Rev P. Lawrence, who was formerly pastor of the Fellowship of Blessed Hope Church at Mannivakkam Chennai, has for some years had an itinerant ministry in rural and tribal areas on the border of the Tamil Nadu State with the State of Andhra Pradesh to the north. He and his family (pictured) are based in the village of Mannivakkam.
He recently wrote as follows…
“During the pandemic situation my outreach ministry was quite suffered by lockdown. In this New Year 2021, the lockdown is partially released, therefore I started my itinerant ministry to rural and tribal areas near Pichatur, Kalahasthi and Thirupathi in Andhra Pradesh state.
In my mission strategy my college friends are also participating with me to reach the unreached society. Here the people from MUTHARASI sub caste community are too backward in illiteracy and innocent, so we extended God’s ministry towards literacy and evangelism. Meantime we met some bonded labourers who are suffering in brick kiln labour for past 60 to 70 years - that means two generations have lost the education and developments.
Many of them accepted Jesus Christ as their personal saviour and they are expecting a small church for praise and worship as we have.
- Pray for a young girl Miss Jenita undergoing kidney dialysis
- Pray for Mr. Vadivelu and his family who got baptised and are being a living testimony in his village.
- Pray for Mrs Poongodi is affected by a cardio problem for the past five years
Here we arranged a small gospel meeting and I delivered God’s word to them. End of the meeting we distributed gospel books.
In Agarambedu village near Nagalapuram people are gathering once in a week in evening for worship in front of Bro.Abraham house.
In Keelpudi colony near Nagalapuram, the Irular tribal people are living as bonded labourers. These people work for daily wages and suffering daily life without proper jobs and food.
In Chaverumbakkam village a small house church is gathering every Sunday. Some people from Mutharasi community have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and living as a good witness for Christ.
Once in three months, alternatively I am teaching a basic theological education to local evangelists in Nindra near Pichatur and Kumara Vengata Bhubalapuram towards Kalahasthi in Andhra Pradesh.
Prayer time for the burdened believers"
Please pray for Rev Lawrence and his family – his wife Ruth, their daughter Blessy Rebacca and their son Banias Stalin – and for their ministry, and for those to whom he ministers. Sister Ruth sometimes accompanies Lawrence as he travels.
Lawrence asks that we pray especially for his daughter Blessy who will be writing the especially important 10th Standard Public Examinations in March/April. The results of these exams are very important in respect to continuing education.