Prayer Letter December 2011Written by admin on Jun 10, 2013 in - No Comments
Dear Praying Friends and Supporters,
“Thank you for inviting me to the Thanksgiving dinner, I really love everyone I met in the Chapel and Church. They are beyond considerable and nice. They have magic to bring me inner peace and joys after talking to them.
Thank you for everything you have done to our international students. God brings us together. God helps me find a home when I am 10,000 miles away from my real home. God lets our students meet such blessed people like you. Blessing,” –student from China
As we once again celebrate the coming of the Lord Jesus this Christmas season, we want to warmly greet you in His matchless Name. We are grateful to God for His goodness and mercies during these trying times. His grace has been sufficient, His love has been generous and your prayerful support has been encouraging.
Looking back on some of what the Lord has accomplished this year we can only marvel and praise Him. For example, we have taken dozens of students on various trips (Amish country, Niagara Falls, apple picking, pumpkin farm, harvest dinner, horseback riding, Christmas party in addition to countless trips shopping, to the airport, bus, train station, etc.) traveling hundreds and hundreds of miles in our 1998 Chevy 15-passenger van, all without accident by God’s grace. Only on our return from Niagara Falls did we encounter any difficulties—a flat tire while driving in the passing lane of the New York State Thruway. But the Lord provided a AAA flat-bed truck which transported the van and passengers back to Syracuse free of charge (within the 100 mile limit) and we were able to get everyone safely home by 4:00 AM. His grace indeed has been sufficient.
THURSDAY LUNCHEONS, OUR SIGNATURE EVENT—John 6:5
One of the highlights this year has been our Thursday luncheons—the hallmark of our presence on the campus of Syracuse University where we serve both SU and SUNY/ESF students. For starters our average attendance for the 10 luncheons this past semester was over 180 (!) i.e., over 1,800 meals lovingly served by our volunteers in the Name of Jesus. In fact one Thursday saw 206 people go down the serving line, receiving not only the food provided but also warm, friendly greetings. We truly praise the Lord for opening the door for us on campus through Brother Koshy.
COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS
“Thursday luncheon is like our weekly family gathering—we must be there.”
“Thank you for all your hard work to make us special.”
“I am not lonely any more. I have made many friends.”
“Pray for me—I have to prepare for exams.”
“Thank you for praying for me.”
SIGNALING FOR PARTNERS—Luke 5:7
All of the above would not be possible were it not for our precious volunteers. This semester we have been blessed with a great team of 35-40 volunteers representing over 15 different churches in the greater Syracuse area. They have been enthusiastic, cheerful and prayerful in serving the Lord. Our students have been blessed by their presence and their love. Without their generous support of time and faithful work with our staff we could not have accomplished what we did.
OPENED THEIR HOMES—Luke 10:38
We thank God for our host-family program coordinated by IFE Board member, Sandy Booher. This year saw the largest number of students seeking to visit an American home for Thanksgiving—50. These precious internationals were hosted by over 20 host families representing six area churches. Prayerfully these new relationships will yield fruit with eternal results.
On September 24th we had a special IFE evening with keynote speaker Joel C. Rosenberg. The story of the birth of International Friendship Evangelism was told by both Joel and Brother Koshy and through this event many were introduced to the ministry of IFE for the first time. There were about 900 people in attendance. We give God the glory for making this evening a blessing to many.
THANK YOU—Philippians 1:3-5
We appreciate each one of you for your faithful prayers, financial support and investment in this ministry. Working together in this portion of the Lord’s vineyard is truly a blessing and a privilege.
We thank God for our staff—Brother Koshy, Indira, Jay and Susi Koshy, Suresh and Ramani Thiagarajan, Dave and Lorrie McKeon, Lowell and Lynda Weeks, and Celia Klare.
May the Lord give you a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Yours in His service,