last visit to
India in the month of October 2008, the city of Delhi, I was approached
by three ministers from Punjab requesting me to make a trip to
their state to hold some meetings in the early part of 2009, the
Lord willing. I said I would pray about it. When I was in Mumbai ministering the Word, I was requested by
some ministers to hold a convention in Kolhapur district in the
southern part of the state of Maharashtra. Bro. Solomon Jacob,
a Jewish believer of the message and minister of the Word of God,
telephoned me to request the same.
the schedule and the conventions were planned by the ministers
in their respective states for the month of February.
12: My flight took off in the evening and I arrived
into Mumbai at near midnight. Mumbai is a commercial city and hotels
near the airport charge prime rate for their rooms. Any reasonable
hotels that are some 15km away are also costly, about S$80
(Singapore Dollars). But there is problem getting to the airport. There are many areas of
the highway under re-construction. Traffic in many cities of
India is atrocious. There are just too many vehicles creating a
jam at every junction and turn; each vehicle tries to beat the
others to stay ahead. A 15km distance to the airport may
take an hour or more if one is lucky.
blessed to have the love of good Christian believers who took the
effort to find me cheap accommodation near the airport upon my
request. What a blessing when a Hindu man (Bro. Pressan) came into the Truth some
months back. He lives just about 3km away from the domestic airport
in a very crowded area. Most of the buildings are old. Just next to
his tiny apartment of the same building, the owner, a Hindu, had
converted the one room apartment into a lodging room to take in
guests. The room was secured for only 400 rupees (S$13), a concession
only for Hindus. The room was clean and comfortable enough. I had a
good rest that night.
February 13: Sister Flossy and
Bro. Pressan saw me off at the airport just as they had received me on
my arrival. The flight to the capital city of Punjab, Chandigarh was delayed for more than an hour. Upon my arrival, Bro.
Pratap Singh (from Delhi)
A few good questions were
asked. One good one was on the "sin that does not lead to death"
that the Apostle John mentioned in 1 John 5:16-17. It was discussed
and Biblically answered to everyone's satisfaction.
second day's meeting went on to the late afternoon after much
singing and worship of the Lord. More
non-Christians came, the Silks and the Hindus. So, in the
administration of the Word a balance was kept in feeding the
believers with some strong meat and the sinners with the Gospel
of Jesus Christ. It was wonderful to see the Silks and the
Hindus singing and worshipping together with the believers. They
must be searching for Truth and may the Lord open their hearts
to see the salvation that lies in His begotten Son, Jesus
February 16: This morning we
(Bro. Pratap Singh, Bro. Robin William, his
wife, his little son and
I) left in the car for a long drive up, northwest, to Batala which
is a city not far from the Pakistan border. Bro. Kans Masih left the
night before to his home to prepare for the convention.
stayed in a small hotel room right in the dusty city of Batala. The
room was more bearable than the previous one in Ropar. Though the night
was colder than in Ropar the heater warmed up the small room
meeting place was also held in a village, about 15 minutes drive from
the city. The meeting started in the evening around 5pm but the
their time coming. The singing continued until about 7.30pm when
worship was offered to the Lord and the
ministration of the
Word began at 8pm to 10pm. Believers came from different
villages. A good number of other religious faith were presented.
And so again a balance of the ministration of the Word of God
This morning I woke up with a painful right Achilles tendon that
had me limping for 3 days. I suspect the heavy
blanket, in a cover sheet, must have put too must pressure on
the heel while I slept on my back throughout the night. I have also
noticed pimply rashes on my hands and side of face. They
remained throughout the rest of my trip. Though they were not
itchy, they did not all clear up even after I returned home.
There were two meetings today, one in the morning and one in the
evening. The evening meeting drew an unexpected crowd of
people. Pastor Robin was extremely glad about it. The previous
day's meeting must have prompted more people around the
village to come. The Lord guided me through with getting a
balance meal for the saints and sinners. There were shows of
hands among the sinners that they desired Christ to be in
their life and saints who wanted more of Christ and those
who needed healings. Prayers were made and
thanksgiving offered to the Lord.
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18: We headed down to Chandigarh in the morning where I
spent the night before the flight back to Mumbai the next day.
the flight was delayed. In Mumbai, I stayed in the same lodge
for the night and flew out to Kolhapur on the morrow in another
delayed flight. The flight took 1 hour 10 minutes.
Kolhapur lies SSE of Mumbai.
February 20: Bro. Solomon Jacob
and Pastor Kiran received me at the airport and drove me some 25km
to a small town, Ichalkaranji, where I stayed in a Hindu run hotel
that served only pure vegetarian food. It was a clean hotel and the
room cost less than those that I stayed in Punjab.
21: In the
morning, Bros. Solomon and Kiran came to take me to a village called
Patten-Kodoli for a meeting. Together with two other brothers, Bros.
Bhalerao and Vijoo, who came in the morning to lodge in the same
hotel, we set off.
I spoke on God's Four
Indictments against Israel and how the same are applied to Church
today. Many have spoken harsh words against the Lord, calling evil
good and good evil, turning away from God's ordinances of Water
Baptism, Feet-washing and Communion, and robbing God. It was
reported to me later that many had confessed to their guilt of
failing to fulfill what God requires, especially in giving to God
what He had given them.
was Sunday. This was the first of 3 days' convention in the village
of Kumbhoj, about 20 minutes drive from the hotel. It was to have started in the morning but for a
believer's father who passed away the night before, the meeting was
delayed to the afternoon as the villagers carried out the burial.
laying the foundation of the Word for the believers beginning with
the differences between religion and salvation, between having a
religious spirit and having a spiritual life.
following two days of
23-24 I continued
to stress on the importance of holding to the Infallible Written
Word of God as our Absolute. I took the assembly through the
Creation, the Fall of Lucifer, the Making of Eve, the Sin of Adam
and many other connecting topics that were important to their
understanding of the Plan and Purpose of God.
Emphasis was also put on
cleanliness, the wearing of jewellery, and the redeeming of time
when it comes to assembling themselves together.
each meeting, prayers were made for the sick and those who were
oppressed by devils.
25: As most
of the believers had left for home, either the previous night or
this early morning, the afternoon was spent in showing some video
clips and explaining how the many false prophets and false teachers
operate to deceive their audiences across America and the world.
checked out of the hotel in the morning and was driven to the
airport by Bro. Solomon. Once again the flight was delayed. I
arrived in Mumbai at 5.30pm instead of 12.55pm. Kingfisher
Airlines apparently grounded their flight from Sholapur to Mumbai
due to a low load of passengers and then had the Kolhapur-Mumbai
flight re-direct to Sholapur to pick them on route. The total number
of passengers on the two sectors was about 60 and the plane could
carry 80. Fortunately, my connecting flight home to Singapore was at
past midnight. The lodge in Mumbai was not available for me
that day as it was booked far in advance by someone else. As it was
just a few hours to connect my flight, I decided not to go to
another lodging house which was quite a distance away. I just stayed
and fellowshipped the time away in the tiny home of Bro. Pressan,
his wife and two children. Bro. Hubert , his wife and Bro.
Vijoo were also presented. I was glad that I did not go to the
other lodging house for the traffic congestion had almost hindered
me getting to the airport. God knew the situation.
Blessed be His Name.
Touching down in Singapore I was received by my deacon, Bro. Paul
Sim, who took me home in his car. As I thought of the trip, I
thanked God that my health was good even though I went through the
cold north and hot south of India where the dusty and dry humidity
had caused my sinus to cracked and bleed. Amen.