Dear Friends and Partners in Ministry,
After I wrote to you in June, the political landscape of India changed. We now have a new government in New Delhi. The Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP) is a Hindu nationalist party, known to polarise the population along religious lines. So far we have not had any problems with regard to our ministry in Hosur, nor have our missionaries in various parts of India. We appreciate your prayers, that the Lord would protect us and help us do His Will.
We will have our Annual Missions Conference from September 30-October 2. We expect all our missionaries and their families to join us for the three days of the conference. We are currently constructing guest rooms, toilets and other facilities for our guests; we hope to complete them before the conference date. We will have guest speakers from the U.S.–Dr. Al Whittinghill, Ben Whittinghill, James and Joyce Scott and Neill Faucett. They will give the messages and lead the discussion sessions planned for those days. Please pray for the safe arrival of our missionaries and guests as planned. Our Missions Director, Benjamin George, and his family–now missionaries in Nepal–will arrive here this week to plan the conference schedule and other arrangements.
The Fall Semester for the seminary started September 1. We have 116 students registered for the Masters degree programs. Dr. Brian Webster, from Dallas Theological Seminary, taught the Poetical Books in the PhD course this summer. We had twelve students who took the PhD course. This Fall, we will have Prof. David Prabhudas teach the Pastoral Counselling course; Dr. Tom Builick will teach Doctrine of Sanctification and Prof. Johnny Jones will teach Biblical Theology. These courses will be taught in addition to the regular courses offered by the resident faculty.
New children’s classroom building
The Asian Christian High School has 2,700 children enrolled for the school year. This year, we will have our first batch of 12th graders take the State Board Examination. This is a crucial year for our school; the State Board results will determine our enrollment for forthcoming years. So far we have had a wonderful year at the school and things are moving as planned. We completed 21 classrooms and moved all the classes from the hospital premises to the new school building. We added two computer labs with eighty work stations. The teaching of Scripture is helping our teachers and students in the area of discipline and hope […]
Dear Friends and Partners in Ministry,
Greetings in the blessed name of Jesus. We had a wonderful year of ministry in 2013 and enjoyed God’s blessings throughout the year.
Some highlights from the year:
- Our permit to receive foreign funds was restored last month. We thank the Lord for His kindness. For 18 months, we faced tough challenges due to the cancellation. However, we sailed through the storm–by His grace.
- We were able to pay all our dues and were able to build a three-story, 21 classroom, school building.
- We built two apartments for our top level administrators.
- We bought an additional bus for the school.
- We broke ground for our new central library–a thirty thousand square foot building to accommodate the seminary, school and proposed college libraries.
- We got a leased line connection to the campus to improve internet connectivity and speed.
- We are working to establish a media center with online course production and media training for our 11th and 12th grade students, as well as our seminary students.
We had a successful outreach conference and two weeks of outreach during the month of December. The faculty and students returned with enthusiastic reports of successful outreach in fifteen different locations within the country. We are now raising funds to support more outreach, buy church properties and build new churches.
In early January, Dr. Dan Wallace, Dr. David Fletcher and Dr. Jim Allman came to ACA to teach Ph.D. and D.Min. seminars. Their visits provided a wonderful start to the spring semester. The seminary graduation is scheduled for April 10, 2014.
Benjamin and family are planning to move to Nepal to do outreach. He will continue to hold the position as the Director of Outreach, but shall move his place of residence to Kathmandu in Nepal. Also, Nathan, Christine and their family are planning to join us in the ACA ministry starting in July. They are working on their travel documents and support. We appreciate your prayers that the Lord would make both families’ plans successful.
Leela and I are planning to be in the U.S. from April 17 to June 17. We hope to attend the annual ACA board meeting in Dallas, participate in the 30th reunion of the class of 1984 at Dallas Theological Seminary, as well as visit some of our supporting churches, friends and family.
If you are interested in having us come to your church, please give us an invitation–we will try to schedule you into our travels. We thank all of you who visited us in India this year; we had a wonderful time of ministry together. We look forward to another year of ministry and seeing many of you here with us.
May God richly bless as we seek to serve Him.
In His Blessed Service,
Joy and […]