B.A.S.I.C. NEWSLETTER #185
I Cor.. 16:9 ‘For a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.’
Martin Essien of Nigeria sent the following notice on Jan.23rd:
“Pastor Edet of NCLC Port Harcourt lost his bout with Diabetes(blood sugar) but won where it mattered most, Eternity.This happened yesterday at Federal Medical Centre ,Uyo. Glory be to God.” We thank the Lord for the years of faithful service to the Lord of this departed servant. Let us also pray the Lord to comfort his widow and two children.
REPORT OF ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS, 2010
Submitted at the 10th English Asia Conference,India, jointly CLCI,BELC,CLC Nepal, CLC Myanmar,6-7,Oct.,2010 Nellore.
“He shall not fail nor be discouraged till he has set judgment on the earth, and the isles shall wait for His law”. Is. 42:4
About Andaman and Nicobar Islands situated in the Bay of Bengal
Area 8249 sq.km
Length North to South 572 km
Width near about 250 km
Capital Port blair
No. of Islands 572
Population near 5,00000
No. of Districts 3
Greetings to you all in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Master.
By the grace of God our ministry in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is going well. We have two Teaching Centers. No.1 Port Blair (South Zone). No. 2 Diglipur (North Zone).
55 Pastors are there with us. We have started our first group Bible Class with 25 pastors in these two centers in 2007, 13 pastors in Port Blair and 12 pastors in Diglipur. We taught them “Martin Luther’s Small Catechism”, My Church and others”, “14 Lutheran Teaching booklets”. These Pastors wrote examination in 2009 and passed.
We taught them the reversion work briefly and finished. Now we are teaching them the “Studies in Lutheran Doctrine”. In the future we are going to teach “The summary of Christian doctrine”, “Shadows and Substance”. Introduction to the books of the Bible”, “Old and New Testament Survey”, Old and New Testament History” and other CLC and BELC books.
The second group started in 2008, 30 pastors, (20 in Port Blair and 10 in Diglipur.) I taught them Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, My Church and Others and 14 teaching booklets. They all wrote the exam in 2010 and passed. Now the revision work is going on and after that we are going to teach the same books mentioned for the first group. Our pastors are growing spiritually in Lutheran Teaching and they also teach what they are learning to the congregations. They are doing the order of Sunday services, except Sunday services they conduct Bible studies, fasting, prayers, Youth and Sunday Classes in their congregations and gospel meetings in the villages.
Most of our pastors are very poor. They do not have church building, even some do not have their houses. They stay in rented small cottages and conduct their Sunday services in that same place.
Please pray for their needs.
VISITS OF OUR BELOVED MISSIONARIES AND MEN OF GOD
1) Todd Ohlmann in 2001
2) Our beloved BELC President Rev. D. Paul in 2006
3) Mission Helper Larry Dassow, April 28 to May 6, 2008
4) Rev. David Koenig and Rev. D. Paul, February 13-16, 2009
5) Rev. David Koenig, October 9-16, 2009
6) Rev. David Baker, January 23-31, 2010
REPORT ON KANCHEEPURAM DISTRICT
No. of villages 1153
Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu is known as the temple city of Tamil Nadu. It is full of Hindu Temples and holy places for the Hindu people. This district is unreached with the gospel more than other districts of Tamil Nadu. Many leaders of Hindu, RSS, live in Kancheepuram District.
We have started our BELC Bible Class in October 2008. 66 pastors have been studying the word of God, our Lutheran Teaching and doctrine.
We have taught them Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, My Church and others and 14 Lutheran Teaching booklets. All the Pastors wrote the exam in 2010 and all passed.
Now we are teaching them “Studies in Lutheran Doctrine”. Our pastors are blessed by our BELC seminars. They teach what they learn.
Our Pastors are conducting Bible Studies, Sunday Schools, Youth Meetings, House visiting and Gospel Meetings in the villages, except Sunday Services. Most of our pastors do not have church buildings. Pray.
Ministry Needs for Prayer:
Please pray for these prayer points.
Needs in both districts of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram District
1) Church Buildings
2) Paddy lands to provide rice to our pastors
3) An Orphanage in each District so we can help the orphans, win them for Christ and give them a good and bright future.
4) Start a School in each district to educate pastors children and also other children for our congregation.
5) Start a small hollow block making cottage industry so we can build the churches and houses for poor pastors.
6) The film project for the gospel work among the villages unreached with the gospel.
Thank you very much.
Rev. Deepak Immanuel
BELC, Chengalpattu & Andaman and Nicobar Islands