January 2020  
G Paul Victor

G. Paul Victor

Church Planter in India

January 2018 update from G. Paul Victor, missionary to India:

Greetings to you in Jesus’ name!  By the grace of God and through your prayers, the ministry is progressing day-to-day with our ongoing ministries.  The Lord blessed the year 2017 in many ways, and we are thankful to God for every opportunity He allowed us to have.  During 2017, we were able to accomplish what the Lord wanted us to do.  Often times, we faced tough situations when doing evangelism in the villages.  There have been several discouraging and disappointing moments.  Sometimes, we feel that things are going very slowly in the mission field with tracts being refused and some are even torn up in front of our eyes.  We have even had our lives threatened, but Praise God!  The Lord continues to allow us to be a blessing to so many individuals and families through all our efforts as we try to reach the lost.  It’s easy to serve Jesus Christ when people receive you gladly, but when things are hard, that’s the time when need to be faithful and committed to our master.  Thank God for the souls saved and the people who have joined churches.  These Christians are growing in the Word of God and staying faithful while witnessing to a lost world.

2017 facts: There were 12,727 souls saved by 200 native missionaries, an average of 63 souls per native missionary.  There were 3,917 people baptized by 200 native missionaries, and average of 19 baptized per native missionary.  Each native missionary distributed 100 tracts per month, meaning that 240,000 tracts were distributed for the year 2017.

In my personal soul winning and through my preaching, the Lord used me to lead 200 precious souls to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.  I also had the privilege to baptize 52 people.

All the glory to the Lord.  I don’t take anything for granted because we have an awesome God!

June & July 2018 update from G. Paul Victor, missionary to India:

Gracious greeting from home to your church families.  We pray for the forward progress of your labors in America.  I am humbled by the privilege God has given me to serve him in this place.  I am also grateful for the prayers of God's people.  May we always make prayer our first resort rather than our last.  We are all praying for your ministries as well.

On June 13th, I underwent surgery on my left knee.  Excision of sac - Prepatella Bursitis at Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad.  The surgery was successful.  I thank the Lord for all His grace upon me.  Later, I came to my hometown in Visakhapatnam.  I am recovering well after my surgery.  Thank you for all your prayers for me.

Gospel to Asia native missionaries are moving forward with a desire in their heart to reach the unreached and win souls for the Lord Jesus Christ.  In these recent times in India, things are changing against Christians and churches.  The Hindu religion is promoting their campaign and training people to attack Christians and Christian missionaries.  Often times, we are opposed by the Hindu protesters and village chiefs along with the youth.  They try to prevent us from entering into their villages.  Despite all these things, the Lord is using the native missionaries to keep continuing the work in reaching people with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Currently, 200 native missionaries are co-laboring with us.  During the months of June and July, among all the native missionaries, 4,000 Gospel tracts were distributed, 600 were saved, and 230 were baptized. AMEN!

Beginning on June 11th, we stated 100 days of Bible studies in the homes of the members of Grace Baptist Temple in Visakhapatnam from 7PM to 9PM daily.  Our goal is to train soul winners who can in turn lead others to Christ and train them.  Also, we are targeting men to prepare them to be strong Godly men who can lead their families.  Our folk have been suffering with the economic crises.  Almost all are having a very difficult time financially.  The devil has used this to cause some to grow cold and backslide.  Most urgently, we need dedicated men.  We would ask that you remember us before the Lord in this regard.  We are very much aware of the necessity of Godly men in the work of the Lord.  Please pray for our team leaders, Kodi Chinna Rao, Korra Appa Rao, Rapa David Raju, and Baipa Prasad.

Thank you for your prayers for Sharon Grounds.  It's a mission property with Acs 15.45 Cts.  In October of 2016, we received a notice stating that the national highway was planning to construct a 6-lane highway, and the government wanted to acquire 8.5 acres.  Many of you have prayed for this situation and later we approached the court and the court passed interim orders not allowing them to take more than what was required to build a toll plaza.  We have totally depended on the mighty hand of the Lord.  Last week, the national highway stated their preliminary work on the existing highway for the preparations to commence the project.  We are not sure how much land the national highway will take from us.  Please kindly uphold this in your prayers.
Sharon Baptist Church and its ministries on the property are going on well.  Regular church services on Sunday and Wednesday are going on, and the missionary outreach to the surrounding 25 villages is going on as well.  Our focus at Sharon grounds is to reach the unreached.  Please continue to pray for this ministry.

Dr. Joseph's school and orphanage is functioning steadily.  We had issues with the building inspection from the government.  Recently, with the part donation of $10,000 from Heritage Baptist Church, Yuma, AZ, we have completed 2 floors (painting, fixing electrical, plumbing, and flooring).  We have to finish another 2 floors and complete the painting on the outside of the building.  We still need another $15,000 to complete the project.  Please kindly pray for the needs of this ministry.  The students have a good education in a godly atmosphere.  A special thanks to Mr. Aswini Rejesh and Dr. David Smock for their generosity toward this ministry.

Our future prayer requests:
Please pray for a van for our evangelism ministry; pray for the political and social situations in India; pray from sister Rajeswarmma, who is suffering with cancer; pray for sister Kavithamma, who is suffering with Breast Cancer; pray for sister Sanyasamma, who is suffering with partial paralysis; pray for sister Baipa Santhoshamma's health issues; and pray for our native missionaries and their families.

Always thank you so much for your prayers and support!  You all have His love!


August & September 2018 update from G. Paul Victor, missionary to India:

Greetings in Jesus' name!  Believers in India are preparing for 100 hours of fasting and praying at Grace Baptist Temple, Visakhapatnam, South India.  The fasting prayers begin from 10th September 2018 and concludes on the 15th of September 2018.  Our focus for the fasting prayers is to pray for the persecuted churches around the world.  Many Christian believers, missionaries, and churches are under high persecution.  In India, I, myself, am experiencing and witnessing the persecution in the ministry.  We are experiencing and encountering anti-Christian mobs to disturb the peace and cause confusion among the people and obstructing us not to do evangelism and personal soul-winning.  We believe many parts in the world today are experiencing some level of persecution.  Therefore, our church has decided to go for 100 hours of fasting prayers.  May we request each one of you to join with us to pray for the persecuted churches.  In the year, 2018, this is the 3rd time our church feels the importance of prayer and decided to have the fasting prayer schedule.

Fasting and prayer does not change God.  It changes us.  It is not twisting God's arm to get Him to do our bidding, but rather positioning ourselves to receive the grace He freely gives and to do His bidding.
Fasting and prayer combined removes the hinderances to our peace.  It ensures the sincerity of our humility, repentance, and acceptance of pardon so that we no longer feel estranged from God.  It effectively appeals for God's protection from harm and victory over the enemy of our souls so that we overcome feelings of weakness and vulnerability.  it helps us humble ourselves and lift others who are oppressed so that we vanquish tensions from our relationships.
Fasting and prayer combined also aids us in progressing in our walk with God.  It helps us draw closer to Him in consistency of devotion and worship.  It brings an increase in spiritual blessing and understanding.  It empowers us for ministry and enables us to effectively impart spiritual gifts and empowerment to others for fruitful ministry in their lives.
Fasting is a key to a revitalized prayer life and an empowered ministry.  I pray that God motivates us to make it a regular discipline in our lives and to appeal to Him during time of prayer and fasting to grant each of these benefits that we find ourselves in need of so that we can experience a more fruitful ministry in His service.

Please continue to kindly pray for Sharon Grounds.  Sharon Grounds is a mission property.  The Lord gave the property to us in the year 2002.  The total extent is 15.45 acres.  The Government wants to build toll plaza and the government wants to acquire 8.5 acres of the Trust lands without paying any compensation.  This proposal came in the year 2016 and the government issued a notice to the Trust also.
On the mission property, we constructed administrative building, church, care-taker's quarters, and rest is plantation with underground irrigation.
Actually, with 4 acres, the government can finish constructing the toll plaza.  With no other go we approached the court in the year 2017, and the court gave an interim order not to construct any buildings except toll booths.  The interim order is will in force.
As the matter stood, thus, 10 days back, the National Highway authorities entered the property with land leveling heavy equipment and informed us they came to level the 8.5 acres for the purpose of constructing the toll plaza.  We informed them that there is a court case pending and showed them the copies of the interim orders, and they left.
Now, the Government of India, trying to vacate the interim order in the court in order to proceed to construct the toll plaza.  Our arguments in the court is, we are not objecting the highway road lane widening and the construction of the toll plaza because it is for a public cause, but the government does not require 8.5 acres to construct the toll plaza.  It can be completed with less land.  Please kindly pray that the court will pass appropriate the final order.  Please pray for Trust attorney and the Judge who is going to hear the case.

Always share your prayer requests to my e-mail: ifbcofindia@hotmail.com.

November & December 2018 update from G. Paul Victor, missionary to India:

Greeting from India. By the grace of God and through your prayers, we are doing well and keep moving forward despite challenges in our lives and ministries. We want to thank the Lord for His divine grace and protection in our lives. We are coming to the end of the year, and when I look back and count His blessing, I can't thank the Lord enough of what He has done in our ministries with 200 native missionaries and their mission fields. We have faced tough times in the ministry this year, yet we've seen souls saved and baptized. The task it challenging to reach the lost and to preach the Lord Jesus Christ as the only Savior. I will share with you two illustrations of how the native missionaries face adversity.

On Saturday morning, October 23rd as 7AM, Pastor Thomas Wilson and the Evangelistic team of 30 people travelled to a pair of rural villages in the interior Vizianagaram District. After completing the morning session, the team had their lunch. While the team was eating, some unknown anti-Christian people inserted alcohol bottles underneath the driver's seat. After lunch, without knowing what had happened, the Evangelistic team stated travelling to another village. The police stopped and inspected the vehicle, found the liquor bottles, arrested the Christian driver, and seized the van. The case is pending in court. Innocent believers who are dedicated to serving our Savior are going through tough times. Please kindly pray for this situation.

On Saturday, November 3rd, I with an Evangelistic team of 25 people visited Ponnavolu, Narasayyapeta, Dibburu, and Vommali for a day of outreach evangelism. After we complete street preaching and distribution of gospel tracts, we went to the Calvary Baptist Church on the hilltop. The church has a thatched roof and is surrounded by thick bushes. The children and women entered the church and the men followed. As soon as we entered the church, we spotted a 6-foot cobra inside the church. We were scared, but the Lord protected all of us. After a few moments, the snake jumped outside and left. Please pray for the believers of Calvary Baptist Church.

Please kindly pray for our mission property - Sharon Grounds. The Lord gave the 15.45-acre property to us in 2002. In 2016, the Government decided to build a toll plaza and take 8.5 acres of Sharon Grounds without paying any compensation. With no other option, we approached the court in 2017, and the court gave an interim order not to construct any building (construction) except toll booths. The interim order is still in effect. Despite that, 10 days ago, the National Highway Authority's contractors entered the property with land leveling heavy equipment and informed us they came to level the 8.5 acres to construct the toll plaza. We informed them that there is a court case pending and showed them copies of the interim orders and they left. Now, the Government of India is trying to vacate the interim order in the court to proceed with constructing the toll plaza. Our argument to the court is that we are not objecting to the highway road lane widening and the construction of a toll plaza because it is for a public cause, but the Government does not require 8.5 acres to construct the toll plaza. It can be built by taking less of our land (approximately less than 4 acres). Please pray that the court will pass an appropriate final order. Please pray for our attorney and the heart of the judge who is going to hear our case.

I was supposed to be in the U.S. in October and November. I had scheduled around 15 meeting, but due to the toll plaza issue at the Sharon Grounds mission property, I was unable to travel. It's a big responsibility to oppose the Government officials in court. My presence in India is very much needed. Therefore, I informed all of the pastors for whom I was scheduled to speak of the situation here and my need to cancel the trip. The Lord blessed, and despite not being able to preach and share our ministry here in India, several churches decided to take us on for support. Praise God!

On behalf of the entire team of Gospel to Asia Ministries, we want to say thank you for praying and supporting us, and we wish you a "MERRY CHRISTMAS" and "BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES AT CHRISTMASTIME AND ALL YEAR LONG!"

August 2019 update from G. Paul Victor, missionary to India:

Greeting in the matchless name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  It's a great joy and honor in my heart to represent your church as an ambassador to the land of India. Thank you for the opportunity. Thank you for your prayers and support. God is good all of the time.

Before I share the blessings from the Lord and the different ways the Lord is working in our lives, I want to take a moment to explain why I am delayed in my prayer letters. The country of India, with a population of 1.3 billion, is 83% Hindu. Our government functions with a Prime Minister ruling the nation for a term of 5 years. In the last 5 years, we have had a government which is pro-Hinduism. In our recent national elections for 2019, the same government was re-elected. Conversions in India are not legal. The government is imposing new laws and most of them are against Christian churches and the Christian community in India. In the past, we have had the freedom to do open-air evangelism, distribute Biblical literature to Hindus, and conduct public evangelistic meetings. In recent times, we have witnessed the radical Hindus obstructing our vehicles, asking the gospel teams to come out of the vehicle, the use of foul language, burning the New Testaments, and giving warnings "NOT TO COME BACK AND EVANGELIZE!" In some villages, the Hindus installed display boards stating "PREACHING OTHER RELIGIONS IS BANNED AND NOT ALLOWED!"

You are all aware about the situation with the Sharon Grounds and Sharon Baptist Church. I thank each and every one of you for your prayers for the Sharon Grounds. Please continue to pray. The government of India's Highway Authority wants to take 8.5 acres for the construction of a six-lane freeway and to construct a toll plaza. After several attempts to submit the memorandums for them not to take the 8.5 acres but to take only the necessary land needed for the road widening and toll plaza, our efforts were in vain. We approached the court, and the court gave an interim order "to continue with the road widening and construct the toll plaza, but not to construct any buildings on the church property." Unfortunately, the authorities didn't comply with the court order and demolished the plantations and administrative buildings. They, even, planned to move forward with demolishing Sharon Baptist Church. With no other way, we approached the court and filed a contempt case against the government officials. Praise God! The officials didn't demolish Sharon Baptist Church! Please continue to pray for the court's final judgement to be in favor of Sharon Baptist Church.

The reason that I am writing all of the above information is because the government officials are very angry with me. The officials are taking this personally; therefore, I am under the scanner of the government. I am facing many objections and issues, which I cannot write or explain. The government can and may open my e-mail account and track my correspondence. I am in a dangerous situation with the government of India. Please understand and pray for me and the ministry. The government will find different ways to shut down the ministry. My prayer letters will be very precise with the best information I can possibly give.

These are some ministry updates. During the months of March, April, May, June, and July, I conducted fasting prayers 4 times each month on Fridays from 7PM-1AM in different churches. On the first and fourth Saturdays of March, April, May, June, and July, from morning until evening, we did soul-winning, distribution of Christian literature, and conducted public meetings in the marketplaces and village centers. During these months, I also travelled to four different states in India: Gujarat, Karnataka, Telangana, and Orissa, and preached the gospel. In addition, one day a month, we conducted native missionaries' seminars to encourage, strengthen, and pray with our native missionaries. In March, two men were baptized in Vasantha Village. In April, seven people were baptized at Sharon Baptist Church. Also, in April, we visited a leper colony, preached the gospel, and distributed sewing machines and crutches. In May, we had VBS at Grace Baptist Temple, Sharon Baptist Church, and Trinity Baptist Church. During those weeks, many decisions were made at the altar. In June, we had youth retreats as Grace Baptist Temple, Sharon Baptist Church, and Trinity Baptist Church. Again, during those weeks, many decisions were made at the altar. In July, we conducted public evangelistic meetings for two weeks daily from 7-9PM in Visakhapatnam. Dr. Joseph's school ministry is going well and has 30 children!

The Lord Jesus Christ is blessing our labors with two families starting to come from a village close by to Sharon Baptist Church. We praised the Lord for this response. It was all very exciting. The families invited us into their homes, and we prayed with them. However, after two weeks, they stopped coming. We went to their homes to find out why they were no longer communicating with us. When we got there, they wouldn't even come outside to greet us! We were very discouraged. Later, we found out that the Hindu radicals and village heads warned them not to go to our church, nor invite us into their homes. If they did, they would be kicked out of the village. Please pray! Many of our missions are experiencing this same challenge in different places, bring persecuted for the Christian faith.

From September 18th to October 2nd, Pastor James and Mrs. Judy Lagoe, Brother Kevin and Mrs. Nancy Thomas, and Brother Steve Ford from Emmanuel Baptist Bible Church are visiting us in India. The visiting team is getting prepared with visas and vaccinations. They have all purchased their plane tickets, but they are in great need of prayer. Pray for their safety and for wisdom to minister during their stay here in India. It's not like in the United States. Thank God for your nation, the US! Thank God for your freedom of religion, for no objections to go to church or preach the Word of God publicly, and for the ability to invite people to church and carry the Bible with you. In India, it's a different world. No foreign missionaries are allowed in India. Please pray for wisdom!

Pray for Brother Bangaru Raju and his fiancée Anantha Laxmi. Both are saved and attend Grace Baptist Temple. Please pray that they do right in the sight of the Lord and remain pure by not committing any mistakes until they are married. The Devil is a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He seeks to destroy the testimonies of Christians. Please lift them up in your prayers.

Brother Pinapalla John's wife, Tabitha, passed away recently. She was a fine Christian lady, but he is a backslidden Christian addicted to alcohol. Please pray that he will return to God!

The Lord put a burden on my heart for a person whose name is Arasavalli. He's a strong Hindu man at Pedakada Village. We had a good talk about the Savior. Please pray for his salvation. He has a big family, and if he accepts Christ as his Lord and Savior, his family will be more willing to receive Christ, too!

Once again, thank you very much for all your prayers and support! We are continuously praying for your ministries as well. Please keep our safety in your prayers! May God grant us wisdom as we all move forward.

October 2019 update from G. Paul Victor, missionary to India:

Greetings in the matchless name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!  By the grace of God and by your prayers, we are doing fine and hope that same with your ministries.  We are regularly praying for your ministries.  Our dear Lord blessed us this past month with answered prayers and a fruitful ministry with souls being saved and Christians dedicating their lives to the Lord through the preaching of the Word of God.

From September 20th to October 2nd, my home church pastor, James Bryant Lagoe, along with 4 members from his church came to visit India. The Lord blessed their visit through the preaching of the Word of God.  During their visit, they visited eight churches, attended two native missionary conferences, and visited a leprosy church.  During every service, we gave the altar call after the preaching, and many raised their hands for salvation.  Christians committed their lives to the Lord.  Currently, our native pastors are doing the follow-up work by speaking with the ones who raised their hands and by sharing the Word of God.  The seed was sowed, and the Lord will multiply!

Our dear Lord answered our prayers.  We all prayed for the safety of the visiting American team while they were in India.  Our Lord protected them from all dangers.  Thank you all from praying; your prayers are always what enables us to move forward to reach the lost by giving them hope.  I have many memories and blessings in my heart to share with you what God is doing in our ministry, but due to persecution restrictions, I cannot.  In India, these conversations are against the law.  I have to be very careful what I write due to government restrictions.

Please pray for me as I travel to many places to preach in India during the month of December.  I am scheduled to visit 15 churches during those 30 days.  Please kindly pray that the Lord will be honored, and many souls will be saved.  I am sending the letters written by the visiting American team members of their experiences while they were in India.  Once again, thank you very much for all your prayers and support.  We are praying for your ministries as well.

I have a special prayer request.  Around 10 young people/auto drivers who are totally drunk every day are parking their vehicles in front of the gate at Grace Baptist Temple Church.  When I asked them to move, they questioned, "why should we move?"  They were also standing at the church's main entrance like a mob, taking drugs and drinking alcohol.  Some were sitting inside the Auto Rickshaw and causing a nuisance.  Two days ago, they argued with me and threated to hit my face.  I approached an attorney to prepare a police complaint, but the attorney said, " we cannot make a complaint against them. It will create more trouble with the locals.  Please kindly pray about this situation and our safety.

November 2019 update from G. Paul Victor, missionary to India:

I trust this letter finds everyone safe and going forward for the Lord Jesus Christ!  May we never forget what was done at Calvary.

Pastor and Mrs. Lagoe and 3 others from Emmanuel Baptist Bible Church of Martville, NY visited us in India for 13 days.  Thank you for praying for us.  Thank you for standing behind us and encourage us in different areas.  You are a blessing!  Another year is quickly coming to a close.  I can’t believe that we are in the month of November.

I am writing this letter to convey my special thanks to all of you who donated money for the Christmas gifts given to the children in India last year.  The kids are very happy to receive the gifts.  Last year, we were hoping to give 100 Christmas boxes.  The Lord provided for 200 boxes. AMEN!  Our hearts are filled with joy when we see the big smiles on their faces.  They not only received a Christmas present but also the opportunity to hear about Jesus!  What an opportunity and a blessing to both the giver and receiver.  With Christmas coming upon us soon, I am writing this letter requesting you to prayerfully consider giving towards the Christmas gift boxes for these children.  We need $20 to fill a box.  Please, kindly, send your donations by December 15th, 2019. Our goal this year is to distribute 500 Christmas boxes to children.

We are excited to see what the Lord does for the next year! AMEN!  Thank you once again for your prayers and support!  We are always praying for you also.