SOLID ROCK INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES, INC.
Newsletter
MISSIONS REPORT FROM INDIA
2017

Dear Friends and Co-Laborers in Christ,

     Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support to SRIM.

     In II Timothy 2:2, we have the biblical method of impacting the world with the message of salvation: “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men who shall be able to teach others also.”

     Paul’s method was to teach others, and then in turn, they were to teach others still. In this way workers were trained and equipped for ministry.

     In Acts 4:12 we are told, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

     Since there is no other god, no other savior and no other way of salvation, it is imperative as Christians that we confront all men everywhere with the offer of forgiveness and eternal life to all who will receive Christ as personal savior. (John 1:12, John 5:24)

     This is exactly what SRIM is doing, as we train nationals to take the gospel to their own people through our resident seminary in India and our extension seminaries in the West Indies and in South America.
    



     In Acts 26:17b-18 we are told, “I send thee, (to a people and to the gentiles) to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Jesus)”

     From this we must conclude that missions must concern itself supremely with the sin question of mankind and offer man forgiveness of sin and liberation from sin in His name.

     Since the doors are closed to foreign missionaries in India, we must train the nationals to take the gospel to their own people, and this is what SRIM is doing in India.
    






     This year I had the opportunity to teach two courses at the seminary: 1) Hermeneutics: the study of the science of interpreting the scriptures, and 2) Personal Evangelism. It is a detailed and comprehensive study of the plan of salvation with scriptural and practical methods in sharing a clear gospel. I had a fruitful and exciting time teaching these courses, and the students gained tremendous insights in making the gospel clear and plain.

     In the school year 2016-2017, sixty-eight courses were taught at the seminary. We thank the Lord for our excellent faculty, and for their dedication in training and equipping our students for full time ministry.

     We also had our twenty-seventh graduating class with 19 students who received their degrees in Theology: 5 with B.Th., 6 with B.D., and 8 with M.Th.

     Dr. D.S. Spurgeon, the Founder and President of the “Light of Life Missions”, who is a national from the state of Tamilnadu in India, preached our commencement message. He studied at Mid-south Bible College in Memphis, Tennessee and at Immanuel Baptist Theological Seminary in the USA. This was a great blessing to all who were present.
     
During our stay in India this year, I had the opportunity to preach in a number of churches. Hundreds attended these meetings and the Lord really blessed these services and honored the preaching of His Word. The result of preaching in these churches was that many made decisions to trust Christ as personal savior when the invitation was given.

     We refuse to stand idly by as people enter eternity without Christ when we can share the gospel that will transform them from darkness to light. As long as God provides His grace, we will not stop or be deterred from the great commission. We know that the Word of God teaches that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. (Acts 16:31, Romans 10:17, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 5:24)
           During our graduation service we had the privilege of ordaining 7 of our graduates to the ministry. These men were not able to go back to their home churches for ordination, but were going immediately after graduation to other states in India to serve the Lord.

     So far we have had twenty-seven graduating classes and 603 graduates now serving the Lord throughout India and the nations of Burma (Mayanmar) and Nepal. These graduates are reaching thousands with the gospel weekly. Please pray for them as they serve the Lord in places that are dangerous and often hostile to the gospel and Christians.


PRAYER LIST
      The new school year for the Solid Rock Theological Seminary will begin in June 2017 and will end in March 2018. We already have many new applications for the school year 2017-2018. It costs $ 600.00 to provide a scholarship for each student per year. As we have to underwrite the complete expense of all the students and the functioning of the whole Seminary, we covet your prayers that the Lord will raise the funds needed each month for the running of the Seminary and paying the faculty salaries.

      · Pray for strength and health for our graduates and national missionaries. Pray that God would give them wisdom, peace and protection as they minister in areas where violence can break out at any time; especially in north India. Remember spiritual attack always comes when one becomes involved with proclaiming the clear gospel message.

      · For faithfulness in witnessing opportunities and ability to face challenges and responsibilities.

      · For our Seminary faculty as they continue their work of teaching and equipping the students for full time ministry.
Please contact us at:

SRIM
4100 Burrow Ave, Memphis, TN 38128
Phone: (901)388-7399
Fax: (901)388-3117
Email:
srim1@aol.com