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Br. Samuel Babu, Believers Brethren Assembly, (BBA), Majlis - Bahrain For the last few days, we have been relentlessly praying for Br. Samuel Babu, who suffered Cardiac Problems and was admitted in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. It was well pleasing for our Lord to call HIS child to the Eternal Home, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sickness and no death. He went to be with the LORD around 10:30 PM Bahrain Time today (Friday 23rd 2015). Let us uphold the grieving family members to the Throne of Grace. May the Lord bestow upon them heavenly Grace, Peace and strength and console them with the word of God.
 
 
 
FOOT PRINTS & MISSION FIELDS

WHEN WE WORK, WE WORK

WHEN WE PRAY, GOD WORKS

Mathew Paul  

 

This is just a very brief testimony of Mathew Paul posted for the glory of God.

 

I had the privilege to be born as the fourth generation in a believers' family. My mother's grandmother was an early disciple of K. V. Simon, poet laureate of Kerala in South India, who also was a reformer preacher heading a spiritual movement in the beginning of the 20th century. I had the privilege to see my great grandparents till I was eighteen. They both lived up to 98 years old. My memory starts from their late eighties and even at that time they both were strong physically and spiritually. Great grandmother was a mighty woman of prayer even at that age. Gathering sisters from the neighborhood, they had regular prayers in our house in the afternoons.

 

I accepted the Lord at the age of 12 at a children's camp. From then I had the desire to serve the Lord. I joined the Bible college after my Pre Course and another year of technical studies. The Lord gave me the opportunity to study in seven different Bible colleges and seminaries for ten years. I was able to get a post graduate degree (B.D. from UBS) and a research degree (M.Th. majoring in O.T. and Hebrew) from the Senate of Serampore. The Lord also gave me a chance to go with my family to England to train ourselves in Linguistics for Bible Translation as the vision for the same was given during the second year of my studies. My wife, Joyce, is the youngest daughter of late veteran evangelist M. E. Cherian of Madurai, Tamil Nadu. University

 

We went to the Nilgiris in l979 being commended by Chethackal assembly. We decided to learn the unwritten language of the Kurumbas there. Within five years I was able to analyse the sound system and write a basic grammar for the language and write down the language using modified Tamil Script. The life of Christ was translated into the Kurumba language. But the problem was that none of the Kurumbas knew to read.

 

So the Lord challenged me about the possibility of bringing their children to our house and to teach them to read and write. This we did for two years. But our house could not accommodate more than half a dozen children. So the Lord challenged me about the possibility of buying a piece of land and constructing a hostel for them.

 

Several hours were spent in prayer. Those days on an average I spent eight to ten hours in prayer. I wanted to do it if it was the perfect will of God for my life. Unknown to any man any where in the whole world, four cents of land was purchased and a two storied concrete building of 700 sq. feet was built in sixty days in all!

 

It was in January 1986 the Lord asked me to pray specifically for the target. And it took only 30 days to have sufficient money for the land. I prayed for one thousand rupees each for the first two weeks and the Lord gave it to me. The third week I prayed for two thousand rupees and again the Lord gave it to me. In the fourth week my prayer was for four thousand rupees! During the fourth week came the 1st of February when I spent a whole day in the presence of the Lord. The Lord promised me that He was going to give me the entire amount to purchase the land!

 

I could not believe it. I was praying for 70, 000 rupees in all. The following day, the 2nd of February I got a cheque from someone who stayed only six km away from home. The amount was six thousand and five hundred rupees. The following Monday I got a cheque for ten thousand rupees from a friend of mine with whom I had had no contact for a whole year. He asked me to spend the money any way I liked for the glory of God.

 

Now that I had more than 20,000 rupees in my hand, I set out to negotiate for the land and amazingly the price was slashed from 63,000 to 14,400 rupees. Who can believe it? We were able to register the land before the end of February, thus meeting the target days.

 

One month was spent for getting government approval for building and for clearing the land for construction. We started construction on the 1st of April and by the end of April 700 sq ft of concrete building was completed unknown to any man anywhere! Of course, curing and fixing of doors and windows came later. But the main cement work was all over within thirty days. Provision came daily. Yes, Day by Day. That month we spent more than ten times our average monthly expenses unknown to any man anywhere. And I have a granite inscription on the building saying, "This building stands witnessing the fact that the God of Elijah lives. 1Kgs.l7:4".

 

Even if Lucifer were to come in person, he cannot deny God answers prayer. Or how else came that building?

 

My personal encounters with the Lord were very meaningful. I got answers to prayer in faith first and then I came out to see the results. There are dozens of them written out in 'Unforgettable Experiences' in my web site maintained for the glory of God and to promote prayer awareness. www.mathewpaul.org.

 

It was in 1991. There came an inner voice asking me to wait for the 7th of July. I had that inner voice for over six months. Then came that day. Both of my lower limps were paralysed. I could not get up from my seat. It followed after a fever for more than one month. I had gone to doctors but none could help.

 

Though I could not get up, I could not imagine for one second that I was ill. I knew that the Lord was working in me teaching me lessons which other wise I would never have learnt. I never knew the tenderness of the Lord as I know it now. Due to my illness I had to leave the mission field and discontinue all the work.

 

Sixteen years of illness now took me to hospitals more than a dozen times, being admitted for a week to forty five days at a stretch. English medicine diagnosed my case as Incomplete Transverse Myelitis and said there was no cure for it and forsook me. By Ayurvedic (Indian system of medicine) treatments, my lost muscles came back. Now I can stand up and walk inside the house holding on to something.

 

Only the Trivandrum hospitalization in l991 was announced for prayers. All the rest were done quietly and the way the Lord provided for hospital bills was amazing. Our eldest son was in 10th std. and the fifth daughter in the 1st when I became ill. Now by God's grace the youngest finished her B.E. in May 2007. We do not know how to thank the Lord for His ways in our lives. Three of our children serve God in different capacities. The eldest one is a composer and singer working as an audio engineer with CBN-India in Hyderabad.

 

Once the Lord gave me an instant answer and money was given to purchase a good vehicle in 1996. Read many more exciting stories of God's wonderful provision in my website.

 

Now the Lord has given me tremendous conviction that once again I will walk for His glory. Will you please bear me in your prayers and share in the victory? May His Name be glorified. Amen.

 

After my experiences in prayer, I am like David who killed the lion and the bear. Goliath stands before me tall and real. Unless he is defeated, I have achieved nothing for God. So now I am praying for our great mother land with all its problems. I am positive India has a great spiritual future, if we only prayed for it. Who is joining hands with me for this mighty task of standing in the gap for India? Inform me. Let us pray together and pray for each other. May His name be glorified. Amen and Amen.

 

Some of the lessons I learnt about prayer are:

(a) We don't have it, because we did not ask for it (Js.4:2)

(b)The primary calling of a believer is asking and receiving or prayer (Jn.15:16) "I...appointed you...that what ever you ask...he may give it you".

(c) To 'ask in my name' means to ask as He asked Cf.Col.3:17. It means, Jesus our Lord is our example in our prayer life as well.

(d) Strive in prayer is a command to every believer (Rom.15:30-32). Any believer who does not strive in prayer lives in disobedience to the voice of the Spirit of God.

(e) God's perfect will cannot be achieved on earth without our prayer (Mt.6:10). That is the reason why Jesus our Lord taught his disciples to pray "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

(f) What prayer means to God, criticism means to the devil. Christ is interceding for us (Rom.8:34). The devil is accusing us. (Rev.12:10). When we intercede, we do the work of the Lord. When we accuse, we do the devil's work. They create opposing forces and work against each other.

 

Learn these truths and see how your prayer life will change for His glory. May He give us His strength. To His Name be all glory. Amen and amen.

       

 

 
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