September 26, 2016
Greetings in the precious name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are partners in likely the greatest evangelistic mission that history has experienced. God is doing a mighty work in our own time and with you and us as His co-workers. We have experienced nearly one-half of a million souls baptized this year. We are praying that by year's end we will have seen one million baptisms in 2016.
Juanita and I have had several health issues this year. We thank you for your patience with us as the Lord has rebuilt our health. Juanita is completing her therapy to learn how to walk again following her left hip replacement. Her recovery from this surgery has taken much longer than we had anticipated. Your prayers, cards, and other forms of encouragement have meant so much to us. God has been gracious and we are both able to be doing the work again. Of course, much has been done in the interval and we feel that we have accomplished most of our goals for the mission work which we had planned with the Indian brethren while we were with them during January through February. The Indian brethren have been very wonderful in communicating with us by telephone and Email in order to accomplish all the work we asked them to do.
We are planning to visit as many brethren as we can during October, November, and the first half of December. Those supporters whom we cannot personally visit during this time will receive a CD which will provide much of the same information as we would share with the congregation in a personal visit. The Lord willing we will return to India on January 12, 2017. Following our return home sometime in March, we will do our best to visit those supporters whom we have not been able to see in 2016. We really want to do this. We miss the person relationship with each of you.
BUILDING THE KINGDOM...ONE SOUL AT A TIMe
- Above Statistics are for January 1--August 19, 2016.
- Average meetings per day 1,044
- Average baptisms per day 2,015 souls.
- Average baptized per meeting 1.93 souls.
(Our thanks to Ron Clayton and his office staff in Hyderabad for the above campaign report.)
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY
1 CORINTHIANS 3: 6...GOD GIVES THE INCREASE
Please be in prayer for our Indian brethren and for their nation which has experienced severe flooding as a result of monsoon rains. Many brethren have lost all of their personal effects: clothing, cooking utensils, television sets, books, and bedding. In some homes water has been as high as six feet. (This is very similar to the floods in Louisiana.) There is a shortage of food and medical supplies including their daily tablets. There are large scale outbreaks of malaria and denque fever (denque is carried by the same Egypti Mosquito that causes zika). We need to supply funds for benevolence. We have several brethren who wish to provide medical camps for their affected neighbors and church members, but they have no funds with which to purchase needed medical supplies and medicines. Please be as generous as possible and help us with this need.
YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED
We do not maintain a large back-up of capital. Every month we send your gifts directly to our bank account in India where it is immediately dispersed to the most pressing needs. On average we send $18,000.00 dollars per month to our Indian brethren. This is for every conceivable expense that one may think of for operating a large mission work. As an example consider these urgent needs, and as the Indian brethren say, "pray...and then do the needful."
1. Completion of construction of two buildings in Bagdogra (China border area)-- $30,000.00 dollars.
2. Printing of 10,000 song books in the Telegu language at $1.25 per hardback copy. $12,500.00 dollars.
3. Benevolence for flood victims; eye glasses, numerous serious medical problems, food and clothing. $12,000.00 dollars.
Evangelism-- winter Campaign 2017--beginning January 12, 2017: Airfares for the Bullards--$8,000.00 dollars.
Eight major 2017 campaigns involving hundreds of Indian preachers--daily support, travel, meals, hotels, Bibles for distribution, and bicycles for preachers. $18,000.00 dollars.
The needs are great and urgent. Please help as soon as possible. Thanks...your gift is appreciated, needed, and we do not take your sacrifice for granted.
I am reminded of a note received from Hollye Clardy. In the note, Hollye wrote, "I am praying for the Billions of lost souls." Is it too much for us to pray that one million souls may be baptized in India this year? May we all have the faith of sister Clardy.
The gospel is free, but we must pay the "piper". Please pray and give as generously as possible...souls are at stake. We are on the Master's business!
"Give Me Souls Or I Die."--"Praying" John Hyde
Grace and Peace,
Jerris Bullard, Missionary
Joe and Rosemary Capshaw-60TH--Boerne Texas
Bobby Redd--Lake City, Ga. Jerry Wilson --Manassas, VA
PSALMS 116: 15.....REVELATION 14: 13