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Harrison Faith–Enubamula Church via Kerry Mauldin

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Enubamula Church Photos,Pastor.Paul.
There is narrow and there is compound wall In front of the church. So I took the Inner Congregation
Kerry Mauldin
 Melody and I are so thankful for God’s saving grace and to see the results of the churches being built and filling up…
Thank you each for standing with us and helping with prayer, encouragement and giving!!
I just got this picture today of the Endupamal church plaque, given by Harrison Faith AGod and another at Parvedula the  well given by Mtn Home AGod.  We dedicated this church from DeQueen AG in Oct. and now added the well.
It is joy to see these villages growing and prospering as the first and only churches in the village are dedicated and filling with people wanting to know this Living God!
We must stay focused and have an urgency in our hearts to touch as many lives as possible for Christ.  It is to easy to get caught up with the cares of this life and world and loose the joy of touching lives for Christ!!
It was a joy to do Illinois Special Touch a couple weeks ago and have more camps to do…
By God’s grace and the hard work of the men and women in the villages, we will have more updates of people turning to Christ.
\Please keep praying!!
With sincere thanks, love and prayers,
Kerry and Melody Mauldin
PO Box 140402
Broken Arrow, Ok 74014
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Yet Not I via Days of Praise

“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)

The apostle Paul was, by any measure, one of the most dedicated and fruitful Christians who ever lived. If any man had a right to be proud of his writings, or his works, or his life in general, it was Paul. No doubt he, like others, had to wrestle with the sin of pride, reminding himself again and again that all he had done he owed simply to the grace and guidance and provision of God.

He could well have boasted, as noted in our text, that he had labored more abundantly than any of the other apostles, but then he brought himself up short with the remonstrance: “Yet not I!” All of his work and success therein he owed completely to the grace of God.

This phrase occurs just two other times. The first is when Paul is giving out his advice and wisdom concerning that most basic of all human institutions, marriage. “And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband” (1 Corinthians7:10). As wise (and even divinely inspired) as his words may have been, he must remind his readers that, after all, this was Christ’s command, not his!

The last occurrence is in Paul’s great testimony concerning his new and changed life in Christ. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20). The transformed, holy, powerful life he was living was not his own accomplishment, but due solely to the indwelling Christ. And surely, if Paul must so remind himself and his listeners, then we should never boast of our own life or works or words. Not I, but Christ—that is to be our testimony! HMM

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Prayer Request from Pastor Kerry Mauldin

I just got a call from Julie Norman. She and Ed are good friends in Phoenix. We have ministered together for years, doing Special Touch camps for those with disabilities, and elsewhere… Ed has been a quadraplegic for over 35 years because of an accident when he was 18.
Ed has been thru many tests of life and death especially the past 5 years, but in Sept we ministered together at Arizona Special Touch, his first time to minister in a long time.

Julie shared that Ed got an infection that has gone septic and progressed to where he is now in ICU with blood clots and many challenges….
She called and asked if I could get people to pray! SO PLEASE PRAY!!

Especially that Ed will know so clearly the PRESENCE OF THE LORD. He is not able to communicate, but is very restless….
“In His presence is fullness of joy” and His peace will settle deep inside Ed and he will not be anxious…
Thank you for praying! Many of you know Ed! He so loves the Lord and is such a wonderful Brother and so blessed at sharing God‘s Word!!

Melody and I are home 2 days now from India and Dubai, UAE. We are so thankful and so blessed to look back at God’s grace and the things that were accomplished in the villages, for Gods glory!!

Thank you all for praying and standing with us!! We go back to India, Lord willing, Around Feb. 15.

With so much thanks and prayers,

Kerry and Melody

Mauldin Ministries
PO Box 140402
Broken Arrow, Ok 74014

Final Results by Pastor Kerry Mauldin

We were blessed by the prayers and by how God went before us and prepared the way!!
By God’s grace we were able to:
1) Give for 45 new churches and prayer sheds. 84 for the year
2) Drill 7 more wells.  14 for the year
3) 68 took baptism in water.  Many more are preparing and we encourage their pastors to give the baptism.
4) Shared with many thousands the Gospel using salvation bracelets about 3000.
5) helped with flooring or doors or steps for 7 more churches.
6) Gave house for Ramesh who has MD
7) 112 got talents of goats, chickens or buffalo.
We thank the Lord for His mercy, grace, protection and privilege given to go and touch lives…
We are in Dubai now.  We ministered in Abu Dhabi last night and will be here till returning home Friday at 12:05pm
Melody and I are so thankful for the privilege to serve and to know we are covered in prayer!  God gave strength and
made a way…
With love thanks and prayers,
Kerry and Melody

Update from Pastor Mauldin

The Yellow Cross by Kerry Mauldin

We visited 5 villages, talked to many pastors and came to a new conclusion…
Many pastors are coming from villages and we must test them before we put something big in their hand.  We decided to put test of 3 chickens in the hand for them to multiply and teach the people to tithe.  If they are not teaching tithing, but just asking someone else for money, it is hard to want to give…  we share with 5 pastors that request prayer sheds.  The pastors caught the focus and will give reports on progress of people learning to pay tithes.  Then we will help along side.  This will bless the pastors so much more in the long run as the people learn to be givers!!
    We began to share in Billianiakgudem to many people who sacrificed goats to their goddess so as to have good luck and hope they got eternal life.
As we began, a man led his daughter up.  She was crying and acting very peculiar and all immediate recognize the demonic.  This girl, Uma, had a huge YELLOW CROSS around her neck.  She knelt down 2 feet in front of me and for 30 minutes knelt there with tears and hands lifted as I shared the salvation bracelets with the many people of neighboring homes sitted on mats on the ground.  The people were perplexed, but listen.  As I shared, the voice out of Uma would say, “No I’ll not pray” etc….  She stayed on the knees…  Finally, the people understood that only one way to eternal life comes thru Christ.  They all prayed and Uma clearly prayed also…
Her whole countenance changed!!
Her father shared that 1130 in the night last night she had awakened him and mother.  She had told them to “pray”.  She felt satan wanted her to follow him, but this Jesus was speaking to her to follow Him.  She and folks stayed up late in the night praying.
Now today we4 come sharing this Story…
Uma, father and all prayed to accept Christ in this village where there is no church!!!  We gave for Prayer shed to be built!
In Utlapalli village, Pastor Steven has gathered 40 believers in village of 2500 people.  Only church id Roman Catholic but only opens doors every 6 months.  Someone tried to open a church 2 years ago, but fanatic hindus came and “forced all to put red stickers on the forehead and worship Mysamma, “My Mother goddess“.
People were frightenened.
Today, on newly purchased land, 25 met and heard and 3 took baptism in 55 gallon barrel.  The people took a huge cloth and help up so all the people on the road would not cause a disturbance.  On one hand, you want all the world to know, and on other hand, not cause a riot.  This is rare place…
We taught the people and shared on the Word!!  These are a determined few people inb this village.
Pastor Stevennwas trained in a church of david Raj that we helped the past 7 years starting with a prayer shed!!!  By7 God’s grace and strong covering of prayer, they will make it here…
In Bakkamanthulagudem Village–they gather 9pm around the well, directly in front of the church.  The church shed, built of jute 5 years ago ghas collapsed.  Now 35 believers and no savings.  We taught the people on giving, saving and serving.  All, standing in the night darkness, after working in the fields all day, listened closely and raised their hands with understanding as we taught–they will begin to tithe…  We will match what they give and raise so that the church can be built.  They have to report first…
Got to the village room we are staying at about 1130, we walked in and 100,000’s od ants covered all the concrete walls.  They came with newspaper, burning and watched the ants fall.  Spraed the deet spray around door and windows…  We can do all things thru Christ….!!!!
With so much thanks and prayers…love and appreciate you all!!!
Kerry and Melody

Justified by Faith

     Romans chapter 5                          

Peace with God

Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

                                   Joy in Tribulation

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, know that tribulation produces perseverance;

 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

                     Salvation from God’s Wrath

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be save from wrath through Him.

For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

         Contrast of Righteousness and Condemnation

Therefore, just as through on man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because  all sinned—-

(For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift  by the grace of one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.

And the gift is not like that which come through the one who sinned. For the judgement which came from one offense resulted  in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses rusulted in justification.

For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

Therefore, as through one man’s offence judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through on Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,

so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life thorough Jesus  Christ our Lord.

How amazing it is to know that no matter how great our sins, if we accept Jesus into our lives and proclaim him our Savior, that our sins will be washed away and we will appear before God washed clean. By His giving of His blood we have a future, where otherwise we would have been condemned. Not by anything we do other than having faith and be willing to ask for forgiveness and accept God’s grace.

And yet how sad that there are so many who still refuse to see, and are not willing to give up that control. And how sad it is that there are so many that, like Satan himself, wish to control those around them. Whether they do so in ignorance or willful disobedience, it does not matter. The end results are the same, and the loss in forever.

I pray for those that are in leadership positions, whether from the very top to the parent of a child. Please understand that one day you will stand in judgement before God. What you do will be judged by Him, but if you do not accept Him into your life and ask Him for forgiveness, He will not see you. No matter how good you think that you are, no matter how worthy your goals, if they do not include Him, they will be forever forgotten and you will face eternity damned for your lack of action.

When Nebuchadnezzar was restored he said

“And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: 

For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,

And His kingdom is from generation to generation.

All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;

He does according to His will in the army of heaven

And among the inhabitants of the earth.

No one can restrain His hand or say to Him “What have You done?”

Redeemed from Iniquity

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, 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)

Titus 2:11-15

King James Version (KJV)

11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Fact of Christ’s Resurrection

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1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Fact of Christ‘s Resurrection

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,

by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you— unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.

After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.

After that He was seen by james, then by all the apostles.
Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.

For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you beiieved.

2 Corinthians chapters 8-10

2 Corinthians 8

Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia:

that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.

For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing,

imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

And this they did, not as we had hoped, but first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.

So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well.

But as you abound in everything—- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us— see that you abound in this grace also.

I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, you for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

And in this I give my advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago;

but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have.

For is there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.

For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened;

but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack— that there may be equality.

As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.”

But thanks be to God who puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus.

For he not only accepted the exhortation, but being more diligent, he went to you of his own accord.

And we have sent with him the brother whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches, 

And not only that, but who was also chosen by the churches to travel with us with this gift, which is administered by us to the glory of the Lord Himself and to show your ready mind,

avoiding this: that anyone should blame us this lavish gift which is administered by us—

providing honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 

And we have sent with them our brother whom we have often proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, because of the great confidence which we have in you.

If anyone inquires about Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker concerning you. Or if our brethren are inquired about, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ

Therefore show to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love and of our boasting on your behalf.

2 Corinthians 9

Now concerning the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you;

for I know your willingness, about which I boast of you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal has stirred up the majority.

Yet I have sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this respect, that as I said, you may be ready;

lest if some Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we  (not to mention you!) should be ashamed of this confident boasting.

Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your bountiful gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation.

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward yu, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

As it is written:

“He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;

His righteousness remains forever.”

Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,

while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which cause thanksgiving through us to God.

For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,

while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men,

and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you.

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

2 Corinthians 10

Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ— who in presence  am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.

But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every though into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s.

For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed—

lest I seem to terrify you by letters.

“For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech comtemptible.”

Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.

For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a shpere which especially includes you.

For we are not extending ourselves beyond our sphere (thus not reaching you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ;

not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere, 

to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s sphere of accomplishment.

But, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

Fact of Christ’s Resurrection 1Corinthians 15:1-11

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,

by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you— unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.

After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.

After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.

Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. 

For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.


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