An emergency Mission Trip was conducted this past April 14th- May 1st to serve the brethren and cement our support and fellowship with Christian brethren in rural Southeast Andrha Pradesh, India.
In January, Pastor John Gampala of the Shalom congregations suffered a major heart attack and languished in a government-funded hospital for almost a week without proper care. We sent funds to Chitti Gampala to take Brother John to a private hospital where his diagnosis of a major heart attack was confirmed with echocardiogram results that showed his left ventricle’s heart muscle had died with two blockages leading into the heart. The doctors wanted to perform an angiogram but did not think John would survive the procedure and as a result the Gampala family decided to place John’s life into Our Farther’s Hands in prayer and they took him home to rest on God’s mercies.
We were moved by The Spirit to visit India much sooner than we had been planning out of love and desire to comfort the Gampala family and congregations and to check on the progress of various projects we have been assisting with at Hebron Home, notably the water crisis that required the building of a new pipe system and new membranes for the filtration plant to replenish water to the campus in Palakollu.
From April 15th, our mission focus was to assist with Pastor John Gampala’s heart attack care and obtained oxygen for him so he can breathe (his heart is no longer pumping blood adequately to his body) and to comfort the widows who have lost a sister recently, with encouragement for the congregations that have endured many trials of late.
On Sunday April 26, I traveled to Hebron and visited with the orphans and with Sagar Jalli and family and had a wonderful time with the children whom we all love and documented the progress of the various projects underway there and noted new challenges that we will try to assist Sagar in accomplishing.
As you can see by the smiles and love of our being together again, I have to again give all of you many thanks on behalf of the brethren here and the bottom of my heart for your continued love and support to these precious brethren we serve on the front lines as they do Matthew 28:19-20.
I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mardy during presentations of our ministries at a church festival back in 2013. To say he was an additional inspiration would be limiting. How wonderful it is that God is using us to serve in the many fields of His Harvest. While we serve in rural India, Mardy Cobb has been faithfully serving the congregations in Kenya, Africa.
His report following showcases the wonderful work God has allowed him to accomplish with the love, prayers and support of so many faithful Christians here in the West. As night continues to quickly fall upon the world, let us continue to work in the Lord’s Fields while there is still daylight for us to work.
From Mardy Cobb
I want to thank you all for your support of our orphans, and our school (Wisdom Academy) in western Kenya. Your financial contributions and your prayers have done much to help change the lives of these children. God bless you greatly for your kindness and good works. May God keep you strong and protect you and your loved ones for your faith in Him and the exercise of true religion.
We have been blessed to have some wonderful children put into our care. Kenya, as you may know, administers national tests to all schools and school children. Based on the scoring in these tests, schools are ranked. The testing is, of course, measured against the Ministry of Education’s national curriculum. Our school resides in a western county of Kenya named Kisii. This county (Kisii) has 1560 schools within it. Inside the county are several districts. Our district is called the Gucha District. Our school has been progressing well from its very beginning, and we have additional improvements to report. Wisdom Academy is ranked as the 6th highest school in the county, and we are ranked as the number 1 school in our District. Because of God’s blessings allowing us to reach this achievement, we are now routinely called upon to give advice to both schools and orphanages in Kenya. It is a testimony to God’s answering our prayers for blessings of favor in the eyes of those we work with and for. God is good.
Please pray that God would open more hearts to be as generous and kind as all of you have been. If you know someone of a kindred spirit, you might consider mentioning our effort. You can give them our website to review particulars (www.cogrescue.org).
Here are a few words from the Manager of our Orphanage and School, Richard Mogendi:
Peace , mercy and grace from our Father God and His son our Elder brother Jesus Christ be unto you, your family and our family of faith. Please allow us to trust that this letter will find you doing well and that the hand of God is upon you. As always may all of our family of faith members know that we do make mention of them in our prayers. We love you brother and respect you always and all who have taken our burden into their hearts. Thank you for the messages that are of great encouragement to the family of faith.
Am writing this e-mail to express our heart most thanks to all of those who put aside their personal needs and gave to the orphans, school and teachers. May I say that the seed you sowed here and the watering of love we are experiencing from you day by day has indeed done a lot. We don’t have enough words to thank them but with our limited words we say thank you and may God bless you all.
God bless you and thank you so very much for your sacrifice, and for putting others before yourself.
In His Service,