January 2006

A message from India: We feel that this Christmas filled us with joy and happiness. The most joyful moment is when we shared the Gospel with our non-Christian neighbors on 22nd of December. Our four orphan boys are doing well and they are happy about their new clothes and they are sending their love and thanks to you. They are growing in their studies and talents. Vijay Kumar is talented in drawing and has a very creative mind! Sundeep is talented in singing. I am sending you some pictures of our neighborhood Christmas gathering and of the children. Soon I will send you the letters from the children.

A message from our President: GEM wishes you and yours a wonderful Christ-centered New Year. It is with joy and great anticipation that the Lord is moving on individuals to pray and financially support and even join us in the literal building of GEM’s first campus which is to be in Andhra Pradesh, India. We look forward to helping many more orphans and widows, plus have a seminary and a small medical clinic. The four orphans and two widows we have helped in 2005 will be multiplied in numbers when we have our campus built.

I want to share with you what I was reading in the Bible while in the air above Mumbai (Bombay), India. You shall not deprive the justice due an alien or an orphan, nor take a widow’s garment in pledge. But you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and that the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I am commanding you to do this thing. When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not go over it again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow. And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I am commanding you to do this thing. (Deuteronomy 24:17-22) I was so amazed God would have me read this passage while approaching India. It simply confirmed to me that He wants us there through the GEM ministry. God’s timing is always amazing.

These are some other passages that came to me about India when I returned to the United States: And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them. But Jesus called for them, saying, ‘Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all. (Luke 18:15-17) With all of the concerns that Jesus had while on this earth, He was happy to spend time with the children, to hold the children, and to allow them to experience His love. You can be sure these children carried some residue of the Master in their lives from then on.

Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues, and places of honor at banquets, who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers: these will receive greater condemnation. (Luke 20:46-47) Jesus is especially protective of widows. He gives us an excellent example for us to imitate.

And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a certain poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, ‘Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on. (Luke 21:1-4) Jesus is not impressed with those who give out of their excess. Jesus is impressed with those who give out of their necessity. 

This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1: 27) Please pray how you can be used in the lives of widows and orphans in your immediate lives and widows and orphans overseas. All of these Biblical passages clearly indicate that Jesus’ heart is close to widows and orphans.

Desiring that Jesus work in and through us,

Bernie Wold
President, Global Evangelical Ministries

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