For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you 1 Corinthians 9:19-23NKJV
The apostle Paul wrote these words in relation to himself. He was free from all men but made himself a servant of all. No one was forcing him. Instead, he chose to take this step to bring people to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul, in his evangelistic efforts, became like the people he sought to win for Christ.
“Weak,” in our portion in 1 Corinthians, is simply being without a lot of strength. Paul, the powerful servant of God, had “become all things to all men, that [he] might by all means save some.” What a wonderful statement. To what length would I go in order to bring someone to salvation in Christ?
Dear Praying Friends,
I take this time to share about Pst. (Pastor) PC from Varanasi. When he heard the gospel for the first time, he was sitting on a wall smoking. He asked Brother Bansi Lal if you will smoke my cigarette, then I will listen to your word, and he did so, today Pst. PC has baptized more than 600 people in his ministry. Last week he started another mission station quite far from his home.
Pst. K from Karnal, Haryana keeps sharing about how he shares the gospel with villages, uneducated in his area.
Pst. J from Jharkhand, who never went to school, is a famous gospel singer, reads his Hindi Bible, and has doctors, nurses and others in the fellowship he pastors.
Pst. M from Chattisgarh arranges everything in the fellowship, from chairs to cleaning, from pickup to drop-off, and then runs to another station to minister God’s Word. Last Sunday, I heard he was without food the whole day, he is a high diabetic.
There are numerous stories like this to share from our associates. They keep sharing their needs as well, but today in my letter, I feel I must mention a few.
· Pst. Kishan has had no cooking gas in the last two months; cooks food on the firewood.
· Pst. PC still runs on his accident-damaged bike.
· Pst. J needs unpaid rent to be met.
· Pst. S needs her girls first schooling admission fee (23,500.00 INR)
We love to seek prayer for the associates in different parts of India.
Mr. Devadas (Pst. Peter's dad) has a successful right eye cataract surgery, his first review with the doctors puts him on a good healing progress.
Mrs. Vijaya (Pst. Peter's mom) has good health, her sugar & cholesterol levels are in control. Daily exercise and walk is helping her a lot.
Keziah Stuti Pal has joined her college & college hostel. Last week I found a good local Church near the campus.
Sister Anna feels much better and is on a healing process from chickenpox. Today she was able to write one of her university exams.
Yours in His service,
Pst. Peter Pal