Pastor Victor Abraham was in touch early in May to indicate that following the removal of the initial restrictions that had been in place in respect to COVID-19, their congregation had once again been growing in size – so much so that their building could not house all who wished to come to Sunday morning worship.
They decided therefore to have two services each Sunday morning – the first from 7.45 am to 9.30 am for members who live in the village (Usthamvari) and the second service from 10.00 am until 12.00 noon for members from villages in the areas surrounding their own village. Pastor Victor Abraham advised that the total number who attended both services last Sunday (2 May) was 130 – still somewhat down on what had been the case pre-COVID-19.
Please praise the Lord that so many are again coming to worship Him at Adda Road!
Sadly, with the recent upsurge in COVID-19 cases throughout India, later in the week Pastor Victor Abraham advised me that they had been advised by the local government officer that cases were again rapidly increasing in his village and surrounding areas and they had been told that in an effort to eradicate the virus they would not be permitted to hold services or other gatherings until the situation was normalised. Thus there will be no further services until further notice is received from the government officials.
Please pray for Pastors Paul Gantham and Victor Abraham, as they seek to keep in touch with their members and pray that they and their members will be kept safe from the virus.
However, in spite of that bad news, Pastor Victor Abraham was able to bring the good news that on Sunday 2 May another sister in their congregation made a public confession of her faith in Jesus Christ by being baptised.
Three other members were baptised a few weeks earlier on Easter Sunday – 4 April – so the church is rejoicing that there are these four new members of the great, worldwide family of God.
Please pray for these four new Christian brothers and sisters, asking that they may grow in grace and the knowledge of their Saviour and will be good witnesses to their Lord in their homes and villages.