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,
We at Fellowship in Faith Ministries would like to thank you for your prayers and your support to Sister Ruth Gampala to correct her loss of vision due to severe cataracts. We are pleased to report that enough funds were raised for BOTH eye surgeries and those funds have been sent on to the Gampalas for the surgery. Chitti write us to inform about the first surgery:
To, the prayer warriors in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the most precious name above all names!
We praise Yah for we had joyful and peaceful Sabbath with the Brethren rejoice in the Lord, HalleluYah.
I much delight let you all know that our Dear sister RUTH had eye surgery on Thursday, and brought her to home safely. We indeed do not know how long it will take time to cure the wound and get back her vision, except God our Father will do a Miracle through all of your prayers
Her Doctor diagnosed some medicines for healing and suggested Ruth should have surgery for the second EYE as soon as possible
We convey our heartfelt thanks for those who prayed for sister RUTH to have surgery, please continually pray so that our Father would mercy on her to have complete vision, and to provide provision for her to have surgery for second EYE soon.
“Sister Ruth and Brother John requested me to convey her hearty Greetings and thanks for those who prayerfully donate for me to have Surgery”
I will update more on Sister Ruth’s recovery…soon. ( sorry for my poor English) “For GOD our Father is not unrighteous to forget your work and the love which ye showed toward his name, in that ye ministered unto the saints, and still do minister.”
Thank you so much for your unfathomable love and support to Gampalas Family. May God blessings be upon you all, bless you abundantly for His Glory. Have Joyful and blessed Sabbath shalom to you all. Please convey our heartfelt Greetings to all who join and stand with Gampala family ministry… Grace and peace be unto all from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ our soon coming King.
Thanking you so much,
Your Brother in Christ,
Chitti & Family.
Prayer Request for Sister Ruth. After a long dry spell of being unable to meet with and talk via video chat with my brother Chitti Gampala, we finally were able to connect last evening and it was wonderful to see and talk with him. He conveys the thanks of the Gampala family and the congregations for your prayers and support for them.
In our conversation Chitti relayed a prayer request for my Amma, Sister Ruth who is suffering severe cataracts and will require surgery to correct them. Her vision is now limited to peripheral only. Ruth is not very trusting of doctors in India and there is some substantial costs to the surgery. Ericka and I encouraged Chitti to help Ruth overcome her fear and get the surgery done.
They requested prayers for Ruth that she will indeed allow herself to be treated for the problem, that the eye doctor doing the surgery will be blessed and that Our Father would speed her recovery so her vision can improve. She wants to be able to read the Word of God again, and I need Ruth to be able to be the hawk she has been to protect me from Chitti slipping green ‘cobra’ (ghost peppers) into my food when I go visit.
Letter from Sagar Jalli to Brethren in the USA:
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We hope and pray you are doing well.
We pay our heartfelt thanks for your kind support and the prayers you are doing for us here in India.
We are so grateful to Brother Michael Deering for his great witness about Hebron.
By the abundant grace of God we and all the children are doing well here. We praise God for the freedom of the gospel in India.
I recently talked to the children about the Christians persecution in Iraq and Syria by ISIS. I told them the time is near to see the Lord Jesus face to face with His glory. We can see complete evil in the acts of the ISIS that how much they enjoy the persecution of Lord”s people. As you know death is the enemy of both man and God but they love the killing so that it IS is complete evil as I see it.
I read the email from brother Nakamoto about the killing of the children of Christians. Some things we cannot say YES or NO. They happen according to His will. We are merely human beings and simply watch His will on the earth. That is all according to my understanding.
We are all praying for the families who are suffering terribly. The Lord will take care of them where ever they are in the world.
We pay our heartfelt thanks to Brother Nakamoto and Sister Sherri for their generosity towards the children at Hebron.
We are having 174 orphans and semi orphans at Hebron at the moment. We are giving them food and shelter. We are educating them both secular and the morality of Christianity. They are learning principles of life and getting the answers for the questions where they came from? Why they are here? What is the purpose of life? Where they will go?
I am just telling them to live like Christ and live forever.
We need to give a pair of clothes to the children this year which costs about 10 US $ for each child. Please pray for this particular need.
We are all sending our high regards and best wishes to all the brethren and sisters in the church there. Please continue to pray for us.
We are contentiously praying for your strength both physically and spiritually.
With best wishes,
Sagar and all at Hebron.
The blessing of being able to provide for new children in need.
Sagar Jalli provides this update with photos from Hebron.
We are pleased and give thanks that a donor from the USA has made a substantial donation to Hebron to enable the hiring of 3 Government-required employees so that the girls dorm at Hebron can remain open at the orphanage without all the girls being removed and the dorms shut down. This is the matron at the girls dorm supervising recess and games in the courtyard at Hebron.
These four girls were rescued by the government while begging on the streets. They were sent to Hebron last week. Sagar is pleased that in this case the government recognized that Hebron is the best facility for taking care of the orphan children in India.
This boy, P. Caleb. was rescued two weeks ago while begging on the streets. His father abandoned him and his Mother died on the streets. Hebron brings smiles to kids who normally would never have a reason to smile.
For the first time in the 47 year history of the orphanage, an abandoned child with dwarfism now calls Hebron home. Sagar says “I felt very sad when this boy asked me to pray for the unification of the parents who left him and gone in their own ways. I prayed. Of course we both prayed.”
As always happens at Hebron, the new children soon find the happiness, joy and love of caretakers and fellow orphans who gleefully spend their playtime playing various games, especially the State-sport of kabadi – which is similar to ‘tag’ and ‘steal the bacon’.
Update from Sagar Jalli – Director of Hebron:
We are glad to tell you that the government has approved our appointments of a watchman and two lady wardens for the girls.
We pay our heartfelt thanks to the brother helped in this need for one year.
I hope your trip to the churches is successful. May our dear Heavenly Father will bless all your efforts to help the Hebron home for His glory. We hope that we will get regular support for the needs at Hebron Home.
We are all praying for you all dear brethren.
May our Lord will bless you abundantly.
Your brother in Christ,
Sagar and all at Hebron.
It is a joy to see the kids enjoy USA apples, a fruit that is not indigenous to India. A special treat for them.