Samuel is a pastor and missionary leader in South India whom HeartCry began partnering with in February 2013. He is married with two children. Together with his father, Samuel oversees a missionary organization that is currently supporting and training several pastors who labor in the villages surrounding his city.
Dear Brothers and Sisters: Greetings in the name of our Lord, Saviour, and Redeemer, Jesus Christ!
We know we have only one mission this side of eternity, and that is to glorify our God through our lives, our families, and our churches. God’s kingdom cannot be spread unless the Church remains strong and faithful to the Scriptures (I Timothy 3:15). Ultimately, God’s name is glorified through the Church of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:6-7), a group of people whose lives have been washed, cleansed, and purified in the blood of Jesus Christ, and through whose lives the gospel message radiates (Colossians 3:13-17; Matthew 5:14-16).
I remember what my principal, Mr. Philip Eveson, used to say: “We are all like a chain in God’s kingdom. We are linked to one another in an inseparable way.” God doesn’t call everyone to be elders or missionaries, but God calls each one of us to be faithful to His Son and also to our individual callings as members of our local churches (Ephesians 4:1, Acts 2:42). God, in His divine providence, placed us in various countries and in various situations to move towards one goal, the spread of His Kingdom.
I just want to let you know that your sacrificial giving is helping us to focus on ministering to God’s people by way of preaching, teaching, and counselling. We are also involved in many other activities, including distributing Bibles, training village pastors, and translating good books into the vernacular. We translated three chapters from Brother Paul Washer’s book, “The Gospel Call & True Conversion” and published a booklet into Telugu. Understanding the needs of the local village pastors, these small booklets will be great learning tools. We also published the same booklet in English. Solid books in English will be of a great help to the English speaking congregations across India.
Last year, with the help of HeartCry, we were able to conduct a Pastor’s Conference in Vinukonda. It proved to be a great blessing to many pastors who attended. I have personally been witness to a few pastors whose preaching has dramatically changed since they attended the conference.
Brothers and sisters, I want to thank God for your love, prayers, and sacrificial giving for missionaries like us. It means a lot to us. In everything, we serve with a sense of gratitude and thanksgiving to our glorious God.