In November last year, we reported as follows under the headline “Fellowship of Blessed Hope churches “captured” by “rebel” pastors returned to FBHC control.’

Please rejoice with the Yesuway Jeevan Mission team, that by God’s grace and because of continuing, quiet consultation by Mission Manager Immanuel and FBHC President Rev. A. Jerald and with the cooperation of the respective leaders and members of the congregations of two FBHC churches in the south of the Tamil Nadu State, and with some assistance from the local authorities, the churches at Kodaikanal and Periyakulam have been restored to the control of the Fellowship, and new pastors have been appointed and accepted by the congregations.

At Periyakulam, which is about 500km to the south-west of Chennai, Pastor T. Daniel, who was pastor of the church some years ago, has been re-installed as Pastor, and he and his wife Jenimol and their three sons were welcomed to the church and consecrated to the Lord’s service by FBHC President Rev. A Jerald before the congregation of about 70 believers on Sunday 12 November. The congregation had recently put tremendous effort into cleaning and repainting the building, and a leadership committee to work with the pastor has been formed.”

Please praise the Lord that He has already put His seal of approval on the ministry at Periyakulam (which as a matter of interest translates as “big lake”) and the Holy Spirit has been working through the church’s ministries.

There are now 35 families (90 members) attending the church, and in early February Pastor T. Daniel Manasseh had the privilege of baptising seven ladies and one man, following their public testimony to their faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.

Please join our brothers and sisters in the Lord at Periyakulam in praising God for these new members of His church, and pray for the eight candidates, that they may grow in grace and the knowledge of their Saviour. Pray also that the ministries of the church will continue to thrive in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Please pray especially for Pastor Daniel and his wife and children.