So here we are, right where I never think we’ll be but where we end up every year. We are done with the conferences. We are physically and emotionally drained but feeling wonderfully blessed. My main thoughts and feelings are of complete gratitude to God for His faithfulness. Paul said, “When I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). It is a great privilege to have a front row seat to see all God is doing through these conferences. Despite all the opposition and oppression, God protects us and brings us through. He definitely is our shield and protection (Psalm 18:2; 28:7).
Last year was an excellent year as well, but in comparison, we had more conference days and better attendance this year. We averaged 4 teaching session a day compared to 2.5 last year.
I am also deeply moved by the faithfulness and sacrifices of all of you who read these blogs and pray for us. God has shown us in several ways that it is the prayers of His people who sustain us and enable the light to expand despite the darkness here. Truly we are in the middle of spiritual battles and the prayers of the saints really do empower God’s angels and sway the battle in our favor.
I continue to see the great value in the books we distribute. They expand on the content of the session’s material. Readers can refer to them and use them for sermons and church training. The books reach many more people than I can. They go into areas we don’t visit. And if India’s laws change, or my health, or any other reason keeps me from visiting India, the books will still be here spreading God’s truth. It’s truly a joy and pleasure to write and give out these books. They are asking I write one on leadership for next year, so I will need to do it soon to give them time to translate and print it. I also want to do books on apologetics and discipleship, and then counseling and a deeper book on spiritual warfare.
Yesterday Pastor Moses got a phone call from a schoolteacher whose father was a pastor and came to a conference we had 4 years ago. He recently died and when she went through his things she found the book on spiritual warfare and read it. She said she was greatly blessed and helped by it. She wanted 5 more books for teacher friends in her school. Pray God will use the thousands of books that have been distributed throughout this part of India.
Thanks again for your support, prayer and love.
2 Timothy 4:6-8 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
Revelation 8:3-4 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand.