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Karewada is in Karwar District surrounded by thick forests and is 450 kms away from Bengaluru. Bro. Joseph Siddi along with his family work here among the Siddis, Gowlis and the Lambanis. On December 11th Christmas was celebrated here. Around 75 people attended the meeting. Bro. Elisha opened the meeting with prayers and after singing a few Christmas songs, Dr Saheb John shared the Christmas message from Luke 2:8-20 - ‘Be not afraid’ for a Saviour is born and He will save you, deliver you because man is lost and Jesus came to find him. Therefore do not live your life as you please rather accept the Lord and live your life. After which Bro. Prasanna Kumar shared his testimony. Bro. Adriaan shared the second message from Matt. 28:16-20 on ‘Discipleship’ – go and make disciples and baptize, obey the Lord through our relationship with Him – Matt. 22:37-39 because through faith God has given us salvation. We can do this only when – we spend time with God and with others, work along with God, keep relationship with God through prayer, by listening to the Word of God, by reading and by obeying it. After which Dr Saheb John closed the meeting with prayer and benediction.

 


 

Chikkerur is in Haveri District and is 375 kms away from Bengaluru. Bro. Parameshwarappa along with his family work here among the Sudugadu Siddaru and other peoples group. Christmas programme was held here on the 12th December and around 100-125 people attended this. He opened the meeting with prayer and spent some time singing a few songs of praise and worship. Dr Saheb John gave the Christmas message from Luke 2:8-20 – Jesus came to this world to save those who are called by God and not to establish a religion. In believing Jesus there is salvation to mankind. The shepherds were looked down by the elites as lowly yet they got the Good-News because they were precious in His sight. In the same way we too are not wanted by anyone yet we have received the precious gift ‘Jesus’ and we are blessed because of this. After the message Rev. Vinodkumar closed the meeting with benediction.

 

Masur is in Haveri District and is 350 kms away from Bengaluru. Bro. R K Prakash along with his family work among the Durug-Murugis, Gangamathas, Madiwalas, Lambanis and Dalits. On December 12th Christmas programme was conducted here and around 100 people attended. Pastor Basavaraj opened the meeting with prayer and after singing a few Christmas songs and spending some time in prayer, Bro. Adriaan shared from Matt. 28:16-20 – The purpose why God has kept us in this world is to bring others to His fold. His purposes are very important in each of our lives and it is priceless and we should not neglect His commandments. Later Pastor Basavaraj shared from Ps. 150 on how to worship the Lord and said that we should worship the Lord with joy, peace and reverence. After Bro. Prasannakumar shared his testimony the meeting was closed with prayer and benediction.

Begur is in South of Bengaluru. Christmas was celebrated at our Yeshuva Evangelical Church on the 19th of December. Around 150 people attended the programme Bro. Ravikumar opened the meeting with prayer and after singing a few Christmas songs Bro. Adriaan shared from John 3:16 and said that ‘Jesus’ is the gift God gave us during Christmas. Christmas is not all about exchanging gifts. Jesus sacrificed Himself as a gift to the whole world. No one can give such a gift because the true meaning of this gift is – Jesus came to this world as a King to establish a kingdom of peace and showered His love on everyone and gave Himself on the cross of Calvary for others and through this gave salvation to each one of us. He paid the price which we were supposed to pay on the cross and purchased us and gave us salvation. That salvation cannot be destroyed as it is a life-time gift. Therefore, the true meaning of Christmas is to share the gift which God has given to us with others. After this the Sunday School children did skits, dances, recited songs and memory verses and the students of the Yeshuva College enacted the Christmas play and a skit on ‘Salvation’. Sis. Stephanie distributed gifts to the children. The programme was closed with prayer and benediction by Dr Saheb John. .

 

Burunapur is in Bijapur District and lies 565 kms North of Bengaluru. Bros. Jesu and Venkatesh is based here and work among the Pinjaras and Dalits. On the 19th of December Christmas programme was conducted here, around 100 attended it. Bro. Ramappa opened the meeting with prayer and after singing a few songs of praise and worship Bro. Joseph Siddi shared from Is. 9:2 – ‘The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness’. The birth of Jesus brought light to this world and pushed the darkness away from it. He also shared from Gal. 5:19-21 that we must get rid of all the fleshly desires and must become a new creation for Christ and said that the light which has come to this world may shine within us. Bro. Ramappa closed the meeting with prayer.

 

Channarayapatna is in Hassan District and is 150 kms away from Bengaluru. Bro. Ramesh and his family works among the ‘Dorrs’ peoples group. On December 22nd Christmas was celebrated here, around 110 people attended the programme. Bro. Elisha opened the meeting with prayer and Bro. Venkatesh and the students of Yeshuva Bible College sang a few Christmas songs and praised the Lord. After which Bro. Aaron Joel shared from Luke 2:8-20 that Jesus Christ will deliver us from all kinds of fear. He also shared from John 10:10 and said that Jesus came to this world to give life and happiness, to free them from the bondage of sin. Later the children sang special Christmas songs after which the women enacted the drama of 10 Virgins and through it shared the message of Christmas. The second message was given by Dr Saheb John and he spoke from Luke 2:10-11 about the parables of ‘lost sheep’, ‘lost coin’ and the ‘lost son’ and said that God loved the world so much that He came to this world searching for us. He then closed the meeting with prayer and benediction.

 

 

Belgaum is 500 kms away from Bengaluru. Bro. Ramappa works here along with his family among the Dalits and other peoples group. On December 25th Christmas was celebrated here, around 100 people attended the programme. Bro. Basavaraj Butagar opened the meeting with prayer. After singing a few songs of praise and worship, special Christmas songs were sung by the new believers. Then Bro. Basavaraj encouraged them from Matt. 1:18-25 about the ‘birth of Jesus’ and the reason why he was born in this world. He said that those who believe in Him will receive the forgiveness of sin and deliverance from the bondage of Satan that is the true meaning of ‘Christmas’. After which Bro. Ramappa closed the meeting with prayer and benediction.

 

 

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