On the Edge of Our Seats in Anticipation

John CookI cannot believe we are facing the beginning of Fall, and that in just a few short months this year will be complete. But! I am so pleased and excited about what the Lord has allowed us to accomplish together this year so far. Thank you for being in partnership with us in the Harvest!

Grace Bible College: As you know, we’ve been working very diligently to get the students on the Bible college campus in central India, and we’ve accomplished that. But, we’re still not done. We’ve taken the summer to rejoice in the goodness of the Lord and His faithfulness along with yours; now we look to finish out a number of needed projects before the end of the year.

We are currently in the process of installing tile flooring in the bathroom and shower stalls of the boys’ toilet block to adjust for the extra wear and tear of 50+ boys. What a great problem to solve!  We’re also grateful that this project is fully funded.

The dining hall is a pole barn style structure with a floor and roof, and now we need to build the walls. In addition, more furniture is needed so these young scholars can have places to study, eat their meals, and fellowship together in the common areas of the college. I’m asking the Lord for $7,000 for this project of the dining hall to be completed.

Library: I’m so excited that the place where the library is being staged in Northern California is overflowing with books ready to be shipped to India. We need to build a library building on the campus which will also include two classrooms. This project will be another big challenge to us of $75,000. There is an additional need of $10,000 for a shipping container that will be loaded with all of these books and shipped to central India. If you would like to be part of this project, what a joy it would be to see this challenge met.

Students at GBC: As the 2015-2016 school year has begun, we have students who are the cream of the crop. One of the young men, James, is from Myanmar, and he is so thrilled that the Lord is preparing him for service back in his native land. Each one of these students are ready to make their marks in reaching their part of the world for Christ.

Along with these projects, we are promoting the Global Church Planting Initiative as we launch a new church plant in Baghdad Iraq.

I am very excited to see what the Lord will do through our Pastors’ Conference in Egypt next month and our discipleship program launched in India with 300+ engaged.

Thank you for your partnership as we finish out 2015 and launch into 2016. There’s been much talk about Jesus’ return, and yes, I’m also very excited about seeing Him, but not yet because there are people who need the Lord Jesus Christ before the end comes. Let’s be faithful to the call we’ve received in Christ Jesus. May God bless you as we continue to partner together in reaching a hurting world for Christ. 


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