Evangelical Friends Mission Kolkata
January – March 2020
It is an opportunity for me to thank God for all his mercies and to you for your sincere prayers and support. Without your prayers and support, it would not be possible for us to continue the ministry here in West Bengal and Uttarakhand. By God’s grace our mission is moving towards her vision and Goal.
Celebration – December was a month of celebration for us. We gave some extra gifts to the EFM Staff. We celebrated with a Christmas gathering on 14 December. All the staff (and most of their families), board members, and senior church members attended the celebration program. It was a great joy for us. Besides that all the churches celebrated the Christmas in their respective churches. The purpose was to invite non-Christians in the program. It worked very well.
Tract Distribution – In this month we distributed 1,200 tracks and booklets in the local church area. We also distributed 600 New Testaments to our friends.
Open-Air Preaching – We had an opportunity last year on 27 December to hold an open-air meeting on the street. Around 600 people attended that celebration. We sang Christmas songs, shared testimonies, and shared the Good News to all people. Finally, we prayed for all the people.
Prison Ministry – On 23 December, we got an opportunity to celebrate the Christmas program at Dum Dum Central Jail. Six of us went there. One hundred and fifty prisoners and the staff of the prison attended the program. We sang the Christmas songs; one person shared his life changing testimony and then we preached the birth of our Savior. It was a very good program. They requested us to come again next year.
Evaluation – In the month of January we evaluated what we had done during Christmas and what the outcomes were. Malda churches, Murshidabad church, Hooghly church, Shyamnagar churches, and Gosaba churches have done the open-air meetings. Kolkata, Malda, Murshidabad, and Gosaba churches also distributed the blankets or warm clothes to the poor people of their locality.
Outcomes – Around 150 newcomers attended the churches in different districts during the Christmas programs. Praise the Lord. In Kolkata, fourteen adults were ready to take a public testimony of baptism and gave their life to Jesus. The date was fixed on 4 April 2020. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, they could not take place. We are waiting prayerfully for the next date.
EFM India Conference – We had an EFM India Conference from 19-21 February 2020. The conference was excellent and EFM churches attended from eight states of India. From West Bengal, we had sixteen leaders. Our leaders are excited to meet so many EFM church members from eight states. After the conference, out staff went to Goa for sightseeing. Goa is on the sea shore. Our staff enjoyed the trip very much.
Visit Uttarakhand – After the India conference, Dan Cammack, Choity, and I went to visit Uttarakhand ministry. In Uttarakhand we have four EFM churches. Two are in Almora and two are in Pithoragarh. Brother Uday Singh and Brother Sushil Masih are working there as evangelists. We visited a new center named Jim Corbet Park. It is in Nainital district. We had a very good meeting and a church service there. The Sunday service was in a hired hall. We are happy to see the growth of the ministry in Uttakhand. Let God bless the ministry and the ministers there.
Staff Meeting – Then on 28 February, we had our monthly staff meeting. All the staff came and we had very good sharing. All the staff explaining how they enjoyed Goa trip. They are very happy. In the staff meeting we made plans for the next months.
COVID-19 – Suddenly, this pandemic storm came to the world and everything became a mess. Now we are under lock down, doing ministry prayer sharing, etc. over phone and Skype. During this time, our churches are distributing food to the poor people of their own locality. May God control everything and the people of the world would be saved by him.