Please find below a brief update on the schedule.
Due to some unforeseen events, Parthee has been forced to alter plans for this week. Life here requires maximum flexibility. To better inform your prayers, the teaching schedule includes Thursday evening, Friday evening (3 hours), Saturday morning (4 hours), Saturday afternoon and sermons for the two Sabbath services. On Tuesday he showed us a portion of the surrounding area while filling us in on the present needs and future goals of the work here. At our request, we stayed at the house yesterday to study, prepare teaching material and rest. Both Randy and I took much needed naps, and I am glad to report that the combined effect of the day brought an increase of strength and energy.
He also adjusted the teaching topics to accommodate the changes. The primary focus of the instruction will be on biblical family life (husbands, wives, parents, children, etc.). They face a dearth of material on this subject in the Tamil tongue. So please pray for Randy and I as we strive to fill that gap with biblical teaching.
Another indispensable part of our labor includes ministering to Parthee himself. As you can imagine, his situation is fairly isolated. So we have discussed a wide array of topics, covering the gamut of both the practical and the theological. We delight in serving and strengthening a faithful minister of the Word. I am especially keen to lend support and counsel to him on the specific pastoral problems he finds most challenging. I still cherish the benefits I received as a young pastor from those further along in the ministry. So please pray that the Lord will make profitable these edifying conversations.
Thank you for your persevering prayers of Pastor Parthee and his ministry in Sri Lanka.
“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.” (Col. 4:2-4)
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you” (2 Thess. 3:1)