We praise God for the wonderful opportunity to train and envision 58 pastors and leaders of Navarangapur district of Odisha (Orissa), North India. 85% of delegates were the younger generation – energetic, eager to learn, and apply the teaching in their lives. Last year there was burning of some churches and persecution is still there.
We distributed clothes and medicine, sharing God’s love with 2 different tribal groups in Orissa, called Poraj and Bobre. These tribes live 1000 ft above sea level in groups of 15- 20 families. It took 3 hours to go up the mountain and 3 hours to come down, with no humans living in between. The people live isolated in these remote mountains with no transportation, electricity, communication, or any medical facility. The tribal people were so happy and blessed we came and it was a meaningful visit and blessing to us as well.
We had Christmas programs regularly after we came back, nearly 18 programs in different places in Andhra Pradesh, South India. We had Christmas for HIV positive people and distributed nutrition packs with local sponsors. We held Christmas outreach for children and distributed gifts. Meetings were arranged with Village Leaders, High Caste Community and influential leaders sharing the gospel with positive responses. We gave Christmas cakes, chocolates, prayed for the families, and gave gifts to the children.
In the beginning of 2017, we had outreach in Bangladesh, part of SAARC nations. 17 local churches got together from different locations. The children and youth performed skits and cultural activities. 16 young people took baptism on the last day and were added to the church. We visited a youth college in Mymensing, Bangladesh and encouraged and challenged them. We prayed for their studies and families. We praise God for all His blessings in Bangladesh, including safety, protection, and provision. We’ve been invited back to train and envision Pastors/leaders there. Thank you for your faithful prayers and support to bring God’s love in word and deed.