Our next to last day in the villages and we had 2 churches we dedicated, gave 1 well and 3 more churches!! 8 baptisms today and 66 baptisms last 3 weeks!!
I’ll start by sharing the last village!
Went to Thatikalli Village–Toddy tree Village–alcohol tree. Met Pastor Satyam (Truth). He came to Christ
8 years ago. “Please, I am the only believer in my family
, but tonight they are all gathered for you to share.” We sat with his Mom, dad, Brother, aunts, uncles…room full. These worship Shiva
and the family has a temple outside the house on the road.
satyam shared that 8 years ago ge went to Ganges River
and all big temples at age 32 looking for “Truth”. He had no peace and only thought of suicide and death. He had been married 12 years and had no children.
He walked barefoot 20 miles to SriSailam
to worship Shive–covered with flowers and all family cheered him on. Just wanted to die!!
He sold all his property and was left with nothing…
He was introduced to Jesus
. He had nothing in this world, so accepted Christ. “Within 10 days my life was turned around. I felt peace, no voice to kill myself, business and we had a baby, Divya “special one”.
Tonight, the whole family was in agreement that Satyam was totally different and they wanted to listen. As we shared, they asked many probing questions. At the end, the whole family prayed the prayer of salvation. We all went outside and took family picture. Satyam and his brother Siadalu, took oil and put a shield around that Shiva temple and satan can not cross the blood of Jesus
. All family had voiced their fear of turning from Shiva. But they took huge step of faith.
We gave Prayer
Shed and went to family roadside snack stand and prayed…
Amazing thing…the Shiva Temple had been locked with all shiva chains and worship things locked inside. The god could not open the door or lock!! But no door or stone could hold our Lord
Subbareddygudem set the tone for the day. We went to dedicate this small but good church! About 100 packed inside full…. They listened and 3 times shared the Gospel
as so many kept coming and all people would scruntch up closer so more could enter. It rained all thru the day so no one could work in cotton fields. So many came today to hear as they were free from the fields… 5 took baptism in barrel. We could hardly manage as so many people!!
Gave bore well for water to Indupamala womens group. It will save 45 minutes per day walking to get water… PLEASE!!!
We issued a challenge… “What will you do with all the free time saved? ather the women all together and write a plan how the water well will bless the village and also how it will help you win souls for Christ? They took the challenge with joy! This village Calvary AG gave for church in 2010 and today it is beautiful and finished!
These women fixed lunch and this village is 65% Christian and very clean for Indian village.
I shared with them the blessing of the lunch they gave and also that this is one of cleanest villages I’ve ever seen. They were so so thankful and blessed. They kept wanting to kiss my hand! Blessing, but I have incredible wife sitting beside me! Touched us both at the way that comment blessed those women!!
So thankful for the many souls today that heard the Gospel that had never heard before!
Today is fulfilling the purpose of this ministry.. Planting churches in new villages as first church in a village and sharing love of Christ. So many good things, page of journal is so full…
One more village day!
With thanks, love and prayers!!
Kerry, Melody and Debbie