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July 2004 - Jehovah Jireh, our Provider

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"God is Faithful"   1 Cor.1:9

We are so thankful to our God for His faithfulness to our family and the college over the last 9 months, the fact that the college has been able to continue is a sure testimony to His provision and sovereign control. We are also thankful for you and your faithful support as you have continued uphold us all in prayer, and for all those who to serve here in the college, including the new members of our `Baldaeus family'. Finally we are thankful for our students and their sending churches for continuing to stand with the college during this lean time of the Lord's refining and pruning.

Jehovah Jireh, our Provider
Our librarian, Jebajulie and our office help, Joel left us in May to pursue their own careers elsewhere. We are thankful for their time of service to the college and pray for them as they move on. Sivakumar, who was with us for a term as hostel warden while he worked on his thesis, returned to Hatton with his family, where he co-ordinates the Baldaeus Extension work and Mini Bible Schools alongside his pastoring work at the Church of the Sovereign Christ. In the Lord's sovereign provision, all three workers were promptly replaced, Jeyaseelan came as hostel warden but soon expanded his duties by taking on a number of the administrative responsibilities in the college office; Ravi, a local Trincomalee man, came as an office help and Ajey, from Colombo, has come to take up the librarian's work. All three come with their own distinctive personalities and have exhibited much enthusiasm adding richness and variety to the college community. It has been a real joy this term to see the staff working so well together as a team, appreciating and respecting one another, enjoying being part of the Baldaeus family. We are truly thankful to the Lord for all those He has brought to us and all that He has been doing amongst us.

Friends from afar
It has been a joy to welcome Pastor Martin Lloyd again this term on his fourth visit in as many years. Initially he spent five days in Hatton with Sivakumar (mentioned above) visiting believers and conducting a baptismal service, both were mutually encouraged by the visit. In Trincomalee Pastor Martin taught a modular on Romans and spoke at our Christian Worker's conference (see below) We are thankful for Pastor Martin's hard work and faithful fellowship, as well as the support of his church, Gosen Evangelical Church, who also sent Sarah to us last term. We also have two other modulars this term, Pastor Jothy taught Penteteuch in May and Pastor Mani from Singapore, is coming in July to teach Galatians. The involvement of visiting faculty from further afield certainly enriches the life of the college community. We are thankful that Priya Handy, Pastor Masilamani and Satyendra have continued with us as regular faculty members, despite the long hours of arduous travel from Colombo.

Christian Worker's Conference
`Revival and Reformation in the church, pastor and family' was the theme of our Christian Worker's Conference, held in the local YMCA hall from 6th - 8th July. Pastor Martin Lloyd gave the six main addresses, supplemented by addresses from Newton and Jeyaseelan. It was an encouraging time with about 40 attending, including a number of former students. It makes us aware of the need for such times of teaching and fellowship as another way in which we can serve the church here in the North East,

Family comings and goings
Our longstanding faculty member, Newton Jeyaraj, is hoping to pursue his Master's studies at the Evangelical Theological College of Wales from this September. Satyendra, who began teaching with us in January, was also intending to further his studies, but decided to defer for a year so that he could join us on a fulltime basis. He hopes to move to Trinco with his family from October and his wife, a competent computer typesetter, is also keen to work in the college. We are also looking forward to welcoming Alexander Macleod from Scotland in August, his coming will be a real boost to our faculty as well as our immediate community in Trincomalee.

Precious Fellowship
All our family were thankful to be able to spend a refreshing five weeks in the UK during the April break. It was a precious opportunity to spend time with family and visit a number of friends and supporters of the college. We were able to share news of the college in four of the main supporting churches, Calvary Church in Brighton, Every Nation Gospel Fellowship in Southall, Gosen Evanglical Church in Wales and Trinity Methodist Church in Storrington. It was heartening to affirm fellowship with so many and realise the level of prayer and support there is for the college, not just in UK but also in the States and Canada.

Lengthening our cords
Once again we need a miracle: a larger hostel, preferably within the next month! This is not just because our present contract has expired but also because our student numbers are increasing (we recently received eight new applications from Hatton!) We realize that continually renting buildings is not a feasible option if the college is to grow and be permanently established here in Trincomalee. Thankfully some recent generous giving has enabled us to more positively search for prospective land, but we need wisdom in choosing the most suitable location particularly in the light of political uncertainties, local as well as national. We will also need more funds if we are to build!!

Thank you again, for standing with us in this work and let us all give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, faithfulness and sovereign provision,

Yours in Christ,


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