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A Tribute To Kumar

In January, 2020, we received word from India about a young handicapped man who received his very first Bible as a gift. His name is Kumar and he lived with his mother. In the photos you see Kumar receiving his Bible and then proudly hugging it as the photo was taken. When I saw this photo my heart went out to him. A few days later we also received word the body of Kumar had been found floating in a river. We don't know what happened except that being handicapped he probably could not swim and may have fallen in ...
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Good Reports From India

We had two good messages via Facebook this morning.  One was from Sikala Cornelius and the other was from Brother Raj who ministers with his father. Rev. Cornelius traveled 150 miles to a very remote village to reach the lost.   As his motorbike has quit working he hired a motor scooter taxi which cost him $28.  He reports that he is in desperate need of transportation, preferably a new motor scooter and that would give good transportation at a very low cost of gasoline.   With a motor scooter of his own the same trip would have cost him just $7 ...
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A Testimony: Healed of HIV, Hindu Accepts Jesus As Savior

From India comes two great testimonies.  One will be shared here and the other on another post.    Names are being withheld, except the Name of all Names, Jesus Christ.    Two scriptures pertaining to this testimony are: Matthew 9:35, "Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people." Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Now here is the first testimony: I am age 37 years and I work in a Life insurance Corporation as a Clerk.  ...
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Orphanage Receives Christmas Gifts – Dec. 2019

Through gifts given to the orphanage, founder Rev. Sikila Cornelius was able to purchase Christmas gifts for each child.   The orphanage is home to 37 children who must be cared for with food, clothing and other necessities.   As Christmas comes around each year it is a real challenge for the orphanage to be able to provide gifts to the children.  This year was exceptional as enough offerings were received to not only feed and clothe the children but also buy gifts for each one.    See the smiling faces as each child received their gifts.    Please consider giving on ...
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Rev. Dinesh and son, Raj, Help the poor at Christmas – 2019

This Christmas Rev. Dinesh and son, Raj, visited churches and gave out blankets and Bibles to the people.   It gets very cold at this time of the year and blankets are always welcomed gifts and of course, Bibles are treasured also.   Some received their first Bible this Christmas.   Below are photos of the activities that kept father and son busy serving the Lord by serving His people.   Please consider giving an offering and we will forward it to them.   ...
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Celebrating Christmas In India – 2019

This December Pastor Sikila Cornelius and his wife, Theresa, visited churches of the underprivileged Dalits.  Many are elderly who suffer from the cold winter climate.  Pastor Cornelius purchased several blankets and celebrated Christmas by giving the blankets to those in need.    Some accepted Jesus and were later baptized.  As usual, Pastor Cornelius fed as many as possible with rice and curry.  For some of them, it will be the only meal for that day.  See photos below:    ...
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Rev. Cornelius Baptizes 13 New Converts – Dec. 13, 2019

On December 13, 2019, Rev. Cornelius of India baptized 13 new converts in the Bay of Bengal.   See photos below.  Click on the left and right arrows to scroll.  Rev. Cornelius and assistant leading the convertsLeading the 13 convertsLunch before baptismExplaining baptismPraying over the convertsThe baptisms begin Previous Next Thirteen new names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life!  Now they need Bibles to learn more and help guide them into their new lives.  One Bible costs $4.  Please consider giving for at least one Bible and may God richly bless you as you do!     ...
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Building A Church & Going For Water in India

We were recently sent photos from Pastor Cornelius of workers building a church in a Dalit village.   As you can see, it is a rather crude structure.  No electricity, no running water, no air conditioner, etc., etc., but the Glory of God is just as much present in this church as it is in any majestic cathedral with gold trimmings.  Probably even more so.  Other photos depict women going for water, sometimes walking great distances and carrying the load on their shoulders or head.   There is a great need for wells, especially in the extremely poor Dalit villages.   The cost ...
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Baptism of New Converts- December 2, 2109

On December 2, 2019 Rev. Sikala Cornelius led a group of  people to a river and baptized 10 new souls recently won to our Lord Jesus Christ.   Below are photos: New names written in the Lamb's Book of Life!  Glory! ...
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India Calling

In our support of men and women of God who daily work towards helping the poor and needy, who willingly share the Gospel and bring others into the Kingdom of Heaven, we are committed to helping as much as we are able, and we call for others who feel as we do, that laying up treasures in Heaven is thousands of times better than laying up material wealth on earth, to respond with prayer but financial help too. There are many needs, but specific ones were given to us, in particular, by Rev. Cornelius, founder of Grace Children’s Home in ...
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Pastor Cornelius Baptizing Converts

On November 27, 2019, Pastor Sikala Cornelius traveled on a motorbike to a very remote village of Dalit people and shared the Gospel.   As stated in a previous report, Dalits are the lowest of the caste system of India.  But as Pastor Cornelius, a Dalit himself, once stated, "There is no caste system in the Kingdom of God". Numerous people accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  In the photos below you see Pastor Cornelius leading a group of converts to a river where he baptizes them.  Pastor Cornelius says the people need Bibles to grow in the Lord.  ...
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Dalit Village Receives Bibles After 3 years & Orphans Are Fed

On November 17, 2019, this ministry was able to wire a special offering to Rev. Cornelius in India.   We told Rev. Cornelius to use the offering as he is led by the Holy Spirit.   For three years a remote village of Dalits have been waiting for someone to bring them Bibles so they can grow in the Lord.   Rev. Cornelius purchased Bibles and traveled to the village to deliver them to the people.  The villagers were very happy to receive them.  While there Rev. Cornelius also baptized some new converts. Then Rev. Cornelius bought rice and ingredients for curry (a ...
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From Rev. Cornelius in India: Widows Receive Bread, Dalits Receive Jesus – From Pastor Raj, 37 People Saved!

Reports are coming in daily from Pastor Sikala Cornelius in one part of India and also from Pastor Raj and his father, Rev. Dinesh, in another part of India.   Pastor Cornelius reports that he was able to bless several widows with loaves of bread.  As he explains, in India many of the widows are rejected by their families and put out of home to survive on their own.  They have very few people to help with shelter, food, and clothing.   You can imagine how much of a blessing it was to receive free loaves of bread.   Pastor Cornelius and others ...
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An appeal for the Dalits, the oppressed, downtrodden and crushed ones of India

Although 3000 years old, the caste system in India is still in existence today but in milder forms.  The four primary castes are Brahmin, the priests; Kshatriya, warriors and nobility; Vaisya, farmers, traders and artisans; and Shudra, tenant farmers, and servants.  Some people were born outside of (and below) the caste system.  They are called "untouchables" or Dalits—"the oppressed, downtrodden, crushed ones." Like lepers in the Old Testament, the life of a Dalit was and in parts of India still is, very difficult to say the least.  In the past a Dalit was considered unclean and was not permitted to ...
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Evangelism in India – October 2019

We recently announced that Covenant Messenger Ministries has been led of the Lord to support a young man and his father in India.   As we said before, their names and exact location are being withheld from these reports for their safety.  Persecution of Christians in India is growing.   The controlling government is Hindu, which complicates matters even more.   In view of this and in order to identify ones we are talking about in the reports, I'm giving the son the name of Raj and the father, Rev. Dinesh.  Almost every day we receive a report from Raj and his father ...
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India is Hungry . . . . For God

We recently announced that Covenant Messenger Ministries has been led of the Lord to support a young man and his father in India.   As we said before, their names and exact location are being withheld from these reports for their safety.  Persecution of Christians in India is growing.   The controlling government is Hindu, which complicates matters even more.   In view of this and in order to identify ones we are talking about in the reports, I'm giving the son the name of Raj and the father, Rev. Dinesh.    God is working through these two men and accomplishing a lot ...
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Announcement!

We are excited about finding a brother-in-the-Lord in India who is fulfilling the Great Commission, working alongside his father, a pastor.   It's unfortunate, but we cannot give their names or location in India where they are working as the government there is Hindu and frowns on support of Christian ministries.    Money transfer agencies such as Moneygram, Xoom, etc., will not accept transfers in support of Christians in India.  We tried several agencies but every one of them refused to transfer our support from the U.S. to India.   By the grace of God we finally found one that was willing ...
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In Support Of Pastors In India

Through a Christian friend in India, Covenant Messenger Ministries has for years been supportive of several Pastors of small churches in his part of India.   The Christian friend's name is Kiran Babu, a student at a university who is studying law and has hopes of earning a degree to become a lawyer, specializing in representing Christian laypeople and Pastors. Most of the population of India practice Hinduism while 14.2% adheres to Islam.  Christianity is the 3rd largest religion and has to endure much persecution by the other two religions.    Up until a couple of years ago the area in which Kiran and ...
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Pastors In India Are Blessed At Christmas, 2017

Kiran Babu's ministry regularly supports several Pastors and this Christmas they celebrated with a lunch, Bible study and distribution of gifts, including a Saree for each of the Pastor's wives.   Covenant Messenger Ministries has supported Kiran's ministry for many years. Below are photos.                         Kiran gave each of the Pastors a Saree (Sari) for his wife             The Pastors enjoyed a lunch, followed by a Bible study led by Kiran ...
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Aug Food Dist 2017 – Village – Gollavani Tippa Road, Prakash Nagar Report

In August, 2017, Pastor Poul with Pastor Sagar and Mr. Ramesh, went to the village at Gollavani Tippa Road, Prakash Nagar in India. Usually, Pastor Poul goes to this area weekly to conduct prayer meetings but this time was different. This time the three men of God went to the village to distribute milk and eggs and vitamins to the children of the poor. Besides salvation, the main concern of the men who are ministering is malnutrition among the children. Another concern is the water they have to drink. Many illnesses occur with contaminated drinking water and this area is ...
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