was against the Gospel and threatened the villagers by using some black magic, but he was touched by the Gospel through the pastor and accepted Jesus as his personal Savior. Now he is glorifying Lord by sharing his witness in various churches and villages. Please pray continually for him to be baptised.

 

india outreach Nov17 (2)political party leader, Mr. Dharmendra Mahto, also accepted Jesus as his personal Savior. It is very difficult to come to Christ from such a background because he has to face big problems in his party, and among people and communities, but our Heavenly Father’s love made him to accept Jesus and he has taken baptism. Please pray for him.”

Annual Fasting Report

Pastor Paul Sundar Raj, leader of the team in Khagaria, Bihar reports as follows…

Annual fasting prayer Report 2017

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. By the grace of God, we are doing well in our ministry, with a vision in Bihar ministry field. God Almighty is always with us so that we are heading forward to extend His mightiest Kingdom.

In October on we conducted 3 days fasting prayer in five different places – in Mahesh Kutt, Rampur, Baliya, Bala Bazar and Khagaria.

Previously this prayer camp was held at our Khagaria School Campus but that was too difficult for accommodation and the believers had to travel long distances to come here. Due to these reasons, we divided 5 places to conduct that one prayer camp; through this more believers attended. On the final day, 36 persons were baptised.

To share the word of God 4 pastors were arranged in three different places. From our AC mission in Chennai Rev. Paul Victor Jones (the Area Chairman of Sozhinganallur, Chennai) came to deliver God’s word. After 13 years he visited Bihar with a burden for perishing souls. He collected offerings and bought 2 strangers (Audio System), clothes for the Missionaries, Pastors and their kids, and snacks. He gave RS. 40,000/- for the Convention expenses.

We thank God’s people who cared for the Bihar ministry and supporting in prayer. May our Heavenly Father bless us with His richness. God bless us.

(Left) Head Missionary Paul Sundar Raj welcoming Rev. Paul Victor Jones and sharing the word of God in Khagaria (Right)

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(Above) The congregation at Bala Bazar.

(Photos above) Offerings/gifts collected from Advent Church, Sozhinganallur area, distributed in Bihar

(Photos Above) Rev. Paul Victor Jones giving Baptism along with him Pr. Jeevanandam (From Maranatha Church, Chennai) To God be the Glory

Beloved Brothers /Sisters,

We requested you to pray for Pr. Shatrugan, as he was undergoing persecution. The village forced him to leave the place otherwise they would beat him. But through your valuable prayer & by our everlasting Father’s Grace, the village was quiet on that day especially the District Headman, Village President and the vigilantes did not make any threat to Pr. Shatrugan.

After this 20 police constables announced to the whole village and in marketplaces not to threaten any Christians in the village. Our wonderful Savior has done marvellous things for us.

However, some Brahmin caste people, BJP, RSS party members are misguiding the village people – they are not allowing them to go to churches and saying that if they go to church they should leave all the Hindu rituals, and they forced the 40 believers to stop attending church.

Please continue your prayer support for the people who still create some problems.

We thank you for your earnest prayer

Your brother in Christ

M-Paul-Sundar-Raj

 

INDIA – BIHAR – Vacation Bible Schools

Pastor Denny Moses has reported as follows concerning the Vacation Bible Schools held during the summer school vacation period in Khagaria.

“Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ, we are glad by the grace of God and hope you too are also doing well in the Lord.

In May we had VBS programs in the Bohar Advent Christian churches. We have 10 churches in Bihar and all the churches had VBS. In those meeting around 2,000 children gathered to learn about Jesus. It was our privilege to share the Gospel to them.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ – we have sown the seed in the ground; by your valuable prayers may it bring forth fruit.

Thank you.”

October Events

Pastor Denny Moses reports concerning October events…

“To God be the Glory,

In a place called Gogri (Pastor Susil Joshua pastoring) God helped us to conduct a one-day women’s meeting to equip the village women in God’s Kingdom. Our head missionary Paul Sundar Raj and his wife Sudar Mathi (pictured top right) shared God’s Word to that meeting.

By the grace of God we started the new church construction work in Mukesh Kutt. (pictured bottom right) . For this our AC church  at Agaramthen {Chennai} has sponsored the land in 2011 and this year Thiruvanmyur church {Chennai} promised us to fund the construction for 40 X 25 square feet

Thank God.”