Dear Fellow Workers in Christ,
Greeting to you and your families. I give all praises to our Lord Jesus Christ for His continued faithfulness towards us and the ministry. We have had an unusually hot summer this year. Many people in the north of India have lost their lives due to a lack of proper shelter. Many times, we as Christians forget to thank the Lord and take for granted the blessings we receive each day. I encourage you, as I do my family, to thank the Lord for the simple things in life, food, clothes, our homes, etc. Please do keep the people of North India in your prayer as we expect the monsoons to start at the end of this month.
By the grace of God the kids at the schools in Mysore and Belgaum did well in their 10th grade final exams. All but six kids have passed the exams. They will have a chance to retake them this coming June. As I mentioned in my last newsletter, these exams put a lot of stress on the kids. Please keep the six kids in your prayers as they prepare to retake the exams in June. The kids at the orphanage have really enjoyed their summer brake. They loved visiting the local mall a few times to watch movies and hang out with friends as all teenagers do. We had a few picnics in the school garden, and a few BBQ’s at John and Sunita’s Beautiful Gate school. The kids send their thanks and greetings to all of you.
By the grace of God, the Beautiful Gate Special School will be opening a new branch this coming school year. The new school is located about 20KM from the present school location. One of the teachers who has been working at the school will be heading the new project. The gentleman who has been so generous in letting us use his building, free of cost, is a Hindu and a friend of ours. As this new school ministers to the kids, I pray that our friend and his family would see Jesus through this ministry. Please keep this new project in your prayers.
My brother Steve, sister-in-law Vidya, and my mother Helen send you their greeting. My mother as usual keeps herself busy with the girls that she is mentoring at the orphanage. Her arm has almost recover from the surgery she had a year ago. She thanks you all for remembering her in your prayers. Steve and Vidya are back in Belgaum preparing for the new school year. Admissions for the kids and interviews for new teachers are going on at the moment. Please pray that the Lord will grant us wisdom in selecting the right candidates for the teaching and administrative positions.
The construction of the church in Sikkim continues by the grace of God. Pastor Stephen updates me on a daily basis on the ongoing work. To save on financial cost, most of the construction has been done by the church members. In the pictures that I am attaching, you will see the church family working together to build the house of our Lord. They pray, sing, eat and work together to see this church building go up. I praise and thank the Lord for His faithfulness towards us and the ministry in Sikkim. I extend the church members thanks to all of you who have come forward in prayer and financial support towards the construction of this church building. I will keep you updated on the construction of the church in the coming months.
Once again I thank you for joining hands with us, as we continue to serve our Lord in this wonderful land of India.
In His service,
Sam and Shurhosieno