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19 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
First day in the villages!!
We went to Ramnagar to see construction on church by Fairlland
Assembly of God. Church is coming up well, and plaque looks nice, but
in Oct. when we shared and gave for church, a villager gave double the
land and so instead of a small church, this is coming up much
bigger–seat 150-200. Pray they have enough to complete it. A joy
was the woman, Elishamma that came to Christ and we were there when
she held hands with her husband and he also accepted Christ.
Both are in church and growing stronger!
Cherlagoraram Village- We sit in front of simple home of people who
break stones for 4 rs each and the whole village is stone breakers.
The first believer in the village is Inkula, now 60 and has 6
children. They have all come to Christ and are now about 30 believers
of 1000 in village, but growing and good spirit!!
They spoke up quickly that 1 of 10 stones broken belong to God. All
children have come and “Naga Raju”, “snake King, now called Daniel, 25
was the last to come 2 years ago.
It was blessing to hear and see a large family sitting on the mat in
front of the house sharing how God has changed their life since coming
to know Him. The debts and misery are gone since they have learned to
tithe and give… Daily, the whole family sits and reads the Word of
God together. The younger ones whoa can read, read to all.
We look where they have been building a stone church the past 5 years,
but have no more money. Publicly we stood and committed among
themselves, one by one to give 24,000Rupees, then we matched it and a
nice church will be complete.
The joy is this pastor, Paul, who came 9 years ago was only 20, but
has led them and 3 other villages to Christ. These are the only
churches in the villages.
Paul, we helped with his first village church in RA Nagar in 2011.
Dr. Mast and I pulled up early AM in Feb 2011 and no one met us and
small concrete stone church. Today, we visit and the church regularly
has 80 members that totally overflow the church and is growing so so
6 took baptism today. One woman who was Laxmmama and is now “Saramma”
stepped in for baptism. She is about 26 and the power of God hit her
and she shook and cried as she went under. Then she shared how 1
month ago, she worshipped hannamun, the monkey. She got a tumor and
had no hope, but a brilliant light filled the room she was in and a
man stood there that she came to know was Jesus. She said “all I
could do was shout HALLALEUJAH and shake”. Jesus healed her last
month and now she follows in baptism.
She stood with her 2 small 2 year old boys, tears streaming down her
face and thanking the Lord for all He is doing in her life!! We named
Christ is revealing himself to many in this way. Miracles are
happening and so many are coming to Christ!
Another man, Ramalu, 28, rode motorcycle, wanted baptism. After he
took baptism, his name is now Phillip. He shared this one year since
accepting Christ, everything he does is prospering, even as Phillip
kept being blessed and prospering everywhere he went…
We had an easier day today. JUst 4 villages after the drive from
Hyderabad.!! Our team of Jeff Oaks, Melody, “superwoman” Mauldin and
myself!! We are blessed and so so thankful for your prayers!!
With so much thanks, prayers and joy to serve the Lord,
Kerry, Melody and Jeff
Subject: Only by Gods Grace…by Kerry Mauldin
We stopped at a church in Miryalagudem first thing in early morning. A man Venkanna, 33 and his wife, daughter 10 and son 12 were waiting. I so vividly remember 7 years ago in the first prayer shed by a swamp as this young woman was in the dirt of that prayer shed and she was so broken with tears crying for God
to bring Venkanna , then 26, back. He was introduced to some men and had financial challenges so he began to go with them…
These men would dress like women with saree and make-up and would go thru the city and create havoc banging drums, noise and beg and demand money. In Nandyal
similar people came where we stay and we would go inside and lock the door. These are tough people…
Venkanna lived 7 years with these men who were homosexual and would even “marry”, according to Venkanna. “We faced so many problems and never had peace or joy. We all knew what we were doing was very wrong, but we were stubborn and would not listen. Some went to church, but would not listen and were determined for this life…” “Some would join us because wanted money and that life…”
Venkatt got a knot (tumor) in his stomach and needed surgery. 3 months ago, he called his wife from another city and she took him back. She went deep in debt to do the 150000 surgery, but it was done. Now Venkatt is home, with HIV
and no relationship is possible in natural with his wife, But she stood with him.
He looked me in the eye and shared his heart of regretting his choice and death it has brought, but his determination to serve the Lord now!!
They have nothing and deeply in debt. He has only one skill, laundry… So we gave 3000rs as he requested equipment to iron laundry–a talent.
Lord, to have the grace, mercy and compassion that Venkannas wife had as she cried out and did not give up for 7 years…
At Paradula the POWER of God came down!!! This is dedication of a beautiful church all painted and nice, given in part by DeQueen AG in ARK.
When we came here last Feb. all the believers were at the church location laying cement blocks. Melody , I and Jeff gallant all carried some blocks and there was joy! We sat in the village with many people around and shared Christ. The church is growing and good strong church is in the village now!!
Pastor is Spirit filled
pentecostal, but this little hut church was first planted by a church 11 years ago “Faith Baptist Church
“. Now 11 years and had grown out of hut and we came to village and helped construct.
As we set in congregation of 40 or sobaptised believers, 20 more not yet baptised… None had baptism of Holy Spirit
. Annointing came strong and I shared and prepared the hearts. These are all givers, good, hard working people, but they wanted more of God. After sharing and they asking God to fill them, they all were on knees with arms lifted and asking and waiting, God began to move!!! One womana with tears streaming began to let out an almost bone chilling shout that startled me, but immediately I knew it was God!! These Baptists could shout!!! One by one they were touched or out under the power of God!! Some testified they got a new langusge they did not understand…
I know this church given in part by DeQueen AG will prosper much!!! We gave a well here given by Mountain Home AG, as it is 2km to closest water. All these ladies were excited to not carry water. Some also had glasses still that we gave in Feb. and all remembered the salvation bracelet message!!!
We stopped for 1 baptism at a stream by the road near, Tirumalangira. As we made our way to the water, a police jeep stopped and commander got out and began to question, “Why are you here? What are you doing? He was hindu and and thoughts flashing thru my heart.
“We came here to pray”, one said! “Is this a temple?” the police asked? “No, we just are praying here.”
Then the uniformed officer man stood beside me and put arm on my shoulder around me and crutches and his deputy stepped up with camera to take our picture.
“If you need any help in my area, call.” “Carry on” he said!!
It was a relief, as i was not sure what to expect. Some problems can come for baptising
, but only GODS GRACE
Longer drive today, but much anticipation day by day! God is giving strength and 2 more join us this evening from Dubai
I have been concerned my leg is still so weak. Sitting in car, every village we pass thru (so many) I am pressing hard 25 times 3 different ways on that knee to try and exercise that muscle of the knee-leg and get to walk freely again!1 Only by Gods grace!!
Thank you so much for prayingand standing with us to encourage!!
Kerry and Melody
By Missionary and Pastor Kerry Mauldin
We left this AM fo5r 3 remote villages
in the mountains, and on the way broke down with electrical problems in the jeep. Got an muslim electric man from Panyam village to help. As we were beside the road, a herd of camels came by, driven–herded by 3 young men. They were from Gujeratt State on herding thesecamels 7 months from town to town where they sacrifice a camel and sell the meat for muslim Bakridh holiday of camel feast. The diligence of these men and tradition that has to be met to accomplish eternal life…???
We got on the way and went to Sugalli (bracelet village). Pastor Bala Swami has pastored 4 years and face many persecutions and being beaten and driven out after people began to come to Christ
. He has stayed and about 50 members plus many children are in the church
. About 80-100 met on porch today and we share Christ.
8 took baptism in water and asKJonathon and Tammy gave baptisms, Melody and I visited hindu homes…
We met Sanjiamma “never dies”. She has a small shop and nice clean home. She shared that she went to a big town and while there, a chuirch offered her food. “This is a Christian thing, she thought, so she rejected the food. She later regretted and began to talk to this “God
“. She shared this and shared she is now ready to accept this God. She prayed
the prayer of salvation!! “I will share this with 10 more people” she exclaimed so excited!
Several women were gathered on her porch, and began to share.
Our village never prospered, but 10 years ago one man accepted this Jesus
and now many are accepting. “But you can see our village is building and prospering…”PTL!!!
These were truly excited and they talked, sang, and shared!!
At Icheruvu Village “Leg”village–Pastor came 5 years ago and began in this place that polishes stones.
We share in a home where husband and wife both work together to polish these big stones –flooring. The quota is 80 stones per 8 hour day and if not met, they get no pay.
This is hard, backbreaking, tedious and potentially injurious work. Ranga Swami 39 and wife 32 both eagerly accept Christ.
The church has grown to 60 baptised
believers with 10 taking today. Also, 10 are baptised with Holy Spirit
These villages are so thankful we came, welcoming and hospitable.
The last village–Rudravaram–we were not supposed to go. No pastor
and no church except a 7th Day church that, “No one ever comes to open the door”–church built and all grown up in weeds…
“We worship other gods, but they don’t hear our prayers”. They all wanted Eternal Life and up to 75 gathered in the night on the street to listen as we sang and shared. “They did not run when Melody and I sang…”
shared the bracelets and ALL in unity, quickly said they want thsi eternal ligfe!
In this village, a man dressed in costume that reminded of satan, was going around. No church and hungry people! One pastor with us agreed to come Sunday evenings and minister. There is so much to share and such hungry hearts. A incredibly strong potential church is birthed tonight!!! People all gathered around and such excitement and enthusiasm…
We gave 18 baptisms, gave two prayer sheds and many many accepted Christ even in village that we were not planned to be in…
Lord help us have the excitement and zeal in our hearts with hunger so apparent…
I sit now 932pm on outside, surrounded by mosquitos and sharing this update. Connection is such a challenge, but everything is truly a joy when you meet so so many that have not heard and truly have a hunger to hear…
With so much love, thanks, prayers and a thankful heart,
Kerry, Melody, Jonathon and Tammy (who both dis awesome job sharing salvation bracelets and baptisms today!!)
Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Moral Implications of Christ‘s Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:29-34
Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead?
And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?
I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God, I speak this to your shame.
Appearance of Christ to the People (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordon to be baptized by him.
And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?
But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.
Then Jesus, when He had been baptized, came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
And suddenly a voice came heaven, saying “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”