Sri Lanka Mission Messenger Jan-Feb 2014

Date: Saturday, 22 February 2014
Author: Rev Shanmugam N V Partheepan

Dear Friends

Our Triune God has guided us amazingly in this past year. It is always a pleasure to share what God has been doing in Sri Lanka for the furtherance of His Kingdom. Last year we faced so many, many problems in this part of God’s vineyard where He has placed us. But now we can look back and see how the Lord has led us into His ultimate purpose. It is very encouraging to know that the Lord will continue to lead us this year in the same manner.

Ministry:
We are very thankful for the way in which the Lord has helped us to grow in the knowledge of Himself.

Our ministry has not grown numerically, but, we trust it has spiritually.

As you will all be aware, we now have a congregation of twenty who worship together with us in the morning service. In the evening we similarly have twenty adults, but along with them we have fifty five children who also attend with us. Out of this number, there are ten adults who attend faithfully both services and the midweek prayer meeting.

We also continue to hold a youth meeting where six young people come along. I am very happy with the way they are coming to understand the Word of God.

Overall our spiritual ministry is growing by the grace of God. But we need more of His grace to grow until He comes.

In the morning I am preaching through the “Lord’s prayer”, whilst in the evening I preach a simple gospel message. I have been teaching on the “Regulative principal” in the prayer meeting and have found it to be a really blessed time.

As many of you will be aware, we started bible classes for local ministers in order to help teach them the doctrines of the Word of God, (of which in Sri Lanka there is a gross ignorance of). Currently we have twelve students who are studying with us. I personally go and visit them after classes in order to get feedback from them. It seems that they are very much enjoying the classes and appreciate our work. Glory to God alone!

I mentioned in previous newsletters that we rented land which also had a house for worship. However, the building was not of sufficient size to accommodate the twenty adults and fifty five children. We therefore made a proposal to Ceylon Christian Care (CCC) and requested that they help us build a temporary worship hall on the area of land which we are leasing. I believe the Lord must have laid the work upon their heart as they were willing to help. This temporary structure can accommodate around 120 people very comfortably. We are very thankful to CCC.

Our Sabbath school ministry is also going well, and those who teach the children are very willing and committed to the task.

We have also appointed an evangelist on a contract basis. His name is Piratheepan, and he is also willing to study with us. One of our dear friends from a FCC congregation financially supports this 

Our Triune God has guided us amazingly in this past year. It is always a pleasure to share what God has been doing in Sri Lanka for the furtherance of His Kingdom. Last year we faced so many, many problems in this part of God’s vineyard where He has placed us. But now we can look back and see how the Lord has led us into His ultimate purpose. It is very encouraging to know that the Lord will continue to lead us this year in the same manner.

Ministry:
We are very thankful for the way in which the Lord has helped us to grow in the knowledge of Himself.

Our ministry has not grown numerically, but, we trust it has spiritually.

As you will all be aware, we now have a congregation of twenty who worship together with us in the morning service. In the evening we similarly have twenty adults, but along with them we have fifty five children who also attend with us. Out of this number, there are ten adults who attend faithfully both services and the midweek prayer meeting.

We also continue to hold a youth meeting where six young people come along. I am very happy with the way they are coming to understand the Word of God.

Overall our spiritual ministry is growing by the grace of God. But we need more of His grace to grow until He comes.

In the morning I am preaching through the “Lord’s prayer”, whilst in the evening I preach a simple gospel message. I have been teaching on the “Regulative principal” in the prayer meeting and have found it to be a really blessed time.

As many of you will be aware, we started bible classes for local ministers in order to help teach them the doctrines of the Word of God, (of which in Sri Lanka there is a gross ignorance of). Currently we have twelve students who are studying with us. I personally go and visit them after classes in order to get feedback from them. It seems that they are very much enjoying the classes and appreciate our work. Glory to God alone!

I mentioned in previous newsletters that we rented land which also had a house for worship. However, the building was not of sufficient size to accommodate the twenty adults and fifty five children. We therefore made a proposal to Ceylon Christian Care (CCC) and requested that they help us build a temporary worship hall on the area of land which we are leasing. I believe the Lord must have laid the work upon their heart as they were willing to help. This temporary structure can accommodate around 120 people very comfortably. We are very thankful to CCC.

Our Sabbath school ministry is also going well, and those who teach the children are very willing and committed to the task.

We have also appointed an evangelist on a contract basis. His name is Piratheepan, and he is also willing to study with us. One of our dear friends from a FCC congregation financially supports this 

evangelist and his work. He is distributing tracts, magazines and Christian books. He also hopes to complete our bible study course. He is married with three children. His son is sixteen and his two daughters are twelve and ten years old. Please do remember them in your prayers. We are also very thankful to another of our friends in the FCC who helped fund the purchase of a second hand motor bike for his work.

Practical ministry:

The pre school work is going well and we now have a good reputation amongst the village and the surrounding area. Indeed, a pre school which is already in place has approached us and requested that we take over the administration of the running of their pre school.

We are helping where we can in a practical way to provide much needed nutrition to pregnant women, babies and elderly people where the want is greatest. This is proving to be a great opening to witness for Christ. As a result of this ministry one new family has started attending our evening service. Our prayer is they will inherit eternal life. Maran continues to administer all the charitable work and he is doing a good job for us.

Sometimes we think that CCC is only interested in aid work, but this is not the case as they are helping to pay for the running costs of our mission. I have found that CCC is acting almost like a deacons’ court. We are very thankful to CCC. They have been very open, spiritual and supportive to our mission in Vavuniya. They certainly have been a gift from God for our mission.

My personal note of thanksgiving:

Again, I do not know how to say thank you, as there are no words in the world to express my appreciation to those who support God’s work in Sri Lanka - mainly CCC and the FCC. I would like to mention individuals but they would not like me to, and therefore I again make a general note of thanks. More specifically I would like to mention:

  • Our friends who keep in contact with us by telephone or skype.

  • We have heard from those who are in contact with us that others are remembering us in

    prayer who we are not directly in contact with.

  • Those who have willingly supported us in practical ways.

  • CCC as they have been full of encouragement.

  • The FCC Home and Foreign Mission’s Committee as they have been very supportive of us.

  • We continue to receive lots of encouragements from the land of Scotland.

    Prayer requests:

  • Pray for our families – for the conversion of souls and the personal holiness of our families.

  • Pray for the outreach work – that lost and needy sheep may be found.

  • Pray for our worship services – that we continue to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

  • Pray for the bible classes – that the pure Gospel is proclaimed through this ministry.

  • Pray for our children and young people.

  • Pray for God’s continued guidance and protection.

  • Pray for CCC and the FCC Home and Foreign Mission’s Committee.

  • Pray that Dino and I can obtain without any problem our Visas for our visit to Scotland.Pray for me – that I can continue to work for the Lord, in the face of any discouragement.

  • “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