bill & elveera Redwood
Vacation Bible School at Sathupalli District
We are thankful to God for His amazing grace and faithfulness that is seeing us through this pandemic. We thank Him for the protection He is providing over all of us, our ministries in India and all over the world, during these challenging times.
Many pastors of our church planting team in Hyderabad, Telangana, and all over India, have had to pause their efforts on account of COVID-19. The national lockdowns have presented many families, friends and churches several unimaginable challenges.
Sunday Service at West Godavari Pastor Kranthi’s church
More than 70% of rural churches are facing hard times. The majority of these pastors live in difficult conditions with no income whatsoever as they are not allowed to open their church for in person services. The pastors’ families desperately need food, healthcare and our continued prayers.
Today, India has set a global daily infection record spurred by an insidious new ‘Delta’ variant that emerged and spread to 62 countries. In addition to this, new cases of Black and Green Fungus epidemics are raging in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
(Left) Livestreaming - Sunday Service at Guntur
(Right) Pastor Mathanya - Water Baptism at Visakhapatnam
We are in constant communication with the pastors, encouraging them, and keeping them in our prayer for their needs to be met by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The positive news is that the pastors and their congregations are getting closer and closer to the Lord, praying more and totally abandoning themselves to the Lord and we believe that He will supernaturally provide for them in their hour of dire need. We were informed a few of our pastors have lost loved ones both in their families and those in their congregations, and we are upholding them in our regular prayers.
Whenever possible in between the lockdowns and church closures, the pastors have been carrying out ministry meetings for women, and young adults including water baptism. Unfortunately, this year they have not been able to have their regular Vacation Bible School, but a few of the pastors were able to have some Children’s programs during their summer vacation, as it was allowed in their districts.
(Top) Ladies prayer meeting - East Godavari district
(Left) Water Baptism at Pastor Prasad’s church
(Right) Pastor Sangeetha Rao - Water Baptism at Hyderabad
(Bottom) Ladies Meeting - Hyderabad
Please continue to keep all our 50 pastors in your continued prayers. We are happy to let you know that the church of Pastor Ram Babu, who passed away last year because of a heart attack, is being well managed by his daughter who has taken charge of the ministry.
Together in ministry,
Bill & Elveera Redwood
PAOC Global Workers