Reformed Protestant Mission Update

Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Author: Rev Shanmugam N V Partheepan

REFORMED PROTESTANT MISSION (Trust) LANKA MISSION MESSENGER (June - September Update) 

Dear friends,

Greeting from Sri Lanka.

It is always good to report on what our almighty God is doing in our homeland. It should encourage you (and us with you), the way in which the Lord is working in our land through His church.

Ministry:

I always remember my ordination service where one minister commented; “Parthee, the ministry is not yours but God’s”. God has sent us to build up His kingdom and we feel that the Lord is using us in His sovereign work of regenerating lost souls. We are very thankful for the way that the Lord is helping us to grow in the knowledge of the Lord in us. HIS ministry is growing in quantity and quality.

In the morning service, we have around 25 in attendance, whilst we have 85 in the evening (including children). One new family have begun to come regularly. There is also another single young man who has started worshipping with us faithfully, and attends both our evening service and also the prayer meeting. All those who attend our morning service, also regularly attend our prayer meeting, and that is a great encouragement to us. Please do remember our people; that they will be steadfast in their faith continually.

I am preaching through the Epistle to the Colossians in the morning service and I have a more simple gospel message in the evenings. At the prayer meeting we are currently studying the necessary qualifications of those in the eldership. We are very thankful that all the congregation are very keen to listen and also ask questions as well. Please do remember us in your prayers; that there will be spiritual growth in us.

The Sabbath school is going very well, and the teachers are very keen and capable to teach. The teachers are also bringing the gospel to their homes as well. Please do remember the children; that they might receive the salvation of their souls.

The youth ministry is also going well by the grace of God. Three of the youth are wishing to be baptised. This is a great encouragement to us. 

Three families have also expressed a desire to become members of the church too. God willing, we hope Rev. William Macleod (one of the elders of our church) will come and visit us in November 2014. Our intention and prayers are that Mr Macleod will assist in determining the suitability for membership, and undertake the baptism and communion season services during his visit. Please do remember these services in your prayers. 

Several opportunities have opened for further gospel work on the East and also the North East coast of Sri Lanka. We have visited these places and it would seem there is a potential to begin some bible study groups, with a view to determining the potential for starting worship services there. God willing, I plan to visit these locations once a month and lead some bible study sessions in the evenings during the week. Please do remember this new gospel work, that there may be many converts.

Our bible classes program for the local ministers is also going well. We have successfully finished one semester and, God willing, will start the next semester in October 2014. We have recently received new applications from more interested students. Please do remember this ministry; that God would prepare fruitful men for the furtherance of His kingdom.

We have also undertaken evangelistic gospel work in the highways and byways. Our evangelist continues to work and visit door to door with gospel tracts. Please do remember him and this marvelous work in your prayers.

Thanksgiving: 

Ceylon Christian Care (CCC) and the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) (FCC) are assisting on a regular basis with the financial needs of the running costs of the mission work. I am very thankful to them both.

I am also very thankful that we now have a kirk session and deacons court in place. This is a real blessing to our mission. The church courts consist of Revs. William Macleod, Harry Woods, Greg MacDonald, myself and Mr Donald John Morrison.

We thank all those who remember us in their prayers. Be assured, God is listening and answering your prayers and is blessing His work in Sri Lanka.

We also wish to thank all those who showed us hospitality and generosity during our visit to Scotland. It was a really refreshing time for us.

We also express our gratitude to the FCC Scaladale 20s/30s weekend, as their donation helped our mission in a practical way. We used their financial gift to help build a kitchen for a poor widow.

Finally, we thank all you who would not want your names mentioned, but who help in many practical ways as well - may the Lord bless you all according to His richness.

Charity work:

The pre-school work is going smoothly and has a very good reputation and testimony in that village. This work has been a great provision of educational help to those who had previously no opportunity of such. CCC is very supportive of this project. CCC continues to be willing to support us with both our spiritual and physical needs, in the extending of God’s kingdom in Sri Lanka. 

Upcoming events (October - November 2014):

  • 8 October - National holiday - Bible class

  • 6 November - National holiday - Bible class

  • 21 November, 5pm, preparatory service, Rev. SNV Partheepan

  • 22 November, 5pm, preparatory service, Rev. W Macleod

  • 23 November, 8am, communion service, Rev. W Macleod

  • 23 November, 4:30pm, thanksgiving service, Rev. W Macleod

  • 23 November, baptism and membership meeting

  • 24 and 25 November, ministers’ conference, Vavuniya, Rev. W Macleod

    All of these are subject to God’s will. Please do remember these events in your prayers.

    “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

    In His service

    Parthee