"...For us to live should be Christ,
because to die is gain".
Paraphrase of Philippians 1:21
Many churches and brothers in Brazil were praying for the young Indian Samuel Keishing. Now he is with the Lord and we praise God that his servant was considered faithful to glorify His name even in his death.
To paraphrase Philippians 1:20-22 "According to our earnest expectation and hope, that in nothing we shall be ashamed, ... May Christ be magnified in our body, whether it be by life, or by death".
We want to thank you for your prayers for the young Samuel. He went home to be with the Lord on the morning of November 22 (Thursday). Just today I received the news in my email. Part of the conference in which Brother James Starr was speaking was canceled, but he was given the privilege of preaching at the funeral and Pastor Athem to translate.
More than 2,000 people attended and there were so many decisions for Christ that Brother James said he was unable to count everyone who responded. It was estimated 150 to 200 people who answered the invitation to salvation among Hindus, Muslims and nominal Christians and within a variety of tribes. Between 40 and 50 people answered the invitation to commit their lives to the mission field or to preach the Gospel. Moreover Brother James Starr also preached a memorial in the village where Samuel lived and others answered the call for 20-30 salvation.
Brother James Starr attributes it all to the Lord and says:
"We feel so inadequate for such occasions. Please pray for his family. Samuel was a committed servant and we will miss him greatly. He was always so helpful to me whenever I visited the campus. We do not understand why these things happen but we are assured in the Bible that God makes no mistakes. He was 25 years of age and he was in his final year of study. He was looking forward to serving the Lord in pastoral ministry. Dr. David and his people awarded him his Master of Divinity degree posthumously to his family. "
We praise the Lord Jesus Christ for the decisions taken there in the conference and in the funeral services. Thank you for your prayers and support. Thank you for continuing to pray for the family of Samuel.
Pastor Jeff Quevedo