We are in the process of adding more pictures from India in the near future to our website so that you may enjoy our boys and workers even more. The boys are learning to play caroms, badminton, and chess. From our American perspective, to have a few new games seems like so little; however, from an Indian perspective, they are blessed to have clothes to wear, food to eat, a mat on which to sleep, and now some toys. It is a great joy to see their progress physically, emotionally, mentally, and most importantly, spiritually. The boys pray on a regular basis for the future construction of the India GEM campus. During the last week of January, the boys had their pre-public examinations. By the grace of God, they are all doing very well in their studies. Every evening, they have physical exercise to improve their stamina. Every Sunday the boys have Sunday School. Three times a day they pray together to develop a closer relationship with God and with each other.
Joseph’s oldest son, Abraham, thoroughly enjoys helping with the boys. He loves children. He loves to introduce them to Jesus. When we have our seminary on the GEM campus, Abraham will be one of the seminary instructors. His father, Joseph, and his uncle will also instructor. All three of them have more than adequate Biblical training to work at the seminary. Though all of our GEM people in India are doing well, they have challenges, hurts, and frustrations just like anyone else. Please pray for them when God reminds you.
All of us experience trials, troubles, and tribulations in our lives. People do not cooperate with us, problems disturb us, and life sometimes feels like it is too much for us. In Christian ministries and in secular ministries, there are challenges. Thank God for His faithfulness to those who follow Him. “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you, He will never let the righteous fall” (Psalm 55:22). King David always wanted God to hold his hand. David knew that God has an infinitely stronger grip on our hand than if we try to hold His hand. Though we may stumble many times in our lives, God will help us through all of our troubles.
Oswald Chambers said the following words in the April 13 and 14 readings from his devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest, “…there are burdens placed on us by God which He does not intend to lift off; He wants us to roll them back on Him….If we undertake work for God and get out of touch with Him, the sense of responsibility will be overwhelmingly crushing; but if we roll back on God that which He has put upon us, He takes away the sense of responsibility by bringing in the realization of Himself. Many workers have gone out with high courage and fine impulses, but with no intimate fellowship with Jesus Christ, and before long they are crushed….Commit to God ‘that He hath given thee’; not fling it off, but put it over on to Him and yourself with it, and the burden is lightened by the sense of companionship. Never disassociate yourself from the burden….Jesus is asking us to take one end of the yoke—‘My yoke is easy, get alongside Me and we will pull together….The joy of the Lord is your strength’.…The burden God places squeezes the grapes and out comes the wine; most of us see the wine only. No power on earth or in hell can conquer the Spirit of God in a human spirit, it is an inner unconquerableness.”
Let us be encouraged and challenged by these words. God is not against us; He is for us more than we know. If we try to hold on to the hand of Jesus, we will fall every time there is testing in our lives. Let us walk in sweet fellowship with Him. Let Him hold our right hand so that we do not fall completely. Yes, we will stumble, but He will pull us back to a standing position in Him. Praise God for His unfailing love and unfailing faithfulness, which is freely given to each of us. May God wonderfully bless you!
Desiring that Jesus work in and through us,
President of Global Evangelical Ministries
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