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April Blessings for Grace Children’s Home – India 2021

It is always a blessing to receive photos from Rev. Cornelius in India.   This time we received photos of the children of Grace Children's Home.   It was a great time for everyone including the children, the staff, and some widows who rely on the Home for food.   We were able to send a little extra support money to the home which permitted Rev. Cornelius to purchase soft drinks for the children.  You can see the smiles on their faces.   Rev. Cornelius has a great heart for the children and also for people in general. I am always impressed seeing the ...
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Church Construction in India – April 2021

In a remote village in India a faithful congregation of poor villagers dig out the foundation for a new church by hand.  No running water is available nor do they have a water well.  Water is carried to the location.   They are asking for some financial help to be able to finish construction.  Materials needed are cement, tin for a roof, and especially a well for water.  Click here to see a short video of the work in progress:  https://youtu.be/kYd0jn9QUj8 If you feel led to donate to help them with purchasing materials click on the "Support Us" link at the top-right ...
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New Converts Baptized On Easter Sunday- April 4, 2021

2000 years ago Jesus Christ rose from the grave and ascended into Heaven.  We celebrate that glorious occasion each year on Easter Sunday.   On Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, Rev. Cornelius in India led 7 new Christians to a river where they were baptized.   Their baptism was an outward sign of dying to their old sin nature and rising from the grave (water).   What a perfect way to celebrate Resurrection Day!   Photos below: Rev. Cornelius leading them to the river Rev. Cornelius explaining baptism The new converts Rev. Cornelius praying over the new Christians Beginning the baptisms Rev. Cornelius praying ...
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Outreach to Jaipur in Odisha State, India – March 29, 2021

(Below is the report from Rev. Sikila Cornelius) Dear sirs, On March 29, 2021, I traveled with my outreach team to Jaipur in Odisha State. It was difficult getting there. It took nearly 6 hours as it is a jungle area, and the roads are not good. We stayed in the village where there was no electricity, no water, no washrooms, and no transportation. While there I trained 40 people including pastors and the young people who are willing to serve.  I trained them how to plant churches, how to evangelize, and all of them were blessed.  The need is ...
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Feeding Children of the Poor in India – 2021

In March of 2021 the director of Grace Children's Home and a few volunteers were able to visit villages outside of the orphanage and by the Grace of God they were able to give meals of rice and curry to hungry Dalit children.   This was a rare occasion because funds are mostly used to feed the children of the orphanage.   But there was a little extra this time so it was put to good use.   The kids in the video get a little excited and it's evident by the chatter.  Thank you for your giving to this ministry so we ...
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Evangelism in India and Children Celebrating Int’l Women’s Day – March 2021

Rev. Sikila Cornelius and other pastors regularly evangelize villages of poor Dalit, a people of the lower class in India.   The pastors use the "Jesus Film" to effectively share the Gospel and also travel in teams to villages with megaphones to preach the Word of God.  In the various videos sent to us hardly any one is seen gathering around to listen but even if the people remain secluded in their homes, the power of the megaphone is hard to dismiss.   Some photos show village women responding to Rev. Cornelius as he shares the Gospel and other photos show people ...
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Pastors Evangelize a Remote Village in India

On February 11, 2021 Rev. Cornelius and other pastors hired a TukTuk (Rickshaw) and traveled to a remote village to share the Gospel.   It was reported no one had ever visited to share the Good News of Jesus Christ before so this was a first.   The evangelists passed out 40 Gospel tracts and preached the Gospel to 90 people.  There was no word received of any salvations but by the photos the message was well received.  It is certain that if funds are provided to make a return trip, the evangelists will revisit the village and prayerfully, witness many salvations.   ...
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Mountain Tribal Outreach In India – January 11, 2021

(A note from Val:  When all is said and done in this world only one thing that will stand for all of eternity is the answer to the question, "Do you know Jesus as Savior?".   Your voting preference will not matter, nor will the balance in your checkbook, the home you own, or the car you drive.  The number of friends you have will not matter and whether you have a close relationship with your pastor or priest will be lost in time.   The most important answer to the question asked above is, "Yes! I know Him!".   The report you ...
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Celebrating Christmas – Grace Children’s Home in India – December 20, 2020

Thanks to the love and faithfulness of a few supporters of the ministry we were able to relay support to Rev. Sikila Cornelius, founder of Grace Children's Home in India.  On December 20, 2020 a great celebration of our Lord's birth took place with over 800 attending and sharing in a meal.   Children, widows and pastors received gifts of clothing, etc., during the celebration. Photos below do not need much explanation as the smiles on their faces says it all.   They were blessed and we give God all the glory for it. Many thanks to those of you who gave ...
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Converts Are Baptized and The Hungry Are Fed – Nov. 2020

We just received photos of two events that took place through the ministry of Pastor Cornelius.  One event was the baptismal service for new converts to Christianity.   The next event was taking bags of food to the hungry.  Many thanks to those who contribute to Pastor Cornelius' ministry through Covenant Messenger Ministry.   "Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you ...
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Having Church On A Rock

Despite the pandemic, food shortages, loss of income because of lockdown, etc., the Church of Jesus Christ is growing around the world.   The Holy Spirit is working continually to bring people to Jesus by the testimonies, preaching, and evangelism of common people.   When two or more gather they worship and learn more about our Lord.  Some are blessed to have a church with comfortable pews, heating and air conditioning, and some even serve coffee and snacks.   There are other areas of the world where the same Holy Spirit reaches the lost with the same message through others and they feel ...
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It Was Children’s Day At Grace Children’s Home – Nov. 14, 2020

Saturday, November 14 was Children's Day in India.  Children's Day is celebrated across India to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of children.  It is celebrated every year on 14th of November as a tribute to India's First Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Fondly known as Chacha (uncle) Nehru among children, he advocated for children to have fulfilled a education.   At Grace Children's Home the children did their exercises and then celebrated by eating cake.   Other photos taken last Wednesday show the children lining up and receiving their food.                      ...
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Ten New Converts Baptized!

It's evident that God is doing a great work in India.   It may have something to do with the pandemic and reminding people we are not guaranteed a tomorrow.  In times like this people regard eternity and how they would be judged should they pass away.  They have questions that religions cannot answer satisfactorily.   But when they learn about our Lord and that He wants to have a personal relationship with us, how He died for the remission of our sins, and how He would have done it for only you or me if we were the only people on ...
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Seven New Converts Receive Their First Bible

In the last post we told about seven Hindu women who received Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Later they were baptized in water.   An offering was received to buy Bibles for them and today Rev. Cornelius sent us the photos below.  As you can see by their faces they feel very blessed.   Two men are in the photo so we assume they were husbands of the other two women or were going to deliver the Bibles to the others.   There are many more people without Bibles.  One Bible costs about $4.  Please consider giving to this cause.   Thank you!   ...
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Seven New Names In The Lamb’s Book of Life!

    We received word from Pastor Cornelius that seven Hindu women have received Jesus as Lord and Savior.  The women were previously devout idol worshipers, that is until they met Jesus.   It is very difficult to witness in India and especially to those of the Hindu religion.   In many places in India a person is taking their life into their hands by evangelizing to the lost.   But with God, nothing is impossible! Rev. Cornelius also emphasized a need for Bibles to give to these new converts.   One Bible costs $4.  Please consider giving for this need.   See the link to ...
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Feeding The Widows in India – October 30, 2020

The other day I asked Rev. Cornelius in India to begin sending us photos of his everyday activities and include some of Grace Children's Home.   So, today we received the following photos.    But the first photo needs a little bit of description.  The first photo was taken a few months ago before the Covid-19 pandemic.   Cornelius would travel to the most remote areas where there was no electricity, no sewers, doctors or hospitals and preach the Gospel to the Dalits, the lowest of the classes of people in India.   Since the pandemic his traveling to preach has diminished except ...
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Caring For The Hungry In India – October 2020

Pastor Cornelius in India recently sent us the photos below of village children, widows and pastors who are hurting because of the pandemic.   Pastor Cornelius was able to provide food and hygienic items to village children.  He also gave food to the widows and some pastors.   India is 2nd in the world for the highest number of Covid-19 cases.  America being no. 1.   The biggest difference between the two is there is no government assistance to those who are unable to work, widows, etc., especially to these people who are of the lowest class in that nation.          ...
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Three Widows Walk 5 Miles for Food

We just received word from Rev. Cornelius in India that three widows showed up at his door asking for food.  They heard that he was helping others and so they walked five miles and back for a little rice.   This is the reality of suffering brought on by Covid-19.   In normal time widows usually depend on their children, other family members and/or friends to survive.  Now that people are not able to work it is causing many hardships, especially widows and children.   James 1: 7, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless ...
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Feeding the Hungry in India – July 2020

The Covid-19 situation in India is not getting any better.   So many people are in lockdown and unable to work to provide for their families.  Pastors and their families are starving because church services are cancelled and no tithes or offerings are coming in, which is their only source of income.    This ministry supports Rev. Sikila Cornelius and his orphanage but the support we send to him also goes to help feed the needy.  We were blessed to learn that because of offerings we have received for India in July, Rev. Cornelius was not only able to feed the ...
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India – School Supplies Provided for 172 Children!

Thanks to the generosity and compassion of others, we were able to give Rev. Cornelius in India funds to purchase school supplies for 172 children.   The children are Dalits and about half of them are orphans living at Grace Children's Home. Below are photos of the supplies and Rev. Cornelius and wife, Theresa, giving out the materials to some very happy children.   Many thanks to those who contributed to this cause.                                 ...
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