January 11, 2018
Six Families Added to India Headquarters Church
From the Superintendent's DESK
Deanna Moen, along with the Wolfes (Clark and Sumin with their children, and Gary) are now in the Andhra Pradesh Province of India, and this past week, visited several of our churches in that region.
On Monday, they attended a church service in Kathipudi where Yesu Ratnam is the pastor. As they approached the church, the congregation formed a tunnel for them to walk through, tossing handfuls of flower petals in their pathway.
Inside, Sister Deanna, who had visited two years before, had a joyful reunion with the saints and said it was wonderful to feel God’s love through them. During the service, Brother Gary shared his testimony. Then sisters Selah (age 8) and Adalyn (age 3) recited the Lord’s Prayer and sang the Sunday school song “Heart, Heart.” Sister Deanna said it was enjoyed by young and old alike. The sermon was taken from 1 John 2:15, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” The preacher brought out the example of the young ruler who didn’t want to give up his riches for the Gospel. The account touched many hearts and at the close, four went forward and asked Jesus to forgive them for their sins.
A brief visit was made to a branch church also pastored by Brother Yesu, and more than fifty people were there to greet them.
Another service was attended in Thammavaram where P. Augustine is the pastor. The church building is a mud hut with a thatched roof. Sister Deanna said they had to bend down to get through the door, but that didn’t matter. Once inside, the Spirit of the Lord was the same and abounded as they heard a message on the Fruit of the Spirit.
On Tuesday, the group from Portland visited our church in Masakapalli. As they arrived, they were greeted by the pastor and his wife, Samuel and Elizabeth Raju, as well as the congregation. They enjoyed a good service with a message focused on John 14:1: “Let not your heart be troubled.” Afterward, two stood indicating they wanted to repent of their sins.
Later in the day, the group stopped at our church in Gurajanapalli and had a brief visit with the pastor and his wife, Salmon and Deena Raju, along with some of the saints.
A thanksgiving service was held on Wednesday evening at our Andhra Pradesh headquarters church in Kaikavolu to praise God for answered prayers. The service began with prayer and congregational singing. Then Sister Deanna was asked to share her testimony of how God had healed her. She thanked the Lord and also the saints for their faithfulness in praying. During her illness, our churches in India had fasted and prayed every Friday evening for her healing.
Following her testimony, Rayudu Daniel, who pastors four of our churches in India, greeted everyone and made a few comments. Rayudu Raju, the Kaikavolu pastor and India District Superintendent, gave the message. At the close, two women stood and asked Jesus to come into their hearts.
After the service, a banquet was served to 230 people. During that time, saris were distributed to the widows, and men’s clothing and towels to the widowers. Sister Deanna said it was wonderful to see the saints serving each other and also to see so many people. She learned that in the past two years, six families have been added to the congregation.
On Thursday, the group attended a service in Kapavaram where the pastor, Jaya Raju, recently obtained property upon which he hopes to build a church. Sister Deanna said the land is in a peaceful setting lined with coconut trees, and is stunningly beautiful. The weather cooperated for the service, staying below eighty degrees, and they heard a sermon on Paul and Silas. Afterward the pastor confided that everyone attending the service that day was a Christian.
The family visiting India from Portland reports that they are having a wonderful time of fellowship among our churches there and hope to attend several more services.