India - The Kumar Family
Brother Kumar expressed his sincere gratitude for our partnership with him in preaching the Gospel in his homeland of India. He writes: "Outreach work continues in many villages, even amidst the unprecedented rise of persecution against Christians. Please continue to pray for all the Church plants." Bro. Kumar has been instrumental in starting five churches in India. They are pastored by national pastors."
Bro. Kumar also has a Bible College and Theological Seminary which is part of the church in Bhadravathi. There are "18 students enrolled in Shalom Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary." He is also working on a Bible Translation Project, currently translating the book of Jude into the Kannada language for his people.Another exciting thing was to see that Kristal (a 15 year old who made a profession of faith) decided to take a step of obedience and be baptized. She had many things and people that attempted to discourage her from going through with her decision but she remained firm and followed through.
Mexico - The Ortiz Family
Many exciting events have been taking place in Mexico for the Ortiz Family. Bro. Rolando reports: "Mari, the lady I have mentioned on several occasions that seemed to be under conviction but very resistant to receiving the Gospel, placed her trust in Christ! After 6 months of much prayer and perserverance in sharing the Gospel with her,... it was great to see her with tears in her eyes, anxious to be saved!"
Another exciting thing was to see that Kristal (a 15 year old who made a profession of faith) decided to take a step of obedience and be baptized. She had many things and people that attempted to discourage her from going through with her decision but she remained firm and followed through.
The church services have been up in number recently. They have had over 30 people on two occasions. Most of these people are not saved. This has gotten Bro. Ortiz thinking about the next steps in their ministry regarding an increase in attendance. A possible solution that Bro. Ortiz hadn't considered has come to light. It involves the possibility of merging two mission churches in a community that has more opportunity for work and living arrangements for the current church family attending Bro. Ortiz' church in San Miguel. Bro. Ortiz is seeking the Lord's perfect will regarding this possibility. Please pray for God's leading in this matter. The mission church in Arandas doesn't have a pastor, and Bro. Ortiz is helping out there right now.
In addition, in July, there were three more professions of faith. Also, with the help of both mission church attendees, more than 3000 "Romans" and many more tracts have been distributed throughout the communities. The fruit of that was that a man who received one had been contemplating suicide but decided to call the number listed on the back of the book of Romans that he was given. That night after church, Bro. Ortiz was able to share the Gospel with him and the man received Christ that very night. Praise the Lord!