— Khandala, India 2003
A request was made that I should minister in a convention in a hilly
resort of Khandala, about 200 km from the city of Mumbai, India on the 21-24
May, 2003. Because of the present SARS situation existing in Singapore and
several other parts of the world, I decided to go a few days earlier just to
avoid any further development of unforeseen circumstances which would hinder
my travel. I left for Mumbai, India on Friday, 16 May, 2003.
There are two churches in Mumbai associated in the same
faith. One is in Agripada and the other is in Borivli. The pastors are Richard
D'souza and Hubert D'souza respectively; both D'souzas are not blood related. They are situated about 30 km apart in different suburbs. A combined
meeting was held on Sunday evening in a hall of the YMCA where I stayed.
On the 21 May, we left for Khandala, some by hired
coach, some by public bus. Believers from far away states of India in the north
and south made their way
there by train. They came from the following cities and towns: New Delhi,
Mordabad, Rampur, Conoor, Gudiyatam, Ahmednagar, Mangalore, Kumbhoj, Sangli,
Jalgaon, Agripada and Borivli.
The saints convened for an evening
service. The following days were broken up as such - morning devotion, breakfast,
Worship and Word, tea break, service, lunch, tea break, Worship and
Exhortation, tea break, Worship and Word, dinner, bedtime. On the fourth day
everyone left the camp after lunch.
The main subject touched upon during
the convention was THE VIRGINS of Matthew 25, in relation to the seven
parables of Matthew 13. The preaching and teaching were interpreted into Hindi
which language was understood by all those present who did not understand English.
My interpreter was Bro. Solomon Jacob, a Jew but a believer.
Pastor Hubert D'souza exhorted the
saints during the Worship and Exhortation service. Pastor Pratap Singh of
Delhi was his interpreter.
My stay in Mumbai and Khandala was
well cared for by the brothers and sisters in Christ. I truly appreciate each
and everyone of them. Many of the saints from the different parts of India
have been in association with me and my ministry in the faith for many years.
Their lives and testimonies have brought many of their loved ones and sinners
to the Lord and the present truth. One particular saint I would mention here
is an ex-Roman Catholic nun whose testimony you should read. [Click
Before leaving for home, I ministered
one final time to those who were able to come to Mumbai on the 25 May. I spoke
on our position with Christ in God's foreordained salvation plan
"It is finished!"
from Genesis to Calvary, the revelation of which was uttered by Christ as
from Calvary to eternity, "It is finished!".
Dear Bro. Gan,
Christian Greetings !
We had a wonderful feasting of the word in the Kandala Convention 2003 and as
Bro. Richard mentioned the climax was the YMCA meeting on 25th May 2003 when
your preaching of the word shook all the brethren and
stirred their hearts. I myself was very much touched by your preaching and the
important substance in your message for me was that doing the will of God in
our life by lining our walk in life according to his word and like Paul we
should 'die daily'. This part of the message had a terrific impact on my life.
This preaching of the word at YMCA was the best spiritual food we received and
it was very needful for the present hour. The ministers who attended the
meeting were shaken when you mentioned that all the work that the ministers
have done is nothing if they don't live their lives according to the will of
God and if they don't 'die daily'.
Love and regards to you, your family and your congregation
Your bro. In Christ,