Rev. H. C. Stephen is the international representative for the New Testament Baptist Churches Association in Manipur, India. He sends the following letter:
As we step into another new year, let me take the opportunity to thank you for your prayer and financial support. Thank you very much for your partnership. Let me give you a brief report of the past year and let me also confidently share with you what we plan to take up for this year.
Praises for the Past Year
Stephanos’s new house. After eleven months of work, the basement and the first floor with one drawing room, kitchen, dining room, and two bedrooms with two toilets are finished. It is a beautiful house full of surprises! It is the first time we have running water, the first time we have a shower with warm water, and the first time we stepped on a tile floor! We moved into the new house by the first week of November and have entertained four ministering teams from abroad. Altogether we have hosted 16 guests in this new house. What a joy! As the Lord provides, we will add more rooms and host more people.
Hope Baptist Academy building. Hope Baptist Academy’s building project is finally completed up to the top floor. A toilet facility has been set up. Painting and electric fitting will begin in a few days.
Dr. Garlow Memorial Chapel project. The walls and floor of the chapel have been completed. We are now working on the basement. The basement has ten rooms that we use for our Bible college classrooms and office.
Adventure, opportunity, and great ministry. The past year was hectic and exciting. The Lord enabled me to get involved in six leadership seminars, three gospel camping events, and many preaching and teaching opportunities. Many souls were saved and backsliders restored. We also finished the year with our budget met.
Prayer Items for This Year
Land for campsite. Pray with us that the Lord will provide $20, 000 to buy a great property (10 acres plus near dam water) for setting up a Christian campsite. We have paid the down payment for the land.
Stephanos’s house. Pray for the Stephanos’s house project. We need $10, 000 to finish the second floor, which will have three bedrooms.
Hope Baptist Children’s Home. We need more prayer and financial, support as we have more orphans seeking admission to our home. We are asking the Lord to give us at least one hundred new prayer partners in 2013. We also need $5,000 to construct a study hall for the chapel.
Asian Baptist Bible College. We need $2,000 to upgrade our library and another $2,000 for student scholarships.
In His royal service,
Pastor H. C. Stephen
New Testament Baptist Churches Association