News From Our Churches – October 11, 2017

                   Mountain top at Bala Ventakapuram


God is blessing the outreach ministry of the Adda Road Advent Christian Church in Andhra Pradesh.

In March, we published details of the ministry of one of Yesuway Jeevan Mission’s (YJM) ministry partners in the Andhra Pradesh State – the Advent Christian Church at Adda Road. Adda Road is one of the Advent Christian Conference of India’s churches, and it has been a ministry partner of Yesuway Jeevan Mission for over five years. It was founded in a rural area by Rev. Paul Gantham, and when YJM began supporting it, there were 15 families – about 50 members – meeting in a small “shed.”

Paul Gantham with Son Victor Abraham and Their Wives

Now, five years later, their large, new building was full and overflowing with more than 200 members as we attended their morning fellowship service in January. Rev. Paul (left in picture) has been joined in the ministry by his son Victor Abraham (right in picture) and they are both supported by their wives.

Pastor Victor Abraham has been conducting an outreach ministry in a mountain area about three kilometers from Adda Road. The place is called Bala Ventakapuram, but Victor Abraham has renamed it Calvary Healing Mountain. There are three remote villages in the area – very poor villages – and about 300 people from these three villages and from other villages from surrounding villages, some of them up to 20 kilometers distant, are attending a weekly fasting and prayer meeting on Fridays.

Pastor Victor Abraham has renamed the mountain as he reports that they are seeing the power of God working in miraculous ways among those who meet, worship and pray. He reports that one lady with mouth cancer was healed, another lady with womb cancer was healed and a 12-year-old boy with bone cancer was healed. He tells of a time when they erected a tent and even a strong, swirling wind did not bring it down when they were worshiping. After they all went away, a light wind brought the tent down. He believes they are seeing evidence of God’s presence and power.

 A Time of Teaching and Prayer  on the Mountain Top at Bala Ventakapuram.


After the service, they all join in fellowship with a meal – cooked on the mountain top!



               FBHC Church in Kodaikanal

The Fellowship of Blessed Hope Churches (FBHC) recently appointed Pastor Jebakodi Muruthuraj as pastor of the church at Kodaikanal, and as an encouragement to him and the members of the church, a teaching seminar was held from August 22 to 24, with Dr. Thinakaran Richards’ (from BILD International) leading the teaching from the Acts of the Apostles – another in the series that he began at Saidapet, in Chennai, a few months ago. A group of 10 FBHC pastors travelled to Kodai for the seminar and were joined by Rev. Neil Armstrong, an independent pastor, who has been assisting with preaching, teaching and visitation while the pastorate has been vacant.

Many of those who attended have commented to Mission Manager Immanuel that they benefited greatly from the classes. Good accommodation and good food were provided for all who attended, and one of the local church members, Mr. Arockiadoss, took charge of all the arrangements for these practical matters. We are very grateful to him for his willingness to serve the Lord in this way for the seminar.

After the classes, the pastors took the opportunity to meet the local believers and explain to them about the new situation and encourage them to continue their support for the church and its ministries and for the new pastor.

Mr. Arockiadossis, who is a builder, is also doing some repairs to the parsonage before Pastor Jebakodi and his family move in, and he has also contributed generously of his time and materials to repainting the church inside and out, and carrying out other improvements in the church. A new motor has been fitted to the water pump so there is now a good supply of water available from the bore.

Kodaikanal (Gift of the Forest) town is at an altitude of 2,133 meters (7,200 feet) above sea level in the Palani Hills in the Western Ghats of India. It was the site of the former College of Evangelism, operated by the Fellowship of Blessed Hope Churches.