Thank you to so many of our Indigenous Ministries Friends who responded to this urgent need! Last month we shared of a need for $6,000 to secure the property against several leopards and a tigress and her cubs seen right next to the campus in India. Five more solar lights are up now and a fence will be going up soon. The lights are already helping to keep the big cats away.
In the ongoing efforts to bring a level of security to our children and students in India, from the leopard and tiger that has been sighted on the campus, and has taken dogs. We have launched what we are calling the Tiger Fencing Project. This is being done in two phases, the first is to get lights on the campus. They are solar powered and I am happy to share with you that tonight, there are lights on the campus and the dark spaces have been pushed back. In an effort to meet this need, we purchased 5 solar street lights and we want to thank those who have already begun in this endeavor.
We have seen over $1,400 come in for the second phase and this is for the fencing project that will enclose the entire campus with a chainlink fence. Please continue to pray that this project will be completed very soon. God Bless you as you have prayed and partnered with us in this ministry.
As I was finished speaking last Sunday evening, a young woman, dressed completely in black (obviously a Muslim) entered the church as people were beginning to say their goodbyes. The main Sunday service is on Sunday Night here in Iraq as it is the first day of the work week.
She started to ask questions and people called the pastor’s wife to come and speak with her. I could hear that she was asking for a Bible. I later found out that she was also saying that she wanted to learn more about Jesus Christ. She kept saying, “I want to know about Jesus.”
They got her a Bible and also the “Story of Jesus” on audio player and she was so happy; she actually didn’t want to leave. Then on Tuesday night when the Church holds its Discipleship Bible Study and Prayer Meeting, she showed back up and sat listening to the words of the Pastor as they were working through a course called “Discovering Who Jesus Is.”
This is one of our pastors that we support through our “Global Church Planting Initiative.” I could not help but be thankful for a couple who have committed themselves first to the Lord and then to their country of their birth, Iraq.
All of this is taking place as the battle for Mosul is raging not 60 miles away, which is where this young Muslim woman is from. Every 30 or 40 minutes, two to three helicopters from the US base fly overhead on their way to and from the battlefield, yet in the midst of all this crisis, God is at work reaching those responding to His call.
Again, I would ask, how does a pastor serve or even be supported in a war torn country? For those who are participating in the Global Church Planting Initiative, I want you to know that since we have taken this pastor and his wife on, I have seen them as a couple settled in their hearts and a renewed peace has come over them knowing they have support and security. The Lord and you through IM are their security. Because you help sponsor a pastor, this Muslim woman has a fellow Iraqi who will share with her the way of Christ, the way of forgiveness, and the way of redemption. Pray for her, won’t you?
We have many pastors waiting in the Middle East, India and South Asia to be part of our Global Church Planting Initiative program. If you would be willing, help us with your commitment to Global Church Planting Initiative at $100 or $50 monthly so that we can support them and give them a platform of reaching their own people with the Gospel.
On February 26th, 20 young people were graduated from Grace Bible College in front of many friends, family and local churches and ministries who have, through the years, shown their support for GBC and the students. Ten graduates received a one-year Certificate of Theology, a foundation for a future in trades, business, nursing and teaching. Ten received their Bachelor of Theology, a three-year degree, which has prepared them for ministry among their own people. Please pray for these graduates and for their next steps in school and ministry.
In the last three years the GBC two-acre campus has undergone dramatic new changes morphing from three small trees to a campus teeming with life using new dorms, a chapel, dining hall, and recently, the newly completed library and classroom building.
This campus has enabled us to expand the number of students and increase the quality of their educational experience. The graduates expressed not only how grateful and excited they were to receive their diplomas, but each one also said they would greatly miss the fellowship and especially, the beauty and feeling of home they feel on the campus.
We praise God for this milestone and also want to express special thanks to our generous donors who sponsor these students. It is through your faithful prayers and financial sponsorships that lives are being trained and changed. Thank you!
The brand new library and classroom building is almost completed! This beautiful building stands out as a wonderful, vibrant center to draw the students in for learning and studying. The faculty and students of Grace Bible College already love the spacious classrooms, and the library is bright and inviting, ready for shelves and books! The dedication ceremony took place on Sunday, February 26.
The library books, which were sorted and catalogued in California last month (see our website for blogs), are due to arrive on campus by late March. Please help us celebrate this milestone in preparing resources for the students to use for many years to come! Thank you to each one who has prayed, given so generously with financial gifts and worked on the GBC Library Cataloging Project, as well as so many who donated thousands of books. Praise God that only one year ago we were groundbreaking and now this building is being used!
Next steps: The installation of the lights, fans and painting of the building exterior. Another critical step is to seal the roof before the June monsoons.
Funds needed: The completion of the building and expenses of preparing and shipping the books was $22,000. Next we will be looking at the furnishings. To donate, please click the Donate Button and select GBC Building Fund in the dropdown menu. Thank you very much!
An easy-to-remember outline of Romans that actually makes sense? Spiders, bees, weather systems and dangling world globes? Energetic, practical insights on Christian living? Fresh insight on the Ten Commandments? Who wouldn’t sit spell bound through these lectures!
Thanks to Dr. Craig Miller, Pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Cedarville, Ohio, Dr. Phil Bairrington, scientist with the California Department of Fish and Game, Dr. Dan Iles, IM staff, and Dr. John Cook, IM CEO. The GBC faculty enjoyed a teaching break and the students sat enthralled day after day. We are deeply grateful to each one for investing in the lives of the faculty and students. Their rave reviews are still coming in!
This is the goal of IM Southeast Asia; transformed lives physically, economically and spiritually.
Two parents stand out as models for the scavenger community. Esmeralda is a mother of six. Prior to the skills and entrepreneurship training programs she attended, she could only afford to buy an egg or two per day to feed her family. Now that she is a manager/hairstylist, she is able to give each of them an egg for breakfast. The children are better nourished and able to attend school regularly.
Angel and his four children were abandoned by his wife. He accepted Christ and is now actively involved in church. He took part in the ministry’s Skills Development Training Program and, as a result, has a steady income as a hair stylist. Along with supporting his children, he occasionally has the ability to give money to a family, friend or neighbor in need because he knows, “I was once there with nothing to feed my family.”
To help more adults like Esmerelda and Angel learn new skills and lead productive and inspiring lives, click the Donate Button and select Southeast Asia in the drop-down menu.