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HE Was Our Protector in India

by Kim Turkington on April 8th

From Steve Benna of Cross Fork, PA, After His March Trip to India with His Friend, Benn Batterson

First I would like to thank all of you for your prayers while we were in India.  It truly is the prayers of the saints that help to fortify us and put a hedge about us.  Most of the time events like this in our lives go unnoticed or we are unaware of them, but sometimes they are so “in your face” that you have to say God could have orchestrated this.  We had one such moment that left the natives speechless, and left Benn and I shaking our heads at God’s precious favor towards us.

While we were in India, the country was getting set for parliamentary elections.  The candidates were traveling from city to city, town to town, and village to village drumming up support.  But, due to corruption and bribes, there were military check points throughout the country.  They were stopping vehicles and drilling people with all kinds of questions, and they were tearing their vehicles apart looking for cash or gold used to bribe a government official. Earlier that week a car was seized for carrying some crazy amount of pounds in gold bullion.  Seeing how one ounce of gold is worth approximately $1,400, they had millions of dollars.

One day we decided to travel north into the mountain region.  Unbeknown to us, the traveling political campaign was going in the same direction.  They were planning to spend some time there speaking.  Obviously the military presence was strong, and a car search and questioning was inevitable.  As we continued north, sure enough a military official singled out our vehicle and waved us to the side of the road.  I do not have the words to describe how it feels as fully armed military personnel are approaching your vehicle telling you to get out, or at least this is what you think they are saying since you do not understand the language.  Then the driver started talking. You’re not sure how things are going, but by the look on the driver’s face and by his body language, one can only guess it’s not well.  That is, until the driver turns around gets back into the car and starts to drive away, and in his native tongue in a loud voice continues to say “… thank you Jesus…” “…gracious Jesus…” “…thank you Jesus…”.    I believe God allowed us to experience this moment in order to comfort us.  He wanted us to hear His still soft voice saying “…I’m here, I am your protector, nothing happens unless I allow it”.  God is sooooo good, AMEN!

Blessings in God’s Time

by Ghuna Kumar on October 7th

“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” (Joshua 3:5)

This is the promise verse I obtained from the Lord recently. I also preached on this promise in the early morning on October 1..

Set Apart Time

In order to receive wonders and signs from the Lord, we need to set ourselves apart for Him.  Unless we take time to be holy, we cannot expect special blessings.  Let us set apart time to wait on Him.

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A Word from Ghuna - Seek the Lord

by Kim Turkington on September 16th

“Look to the Lord and His strength.  Seek His face always.”  (Psalm 105:4)

Seeking is a very difficult job for me.  It requires concentration, energy, effort and hard work.  Seeking God surely yields much fruit in our spiritual and physical life.  Let us meditate on them.

Happiness

“Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You.” (Psalm 40:16)  It is a joy not from the lips but from the heart.  It is not like my artificial sugar, decaffeinated coffee, milk that is not milk and flowers that are but plastics.  It is real and natural joy. More »

The Sahayam Home for Women

by Kim Turkington on August 9th

We are excited to report a new move of God in the Sahayam Home!. The residents are happier and more content than ever before.  Their faces show a greater depth of peace and joy.

A key to this change is the renewed desire to pray in the Home recently. This  hunger for prayer and intercession was very evident in Ruby, a Sahayam residents who went Home to be with the Lord last year.

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Backpacks for Children

by Kim Turkington on August 9th

Children are a heritage from the Lord!  In India there are more than 400 million children, and for a number of reasons an alarming percentage of them do not go to school.

Ghuna Kumar wants to reach these children and encourage them to attend school by presenting them with a backpack filled with school supplies:  pencils, pens, a geometry box, colored pens, water bottle, lunch box, files and notebooks.Through this initiative we will also be able to establish Sunday schools in unreached villages. More »

Selected Newsletter Archives

by Kim Turkington on June 17th

The Lydia Home:  September 2013

Updates from the Field:  August 2013

Water:  The Stuff of Life:  July 2013

Update on His Rest Retreat Centre

by Kim Turkington on May 30th

After more than 15 years of working little by little, the infrastructure is nearly complete for accommodating overnight groups for retreats and leadership training.  Even with only a thatch roof pavilion for the last several years, His Rest Retreat Centre has already been providing a place for Christians in south India to be renewed and equipped for Kingdom work.

We are SO thankful as we look back at what the Lord has already done and also as we look forward and press on to take hold of that for which He has taken hold of us.

The Vision

In the late 1990’s Richard Samuel and other leaders at Christ Community Ministries realized the need believers in India have for spiritual rejuvenation and physical rest. The tasks the Lord has called His people in India to do are especially challenging in a culture that is mostly hostile to the Gospel.  The vision was for a place to provide spiritual retreats and renewal for families as well as training and encouragement for Christian leaders.

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Isaiah 61:3 - A Message for Lent

by Kim Turkington on February 15th

From Ghuna Kumar in India:  During Lent it is quite edifying for us to spend 40 days reflecting on what the Lord has done for us on Calvary.

Beauty Instead of Ashes

Ashes in the Bible means sin and shame. When Tamar was put to shame she put ashes on her head and tore the long robe that she wore. (2 Sam 13:19) . When Job realized his blunders and sins, he despised himself in dust and ashes (Job 42:6).  When the king of Nineveh realized their sins and judgment, he sat on ashes (Jonah 3:6).  But God gives us beauty instead of ashes.  He clothes us with the beauty of SALVATION FROM SIN AND SHAME.

Isaiah 61:10 says, “I will rejoice greatly in the Lord; My soul will exult in my God, for He has clothed me with garments of salvation; He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

The Oil of Gladness Instead of Mourning

Mourning in the Bible means loss of beloved ones or properties.  We all go through losing our loved ones, job, children and so on.  Abraham mourned when Sarah died (Genesis 23:2); Jacob mourned for Joseph (Genesis 37:34-35); David led the people as they mourned Abner (2 Samuel 3:31-32);  Mary and Martha wept over their brother Lazarus (John 11:31).  Tears are mentioned in the Bible in several places. “My tears have been my food day and night” (Psalm 42:3 ). “Record my lament, list my tears on Your scroll” (Psalm 56:8).  But the Lord promises us the oil of gladness which means the SPIRIT FILLING LIFE.  Hebrews 1:9 speaks of the oil of joy.  Anointing of priests for setting them apart for God’s purposes is found in many places (Exodus 30:30).  Oil was used for healing and casting out of demons. (James 5:14; Mark 6:13).  Our lives will overflow when God anoints us (Psalm 23:5).

A Garment of Praise Instead of the Spirit of Heaviness

Heaviness means dimness, darkening , dullness and  weightiness.  Many times in our lives we experience something which is pulling us down.  Our hearts are downcast.  We feel hopeless as if a cloud is hanging over our spirits.  At times we get oppressive feelings, too.  But God promises a garment of praise.  I would like to call it a SONGS OF PRAISE (WORSHIP).  He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the LORD (Psalm 40:3).  By singing and praising the Lord our burdens and heaviness are rolled away.  “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1)  Hallelujah!

Prayer

Thank You, Lord, for giving me SALVATION from sin, shame, sickness and Satan; SPIRIT FILLING LIFE to over come my misfortunes and SONGS OF PRAISE in the place of feelings of oppression.  May this Lent be days of experiencing these blessings.

Praises and Prayer Needs

  • Praise God for His grace and Strength.  I have been unwell for the past twenty days.  I have had a severe chest cold and cough.  Despite all kinds of treatment, still I am not returned to normal.  Of course, I carried on the regular work.  Please pray for me.
  • Jaya had her left cataract done.  She is improving.  God willing, tonight we will be leaving Mount Zion and then on to Trichy and Coimbatore before we will arrive Chennai.  Pray for my preaching in a retreat in Coimbatore on Sunday, February 17.
  • Praise God for we had some rain at Mount Zion yesterday after a gap of almost two and half months.  Please pray for more rain.  This time our rice crop almost failed.  The prices of rice has gone up again.  What we used to buy for Rs. 32 has gone to  Rs.40 this month.
  • We are working for Government recognition of the sixth grade class we began in our Primary School. Pray that we will get this recognition.
  • Please pray for the people who lost almost everything as a result of devastating tornado in MS and AL in USA.
  • Pray for Angoon who is suffering much with her knee pain.
  • Yesterday I was able to win Mariappan to come to faith in Jesus Christ. Pray his commitment will be strengthened.
  • Pray for the certificate of accreditation which is yet to come from Asia Theological Association even though all the process from our end is over.

I want to thank all those who gave liberally for the cause of reaching the poorest and the downtrodden in India.   Thank you and Praise God for His enabling grace bestowed on you.  We certainly remember to pray for you more often these days.

Hope for 2013

by Kim Turkington on January 9th
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord!” (Psalm 31:24)
As the people of God, we close 2012 and enter 2013 with HOPE.  Yes, we are concerned about the future for our families, about the direction of our culture and about the plight of the world’s poor and oppressed, but above all else, we know our hope is secure.
You see, our hope in the Lord isn’t the world’s kind of hope.  The world’s hope says, “I hope the country doesn’t fall off the fiscal cliff;” and “I hope my team wins the championship this year;” and “i hope this ice cream cone won’t make me fat!”
That kind of hope is little more than wishful thinking.  But because the hope you and I have is based on God’s attributes, our hope is rooted in reality.  It is not wishful thinking or a positive attitude. Instead our hope is based on the eternal love and faithfulness of the omnipotent God of the universe.  So we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God, in Who He is, in His glory.  He is the fullness and perfection of all that is good.  His glory, which is His very nature, is the source of our hope.
As I opened the Fishhook mail and as I saw the year end donations coming in online, I rejoiced as I saw God’s people demonstrating by their generosity the hope they have in Him.  We may face economic and political uncertainty, but we choose to hope in the One who called us to take His “Good News to the whole world as a testimony to all nations.” (Matthew 24:14)
Thank you for standing with us by your prayers and your gifts to take His hope to the people of India!  May the Lord bless you and keep you in His care in 2013!
From Kim Turkington, Executive Director, Fishhook International

The Providence of God

by Kim Turkington on September 17th

“ IN ALL THINGS GOD WORKS FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO LOVE HIM, WHO HAVE BEEN CALLED ACCORDING HIS PURPOSE.” Romans 8:28

From Ghuna Kumar

My mind has been very clouded these days about the loss of my brother who was a real moral support in the ministry and family.  My only remaining brother in my family passed on 31st of Aug.  And also my mind was filled with all chaotic things happening in the world which include of course the loss of lives in China; the Syria situation; the protests from Arab world and other countries;  reports of 2,437 murders and 1,100 rapes in six months of time in Utter Pradesh State in India; the numerous deaths of tiny little ones due to carelessness - for an example that a newborn died in Chennai hospital because the rats bit the babe in an incubator.  Therefore I have been contemplating much on THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD.
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