John Cook with GBC students from Myanmar

Praise God! The funds needed to furnish the Grace Bible College Library in India have all come in! Thank you to so many of you, our IM Friends, who responded so generously to this appeal that went out recently. The joy and excitement is pretty high on the GBC campus…and once the waters recede (monsoons are in high season), the bookshelves, desks and chairs will be on their way!

Because of your generous gifts and prayers, we are seeing the fulfillment of a dream decades in the making! The secret is out, however, and the evil one does not want this resource available for these eager young students. Please keep on praying; prayers are powerful and effective and the Lord listens.

John Cook was on campus the week of July 2 and brings us this report and challenge:  I had the privilege of being at GBC for the opening of the 2018-2019 school year, and I am so thankful for the direction and impact the school is having both nationally and internationally. I met with a number of the new students including three young men who had just arrived from Myanmar (right). We have had the privilege of working with a ministry in Yangon for a number of years. Two of these young men are brothers of a Burmese pastor, and the third is from Mizoram in Northeast India, a people group that my grandparents ministered to in what was known as the Assam Territories under British India in 1935.

Others who have arrived for the new school year at GBC are from the tribal groups of Ghondi, Karnataka, Banjara and the Korku people. This is in addition to young people from larger villages and cities with populations in the millions.

The Word of God reminds us in Revelation 7 that when we stand before the throne, there will be those from every tribe, language and people group. In Matthew 28:19 our direction from the Lord is to “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” The emphasis of this verse is on making disciples with intent and attention. Standing next to these new GBC students I knew this was a direct answer to the prayer that the Lord taught us to pray: “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” As we continue to serve the Lord, would you be willing to pray about sponsoring a Bible College student?

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