“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
May 21, 2017
“Exalt The Lord Our God”
“I Want To Be Where You Are”
Prayers of Intercession
SERMON: Pastor David Perry
“Alive In Christ”
“Because He Lives – Chorus”
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
— C. S. Lewis
Update From Mozambique
– Bibles For Our Church Family
From Tim Maguire–GCI Mission Director Southern Africa – May 18
Hi David, I hope you are doing well. I am slowly recovering from my broken leg accident. I see the Dr. tomorrow and hopefully will have my permanent cast taken off and will go into a moon boot.
Attached is the report from Manuel regarding the bibles. Each of our 103 congregations got at least 3 bibles, 1 in Portuguese, 1 in Sena and 1 in Chichewe.
Please pass on our sincere thanks to all who gave so generously! The $2800 your churches gave made a huge impact for Bibles for our Mozambique Churches.
Take care and please pass on my love to Jonnie Love, YBIC Tim
Money for Bibles
|DESIGNATIN||AMOUNT||UNIT PRICE||AMOUNT PAID|
|New Test. Sena||01||190,00Mt||190,00Mt|
|New Test. Portuguese||100||12,00Mt||1.200,00Mt|
1 =60-65 Mozambique Mt.-note that ,00 at end =.00 US
News Highlights GRACE COMMUNION INTERNATIONAL
Southern Asia & South Pacific Region May 19, 2017
Nepal – Pastoral & Mission Training; National Challenges
The Himalayan Bible School (HiBiS) has concluded its 2017 course in Kathmandu. Since mid-February, eleven young men and women from rural Nepal have lived and studied in Kathmandu for three months, completing an intensive course in Biblical understanding and Christian ministry at the Himalayan Gospel Church’s (HGC) small and very basic facility. HGC has been our partner ministry in Nepal for the last twelve years.
These young people were chosen for this privilege from attendees at village seminars conducted last year in seven locations in the Himalayan foothills by HGC’s Mobile Bible School. I wrote about this in September last year with photographs of the rural students numbering close to 200.
On March 30th, Southeast Asian Senior Pastor, Wong Mein Kong, myself and our wives arrived in Kathmandu to meet with Deben Sam, and other members of his team. I had also requested that Daniel Zachariah, who serves our north Indian pastorate, based in Hyderabad, join us in Nepal so that Deben could become acquainted with the GCI pastor who is the closest to Deben geographically.
While in Kathmandu, we visited HiBiS in session and each of us had the opportunity to teach the students (through a translator) and enjoy their enthusiasm for the scriptures and the gospel message.
We also had the opportunity to visit the HGC’s medical clinic at its new location on a busy street where drop-in customers can purchase basic pharmaceuticals.
Unfortunately, the landlords of their previous rented facility wanted to use it themselves and the clinic had to move next door to a smaller area which has no space for a doctor’s examination room so, until new premises are found, that service has had to be temporarily suspended. However it appears that in about two months some space will open up directly across the street. In the meantime, the mobile clinic is still operating from the back of a motorcycle, taking basic medical services to the very poor on the outskirts of the city several times a week.
During HGC’s weekly worship services, Wong Mein Kong and I re-established our connections from the last visit and introduced Danny Zachariah to the congregation before sharing messages with the 70 or so people in attendance.
Nepal is a challenging country in which to work. While most of the population is Hindu in religious heritage, the government consists largely of politicians from a mix of Hindu and Maoist philosophies and they wrestle with conflicting approaches to religion. Many Hindus would like to see anti-conversion laws installed.
Kathmandu still shows signs of the severe earthquake of April 2015 with some rubble still not cleared from certain secondary streets and a few residences here and there, mainly on the outskirts, remain a pile of bricks. At the best of times, building good infrastructure in a mountainous country is an expensive proposition. But it’s a huge challenge in a poor country, subject to earthquakes, and with so many people groups isolated in remote valleys and on the steep sides of the Himalayas, most with their own languages or dialects. And that is overlaid by the inefficiencies of a government afflicted with so many philosophical conflicts and a desire to retain control of everything.
But we are privileged that God led us into this partnership of over a decade with a ministry led by Deben Sam who has a passionate heart for the poor and isolated who need to hear the gospel message.
As a result many have heard the Word and personally experienced a practical example of what it means to follow in the footsteps of Christ. Deben much appreciates your prayers for him and his team.
From Rod Matthews
– GCI Mission Director/Developer Asia & India,
Note From Pastor David – Our 4 Central Indiana churches have been blessed, over the last 5-7 years to support, both financially and prayerfully, the Gospel work of Deben Sam in Nepal. I am appreciative of this update from our dear friend and brother, Rod Matthews, who lives in Australia.
“We love the Lord, of course, but we often wonder what He finds in us.”
— Ed Howe
Pray for the Persecuted Church – Pray for Revival in the Church
Pray for our Nation & Pres. Trump
LOCAL PRAYER REQUESTS
Jerry Hudson prayers for healing and strength.
Mary Coffey – Encouragement and healing.
Helen Pavy – Encouragement and good health.
Norm & Sue Durbin – For encouragement and health
Deb Spangler – Complete healing of a fractured disc in her back
Peggy Perry – (Pastor David’s sister) For good results from an upcoming test.
Tim Maguire – Healing of broken leg – See Mozambique Update
Patricia Robinson (GC Indy) Healing of brain tumor, headaches, nosebleeds
GC Indy – Prayers for Pastor Josh & Heather as they lead GC Indy in a new church location – for insight and opportunities to share the life and love of Jesus in the Irvington area of Indianapolis
Richard Cravens (friend of Jim & Donna Dunbar) He is not doing well…continued prayers as he and his family deal with his cancer.
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.
GCI International Churches & Mission Leaders – Blessings, protection & provision as they share the Life & Love of Jesus, and train up new leaders and pastors. Prayers that they can share the gospel despite opposition.
Joe & Tammy Tkach – Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement