LCA prays this finds you well and managing under the difficult circumstance that has prevailed most of the year. In these uncertain days it is good to know that God never changes. He is that solid rock we can depend on whatever situations we face from day to day. This has certainly been true for our partners in India as they share with us in this update.
Pastor Ebenezer writes ”We’ve had heavy rainfall in Andhra Pradesh and all the roads, slums, villages, and several churches are flooded. The agricultural lands are filled with water and spoilt the crops. The water even came up to the brim of the Children’s Home. We had planned to reopen the Theological & Vocational Training Colleges at the end of October but going to the Campus found the kitchen walls & roof completely fallen in, and the toilet roofs gone and unwholesome smell from damaged drains.
Church planting in the villages has completely changed during lockdown with no services, or online opportunities so in some areas become quite spiritually dry. The Pastors are doing some prayers & personal evangelism where possible. Pastor Joseph having recovered from a lung infection started visiting a nearby village with 200 houses in. There was a young man seriously sick whom the local doctors gave up hope on for his life. Joseph visited him 3 days continuously and prayed with him and he was healed. The family were amazed at the power of God and asked Joseph to start up a weekly service. One person has also offered the use of his land to put up a small shed for the weekly prayers.
Pastor “Y” also has an amazing testimony of a neighbouring village that he often visits and shares the Gospel. One family who were strong worshippers of the snake opened their house for prayer as there was a man who was possessed and had lots of problems. He was set free and all the family came to Jesus. Praise the Lord”
It’s been a tremendous help to Pastor Ebenezer to have the extra financial support from LCA during these days which has enabled him to provide provisions for Pastors in the villages, Leprosy & HIV affected, and medical help to Covid-19 sufferers.
NEW LIFE DISABLED MINISTRIES
Sujatha says “Thanks to LCA’s financial help we have specially focused on disabled people who are far away and really helpless. We have visited some of the disabled people who are near to us and provided them with essential needs. Secondly, we have helped church members who are poor and given out food supplies. We also supported a small boy who is suffering with brain infection to receive emergency treatment.
In Telangana state there is an issue that even government could not solve. The issue is killing baby girls secretly or selling them especially in the tribe called “Banjara or Lambadi”.
Recently we have seen this incident ourselves. One family from that tribe had two baby girls and so for the third time they looked for a baby boy, but they got another girl. So, the parents thought to sell the little baby girl who was twenty days old. They tried a lot to sell that girl, but when they came to know that we already have an adopted baby girl they thought that we would purchase their girl. When they met us, we would have liked to have taken her, but the parents were demanding money, fifty thousand rupees (approx. £520). We were not able to find this amount in lockdown time but asked them to give us one month. They went back home but after two days we came to know that she was killed with poison by her parents. It is a very painful, not digestible, and not forgettable incident that has happened in my life especially as I saw her cute and kindly face”.
Paul & Anitha Koti report “As a result of the current situation the Andhra Pradesh Government has declared that Schools can now be reopened from November 2nd, but prior to that we need to be taking acceptance from the parents, and only if the majority accepts can we re-open the School. Until now no parent is willing to send their child to School so we will not be opening any time soon.
Online classes began from July and we are going on as per schedule although the number of children is less than when the school was open. We have been paying the teachers half of their salaries due to the financial crisis.
The children LCA are supporting have been attending online classes regularly except Angel who has been quite sick with Bell’s Palsy from the month of September and has been under treatment ever since. After so many prayers and efforts, she has been completely healed by the grace of God and witnessed the miracle in the Church last Sunday.”
PRAISE & PRAYER
- Give thanks for the generosity of LCA donors enabling extra support to be given to our partners and their projects.
- Praise God for the testimonies during these challenging times.
- Pray for all those affected by the floods that relief will be provided.
- Pray for the children of Carmel Ministries Home still up in Odisha to be able to return soon. Pastor Ebenezer is waiting for the A. P. government to give the all clear.
- Pray for the submission of papers in January for renewal of FCRA for Carmel Ministries. So many Christian charities are refused so a miracle is needed for them.
- Pray for Sujatha’s vision to purchase land to be able to have further accommodation to include a Home for unwanted female babies.
- Pray for Bens School in the challenges they face and as they are required to renew their state recognition of the school.
- Pray for LCA Board meeting on Saturday 14th November for guidance and wisdom in the decision we make towards the work in India.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support which is much appreciated by LCA, and our partners in India in these critical days.
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God bless & keep you safe.