May, 2013 – Fisherman
April, 2013 – Fisherman
March 31, 2013 – Lakeview
First of all, the entire Lakeview team, including Cathy, Jason, and I would like to wish you a glorious celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior! We are inspired again that His life now flows through His people all because of the empty tomb! Praise His Name forever!
Following is the latest LAKEVIEW LINK newsletter for March 2013. The featured item is our Graduation 2013 when we commissioned 20 new workers for the Kingdom. We are excited about what our God will accomplish through them through India and the surrounding nations.
Pray for them and pray for us too – especially as we plan to visit you, our supporting churches and friends this coming Spring. Cathy and Jason will return to India at the end of June but I will stay on until August 13. We hope to have some precious reunions with many of you.
Enjoy the newsletter and praise God who gives us so many reasons to sing and shout for Him!
For our King,
February 15, 2013 – Lakeview Update
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February 1, 2012 – Fisherman newsletter update
January 20, 2012 – Lakeview Update
Dear friends and supporters,
On the attachment is an update of the recent happenings at Lakeview. Take a few minutes and thank God as you reflect on God’s goodness to us. And pray for us that we will keep pressing on to take hold of that for which Christ has taken hold of us.
Thank you for being such faithful friends so that together we can celebrate the Lord’s purposes at work in His mission in India.
We pray God’s best for you throughout 2012.
The Ignatius’ and Lakeview family in India
June 1, 2011 – Somewhere in Asia
Westlink partners with several ministries in countries where being a Christ-follower is illegal or highly dangerous. Please do not disseminate these reports even though we have edited to protect location and identify. The stories told can be duplicated across the world with only names and locations being changed. Continue to pray for the missionaries living in inhospitable and dangerous cultures. M.
“For the past couple of years we’ve been helping children’s homes plant their own rice. Now we’re teaching kids to be fish farmers and grow their own plants and vegetables in a re-circulating, closed system called aquaponics. We’re currently helping with a test system and trying to collect data to use in the development of a sustainable model for other homes.
“It was a blessing to have visitors recently who helped us build this aquaponics system …. It took a surprising amount of rock to fill these barrels, so I was very glad to have help!”
Mr. J., team leader, shared this update about a recent relief project in a village devastated by a volcano blast…:
“…, students, staff and family members from … rode a bus for …, to assist villagers with further cleanup from the volcano eruption. The team was divided into groups for several different tasks, including making cinder blocks to rebuild homes, constructing a public bathroom facility, clearing rubble, and planting fruit trees. While most villagers were evacuated ahead of the major eruptions, (hundreds of) people were killed and most homes completely blown down or burned beyond repair. The riverbeds, where tons of sand and rocks were washed down, are still steaming with hot thermal water, nearly six months after the event.”
“I did get a chance to sit down with a group of church planters as they talked about the struggles they are having with micro-enterprise projects that work. They are very industrious, and so far some have tried raising rabbits, mushrooms, goats, cattle for cell phone vouchers, and gasoline by the liter on high mountain roads where there are no gas stations. Others have tried selling various spare parts for motorcycles distributed to a number of cycle repair shops. One man’s wife is cooking around 150 donuts every night that they distribute to various locations the next morning. All of these enterprises have met with mixed results. Many are frustrated since their training has been in ministry and they don’t feel they have good minds for business, but they continue to persevere in their ministries. We will continue to try to help them find ways to earn a living apart from the little they get from the churches they serve.”
Mr. D., a team leader, shares these thoughts about change and renewal:
“In some ways we … are accustomed to change, but in other ways we are not. However accustomed we think we are to change, it still seems to take us by surprise more times than not. During the last two years we have been, as a group, focused on community development in urban poor communities around our city. Although we received much support and interest from locals, the ultimate voice is the government. We had been working toward (legal recognition) to give us the ability to impact more kids and communities. However, during our last (efforts we were told it would not happen.) This was a hard blow, especially when the thoughts of change started to set in: change in how we approach the communities, how we interact with others, and how we do what we were called to do.
“Despite the difficulty of changes and disappointments, we have started the process of renewing our focus, drive and initiative. We have been reminded not to overlook the relationships right in front of us. We are working on renewing a commitment to share with our neighbors, co-workers, and classmates. We have also been exploring more creative ways to continue our community development projects and programs without an organization. This has allowed us to also have a renewal of encouragement and energy for the work and people here. Throughout the last couple months of change we as a team have been blessed with a myriad of encouraging events. We have seen signs of fruit that have helped us stay focused on the prize. Please join us in thinking about the coming months with new opportunities to approach the work here in creative ways.”
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May 15, 2011
The Fisherman sent a report of a family in the area who’s home was destroyed by fire. Here are some pictures of that devastating event, and how everyone came together to help the family.
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May, 2011 – VBS at Lakeview Bible College, Chennai, India
Lakeview College and Seminary prepares students from all over Asia as ministry workers. One of the requirements is that they do weekend ministry in an unfamiliar culture. That’s easy in Chennai as people from many people groups move there for work. The students also do summer interns cross-culturally.