Dear Friends,

Hebrews 2:8b-10

“…For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

The centrality of the gospel lies in the sufferings of Christ on the cross, by and through which mankind is redeemed. For the Jews, this was an unfathomable fact, difficult to comprehend and far too difficult to accept. In sin, the kingdom of mankind that was supposed to be subject to man, was lost. All that was left was an unaccomplished desire to rule over the earth. In Jesus, through death, by paying the penalty for the sins of man, the kingdom is regained. The salvation offered is complete and whole. Nothing can be added or removed from the sacrifice of the Lamb. We, in putting our faith in the historic and redemptive shedding of the blood of Christ become partakers in His glory to be kings. (Rev. 5:9-10)

As you celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and King, may the sacrifice of Christ push us to preach and practice the Gospel.

COLLEGE

Students of the college after having a busy Christmas week, set off to do practical ministry in Sunderdih (near Dalbhumgarh). Anil Kisku, our missionary, led them to visit various churches and Christian families where they met for fellowship and prayer meetings. Our students, once again were able to do open air ministry in the village market place. It was a blessed time of being challenged and encouraged with the truth of the Gospel.


The college also witnessed its first Youth conference. It was held from the 9th – 13th of January and was attended by young members of the Grace Baptist churches situated in various states.Conferees were taught the importance of being “Rooted in Christ“. Many were attending such a conference for the first time. Many thanks to our Church partners from Singapore who served us with God’s Word during the conference.

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Currently, our present semester is about to end. Students will be writing final exams soon after Easter. In God’s grace, eleven students will be graduating with their Diploma in Theology. Some of them will be joining the Church planting ministry of the College, while the rest will either be serving in their home churches or study further. Please do remember them in your prayers.

Our new semester will start in the month of June. We are looking forward to teach our students. However, with the rise in prices, our fee structure has had to be changed. Currently, the fee for one year is Rs. 21,000 ($ 420 USD). Primarily the rise is due to rise in food expenditure. Please pray that the Lord will continue to provide for student scholarships.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Our three centres are doing well. In our recent medical check –up at Jamshedpur, most of our children were found to be seriously under nourished. One suffers from Rheumatic Arthritis as well. We thank the Lord that a few of our friends have come forward to provide for our children with a more balanced diet. If you feel led to donate towards this cause, please let us know.

In Baniakunder, with the help of Compassion East India, we are able to work among 150 children and their families. Please pray for our staff as they learn to work on a large scale and take on new challenges.

In Don, we are beginning to see older children come to know the Lord. Over the years much work has been done in the village through the centre. We thank the Lord for this blessed opportunity. As our children grow old, vocational training is a necessity. Please pray that the Lord will provide us to find suitable institutions and the support required.

VBS

This year we plan to reach out to 1100 kids through VBS. Unlike previous years, we plan to have most of our camps during the summer holidays. Please pray as we prepare our team for this ministry and for all our children who will be attending.

FAMILY NEWS


The year 2013 has been an eventful year already! Ishwaran and Hannah and their three sons visited us. It was the first time that they visited us as a family. My parents were ecstatic!

However, in the Lord’s sovereign plan, as most of you already know, my mother had a brain stroke on her 77th birthday. She was with us for the next two weeks. The Lord called her home on the 28th of January. My father is slowly getting back to his normal routine of teaching and visiting families, although his blood pressure fluctuates often. Please do continue to pray for him, even as he continues to perform his duties. Sonali and I have been quite busy. In God’s grace our daughter, Janet, was promoted to class five. Please pray that the Lord will grant us his grace, as we share various
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PRAYER CONCERNS

  • For our graduating students as they venture into active ministry.
  • For new students who are preparing to join in the next semester.
  • For ministry among children: For our sickly children who need much love and care.
  • For resources, to strengthen the workforce and raise the academic standard of the College.

May God be your portion.

Cecil Peters
Principal of Grace Bible College Jamshedpur
+ 91 657 2361655, + 91 9934137510
email: gracebiblecollegejamshedpur@gmail.com, cecil@gracebiblecollegejamshedpur.com

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