Vikasitha family greets you all from India!
Dear beloved faithful prayer partners and financial supporters,
It’s been almost six months since you heard from us. The Lord led and fed us through His unfailing love and faithfulness. We are thankful to you and proud of you for being part of this tremendous, long-lasting and life-changing ministry that He is doing here in India!
Summer Gospel Ministry (April 09 – June 09, 2012): Right after we closed our Bible college for summer vacation we started this nine full weeks ministry. We were able to cover 9 different districts and travelled 8,300 kms. Almost every day we distributed gospel tracts, conducted night open-air meetings and during the day, we did house visitations and believers gatherings. Many experienced the healing touch of the Lord, receiving Jesus as their Savior, strengthened in their spiritual lives and baptized. We have seen a great spiritual awakening in unreached people group areas. Pictures # 1 – 5
Children Ministry / Vacation Bible school (April 22 – May 05): This year we sent 40 of our Bible school students as teachers for this big event. This was a God given opportunity for our students to learn how to reach children for the Lord. We ministered to more than 2,700 children.
Children’s Home (Blossoming Buds Ministry): After six weeks of summer vacation, the Buds returned from their relatives and started their school year on June 7th. Now we have 41 Buds (20 boys and 21 girls). This year we added one girl in junior college. The Buds are growing and we are facing many challenges in raising them with good moral and spiritual values. Surekha spends lot of her time in counselling them.
Vikasitha Philanthropists / Pastors: 29 are working in 13 different districts. We see tremendous growth in their work. In spite of financial struggles all are working faithfully. Every month different district pastors get together for one or two days in one of the pastor’s place for prayer and accountability. Pictures # 10, 11
Medical ministry through our ‘Living Water Health Care Centre’: It is a great blessing to our children and local community. As the Lord provides we give free consultancy and medicines. Periodically, local doctors come to help us.
Training Harvesters (Bible college ministry): On April 26, the students who finished 2-year training program went into the field. Ten years ago, in 2002 we started this ministry and more than 400 who finished training went out into ministry. The Lord has given our Bible College a good reputation. Now we have 54 young men and women where many institutions are struggling to get students.
Vanitha (Ladies) Self-Help Centres: We are operating 5 centres in 5 different districts. We provide training in different skills to earn their living as well as a blessing to their communities. We appointed well trained instructor. This is a great means to ’share the Love and show the Light’ which is our motto.
Widows and Old Aged people ministry: They stay in their own places but financially every month we support them. We support 39 with $ 8 USD and yearly with a special gift (blankets or sarees) and some time we provide for their medical needs.
Women (Pastors’ wives) conference (July 17 – 20): Six years ago God laid a burden in Surekha’s heart to strengthen pastors wives. Since 2010, we seriously starteded to pray and plan. The Lord wonderfully sent 3 experienced women of God (who have great hearts for pastors’ wives) and one sister, an excellent musician from Mosaic, LA. This was exclusively for pastors’ wives and also it was a state wide conference. 318 were registered and few others from local area attended. What a tremendous impact we were able to leave on God’s servants. Our heart desire and prayer was that women who participated should go back to their places and conduct same kind of conferences (district wide) for their own area pastors’ wives. By faith we promised that when they hold our conferences women from here will come and encourage them.
We are already seeing the fruit. The first conference was held on August 22 – 24 in Nellore district (7 hours from Vijayawada). We conducted three nights of gospel meetings, two days women meetings, one youth gathering and one leadership meeting for pastors. Conveners testified that in the past two decades they have not seen such a revival in that area which they experienced during these meetings. The Lord mightily anointed our team and used us for His glory. All the glory goes to the Lord! The second conference was held in Vizainagaram district (one night journey from Vijayawada) on October 16 and 17. During the day time sessions for pastors’ wives and nights gospel meeting for local communities. Our team leaves on 15th, Monday night. Few other district people are planning to hold conferences in their areas. Our goal is to see this as a movement in our state of Andhra Pradesh.
Urgent Donations Needed!
Dear beloved brothers and sisters, I want to put a request before you to consider and pray. Please come, see and experience what the Lord is doing and how much work is going on here with your investment of faithful prayers and valuable finances. I am not a person who gives each and every detail, especially in figures. So much of quality work is being done so far. We want to prove ourselves as good stewards before the Lord and people.
Our Indian economy is very bad. In the past 2 months cooking gas, petrol, diesel and electricity charges have gone so high and this effect was on many other necessities. Our financial position at Vikasitha ministries is not good at all this year. We are struggling a lot. Every month we need about $ 6,500 USD to run all these ministries. What we receive is hardly 65% of what we need whether from USA or local supporters. We need little more than $ 10,000 USD to make up the difference or to pay pending bills. We appreciate your consideration in this regard. Please lift us up in your prayers.
All donations are tax deductable. If you would like to make a donation, you may write a check to “Aslan’s Army” and at memo write gift to Vikasitha and send it to:
Mark Smith, Aslan’s Army, 3510 Fairmont Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA. 92886 www: aslansarmy.com
In Him and for His Glory,
Your Indian Brother for all