Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The weather in India has been atrocious. India recorded an historic high last month as the thermometer hit 123 blazing degrees. All of our schools of preaching had to close since none of them have air-conditioners. Of course, even if they did have one they could not have used it due to the overload on the power grid which completely failed in numerous places. Over 500 people died from the heat. Then an unexpected early monsoon, hurricane force wind and rain, lashed the poor people and caused flooding in many places. Some of our church buildings, and homes of brethren, had their glass windows blown out, then their homes and church buildings were flooded by the heavy rains. In spite of all this foul weather our brethren continued to preach and teach the Gospel when it was possible. Hundreds of Gospel Meetings, Youth Rallies, and Seminars with denominational preachers were conducted. To God be all the glory for the many souls baptized and the brethren who were strengthened in their faith by hearing the Word.
While working in India during the month of May for two consecutive years I found that it was the hottest time of the year I have ever experienced. However, there was one redeeming feature—May is the “season for mangoes”. For mango lovers there is nothing like the “food of the gods” as the Indians describe it, but even that savory fruit is not enough to lure this brother back to India in May!
The work is going very well throughout the country.
We are especially pleased to report that two of our construction jobs are well underway.
One is an all-purpose building-which will serve the brethren’s needs for fellowships, marriages, and a dining hall for our school of preaching in Pamidipadu.
The other work is in north India about 500 miles above Calcutta. That work involves a large “campus” including a preacher’s residence (brother Joseph Kathi is that preacher and he is also the Director of our proposed school of preaching in Bagdogra). This house will have three guest rooms which are self-contained apartments for our visiting teachers for the School of Preaching. There is also the construction of a church building with the School of Preaching on the second floor with two classrooms, dormitory for 18 students, dining hall, kitchen and bathrooms.
So in addition to your gifts being used to preach and teach the Word throughout some 15 states in India, there is a lot of new construction going on.
Our printing ministry has just distributed 5,000 Telegu language song books, and 500 copieš of the newly translated book by Ed Wharton, The Church of Christ, which was presented to selected areas at our preacher’s seminars.
Grace and Peace,