As I write this report, India is undergoing great political turmoil as the people demand more stringent laws to be enforced to curb corruption. Greed infests society. Thousands have come out on the streets to protest. Many do not agree with the methodology of trying to enforce a change while others say that they are left with no other choice. Whatever the outcome, it will change the way things are done in India, hopefully for the better. Christians must however, know that true change comes only when one’s heart is changed and turned to the fear of God and not man. India needs the gospel desperately.
The prophet Habakkuk, in the second chapter, contrasts the righteous with the idolatrous. The righteous shall live by faith while the unrighteous greed-hungry community of Chaldeans have brought destruction on themselves. Habakkuk pronounces a curse on them who have heaped things that was not theirs. Habakkuk proclaims “Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying, “Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion! How long must this go on?” Will not your creditors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their prey. Because you have plundered many nations, the peoples who are left will plunder you. For you have shed human blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.” Hab. 2:6-7.
Let us be reminded that contentment is a virtue that true believers must pursue. As Solomon in all his wisdom correctly summarizes “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” Eccl. 12:13-14.
We celebrated 30 years of God’s faithfulness to us this past summer. The celebratory service was held at Beldih Baptist Church where people were witness to the many good things that God has done for us and the work that we are involved in through slide shows and testimonies of student and staff. We had 3 students graduate. Two of them joined our work and one is working independently in the place that he comes from.
We have a total of 25 students this year. Eight are still in need of scholarships. Please check the website for details on how much it costs, if you are interested. There has been a recent viral epidemic at the college where many of the students were sick. Please pray that they will recover and that it will not spread.
Mr. Pitambar Naik is our newest faculty member. He has completed his B.D from Serampore University. We pray that he will be instrumental in developing our students into a deeper understanding of the Word.
Because of the way the economies around the world are these days we all are plagued with high prices and low incomes! Our children suffer the most as they are not able to be given what they were in the past. Their meal for the day is not as wholesome as it used to be. They are also in need of school uniforms.
|We estimate a total of Rs. 96,000.00 (approx. $ 2200/-) for 120 children.
If you wish to have your church sponsor one center for a year, please let us know.
Sumit Kumar, one of our children, may have to go looking for a job soon as his father just got injured on the job and he is unable to work. This is the kind of reality they have to deal with.
VBS: Begins in the month of October for all our centers. We expect 350 children . Please pray for our teachers, volunteers, organizers as they prayerfully prepare their lessons, and look into all logistical matters. Lord willing, we will be using our own material, all of which will have to be translated in Hindi, Santhali and Bengali.
Missions Conference: In the month of November, our evangelists will be attending a missions conference in Siliguri. Please pray for journey mercies and that it will be an enriching time for all our workers.
Semester Exams: Our students will sit for their semester exams in November. Please remember them in your prayers. Some of them do not come from Hindi speaking backgrounds and so the difficulty is magnified.
FAMILY FRONT: My parents continue to do as well as can be expected. Dad turned 73 this past July and sometimes can be compared to “young” Caleb in the Scriptures! Mother is keeping up with him!
My wife, Sonali, has to deal with side effects of medications, deterioration of her body and a failing immune system every day. It is difficult to stand by and not do much to help. Janet is well as are the rest of the girls. Pray for perseverance in raising them in godly ways. Pray for encouragement to keep doing what is right at all times even when it may seem very difficult.
Thank you for your support and prayers.
Principal of Grace Bible College Jamshedpur
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