It is a grief to my heart that I am still presently bound from holding ‘church planters and pastors conferences’ in foreign fields such as India, Kenya, South Africa, etc. However, I rejoice that the Word of God is not bound! The living and powerful Word of God can never be quarantined! As this pandemic has continued to prevent me from holding ‘in-person conferences’ on the foreign fields, I have witnessed our Sovereign Lord open another avenue for teaching and preaching within other nations. This present opportunity of being able to teach and preach by Zoom and Facebook Live has provided an exciting door to reach far more brothers than I could have taught in person; especially in the closed nation of India. Nine of India’s twenty-eight states have laws, which will imprison those who are caught testifying of the Gospel or those who testify of conversion to Christ. The conference in Orissa, India, where I was teaching when the pandemic began, was a secret conference with 150 church planters in attendance. Oh, but praise be to our reigning Lord, I have recently concluded an 11-day Zoom conference, in which I was teaching the Beatitudes to many church planters and pastors from all over the nation of India. It was a great blessing to have Pastor Raj Eleazar translate the Beatitudes workbook from English into the Hindi language. Thus, if a pastor or church planter could speak either English or Hindi, they were welcome to attend this Zoom meeting. Raj was once again my interpreter, and he is an interpreter par excellence! There is a great deal of detailed planning and labor that goes into all the preparations for these conferences. Yet, these leaders joyously labored to carry out this huge endeavor, for the work of the ministry and the glory of the Lord. It was my joy to serve with them.
The following are a few testimonies from various pastors in India, who were in attendance for this Zoom Conference. First, I share a testimony from my dear brother Ajit, who is a former Muslim, who was gloriously converted to Christ. He is now a professor at Gilgal Bible Institute. “I really praise God for the last 11 days of class in my life. God conducted a deep searching of my own heart. God spoke mightily through His servant, to teach me how a Christ-centered life will be manifested. There were many powerful insights from the Word of God that have transformed my attitudes, ambitions, affections, and actions. I am earnestly praying that the Lord God will bless everyone who attended this very significant meeting. Bro. Ed, I really thank you personally. You have been an inspiration in my walk with the Lord. I am blessed to have you as a brother. We are serving a great and mighty God. May His name continue to be glorified, in and through your life.”
Pastor Raj Eleazar wrote, “I have read and preached on the Beatitudes so many times. But, when Bro. Ed taught this in-depth teaching of the Beatitudes, it was a tremendous eye-opener for me. I was the translator for all of the sessions. Thus, I personally was wonderfully blessed by all of this study. The teaching not only came to us as information; for the Holy Spirit was bringing the Word of God in a great transformation concerning my walk with Christ.The course is designed in a way that each Beatitude builds upon the previous one, as a golden ladder of light! I was most personally blessed by the 6th Beatitude, Matthew 5:8, ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God’. Bro. Ed’s description of the pure heart, was a wonderful illumination, in its two-fold requirements of ‘Singleness of Heart and Sanctity of Heart’. I am praying that God will continue to use Bro. Ed to unleash His Kingdom truths in many hearts through the powerful and accurate teaching of the Word.”
The last testimony comes from Abraham George, who is also one of the lecturers at Gilgal Bible Institute. He writes, “The title itself (The Key to Supreme Happiness and Spiritual Prosperity) ignited a fire to listen to these teachings. We waited for a long time to listen to him with these fresh thoughts from the Beatitudes. After the powerful teaching from ‘Christ-centered Evangelism, I was thinking ‘What will be the next?’ I have preached many times from the passage that he planned to teach. But again, this was very powerful, profound in-depth, and well presented, Let me tell you, this was the most glorious teaching that I have ever heard on the Beatitudes! I want to praise God for placing Bro. Ed in our lives and ministries. We know that God has preserved him for His glory and to bless us. I also want to thank all of you who support Ed Lacy Ministries for the expansion of God’s Kingdom. We are so grateful in India, for these vital teachings to our lives and our ministries to others.”
Precious co-laborers, things like are mentioned in these testimonies, are what you are so intricately a part of! Once again, we were able to provide the funds for all the logistics for this conference, as well as the food for the ones gathered in the various locations; along with the other expenses incurred. These men are truly overwhelmed that you have a desire in helping them to be equipped with the Truth, for their assigned duty stations within their nation. They always convey messages of thanksgiving and prayers for you.