Romans 8:37 “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us”.
Cry for the Word: A Pastor called me little while ago from North India where several hundreds gather for the church services saying, many in the surrounding villages being in the lock-up, are calling him to say how much they are starving for the Word as they are illiterate and cant read.
Cry to God: Our regional director from Vijayawada, V.K. said their church announced a 12-hour of chain prayer for March 28, 2020.
Conducting regular services: El Shaddai is conducting regular services on line. For the very first time, last week I spoke online for the church’s Bible study. I will continue the following Tuesdays. One sr. Pastor from Vijayanagar said, “By the grace of God we are safe. Locked down for a while and we are shut in as a whole family. As a family we are able to spend more time in prayer, praying for you too. BTCP classes are suspended.”
Continue to care: J.S., our regional director in the North and Nepal and also a local church pastor, had their worship service Saturday evening prior to the beginning of lock out.
Concern for the faculty: Without needing to ask the STN International Board, STN India was able to raise some financial support for three of our faculty. One Pastor who is also our faculty, said two days ago, “I don’t know how to feed my family, having no money at home.” Another faculty who was taking off from work in order to teach BTCP classes was laid off. Despite this critical time, he and his wife called me last night to say, “We are so thankful for timely provision. We were able to get our groceries having received 3000 rupees (About $40 US) and we cooked food…. No we haven’t had our dinner yet….”.
Caring for the needs: P., our regional director, responded by giving toward this emergency. I.K. our regional director said, “my wife, U. is willing to contribute too…..”
Comply with the requirements: No, it has not been a comfort zone to be locked in. Concerns, caring, and coordinating the emerging tasks have kept us to serve His people.