April Mission Report India: Having departed from Canada on April 12, I arrived in Chennai India on the 14th. Arrangements were made for me to travel by air to Coimbatore, which is just over an hour flying time. Travel times were tight, which meant just enough time to rest (8 hours) and recuperate before the next leg of the journey. Pastor J.P. Daniel and his older brother Pastor P. Johnraj was waiting for me at the airport to transport me to the town where the meeting would be held and to the location of my hotel accommodation. It was a three hour drive given traffic to reach our destination. By the time dinner was served and attention given to a little scheduling business, we headed to the hotel about 10:30 pm. local time.
I learned that Pastor J.P. Daniel and family were going through a very difficult family matter. A relative had pass away but they refrain from letting me know thinking that it would hinder the ministry. I had no knowledge of this until my final goodby to Pastor J.P
The first meeting was scheduled for 10:00am. This meeting we basically cancelled due to the fact that minsters had a local network meeting. This gave me time to pray about the direction of the Lord and subject to teach. We prayed, fellowshipped and had a excellent time with about 10 children. The Church caters for the needs of the children. I also learned that they are working to construct a new facility to accommodate 30 kids. In the meantime, some of the kids are housed and cared for in homes. The children are precious treasures and need a lot of care, the brethren are trying there best to minister with their limited resources.
This was a full day of teaching. After breakfast we went right into teaching, they had set up a chalk board which i used to teach on the “Tabernacles of Moses” this was the leading of the Spirit. After the first two sessions, we had lunch and came back for two more sessions, concluding for the day at about 5:30 pm. Night discussions were also held.
Brother Arun, the son of Pastor Johnraj, commented about the teaching saying that they were aware of the tabernacles teaching, since he is editing a present teaching on the tabernacle prepared by his father. However, the only thing is that he was not aware of the detail of the furniture in the tabernacle and their significance. They all were very amazed at the detail and revelation of the teaching but it was very elementary and only an overview. We ended the night with ministry to the children and teaching them a new song.
Again another full day of teaching. Instead of the young man Arun translating for me, his father and Pastor, took the mantle since he wanted to learn more about the tabernacle. I focused on the restorative purpose of God and taught on the restoration from Luther to the present. This meeting exceeded any expectations. The brethren were leaning forward in their chairs just pulling the information from my spirit. We continued the afternoon and laboured on the “Candlestick” showing the connection to the “Vine” of the Lord and emphasize the unity of the Candlestick.The final teaching was on the church.
Note: Pastor Shadrack and Moses came from Bapatila Andhra Pradesh, they must have travelled for 22hrs by bus to get to the meeting. These brethren had hosted a seminar last year and wanted to commit there life and work to what we are doing in India.
The entire day into the night was spent with the core group in my evaluation, explaining in detail the Mission to India and what would be the next thing that need to happen.
We took off early in the morning to fly back to Chennai and then to Visak. Pastor J.P. Daniel accompanied me to Visak. We arrived in Visak by air and was received by Pastor Cornelius at the airport. There was two hours drive to the hotel. Later that afternoon they had arranged for us to meet the children they care for. (See report)
This was the most important meeting we have had thus far in our mission to India. Here I met two generation of ministers. Men with over fifty years of ministry in India, these have developed churches and network with over 500 churches. It was indeed a blessing and privilege to meet these fathers in India. The minister meeting was very well attended, given it was arranged in very short notice, they had in excess of a 140 ministers present along with a number of women. Just to make this short “The Lord Showed Up”. I cannot begin to explain in adequate detail all that took place, but “The Lord Showed Up” and took over and was glorified in the midst of His people. Glory be to God, who lives forever more.
Apostle Patrick Sookwah – 09/May/2013