We had four God-filled, Spirit-soaked days in Ekklesia 2016. Read a report on how God moved us into a deeper realm of intimacy with Him on our latest blog.
Read some more powerful God-given revelations, inspiring devotions, encouraging posts, event reports and testimonies through the Timothians’ Corner blog. Do visit this page to read new blogs and thoughts every fortnight from the Rebuilders, and also some encouraging and powerful guest posts.
May our good Lord talk to you through these posts. God bless you. May God be glorified.
Barring some members of the Rebuilders family, not many knew this – but we faced a situation, wherein, despite blocking the camp location from the 26th-29th December, we could have lost it due to some unforeseen circumstances. With the location already announced in the run up to Ekklesia 2016, the team decided to pray. The team did not even think of a ‘Plan B’, for despite the nervousness, there was a strong belief that God will intervene on our behalf. And He did. His way! On 26th of December 2016, we were all flocking together at the Animation & Renewal Centre in Panvel, for what would be four days of absolute invasion of the Holy Spirit.
As we prayerfully plan and work towards another missionary trip – this time towards Madhya Pradesh, here is what I learnt from our Mission Nasik that was held late last year. Read on and be blessed:
That the young men and women of God were entering a time of warfare was clear the day before Ekklesia 2015 began. It was the morning after Christmas day, when a few young men were on their way to the camp-site to make some logistical arrangements, when the enemy tried to attack us. On a busy highway, the bike that was carrying two members of Team Ekklesia 2015 skidded off the road due to some miniscule plastic particles on the road, causing the youngsters to not just fall but to be swept across, a good eight to ten metres! The accident caused serious burns and injuries to both young men, but they knew they were guarded by the divine protection of our God Almighty, for behind them was a trailer that stopped just a couple of metres away from the fallen bike. That one of the two youngsters was the head of Team Ekklesia was proof enough that the devil was scared of what God is going to accomplish through Camp Ekklesia 2015.
With the excitement of what God had done the previous day, and what He was about to do on day two, the soldiers were up and ready for battle. Before moving on to our first mission village, some of us would pray over our host pastor and his family and relatives at their home.
The next village gave us a glimpse of God’s beautiful creation with greenery and small huts surrounding us, coupled with cattle and goats in their sheds lending a perfect background score as we went about distributing tracts and inviting people for our little ‘programme’ near the village sit-out junction. Megaphone ensured our voices were heard loud and clear as we sang praises to the King of kings. It was clear that the skit and the gospel had touched a few souls, as some seniors in the village who were watching the event, insisted that we partake in their hospitality in a cup of tea.
We plan. We prepare. But it is God who directs our steps. We had experienced this truth time and again. Probably due to our past experiences, or just plain readiness to accept the unknown, we were ready for surprises from the Lord.
And God did not disappoint. He had a few surprises in-store for us at the latest Mission Trip organized by Team Rebuilders. A team of 32 missionaries set foot in Nasik from Mumbai on the 30th of October 2015.
With hearts burdened but bags light we reached Nasik VTC (Vocational Training Center) early in the morning at 9 AM on the 30th October 2015. Soaking ourselves in prayers, we headed to our first village knowing fully well that we were going to experience His abundant grace.
Some say, she was 84 years old, while some others say that she was a widow for 84 years. But there are a couple of things that cannot be debated on. She was old! Very old! And secondly, no one can argue against what she has been doing all these years. For the Bible says, she did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting the warrior of faith – Anna, the Prophetess!
Anna was the most vulnerable in the worldly realm considering a woman to be alone for so many years without a support. But she was a giant when it came to the spiritual realm. Her circumstances failed in front of her love for God. Her persistence for HIS presence took HIM to where she was.
For months, much prayer and hard-work were sown into a camp that would raise up a God-hungry generation. These rich investments in the form of labour and prayer were to yield massive returns from the heavens above as we were to find out at Ekklesia 2014 from 28th to 30th December 2014.
That the registrations were closed much before the camp dates testified to the hunger of the young ones. Animation and Renewal Centre (ARC) at Panvel became home to about 200 campers for three God-filled days. Expectant souls poured in from various parts of India to experience the power of the Holy Spirit like never before. (more…)
2 Samuel 12:9
Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.
Most of us have read about the David and Bathsheba episode. If not, before reading this blog, I request you go through 2 Samuel 11 and 12.
King David sinned! The man who God had said is “after my own heart” fell to lust, eventually leading to a murder. Yes, even the biggest can fall. Make no mistake. Sin is enticing. It is pleasure-filled. It gives happiness. All of these and probably more! It is a fact.
“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
How often have we found planning for something big, but when it comes to execution – something totally different is what actually happens. That God was going to do something similar was revealed to us when we met and sat together to pray for Mission North East. But the extent to which He is going to change what we had planned was revealed only as and when we ministered in the region.
“We are Christ’s ambassadors and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ Himself were here pleading with you, “Be reconciled to God.”
2 Corinthians 5:20
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines an ‘Ambassador’ as “an official envoy, especially a highest ranking diplomat who represents a state and is usually accredited to another sovereign state, or to an international organization as the resident representative of their own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment.”
Here’s the last in the series for You vs You 4.0 panel discussion that was held on 23rd of August 2014. Biju Thomas, Former National Athlete 400 metres (India), answers questions related to Sports, Fame, Money and how a Christian should approach these areas.
Prince: In India, there is always a natural inclination towards taking interest in sports, and especially to Cricket. But someone taking up a career in sports is not something we see often in India. How can someone identify himself as a potential candidate who can go miles and be successful? Give us some tips on how to understand that.
Biju: Sometimes, by just looking at a person you can make out if he has the qualities of a sportsman/sportswoman. The very external looks and traits of a person can help you identify the sportsman/woman in him or her. I have a son who is so energetic and vibrant that to oxidize his energy levels every evening, I have to make him run till he gets tired enough to go to sleep.
Last week, we focussed on a Christian’s attitude towards Business – a topic that was discussed during You vs You 4.0. Continuing with that series, this blog focuses on a Young Christian’s attitude towards Ministry. The panellist who took on the questions was Pr. Jemy Jacob, IT Head, Invision Group of Companies. Pr. Jemy has also pioneered a church in Ghatkopar, which he currently pastors.
Prince: Jemy, you head the IT department for almost 3 companies at Invision Group and we being working in the same office, I see you work almost 9-10 hours daily. At the same time, you also pastor a church. With so much work-pressure, most of us are not able to devote as much time to God, let alone ministry! But you manage to guide an entire church to love God. Pastoring a church is not a joke and it requires a lot of time and commitment. So my first obvious question is: how do you manage and balance work and ministry. Can you give us some tips and pointers from your experience?