Greetings in the Wonderful Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 1:3
Praise God for the Joy of sharing with you the brief report of the Lord’s work for the month of February and March 2017. Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement for our family and ministry in India. By the grace of the Lord my wife Elizabeth and children are doing well. Thank you so much for your sincere prayers for Elizabeth’s health. My wife and I, we want to thank you and all dear ones those who are praying and standing with us in the God given vision for our Nation India. I am delighted to share with you following few lines for your kind information as an update.
We praise God, we are glad to inform you that we had two Finish teams visited our ministry in the past few months representing Hope to India Finland. First team lead by Brother Janne and Minna, and second team lead by Bro. Jorma and Maija Ramo. First team visited during the last week of December to the first week of January 2017. Second team arrived as a 10 people from 26th February to 4th March 2017. During their visit, we have opened two New Village Mission Projects, visited orphanages, Schools, Colleges, Home for the elderly, Home for the disabled children and leprosy colony.
(1) Annual Convention and Bible College Students Graduation: We praise God, we had wonderful three days Annual Convention from 22nd to 24th February 2017. Over 10000 people gathered for three days and nights. Prayer services started from 4:30 A.m., and continued until 10:00 P.m., every day. We were blessed of rich God’s presence and His Holy word. We have experienced little heaven on earth during these three days. People came from South and North India representing 5 States of the Country. During the convention 156 people Baptized, many people gave their hearts to Jesus first time and encouraged and blessed as they were going back. On 24th night, 120 Bible College students received Graduation by standing on their knees and praying and putting their lives on the feet of Jesus for the ministry. Every one of them crying and saying Lord! here am I, would you use my life. On the following day morning, we have presented Sewing Machines and Bicycles to the Graduated students as they were going to Mission field to serve the Lord in different areas.
We have not invited any preachers from other countries, but only local preachers and believers. As the Lord putting burden in the hearts of the believers, they have helped generously towards convention needs and joined their hands together. Praise God for that.
(2) Missionaries Conference: We were very busy since the New year 2017, with many activities and visitors, and then our Annual Convention followed which has taken lot of effort and time. After Annual Convention the Lord laid burden in my heart about to organize missionaries conference with 1500 Missionaries. Many days I was fasting and praying and putting this burden at the feet of the Lord Jesus. Then the Lord guided our mission team to organize three days pastors conference with 1500 people from 16th to 18th March 2017. During these days we had powerful local preachers whom God used to teach the word of God. Missionaries went back to their places with great encouragement and full of Holy Spirit.
(3) Orphan children: Praise God, our Orphan children in the Grace homes doing well. They are busy and writing their Annual exams since the beginning of March. Some children already completed their Annual exams and some are still doing their exams. After Annual exams they will be having summer holidays from 24th of April to 13th of June 2017. Thank you so much for your prayers and support for the ongoing Orphans needs. Day by day number of children increasing in our homes and children are growing. Soon we need to organize over 50000 Note books, over 5500 School Bags, Shoes and all school supplies. Kindly pray for upcoming children needs.
(a) Grace ITI College: For the past 26th Months we had been praying and waiting for the approval from the Government for Grace Industrial Training Institute (Technical School) for the boys those who are growing in our Orphanages. We have proposed 5 Programs such as Electrician, Welder, Fitter, Diesel Mechanic and Computers. Our proposal has been in the Government since January 2015. During this time several investigations took place by different higher officials. Praise God, finally Labor Minister signed our file just last week and ever since permission for Grace ITI College is under fast track. We are hoping to receive Government Order (Permission) in about 1 week time from now. Once we receive Government order for Technical School, then they will give us about 2 months time to fulfill all the needful requirements, such as Class rooms, workshops with equipment for each program, furniture and needful staff. We are praying and trusting God for about 100,000 Euros needed to buy needful equipment for each program for workshops (Daily Practical’s). This Technical College will be 2 years program and the students will get certificate from the Government. It would be great blessing for Orphan boys to become professionals as there is big demand in the country. We are trusting that this Training college will provide opportunities to so many boys growing in our Orphanages now and in the future. So kindly pray for the final permission and for the resources needed to establish equipment and other needful things.
(b) GNM College Building Opening: Praise God, I am glad to inform you that we have officially opened General Nursing Midwifery College building on 29th of January 2017. For the grand opening of the building, our Parliament member Mr. Srinivasa Reddy and several officials presented and given their greetings. We praise God for this land mark in the history of GTSSS. This is 3 ½ years nursing program. Now the students, they have beautiful academic building with all specifications according to Government requirement. Students are so happy and thankful for the provision of beautiful building. This work started during the 1st week of February 2016, and completed and opened on 29th January 2017. I want to sincerely thank all those dear ones who have generously supported and prayed for this project for the benefit of Orphan Girls. As of now, 94 Students are studying in this college and 50 more will be joined in the month of August 2017. Every year 50 new students can join in this Nursing School. To God be the Glory.
Praise God: In the past 2 two months we have opened 16 Jesus Water wells. Thanks to everyone who helped for Jesus Water wells.
• Praise God, We have opened 2 New Churches by Finish team and several New branches started.
• Praise God, we have presented Missionaries with Motor Bikes 11, Hand Mikes 50, Bicycles 74, for the Gospel work.
• Praise God 77 Sewing Machines given to young ladies.
• Praise God one Orphanage at sambaigudem received Four Wheel Auto Mobile.
Dear Friends, there is so much information to write, but this is just brief report. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Here we are praying for you and for all the partners in the Lord’s work.
I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me. Daniel 4:2
Bishop Jacob and Elizabeth and the team