We began by speaking in our Seventh-day Adventist Churches in and around Bangalore. All of the churches that we spoke at were full with young families and lots of children.
The SDA schools we visited were amazing! One school had 3000 students, 95% of them are Hindu. They respect our usage of Scripture and our health message. The principal told us they never turn a student away. The students wear uniforms and are very courteous. We visited classrooms and interacted with the students. We found them bright and excited about education. When asked what they would like to be when they get out of school we listened to their big dreams. Another school we visited had 300 students, 150 of them are dorm students. The biggest needs were at this school.
We went out to villages and spoke God’s Word of hope. The poverty level is unbelievable. Following one meeting I was invited home by a family. As I entered their yard two people were sleeping in their beds outside with the cows and goats. Once I entered into the home, their smiles said everything even though I could not speak their language. They were so happy that I was able to join them in their home and they asked for prayer and for a blessing on their home, what a privilege.
We made appeals to the congregations in the villages. On Sabbath many were transported from the villages to Bangalore where we preached outdoors. Following the worship service we baptized 58 people. We were told that some of the villages could not attend so next week they expect to baptize 40+ more. I know I speak for the entire group that came with me that it will always be a highlight in our lives to have been to India and see those dear folks give their hearts to Jesus.
I was asked to write an article using Personal Evangelism for the Southern Tidings from our Union President Dr. Ron Smith. I completed the article so watch for it in April’s Southern Tidings.
Alumni Weekend is March 23rd and 24th, it will be a great time to be at BASS Memorial Academy.
Mortgage burning will take place at Piedmont on March 31. (Praise God!!)
Grace Fellowship Church and Grace Preparatory Academy had their groundbreaking March 16 in Madison, Alabama.
Camp meeting with Dr. Darold Bigger will be April 6th and 7th at Camp Alamisco. (Don’t Miss It).
Camp meeting with Dr. Robert Folkenberg will be May 23-26 at BASS Academy (Don’t Miss it).
Dan Jarrard has accepted the call to Pensacola University Parkway SDA Church
Pascagoula SDA Church has asked to become a bi-lingual church.
Peter Trzinski has accepted a call to the Carolina Conference. We wish him the best and thank him for his ministry here at GSC.
Until Next Time, God bless you,