THOMAS' TRAVELS - AUGUST 2010
I'm always blessed when I go to Manor Park Christian Center in East London. It is a praying congregation where the members care for one another and where they believe God to hear and answer their prayers. What a testimony, smack in the middle of a predominantly Hindu and Moslem area.
While there, I had the privilege of preaching at the services on two Sundays, and a Monday evening Tamil service. I also participated in three care cells. Because of the richness of the worship I found it "easy" to preach and the Lord was pleased to bring people forward at the appeal.
In one of the care cells, a young woman named Stacy, brought her friend Jennifer to talk with me. The Lord opened her heart and she prayed a prayer of repentance and commitment. A few minutes later, she shared with the group what she had done. This gave her a first opportunity to testify of her new faith.
Another very moving moment took place in this group. Sister Saritha Edwin Darali, from Hyderabad, prayed for me. It was an unusual prayer, as if she looked into my very being. Everything she said expressed the deep longings and dreams that I have had about my ministry. It was awesome. One year ago, when I was preaching at MPCC, she came to me at the end of the service and shared with me a vision that she had of me while I was preaching. Subsequent events proved that it was real.
A brother from Pakistan named George invited me to his home for Sunday lunch. While there, he phoned his pastor friend in Karachi and had me speak with him. That resulted in an invitation to Karachi for next April (God willing), so the doors just keep opening, and the rest depends on the political situation and finances. Please continue to pray for MPCC. Some great challenges and events are ahead for the community. Their goal is to see fifty new people come to Christ this year and hold twenty-five baptisms.
By the time you receive this newsletter, I will be in Kampala, Uganda, teaching Friendship Evangelism and Counselor Training for the Andrew Palau Festival. Like other NGAs, I will be training trainers. I am told that they need fifteen thousand counselors. It is a massive undertaking, and they are expecting an attendance of one hundred thousand per night.
By the grace of God, I will preach at the Giant Stadium on December 31st. Some fifty thousand people are expected to attend. There is a potential viewing and listening audience by radio and TV of at least one million. The telecast will also be seen in Brazzaville, across the river in the Congo Republic. The Rally will last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We are looking forward to an amazing time of preaching and praying for the sick. I know that Satan will not take this lying down, so I covet your intercessory prayers and trust that you will stand with me in your support.
1. The congregation of Manor Park
2. The worship team
3. Bill preaching at Manor Park at Sunday service
4. Bill preaching 5. Saritha