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Yearend Fasting Prayer Helps to Restore Hearts and to Revive Services

GEMS Annual Fasting Prayer was conducted in Sikaria, Bihar which was attended by GEMS missionaries of all Regions, Zones, Departments, Institutions & Projects.

The Annual yearend fasting prayer was conducted from 27th to 29th December 2017 at GEMS Auditorium in Sikaria, Bihar. It was conducted in the theme ‘Restored Hearts, Revived Services’.

The meeting began with an introduction to the theme shared by the General Secretary of GEMS Bro. D. Augustine Jebakumar. He showed the nature of true fasting quoting Isaiah 58 and presented what God hates – unpleasing life to God, busy in lip-service worship, hypocritical life & fake humility. From Micah 6:8 and Colossians 2:18,23 he showed how practical humility looks like.

He shared in the morning devotions with focus on humility as a necessity for restoration & revival. He showed from the lives of David (1 Sam 18:17-23; 24:14; 26:20; 2 Sam 7:18), Abraham (Gen 18), Mephibosheth (2 Sam 19:30) & John the Baptist (John 1:21,27; Matt 11:14) the true nature of humility. Bro. Anand (Associate Director-Institutions) & Bro. K. Gunasekaran (Diector-HiChal) led the people in prayer of commitment.

Pr. Robert Simon (Carmel Ministries, Chennai) was invited as the guest speaker and he shared on the theme verse from Psalm 85 and expounded on restoration & revival. Sharing from the context of this Psalm he shared how Israelites who were delivered from Egyptian bondage because of their rebellion & unpleasing life went into Babylonian captivity. He likened it to the life of a saved person who gets into bondage and cries out for deliverance and restoration. He showed through other Psalms 137, 128 & 96 the life of one who fears the Lord and walks in His ways.

The participants were divided into groups and questionnaires were given on the topics of Repent, Restore & Revive to discuss among themselves for introspection. Click this link to download & use the Questionnaire in English & Hindi –

People were led in praise & worship by Bro. Bell Shath, Bro. Noble, Bro. Arjun Karmali & Bro. Praveen Das along with the choir and the music team.

GEMS Web TV was launched. Click to watch the Web TV –
GEMS produced Telefilm Aajadhi was released. GEMS Chairman Bro. Ernest Ravi prayed and released the telefilm. Watch the trailer – 

On the first & second day of the meeting during the day time GEMS leaders presented various issues and led the people in prayer. Dr. Ashok Kumar (Associate General Secretary, GEMS) shared about the condition of & the confusion in the Indian churches; Dr. Rajesh Duthie (Associate Director, KBM) shared on the present international scenario of the nations of the world; Bro. Rakesh (Associate Director, CP) shared on the social, political, economical & religious issues of India and Bro. Mariyosh shared on the prevailing persecution of Christians in India.

On the final day the Executive Director Bro. T. Emerson exhorted all the missionaries to remember the laid foundation of GEMS, Evangelism (1 Cor 3:10) & encouraged that persecution will only bring forth a great harvest (Exodus 1:12). He shared on the role that everyone needs to play in this time – Prayer (Is 62:7), Enabling all believers to proclaim the gospel (Acts 8:4), Develop team work (Acts 13:1), Missionary attitude & commitment (1 Cor 4:9). He also presented REAP – Raising Evangelists And Prayer warriors, a new initiative for GEMS churches.

All the missionaries & participants took part in the communion service. Faith offering was taken and the missionaries committed to give to the upcoming WLTC (Women’s Leadership Training Centre) in Bettiah, North Bihar and for Reaching Hand Society, a ministry based in Orissa.

In the closing session the General Secretary presented God’s promise for GEMS team for year 2018 from Deuteronomy 26:19 “…He will set you in praise, fame and honour high above all the nations He has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God”. He showed the important conditions from the context of the verse – to be holy, to keep the covenant, to give the first fruits to God and to not touch that which is set apart for God.

Prayfor all the missionaries of GEMS who committed towards restoration that it may lead to a true and greater revival in all the ministries.
Praythat they may grow in inner holiness & humility that the Lord may use them highly to touch & transform nations. 
Christmas and New Year Greetings from GEMS Family
GEMS Satham (Tamil Magazine) January 2018 Issue