This request for prayer is addressed to the Church. We are to pray for all men; for the political leaders and those in authority. Why should we do that? So “we may lead a quiet and peaceable life.” That means our life in all godliness and honesty will cause us to be a shining light to an ever darkening world. That is our calling, that is what God wants us to be, and in that position God makes use of each one of us to fulfill His intention. What is His aim and intention? Verse 4 gives us the answer, “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). To be representatives of God’s truth in all honesty and willingness to serve, should be the demonstration of each one of our lives. We fulfill His will by our godly walk.
This time we go to the land of India, often called a sub-continent. Some experts believe India will become the world’s most populous nation in the not too distant future. Here the testimony of our missionary, John Ishmael.
Dear Praying Friends,
Greetings to you once again from the great land of India. The Lord continues to extend His faithfulness, and by His grace and with His help, we continue to minister to the spiritually needy souls through the ministry in the mission fields and conferences to the pastors. I take delight in sharing with you the ministry accomplished through these endeavors.
Pastors Conference—Kanpur: Kanpur has a population of 3 million and is one the most important cities in Uttar Pradesh. There are a number of churches belonging to Methodists and Anglicans, established by Western missionaries nearly a century ago. The Lord opened doors for the ministry by creating a burden in the hearts of the pastors to organize a two day conference for pastors and Christian leaders. It was an active member of the locals who invited the pastors of all the denominations.
The conference began with a time of praise and worship on both days. It was very impressive to see the pastors who are gifted in the area to lead the entire gathering in a beautiful time of praise and worship. Our hearts experienced the presence of the Lord and our attention was focused on Him.
I taught in two sessions before lunch and in two sessions after lunch. The delegates were glued to their seats as they heard, for the first time, the teachings on the end times. I had the privilege of covering 8 end-time topics. The majority of the delegates found no words to express their gratitude for the invaluable teachings on this important and rare subject: Bible prophecy.
Question hour was very interesting; I had the privilege of answering and clarifying the doubts of many pastors. I received a number of comments and appreciation was expressed in regard to the conference: “Brother, your teaching on the end times was amazing. It is new to all of us here in Kanpur. Just two days of such valuable teaching is too short, though. Please consider coming back to Kanpur for at least four days of seminar!” The wife of the organizer who is actively involved with her husband in the ministry said, “Brother, I request you to kindly consider four days of seminar for the pastors, and two days of meetings for the general public as they will also be blessed through the sermons on the end times.” The common phrase heard over and over again was, “Please come back to Kanpur again for the ministry on end times.”
Before I started my journey to Kanpur, I was unsure of the kind of response I would receive from the local people. But I was amazed to realize the great hunger people have everywhere in our country for the end time message. I praise the Lord for giving me liberty of the Spirit and the authority with which I was able to teach. It is because you prayed; the Lord blessed the hearts of the needy pastors and others in these special meetings.
Literature in Hindi: As a result of the ministry in Kanpur and earlier ministry in the state of Jharkhand, there have been several pleas from Christians in north India for us to produce literature in the Hindi language on Bible prophecy. Though I distributed our literature in English, most of the people asked for literature in Hindi. Some people requested the organizers to make a public appeal to Revival Literature Fellowship to consider printing the literature in Hindi and make it available to them. Hindi is the largest spoken language in India, with more that 450 million Indians speaking the language. Out of 28 states in India, 13 have Hindi as their official language. (In India each state has its own official language.)
Mission News: The Lord helped us to identify committed missionaries in different states of north India to open mission fields: Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. RLF already has native missionaries serving in the states of Maharashtra and Odisha (Orrisa). By the end of 2013, we plan to begin the work in each of the above states with the aim to win souls for the Lord. The Lord asks Isaiah, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Will you be willing to answer the Lord by saying, “Here am I, Lord, please send me?” The Lord is looking for people who are willing to go into His harvest field by praying or by supporting a missionary.
Our Maharashtra missionary reports of souls being saved and that are being nurtured. He has been preparing them for baptism. We especially want you to pray for the new believers, for their commitment not to be shaken by any circumstances. Sometimes the new Christians back out in their faith when they face pressure and persecution from their families or the villagers. Your prayers for these newborn Christians are greatly appreciated.
Midnight Call - August 2013
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