Thursday, 14 April 2011

In the House of God

Today  the  Eu   &  EGF  met  for  a  half  day
morning  retreat  in  our  church.
This  mission  is  very  similar  to
IVF (Inter Varsity  Fellowship.
We 've  been  a part  of  it  since  the  past  35  years  or  more.

University  students  from  various  disciplines , working 
people  and  married couples  with  young  children
came  together  to  worship  the Lord
and  have  fun  and  fellowship

Girls  leading  in  praise  and  worship

                                                          

Budding  engineers singing  for  God 's glory

These  guys  added  dance  to  the  music

This  young lady  gave  a powerful testimony.
She  once  belonged  to  another  religion.
Her  father  was  encouraged  by  a  Christian to read 
the  Psalms  from  the  Bible.
He  was  deeply  impressed  by  the  23rd Psalm
"The  Lord  is  my shepherd,
I  shall  not  want".
He  pondered  over the  concept of
God  being  a  shepherd, this  was
absolutely  alien  to  his  religious  background.

As he  read  more of  the  Bible  ,
he  became  convinced  of  the reality
of  Christ  and accepted  Him
as  Saviour.
He  encouraged his  wife  and  children to  read  the  Bible
and  one  by  one  they  all
put  their  trust  in  Christ.
When  this  family made   an open
declaration  of  their  faith
they faced tumultuous  opposition
from relatives  and  their
high caste   wealthy  community.
They  were  completely  ostracized and  denigrated.
This  hurt  them deeply but  they
held  on  to  their  faith in  the face
of  trouble.
They  attend  a  church  which
comprises  of people  who  have  turned  to  Christ
from various  religions.
They all  are  learning  and
growing  together.

Uncle  Kumar (our  Patriarch) brings
a  word  of  encouragement  and blessing

Brother  Emmanuel  with his  children

Games  time



Playing  ball in  the blazing  35C plus or 95*F  sun.

Youngest ball  player

In all  we  were  about  60  people.
God  gave  us  a  wonderful  time.

15 Fertilize my soul:

Dani said...

Its always such an encouragement to be around so many young people who love the Lord, isn't it? The little ball player is so cute....so many smiles and the joy they share comes through the computer screen...wonderful!

sarah said...

looks like an awesome church.

*The Old Geezer said...

It looks like you all had a wonderful time together. I like the girls testimony. Isn't it amazing how God draws people out of false religions unto Himself? :-)

Mari said...

It just wonderful how the glory of God reaches everyone of us, regardless how far we may be, his love is always never.

God bless your church :)

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

What a successful church retreat. Wonderful testimonies, and blessed fellowship.

Doris

Amrita said...

Thank you so much for your comments of kindness and love my dear friends

Carol-Ann. said...

Whew! I was right with you until the ball game in the heat! Good times, Amrita! So glad to read about this! C-A

Zim said...

How many people have You in Your church? We have about 100. I see You have similar number :)

David C Brown said...

It's wonderful to know the Shepherd, and to hear of others being drawn to the Shepherd.

monsoon dreams said...

Good to know u had a wonderful time,Amrita.
Bit exhausted mentally.Pls do keep me in ur prayers.Love

Amrita said...

I will pray for you MD

Amrita said...

Not all people here belong to our church. Our church is smaller - the came from different places

Amrita said...

Dear C-A, I must confess I was standing under a shady neem tree while the youngsters enjoyed the sun

Kimmie said...

Hi Amrita;

This year many Indian families have joined my church. One man is a doctor and is influencing his whole community. Each week I am amazed at how many new Indian families are joining us to worship Him.

Kimmie
mama to 8
one homemade and 7 adopted

Amrita said...

Good to hear that Kimmie