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Friday, December 18, 2009

Kardias Ministries Newsletter December 2009

God’s Awesome Provision!

In 2006-2007, we joyfully watched as God provided a church building for Pastor Chitti located above his home in the village of Lanka. Since then, we have been hopeful that the same would happen for his brother, Pastor John, and his congregation in the nearby village of Rajupalem.Brian places the foundation stone

Not far down the road from Pastor John and Sister Ruth’s home is the original church building built by John and Chitti’s father, Andrew, sometime in the 1970s. John’s congregation has not been allowed to meet at this location to worship for nearly 3 years. Hindu leaders in the village have prevented it by claiming that the building is located too close to a government-managed road. They have repeatedly threatened that it could be torn down any day. The only place left to worship is on the roof of Pastor John’s home, on his own property. This leaves the worshipers at the mercy of the elements. This is often challenging, especially during times of searing heat or in the rainy season, and is especially difficult for the elderly members of the congregation.

We experienced this challenge first hand during our last mission trip when a youth meeting was disrupted as the monsoon winds and rain blew in. A couple days later, the Gampalas made the need for a new church building atop Pastor John’s household known to us. Since then, we prayed about this need, shared it with others as we had the opportunity, waited on God to provide, and now have wonderful news to share about this.

Even without a Kardias seminar, or any sort of formal announcement, God made a way for this project to be completed! Through a conversation with some new friends we were able to share what we have seen God doing in India; we were able to talk about the struggles we’ve seen our brethren facing. The convicting power of God’s Holy Spirit moved these new friends to build a new church building in India.

Our God is an awesome God so we thank Him and praise Him above all. We also want to give a heartfelt thanks to the Scharpen Foundation for this contribution to help spread the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in India.

The funds have been sent over to the Gampalas, and construction is well underway, as you can see in the pictures below.

You can read more about the history of this project on our website. You can also view a video clip of a “cornerstone dedication” held during the last mission trip where prayers of faith were offered up that God would provide for this need by viewing the video at this link, starting at 6:35.

Pastor John prays a blessing. Johnson shows off the new walls
Pastor John prays a blessing at the new threshold of the House of God as construction begins. Johnson, son of Chitti, shows off the new walls as they take shape. 

Mission India 2010

In our last newsletter we announced that the next mission trip would be in December of 2009. This was coupled with still looking to see how God might provide for projects still in need of being funded and with individuals being led to go. As we made plans to attend the Feast of Tabernacles celebration out in California this past October there had not been much response. We had a sense of waiting and were even ready to acknowledge that maybe the Lord had something else in mind. As you have read above, God provided in a very powerful and unexpected way during the Feast with a donation fully funding the church building now set to be completed above Pastor John’s house by March of 2010.

It is for this reason that we chose to postpone. We now have new dates for the mission trip. Mission India 2010 will be March 24-April 6, 2010. A trip during this time will allow us to be present at the House of God (church building) dedication and will also coincide with the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread. This will allow for a very special time of celebration with our brethren in India and with our Lord. These ARE the final dates, so if you feel that it is the Lord’s will for you to attend this mission trip to India with us, please let us know in the next few weeks (see contact information at the bottom). It will soon be necessary to reserve seats at a group rate for the flight (the first week in January). Please also view the mission trip timeline that is posted on the website so you can begin making preparations for an adventure with fellow believers and with our Lord that may very well be life changing. We are so excited and would so much appreciate your prayerful support as we move forward with plans and preparations.

Sleeping Blankets and Pallets

If going on a mission trip isn’t right for you, perhaps you would like to help with a donation of time or resources. The Lord has already moved a number of unrelated people to help our brethren in India even before we announced the mission trip! One woman was inspired to create sleeping pallets, another couple spontaneously committed to making sleeping blankets. Neither of these ideas were solicited – they came out of the Spirit of God moving in the good hearts of His people.

I love to be involved in a work of God where He is the leader, and I am just one of many people bringing their time, energy, creativity, and resources together in His service. If God is inspiring you in a meaningful way that you could help, let us know. If we can enable your service, we’ll do everything we can to help you out.

Based on the response so far, from people spread from California to Tennessee, I’m guessing that the bags of those called to be the traveling missionaries will be filled with love, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over (Luke 6:38). What a blessing it will be to pour that love out in the laps of our brothers in India who need so much.

If you have any questions that we can answer, or comments to share with us, please feel free to contact us.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Agape,


Brian and Stephanie Smith
Kardias Ministries