We at GEM are excited to greet you and give you some up-dates on how the ministry is moving forward. After spending nine hours of editing three hours of video of our trip from India last June, 2005, we condensed the most critical information to about 25 minutes. Currently, we are in the process of working with two people in the San Diego area who will splice the 25 minutes of pieces of our trip into a presentable DVD production that we can mail to those who request a copy. We also plan to screen the film at any church or group that is interested in GEM.
Currently, we are working with another organization called Tech Serve International. Their headquarters are located in Greenbrier, Arkansas. Tech Serve helps other ministries build whatever types of structures they need overseas. They mobilize a crew of volunteers who are skilled in various areas such as electricians, masons, plumbers, and carpenters. The crews pay their own way to the overseas destinations. It is a tremendous undertaking. The crew stays until the construction project is complete. Because they volunteer their labor, it cuts the cost of the project by about 50 percent. It is a tremendous help to any ministry that connects with Tech Serve.
The orphans are all working diligently in their studies. In May, the plan is to move near the land so that Brother Joseph is readily available to minister to the villagers next to our land while still caring for our orphans and widows. Our widows are being trained in planting home churches since we do not have the facility to train them in a marketable skill. When the campus is built, we will have the means to train them not only in home church planting but also in skills so that they will be able to support themselves after being under GEM’s care for a year. Each year we will train a new group of widows.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—and bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” (Isaiah 61:1-3)
Wherever God takes and uses each one of His servants in this world, we are His anointed ones. We do not need to be a pastor or a missionary to be in full-time Christian work. Whatever profession God leads us into, if we are full-time Christians, then we are in full-time Christian work. God needs Christians in all lawful professions. Let us daily ask God, when we arise from sleep, to anoint us afresh. We can start each day with great anticipation as to what God is going to allow us to experience with Him today. God wants to have such a personal fellowship with us that we never truly know what the day has for us. Without meaning to sound sacrilegious, God wants a “romantic” relationship with us, wherein He can delightfully surprise us whenever He desires.
Desiring that Jesus work in and through us,
President of Global Evangelical Ministries
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