“…I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” – (I Corinthians 9:22b-23)
Paul is telling us a plethora of important principles in but a brief statement. First, we must find common ground with those around us. That does not mean we are to partake or indulge in sinful stuff, but rather we must take the time to invest in the lives of those around us, and love them well, where they are at, if we ever hope to have a voice in sharing what matters from our own hearts. Second, we cannot have a know-it-all attitude. Humility is the only way we will ever be heard. Another necessary element in the process is to assure those around us that they are accepted, right where they are. There are no requirements of “cleaning up” to come to Christ, but rather it is a matter of a sincere heart that is seeking Him. We must be sensitive to the needs and concerns of those around us, and do what we can, practically, to help meet their needs. When there is a relationship of trust established, opportunities to share what Christ has done for us personally, will be presented; we need only be available and willing to share.
(Italics above are paraphrased from NIV footnotes for 9:22-23)
To find common ground,
we need open our eyes;
take time to invest,
in other people’s lives.
For if we’re not known,
why would they lend an ear?
No one will listen,
’til another draws near.
We must first listen,
hear each heart and each voice;
notice what’s needed,
sincere service our choice.
When we invest time,
and let love be our choice;
our heart will be heard,
despite chaos and noise.
Let Love lead the way,
be faithful to the Lord;
people will notice,
His light can’t be ignored.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You came and showed us the way to love others well. Thank You that You came near to all, and made everyone who came near feel accepted and loved. Thank You that You were always concerned about the needs of those who came, and touched lives as You transformed hearts. Thank You that You sent Your Spirit, so that we too, have the capacity to love, accept, help, and share in such a way, that people may see You. Forgive us for not investing time, or not being sensitive to those around us. Help make us aware of the needs around us, so that we might be Your hands and heart to those who need Your touch, or word of encouragement. May we learn to find common ground with everyone we meet, and allow You room to move as You see fit. May many come to know You as their Savior and King. Be exalted in everything we say and do. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
They will celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
- Psalm 145:7
Though the story of Peter being called to go and share the good news in the home of Cornelius has an overarching theme that the gospel is for everyone, the thing that struck me as I read the account in Acts this morning, was Peter’s attitude adjustment, in such a short time.
Back in Matthew 18:1-6, as the disciples were traveling with Jesus, and learning and growing beside Him as He led them, they were arguing one day, about which among them would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Somehow, in all of the attention, their priorities had become askew. Jesus quickly set the record straight, “And He said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child will be greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” -(Matthew 18:3-4)
Fast forward past Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, and the impartation of the Holy Spirit. While in Joppa, Peter had been assured in a vision that he was to go to the home of Cornelius, to share the good news of Christ. He willingly went with the men Cornelius had sent, when they had arrived to lead him. “As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. But Peter made him get up. ‘Stand up,’ he said, ‘I am only a man myself.” – (Acts 10:25-26) Peter was quick to humble himself and point Cornelius to Christ. Despite the potential draw of being adored by such a powerful person, Peter prioritized the presentation of truth, and maintained his position of humility as a servant of Christ. Because of Peter’s willing submission to God’s call, Cornelius and his entire household came to Christ. Being a man of high position, I imagine Cornelius had a tremendous impact on many people.
Be humble and kind,
allow the Lord lead;
be willing to give,
as we see a need.
Trust Him to show us,
what we’re meant to do;
listen to His voice,
Seek not position,
of honor, nor fame;
and if it’s given,
point straight to His Name.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our Source and Supply, and the reason we are able to do anything good in this life. Thank You for such great examples of change, as You show us how to be more like Christ in what we say and do. Forgive us for not walking in humility, or for not giving credit where credit is due. Thank You that all good that we do, is done in Your strength, and that the life You are calling us to, is only possible in You. May we be invested in You, so that Your light shines through us. May many come to see Your light through our love, and ultimately, come into a lasting relationship with You. Be exalted, our great and mighty God. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; … my hope is in You all day long.
- Psalm 25:4-5
By Pastor Kerry Mauldin
Awesome fruitful day in many villages!!
Went to Tripurarum to dedicate the well given in honor of Rose and Harold Hull’s 50th anniversary. They have walked nations with us in the past and Harold has gone to be with the Lord. The well is right in front of the church we built in 2010. It has grown from 15 to 70 adults and growing and learning!!
we went to hindu homes around the church. These homes have been greatly blessed by the well. Mannamma and Siadalu live right by the well and she had been making 15, 20 minute trips daily to carry water. Now she had 20′ to carry and their hearts were wide open to hear the Gospel. Both accepted Christ and agree to come first time to church and pull the gods…
The 2nd well dedication was at Hamu Thanda, Banjara (gypsy) village in memory of my Grandma and Grandpa CF and Ollie Mauldin who pastored many years till Grandpa died in 1962. What a joy to have the heritage they passed down…
These tribals are so humble and giving. Live in simple houses, but the church given by Verdigris AG is now beautiful!! Painted and marble floor in simple village. We visit hindu homes and 15 adults set as we share bracelets of salvation. They began to talk strong, asking questions and not wanting to pray like a parrot and repeat some words. Much explaining and English to Telegu to Banjara translations finally won them over.
Pastor and his wife gave their best hospitality and so want us to promise to come back. 700 families and 10 are Christian so far and rest all worship idols…
Now the people will all be coming to the church for water and hearts will open to breaking the curse of sin, sickness and poverty thru the blood of Jesus.
Went to Dokallabavi Thanda–”Stomach well” village- Pastor was not at the small unfinished church so we went to crossroads shops and set to have chili’s and chai. We gave bracelets and quickly 50 people were standing around us in circle as we did “street meeting”. They listen quiet and some want to follow Christ. One young man, a bus driver, was first to speak up. If a pastor was in this village, we would follow. This man never preaches, he gets a pension and is only in his house. We promised follow-up…
Later encouraged, but spoke straight to the pastor, rebuking in a building up way…
So many tools are available to reach a world for Christ!
Thank you all for strengthening our hands…
Dedicate Venganagudem church–nice church that Oolagah AG gave to build!!
Dedicate Haliya Colony Church, built in memory of pastor Notchie Twist in Shulter, OK. Churchhas grown to 50 adults from 30 just this year since church is built. We set among the plastic thatch tents many live in and share Christ and enjoy the limes they gave from over our heads…
Fruit is so good!! 6 more villages today!! Long good days!!
With so much thanks,
Jim, Joshua, Melody and Kerry
I woke up early this morning with this song on my heart and I could not help but sing within myself and be at the feet of the Lord. I could not even go back to sleep. Tears streamed as I fell into worship.
May you take a moment to close your eyes and meditate on what this song is about in hopes that you will allow the Lord to remove anything inside of you that keeps you from totally surrendering to him.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1 NKJV)
“Oh Father above who knows us greater that anyone, the Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent Master that reigns above and Who knows every grain of sand covered on land, Who knows every stand of hair on our heads, Who never slumbers nor sleeps but keeps watch over us day and night, Who loves us enough to see to our needs, our wants and desires. You O’ Lord is He Who will also break us from the very things that keep us from you when we know deep down inside that we need to step away and let you mold us into the vessels you created us to be. Break every chain that keeps us in bondage, break every yoke that is unclean, demolish every stronghold that says we cannot break free, help us to cast down every imagination that could make us reprobate.
Remove not thyself away from us Lord, please do not close your ears to our pleas, our cries when we fall into sin. Our heart says yes but our flesh is says no. Help us to die to the very things that hurt you, the very things that separate us from you my God. Lord, you tell us that if we love you that we would keep your commandments. Help us! Save us from ourselves. Take away every thing that is not pleasing to you. All fear and doubts we carry is not of you. You did not give a spirit of fear or timidity, but one of power and love and a sound mind.
Let not sickness, death, life uncertainties and challenges keep us from trusting You. No matter what the storms looks like, you can speak to it and it will cease upon Your command. Every thing on this earth must bow down to you, Father. Satan himself cannot do anything to us that you will not allow. Nothing goes unnoticed or comes as a surprise to You. Nothing done even in darkness can hide from you. Every temptation we have comes from a desire rising up like a fury furnace awaiting to smolder us like a fire’s smoke that we cannot see beyond our hand. Let it not choke us and kill us.
We need you Father, we need Your Holy Spirit, we need Jesus more and more each day. May we hasten to throne, let us fall to our knees with a contrite heart repenting of our sins known and unknown asking to be made over, to be clay in your hands that we will be shaped and refined. Let us worship You in spirit and in truth, dance before you as we share with those around us that OUR GOD has found favor in us. Thank you for being the Great I AM, the Lover of our souls, the mighty King that receives honor and glory at all times. You reign on high. Hallelujah! Praises be unto Thy Holy Name.
In Your Son’s name I pray, Amen.”
I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. The pangs of death surrounded me, And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, Because He was angry. Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down With darkness under His feet.
And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters And thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire. The Lord thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them. Then the channels of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered At Your rebuke, O Lord, At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils. He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me, For they were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the Lord was my support. He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, And have not wickedly departed from my God. For all His judgments were before me, And I did not put away His statutes from me. I was also blameless before Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity. Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight. With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. For You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty looks.
For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places. He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. You enlarged my path under me, So my feet did not slip. I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed. I have wounded them, So that they could not rise; They have fallen under my feet.
For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me. You have also given me the necks of my enemies, So that I destroyed those who hated me. They cried out, but there was none to save; Even to the Lord, but He did not answer them. Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind; I cast them out like dirt in the streets. You have delivered me from the strivings of the people; You have made me the head of the nations; A people I have not known shall serve me. As soon as they hear of me they obey me; The foreigners submit to me. The foreigners fade away, And come frightened from their hideouts. The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted. It is God who avenges me, And subdues the peoples under me; He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man. Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name. Great deliverance He gives to His king, And shows mercy to His anointed, To David and his descendants forevermore. (Psalm 18:1-50 NKJV)
I posted the other day about Pastor Stephen McKay and put up a page to give you an idea of what he does and who he is. I would like to take the time today to tell you a little something about one of the things that he is raising money for. It is not for his own ministry, he has support for that, it is to help others in their ministry. He is doing that with bicycles.
Why bicycles? Pastor McKay explained it this way, last year when was in Tanzania he discovered that the local Pastors were having to walk 20 miles and more at times to spread the gospel. Either that or if they were blessed with a bicycle, travel that way. He decided that it would be his mission in part to provide them bicycles in order to spread the gospel easier and to be able to be a blessing to these Pastors. God has worked wonderfully. Pastor McKay was back in Tanzania a couple of weeks ago and reported this:
“We arrived at Assedi’s apartment where we will be staying, and fellowshipped for a while.We then headed to downtown mwanza to exchange money into Tanzanian shillings for the week stay we will be here, and also to purchase bicycles for the pastors here.
A few months before I left I began raising money to purchase bicycles for evangelists who travel and preach the Gospel. I was able to raise $1500 and with that we were able to purchase 17 bicycles in total for them. The brothers here told me that buying a pastor or an evangelist a bicycle is the equivalent of purchasing him a Cadillac. They value them greater than we can imagine, and use them to spread the Gospel far and wide. We walked into a small bike shop and negotiated with the owner on the price. She finally came to a final price of $81.00 each. Here’s a picture of a few partly assembled.
Because we ordered 17 of them, they will have to assemble them over the next day or so and then we will have them delivered on the last day of the conference. It’s going to be a great day!“
Would you be interested in contributing to the spreading of the gospel through raising money for bicycles? If you would please contact Vessel Of Honor Ministries here: VOHM
This is a contact page and Pastor McKay will get back to you when he can, but I can assure you that it is a worthy ministry and you will be helping to spread the gospel in a part of the world that greatly needs it. God bless you!
|I am so thankful for the many hearts that are coming to Christ in the villages of India. Thank you all for praying and standing with us to strengthen the men and women’s hands that daily reach out to lives, by travelling rough roads and daily looking for hearts to share Christ’s love with those who have not heard.Below is a daily report from Govinda Reddy and Isaiah, sharing some of their daily journey for Christ. Several of these days we were walking beside them to plant churches, and lead people to Christ!! These are some of the 59 villages we gave new churches in Feb-March this year…That we would all have an urgency and share Christ with someone every day…
Thank you all each for praying…literally, God moves only when we pray…
With love, thanks and prayers,
Kerry and Melody
PO Box 140402, Broken Arrow, Ok 74014
PRAISE THE LORD
Please Note ::- With the Lord’s Blessings we had ” Gospel Awareness Program ” in many villages by Rev.Kerry Sir & team during 11th to 16th of March , 2013 … we convey our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for the encouragement given through words and Prayers – we also convey our thanks to Jaya Prabhakar Sir & Bro.Harin for their initiative – the 6 days spent with your team have been a Blessings to us all …
Sir, here below am submitting the report for the 1st to 16th March , 2013 – I request you to observe the 11th to 16th March , 2013 as the combined update reported by Ch.Isaiah & KC Govind Reddy , as we together followed you to the villages in the ” Gospel Awareness Program …
1. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Friday ) :- Veerapuram village – visited Subba Raiudu family,Ravanamma family, Manikyamma family and Lakshmanna’s family – they are idol worshipers taught them to realize the difference between lifeless idols and the Everlasting God – the men of these families are drunkards , Preached to them to change their behavior and turn from their bad addictions … please Pray for them and their families..
2. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Saturday ) :-
Erramatta village – Along with Evangelist K.C.Govind Reddy went to Preach Gospel – few believers here have took Baptism but there’s no Church in this place , Prayed
for these believers and encouraged them to continue and be strengthen in their Faith – a non believer has shared his Testimony of leaving his alcohol addiction , his name is Raju - Please Pray for the believers here …
3. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Sunday ) :- Lingapuram - Conducted Sunday General Service – in the evening visited few members who had stopped coming to the Prayer Services , reprimanded them and Prayed for their stability in Faith … God has been utilizing me in His Ministry greatly , I feel Blessed to be a part of His Ministry and Preach Him to the unbelievers …
4. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Monday ) :- Mahadevapuram
village - Nagaraju’s wife was suffering , as an unclean spirit took control of her mind and body , while we were Praying for her the evil spirit in her threw her on the floor and made her scream out of pain , we kept Praying for her until she got relieved from the pain – Please Pray for this lady..
5. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Tuesday ) :- Karrimadela - Few women gathered atNarayanama’s house to hear the Word - on their request I answered all the questions they put forth regarding the Word and its importance …
6. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Wednesday ) :- Allamaru village – believers here are working hard for the Church construction and thank Rev. Kerry Sir for his motivation and help – many new believers have taken Baptism , please Pray for the people here …
7. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Thursday ) :- Vitalapuram village – after a long time I visited this place , people here expressed there wish to have a Pastor or Evangelist in their village who shall be near to them to teach them Word – gathered the congregation at Subbamma’s house and Prayed for them…
8. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Friday ) :- Madhurru village – got introduced to Pastor. Bhaskarand invited him to visit my village – along with him visited few houses there and Preached Gospel to them – Preached about Christ and His Love – the people here have no Church but they conduct Prayer Services and Prayer meetings at Pastor. Bhaskar’s residence here..
9. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Saturday ) :- Karrimadela - Conducted Prayer meeting atMaryamma’s place – her husband Sunaddu isn’t well , Prayed for his health and their family – Preached to them referring to Psalms = 23 , ” The Lord is my Shepherd ” – explained them to depend upon the Lord and follow His ways to stay Blessed …
10. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Sunday ) :- Lingapuram village – Conducted Sunday General Service – offered special Prayers for Bali Reddy’s children as we were informed about their illness – In the evening , along with Evangelist K.C. Govind Reddywelcome Rev.Kerry Sir & team to the house prepared for their arrival – discussed about visiting various places during the ” Gospel awareness Program ” and about its related schedule ..
11. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Monday ) :-
Along with Evangelist KC Govind Reddy followed Rev. Kerry Sir & Team for Preaching in the villages - First place we visited isPanyam village ,
before beginning our journey we Prayed and meditated over ” The Lord is my Shepherd ” from Psalms 23 – we began from Panyam village –  along with Pastor John went to a believer’s house who is a doctor by profession , Rev. Kerry Sir Preached Gospel while Jaya Prabhakar Sir translated his words to the people listening – the doctor has breathing trouble and have no children , Prayed for his health and children  many people gathered under a tree nearbyNageshullu’s house – people gladly heard to the Word Preached about the Salvation bracelet – Prayed for everyone present  Visited Srinu , Sheraf ,Krupamma , Maabuny , K.Samuel , Sagar houses – Rev.Kerry Sir taught and Preached the Word effectively in these places without any discomfort or tiredness , Jaya Prabhakar Sir helped with translation at almost every place where as Sulochanna helped in translating the message Preached at Sagar’splace  Visited Bench Colony , gathered non believers under a tree and Rev.Kerry Sir Preached to them about Salvation bracelet - Jayamma is childless, Prayed for her and Prayed for Lakshmi Devi
& family …
From Panyam went to Cement Nagar - non believers of Muslim community have invited us into their home , they names were Bebe , Aashiya , Meedal ,Ooli - they arranged lunch for us all , we Prayed for everyone present there and for their families  Later Preached bout Salvation bracelet and the importance of the beads in the bracelet , people were amazed to hear Rev. Kerry Sir’s teachings  people there requested for a Church in their place , Sir was amazed to know how did the people both children and elderly are collecting and saving funds for the Church construction purpose – seeing their interest Rev. Kerry Sir agreed to help them .. Praise God…!!
Later visited Ruth Home at Bandathmakorru village - Rev Kerry Sir & team met the elderly widows and also visited the farm – they Prayed for the farm and for the widows living there ..
Later in the evening went to Lingapuram - arranged a meeting at the Church for discussing the construction matter , Prayed for the gathered members .. as it was already dark , Rev. Kerry Sir & team decided to rest for the day – we all Prayed before leaving the Church…
12. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Tuesday ) :- On the second day of the ‘ Gospel awareness program ‘ we began our journey from Thammarajupally village - visited few non believers houses – At Yakob’s house Rev.Kerry Sir Preached about Salvation and Prabhakar Sir helped in translating it into the regional language to the people listening , many among them were washer-men , Prayed for everyone present – one of them have bought a new auto rickshaw , Prayed for the vehicle -Subanna & Venkatamma invited us to their home , Preached Gospel and answered many questions they asked – they expressed their will to offer animal sacrifice , Kerry Sir Preached referring to the parables in the Scriptures has taught about the meaning of the Real Sacrifice doesn’t mean bloodshed , he advised to sell the animal and offer its earned amount to the Church , they agreed ..
Rev. Kerry Sir Preached and Prayed at Maddelette & Nagamma’s houses – AtRamanayya’s house his mother Venkatalakshmi’s house – after listening to Sir’s Preaching they removed idols from their homes – visited Ravanamma , Venkataswami , Hanumantu & Saramma’s houses to Preach Gospel & Pray for them – people here are asking for a Church , Prayed for their request ..
Later we proceeded to Bethamcharlla village , despite of being hungry Rev. Kerry Sir & Team have conducted Holy Baptism ceremony for the believers waiting there - Maddelette , Rangaswami , Chittamma . Saramma &Subbalakshmi - conducted new Church inauguration ceremony and Prayed for the members – Prayed at a baby’s birthday party at Yohan’s house …
From Bethamcharlla went to Bhuganipally village - with the help of Rev.Kerry Sir , people here have managed to build up a Church , they were waiting for Rev.Kerry Sir’s arrival to held the inauguration ceremony , Sir Prayed at the occasion – read the Scriptures and Prayed for everyone present - Prayed for Lakshmi Devi for her Healing as she have fractured her legs , Prayed forMaramma husband’s Salvation – Prayed for all the needy believers gathered …
13. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Wednesday ) :- Went to Kurukunda village following Rev. Kerry Sir & team - At Raghav Reddy’s house Preached Gospel and explained the story of the Salvation beads – answered questions and cleared many doubts raised in the minds of non believers regarding the Word Preached – few non believers are still dodging to prepare themselves to take Holy Baptism , Preached to them and Prayed for their Salvation – visited Yellamma’s house,Lingaswami’s house and Dayakar’s house – Preached about the Salvation beads and Prayed for their Salvation , answered the questions asked ..
Next we proceeded to Dudiyala village - Rev.Kerry Sir & Bro. Harin ReddyPreached about Salvation and Prabhakar Sir helped in translation , many among them were washer-men , many have willingly invited us into their homes and requested to Pray for them …
Later went to Weluggu mandal and Boyyarevulla villages - few people gathered at Nagarju’s house to listen to the Word – Rev.Kerry Sir Preaching was Faith Strengthening for the believers here who wished for a Church – everyone present requested to Pray for them ..
14. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Thursday ) :- On the third day of our journey we began from Rudrawaram village - along with Pastor Samuel visited many houses in the village – At Telugu Sujathamma’s house Rev.Kerry Sir & his wife Preached and explained about Salvation bracelet - Obulamma refused to listed to the Preaching and pleaded with us to not to enter their house – we Prayed for her Salvation and left their house – Prayed for Pamuletta and Venkatadri as they both were sick , they asked for a Bible …
Next we went to Pastor Samuel’s Church - members and believers were present to listen to the Word , we spent a good time at the Church listening to Rev.Kerry Sir’s Preaching , got to learn many new things about the Gospel , Rev. Kerry Sir Prayed for the Church and agreed to help this Church with its requirements , all the members rejoiced in the Lord’s name … Praise the Lord..!!
Next we went to Kondamayya pally village - At Kamalamma’s house Rev.Kerry Sir Preached about Salvation and about the importance of taking Holy Baptism , he agreed to help them build a Church and Prayed for everyone…
Later we have come to YS Nagar - conducted Baptism ceremony for Munayi, Venkata Subamma , Pushenamma , Mariyamma , Shanti Rani , Daniel ,Naveen Kumar , Rebeccamma , – Rev.Kerry Sir Preached & Prayed for the people there , he help them in their Church requirements..
15. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Friday ) :- On the fourth day , we started our journey fromMahadevapuram village - we all took place under a tree and Rev.Kerry Sir Preached about the Heavenly Kingdom and Eternal Life through Salvation – monkeys created some disturbance in between but we Prayed and continued – few people here are preparing themselves for Baptism , Rev.Kerry Sir Preached and Prayed for them – he also agreed to help in building a Church in this place.. Praise God..!!
Next we went to Aarlagadda - Sudharani welcomed us into her home and arranged lunch for us , Rev. Kerry Sir Preached and Prayed for them – laterVenkat Ramullu , his wife & his mother have come to Rev.Kerry Sir to get Prayed – when we left their house a Muslim person had come forward and invited us to his home , he gave us fruits and requested to Preach Gospel , whereas his wife stubbornly refused to accept the teachings Rev.Kerry Sir Prayed for the family and for their Salvation …
Next we went to Chagallamarri village - many gathered at Sundarayya’shouse to listen to Rev.Kerry Sir’s Preaching – Sir Preached about redemption of sins through Salvation and about the Talents – Sir answered all the questions raised regarding the Word but none could answer Sir’s questions , so Sir Preached and taught them many things regarding the Word and Prayed for everyone present
Later we went to Bureddypalem - many gathered at Bhaskar’s house , many of them were daily wage workers – Rev.Kerry Sir Preached to them about Salvation bracelet – they listened to Sir’s Preaching attentively – they informed Sir about the number of believers in their village and their difficulties of not having a proper place of Worship , Sir Prayed for their Church construction – before leaving we attended Gyanamma daughter’s Christening ceremony – they named the baby as Esther , blessed and Prayed for the little girl …
16. Mar. ‘ 13 ( Saturday ) :- On the fifth day we started our journey fromPeddattakuru village of Kurnool district - Pastor Devaraju along with his Church members and other non believers set up a tent for the Preaching – many gathered under the tent to listen to the Word – Preached them about the Salvation bracelet – the people here don’t have a Church but have a plot site for the construction purpose , Rev. Kerry Sir agreed to help them in the Church construction …
Later went to Allampuram village which is 50 kilometers away fromPeddattakuru village - Ragavendra has made arrangements to set up a tent , many gathered to listen to the Word , even school children were present in the congregation – Rev. Kerry Sir Preached about Salvation – later we had lunch prepared for us .. the people don’t have a Church , Sir Prayed and agreed to help them build Church …
Yours – in – Christ,
Evangelist. Ch. Isaiah. & KC. Govind Reddy..
Our Lord said, I am the Truth, and again He said, The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Truth therefore is not hard to find for the very reason that it is seeking us. Truth is not a thing for which we must search, but a Person to whom we must hearken. This is taught or taken for granted in the record of Gods dealings with men throughout the Sacred Scriptures. After the sin in Eden it was not Adam who cried O God, where art Thou? but God who cried Where art thou? as He sought for Adam among the trees of the Garden. Abraham heard God speak and responded, but it was God who was the aggressor. God appeared unto Jacob before Jacob came to appear before God. And in the burning bush God revealed Himself to Moses. Again and again did God take the initiative. He sought for Gideon and found him on the threshing floor of Ophrah. He showed Himself to Isaiah when there is no evidence that Isaiah was seeking Him. Before Jeremiah was born God laid His hand upon him, and He opened heaven to let the discouraged priest Ezekiel see a vision and hear a voice. Amos said he was not a prophet neither a prophets son, but the Lord took him as he followed the flock. Again God was the aggressor. In the New Testament things are not otherwise. True, multitudes came to Christ for physical help, but only rarely did one seek Him out to learn the truth; and even that rare one usually turned away when the truth was told him. The whole picture in the Gospels is one of a seeking Savior, not one of seeking men. The truth was hunting for those who would receive it, and relatively few did. Many are called, but few are chosen.
Our next to last day in the villages and we had 2 churches we dedicated, gave 1 well and 3 more churches!! 8 baptisms today and 66 baptisms last 3 weeks!!
I’ll start by sharing the last village!
Went to Thatikalli Village–Toddy tree Village–alcohol tree. Met Pastor Satyam (Truth). He came to Christ
8 years ago. “Please, I am the only believer in my family
, but tonight they are all gathered for you to share.” We sat with his Mom, dad, Brother, aunts, uncles…room full. These worship Shiva
and the family has a temple outside the house on the road.
satyam shared that 8 years ago ge went to Ganges River
and all big temples at age 32 looking for “Truth”. He had no peace and only thought of suicide and death. He had been married 12 years and had no children.
He walked barefoot 20 miles to SriSailam
to worship Shive–covered with flowers and all family cheered him on. Just wanted to die!!
He sold all his property and was left with nothing…
He was introduced to Jesus
. He had nothing in this world, so accepted Christ. “Within 10 days my life was turned around. I felt peace, no voice to kill myself, business and we had a baby, Divya “special one”.
Tonight, the whole family was in agreement that Satyam was totally different and they wanted to listen. As we shared, they asked many probing questions. At the end, the whole family prayed the prayer of salvation. We all went outside and took family picture. Satyam and his brother Siadalu, took oil and put a shield around that Shiva temple and satan can not cross the blood of Jesus
. All family had voiced their fear of turning from Shiva. But they took huge step of faith.
We gave Prayer
Shed and went to family roadside snack stand and prayed…
Amazing thing…the Shiva Temple had been locked with all shiva chains and worship things locked inside. The god could not open the door or lock!! But no door or stone could hold our Lord
Subbareddygudem set the tone for the day. We went to dedicate this small but good church! About 100 packed inside full…. They listened and 3 times shared the Gospel
as so many kept coming and all people would scruntch up closer so more could enter. It rained all thru the day so no one could work in cotton fields. So many came today to hear as they were free from the fields… 5 took baptism in barrel. We could hardly manage as so many people!!
Gave bore well for water to Indupamala womens group. It will save 45 minutes per day walking to get water… PLEASE!!!
We issued a challenge… “What will you do with all the free time saved? ather the women all together and write a plan how the water well will bless the village and also how it will help you win souls for Christ? They took the challenge with joy! This village Calvary AG gave for church in 2010 and today it is beautiful and finished!
These women fixed lunch and this village is 65% Christian and very clean for Indian village.
I shared with them the blessing of the lunch they gave and also that this is one of cleanest villages I’ve ever seen. They were so so thankful and blessed. They kept wanting to kiss my hand! Blessing, but I have incredible wife sitting beside me! Touched us both at the way that comment blessed those women!!
So thankful for the many souls today that heard the Gospel that had never heard before!
Today is fulfilling the purpose of this ministry.. Planting churches in new villages as first church in a village and sharing love of Christ. So many good things, page of journal is so full…
One more village day!
With thanks, love and prayers!!
Kerry, Melody and Debbie
Well of Blessing and Fleece of Faith
by Kerry Mauldin
Today was a bit more tedious. This is the last of 9 days of Bakkamma Festival in hinduism. They worship the female goddess with dancing, flowers, and all walk in parade with the flowers by candlelight and throw all into village water supply
for fertility and blessing! That was last night, then today so many drink and especially men laying all over in the roads… We have to be careful which homes to go!
Went to Ilapuram Village to dedicate the only village well, drilled by Homestyle Asst. Living Home
in Springdale, AR
When drilled, villagers related the drilling company came about midnight to drill and dust was a cloud everywhere. The hindu priest and village leaders came and said not to drill as there was no water here. The 30 believers were in the small Prayer
Shed fervently praying. It went to 100′ deep and no water. “We were all crying out to the Lord and village saying to stop drilling.” When hit 120′, it hit a water that gushed 40 yards and all were in amazement and all villagers shared it was the power of their God
The closest neighbor who is hindu and never gone to church, but had accident 10 days ago and got steel rod in his foot, related all thgis to me as his heart was now open to hear the Gospel
. He has buffalo and oxen and wants Eternal Life, now has heard how to recieve—because a well gushed water on his land when he thought it impossible!!!
The first believer in the village is Lalithamma, 22 years. She has led 50 families to Christ
now. She led us to her nephew, Bicksham-”Beggar”-laying on a cot in front of tiny hut at noon after drinking the night in festival to the demons. He was alert and sat and listened to the Gospel. He was finally persuaded and prayed the prayer of salvation!!!
Dedicated athe church in BB Gudem given by New River AG in AZ
Dedicated Raynegudem given By San Jacinto in Amarillo
-also a nice strong church…
Went to Snake Village–Pamalapadu–where pastor Emmanuel and wife and 3 sons do a good work. They need a well as they only get water every 4 days for 15 minutes as there is a severe shortage at the small tank for the village and no wells.
She shared of the challenges and shared they were praying for faith that God would prompt my heart to help and drill a well.
We were sitting under a covering in the rain and dark as electric was off from the rain. They shared when Dr. Mast and I last visited their home 6 years ago it also rained. “Visit more often and water won’t be a problem , they shared”.
I thought to have some lighter fun, and shared that as Gideon wanted something from God, he put a fleece before God to build his faith. I shared, “Let’s put a fleece before God about drilling this well since you are praying for faith…. If electric comes on in next 10 minutes, by 730 we will know…”
I appeared serious, but already knew we would drill.
At 728 the electric came on and they all jumped up shouting with joy and laughing and praising God!!
I was careful to make clear setting a fleece is not normally Gods way and He prefers we trust him and not try to force him with our way…
But it was a night of joy and fun!!
Berryville Christian Fellowship “Wellie
” is now given!!
With so much love thanks and prayers,
Kerry and Melody
Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This morning 630AM we went to Gedemetla church dedicated in 2009 in rock quarry area. The church is running regular about 200 now and many children are fed daily and study after school… There is excitement and vision to expand! This was a joy since Roundup Cowboy Church in Antlers Ok helped build it even in the Cowboy churches first year of existence! I was so glad Jonathon and Tammy could see their investment!!
The churches are coming up well and next 12 days are packed with dedications and inspecting new sites…
Yesterday we went to three villages and saw God at work in all 3.
Kollur Village, we set on the porch of a tiny home with many people gathered around to hear the Gospel. This house belong to a hardworking couple who have simple jobs in the field at age 50. The man is solid grey and he and wife have had 15 days of agony and searching for answers from God… as their gods haven’t answered!!
15 days ago their only child, a daughter 28, left the nearby place on bus to town with bag of red chilis. She is “very pretty” and had many nice gold ornaments from her marriage. People said the bus stopped and she was taken off and put in an auto… probably for her gold. It has been 15 days.
Village people have no bank accounts, so wear their life savings around the neck in a gold necklace. With price of gold… Lord help Maheswari!! Help her parents!!
Her Mom said clearly, “if this God brings my daughter, I will pull all the gods and serve Him.” She took the challenge to ask God to speak to her…
In Kollur, 2 take baptism and it was a joy to watch so many many kids run the mile plus distance to the baptism site out in the field under the big trees. They get so excited and bubble over with joy! It is such a privilege to be around them, even though I’m still on crutches and running as fast as I can…but getting better!!
Chada Village–”SHELTER” is the name the church has given for the town and church! The town has no meaning in its name. When I asked, they said, “We want it to mean Shelter.” 70-80 adult members have constructed a nice church right on main road. It is the only church in town of 1000 families and has 2 mosques and 3 hindu temples! The 35 Christian families are working hard on the church but had little vision beyond!! We shared and encouraged them for almost 2 hours. It was so needed and good… Directly across the road are the hindu standing stones where they cut chickens to Ellamma, the rock goddess who brings “good luck”.
These villages have so much demonic as sacrifices are brought regularly to the demons who have such a lock and curse on so many lives…
This church can truly be a shelter with the loves of Jesus from the demonic in this village.
We went to a wealthy family in town to share. They have 20 acres and the father 40′s was sick and very open to the Gospel!!
The last village blessed me by the zeal and excitement of 8 teen boys who hungered to share Christ.
When we came to Mogalipaka Village several months ago, the “red bush village” only had a small bamboo thatch church. The pastor has a zeal and such bright alive eyes–you can see his heart. These many teen boys have caught the contagious life from pastor.
They built a prayer shed that looked great, with concrete block walls and good roof!
We share salvation bracelets and those boys were all over that way of sharing Christ. Not only did they hear and catch on, they pleaded for bracelets to use to share and withinhalf an hour, they were spread out sharing Christ in the village. As we went to small houses, we could see them.
One of young men, his father 40 had a stroke so we went to pray. The young man came to Christ 6 months ago, but today as he help the salvation bracelet and Gods hope, He got to pray with his bedridden father and sister (17 and pretty and sharp girl who then asked for a Bible!!
It is awesome joy to see zeal in the teens and give them 5 Salvation bracelets each to share Christ!!
5 Braclet Day
Long day with 5 villages and many miles, but gave 2 Prayer sheds and many accepted Christ after hearing how to have eternal life!!
Thanks so much for praying!! You standing with us so much encourages and strengthens!!
Kerry, Melody, Jonathon and Tammy
Eyes and ears opened!!
Today many many accept Christ
So many homes and so many hearts were open to the Gospel
today and God
showed up and showed off!!!
We gave for a church in Karanthinager where a whole family accepted Christ and gave land to build…
A real joy is going to Karamadella Village where 14 years ago my Mom and Dad
gave for one of first churches we have been part of to be built. Mom drove a school bus 25 years and her chjeck so often went to missions!!!
This is a big village, and Govinda Reddy, our cworker for 16 years, came here when he was kicked out of his home village after accepting Christ…disowned…
In karamaddela, all said today, “We all know Govinda Reddy, he is a good man and helps many.” He is 54 and broke his hip last year in motor scooter accident and in recovery, was in 3 wheeler acciodent and broke collar bone…tough year on Indian roads
But today, home after home people gathered and heard the Gospel because they know what is in Govinda’s heart and thus are ready to hear.
One3 man, ChinnaVenkatReddy,65, stood and shared that 4 months ago he was boozer and smoked cigars. He gave his heart to Christ and if you could see the joy in his face. Govinda led him to Christ and together they took us to homes.
At Chinnas home, his wife 35, stood and told how he was heavy boozer and now life is completely different. She was 15 when Chinnas wife died and she was married to 45 year old man. A pretty young woman with true joy now in her heart. So many wanted to hear because of what they saw in Chinnas life!!! He was so exccited and telling everyone.
One woman came in and was blind and deaf and suffering with headaches. As Melody shared the Gospel,sing salvation bracelets, that woman began tugging at her eyes and ears. She stood excited that she could both hear and see—as Gospel was shared!!
We know it will open ears and eyes (thought that was spiritual, but is also physical!!! PTL!!! So many people wanted to hear and recieve… So many step up for prayer!
for so many people today, such hunger!!
Went to school for children 4-20 age today. As we set there, you want to cry as we see these 40 young people with profound disabilities respond the best they can and know, —God loves and has a plan for these kids from the villages that have little hope in this world–accept thru Christ!! They did nothing to deserve the challenges they face, but then I think of Chinnu, the former drunken boozer who easted so so much of life, but now has such joy and is seeing God’s incredible love and mercy!!
Today as I shared the Gospel, 2 times especially, I wanted tocryu and did as I shared, “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD
THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM, SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING–ETERNAL LIFE
This so came alive to me in such a fresh way!!
Went to Pangarangapuram and shared 2 “services” with large groups and so many lives touched and prayed. Last house, the father gave a celebration… His only son, last Feb we prayed he would gedt a good job. Next week he will start a job in Delhi at 20,000rs per month!! Great salary!!!
But this father, even giving thanks to Jesus, —in other room had alter and idols to many gods. “I worship all gods equal, he said”…. This blessing will not last when you try to serve 2 masters. His wife with tears stood in front of son and father and after herself praying prayer of salvation, said, “I will pray, he will change and those gods will come down…” PTL!!
We must never give up, know God hears and answers prayers and PRAISE GOD, He shows up and shows off when the GOOD NEWS
is being shared!!
We better have that urgency!!
Love and so appreciate you all!! Thank you for praying!!
Kerry, Melody, Jonathon and Tammy and many from India…