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Floods Affect Peoples and Properties in GEMS Fields in North Bihar and Nepal

GEMS fields in Bihar under North and North West Region and Nepal have been greatly affected by the floods. People have lost their lives, houses, belongings and family members.

119 people have died (until 17thAug 2017) due to floods in Bihar which has affected nearly 98 lakh people. (Source: Bihar Floods 2017) 110 people have died in Nepal. (Source: Nepal Floods_Aug 2017)

North Region – Maithili Zone
The floods have affected the following places in Maithili Zone – Basopatti, Madhubani, Andharatharhi, Babubarhi, Laukhi, Nirmali, Sitamarhi, Bargania, Siso, Darbhanga, Benipatti, Kasraini, Sheohar, Jaynagar and Phulparas.

North West Region – PEACE 3 Zone
Due to the heavy floods road and rail services and electricity have been stopped. Bagaha, Raxaul and Bhairoganj fields are most affected. Ramnagar, Bhitha and Motihari have had heavy rains.

There is heavy raining and land sliding in Nepal and bridges are broken. The missionaries could not be contacted in their phones. Mamthamar, Hardhat, Hiramuni, Karmachuli, Jhapra and Rangapur are worst affected.

Pray for all the people who have been affected that their lives maybe restored back soon. Pray for effective and necessary relief work and rehabilitation. Pray that the rains and floods may subside and may not cause more damage. 
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GEMS Invites to the Inauguration of House of Prayer at Basantpur

The North West Region of GEMS invites to the inauguration of GEMS House of Prayer at Basantpur, Bihar on 20thAugust 2017.

Pray! Participate!!
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GEMS Missionary Threatened and Bible Woman Beaten at Sherghati of Bihar

A group of fanatics threatened Bro. Barnabas Bengali who serves as missionary at Sherghati near Gaya, to stop preaching the gospel & conducting church. Sis. Sheila Devi the Bible Woman was beaten and Bible was torn.

On 9th August 2017 a group of people entered the house of GEMS missionary Bro. Barnabas at Sherghatti and manhandled & abused him and they threatened him and told him to stop conducting church and to stop preaching Jesus. Three days back they also visited the house owner and threatened him to vacate Bro. Barnabas from his house.

In April 2017 the Bible Woman of this church Sis. Sheila Devi was beaten by anti-Christian elements and they tore the Bible in front of the villagers.

There has been continuous persecution and opposition to the gospel work in Gaya district this year and this is the fourth incident this year.

Christian Missionaries Continuously Threatened and Persecuted in Bihar -
Masked Men Manhandle and Beat Missionary in Bihar for Preaching Jesus -

On one side when there is persecution, on the other side we see old mission properties being sold and misused. This is an old mission compound and cemetery at Shergati which is now a cinema hall.

Prayfor this one-year-old project at Johapur near Shergati which benefits the highly marginalized community of Musahar -

Pray for this continuous opposition to the gospel at Shergati and in Gaya district of Bihar; pray for the protection of the missionaries and believers and for them to be steadfast in the Lord. Pray that there may be a greater growth of ministry. Pray for the opposers to know Jesus and to be transformed. 
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GEMS STORM Freshers Meet Helps Build Fellowship with Allahabad Students

GEMS STORM (STudents Out Reach Ministry) conducted a meeting for the college freshers of Allahabad. 25 students participated.

A freshers meet was organized by GEMS STORM at Allahabad by Bro. Vijin Samuel on 7th August 2017. 25 students from different colleges participated in this meeting which was conducted in the theme ‘Arise and Shine’.

The program was a good introduction for many new students to the work of STORM. It helped to build fellowship with them.

Pray for all the students who attended the freshers meet at Allahabad. Pray that they may know and grow in Christ. Pray that the colleges in Allahabad maybe reached through these students; that the students may be touched and transformed into godly people through the gospel.
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Students of Jehanabad Submit to be Witnesses in GEMS Meeting

A meeting for the students of GEMS church Makhdumpur, DCC & NET ministry students was conducted at GEMS Action Centre, Makhdumpur in which 40 students participated.

GEMS STORM Patna & GEMS Action Centre, Makhdumpur joined hands to disciple the students of Jehanabad district. The meeting was conducted on 2nd & 3rd August 2017 at GAC Makhdumpur in which local church students, DCC students, NET Jehanabad students & new students participated. Nearly 40 students attended the program for two days and were blessed.

Day – One
The Program started with word of Prayer by Bro. A. Raja, (Incharge, GEMS Action Centre, Makhdumpur) continued with songs & worship. During the introduction session the students introduces themselves and were divided into 4 groups.

The theme of the Students Meeting was, “YOU ARE MY WITNESSES” (Isaiah 43:10). After introduction during first session the theme message was shared by Bro. Sam Richard (GEMS STORM Patna) asking them two questions – 1) Who are you & 2) What are you doing here on this earth? Three important truths were focused here 1) Know Your God, 2) Believe Your God & 3) Understand Your God.

After the tea break in the second session students were taught about “SPIRITUAL WARFARE” and how can a teenager overcome his battle with invisible enemies. Understanding God given will-power to fight against the power of darkness was emphasized here. God opened the closed minds & hearts of many students in this session.

Post lunch session was activity time and students participated in maze game by which they learnt the importance of observation, involvement, process, procedures, patience, diligence, strategy & team work. Sis. Archana (Tailoring Institute Incharge) helped during the activity.

In the third session Bro. Jithan (Computer Centre Staff) led the participants in song time after which students were given opportunity to learn & discern their “SPIRITUAL IDENTITY”. Three important lessons with bible references as evidence were discussed – 1) knowing Your God, 2) Knowing Yourself & 3) Knowing Your Enemy.

After Evening tea break, during Sandhya session Bro. Sunny (Computer Centre Incharge) led the students in song time, continued with worship by Bro. Sam Richard & the Word of God was shared by Bro. Reuben (Digha, Patna). It was a message on friendship and encouraged the students by, “HOW TO CHOOSE A FRIEND” (Proverbs 12:26). Two important points were highlighted – 1) Choosing righteous friends makes you to stay in God & 2) Choosing wicked friends makes you to go astray from God. A Case study of real life incident of choosing careless friend led to divorce of a marriage on same day was discussed. Finally, at the end of first day during prayer time students were asked to renounce their unwanted friendship & return to safety zone.

Day - Two
It started with morning devotion, Sis. Vasanthi Kumari (Tailoring unit girl) led in song time, Bro. Sam conducted worship and Bro. B.N. Singh (GEMS NET Ministries Coordinator) shared the word of God regarding fear of God & to bear fruits worthy of repentance.

During the morning session Sis. Mary Christy (GEMS STORM Patna) spoke about “TEMPTATIONS MAKES OR BREAKS YOU.” In her first talk she gave testimony of four people who failed during their temptations and its result was loss of virginity & death – 1) Shechem/Dinah 2) David/Bathsheba 3) Amnon/Tamar 4) Samson/Delilah. After tea break, in her second talk she gave testimony of another four people who overcame their temptations and its result was gain of honor & Power – 1) Joseph/Potiphar’s Wife 2) Boaz/Ruth 3) Daniel/Nebuchadnezzar 4) Jesus/Satan.

Post lunch session we had an activity time by which students learned the important of STAGES OF DEPENDENCY (self, family, friend, community, and church) to achieve success & be fruitful.

In the final session, Bro. Sam led the students on the topic, “PRAYER IN PRACTICE” and students learnt practically how to pray individually, as a friend, as a family, as a small group, as a class, as a community, as a citizen, as a child of God. Various prayer request was kept before them and they prayed in groups. At the end of the program Bro. A. Raja gave vote of thanks respectively to concerned people and it came to close with the word of prayer on the evening of second day.

Pray for the students who attended the meeting at Makhdumpur. Pray for them to continue to grow as true disciples of Jesus Christ by growing in relationship with Him and by walking in His word. Pray that they may become effective witnesses to other students and youths. 
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Teen Girls Taught to Live Victoriously in and thru Christ at Ramgarh

A meeting for girls was conducted at GEMS church Ramgarh in Bihar (Bhojpuri 1 Zone) through which 44 girls were strengthened in Christ.

The meeting for teen girls was conducted at GEMS church in Ramgarh on 5th August 2017. 44 girls and wives of 5 missionaries attended the meeting which was organized by Bro. Jaigobind Marcus (Area Leader) with the support of Bro. S.R. Cornelius (Zonal Superintendent, Bhojpuri 1).

GEMS MK Sis. C. Blessy (Asst. Professor, SHUATS) shared the messages to the participants on the love of God (John 3:16) and encouraged them to seek the Lord (Prov 8:17; Matt 6:33). The girls were warned to flee from lusty desires and to protect themselves through prayer and by meditating the Bible every day. She also presented Joseph’s life as an example.

Sis. Anita Cornelius took one session based on Genesis 34:1 and 2 Samuel 13:7-14. The meeting was closed with final exhortation by Bro. Cornelius from Psalm 119:8,9. Bro. Marcus, Bro. Janak Prasad and Bro. Arun Kumar led everyone in prayer time.

Pray for all the participants of the teen girls meeting at Ramgarh to keep themselves pure by prayer and by walking in God’s word. Pray for God’s protection upon their life. Pray that they may through their separated living influence other girls to follow Christ. 
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GEMS Pondicherry Coordinator Vincent Went to be With the Lord

Bro. Vincent Gnana Rajan who served as the Promotional Coordinator at Pondicherry went to be with the Lord in the early morning of 5th August 2017. He was being treated for Stomach Cancer.

17 June 1972   -   5 Aug 2017
Bro. Vincent (aged 45) entered God's glory at 5:30 AM on 5th August 2017. His body was kept at Tagore Nagar, Pondicherry until 12 PM today and after the prayer service it was taken to Theni. The funeral service will be held at Theni tomorrow (Sunday, 6thAugust) at 3 PM.

He was diagnosed with Stomach Cancer in February 2016 and was undergoing treatment since then.

Bro. Vincent had the personal experience of salvation through Jesus in 2002 and then on began to grow in the Lord and involved in the ministry of the church at Uthamapalayam where he was working. When in 2003 the Lord called him to ministry though he resisted in the beginning, understanding God’s call he committed and as a family joined GEMS in July 2003. He served with the GEMS Promotions at Nagercoil and Pondicherry. He was known for his tireless work in the promotions ministry of GEMS; in raising partners and in imparting burden for missions in the hearts and minds of people wherever he served.

Bro. Vincent is survived by his wife and daughter. Pray that the Lord may comfort his wife Sis. Jothi and daughter Gifty with His own comfort. 
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GEMS Satham (Tamil Magazine) August 2017 Issue

August 2017 Issue of the Tamil magazine, GEMS Satham is released and can be read online and downloaded.

Click to read the ‘Anbin Madal’ of the General Secretary of GEMS Bro. D. Augustine Jebakumar and the prayer matters from the fields.
Click to Download – GEMS Satham_Aug 2017 (Download)

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GEMS Sabdam (Telugu Magazine) July 2017 Issue

The July 2017 Issue of the Telugu magazine, GEMS Sabdam is released and can be read online and downloaded. 

Read the message from the General Secretary of GEMS, Bro. D. Augustine Jebakumar in GEMS Sabdam.

Click to Download – GEMS Sabdam_July 2017 (Download)

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Yudha Dvani (GEMS Kannada Magazine) July 2017 Issue

The July 2017 Issue of the GEMS Kannada magazine, Yudha Dvani is released and can be read online and downloaded. 

Read the message from the General Secretary of GEMS, Bro. D. Augustine Jebakumar in Yudha Dvani.

Click to Download – Yudha Dvani_July 2017 (Download)

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GEMS Church at Nawgad in Bihar Faces Oppositions Continuously

The Nawgad GEMS church of Bhojpuri 1 Zone has been facing opposition for several years. Recently a believer was manhandled and the missionary was abused during the church service. The police also threatened the missionary.

132 people attended the deliverance meeting that was conducted at GEMS Church, Nawgad on 12th & 13thJuly 2017. The meeting was arranged by the missionary Bro. Shatrudhan. Bro. Cornelius (Zonal Superintendent, Bhojpuri 1 Zone), his wife Sis. Anita Minz, Area Leader Bro. Suresh and Sis. Ramavati participated and conducted the meeting.
Thirteen people were delivered by the Lord Jesus from demonic bondages. The joy of the Lord was very much visible in the church.

In the Sunday service on 16thJuly a man entered the church while worship was going on and he began to manhandle a believer. When the believers and the missionary Bro. Shatrudhan intervened, he used abusive and derogatory words against them. The missionary tried to gently take him outside the church, but again and again he was entering the church and disturbing. After an hour a policeman came to the church and blamed the missionary for the whole incident and threatened him.

A few months back Bro. Shatrudhan was detained at the police station and was falsely accused of forceful conversion and of antisocial activities. Meetings were disrupted and missionaries from this area were arrested in 2007 and 2013 (

Pray for all the people who attended the deliverance meeting at Nawgad to continue to live in deliverance and to grow in Christ and in His word. Pray for this GEMS church at Nawgad which is continuously facing oppositions. Pray for the missionary family and the believers to be strong in the Lord. Pray for the opposers to know the love of Jesus and to be saved.
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Staff Development Program Inspires the Teachers of GEMS School at Dudhi

Two training programs were conducted for the teachers of GEMS English School at Dudhi, Uttar Pradesh. The programs reminded them of their responsibility to transform students.

A staff development program was conducted at GES, Dudhi on 28th June 2017. Coordinator of MPTC at Nagercoil Mrs. Mary Christy (Retd. Professor of Botany Dept., WCC) shared thought provoking life incidents to the teachers. She also expounded on the word TEACHER –
·       Trainer / Transformer
·       Educator / Entertainer
·       Appreciator /Appointer
·       Counsellor/ Creator
·       Helper / Healer
·       Evaluator/ Edifier
·       Role model / Reformer

Another program was conducted on 11thJuly 2017 with Bro. Victor Sitther (Retd. General Secretary, IEM) as the resource person. He gave six hall marks of a teacher and motivated the teachers to analyse their strengths and weakness and to make every opportunity that comes across their way and to overcome all the threats / challenges boldly.
·       Be enthusiastic
·       Be a motivator
·       Be a student oriented teacher (Interacting with every student of the class)
·       Be a steward
·       Be a role model
·       Be an analyser

Apart from these programs the teachers were given training in SMART classes through resource people from Pearsons and Educomp Solutions.

Pray for all the teachers, staff and management of GEMS English School, Dudhi. Pray that the grace and enablement of God maybe sufficient for them to lead the school.  Pray for this school to transform every student and parent as God-pleasing and responsible citizens. 
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GEMS General Body Members Gather Together to Advance the Mission

The Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) of GEMS was conducted at Sikaria, Bihar in which the GB members, Executive Committee and invitees participated. The Annual reports were presented and plans were discussed and the members prayed together.

The AGM 2017 was conducted at GEMS Campus, Sikaria from 29th June to 1st July 2017. The General Secretary Bro. D. Augustine Jebakumar welcomed all the members and the invitees. He shared a quote from Bro. Ebe Sunder Raj’s writing on the two foundations on which church or mission needs to be founded – sound doctrine and sound management. He called the body to reverse the trend of collapsing of godly ministries.

Dr. Ashok introduced the AGM’s theme which was taken from Psalms 105:21,21 ‘Anointed & Authorized to Administer & to Advance’. Dr. Vijay Kanth (Founder, GIFT program) was invited as the guest speaker and he shared messages expounding on the theme. The messages helped everyone to introspect to align their life and ministry in Christ.

The General Secretary shared in the morning devotion from Haggai and exhorted everyone to set their priorities right and to be a prophetic voice. He also showed the necessity for the spiritual leader and administrative leader to serve hand-in-hand with unity. Bro. Freddy Joseph (Chennai) led in praise and worship.

The Chairman Bro. Ernest Ravi started the official AGM. A special AGM was also conducted to amend the constitution of GEMS to create a new position, Associate General Secretary. Bro. K. Gunasekaran (Director, Hi-CHAL) read the minutes of the last AGM. The AGM report booklet containing the reports of the General Secretary, Executive Director, Treasurer and from the offices of the Associate Directors was given the previous evening to the GB members.

Click to Download – AGM Report 2017

The change of leadership was announced and the newly selected leaders were prayed over – Dr. Ashok as the Associate General Secretary, Bro. T. Emerson as the Executive Director, Bro. Rakesh David as the Associate Director for Church Planting. The other following changes were also announced. New vehicles were given to Dr. Ashok and Dr. Rajesh Duthie.

Sis. Lois Sampath
Executive Committee Member
Bro. Mariadas
Deputy Director, Homes
Bro. Vincent Jeyaraj
Regional Director (RD), Western Region
Bro. Arjun Karmali
Interim RD, Southern Region
Bro. Peter Jeyaraj
Designated RD, Southern Region
Bro. Paul Abraham
RD,  Northwest Region
Bro. P.C Johnson
Zonal Superintendent, Sikaria Zone
Bro. Franklin
Asst. Zonal Leader, Sikaria Zone

The AGM was concluded with a note from the General Secretary and he exhorted from Philippians 2:19-22 to be like Timothys, people of proven character, who sincerely care & serve and not seek their own, but things which are of Christ Jesus.

Pray for all the GEMS leaders and for the newly selected and elevated leaders to receive God’s grace and anointing to advance the mission according to God’s plans and for His glory. Pray for every work that the Lord has purposed to do through GEMS in this upcoming fiscal year to fulfil His will.
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GEMS PROFIT Invites Professionals to the Global Conference

PROFIT(PROfessionals Fellowship of International Talents) invites all Christian professionals to the Global Conference which will be held at GEMS Campus, Bihar from 18th to 20thOctober 2017.

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of PROFIT and it is a joy to invite you, a Christian professional to the PROFIT Global Conference ‘Chosen for the High Calling’. PROFIT is an initiative of GEMS for Christian professionals to enable networking and equipping towards being a witness through their profession and at the workplace.

General Secretary of GEMS Bro. D. Augustine Jebakumar invites you to the PROFIT Global Conference

Click to Register OnlinePROFIT Conference Online Registration

Prayfor the PROFIT Global Conference, the arrangements and the conference days; pray that it may create a momentum towards equipping and energizing the professionals to be transformers as individuals and as Christian professionals’ community. 
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Unity Special Issue of The CALL (GEMS English Magazine)

While on one hand we see nation against nation, community against community, family against family, man against man; on the other we see baseless arguments like that of Rajiv Malhotra (in his book ‘Breaking India’) that Christian work feeds and flourishes on the disunity within Indian communities. A lack of proper understanding of the Bible on unity is the reason.

Since there is no provision or possibility of uniting people without any differences and discrimination within any other framework and religious system, he attempts to degrade and dismantle the only Faith that can give equal rights to all people irrespective of their colour, language, geography. And the last book of the Bible shows us a glimpse of what it will be like when Christ returns and in His kingdom, “After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…” (Revelation 7:9 NRSV).

The world’s pursuit of unity yields not much results because of its failure in not pursuing the Truth as C.S. Lewis aptly words it, “Seek Unity and you will find neither Unity nor Truth. Seek the light of truth, and you will find Unity and Truth”. The oxymoron phrase ‘Unity in Diversity’ makes sense and the meaningful and possible coexistence of unitas and varietas becomes achievable only when there is the pursuit of veritas (Truth). Devoid of Truth, the world’s sophomoric attempt at unity meets only with more disunity.  

In his article ‘To the Unity of the Faith’ the General Secretary compares the church, church leaders and ministers of the first century and present times and shows the dilution of truth in life and in proclamation. This is a clarion call to stand on the truth without compromising the Word.

The article from the Associate General Secretary’s Desk, ‘Clarity in Unity’ presents four foundational principles of Unity to help understand that unity is not uniformity rather a process of maturity.

Unity and Love as abstracts cannot be understood unless we come to the Personhood of the Trinity.  The more we learn and grow in the knowledge of our Triune God, the more we grow in unity. The Get Equipped article‘Trinity: Understanding the Three in One’ is biblically sound and encourages the reader to grow in unity and to practice godly love that exists within the Trinity.

Unity in essence needs to be experienced within a person (aligning oneself with God’s word), with people and in God’s purpose. The New Gen Thinking article ‘Walls: Build or Break?’ expounds on these and brings unity lessons from walls of historical significance. The ‘Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares’ sculpture in the UN Art Collection and the inscriptions on the Isaiah Wall across the UN building, “they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:4b), is complete, meaningful and possible only when people walk in Truth, in God’s paths and when God shall judge among the nations (Isaiah 2:3,4a).

The Children’s Chronicles story ‘Raju’s Projects’ is a definite treat for children which shows how when small children come together they can make a big difference in someone’s life.

‘Till Death Do Us Part’ is an excellent article for married couples and for those preparing for marriage which points out to the importance of commitment and not compulsion to be the anchor of marriage life.

The Tentmaking article ‘Dichotomy in Calling: Unifying Skills & Spiritual Gifts to Serve’ removes the dichotomy of secular and sacred and helps the reader to understand work as a calling from God and to unify and use one’s skills, abilities, gifts for God’s glory and for His purpose. 

This year, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. “To gather with God's people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer” remarked Martin Luther. This is a stark reminder for the need of unity within the church community. We are called to build the kingdom of God and not our own kingdoms.

We need yet another reformation, that will bring unity with the clarity that we are not called to compete with each other but to complement our graces and gifts; not to fight on fundamental doctrines and yet not compromise on sound doctrines; not to become self and church-obsessed, but to be kingdom-minded.  

Unifying Reading,
Mariyosh Joseph
Chief Editor, The CALL

Click to Read Online – Unity Special_The CALL (Online Reading)
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GEMS Training Helps Believers of Bihar and Jharkhand Understand Biblical Truths

The T1 training program was conducted at Alipur (M2 Zone) and Chandwa (P1 Zone). 200 believers participated and learnt Bible doctrines.

PEACE 1 Zone
GEMS training department conducted the T1 training for the believers of PEACE 1 Zone at Tori Chandwa, Jharkhand from 3rdto 6th July 2017 in which 102 believers participated. The purpose of this training is to teach Biblical truths to the believers.

Sessions on Salvation, Church, Soul Winning and Gifts of the Holy Spirit were taught by Bro. Chandrika, Bro. Saravanan, Bro. Daniel and Bro. Sunil. The program was arranged by training department with the help of Bro. Santhappan (Zonal Superintendent, PEACE 1).

Magahi 2 Zone
The T1 training for Magahi 2 zone believers was conducted at Alipur, Bihar from 12th to 15thJune 2017 in which 98 believers participated. Sessions on Salvation, Church, Soul Winning and Gifts of the Holy Spirit were taught by Bro. Christopher, Bro. Chandrika, Bro. Daniel and Bro. Sunil.

The training helped the believers to be equipped in good understanding of the Bible. They committed to serve the Lord and to be effective witnesses empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Pray for all the believers who attended the T1 training at Alipur and Chandwa to grow in God’s word and in their relationship with Christ. Pray that they may be empowered by the Holy Spirit to be powerful witnesses and to bring their families and villages to Christ. Pray for the Training Department to be enabled by God’s grace and needed resources to train the believers.
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Pray for GEMS Missionary Dayanand Who Met With Road Accident

Zonal Superintendent of GEMS Magahi 1 Zone (Bihar) Bro. Dayanand Singh met with a road accident on 9th July 2017 and has fractured his right hand.

Bro. Dayanand was travelling in his motorbike along with his son from Jehanabad to Magahi 1 field Ekangarsarai to conduct worship service on Sunday, 9th of July. When he was at Bandhuganj which is 14 kms away from Jehanabad the road was blocked by a dog on one side and an oncoming bus on the other. He lost balance, the bike skid and he and his son fell. Bro. Dayanand was injured in his leg & shoulder and suffered fracture to his right hand and his son was also injured. Pray for his healing and recovery. 
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New GEMS School Started at Darbhanga of North Bihar

GEMS English School at Darbhanga was opened with prayer; admissions and the remaining constructions are going on.

GEMS English School at Darbhanga was prayed and started by the General Secretary Bro. D. Augustine Jebakumar along with the GEMS General Body members on 5th July 2017.

The opening prayer was done by Bro. K. Gunsekaran (Director, Hi-CHAL). In this address the General Secretary shared on the present condition of the society which is influenced by darkness and the need of the light of Truth to shine. He shared on the need of a school and of committed people who fear God. Associate General Secretary Dr. Ashok Kumar and Executive Director Bro. Emerson prayed for the Administrator Bro. Deva and the Principal Sis. Princess Deva.
The program came to a close with prayer by Bro. Ananda Kumar (Associate Director, GEMS Educational Ministries).

Prayfor the remaining construction of the school and staff quarters which is going on. After which the hostel construction will begin.

OUR People Project will be started here from October 2017 for the children of the Musahars (who are traditionally rat eaters). This project will benefit 60 children who will be provided education. Pray also for this project.

Pray for the GEMS English School and the planned OUR People Project at Darbhanga to be a beacon of light and truth of the gospel. Pray that these may touch and transform the lives of thousands in and around this place. Pray for the management and staff and the ongoing construction and establishment works. 
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GEMS Action Centre Inaugurated at Bhabua of Bihar

The GEMS Action Centre (GAC) building was inaugurated at Bhabua, the headquarters of the GEMS Western Region. God’s work at Bhabua through GEMS began 44 years ago. 

The GAC building at Bhabua in the Kaimur District, Bihar was inaugurated on 2nd July 2017 for the glory of God. The inaugural ceremony was attended by the believers of GEMS church, Bhabua, GEMS missionaries and leaders and members of the General Body & Executive Committee. GEMS West region comprises the zones of Bhojpuri 1, Bhojpuri 2 and PEACE 2.

The General Secretary Bro. D. Augustine Jebakumar led the opening ceremony and it began with prayer by the Associate Gen. Secy. Dr. Ashok Kumar and Executive Director Bro. T. Emerson. Bro. S.R. Cornelius (Zonal Superintendent, Bhojpuri 1 Zone) anchored the program and Bro. Vincent Jeyaraj (Regional Director, West Region) welcomed everyone. Missionaries of B1 zone led in praise and worship.

The Chairman Bro. Ernest Ravi, Treasurer Bro. Chandran and Associate Gen. Secy. Inaugurated the rooms.

Girls from the Bhabua church and students of GEMS English School, Bhabua presented choreographies. The DTC Sasaram candidates were prayed over and certificates were handed by Sis. Rupalekha Jebakumar. The General Secretary in his message emphasized on sacrifice which has been the foundation for the work at Bhabua. This inauguration was an opportunity for the believers and missionaries to rededicate their lives to Christ. The program came to a close with prayer by Bro. V. Mariadas (Director, GEMS Homes).

Excerpts from Bro. Augustine Jebakumar’s memoir ‘No One Else’.
One afternoon, in the month of September, 1973, when I was praying in my room, I heard a voice saying, “Go to Bhabua, I will build My church there.” I made enquiries and learnt that it was a small town 85 km away from Dehri-On-Sone and that only one bus plied along that route…
I conveyed my prayer partners in Tamil Nadu what the Lord had promised me and that I was going to conduct a crusade there by the end of January, though I had not yet seen the place! By faith, I clung to God’s word…
It was the first time in the history of the town that a Christian meeting was being organized. The very first day saw more than 500 people, all from other faiths, in attendance. The Spirit of God brought the people just as He had brought the animals and the birds into Noah’s Ark…
The birth of a church in Bhabua had thus began on a promising note and continued to grow in leaps and bounds, baptizing new believers. They were on fire, preaching the Gospel and leading many to Christ. Many college students heard the Gospel and a few, touched by Christ’s love, committed their lives to Him…

Pray for the GEMS Action Centre at Bhabua and the work through the Western Region. Pray that God’s plans for this part of Bihar may be fulfilled through this action centre. Pray for all the leaders, missionaries and believers of this region. 
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Admissions Open for Girls in GEMS School of Nursing

GEMS School of Nursing offers Auxiliary Nurse Midwife(ANM) course with a duration of two years. Admissions will be open only until 30th September 2017.
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