Ministry Update

Praise and Prayer Points, February 2015

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)

Praise Points:

1. Thank God for the successful completion of the Biblical Hebrew I Course in the month of January, 2015. We were blessed with Dr. Helene Dallaire’s teaching ministry. Thank God for the spiritual edification that the HITHA community received through her presence and teaching and also for her good health and safe travel. She now back in Denver and is constantly encouraging the HITHA community.

2. Praise God for the granting of Associate Membership (stage one of the accreditation process) to HITHA by ATA (Asian Theological Association). It is a prayer answered and we praise God for it.

3. Praise God for the few monthly financial supporters of the ministry of HITHA.

4. Praise God for the 60 plus students (over 30 each in Apologetics I and Hebrew I courses) who are successfully completing these courses.

5. Praise God for the faithful service of our Admin Assistant, Bro. Livingstone.

6. Praise God for Bro. Anthony Victor who has been working as a Resident Faculty from Dec. 2014 and who effectively served as Professor Dallaire’s TA (Teaching Assistant) for the Biblical Hebrew I course.

Prayer Points:

1. Upcoming Semester Courses: Please pray for the course preparation by the faculty and the student registrations for the upcoming semester courses at HITHA: Course1: Biblical Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods: Starts on Feb 24th (Evening batch on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 pm) Course2: Biblical Hebrew-2: Starts on Feb 28th (Morning Batch on Saturdays)

2. ATA Accreditation: Please pray for the effort required to move towards the full membership with ATA (in two years from now) and for the membership fees amount (Rs. 44,360/-) that we need to pay now for two years.

3. Please pray for the TDS Work (Tax Deduction at Source) to be completed.

4. Please pray for Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka (the Director) for safe travel and good health as he would be teaching Apologetics to Islam (Reaching Muslim Friends and Neighbors with the Gospel) from 5th to 10th Feb at Dr. Haqq’s All India Institute of Evangelism, Kodaikanal .

5. Also please pray for Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka’s Preaching at Church Public Meetings on 26th, 27th and 28th at Sakineedupally (near Narsapur).

6. Right Theology Forum (RTF): Please pray that the initiatives launched by RTF should make progress for the benefit of all believers/churches. Our faculty members (Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka, Mrs. Santhi Mondithoka, and Mr. Anthony Victor) are involved in this much needed work of helping the Church in dealing with false teachings and unbiblical methods in ministry.

7. Monthly Finances: Please pray for the monthly budget of HITHA (Rs. 81, 750/)

8. Please pray for the Board, Faculty, Students and Friends of HITHA.

9. Please pray for the evangelistic outreaches and preaching by the HITHA team in Hyderabad City, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States.

10. Please pray for the Board Meeting to be held during the last week of February that the board might make good decisions concerning the different aspects and areas of the work of HITHA (especially for good board members to be added).

11. Please pray for the students who would be taking the final exam for the Christian Apologetics I course (that Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka had finished teaching) on the 7th of February.

Brief Ministry Update August 2014

As you know we returned from the 2 months long US Ministry Trip on the 13th of August and since then we have been busy with many different things in addition to the work of/in the KoG. The Lord blessed the ministry greatly in the US (Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Virginia, Denver in Colorado, Los Angeles and San Diego etc).

We had put Shamuel in Sri Chaitanya Techno School - back to Indian system after two years of home schooling through A Beka Academy International, USA. It is very challenging as he is having to start learning two languages (Telugu and Hindi from the beginning) and he was late by two months (as he graduated from the American School in July). Please do pray for him. We are trying our best to encourage him and motivate him to keep working hard. It is not easy at all. He needs (and we too need) much grace.

I did an hour long program on William Cary in Aradana TV on August 17 and then did a two hours long Q&A Session (Asalina Prashna Sisalina Jawabu) in Rakshna TV in addition to the lecture at HITHA on "Equipping the People of God for Works of Service - Does Theological Eduction Make Any Diffeence?" on the 6th of September. Santhi has also conducted women's fasting prayers and spoken in a couple of Church meetings for women. I did pastors' seminars in Nagar Kurnool and then in Medak on "Building a Healthy Church" and Santhi did a big women's even in LB Nagar with over 1000 women (arranged by the Christian Association) and she also spoke in a Women's Sunday Service in a Church. Santhi will speak in the State Level Nurses conference and other events before we both leave for Abu Dhabi and then Sharjah (for the GTCM Gulf Regional Conference, 3-5 October) and then I will be in Port Blair for another GTCM Regional Conference.

We have been enabled by God to all the above ministry in spire of the fact that Santhi had to undergo pneumatic compressor treatment (for 10 days) for the swelling in her right hand (whole hand) - an after affect of the surgery that she had undergone more than seven years ago. This treatment is over but helped very little and we need to go for a mechanized compressor sleeve (we have to get it from the US). Please do pray for her. I have been having some fluctuations of my blood sugar levels and the last week or so I have been experiencing terrible weakness. I am trying to work hard on this and we are also exercising/trying to exercise regularly now. I am thankful that I am able to take my medicine regularly and control diet also strictly. Please do pray for both of us.

We have also been taking care of things at HITHA. The financial audit is over (just today) and the Foundations of Theology Course is going on (it will be over by the end of this month) - Dr. Clement Kuchipudi has been teaching this course.

We both are now trying to cut down on traveling and speaking (at least from November) so that we might be able to concentrate on our Ph. D work and we need to work in a focused way at least for three more years.

We thank you for all your love and support of the ministry and our family. Many thanks to you both and for the support by way of taking care of the websites.

I am sorry that I have not been able to write to you earlier. I will write to each one of you separately. We do remember you and pray for you. Please do keep us updated.

With many thanks to each of you.

In the Lord and His Mission,
Sudhakar Mondithoka


Ministry Update with Praise and Prayer Points, Sudhakar and Santhi Mondithoka (October-November 2013)

2 October, Hyderabad: Santhi spoke in a women’s full day retreat of a Church on “Women Shining for the Lord Jesus.” The women of the Church were thrilled to have a feast of God’s word. Praise the Lord for this blessing.

10 October, Warangal: I had a good meeting (on the 10th) for the NIT/REC (National Institute of Technology) students in Warangal. 15 people responded to the truth of the gospel as I spoke on "Connecting to LOVE beyond the Horizons" and 10 people rededicated themselves to the Lord and many spent time with me personally and in small groups (mostly from other faiths), sharing their struggles and seeking counsel and even relating the talk/truth to their own lives. Praise the Lord. This meeting was organized by the Evangelical Union/the Student-Campus Ministry in India.

12-25, Hyderabad: Professor David Talley (Talbot School of Theology, Biola University) started teaching on the 12th and finished his course (OT History and Literature) at HITHA on the 25th. We had 36 registered students - all professionals except for three from the full-time stream, including 4 professors, two doctors, many software engineers, etc.). We had people from different church and fellowship backgrounds – Assemblies, Baptist, CSI, Lutheran, Methodist, etc. Santhi and I took care of all the arrangements for the course and for the hospitality of Dave Talley while taking care of some ministry also. This course was an incredible blessing to the students who are now trying to finish up all their reading and writing assignments. Please pray for the courses we will be offering in New Testament, Hermeneutics and Homiletics and other subjects.

22, Hyderabad: Santhi spoke in the Women’s Sunday Service of New Life Associates Church on “Being the Closest People to Jesus” based on Matt. 12: 46-50 where Jesus says, “The one who does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, my sister, and my mother.” The whole Church was blessed as she systematically expounded this passage and showed that Jesus who did His Father’s will taught His disciples to know and do the Father’s will for them in different areas of their lives.

24-27, Pune: The Lord blessed the ministry - four lectures on "Reaching the Friends of Other Faiths, Especially the Upper Caste Hindus" and a Q&A Session at UBS (Union Biblical Seminary, which for a long time has been the leading evangelical seminary in India and now there is one other big and good one) in their Mission Conference. I got some very positive response and people were challenged. Even the preaching in the Church service (St. John's Telugu Church - CNI) went well on Sunday, the 27th October morning (I spoke on "Living Life With a Heart of Wisdom" based on Psalm 90 and Ephesians 5: 15-20).

29, Ongole: I did a scientific talk/lecture (evangelistic) on "Can Science Solve All Human Problems?" There were over 400 college and university students (mostly from non-Christian backgrounds and some professionals also) and the Q&A session was also good and over 25 of them responded to the invitation and many more met with me and asked many questions and thanked me profusely for the knowledge of the truth about God and our relationship with Him. Praise the Lord.

1-3 November, Kakinada: Santhi spoke in meeting for women (and also visited a good friend who has been undergoing treatment for cancer). She spoke in Church Services on Sunday, the 3rd. The Lord blessed her ministry greatly and many lives had been touched by the truth of God's word as she spoke from the second half of Ephesians.

2 November, Hyderabad: The Live TV Q&A Program (Asalina Prashn Sisalina Jawabu = Real Answers to Real Questions) on Rakshna TV went well. The subject was "Christians and Politics," and the questions that people called in and asked were very good and the Lord enabled me to answer in a biblically balanced way. This is the only Live Apologetics and Theology Q&A Session in India that I have been doing this for over 2 years now (on Saturdays from 5-6:30 pm). Many of these shows are now available on our website and also on the You Tube.

4-8 November, Bangalore: I am now in Bangalore teaching a course in Apologetics at SABC (from Nov. 4-8, 18-22, and then 2-6 December) to the M. Div., final year students. The teaching is going well and my students (over 35) are enjoying this learning experience.

8-10 November, Kurnool: I will be at the Stanton Memorial Baptist Church, for their Annual Meetings (including the Sunday Services in English and Telugu on the 10th) where I will be speaking on "The Church and Christians: What is it and who are they???"

I need much grace from the Lord to present the truth in love, because of the controversies that surround this subject in India/Andhra Pradesh state where many write in the official records that they are Hindus and the same people think that they are Christians and often control things in the Church (being in leadership positions) and these days people are arguing that we should never tell people that they should ‘publicly and officially declare’ their faith - that they are Christians/Followers of Jesus Christ. I see this as ‘a tendency not to carry the cross and follow Christ who carried His cross for us’ or ‘an unwillingness to count the cost of discipleship to Christ and to pay the price’. I believe that we just cannot think of Christianity or Christian Discipleship without the Cross, which has historically become a symbol of Christianity.

*** Praise the Lord that these meetings went well - the Lord gave me grace and many came under the conviction of the Holy Spirit as I spoke 7 times on the theme of "The Church and Christians: What is it and Who are they?". About 25 from the so called 'nominal Christian background' responded to the gospel invitation.

HITHA (Hyderabad Institute of Theology and Apologetics) Update:
We would like to inform you all that we have taken a new and better place (rental) by the main road at Golkonda X-Roads and we will move into that place by the middle or end of November and will keep you posted on this. Please do pray for the move and for the increased rent (Rs. 25, 000/ per month from Rs. 12, 500/) from December. We believe this is needed to provide better facilities for our students and to provide more space for more students to come and be blessed. We will also be looking prayerfully by faith to buy a property for HITHA (as it was decided in the Board Meeting that took place on the 19th of October). Please do pray for these things and mobilize prayer and financial support as the Lord leads and enables you.


I also wanted to request you to pray about fixing the dates for my trips to New Zealand and Australia and then Malaysia and for my Oxford trip (for my research work and residency) from January to May 2014. I need to work on the many details for the Global Telugu Christian Summit (3 - 6, July 2014) hosted by GTCM in New Jersey.

Some Family News:
We are prayerfully considering the possibility of sending Shamuel to Hebron School in Ooty from next year (from 9th grade onwards). We are also prayerfully thinking of drastically reducing our traveling and speaking over the next two years so that we might be able to concentrate more on our research (Ph. D studies) and on HITHA. We need much grace from the Lord for these changes and please pray very specially about these matters.

16 November, Hyderabad: Please pray for the Live TV Q&A Program (Asalina Prashn Sisalina Jawabu = Real Answers to Real Questions) on Rakshna TV (5-6:30 pm in Telugu)

28 November, Vijayawada: I will be in Vijayawada for the GTCM (Global Telugu Christian Ministries) Executive Committee meeting where we will be discussing many important things related to the Global Telugu Christian Summit. We are unworthy servants. We have only done what we are asked to do by the Lord (Luke 17:10). So all praise to God alone. We cannot do anything good without His enabling grace and so I/we need much grace for these teaching/speaking engagements and other work. I/we would appreciate your prayers for us. Thank you for your prayers/partnership in the ministry of the Kingdom of God.

A Ministry Update from Sudhakar Mondithoka, June-July 2013

Dear Partner in the Ministry of the Kingdom of God, the Lord gave His grace and blessed the ministry in some amazing ways during June and July. I am happy to report the highlights so that you might also give thanks to the Lord along with me/us. The work is His and the power is His and I just happen to be in an instrument in His hands and so I give all the glory and praise to Him alone and I invite you to rejoice with me. We are grateful to God for all our partners like you.

On the 1st of June (Hyderabad) I gave a talk on “Understanding the Church and the Roles and Responsibilities of Leaders” to the Pastors, Elders and Ministry Team leaders of Good Shepherd Community Church (English) at OM India. The Q&A session at the end was very interesting and their Bishop stood up and thanked me for the inputs and said, “We need to have a follow-up session to receive more teaching from Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka on this vital topic that he has dealt with in a very theological as well as practical way.”

On the 3rd of June, I did an Engagement Ceremony in Secunderabad and also spoke on “Engagement and the Preparation for the Wedding and the Life After”. Many parents and young people met me and thanked me profusely for “such a biblical and practical message” that they said, they had never heard before.

On the 8th of June, I spoke evangelistically in the Youth Retreat of the Rosser Baptist Church in Safilguda (with many students from Other Faiths in attendance among the 100 participants). Over 15 of them responded to the gospel invitation as I spoke on “Who is Jesus?”

On the 14th and 22nd of June, I did two House Dedications (of Dr. Paul Darivemula and Bro. Solomon) – in one place I did the ceremony and the preaching and in the other, I did just the preaching. The Lord blessed the ministry of the word in both the places many were touched by the truth as I spoke on the theme of “Thanksgiving and Thankful Living.”

On the 9th and 10th of July, the Lord enabled me to do a Module on “Apologetics and Evangelism” (in five sessions) at the New Life Associates' Pastors' Training Conference with over 70 pastors and a few Christian professionals from different parts of the State of Andhra Pradesh. It was an incredible sense of divine appointment - there were only 5 who heard the term 'apologetics' before and when I closed with a Q&A session, they were all excited about the subject of apologetics knowing how useful it is in the ministry of evangelism and edification (confirmation and defence as Paul says in Phil. 1: 7; 16). They all realized how important apologetics is in the life and ministry of the Church and asked for resources/opportunities for further study. Praise the Lord.

I returned from Kurnool on the 15th and that night we had a good family prayer until past mid night and then went to sleep after entering into the new year - I entered into this New Year in my life (year no. 53) while praying with the family – worshiping and thanking the Lord and the Lord said to me in the morning (of 16th), "Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." (Eph. 6: 10) I have taken this as God's Word for me for this New Year in my life. It was a celebration of 52 years of God’s extraordinary grace, mercy, goodness, and faithfulness. I am very grateful to God for yet another year and please do pray for His will to be done throughout this year.

The Lord blessed the ministry at the Gideons International State Convention in Kurnool (12-14 July) with over 500 people (all professionals in the marketplace) in attendance from all over the state and some other states, where I spoke thrice in the Bible Hour sessions on Matt. 28: 19 - "Go into the whole world and make disciples of all nations." I was rejoicing while ministering, as I kept getting very positive responses from the participants and the leaders of the convention to the truth of God's word. The Lord moved mightily and touched the lives of His people in a powerful way and many of them met me personally and shared about the ways in which the Lord spoke to them and how they responded. All glory to the Lord alone who does His Word using "unworthy servants" like us to fulfil His Kingdom Purposes.

On Sunday (the 15th), I ministered in the biggest Church in Kurnool (with over two thousand people in attendance) - Coles Centennial Baptist Church, Kurnool. I spoke on "Man's word or God's Word?" based on 1 Kings 22/2 Chronicles 18. There was a tremendous sense of the presence and movement of the Holy Spirit and I am grateful to God for touching the lives of many people. I also spoke in the English Service in the evening on "Do I have the right kind of Faith?" based on Hebrews 11: 8-12 &17-19; Rom. 4: 18-21. Praise the Lord that the Lord did His work of drawing people to Himself and His truth as many shared with me after the service.

In addition to all this, the Lord enabled me to complete the course “Introduction to Christian Apologetics I” that I taught (with 12 students) at HITHA by the 16th and also do all the work related to “Biblical Hebrew Course I” for which we had over 20 students on the 16th and some are expected to join by Thursday, the 18th. Santhi and Rishi have also spent much time working on the new brochure for HITHA, Santhi has done much searching to find a place for HITHA (either to rent/lease or to buy, God-willing and enabling), as the owners of the current rented facility asked us to vacate by the end of September by all means, and I got the Audit of HITHA Educational and Charitable Trust accounts done for the financial year 2012-‘13. We are reporting with much gratitude to the Lord for His abundant grace that is sufficient for all the challenges and with appreciation of your partnership – encouragement through prayer and financial support.

The Lord also enabled me to do (a few times) "Asalaina Prashna Sisalaina Jawaabu" (a Live Theology & Apologetics Q&A Session in Telugu) on Rakshana TV along with Brother Benhur Jakkula and we continue to get many mails and calls from people who have been blessed – enriched, equipped, and challenged through this unique ministry/program of Rakshna TV. Wherever I go, I meet people that have been blessed through this program over the past two plus years and Brother Benhur also tells me of the people that meet him regularly to say ‘thank you’ for the blessing this program has been in their lives. Several lakhs (hundreds of thousands) of people watch it live on Saturdays and many more watch when it is re-telecast on other days. I also interviewed Dr. Rev. Emmanuel Haqq, formerly a Professor of Nuclear Physics at the University of Massachusetts and A Pastor for over 20 years (in the Rakshna TV studio - it is now available on the Rakshna TV website). Praise the Lord for this ‘media ministry’ in addition to the weekly English messages (every Friday from 6:30 to 7:00 am) that are telecast on Velugu TV – this has been on for over 6 months now. On the 22nd the Lord enabled me to record a series of 7 messages on “Do I have the Right kind of Faith? – Is my Faith truly Biblical or Christian?” (based on Hebrews 11: 1-12; 17-19; Romans 4: 18-21; Genesis 22; etc.). I have dealt with issues like Is Christian Faith different from other faiths? What is Faith? The Faith of the Father of the Faithful and Friend of God, The True Nature of Christian Faith, Faith – Deeds – Obedience Connection, and so on and this series would be telecast from the coming Friday

Santhi too has had some very fruitful and impactful ministry (we might send a separate update). We both need to catch up a lot on our Ph. D related work. Please pray very specifically about this very important area of our lives at this time.

Please do pray for all the needs of HITHA (see www.hitha.org) – especially for God’s guidance concerning a place for HITHA and for accreditation with ATA, for my ministry/ itinerary (US trip) for July to September (see www.mondithokas.com), and for the courses being offered at HITHA (“Biblical Hebrew I” with Mr. Sh’muel Yacobi from July 16 to September 19, “Foundational Course in the OT” with Prof. David Talley, USA from October 12-25, and courses in NT, Greek, etc., to follow). Please do not hesitate to write to us for any clarification or information related to the ministry.

Ministry Update from the Mondithokas, Dec. 2012 & Jan 2013

We have had some fantastic ministry with thousands coming under the sound of the gospel in different cities and settings and hundreds responding to the gospel invitation (engineers, doctors, software professionals, university students, etc) during the month of Dec. 2012. I was in Vizag, Vijayawada, Kurnool, Warangal, Bangalore, and Hyderabad itself and it was an amazing time of ministry for both of us (Santhi spoke mostly in Hyderabad, but in different settings).

From 12-15 January, I was in Rajahmundry where I spoke in a UESI-AP conference with over 700 Christian Professionals and University Students. I did four Bible Expositions on Ezra 7: 10. Many people responded to the truth of God's Word in tears and made some personal and corporate covenants with the Lord under the conviction of the HS and many met me personally and shared with tears rolling down their checks as to how the Lord spoke to them and challenged them. Praise be to the Lord. I was blessed profoundly as I prepared and preached/taught and met with people and enjoyed times of fellowship with them. Santhi too had a similar experience in the Vizag Regional Conference of the Union of Evangelical Students of India (similar to the one I did) and she and I have been thanking the Lord for His enabling grace and blessing.

While I was in Rajahmundry, I did one evening public meeting (arranged by a Lutheran Pastor with mostly Lutherans in attendance) and the Lord had drawn over 50 people (out of the 300) to Himself as I gave an invitation and I also did a seminar with open forum on "The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ in the Current Pluralistic Context" at another Church and there were some 75 participants in it. I just can't believe that all this got accomplished. Praise the Lord. What a joy it is to see the Lord's hand sustaining and guiding in His Kingdom work.

I was in Kerala/Tiruvalla, at Navajeevodayam Bible College (from 16-18). I spoke on the following topics related to the theme "Understanding the Christian Faith":
1) Existence of God: Contemporary Approaches for Evangelism - Classical Evidence - Evidence from Life Experience (two sessions),
2) Authenticity of the Bile: Facing Contemporary Challenges and Christian Response - Philosophical Foundations for the Authenticity of the Bible
3) Authenticity of the Bible - Bible and Science, and
4) An Open Forum (lecture followed by a Q&A session) on "The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ in a Pluralistic Context."

The Lord blessed the ministry so much that the students and faculty have been thanking me profusely for the new insights and the total content. I am amazed at the way the Lord sustained and blessed the ministry to the people. The college now started asking if I could go once every year to teach there (to students and faculty). I am thankful to the Lord and all praise be to the Lord alone.

I have stepped down from the pastoral responsibilities at the Centenary Baptist Church so that I might have time to concentrate on personal and family time, and also be able to concentrate on the HITHA work and on my Ph. D work. They have not been willing to let me go and I might have to help by way of preaching and teaching as much as I can (they are asking and I will respond soon).

24 & 25 January, Antharvedipalem: I spoke thrice in the Gospel and Revival meetings arranged by Pastor Stephen Pilli and the Churches there on the theme, Faith that Moves the Heart and the Hand of God. There were over 250 people in each meeting and the response was very encouraging: at least 30 people made first time commitments and many rededicated their lives to the Lord as they were challenged to live a life of true Christian Faith and many Hindus and others heard the gospel truth through the PA system. What a joy it was to see people responding to the truth and to talk to people personally and pray with/for them!!

On the 26th of January I was live on Rakshana TV for over 1.5 hours answering questions on “Freedom and True Freedom” as India celebrated its Republic Day. There was a Deputy Mayor of a city who called in twice and the Lord blessed that greatly for the many that called in and asked their questions and they had also expressed their appreciation and gratitude as a preface to the questions they had asked. Even yesterday (the 9th of Feb) I was on this program again answering the many questions on the “Christian Doctrine of Trinity.” The anchor had asked me the many questions that he had already received from the viewers and at least 10 people called in their questions and the Lord gave His extraordinary grace to explain this profound truth about Himself as revealed in the Bible (that the One True God eternally exists as Tree Divine Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) and to answer the many different kinds of questions. Praise the Lord.

On the 26th of January I was live on Rakshana TV for over 1.5 hours answering questions on “Freedom and True Freedom” as India celebrated its Republic Day. There was a Deputy Mayor of a city who called in twice and the Lord blessed that greatly for the many that called in and asked their questions and they had also expressed their appreciation and gratitude as a preface to the questions they had asked.

27th January, Hyderabad: I (Sudhakar) spoke on the last day of an evangelistic camp with 100 young professionals and students (college and university) and over 80 of them were from Hindu and other religious backgrounds. This was organized by Life In Christ Ministries and I did two talks on “The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ & Christianity Among World Religions,” answered many questions in a Q & A session, and then gave the final challenge (evangelistic). About 25 of them responded and made first time commitments (some with tears of repentance). Praise the Lord.

On the 30th and 31st of Jan I was in Velugu TV studios and recorded two series of messages (in English) and they are now being telecast every Friday 6:30 to 7: 00 am and pm: Series 1: Now being telecast every Friday (6: 30 am to 7:00 am and pm, India Time and some other times also)

  1. 1. Doubtful or Disputable Matters - Maturity or Immaturity? - The choice is yours (Romans: 14)
  2. 2. Understanding the Genesis Creation Account (Genesis 1: 1&2)
  3. 3. Understanding the Genesis Creation-Account in the Age of Science (Genesis 1)
  4. 4. Understanding the Genesis Creation Account- Answering some Questions & Drawing out some Lessons (Genesis 1& 2)
Series 2: Will be telecast in March 2013
  1. 1. The Great Commission and the Mission & Passion of Every Christian & Church (Matt 28: 16-20)
  2. 2. The Twelve becoming Eleven: Who is the missing one & what can we learn? (Matt 28: 16)
  3. 3. The Disciples of Jesus: What are they & What is their Identity (Matt 28: 16)
  4. 4. Worship as Integral to the Identity of Jesus’ Disciples (Matt 28: 17)

Please do pray (we need much prayer support) for the other ministry in February and March 2013, especially the following:

23 February-22 March, New Zealand & Australia: Sudhakar will be doing teaching and preaching ministry in Auckland, NZ (24 Feb to 6 March) and then in Melbourne (7-13 March) and Sydney (14- 16 March), Australia. He will be speaking in the MTCF (Melbourne Telugu Christian Fellowship) Annual Family Camp/Conference (9 - 11), then in the meetings of FUESIA (Friends of UESI Australia) in Sydney (14-16) and finally in the meetings of NAVSARJAN, back in Melbourne (on the 17th).

9-22 March, Kuwait: Santhi will teach a Course Biblical Greek I (M. Div students) at TKVV (a Bible College) of the Telugu Christian Congregation(s), Kuwait & also do some teaching and preaching ministry in the 8 churches there on Fridays & Sundays while she is there. On the 12th of Feb Santhi will be in Bangalore at SAIACS to present and defend her research thesis proposal (with the University of Mysore professor and the committee).

Ministry Update from the Mondithokas, Dec. 2011

Thanks very much dear friends in the Lord for your prayers. We would appreciate your continued prayers for us and for all that the Lord has entrusted us with in His Kingdom at this time. We deeply appreciate your prayer support. Here is the latest update from us:

The Lord had blessed the ministry there among the people of Indian origin/Telugu (our mother tongue) people. Our ministry fits into two categories mainly (we did some evangelism as well): Teaching & Training and Preaching (for the purpose of encouraging and equipping the saints).

I left home on the 22nd of September and I will be returning from Oxford on the 11th of December. It has been a busy time with some ministry in Canada (two trips) and a lot of learning in the areas of research methodology, research skills, writing skills, and tools needed for research like some internet based resources, software, getting to know the Oxford University library system with 100 libraries, etc

It has been challenging to return to an academic mode - serious study and research after 10 years of being deeply involved in the ministry (since we left Talbot School of Theology, Biola University in 2001). But the Lord has been graciously helping and I am trying to work as hard as I am able.

Santhi had been in Bangalore (in October) during the week days on her Ph. D work (SAIACS-Mysore University) and had been returning to Hyderabad for the weekends. Shamuel was with my brother in law’s family. He had his quarterly exams during that time. He was missing us very badly and it was very challenging to deal with that situation as we three were in three different places. The Lord helped and Santhi has now been back in Hyderabad. Thanks a lot for your prayers for us and please do keep praying.

An Update for the Months of September, October, and November:

I was in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada from the 22nd to the 30th of September. I had some key meetings - 1) the VOM-Canada 40th Anniversary Conference Saturday, the 24th – it went well and all the participants appreciated the ministry and many of them shared that they never looked at discipleship in the way I presented it 2) a 2-day teaching Seminar on ‘a biblical theology of persecution and discipleship’ for pastors and leaders on 27th & 28th - we had 22 people and the four sessions each day went well by God's grace. One Professor took me out for dinner on the 2nd day and asked a number of questions and sought clarifications/answers and was highly appreciative of what I taught 3) two different meetings with the MPs, on Monday, the 26th - this went well as well (I spoke just for 10 mts and then interacted with them for some time) and Thursday, the 29th - 20 of them had confirmed their participation, but only 15 turned up for this breakfast meeting in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill and I spoke just for 20 minutes on "Persecution, Human Rights, and Religious Liberty in India" and then interacted with them for some time as they asked some questions and 4) I did an interview with the editor of a News Paper (Mags Storey of the Christian Week) also – it has already been published. I also did a talk followed by a Q&A session at the Laurentian Leadership Center of the Trinity Western University on the 30th.

I came to OCMS from Ottawa to attend my Research Induction School from the 3rd of October (part of my part-time Ph. D program). The Research Induction School that I finished (end of October) had 10 scholars from different countries. It was wonderful to study, learn, research, and grow in knowledge and understanding. I am thankful to God for this provision.

I was back in Canada (Toronto) for a week (17-22 October) to speak at the Annual General Assembly of the ICA (International Christian Association), the association of all the ministries in different parts of the world that work for and with the Persecuted Church. I did two devotions and a plenary session. The Lord really blessed the ministry there and many of them (all leaders from the different nations) thanked and appreciated the ministry.

I return to Oxford on the 23rd of October and had gone through the rest of the Research Induction School and also just finished 4 weeks of searching for resources and surveying and reviewing of literature related to the field that I am interested in (Islam and Science: An Evaluation of The Way Some Muslims Are Using Modern Science in Defending their Belief that the Qur’an is Supernatural). I will continue this work and hopefully I will be able to zero in on some specific research problem/question and move forward.

Santhi, has had some speaking also to do during the weekends. 6-8 October she spoke at the EMFI (Evangelical Medical Fellowship of India) conference with OVER 250 medical students and doctors in attendance. She covered some Christian Doctrines like God, Man, Sin, and Salvation. On the 10th she spoke in the Women’s Sunday Service at Emmaus Lutheran Church with over 350 people in attendance. On the 16th she taught Integrative Theology at the Equippers’ Program of UESI-AP. On the 21-23 October, she spoke at the ENFI (Evangelical Nurses Fellowship of India) discipleship training program in Hyderabad (about 75 nursing students and nurses attended). The Lord blessed her ministry in these two conferences greatly and also at a Church (Emmaus Lutheran Church) on the last Sunday of October (30th).

On the 4th of November, Santhi spoke in a Women's Retreat in Ongole and on the 20th she spoke to about 200 students and graduates/professionals of the twin-cities EU-EGF (Evangelical Union-Evangelical Graduates’ Fellowship) in their quarterly combined gathering on “Celebration”. The message was much appreciated by the participants.

27th November, Hyderabad: Santhi spoke in the Sunday Service of Emmaus Lutheran Church in Nanal Nagar.

26th & 27th of November, Cambridge: I spoke in an Anglican (Church of England) church on the 27th in their Advent Service – the message was based on Isaiah 64: 1-8 and almost all the 75 participants met me personally and thanked for the ministry of God’s word sharing how the message touched them.

Update on the Ministry Trip to Kuwait, September and October 2010

Santhi and I were in Kuwait from the 21st of September to the 12th of October. Shamuel was in India with our relatives and he had exams going on during that time. He did well (this was the first time for us to leave him behind and go out of the country on a long trip) and this was a learning experience for all three of us – we should be willing to go away from each other on the work of God, although it is not easy and we miss each other.

The Lord had blessed the ministry there among the people of Indian origin/Telugu (our mother tongue) people. Our ministry fits into two categories mainly (we did some evangelism as well): Teaching & Training and Preaching (for the purpose of encouraging and equipping the saints).

Preaching: In one Church Anniversary (the 39th Anniversary of the Telugu Christian Congregation, Kuwait) I spoke (on the 23rd of September) to over 2000 people (on 1 Peter 2: 4-12, The Double Identity of the Church as a Community of Worshipping and Witnessing People”). Then on the 1st of October, I spoke in the 31st Anniversary of the Telugu Christian Congregation, Ahmedi) on Ephesians 4: 1-16, "The Ministry of Equipping the Saints for Works of Service/Ministry is the Main Ministry of the Ministers." There were about 800 people in attendance. I also spoke on other themes/passages like "The Greatness of the Centurion’s Great Faith (Luke 7: 1-10, focusing on the subject and object of faith, attitude of faith, and the actions of faith), and so on.

Santhi had some very unique and powerful ministry as she spoke on topics like "A Wise Woman Builds her House/Family” (in a Women’s Seminar), “Emmanuel in Emmaus,” (based on Luke 24: 13-35) “The Son Restores the Samaritan Woman to the Original Purpose of Worshipping God” (based on John 4), “Memorial to a Woman’s Love and Devotion," (Luke 7: 36-50; Matthew 26: 6-13) etc.

Teaching and Training: We had about 150 people for the seminar on "Finishing Well" and almost the same number for the seminar on "Spiritual Disciplines for Godliness". The other Seminars (we did totally 8 seminars for all and 1 for the Bible College Students and Faculty) were on "Science and Scriptures," “The Apostles Creed for the 21st Century,” focusing on the understanding and defending of the doctrines of “The Holy Trinity,” “Divinity and Humanity of Jesus Christ,” and ”The Resurrection of Jesus Christ,” “Stewardship of Time, Treasurers, and Talents (Gifts),” “The Call, Commitment, Character, and Work of a Servant of God,” and finally on “The Story of Evangelical Theology" for the Bible College Students and Faculty. The Q&A Sessions in all the Seminars were very lively and people asked us lots of questions and we were able to answer their questions and clarify the truth and people really appreciated this. Having so many seminars was the first of its kind experience in the 39 years of their life and ministry as a Church (and they were also very happy about the teaching-learning experience). We were able to give them 45 pages of notes in Telugu (for the first time in 10 years we were able to give so much material in Telugu) and that was also greatly appreciated. They also specially appreciated our teaching together as a wife-husband team.

We preached in many Church services (of both the TCC, Kuwait and its branches and also Fellowships like Bethel Fellowship (Bro. Bakhtha Singh Assembly), Love of God Fellowship (a similar independent fellowship) with hundreds of people in attendance in each service and we had people coming in tears to seek prayer and to share about how the Lord touched them with the word of God. Praise the Lord. We met many people personally, counselled them, answered their questions, and prayed with them.

We just enjoyed the grace of God in Kuwait and we met a few native Kuwaitee people who came to know the Lord and are in His service and have been facing legal challenges. One of them told us that sometimes he gets 5 Kuwaitees and sometimes a few more for their worship service/gathering. This is encouraging. We met some 10 pastors in their fellowship meeting (they are all from different nationalities).

The Telugu Christian Congregation, Kuwait with 6 branches (totally 7 Churches) with several thousand members has pastors, elders, and other leaders who are all full-time employees in the secular world and beyond the office hours and during the weekends they do the ministry of the Church – in the Church and outside the Church (outreach). We met many who were exposed to the gospel for the first time in Kuwait and then came to know the Lord, got established in the faith and went on to become responsible (involving members of the Church). The hunger and thirst that we found in many members of this Church to learn from the Word of God was just unbelievable. Their love and hospitality were both encouraging or inspiring and challenging.We felt as if we were visiting the First Century Church as we met with people, ministered to them, fellowshipped with them, enjoyed their love and hospitality, and watched them work in the Church, and so on. Not only did we minister, but we came back being ministered to and challenged by the leaders, pastors, and members of these churches. There was another very encouraging thing: we met some that came to know the Lord through our ministry and some who were blessed through our ministry in the past and they are all in the Lord and are involving in the life and ministry of the Church.

Shamuel was not well right after we returned and we had to put him in hospital for a day and then take him a number of times. Thankfully he was not sick during the time we were away. We knew it was an attack of the evil one and of course God allowed it. He had severe throat infection, fever, cold, and cough and he had to be on IV fluids, antibiotics, nebulisation, etc. Then we had to take him again with vomiting because of acid reflex (side effects of the antibiotics). Now he is stable and is getting better.

On the 28th of October, I spoke to over 450 College and University Students (mostly engineering students and from Hindu background) in Ongole on "Can Science Solve All Our Problems?" and the response was very good. The Q&A session was very meaningful and in the end I could even give them an invitation to respond to the truth and over 25 of them responded. Praise the Lord.

In November, I spoke to some 150 people of our Church (Centenary Baptist Church, Secunderabad) in the annual day of meditation on “Meditation – the Meaning and Method” and the response was so positive that most of them met me personally and thanked for the ministry of the word and asked for the notes so that they might be able to study further and gain more insight and practice meditation of the Word of God regularly.

Santhi addressing (bringing greetings to) the Church

Santhi addressing (bringing greetings to) the Church that was gathered for the 39th Anniversary Celebrations of the TCC, Kuwait (over 2000 people were in attendance)

Santhi addressing (bringing greetings to) the Church

Santhi addressing (bringing greetings to) the Church that was gathered for the 39th Anniversary Celebrations of the TCC, Kuwait (over 2000 people were in attendance)

Santhi speaking

Santhi addressing (bringing greetings to) the Church

Santhi speaking in the Friday Service of TCC, Kuwait with over 1200 people in attendance & you can see a section of the audience

Santhi speaking

Santhi speaking in the Friday Service of TCC, Kuwait with over 1200 people in attendance & you can see a section of the audience

Sudhakar speaking to 450 college and university students

Sudhakar speaking to some 450 College and University Students (mostly from other faiths and engineering colleges) in Ongole on the 28th of Ocotber 2010. You can see sections of the audience below. Around 25 of them responded to the truth and received Christ into their lives that evening as he spoke on “Can Science Solve all our Problems?” fielded questions in the Q&A Session and then gave them an invitation to respond to the truth.?

Sudhakar speaking to 450 college and university students

Sudhakar speaking to Centenary Baptist Church

150 people from the Church (Centenary Baptist Church) that Sudhakar spoke to on “Meditation - the Meaning & Method”, on Nov. 5, 2010

Sudhakar speaking to Centenary Baptist Church

Sudhakar speaking to TCC Kuwait

Sudhakar speaking to over 2000 people in the 39th Anniversary Celebration of TCC, Kuwait

Sudhakar speaking

Sudhakar speaking to over 2000 people in the 39th Anniversary Celebration of TCC, Kuwait

Sudhakar speaking

Sections of the Audience that Sudhakar spoke to at the 39th Anniversary Celebrations of TCC, Kuwait

Sudhakar speaking

Sections of the Audience that Sudhakar spoke to at the 39th Anniversary Celebrations of TCC, Kuwait

A Brief Update from the Mondithokas, June 2011

We know that we are a part of God’s redemptive community and therefore, we are grateful to God for all the friends like you that are standing with us in prayer. Please do continue to pray for us as often as you can. We value your prayer support greatly.

Family: We have been going through a challenging time with the passing away of my father in law (Santhi's dad), Mr. Sunder Rao Merigala, who was 86 years old and a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. We returned on Saturday (the 14th of May) after the burial, which was definitely God-glorifying as many came under the sound of the gospel that day (the 11th). He passed away on the 10th in Hyderabad and we all went with the body to their native place, Kakumanu (Near Guntur) the same night. Santhi has been the most effected among the children (9), grand children (20) and great grand children (7). Please do pray for her. We thank the Lord for the many good friends we have – their visits, calls, e-mails, text messages, and so on that made a lot of difference during the time of loss and bereavement.

Santhi herself is now wearing the special sleeve to deal with the swelling in her right hand (after being on antibiotics for 10 days). We trust this will help. In spite of this, she had been trying to attend on her dad as much as possible and was simultaneously trying to finish her work on the commentary on the book of Ruth for the South Asian Bible Commentary. However, she could not complete it, because of the death of her dad. Please do pray very specially for her that she might be able to finish this very important work now that the memorial service got over on the 30th.

The memorial service too went really well (on the 30th) with around 2000 people participating (many servants of God, family of 52, relatives, friends, and many people from the village from all backgrounds) and hundreds of them came under the influence of the truth of God’s word and the moving testimonies that were shared about Mr. Sundara Rao. Praise be to the Lord alone.

Ministry: In April, Santhi spoke to over 350 nurses and nursing student in a meeting of the ENFI (Evangelical Nurses Fellowship of India) in a Good Friday meeting. 101 of them responded to the gospel (mostly from Hindu and other background and many of them in tears). We praise God for these opportunities that the Lord continues to give to us to serve him here in India and other parts of the world. We appreciate your prayers for us and your support of our ministry.

I had good ministry over the Ester weekend. On Saturday, the 23rd of April, I was live on Rakshna TV together with two other people answering questions on Good Friday and Easter related issues in a program called "Asalaina Prashna, Sisalaina Jawabu," a Live Apologetics Q & A Session (I do it at least two Saturdays in a Month – 4-5:30 pm) and then spoke in a program at our Church (Easter Glories) on the 23rd of April, and then on Sunday (the 24th of April, Easter Sunday) at the Centenary Baptist Church, Nalgonda (with around 200 people in attendance) and in the Tri-Cities Christian Fellowship gathering, Warangal (around 350 people attended). In all some 30-40 people responded to the gospel and many more dedicated themselves to be faithful in witnessing for Christ. The Lord strengthened me (as I covered over 450 kilometres by car, of course a driver drove me around) and blessed the ministry. Praise the Lord.

Earlier on, I did a one-day pre-marital seminar on the 2nd of March (and Santhi helped me in the Q&A Session – totally we had four sessions) and then a one day seminar on Creation Science on the 5th of March for the Church at Cyberabad (near the University of Hyderabad – number of scholars, professors, and other students came, including a visiting scholar from Nigeria) and on the 9th I was in NIT (National Institute of Technology) Warangal for another meeting - the Inauguration of the NIT Christian Fellowship for Faculty and Research Scholars (about 100 attended). I spoke on “Vision, Mission, and the Great Commission.”

In March, Santhi also did a full-day women's retreat at Union Chapel Church, Vizag and she also spoke in a Women's Meeting at Carmel, Hyderabad. In both the places the few hundreds of women that attended these meetings were very powerfully impacted as Santhi spoke on “Revive us that we might Rejoice,” and “The Role of Women in Building the Home, Church, and Society.”

On the 5th of May, I did a seminar (with two sessions) in Chirala on “Resurrection: Fact or Fiction?” with some 75 participants from different professional and educational backgrounds and answered many of their questions in the Q&A session. They were also excited about the rational and evidential foundation of their faith and were thrilled to know that the “Resurrection Faith” is founded on “The Resurrection Fact.” In the evening I spoke evangelistically (about 175 people attended) in a Gospel Meeting and around 20 people responded to the invitation. Praise the Lord.

On the 6th & 7th of May, I was in Vijayawada for the GTCM (Global Telugu Christian Ministries) Decennial Youth Leaders’ Training Conference with young adults (around 100 attended) from different denominations and fellowships in AP State and did seminars on different topics given to me: “The Church (Universal and Local) and Believers’ Role in It,” “Trinity – The Biblical Concept of the Triune God,” “The Work of the Holy Spirit in Believers’ Life,” and “The Bible: Is it True? How Can the Bible be Authoritative?” There was a sense of new confidence and enthusiasm that we could see in the participants.

On the 20th & 21st May, I was back in Vijayawada for the GTCM Decennial Church Elders’ and Leaders’ Training Conference (around 100 attended from different denominations and fellowships in AP). I did four different seminars on the topics given to me: “The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit,” “Understanding Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit,” “Should the church get involved in social issues and causes?” and “Is Ecumenism Biblical? Should a Christian be involved in this movement?” Many of them thanked us – the organizers and resource persons for such a unique learning experience and expressed a desire to have some training programs for the benefit of their respective churches.

On the 25th of May, I spoke to over 350 pastors and Christian leaders in a World Vision Sponsored Conference (with Dr. Sam Kamalesan as the main speaker) on "the Family Alter," in a plenary session and the response was very spontaneous and positive – many of them met me and thanked me for the very relevant and needed message.

A Ministry Update/Report from the Mondithokas, September-November 2009

The Lord has been good to us. We are delighted to bring this report/update to you, because it is a testimony to the faithfulness of the Lord in our lives and ministry. We are sharing this with you so that you might give thanks to the Lord and rejoice with us. We appreciate your partnership with and prayers for us.

Classes at HITHA (Hyderabad Institute of Theology and Apologetics) are going well, although the numbers are small. I have 10 students in one batch and 8 students in another batch of the INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS I course that I have been teaching. Santhi has 10 students in her NEW TESTAMENT GREEK I course that she has been teaching. In January 2010, we will have BIBLICAL PREACHING IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA that Dr. C. S. Dutt will offer (an intensive course, that is, not semester-long like the courses that we are offering). Then from February 2010, Santhi will offer THEOLOGY I and N T GREEK I and I will offer INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS II. Most of our students are Christians from the Marketplace and they are all excited about this opportunity. We are praying that the word will spread and we will have more students coming, so that our efforts might bless more people and we might be able to have less financial pressure in running the institute. Please pray.

In September (2-4), I did a three-day Seminar on “Biblical Theology of Persecution and Discipleship” in Orissa State with over 70 persecuted pastors and leaders from Kandhamal District (all has faced severe persecution in August 2008 and are continuing to suffer from the effects of that). I did 12 sessions in all. Each one of the participants had a moving-challenging story to share with us. One lady lost her pastor husband (he was killed). One lady lost both her mother and husband. One lady lost her baby (as she was running away from the persecutors the baby got aborted). We did this as a partnership venture of HITHA with VOM-Canada. We also helped over 20 families to stand on their feet again and to start living life with dignity and honor by giving them equipments and materials (on the 5th) to start tea stalls, grocery shops, chicken stalls, carpentry units, etc., with the money that the members of our Church and other Christian friends gave. Many of them shared that they never received such bible teaching before and that they were strengthened in their faith and were challenged to remain faithful in the face of persecution. Hudson (Coordinator), Naresh (Hudson’s assistant), the VOM friends (Greg, Peter, and Erin) and I were greatly challenged by their stories and experiences or testimonies.

On the 6th and 7th of September, we were in Indore to meet with many more persecuted Christians (including about 150 boys and girls who got displaced and have been sheltered and cared for by the YWAM group that is led by Ram Chand that we discipled when he was a student and a new convert in the early 1990s). It was once again a very moving and challenging experience for all of us to meet with these children and Manini (whose story was covered even by BBC in August-September 2008) and some other persecuted friends from the state of Madhya Pradesh also. We prayed with them, encouraged them, and gave some help to Manini (who is still undergoing treatment for the burns). We had visited a number of the people that got displaced by the persecution in Orissa and are being given some training in Indore and encouraged them with the Word of God and prayers.

Santhi has recently (in October) travelled to two cities and has spoken in two retreats of the ENFI (Evangelical Nurses Fellowship of India) AP State Unit. In one place (Warangal), she spoke to about 250 nurses and nursing students – she had to both evangelize and edify through her preaching and teaching. Over 15 of them responded to the gospel and committed their lives to the Lord and all the others were spiritually challenged and enriched. Her testimony also touched many people. In Medak, she spoke to over 150 nurses and nursing students and there also around 15 committed their lives to the Lord and all the others were greatly blessed. In the last week of October, we visited a former student of Santhi and her family (she came to know the Lord through Santhi’s ministry in the college where she taught). Their 12 year old son and 5 others witnessed in Baptism (all from a Hindu background) and they invited us to share God’s word to strengthen them. What a joy it was for us to minister to about 20 people (all new believers from Hindu background and different castes). At their request I had to leave Santhi behind so that she might be able to share her testimony and share God’s word and go to Church that Sunday evening after I finished speaking to them. Their zeal and enthusiasm touched our hearts. We are grateful to God that Santhi is able to travel and minister and she is continuing to feel strong (though the hormonal therapy is continuing and will continue for three more years). She also did a teaching session on “Trinity: A Biblical-Theological Analysis” for a group of Students and Graduates (Professionals) of the UESI group in Hyderabad. She has also been conducting a weekly Bible Study-Fasting Prayer for a group of women (every Friday).

On the 2nd and 3rd of October, I did seminars on “The New Age Movement – A Christian Apologetic Response” at the YFC National Discipleship Conference with about 50 participants each day. The response was great and it was a joy to minister together great men of God like Ajith Fernando, Jacob Cherian, Benjamin Christian, and others. The participants asked many questions and appreciated the inputs/insights that I had given to them. On the 13th of October, I spoke to over 3000 young people at a Church in Guntur on “The Church – its Identity and Mission.” I answered questions like, “Who are the members of the Church and how do people become a part of the Church? What is the role of the members in the life and ministry of the local Church? How do spiritual gifts determine our role in the Church? Etc. More than 300 people responded to the gospel and almost all the 3000 plus young people committed their lives to the task of being responsible and contributing members of their local churches.

On the 6th and 7th of November, I spoke along with Dr. Henry Schaefer III (a five-time Noble nominee and a great Christian) and Ajoy Varghese (my former colleague in RZIM and now the CEO of a Company) in a Seminar on “Christianity and Science”. We had 70 participants (mostly Christians from the marketplace and mostly from Science background) and I spoke on 1) The What and Why of Christian Apologetics: A Brief Introduction of Christian Apologetics and 2) The Hindu and Islamic Use of Science: A Critical Evaluation. The Lord blessed this seminar greatly and all the participants were motivated to be active witnesses in their workplace.

On the 14th of November, I spoke to about 70 college and university students in an Evangelistic Camp (50 of them were attending a camp like this for the first time) arranged by Ramanaji and his team in the outskirts of Hyderabad on “God and Man,” and “Sin and Salvation” and 15 of them responded to the gospel and committed their lives to the Lord.

I have also been doing a book study of JAMES through a series of messages that I have been preaching in our church and have been continuing to counsel people as the pastor of the English Congregation of our Church (Centenary Baptist Church, Secunderabad).

We are sharing some of the highlights in our ministry, because you have a share in this work that we are doing in this vast and needy land of India and from here. Your contribution is enabling us to work for the glory of the Lord and the blessing of people. Your prayers are strengthening us in the Lord. Sincere thanks to you.

We have many speaking engagements in the remaining part of this month (November) and in the months of December and January. We will soon send you our itinerary for these months. Please do remember us in your prayers.

Update from the Mondithokas, as on March 08, 2009

We had a good Orientation Program for the Registered and Prospective Students of HITHA with 32 professionals (from medical, software, teaching, etc., backgrounds) and some who have registered or will be registering were not able to make it. We will have the Biblical Greek I class meeting on Tuesday 7: 30-9: 30 pm and Saturday (9:30-11:30 am) - two batches and Introduction to Christian Apologetics I class meeting on Thursday (7: 30-9:30 pm) and Saturday (11:30 am -1: 30 pm) - two batches. We arrived at these dates and timings based on the inputs from the participants in the Orientaion Program. Lot of interaction took place after our presentations were over. Praise the Lord. Let us pray for chairs with writing planks and other equipments we need on a priorit b

Dr. Narendra John has agreed to delever the lecture. But we need to fix the date (either the 11th or another date between July 4 and 18). Let us decide the date so that I might be able to confirm the final date to him.

Also, Brothers Ratna Babu, Jerry Thomas and Augustine anna were given the responsibility of working on the job descriptions, terms and conditions for the positions of Academic Dean and Director of HITHA (the board discussed this matter and made this decision on the 21st of Jan.). So you three need to initiate the process and whenever you need my inputs I will be available.

The Seminar on "Biblical Theology of Persecution and Discipleship" that HITHA organized in Partnership with VOM-Canada went well with 42 Persecuted Pastors and Leaders from Kandhamal district and other parts of Orissa (including three from the ministry of the Stains).

We are looking at 707 in Mount Nasir Apartment complex. We are keeping Bros. Jerry and Raj and sister Shobha informed of these things. I met the owner's brother today. Tehy are willing to give it to us and we will finalize the deal shortly.

View of the 32 participants, HITHA Orientation, March 2, '09

View of the 32 participants, HITHA Orientation, March 2, '09

Santhi Mondithoka introducing the Biblical Greek I course, HITHA Orientation Program

Santhi Mondithoka introducing the Biblical Greek I course, HITHA Orientation Program"

Update from the Mondithokas, as on October 27, 2008 (From July to Ocotber)
July 2008: We bring this update to you with much gratitude to God and many thanks to you. One of the most encouraging things has been that after looking at the reports of the review tests (after one year since the most difficult part of the treatment was over) Santhi’s doctor said, "All the tests are showing results in the normal range. There is nothing to worry about. You please continue the hormonal treatment and take the medicines to fight the side effects." We praise God for this. Santhi is feeling much better even psychologically. She has been able to go out and minister in different settings. Thanks very much for your prayers. We are very grateful to God for the amazing way in which He has been guiding us, sustaining us, and strengthening us over the past one and a half years. The Lord blessed my ministry in the US (July). It was a very hectic month with a lot of traveling and speaking. In June I taught my course at SAIACS and finished it on the 2nd of July and left for the US on the same day. In spite of all the stress, the Lord blessed me with good health and blessed the ministry in all the places.

4-6 July, I spoke at the ATCS (Atlanta Telugu Christian Samavesam) conference on "Determine to be Holy" based on Daniel 1:8 and 1 Peter 1: 15-16. The Spirit of the Lord moved mightily and all the participants (over 125) and I myself were touched by the truth very powerfully and there was a definite sense of the Lord’s presence and grace. The messages are all now available on www.atcs.org. On the 7th I had breakfast with Ravi Zacharias (I was a part of RZIM for twelve years) and visited their office. It was a blessed day of reconnecting and fellowshipping. On the 8th I met with Peter Bocchino (my first apologetics teacher and mentor) after 11 years. What a blessing it was. It seemed time flew by.

On the 11th I spoke to the Indian Community in Philadelphia on "Renewed Mind, Transformed Thinking, and Transformed Living" based on Romans 12: 1-2; Matt. 22: 37-40. Once again the word of God went forth with clarity and conviction and people were blessed. The high light of this trip was that I spent two days with my good friend Moses Pradeep and his family. I also had the joy of meeting with friends (Prasad and Aruna and Bhanu and Santhi) in New York and Sam and Mercy Kurapati in the Washington area.

Then I taught a course on "Contemporary World Religions and Christian Apologetics," all Video Recorded for the benefit of the global Christian community, with the I2 Ministries in Los Angeles area for two weeks (15-18 and 21-25). On the 18th and 19th I spoke at the Annual Conference of the Bay Area Telugu Christian Fellowship (TCF) on "Fixing our eyes on Jesus" (Heb. 12: 1-3) in San Jose. Yet another time, the Lord ministered to His people (around 130) in a powerful way. On the 20th I ministered God’s word in the Sunday Service of a Lutheran Church.

On Saturday the 26th I did a Bible Study on "Evolution or Creation?" for the East West Community Church (EWCC) and then on Sunday I preached in the Sunday Services of Life Song Community Church (on Are All Religions Really the Same?) and EWCC (on Priority Christian Living in the Present Perplexing World). It was an incredible blessing to see the truth of God touching lives in all these settings and even in the informal settings where I did some Open Forums.

We are grateful to God for the privilege He has given us to serve Him. From 8-10 August, Santhi spoke in the Girls’ Evangelistic Camp (UESI-AP, Hyderabad District) – she taught doctrines (God-Man-Sin-Salvation). 29 of the girls (College and University Students) made first time commitments and others rededicated their lives to the Lord. I spoke to over 150 Graduate and Polytechnic students on the 12th (at St. Mary’s College) on "Freedom or Free-doom?" in a Gospel Evening organized by the EU and 39 of them responded to the gospel invitations (almost all of them from other faiths).

August 2008

On the 15th I spoke on " . . . setting an example . . . " (1 Tim. 4: 12) to over 800 young people (college-university students and young professionals) at a Youth Retreat in our Church, the Centenary Baptist Church and over 75 of them committed to living for the glory for the Lord and living like Jesus our prefect example.

A Section of over 800 Young People that Sudhakar spoke to at the Youth Retreat, Centenary Baptist Church, Secunderabad, on 15 August 2008

A Section of over 800 Young People that Sudhakar spoke to at the Youth Retreat, Centenary Baptist Church, Secunderabad, on 15 August 2008

Another section of the audience at the Youth Retreat where Sudhakar spoke on Setting an example in relationships

Another section of the audience at the Youth Retreat where Sudhakar spoke on "setting an example in relationships"

On the 16th I spoke to over 50 young Christians (college-university students and young professionals from the New Mumbai Brethren Assemblies) in an open forum on "The Bible-Science-God: How Do We Understand the Relationship?" After I spoke for an hour, I handled questions for an hour and a half. Some of the many questions I had answered are,

1. How can I prove to my friends that the Bible is the true Word of God, when even other Religious Books/Scriptures say that God created the Universe?

2. Did Dinosaurs really exist? If yes, then where is it written in the Bible? There are fossils of dinosaurs. Does this prove evolution?

3. Why should we believe that the Bible is true?

4. How can we help unbelievers to believe that humans were formed out of dust?

5. Are the six 'days of creation' literal 24-hour days or are they long periods of time?

6. Was there another world before this world and were there pre-Adamic humans before God created Adam and Eve?

A Section of the participants at the Open Forum in Mumbai where Sudhakar spoke on 16 August '08

A Section of the participants at the Open Forum in Mumbai where Sudhakar spoke on 16 August '08"

Another section of the participants at the Open Forum in Mumbai

Another section of the participants at the Open Forum in Mumbai"

There was a request that I should go back and do a full-fledged seminar. God willing, I will do a seminar in the future.

Santhi spoke to 35 urban students in a Discipleship Training Camp (UESI – Union of Evangelical Students of India, Hyderabad) from 14th to 17th. She focused on 1) The Chosen-ness of the Disciples, 2) Character of the Disciples, 3) Cost of Discipleship, and 3) Commitment of the Disciples. The Lord moved mightily, each one of them was touched by the truth, and they all committed themselves to a life of discipleship to the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord. What a joy it is to see people turning to the Lord and people being established in their faith and being challenged to evangelize effectively. This is one of the most exciting things for both of us.

September 2008 :It was a month of some fruitful ministry for both of us. Here are some highlights of the ministry outside of the local Church.

On the 17th Santhi spoke to about 2000 women on "Women in Struggles of Life" at the Bible Mission Church, at Kakani. On 28th and 29th Santhi spoke to some 25 Christian Professionals of UESI-AP at Ramagundam on "Christian Integrity," "Effective Bible Study Methods," and "Balanced Christian Living." The Lord blessed the ministry in both these places and people were moved by the spirit of God.

After the 2nd HITHA consultation on the 30th, I spoke to about 75 medical students and some doctors at the EMFI (Evangelical Medical Fellowship of India) Zonal Conference (Aug. 31 and Sept. 1) on "God-Man-Sin-Salvation" and "Salvation: Justification and Sanctification" and fielded questions along with others in an Open Forum. 6 students responded to the gospel truth and made first time commitment to follow Jesus and many were strengthened in their faith. One of them, from a Hindu background met with me after the first talk and asked many questions (like many others) and she responded to the invitation on the second day. The following are some of the questions that I answered: 1) How can we know God’s will? 2) Is it right to opt for divorce if the other person is torturing? 3) Some people say, "The Lord spoke to me." What do they mean by this? 4) Is there a possibility that we might loose our salvation? 5) How do we I explain God having a Son and God being Trinity, particularly when our Muslim friends ask us questions? 6) In Genesis 1 we read that God created light on the first day and that He created the Sun on the 4th day. Where did the light come from before the Sun and how were the days calculated?

On the 10th (Chennai) I gave the Inaugural Message at the Silver Jubilee Conference of the India Literacy Trust (of IBL – India Bible Literature) on "Jesus - the Liberator" with over 500 in attendance (from different parts of India, including some from Orissa where Christians were being persecuted). On the 14th (Chennai) I preached in the Sunday worship service of a Brethren Church on "Living in the in-between Times" (Luke 19: 11-27) and taught the Equipper class (two lectures) of UESI (over 20 software professionals) on "Apologetics as Evangelism."

October 2008

The Lord blessed the ministry to about 50 young girls at the LCMI (Life Change Ministries International) camp (Hyderabad) where I spoke (2-4, three days) on "Biblical Answers for Today’s Youth Issues" covering the issues of Salvation, Relationships, Worship, and Work (career). A few made first time commitments to follow the Lord. Many of them committed themselves to living the whole life for Christ and shared with me how they were blessed when the Word of God was explained to them in a relevant way.

On the 7th I spoke (two messages) to about 100 young people of the GTFL Church at the OM Center, Hyderabad on "A Biblical Theology and Philosophy of Life in Christ" based on 2 Cor. 5: 14-20 and Eph. 6: 7-8. My main point was that "all true Christians are servants of Jesus and should live their whole life under the Lordship of and for the glory of Christ," and that if we live life with this biblical perspective, then our life (irrespective of the stage we are at in life and what we might be dong for a living) would be a life of service to Christ. This truth was illustrated with the example of the illustrious lives of Joseph, Daniel and friends, Nehemiah, Esther, and a few contemporary examples. The organizers told me that there a very clear sense of the blessing of the Lord and that all the young people gave them very positive feedback.

On the 9th I spoke to about 100 pastors and other Christians (including some leaders) at Calvary Baptist Church, Vizag on "The Uniqueness of Christ and Christianity" in three sessions and fielded questions in an Open Forum. Many of the participants expressed gratitude for the relevant and useful inputs and the leaders asked if I could do another seminar in future on the issue of "life after death." On the 12th I spoke in the Harvest Festival special Thanksgiving Service of the Ramnagar Baptist Church, Hyderabad and enjoyed liberty in my spirit as I spoke on "Thanksgiving and Thankful Living" based on Psalm 100. On the 20th, Santhi spoke to the Seminary Wives at ACTC (Andhra Christian Theological College), Hyderabad on "Daughters of Sarah." What a joy and what a privilege it is for us to serve the Lord and to see God’s word touching lives. Thanks you for your prayers and let us praise the Lord. Please do pray for our ministry engagements.

A Brief Ministry Update, August 14, 2008:

I reached home safely after being gone for a month and four days (the longest that I have ever been away from home) and I am glad to be back with my family. Santhi and Shamuel are doing well.

The Lord blessed my ministry there in the US. I could see His grace and anointing during that trip. He preserved my health in good shape and I could finish all the work that was planned for. I am grateful to God. I will give more details about this ministry trip to the US a bit later.

We are grateful to God for the privilege He has given us to serve Him. Santhi spoke in the Girls Evangelistic Camp (Hyderabad District) – she taught doctrines (God-Man-Sin-Salvation). 29 of the girls (University Students) made first time commitments and others rededicated their lives to the Lord. I spoke to over 150 Graduate and Polytechnic students (at St. Mary's College), on the 12th, on "Freedom or Free-doom?" and 39 of them responded to the gospel invitation. Most of these people who invited Jesus into their lives are from Other Faiths. Praise the Lord. What a joy it is to see people turning to the Lord. This is one of the most exciting things for us in our ministry.

On the 15th (tomorrow), I will be speaking to 800-1000 young people (college-university students and young professionals) in a mega youth event at our Church (Centenary Baptist Church, Secunderabad) on "Setting an Example" (1 Tim. 4: 12). On the 16th I will be doing an Open Forum on "God and Science" for the Youth of Brethren Churches in Navi Mumbai. Starting from tonight, Santhi will be speaking at a Discipleship Training Camp for Students (14th till 17th). She will focus on 1) The Chosen-ness of the Disciples, 2) Character of the Disciples, 3) Cost of the Discipleship, and 3) Commitment of the Disciples. Please do pray.

The Mondithokas’ Ministry Update, September - November 2007

The months of September, October, and November have been very fruitful months of ministry both in terms of evangelism and equipping. In all, over 430 people responded to the gospel and invited the Lord into their lives (out of over 1500 who came under the sound of the gospel). This is very exciting and satisfying. I have also been involved in some significant teaching and training events, preaching of the Word of God, and some writing as well. The following are the highlights (that will help you in praising God along with us).

Evangelism: In September, I had the joy of seeing over 350 people (mostly from other faiths) turning to the Lord as I spoke in Machilipatnam (17-18) and Vizag (19) mainly to engineering, and then to poly technic and other college/university students. One of them was on the verge of committing suicide (as he indicated on the decision card). I came back to Hyderabad sick (in fact I took medicine, prayed, and preached in Vizag). All those three days it was raining throughout and the Lord had miraculously stopped the rain just for our meetings. It was amazing. We had 450 students each of the first 2 nights and 75 B. Tech and M. Tech students of Andhra University on the third day. On the 16th I preached in the Telugu Service of our Church (over 800 were in attendance) on "What is the Church and who are its members?" (based on 1 Peter 2: 4-12 and Acts 2: 37-47). There was a definite sense of the presence and movement of the Holy Spirit. Around 20 people were drawn to the Lord, and many more committed themselves to living a life that is in accordance with the biblical teaching. I received very encouraging feedback – many were glad that the truth went forth with conviction and clarity and some were even disturbed. Praise the Lord, for it is His work and I am just an instrument in His hands.

In October too, the Lord had drawn over 60 people to Himself, as I spoke to students and Church folks in four different settings. On the 13th, I spoke to 40 students (all from Christian background) on "Is Christianity a Religion or a Relationship?" and "Who is a True Christian or Child of God?'. and answered their questions in a Q&A session at their request. 20 of them responded to the Gospel truth and invited Christ in to their lives. On the 14th, I spoke in the Annual Thanksgiving Service of the Lalaguda Baptist Church (over 400 were in attendance) on "True Thanksgiving is Thanks-living," an exposition of Psalm 100. Once again, there was a clear sense of the presence and movement of the Holy Spirit. Over 20 people entered into a personal relationship with the Lord and many more committed themselves to living their lives for God with an attitude of gratitude. Many of them met personally and thanked me for the ministry of the word. On the 20th, I spoke in a Youth Retreat at the Raju Colony Baptist Church (over 175 young people, mostly students and some professionals were in attendance) on "Renounce . . . and Return . . . " based on Isaiah 55: 7. 20 people responded to the truth and committed their lives to the Lord and many others rededicated their lives to the Lord. I had to do a Q & A session also at their request. I was able to meet with some of them personally, counsel, clarify their doubts, and pray with them. On the 26th I spoke in the Revival Meetings of our Hindi Congregation (with 60 people in attendance) on "Jesus and the Living Waters" based on John 4: 13-14 and 7: 38. The Lord enabled me to apply the truth to both the believers and the unbelievers and give them an opportunity to respond, but I was not sure how many actually made commitments. The feedback from the pastor, organizers, and participants was very positive/encouraging.

In November (on the 3rd), I gave a pre-evangelistic Scientific Lecture on "Can Science Answer All Our Questions?" organized by the Sanathnagar Zone of the Evangelical Union and Evangelical Graduates’ Fellowship The hotel conference room was packed with 100 students and professionals, mostly non-Christians, including a group of Muslims and another 20 were standing throughout. The lecture went well and the Q&A session gave many opportunities to present and clarify the truth/gospel more directly, particularly the questions that the Muslim friends asked. All these friends would be invited for an Evangelistic Christmas meeting in December. The Christians were greatly strengthened as they followed the lecture, Q&A session, and the ensuing discussions very closely. The following were some of the questions raised: 1) How does science account for the ‘Big Bang’? 2) What are/should be the qualities of this Creator 3) How do we understand the popular belief that there are many gods? 3) What about Jesus Christ – was he a man or God? We could see much interest being generated and all the copies of my booklet, God – Science, and Scientists were sold like hot cakes.

Equipping: It was a very enjoyable experience for me to teach (during September and October) two short courses to the G. Th., and B. B. Th., students (secular professionals that are studying theology) at BBI (Baptist Bible Institute, a ministry of our Church) on 1) Christian Leadership and 2) Church Administration. There were 15 students. They were all very responsive and had appreciated the inputs and shared that they benefited a lot. I did two seminars in our church that had very good impact. On 15th September it was on Prayer - Intercession: A Means of Intimacy with God with about 150 Church leaders in attendance. On 31st October it was on The Church: It’s Identity and Mission with over 100 pastors and leaders in attendance, as we formed Evangelism Teams on that day. I Spoke in two Seminars on Christian Apologetics to Islam organized by Sakshi: An Apologetics Network in India - On 8th September I did two sessions on "Sin and Salvation in Christianity" with 35 participants (Christian Professionals). The interaction and Q&A session were very stimulating and profitable to all. On 6th October there were 65 participants and I did 3 sessions: 1) Is God truly Triune? 2) Is the Bible truly the Word of God? and 3) Is Jesus truly Divine-Human? focusing on the doctrines of the Trinity, the Bible, and the Person of Jesus Christ and the questions/objections that Muslims raise against these fundamental Christian beliefs. In both these seminars, other speakers like Jerry, Steven, Azgar, Sunder did other sessions. These seminars prepared the Christians for a dialogue with Muslims on the Concepts of Sin and Salvation in Christianity and Islam (on 27th October) where Jerry and Asif represented Christianity and Islam respectively. Jerry did a tremendous job and God’s name was certainly glorified as His truth was seen to be triumphing, Christians were strengthened, and some Muslims and others continued to interact with us after this dialogue. On November 11, I preached in the Telugu Service of our Church on "The Nature and Structure of the Church," and Spirit of God moved very powerfully and many came under the conviction of the Spirit. On the 30th, I did a seminar on "The Personal Life of a Pastor" for the pastors of our Church (35 were in attendance). The Lord blessed it and the pastors appreciated it and asked for more seminars of this kind. Santhi and Shamuel have been worshipping at the Church where her brother is the Pastor (we were with them in the Pastor’s Residence downstairs) and she even preached on "God’s Sovereignty in Human Suffering" (Ps. 119: 75) in a service and expounded Isaiah 6 in an all night women’s prayer meeting. God blessed her ministry of the Word greatly to the congregation and the women. It is amazing that she could do this.

The Lord continued to bless the ministry of the Word in our Church, the English Congregation. The series of messages on "The Characteristics of a Living Church" (Acts 2: 42-47) spread over 5 months (July-November) evoked tremendous response. We now have a Team of Volunteers with 25 members that are willing to work together with the Pastor and the Elders for the glory of God and the blessing of people. The attendance has increased and the giving has doubled since I began this series. Praise the Lord. God enabled me to do some writing as well for different magazines: 1) Theology and Practice of Christian Giving, 2) The What and Why of Apologetics: A Very Short Introduction of Christian Apologetics, 3) What it means for us to be holy, and 4) Renewed Mind and Transformed Life. You can find all these articles on our website (www.mondithokas.com).

*** In addition to the speaking engagements, I have some writing also to do. I have to keep working on the series of article on "Being Holy Because God is Holy" being published in Harvest Times for Your Family, the GLS magazine starting from the Nov. ’07 issue. I will also be working on a Book on the same theme, based on this series that GLS will publish. Santhi too has some writing projects that she has been thinking, praying, and dreaming about. Some of it will be on "God’s Sovereignty and Human Suffering." Please pray for God’s extraordinary grace and anointing to be granted for this task. We will send our Family Update soon (we know you are praying and you want to hear about Santhi’s treatment and health and other things about us).
With much appreciation of your partnership and many thanks,
Sundoulos (fellow servant) in the Lord and His Mission,
Sudhakar for the Mondithokas

The Lord has done amazing things in our life and ministry during December ‘06 and Jan. ’07. We are grateful. We met people who had been blessed in different ways through our ministry in the past. I met one young lady (a lecturer in a reputed seminary) who told me that she and her brother (who came to know the Lord from a Hindu background) listened to my Telugu tapes on the resurrection (Did Jesus Really Come back to Life from the Dead?) almost a hundred times some years ago. I met another young lady (a software engineer who came to know the Lord a few years ago) who testified that when she was struggling in her faith life, my tapes strengthened – stabilized her in the faith. God keeps affirming us and keeps confirming His call regularly like this. Even as I was reading Galatians in my devotional times, through the example of the apostle Paul, the Lord confirmed His call on our lives. This is all quite significant, because we have completed one year of ministry since I resigned from RZIM and have experienced the Lord’s presence and provision during this very challenging and yet very fruitful and enjoyable year. Thank you very much for your support through prayer and other means.

December was a month of Evangelism. We have seen people turning to the Lord (479 people made commitments to follow the Lord and the follow-up work is going well) out of the 5889 who came under the sound of the gospel and many Christians being built up in their faith. We know that our competence comes from the Lord and hence we do not rely on ourselves, but on God (2 Cor. 3: 4-6 & 1: 9). Praise be to the Lord alone. The following are Some Highlights (Praise Points) that will help you in joining us in thanking and praising God meaningfully:

Ministry Highlights

December 7th, Hyderabad: I spoke in an Evangelistic Christmas Meeting at ICRISAT (an International Research Institute) on "If God Appeared as a Man!" with around 75 in attendance (including friends of other faiths and a scientist from the Netherlands). This is the only evangelistic activity the prayer group there can afford and I could draw the message to a definite evangelistic conclusion.

9th, Nellore: I spoke in an Evangelistic Christmas Meeting at the Narayana Medical College on "Christmas Story – the Greatest Love Story," with over 500 medical students and 15 faculty members in attendance. The feedback was very positive.

10. Hyderabad: I spoke on "Who is this Jesus?" in an Evangelistic Christmas meeting for Students (BFA, JNT University) and Professionals (of Data Quest Entertainment) with just 15 people in attendance. Almost all of them were touched by the message and I could interact with some them personally.

11-12, Kurnool: This was a very hectic two-day trip packed with evangelistic Christmas meetings in different colleges. We could present the gospel clearly and convincingly to over 2200 people and 0ver 180 people committed themselves to the Lord: At Kurnool Degree College 150 students + 8 (faculty members, including the principal) attended and listened attentively, as I spoke on "Christmas – Celebration for All." At the prestigious Silver Jubilee Degree College, 500 students + 6 (faculty members) attended and 35 of them made commitments to follow the Lord. At St. Joseph’s Junior College 650 students and 25 (faculty members), mostly from other faiths and Catholics attended and I spoke on "What is Christmas All About?" At STBC Degree College there were 200 students + 10 faculty members and 35 of them made commitments to follow the Lord, as I spoke on "The Wise People Still Follow the Star and Find the Real Star of Christmas." At GPR ENGG College, around 80 students attended. We had the final meeting in Sunaina Auditorium with over 550 students and 150 (officials/professionals) and I spoke on "The 21st Century Relevance of the 1st Century Christmas." 110 of them responded to the gospel and 50 people have attended two follow-up meetings and systematic follow-up work is progressing.

13, Yemmiganur: The Lord blessed the Evangelistic Christmas meeting for Students and Professionals (I spoke on "If God Appeared as a Man . . .!?") organized by the EU-EGF with 700, mostly from other faiths in attendance. 118 people responded to the invitation, most of them stayed back and I talked to them (follow-up) and more than 50% are continuing to attend the ongoing follow-up meetings. I also gave a Scientific Lecture at St. John’s College of Engineering on "Beyond Science . . .!?" There were over 500 students (3rd and 4th year) and some 10 faculty members. The pre-evangelistic lecture evoked very good response and many of them had personal interactions with me.

14, Ananthapur: We sensed the presence of the Lord in the Evangelistic Christmas meeting at the SKD University (organized by the EU) with over 500 people in attendance including the Vice Chancellor, Registrar, some heads of the departments and others, most of them being from other faiths. We presented the gospel very clearly (I spoke on "Christmas Story – the Greatest Love Story") and many of them met me personally and talked (got their doubts clarified), including the VC.

15, Hyderabad: The Lord blessed Evangelistic Christmas Meeting at the Hyderabad Central University with about 125 graduate students and research scholars in attendance. I spoke on "Christmas Story – the Greatest Love Story" and many of them met with me and interacted much beyond the scheduled time.

16-17, Visakhapatnam: This was a hectic trip with 4 meetings in two days. There were around 150 people in the Evangelistic Christmas meeting mainly for the Non-Christian Students and their Parents (16th) at Bethany School where I spoke on "Christmas – God’s Response to All Our Problems," presented the gospel in clear terms, and concluded the presentation on a definite evangelistic note. Then I preached in the Sunday Service of the Vizag Christian Assembly (17th) with lot of Medical and Engineering students in its membership, on "Loving Others is the Lesson we Christians Should Learn Afresh at Christmas." The truth went forth with force and conviction and touched many lives. I also spoke in the Metro-Students’ Christmas arranged by the ICEU on "Christmas is all about Love" and around 10 people responded to the invitation (our of around 75 that were present) and I spent some time with some of them personally (counseling and praying together with them). It was exciting to be able to interact with and present the gospel to a group of students who were totally sold out to Ambetkarism. Finally, I preached in an evangelistic Christmas meeting in a Hindu locality, the outreach center of the VCA with about 200 people in attendance and many in the neighborhood came under sound of the gospel. On 16th Santhi spoke in an Evangelistic Christmas meeting for Students arranged by the Saidabad Zone of the ICEU, Hyderabad. Over 150 people attended and around 20 of them made commitments to follow the Lord.

18, Hyderabad: 1) Evangelistic Christmas meeting at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University was blessed of the Lord – there were over 100 people (including the Head of the Department, Director of the Center for Environmental Studies, and a professor), mostly from other faiths and I spoke on "Christmas in the Cyber Age." They all listened with rapt attention and I could interact with some of the students and the professors after the meeting. 2) Evangelistic Christmas Meeting for Students of Osmania University and other Institutions, organized by the EU-EGF OU Zone About 350 attended and I spoke on "Christmas Story – the Greatest Love Story." 40 boys made commitments (10 from Christian background and others from other faiths) and 16 attended the follow-up meeting and 19 girls responded (8 of them made first time commitments and 11 of them rededicated their lives to the Lord). The follow-up work is continuing.

19, Guntur: Evangelistic Christmas Meeting for the Students of RVR Engineering College and others – there were around 500 students and over 10 faculty members and around 70 of them made decisions to follow the Lord.

20, Hyderabad: 1) An evangelistic Christmas meeting for the employees of Quantum Asia in a Hotel with over 60 people in attendance (including a sitting MP and brother of the CM and his wife), mostly from other faiths who listened with attention and interacted with me over lunch as I spoke on "Who is this Jesus?" and 2) A meeting for students – there were around 125 (mostly from other faiths). I spoke on "Christmas – Good News for All" and 33 of them committed their lives to the Lord.

22nd to 6th January 2007, Goa: Graham Steins’ Memorial Indian Christian Writers’ Working Holiday hosted by Vishal Mangalwadi/South Asian Resources that both of us (of course with Shamuel) attended was a tremendous blessing for us. It was a time of rest, prayer, reflection, fellowship (with other writers from different parts of the country and world), and some recreation also. Because of this time, we committed ourselves to do some writing this year.

12 - 16, Narsapur: Doing Bible Expositions on "Holiness" at the Triennial Graduates’ Conference of UESI-AP Godavari Region was a great blessing personally for me. The Lord spoke to me and I have been able to see significant impact of the truth on my life. There were around 300 Christian professionals and final year college/university students. I did 4 Bible studies (thematic expositions) on "Being Holy Because God is Holy." The Lord moved mightily in our midst and blessed the ministry of the Word. Bro. J. S. A. Julius was the other speaker. On the last day, almost all of us responded to God’s truth in tears and committed ourselves to the Lord and to a life-long pursuit of holiness in daily living. What a joy it was for me to meet many that shared how they were blessed by the ministry of the word and our ministry even in the past.

20th, Hyderabad: It was great privilege to help during the QQ&AA time in an Open Forum with Dr. Henry F. Schaeffer (five-time Nobel Prize nominee and third most quoted Chemist in the world) at the University of Hyderabad on "Evolution, Stephen Hoking, and Big Bang Cosmology." The auditorium was packed and people were sitting on the floor and standing all over. They asked many good questions and we could clarify the truth and share the gospel in response to questions. We also met with a number of them who wanted to have personal discussions with us. Out of the 78 who indicated in the feedback forms that they would like to discuss further, 65 were from other faiths. Praise the Lord.

26 - 27, Hyderabad: Apologetics Training Program with special emphasis on Islam organized by the Sakshi Group and Cornerstone with about 100 participants (University Students, Professionals, and some Christians in the Ministry) was very intense and generated a lot of excitement and interest. We covered the following topics: Introduction to Apologetics, Jesus: The Master Apologist, How do you know what you know?, Bible: Is it Historically Reliable?, Hermeneutics, Hard Sayings of the Bible, Solving Apparent Contradictions in the Bible, Koran: Is it Historically Reliable?, Errors in the Koran, Trinity or Tawhid – What is the Truth about God?, Jesus of the Bible Vs Jesus of the Koran, The Truth About Mohammed from Hadiths, Sin and Salvation in Islam, Is Mohammed Mentioned in the Bible? On 26th Santhi did a half-a-day Seminar on Personal Bible Study for the Students and Graduates of the Sanathnagar Zone (about 40), UESI-AP, Hyderabad. The participants were blessed greatly and were inspired to take the systematic intake of God’s word seriously.

31, Hyderabad: The Lord blessed the Open Forum on "The Battle Over the Beginnings: Evolution or Creation" for the students of Osmania University. There were over 150 (mostly from other faiths and different departments) who followed the presentation with keen interest and asked many good questions during the QQ&A A time. The Lord gave me His grace to answer these questions and even to present the gospel indirectly and clarify the truth about God, the Creator.

Update September-October 2006

Sudhakar and Santhi Mondithokas

We bring this update (report) to you with the realization that apart from the enabling grace of God we can do nothing that is good, God-honoring and a blessing to people. Reporting is as old as Christianity is. I have been reading through the book Acts in my devotional time and became consciously aware that reporting is a good Christian practice. Peter and John reported and that led to prayer (Acts 4: 23-31). Peter reported about how the Lord had brought him out of the prison (12: 16-17). Barnabas and Paul reported to the Church at Antioch and then to the Church at Jerusalem all that God had done through them (14: 27 and 15: 12). Finally, Paul reported in detail what God had done among the Gentile through his ministry and that led to praising God (21:17-20). In this update (report) also we are just sharing with you what the Lord has done through our ministry and we hope this will also lead to prayer and praise.

The past two months (middle of September till date, 12th November) have been once again incredible months of many opportunities to minister in different settings. We have seen people turning to the Lord (almost 100 people made commitments to follow the Lord) and many Christians being built up in their faith. Praise be to the Lord alone.

Ministry Highlights:

September 2, Hyderabad: Follow-up meeting for the 29 people who responded to the Gospel and made a commitment to follow the Lord Jesus in the gospel evening on the

20th of Aug., at the UESI-AP City office.

Sept. 7, Visakhapatnam: I gave Scientific Talks at three places - Krishna College, a public auditorium and another college (arranged by the EU-EGF), on God - Science and Scientists and Is God Relevant in this Age of Science? There were 75, 125, and 175 respectively in attendance. These were pre-evangelistic in nature and we were able to present the gospel indirectly in response to some of the good questions that were asked during the Q&A sessions - Can't we know God or become gods through yoga and meditation? Was Jesus just an enlightened man or was he God? And Why is it Jesus alone and what about other/our gods? In the last meeting I had the liberty to present the gospel directly and to give them a chance to respond to the truth and 50 of them committed their lives to the Lord. What a joy it was for us to see this response.

Click here for detailed ministry updates.

17th September, Hyderabad: I preached in the English Service of Narayanaguda Baptist Church, with about 1500 people in attendance, on "Keeping the First things First: Learning Some Spiritual Lessons from a Kitchen Scene" (from Luke 10: 38-42). The Lord blessed the ministry of His Word and many people were touched very powerfully and I enjoyed liberty in my spirit as I spoke out of the experience of learning from the same passage. Many thanked me for the message, which, they said, was very timely and relevant.

18 - 19 September, Narsapur: I did a seminar (sponsored by the World Vision) on "Leadership and Goal-setting" for about 100 newly elected leaders/politicians from the district, town and village levels and also three Open Forums (arranged by the Evangelical Union) on Scientific Topics - Is Faith in God Relevant in the 21st Century? and Do we Need God in this Age of Science? for Engineering and other students (there were 75 in one and on an average 300 plus in the other two) and the Lord blessed it all - about 30 people came to know the Lord. Praise the Lord. Many Christians told me that they were greatly encouraged and inspired by the approach to evangelism that I had adapted, which, of course, is biblical and one that I use often - persuasive proclamation/evangelism under girded by apologetics.

28 September, Hyderabad: I spoke to about 150 Baptist Young People (Students and Professionals) at the Deccan Baptist Youth Camp on "Godliness is a Great Gain," based on 1 Tim. 6:6. The Lord blessed the ministry of the word and about 20 of them responded to the Gospel and committed their lives to the Lord. The leaders who were presented were amazed at the fact that the truth was presented in a way that was relevant, interesting, and convincing and the young people listened with keen interest.

30 October 2, Chennai: It was exciting, but at the same timing challenging to speak (6 times) at the IIT Chennai Christian Fellowship Camp. There were over 100 participants (including 5 faculty couples and some 20 non-Christians). I spoke evangelistically once (on "Who am I? Do I need a Saviour? What is salvation? Is Salvation necessary?"). Around 10 people responded to the gospel and made commitments to follow the Lord. Then I spoke 5 times on themes of discipleship (on "In the likeness of the Master Everyday like Him" and "How not to be a disciple,") and apologetics ("Is Bible really the Word of God? - Authenticity, Infallibility and Authority, If so what should I do?" and "Applying Apologetics in Life and Ministry."). I was glad that I was able to spend time with many of them personally and also answer many of their questions both during the formal Q&A sessions and informal interactions. I came back with a great sense of gratitude to God and satisfaction that I had that privilege of speaking to some of the brightest youngsters in the country (those that make to the IITs are among the brightest).

7th September, Hyderabad: Santhi spoke at the meeting of the Women's Fellowship of Emmanuel House of Worship, Nacharam on "How to have a Meaningful Quiet Time?" There were about 20 women who were all blessed. While this meetings was going on Shamuel and I played and also met with the men who gathered for some planning meeting. It was a blessed evening for all three of us.

12, September Rajahmundry: There were over 150 participants (professionals) in the Evangelistic Open Forum that was organized by the EGF (Evangelical Graduates' Fellowship), in which I spoke on "What is True Success?" and presented the gospel clearly. The audience listened very keenly and asked many questions during the Q&A time, because of which I could further clarify the gospel and challenge them to make their response to the truth.

14-15, September Hyderabad: I ministered in the Annual Harvest Festival and Thanksgiving Service respectively of the Universal Baptist Church. I spoke on "True Thanks-giving is Thanks - living," based on Psalm 100. The first message was on "The Call to Thanks-giving" and the second was on "The Cause for Thanks-giving." On an average there were over 275 people (many are highly educated and from good professional backgrounds) in attendance and the Spirit of the Lord moved mightily as I spoke and people were touched and challenged. Many met me and thanked me for the "insightful and challenging" message and explained how the Lord spoke to them.

21-23 September, Ghanpur: It was an incredible opportunity to be with over 100 rural youth (students and others, including some professionals) after a long time at the Annual Discipleship Camp of the Youth Alive Ministries. The Lord gave me His extraordinary grace to adapt and to make my presentations on the "Uniqueness of Jesus Christ" in three sessions and thus introduce apologetics to them and to speak thrice on "Who is a True Disciple of Jesus Christ?" The first message had evangelistic content and 5 people committed their lives to the Lord. Almost all participants shared, during the concluding session, that they were blessed uniquely (understood what it means to be a Christian and gained confidence to talk to others about Christ) and that they had all taken some specific decisions to live like Christ and to present Christ to others.

25th September, Hyderabad: I spoke to over 100 young people and a few elders on "Who is a True Christian?" at the CSI Church, Yusufguda Youth Retreat. 27 people (including a 75 year old gentleman and a couple of other senior members of the Church) responded to the Gospel and committed their lives to the Lord.

Prayer Points for Sept and Nov

That Santhi might be able to finish her work on the M. Phil thesis and submit it by the end of October (the revised deadline)

For God's guidance concerning the future of our ministry – the exact way in which we should proceed, although we have taken stock of the resources we have (over 3000 volumes of books and international journals) we have not yet officially opened up the place for people to come and use the resources, in spite of the many requests we keep receiving and we are already helping people who are visiting our place with prior appointment

Prayer Points

Santhi's viva might go well on Wednesday, the 14th at the University of Madras

Shamuel might come to know the Lord soon

We might find a suitable place (by March '07) for our residence-cum-office - we have been struggling much with the fumes coming from the kitchen exhaust of Hotel Ashoka and the owners are not sure if they could renew the contract

God's clear guidance concerning the future direction of our ministry - we do not want to do anything other than what we have been doing since the time I came out of RZIM, unless the Lord guides us in unmistakable terms

For God's guidance concerning the future of our ministry – the exact way in which we should proceed, although we have taken stock of the resources we have (over 3000 volumes of books and international journals) we have not yet officially opened up the place for people to come and use the resources, in spite of the many requests we keep receiving and we are already helping people who are visiting our place with prior appointment

Please pray that God's enabling grace and anointing might be granted for the speaking engagements of different kinds at different places: Itinerary from November 2006 to January 2007

Update July - August

Sudhakar and Santhi Mondithokas

Once again it is a matter of great joy for us to bring this update and itinerary to you so that you might join us in praising God and might be able to pray for us more meaningfully. We have seen the Lord at work - people coming to know the Lord and people being strengthened in their faith and being challenged to live more Christ-like lives. We are grateful to God for people like you who pray for us and encourage us.

The past two months (middle of July till date, 15th September) have been incredible months of many opportunities to minister in different settings and to see people turning to the Lord (about 200 people, many from non-Christian backgrounds have made commitments to follow the Lord). Evangelism is one of our top three priorities in life and fruit in this aspect of our ministry encourages us a lot. Praise be to the Lord alone. Our hearts are filled with gratitude to God and His people who have been praying for our ministry and us. We bring this update to you with all praise to God and a sense of humility that the Lord has considered us worthy to be involved in the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5: 11-21), which is His. We had some very fulfilling counseling and one-on -one discussion sessions as well as times of expounding God's word to His people. The following are Some Highlights (Praise Points) that will help you in joining us in thanking and praising God meaningfully:

Meetings with Our Friends (Accountability Group): When we moved to Hyderabad in May, the Lord guided/instructed us to have a group of friends with whom we should enter into an accountability relationship - they hold us accountable and support us in different ways with respect to both our life and ministry. We praise God that we have that group in place with 12 people now and we have already met with them twice (in July and August). The Lord is encouraging us through this group and we are grateful to God and this group of friends.

Car: After much prayer and waiting, we were able to bye a used car (Maruti Wagon R 2004 April Model) which is in a good condition with only a little over 15 000 k. m on it. We have already covered around 1000 k. m and it has been giving us good service. We had to exercise faith in buying it, because the cost was higher than our budget, but we are now clear that it was God's choice for us. We are learning (rather God is teaching us) to trust the Lord more and we are enjoying this experience.

Counseling - I had to spend more than an hour with a couple, very seriously committed Christians who were struggling with an unexpected pregnancy - third child. I had to talk to them about the biblical-ethical view on abortion and then offer practical suggestions about how they could handle the situation given their current situation. I had to also give them a shoulder that they could lean on at times. In the end it was amazing to see how the Lord had ministered to them and wiped their tears and gave them joy.

Investing Time and Efforts in Equipping Others for Effective Ministry - I had to spend about an hour with a young man who had been blessed by our training in the past, is involved in the ministry among students and youth and who was preparing to make a presentation on the Da Vinci Code - it was basically a time of answering his questions, clarifying his doubts, and giving him a lot of materials so that he might be able to prepare well and make a good presentation. He called me after the session and reported that the 300 odd people were greatly blessed and were positively encouraged to take their faith seriously and equip themselves to defend it in the face of challenges like the Da Vinci Code.

A Christian Young Man who committed his life for full-time Christian Ministry came and spent a couple of hours just sharing his struggles and challenges in the process of waiting upon the Lord and equipping himself for ministry. I was able to help him by clarifying things and giving him materials that he could read in the process of equipping himself and also guided him about the available options of theological education. He will be an apprentice until he goes to a seminary.

A very enthusiastic Christian (who came to know the Lord from a Catholic background) who is working with a MNC was blessed through the session on the Da Vinci Code and was inspired to equip himself further so that he might be able to answer the questions of many of his colleagues and friends in the Catholic Church. I spend an hour each time (twice) with him and then gave him materials to work on. He is already witnessing and enjoying it.

The twoseminars on the Da Vinci Code (Aug. 6 and 13), one for the students and the other for graduates (professionals) of the UESI-AP Hyderabad District were blessed by the Lord and proved to be a blessing to the participants. Many received positive encouragement to equip themselves to use such opportunities as the ones presented by the Da Vinci Code phenomenon to communicate the truth confidently and convincingly. There were 45 students and 45 professionals (pre-registered participants) respectively and many of them continued to interact through e-mail and I was able to send them more useful materials to help them in studying further.

      On Aug. 12 we had a full-day training program in apologetics for a select group of 9 people who are all budding apologists and are preparing seriously to teach others. This was organized by Sakshi Times and more people are showing interest in developing a fresh curriculum and notes to be used in the future training programs in different parts of the country. We met as a group once and identified the topics and people that would be working on the topics and fixed some deadlines. The future looks very bright as far as apologetics training in India is concerned.

On Sept. 3 I spoke in the Combined Gathering of the Hyderabad District EU-EGF (UESI-AP) Students and Graduates (Professionals) on 'Priority Christian Living in the Present Perplexing World.' There were over 250 people and the Lord blessed the ministry of His Word and we could sense the presence and movement of the Holy Spirit that evening, as many testified. Many are continuing to send thank you notes and are asking for more material that will help them in writing a 'purpose statement' for themselves and their families.

      On Sept. 10 I Preaching in the Teachers' Day Special Sunday Service of the Santhnagar Methodist Church, Hyderabad. Once again the grace of the Lord was manifested and I enjoyed the presence and guidance as I preached. Over 20 people made commitments to follow the Lord, as I weaved in the gospel into the message. Many people met me and thanked me for the message. The pastor was blessed through our ministry when he was a student in a place that was our outreach center about 20 years ago.

Sept. 13 - 15, Hyderabad: I spoke to the Staff of World Vision (about 70) during the devotions time of their annual conference on 'living life with a heart of wisdom', 'faithful stewardship - a priority for Christians living in the in between times', and 'learning to keep the first things first - some spiritual lessons from a kitchen scene'. The Lord's grace was evident as I ministered God's word and people were blessed and challenged. It was a joy to see many who had been blessed through our ministry in the past. Many of them shared that the Lord has spoken to them very personally and specifically and it was all very relevant to their lives and ministry.

Pre-Evangelistic and Evangelistic Efforts of different kinds in different settings - A Muslim young man who had just finished his M. Phil in Arabic from CIEFL (Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages) came along with a Christian scholar who was witnessing to him with a lot of questions about the Trinity and Incarnation (Jesus being the Son of God). After I had spent an hour and a half with them, the Muslim said, 'Sir, I am grateful to God that I could meet you before leaving from Hyderabad. I have never been exposed to what you have told today. Thank you very much for spending your time and for helping.' He bought some resources to study further and the Christian who brought him also went away with joy having learnt some things about dialoguing meaningfully with Muslim friends.

Aug. 4, Hyderabad: Kodanda Ram's Wedding - It was a great opportunity to speak on marriage from a biblical perspective and also to present the gospel. There were over 500 people in attendance and many of them were from non-Christian backgrounds. The truth went forth with clarity and conviction in the power of the Holy Spirit and the response was generally positive.

On Aug. 15 I spoke in the Youth Retreat at the Centenary Baptist Church, Secunderabd- there over 800 in attendance, mostly young professional and students. I spoke on 'being in the hand of the potter' based on Jeremiah more than 25 responded to the invitation and committed their lives to the Lord.

On Aug. 16, I was in Warangal to speak evangelistically in a Musical Evening with over 500 in attendance. The music was so loud that I felt the vibrations passing through my whole body and I kept praying throughout for God's grace to be granted. I spoke for 45 minutes and was amazed at the response- they were very attentive, applauded several times, and when the invitation was given more than 25 responded and received the Lord as their Saviour. The Christians who were presented were also impacted - they were greatly encouraged by the fact or realization that the gospel could be presented in a relevant and convincing way to the present generation.

Aug. 20, Hyderabad: The UESI-AP Mehdipatnam Zone arranged a Gospel Evening for Students. There were 110 students (engineering, pharmacy, graduate, and some undergraduate students) in attendance. I spoke on 'Beyond Love as We Understand it' and once again the Lord's grace was evident - they listened to the talk very attentively and responsively and when the invitation was given 29 of them responded (including many from non-Christian backgrounds).

Aug. 26, Secunderabad: In yet another evangelistic meeting (Gospel Evening that was arranged by the Secunderabad Zone of UESI-AP) I spoke on 'What is Life All About?' There were 180 students from different educational institutions and once again it was an incredible sense of the presence of the Lord and the grace of God being manifested and 58 of them (many from other faiths) responded to the invitation. What was encouraging about this was that 50 of these people attended the follow-up meeting that was arranged exactly after one week. Praise the Lord.

Update for June - July 2006

Sudhakar and Santhi Mondithokas

Once again it is a matter of great joy for us to bring this update and itinerary to you so that you might join us in praising God and might be able to pray for us more meaningfully. We have seen the Lord at work - people coming to know the Lord and people being strengthened in their faith and being challenged to live more Christ-like lives. We are grateful to God for people like you who pray for us and encourage us.

I (Sudhakar) am grateful to God that I am now more at home in the base than away. I am enjoying my time with Santhi and Shamuel. I am able to help him a little bit with his studies, take him out to play and thus able to give some relief to Santhi and she is able to start her work on her M. Phil thesis. Praise God that we have been able to sort and arrange all our books (over 2, 800) in order and the process of setting up our residence-cum-office is almost over. It is exciting as well as challenging to be in the ministry during this time in history with so many changes taking place in almost every sphere of life all the time, with new ideas, view, and theories that contradict the Gospel truth on one hand and with more and more doors of opportunity being opened up for the proclamation of the Gospel on the other hand. Please do uphold us in your prayers as much as you can.

Some Highlights - Praise Points Please join us in praising God for His blessing upon our ministry in different settings -

25th June, Secunderabad: Jerry Thomas and I went to Bethel Marthoma Church in Safilguda to speak in their Inaugural Youth Meeting on "Confessing Christ - A Mandate for the Youth" There were about 40 young people and some seniors and two Achans (pastors). I spoke on the theme and Jerry answered the Questions, mainly on the Da Vinci Code that I touched upon in the message during the Q&A time. The response was very positive from all of them - they had all thanked us profusely and we both enjoyed the presence and guidance of the Lord. Santhi spoke to the Students and Graduates (about 50) of the Khairathabad Zone, UESI-AP Hyderabad District (Union of Evangelical Students of India) in their inaugural meeting. Santhi's message was a blessing to them and they had all greatly appreciated her unique approach to and insights into the topic, "Knowing Our Heritage & Leaving a Legacy - Being a Christian Student in the 21st Century." She came away with a definite sense of satisfaction and gratitude to God for His special grace for that occasion.

29th June, Bangalore: The Lord blessed the Seminar for the Students, Faculty, and Staff of SAIACS on the Da Vinci Code. There were over 50 in attendance (including some from outside the campus) in spite of the fact that it was exams time. I spoke on "Da Vinci Code - A Comprehensive Christian Apologetic Response," and then answered questions. Once again it was amazing to see how hungry they were for answers and how eagerly there were waiting for a lecture like that. Many of them, including the faculty person in charge of that event shared that it was a blessing and an eye-opener for them in many ways. Many met me personally and expressed their thanks and appreciation for the lecture and the answers and more importantly for helping them to begin thinking in the right way about the Christian faith and the challenges Christians encounter.

30th June, Bangalore: I was able to finish my course on "Christian Ethics," that I offered to the M. A 2nd year students during the whole month to my satisfaction. The feedback from students and others - both students and faculty colleagues was very affirming and encouraging. It was an incredible experience of learning, teaching and growing in some ways for me. All the students thanked me for the way I structured the course and taught it and for helping them to cultivate the art of thinking critically and Christianly not just about ethical issues but also about everything else. I am grateful to God for this great opportunity to teach once again (I did one course last year also) at SAIACS (South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies) and for His enabling grace. I have also been able to finish the grading, a very challenging task and send the grade sheet. Praise the Lord.

7th and 8th July, Hyderabad: The Lord blessed the Seminar on "The Da Vinci Code - A Considered Christian Response" at the AP State EMFI (Evangelical Medical Fellowship of India) Conf., on the 7th Out of the total 375 participants (Doctors and Medicos) more than 250 opted for this elective seminar and they were also very appreciative of the inputs given and kept me busy throughout asking their questions and sharing their doubts concerning Da Vinci Code and many other apologetic issues. On the 8th I was a part of the panel that answered questions during the Q&A session. It was a very encouraging experience to see the hunger to know the answers to the many questions and doubts they were struggling with and their excitement when right answers given. I had to literally pull myself away from them with so many of them surrounding me in small groups and discussing different subjects and issues and clarifying their doubts.

9th July, Shamshabad (in the outskirts of Hyderabad): It was a blessed experience for us as a family to be at the historic Bethel Mennonite Brethren Church (started in 1932 by missionaries) to minister God's word in their Sunday Service. I spoke on "The Father Seeks True Worshippers" from John 4. There were over 200 in attendance (including the faculty and students of the Seminary) and they listened to the word in rapt attention. About 10 people responded to the invitation and received Christ as their Saviour. The leaders and the members of the congregation shared with us about how they were blessed by some of the insights (in to the Christian life of Worship) that were new to them and thanked us. I was able to talk to some and pray with them as well. We came back from there whole heartedly thanking God for the missionaries who loved our nation, came, and invested their lives here and brought the light of the gospel to us. In the evening I spoke to about 40 students and graduates of the Sanathnagar Zone of the UESI-AP, Hyderabad District in their inaugural meeting. It was a blessing for me personally to meet many who reminded of our association, ministry to them and ministry together with them, and how they had been blessed. One young man who is now a key leader came to know the Lord through our ministry over 11 years ago and what a joy it was for me to see him with his wife and son. It was an affirming and confirming experience for me to know that the Lord has blessed our labor and the fruit is remaining. I was asked to speak on 'priorities' and spoke on "Keeping the First Things First - Learning Some Spiritual Lessons from a Kitchen Scene," from Luke 10: 38-42. The word went forth in the power of the Holy Spirit and people were blessed and I am still getting e-mails & thank you notes from people who are all requesting me to send the famous hymn that I quoted, 'take time to be holy'.

Prayer Points in this month

Santhi's research and writing (of her M. Phil thesis) - she has to submit by the end of August - please pray that Shamuel and I might help her by reducing all the burden on her and thus enable her to focus fully on this work. Pray also for her visit to Chennai (26-28 July) to meet with her guide.

Shamuel is still going through the process of adjusting in the New School, St. Paul's High School and is already finishing his first unit tests - please pray that he might study well, grow in all areas of his life, and particularly that he might come to know the Lord soon.

The Lord might provide all that we need to serve him more effectively and that we might do our best in both our speaking and writing ministry.

Update for May and June

On the 12th May I had some very fruitful ministry recently . After a long time I addressed predominantly common folks at a large gathering (about 1 lakh people, i. e., 100, 000 people) in Gutti, AP State, our home state. I spoke twice on "Who is Jesus?" The response was overwhelming: Several thousands responded to the invitation and received Christ as Saviour for the first time. Many met me personally and thanked for the ministry of the word and the message. Most of them that I had met personally were from other faith backgrounds. It was an incredible experience for me to speak to such a large gathering and to see what the Lord is doing in and around that place in AP. Praise the Lord.

Praise Points: Please praise God for/that

1. Shamuel got admission in St. Paul's School, one of the best schools in Hyderabad. It happened on the day schools reopened on the 12th and we had to exercise lot of patience and our faith was definitely tested. Praise the Lord.

2. The fruitful ministry among Young Professionals and Students at the Limited Edition Camp of the Navodaya Team (FMPB) from 25-28 May in Chennai. I did a workshop on "Into to Christian Apologetics and A Response to the Da Vinci Code," 4 times with about 250 people (over 60 each time). Many of them shared with me as to how they were blessed by the workshop and individuals and groups of people kept me busy through out as they came with their doubts and questions and spent time with me in discussion. Some of them told me that they had heard about apologetics for the first time and that they were very glad to learn that Christian faith makes sense and that it was OK for them to have doubts and questions. Some others shared that they very delighted to know that there are good answers to their questions and the questions their friends keep asking them. I was also on the panel that answered questions in two sessions. Many of them bought resources and expressed desire to go through systematic training in apologetics and to read some good books.

3. I was able to finish my preliminary preparatory work on the Course on "Christian Ethics" and get the course outlines, calendar, course requirements, and the compendium of reading materials done on time. It is also incredible that I have been able to finish all the teaching and grading that was planned for the first two weeks of June. The students are very happy with the way the course is progressing and with what they are able to learn.

4. The Ministry at the Conference of the Medical and Engineering Students of Ramiah Institutions, Bangalore (2-4 June) and the Professionals associated with this group. I spoke on "Introduction to Christian Apologetics," "An Apologetic Response to the Da Vinci Code," Holiness in the Trinity as the Pattern for Our Holiness," and "Sex, Love, and Marriage." There were about 40 participants and almost all of them shared that they were greatly blessed by the ministry in some very specific ways. Many of them told me that they felt liberated to know that Christianity has credible evidences in its support and that there are good answers to their questions. One Hindu software professional said that he was convinced about the truth concerning Christ and Christianity for the first time, because most of his questions were answered convincingly.

5. The ministry at the Living Fountain Gates Church to over 50 young people in their Sunday Worship Service on the 11th. I spoke on "Learning to Deal With Doubts and Questions Confidently," and introduced the subject of apologetics and made an apologetic response to the Da Vinci Code, as per the request of the pastor. The message was received with a great sense of openness, enthusiasm, and excitement. Once again the response was overwhelmingly positive and two young people responded to the invitation and committed their lives to the Lord.

6. The unction of the Holy Spirit as I ministered in the International Fathers' Day Sunday Service (English) of the Centenary Baptist Church, Secunderabad on the 18th. I spoke on "The Eternal Significance of the Temporal Role of Fathers," based on Gen. 18: 16-19 and sensed the presence and grace of the Lord while I was speaking. The Lord ministered to me and to the congregation and many met me and thanked me for the word.

7. Many have been blessed by the articles on our website www.mondithokas.com and have written to say 'thank you'.

April 6-9, Vijayawada: The Lord blessed the Marriage Discipleship Seminar for all of us who participated in it. We helped Drs. Rod and Mary Adam (the Resource Persons) as the Asst. Couple and of course arranged the seminar. We had 4 other couples. We have been involved in this kind of ministry for many years but we still learnt/discovered many wonderful things about ourselves, each other, and about discipleship in marriage. Rod and Mary were excellent in everyway - they were very transparent, practical, theologically sound, and together in the whole process of teaching and they adjusted to the Indian situation and the contents were very relevant. All the families expressed their sincere thanks and shared how they were blessed by this Unique Seminar, particularly the homework (we spend almost 50% of the time in doing this as couples) and the answering of some interesting questions at the beginning of every session.

April 19 and 20, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram: It was in some ways exciting to go back to these small cities after more than 10 years. The Open Forums (on "Four Important Question about Jesus Christ" and "Is Death the Final Destiny of Man?" respectively) arranged by the Evangelical Graduates and Students in these two district head quarters were a great blessing to me personally and to many that were present. It was the first of its kind in Srikakulam and there were about 200 people in attendance (mostly Christians and a few non-Christians). The Q&A time gave many opportunities to clarify the Gospel truth in different ways and also to answer the many questions that Christians themselves had. Many said that it was an eye-opening experience for them. In Vizianagaram we had about 150 people (but there were more non-Christians and some very serious seekers who asked good questions during the Q&A time). It was a blessing both for the seekers and the Christians that were present. We were able to present the gospel and clarity the truth in response to the questions and in the lecture itself. In both places I had to personally talk to many who wanted to talk to me and get their questions answered and doubts clarified.

The most encouraging thing for me was that some people who attended the last meetings that I did there later on came to know the Lord and they are continuing to grow. I was also thrilled to meet a man who said, "Anna (=big brother), I hope you remember me. About 12 years ago you along with other seniors spent time with my wife and me, counseling us and praying with us. The Lord has blessed us and we now have two children and we are happy in the Lord. Thanks you very much" I was delighted to learn that the Lord blessed our small effort and the fruit is lasting. Praise be to Him alone. 'The Lord is faithful' is the thought with which I came back.

Update from Nepal:

I came here on the 2nd and will be leaving from here on the 12th. Cyril of RZIM-India joined me on the 3rd and has already left on the 7th. We both had some good ministry together. The Lord has been blessing the ministry and I am grateful to Him.

On Saturday I spoke in a Church service on "Living Life With a Heart of Wisdom" from Psalm 90 and the response was very encouraging - 7 people made first commitments to follow the Lord and many believers rededicated their lives to the Lord and asked God to help them to live life wisely rather than foolishly. There were about 400 in attendance.

On Sunday I spoke in another Church service with about 500 in attendance (including many internationals - Americans, Britishers, Finnish, Dutch, Indian people etc.) on "Learning Some Spiritual Lessons from a Kitchen Scene" from Luke 10: 38-42 and once again the Lord moved mightily and many people met and told me that the Lord had  ministered to them very specially and one american said, "This the most insightful message that I have heard in a long time." Praise the Lord.

On 7th I spoke to over 40 theological students (at Nepal Ebenezer Bible College) and faculty on "The Biblical View of Faith" from Hebrews 11: 17-19 and then did a session "What is Apologetics?" The principal of the seminary said, "We are finding it very difficult find a professor to teach this very important subject of apologetics. Would you please come for two weeks as a visiting professor and teach apologetics!"

On the 8th I did a follow-up session (2 lectures) on "Apologetics as Persuvasive Proclamation" and "The Truth about Truth and Religions." The students were very excited and interacted a lot and asked for resources. It was good to see a student from Bihar, India also in the class.  Earlier on the 8th I did two sessions for the AG Pastors and Leaders of Kathmandu on "The Kind of Leaders (Pastors, Teachers, and Proclaimers) that God is Looking for in the 21st Century" from Mal. 2: 1-9 and introduced the subject of apologetics to the 60 or so participants. The Response was very encouraging and the General Superintindent of Nepal (of the AG Church) was pleading with me to return and go to West Nepal.

On the 9th I did two sessions/lectures for the 55 students of the GFA Bible College on "Learning from Jesus' Apologetic Encounters" and "Learning to Love the Lord With All Our Minds Also" from Matt. 22. It was very affirming and encouraging to learn (in fact, it was a pleasant surprise) that the Principal and another Lawer-Pastor, a Brahmin Convert were at GFA Seminary, Kerala, India when LT and I taught them Apologetics in 1996 and the Principal was back there doing his M.Div when I taught apologetics there in 2003 again. He said, 'Sir, I am/we are grateful to God for bringing you, our teacher to this college and we are using the notes you gave us then in teaching apologetics here. Thanks you very much." What a joy it was for me. I am very grateful to God - knowing that your efforts are being blessed of the Lord is always a moving experience. Praise the Lord.

I am grateful to God for this opportunity and I have been learing a lot also while teaching and preaching. I also had a session with Christian leaders on Monday. Please pray for God's blessing to be upon the other ministry I have till the 12th.

I am grateful to God and also to RZIM-India, who are taking care of the expenses for this trip (RZIM will have some training in the future here, because of this trip).

26th Feb. The Preaching in the Service of the Emmanuel Methodist Church also went well - the response to the message was very positive. I spoke on "Learning Some Spiritual Lessons from a Kitchen Scene" based on Luke 10: 38-42 and emphasized mainly two things: 1) The Sacred-Secular dichotomy of Life is a lie from the Devil and 2) The Most Important Thing in Life is Learning to Keep the First Things First. A couple, professors from a Medical College said, "The message was very relevant and practical. It is needed at a time like this. Thanks a lot" and went on to ask a good question. A number of others also met me personally and thanked. Following the service I spoke in the Men's Fellowship Meeting (in which we had women also quite interestingly because I spoke on other aspects of the same issue of Keeping the First Things First) and gave a lot of time for Questions and discussion. Once again, they all appreciated the insights and thanked the Lord for the ministry of the word. Praise be to the Lord alone.

25th Feb. The talk (arranged by the Apologetics Club of Pondicherry) on "Behold Your God-Understanding the Triune God of the Bible" was attended by about 60 people - doctors, medicos, businessmen and other professionals and some students as well. The talk was received with great interest and the Q&A time was also very interactive. The Open Forum on "Can Man Live Without God?" was attended by about 100 people - there were a significant number from Other Faiths - the MP (Member of the Parliament), a leading Advocate, and a number of other professionals and university level students were present. I was able to present the gospel in the lecture itself. They listened to the talk with keen interest and asked a number of good questions and these questions gave me opportunities to further clarify the gospel and challenge the people to make a response also. The following were some of the Questions they asked:

1) You have argued very persuasively that Man Cannot Live Without God. But what about people like Einstein, Marx, Freud, and other great/influential figures who lived as atheists? (The MP)

2) You talked about the presence of God or Heaven. But what about 'hell'? (The Leading Advocate)

3) You said all religions are not the same. But I strongly believe that all religions are the same, because they all teach us to do good and the religious goals are the same in all religions. What do you say? (A Student)

4) You told us about your Brahman friend/former colleague who admitted to you that all religions are not the same. But I think it only shows his ignorance of Hinduism and other religions. I think all religions teach us basically about us that there is an eternal soul that changes bodies just as we change clothes. (A Medical Student)

The Lord gave me grace and the presence of mind to answer all these questions and some others. The Christians who invited their Friends of Other Faiths were very happy and were excited about the apologetic approach to evangelism. One of them, a Leadership Expert from IBM, himself a Hindu convert said, "The Open Forum was just electrifying and the people listened so keenly and asked such good questions and the answers given were so apt that I thought the job was done very well." Praise the Lord.

The meeting was over by 9 pm and I had to be at the venue till 10 pm, because there were a number of people who wanted to interact with me personally and get their questions answered. It was amazing to see the hunger and thirst for truth with which they were raising questions and I also realized once again that for those who were born and brought up in their faiths it is very difficult to understand and accept the truth. But there was a sense of satisfaction for having been able to guide their thoughts towards the truth in a meaningful way and it was exciting to see people beginning to agree with you towards the end of the long discussion.

I have completed my teaching at SABC (Southern Asia Bible College), Bangalore where I taught a course on Christian Apologetics and Philosophy of Religion to the M. Div 2nd year students. I began as an RZIM man and finished as a non-RZIM man. I am glad that I took Neil with me this year to teach the B. The 3rd year students. He too enjoyed his teaching and interaction with the students and community here.

The Lord blessed and impacted not only my students (53 in number, quite unusual for an elective course) but also the whole community there. The only challenge is in the area of grading. Praise the Lord and pray also that I might be able to finish the grading in time.

Santhi is busy with home affairs and her M. Phil studies. I visit them during the weekends and holidays. From 3-5 I was home and also did two sessions on the 5th on 'The Role of Apologetics in the Life and Ministry of Christians' for a group of over 30 young and dynamic professionals - doctors, software professionals, and Ph. D and M. Tech students from the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) who were equipping themselves for effective evangelism at the UESI (Union of Evangelical Students of India, the counterpart of IVCF in India) national office as a apart of their "Equipper Programme." This is the fourth year that I have done this for them and they were all excited about the subject and the different ways in which they could be blessed by its application. The Lord blessed the teaching and there was hunger in them and they were all bright people and were excited about this great tool and bought up lot of resources as well. They all appreciated the inputs and asked a lot of good questions during the Q&A time. Praise the Lord.

Thanks for your prayers for us. Please do continue to pray for God's guidance concerning our future ministry and the move to another city, Hyderabad that we are contemplating and a whole lot of things that are involved in this process. Pray for God's provision also.

Santhi recently spoke to over 1200 women (Jan. 12-14) and the Lord blessed her ministry of the word powerfully. It was a gathering of the women of the Mennonite Brethren Church of the entire field in Achanmpet, Andhra Pradesh.

I was at a conference of students and professionals (1800+ in attendance) and did a workshop on "Answering the Skeptics-Equipping ourselves for Evangelism" and the Lord blessed those two days of ministry greatly at the UESI-AP Triennial. Conference. There were people with Ph. Ds and also people from different professional backgrounds - each day there were over 150 in attendance. Once again the Lord blessed the workshop and there was a sense excitement and appreciation and I had to be busy throughout answering their questions and clarifying their doubts.

The Seminar on Da Vinci Code on 28th January at SABC in Bangalore where over 2000 young people and professionals gathered for "Praise Quake," a musical evening - before that we had this workshop. We had around 200 participants in each of the two batches and Neil helped me during the Q&A session. The response was very positive and many asked for our resources and some subscribed for Apologia also. It was an incredible opportunity. Lot of the participants are now in touch through e-mail and some have even come to meet and get help.

On 3rd Feb. I spoke in the Chapel Service at SABC on "Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy-Bridging the Belief-Behavior Gap." It was in incredible opportunity/privilege to impact the whole community (students, staff and faculty) there and the Lord gave me a definite sense of his presence and guidance and I enjoyed the liberty in my spirit as I spoke. Many thanked me during that day for the word that touched them blessed them and those who could not be there told me that they felt bad for missing the chapel service.

On 11th Feb. I did a seminar for the Legal-Judicial people in Hyderabad on "Truth and Tolerance." It was arranged by the RZIM Resource Center there and they, particularly Ticikus did a great job of organizing it in partnership with the Tri-Cities Christian Lawyers' Forum. There were over 80 people, including 6 judges (one off them being a senior judge from the State High Court) and leading lawyers and a number of other professionals and businessmen/industrialists. The Lord blessed the ministry that day and we could even present the gospel and they all received the lectures with openness and enthusiasm.

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