We received a telephone called this morning from Bro. S.J. Rai, telling us of the terrible storm that hit his area two weeks ago. We had not been aware of this before. Checking the internet we see it was a cyclone named Hudhud! Bro. Rai told us that for two weeks they have been shut down, and only now are getting some electric services back, sparingly. They have been using an old well of a neighbor for their water. He charged his cell phone with his car battery to call us. There was damage to his house, but he said that could be repaired later. His great concern is for the three branch churches, which have all lost their roofs. (If you received his letter written earlier in the month, notice that he was concerned about replacing these roofs anyway, but had no idea the storm would take them away!) These roofs shelter the pastor of each church which live in the structure also. The main church in S. Kota fared okay, but all the trees surrounding it are down. Bro. Rai is of course buying up the time to preach the Gospel in this situation. Though his body is weak – the Lord is strong!!!
This is an urgent need, and we ask you to pray that the funds for these repairs would be provided. A permanent concrete roof for the churches will cost $3,000.00 each. The less permanent, at a cost of between $1,600 and $2,000. Please also pray for our dear brother’s physical strength to oversee the varied ministry in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. The Lord brought him to our shore so many years ago as a seafarer, and he has been a precious brother and co-worker in Christ ever since.
In the Love of Christ,
Jerry and Janet Matson