Newton's visa and studies: The Lord's providential hand was evident as
Newton got his UK visa on Friday afternoon August 27th and flew out on
Saturday morning! He had a pretty grueling two hour health check as soon as
he reached Heathrow, but was able to have a more relaxed time on Sunday with
the folk at Every Nation Gospel Fellowship in Southall.
Newton has settled into his studies and life in Wales. Thankfully his
English was considered good enough for him to begin the course immediately.
Otherwise he would have been required to do an initial year of English
first! Please pray that sufficient funds will come in for him.
Alexander: He has now been with us for a month. He is staying in our student
hostel and has made a good start on learning Tamil. He had his first
experience of teaching late August at our mini Bible School in Hatton. He
has been accepted onto an M.Phil. programme at Eastern University, here in
Trinco, and on that basis we hope to secure a two year student visa for him.
The new term: The first week of the term has been busy but smooth. Our two
new faculty members, Satyendra and Alexander, are both settling into life in
the college and the hostel. All our students have returned and one new
student has joined us, Jacob, from Hatton (our up-country contingent is
A new hostel: We still have not found another hostel, but there is a
possibility that we may be able to takeover the use of the Methodist Women's
hostel, just up the road, in November. This would really be excellent if it
works out, since it is a large building with at least 8 sizable rooms.
Please pray on with us!
Graduation Service: We are in the process of planning our first graduation
service for 29th October. We would really appreciate your prayers for this
since it is a significant milestone for us! Jeyaseelan, Alexander and
Satyendra are doing all the planning. We trust this will be a time of real
thanksgiving to the Lord and encouragement to the students who are moving
Thanksgiving service: We hope to have a low key Thanksgiving service on the
28th September here in the college, marking the years' anniversary since the
Lord took Charles to Himself.
In His service