Vivert was able to be in Punjab to initiate Church plants there. The Village of Gurusar, which is located in the Firozepur area of the state of Punjab, has been identified for new Church plant. A non-Christian family opened their house for prayers and meetings. Vivert and a team from the mission’s base at Damoh were there for their first service that started in October. Vivert also spoke at an open air meeting in Khatik Mandi in the State of Punjab. The Lord touched a number of people through these meetings. In addition, the Lord also allowed Vivert to preach at the mission Church in Mallawala. Brother Pyara Singh, a former criminal/notorious dacoit who was serving time in Faridkot Jail, has given his life for the service our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was earlier involved in robbing, beating and sometimes killing of people and taking away their possessions. He has made a decision to preach the Gospel now.
A Christian Youth Conference named Sparkle was organized in Bilaspur, the state of Chhattisgarh from the 22nd to the 24th of October. This was the 10thsuccessive year of this conference. Vivert preached on “Honoring Parents” in the present changing times in India. He also preached on other Commandments. A number of youth gave and dedicated their lives. The youth participated in different activities with interest. Damoh won prizes in song competition, skit, dance and also won overall championship.
Church Partners’ Conference was organized at the mission’s base in Damoh. This was focused on the April Strategic Planning sessions led by brother Mark Montemayor from Real Life Christian Church. Mission’s evangelists from the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra attended the conference. Evangelists were encouraged to plant more Churches and how to work towards achieving their targets / goals. Vivert and Neelam shared with them the history of the mission and how the Kingdom of God has continued to grow in this area over the years in spite of difficult situations and atrocities.
Special prayer meetings were organized in Damoh and the Safe House in Jabalpur on the occasion of Senior Citizen Day. The senior citizens were given recognition and honored for their services, thereafter the Gospel was shared with them. People are attending the preaching meetings in Jabalpur with interest. We hope and pray that many will benefit through these meetings.
A Revival Meeting was organized by the mission in Mandla area from the 2nd to the 4th of October, 2015. A large number of non-believers and seekers attended the meeting. 15 people accepted Christ as their savior and they were baptized after a week at a safe place and time.
Sunita and her mother Sushila Jatav accepted Christ as their Savior and were baptized on the 3rd of October. Sunita is from Bilaspur in the state of Chhattisgarh where the mission has its Satellite Center. She came to know about Christ by reading one of the tracts which she received from the mission’s evangelist. She started attending the mission’s Church at the Satellite Center. She was encouraged by the mission to participate in the activities of the Church there. During the course of time, the evangelist came to know about her mother who was suffering from depression after the death of her husband and also was facing financial problems. The evangelist started visiting her and sharing the Gospel with her. Gradually she overcame her depression.
At Bhanesar, in Bilaspur area in the state of Chhattisgarh Ram Kumar accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized at a safe place on the 14th of October. Ram Kumar was from an extremist group and in the beginning strongly opposed evangelistic activities in Bhanesar. He misbehaved with the evangelists, threatened them and used to play loud music wherever there was a prayer meeting. He pushed the evangelist out of his house when he first went to share the Gospel at his place, but the evangelist continued with his effort. One day Ram Kumar met with an accident and his motorbike was completely destroyed, however he escaped with minor injuries. He felt that God had saved him because of the prayers of the evangelist. He felt guilty and decided to give his life to the Lord.