“When Jesus saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
Recently I was moved by this scripture in the Gospel of Matthew when I read about the compassion of Jesus. His heart went out to the weak and suffering, and He became their Shepherd. Many people today continue to suffer in India due to poverty and empty religions. When we see what is happening in that part of the world, we must see them with a heart of compassion.
One of the ministries IEM started in India during the Covid pandemic was to try and help children receive a proper education. As in this country, school classes were restricted during the lockdowns, and children’s education suffered as a result. IEM launched the “Helping Hands” ministry, an after-school tutoring program, where poor children could have access to a teacher and free tutoring to help them keep up with their studies. The tutor meets with the children three days a week, and twice a month they meet on Saturday for a time of Bible stories and songs. Currently we have three locations and are tutoring 30 children. Last year at Christmas time we had all the children come together on our campus for a special Christmas program. It was a great opportunity for these children and their parents to hear the story of Jesus and how He could be their Savior. The parents are very happy that their children have this opportunity to improve their education.
Next month we are planning to have our second Leadership Training Institute for the year. We hope to train 80-100 adults from various professions in an intensive six-week Bible training course. These students will learn core theological concepts, but most importantly they will learn how to share their faith with family, friends, and co-workers. Please pray we will have another successful session, and that students will be inspired to help spread the Gospel in India.
At the end of this month we will be conducting fellowship meals in Washington state and Ohio. My children will be attending these dinners and sharing the ministry with many of you. Due to my health, I have decided to stay home, but I was able to prepare a video message for our supporters to see. God has been so gracious in allowing me to continue to minister in India. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. I love you all very much!
God Bless You,
G.V. Mathai and Dayan Mathai