Scripture: Stepping into the light
Scripture verse for this year ministry
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – (John 8:12)
Dear friends walking in the light of Jesus,
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the way Paul and many of the disciples taught us to greet one another. I am pleased to say that out of the many letters we receive from India each year, that is how they greet us, and in behalf of our loved ones in India, I greet you in the same way.
We are so thankful for what God has done for his ministry through you! Many times throughout the course of this year, we received phone calls and letters from people in north-east India, telling us of their hardships and woes. In the year 2010, the state of Manipur has endured horrible hardships from devastating floods, and disasters. They also endured another kind of hardship, and that was warring militant groups blocking trade routes. People could not get gas, people could not get food or goods. There was a time this past July when petro / gas was more then $12.00 U.S. Dollars per gallon in rupees. Food doubled and tripled in cost if food could be found. People became desperate, and that made our orphanage for 18 girls our main concern. We sent them disaster relief! Then one of our pastors lost his whole home and everything in it because of a flood in a mountainous region. Again we sent disaster relief to that pastor and others suffering from these situations. God heard our prayers, and many of you sent checks in the mail to The Word of God for Asia.
I will tell you why this is a miracle. It is because I never asked anyone for a dime. I did not call anyone, nor did I write a letter explaining anything to anyone about the matter. In-fact, I spoke to very few people about the situation effecting the people in Manipur, India. Instead, I prayed to our lord god almighty with the people of India about the situations and issues they were facing.
Jesus heard our prayers, and apparently many of you heard God’s call upon each of your hearts, which prompted you to send the financing we needed for relief efforts. God moves in miraculous ways. I believe that with all my heart!
I cannot count the number of times people came up to me somewhere to hand me a check or to put money in my pocket for the mission work that is being carried on in north-east India. Throughout the past 15 years, I have witnessed continuous blessing on our mission work in India, and have never seen a shortness of the financing necessary to continue on with the work we committed ourselves to doing in order to proclaim the gospel to unreached people groups. It blows my mind so to speak, and I am in total awe of what God is doing. God has heard our prayers and continues to deliver his people, his children, where ever they are.
I hope that all of you who are reading this, can appreciate this testimony above, because it was you who heard the call of God, and became the light in a time of darkness and depression for many of God’s people/children in India. Thank you for hearing God’s call for the great needs of those we support through the Word of God for Asia.
This past year we experienced many moments of sharing God’s word with masses of people. In February of 2010 my wife Elizabeth and I were invited to take part in a 100 year Hmar centennial. We celebrated in the Manipur Mountains, 100 years of God’s word having first been spoken to the former head hunting people. This event lasted two days with more then 20,000 people attending. It was fantastic to see so many people praising god for 2 – days.
Only 60 years ago did these people receive the first written Bible in their own language.
In 2010, we were able to bring in 1,770 bibles into north-east India. 1,000 of those Bibles were in the English language, which is what many of the younger generation in India want to read. The rest of the bibles were in the Meitei language and script, which is what the older generations are interested in reading. I had a unique opportunity to meet with one of the prime minister’s Cabinet members, a man who also is a Christian. Several of our pastors and myself, along with pastors of other denominations submitted to him a memorandum regarding the persecution of Christians, the killing of Christians, and the burning down of more than a hundred churches throughout India. He gave us his word that he would shake things up with God’s help, and put a stop to the horrible atrocities in India. Sometime later, we heard that some high officials may lose their positions because they did not follow up with the
Horrible things happening to Christians in various places throughout India. The Holy Spirit is moving in a powerful way in India.
In this coming year 2011, we are hoping to plan four open-air programs/ crusades in the remote areas where Hindu unreached people groups have not yet been fully reached with the word of god. We are also planning to provide a pastoral training and seminar camp for our pastors and evangelists. This will help us figure out and define how best to bring God’s word to the masses in the most effective way.
As I mentioned in the previous paragraphs, this past year has been a very difficult year for the people of north-east India. Our pastors, their congregations, and our orphanage have struggled to survive. I just want to take this moment with you and them to say in writing this prayer. Thank you Lord Jesus for taking care of all of us, and for watching over all your children who are over-coming the roughest of times, and for providing those of us not facing the roughest of times with all that we have so that we may provide our abundance with others who need help all over the world in Jesus name. Thank you, Lord, for everything!
I am in awe when I think about how God takes care of his own. When there are so many places in the world facing economic hard times. I have said it before, and I will say it again, I believe that in God’s economy, there is no such thing as a recession. God through-out the ages has provided exactly what his people need at just the right time and then some. Our God wants us to be dependent upon him. If we are dependent upon Him, and call upon his name, I believe he will give us what we need according to his will. I believe God’s will is: “His holy and inspired word”. Praise be to the name of the lord!
This year we are going to more than double our funding for our girls orphanage at hope home Imphal in Manipur. We are hoping to get all of the oldest girls into school, proper clothing, books, and food. At present, they eat only once in a day. With God’s help, we will be able to feed them more often, with more nutritious food and vitamins. Last year we purchased, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, mosquito nets, coloring books, crayons, pencils, medicine, vitamins, and food. This has been ongoing for 10 years now, but not with so many girls. I also brought them a children’s bible story book, which is read continuously every day by the oldest girls to the younger ones. Some years we have been able to help with education for these girls, but last year that was not possible. This year these girls can look forward to an education.
These 18 girls sleep 4 to 5 per mattress in a room that is 12 ft. X 30 ft. They only have a few changes of clothing, it is not so much, but they are happy and living in a safe place, which they can call home.
This year we will purchase about 2,000 more bibles, and we will expand our mission program to another part of India called Orissa. God has been laying this upon my heart for a long long time. Funding is very much limited at this time, but I am not going to concern myself with that problem. I feel it is time to take another step in faith, and bring God’s word and provisions to a place in India where Christians have been killed by the hundreds, in the most brutal and savage ways imaginable. Churches have been burned and missionaries killed. Hindu fanatics have come into services and killed everyone in the church with machetes, axes, sledge hammers, and then burning down the church. Christians in this place have had to flee into the jungles and mountains to hide for their lives. We, The Word of God for Asia will be helping these people, and we are hoping to work with the native pastors there to help them proclaim the gospel. With God’s help, I am working things out with a native pastor in Orissa right now. So I am asking you to pray with me about this matter. Please pray for us to be bold. I will be traveling alone with god into this place, while my wife and son stay with family members in other parts of India. Our lord Jesus gives me courage, because he who made everything, can do anything. He will help all of us. We only need to make the move in faith. Finally, I would like you to think about this verse below: acts 13 verse 47 say’s.
“I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.”
After reading this verse in the bible, I later was reading a brochure, and found a quote I thought was quite interesting, written by a man named Phillip Brooks. Here is what he said. “God’s word the bible is like a telescope. If a man looks through his telescope, then he sees world’s beyond; but if a man looks at his telescope, then he does not see anything but that. The bible is that which God gave us to be looked through, to see that which is beyond.” How true I thought, God’s word brings an in depth clarity to man-kinds cloudy and blurry heart. Our theme for this New Year, is stepping into the light of Jesus. I believe that bringing God’s word to the nations of the earth is bringing that light into the darkness. So I want to say thank you for helping us to bring God’s word of light to the nation of India in Jesus name.
Serving the risen savior Jesus,
Steven and Elizabeth Rozema / the Word of God for Asia, Inc.
A non-profit organization – our tax id # is: 38-3364751