Greetings in the name of prayer and listening to God. The world is in a turmoil situation. All of us are the victim of this situation. No matter where you are, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, leader or common man, we all are helpless. We are fighting against our enemy, but we cannot see him.
As a believer of Christ, I do believe that my Lord is always with me and I am not a helpless person. He is always there to help me in any kind of need. He listens to our prayer and answers our prayer.
In April and May, we could do anything except for a prayer and telephone ministry. The whole country was on lockdown. We could not visit any field or any house. But, our prayer time increased. We prayed personally, with local believers and through the telephone.
In the month of June, the lockdown relaxed a little and we could start our church services, though the attendance was very limited. In the beginning of the month it was only ten and by the end of the month it became twenty-five. Now in the month of July, it fifty are back attending. I praise God for his wonderful blessings.
We give thanks to God that none of us have been affected by the Coronavirus in these three months.
During this time, we also had two Zoom meetings with our staff. The meetings were fruitful and we are blessed by the fellowship with each other.
During this lockdown period we gave some rations to our church people and the poor people of the church areas. We provided rice, puffed rice, lentils, oil, salt packets, soap, etc.
We have a brother in our church named Raju Ekka. He is a driver and he has a license to go to any place with his vehicle during the lockdown period. I was thinking and praying about how to get the money to different places for relief work. I shared this problem with my church members and Raju offered himself for the task. I gave him the money and the list and he did the job quickly and faithfully. I thank God for his willingness to serve the Lord on behalf of our church in this time of emergency.
Phani Bhusan Dutta is a victorious believer of Jesus Christ. He is 86 years old. In 2018, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and took a public testimony of baptism at Kolkata Friends Church. Then, the other household members became believers. I have visited this family and shared the Good News with them. Dan Cammack has also visited the family. Unfortunately, during the lockdown period, I could not visit the family.
At the end of June, the family called me and said that Phani Bhusan Dutta had Coronavirus. The hospital staff came and took him to a hospital. We were spellbound.
Immediately, I informed all my church members to pray for this man. Everybody knew about him and started praying. Everyday they were asking, “How is he?”
We were not getting any information from the hospital, as no one was allowed to visit patients; our prayer was deeper and deeper.
On a Friday, the hospital informed them that Phani Bhusan Dutta was okay, but the senior doctor would still be coming to check on him the next day. If the doctor certified him, then he would be released. We were happy but we did not stop praying.
On Saturday, the senior doctor came, checked him, and released him to go home. There was a flood of joy in the family and also locally. We were all very happy.
Sunday, in our worship service, we offered a very special thanks to our Lord for this wonderful healing. The doctor had said that because of Phani Bhusan Dutta’s age, it was impossible to be healed. But he was healed; it was a miracle!
We know our God is a wonder working God. All glory to him.
I thank you, our friends, for your sincere prayers for our mission. God bless you all.
Yours in Christ,
D K Sarkar
West Bengal, India
Marsha Willhite says
Your opening sentence is beautiful, simple, and Powerful! A harbinger of the message you delivered – one of thanksgiving, healing, and praise. My friend shared this scripture with me just this morning: “If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend…take care what you listen to…”. Mark 4:23-24. Thank you for your words, indeed, that I may listen alongside.
Thank you for your encouragement!