The Benjamins, originally from the State of Gujarat in North West India, first arrived in the UK in 1989, sent by PCI partners, the Church of North India (CNI), to work amongst the significant Gujarati population living in the Wembley area of North London.
Prayerful persistence, patience, perseverance and openness have all helped to establish trust and respect, enabling the Benjamins to become well accepted in the local Asian community.
Every month Christopher and Nivedita run a Gujarati Fellowship Group, a time of worship, Bible study and prayer, conducted in the Gujarati language.
Christopher is chaplain to Heathrow Airport and he often represents the Christian community at Asian social events. Daily contact with Gujarati women gives Nivedita many opportunities to share her Christian faith.
The Gandhi Foundation UK arranged a special meeting on Wednesday 3 October to celebrate Gandhi’s birthday. We were invited to attend and it was a joy to be there to represent our church. We took a couple of our contacts along to the meeting. The people who ran the event were pleased to see us and it gave us the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with them.
Our friends, Mr Bharat Shah and his wife Neena, are very welcoming. Bharat regularly attends our prayer meetings and we are delighted that the couple have offered to host it. This is an answer to our prayers.
We have been very encouraged by a news article published recently in the Gujarat Samachar newspaper based London, regarding a Christian Charity foundation established by a Gujarati Christian in USA. A Gujarati Christian doctor has done much charity work among the Gujarati community regardless their religious background. The newspaper article made special reference to the fact that there are so many non-Christian Gujaratis who have earned so much wealth, but who have not shown such generosity as this Christian doctor has. It is indeed great witness and matter of honour for Gujarati Christians.
We were also very encouraged by our monthly prayer meetings in October. They were a time to share, not only what the Scripture teaches and guide us, but also to share our thoughts with others.
October was month of festivity with the Diwali festival and New Year celebration for Hindus. We send our wishes to all our friends, for God’s blessing and for peace to dwell in their hearts and home.
- Give thanks for the monthly prayer meetings and for all who attend them and continue to pray for them.
- Pray that Nivedita’s weekly meditation ‘Manna’ will be an inspiration to all who receive it.
- Pray that God will grant us many opportunities to share the Good News of the Gospel.
General Prayer Points
- The building up and strengthening of relations with Gujarati (and other Indian) individuals, families and organisations in the London area.
- Opportunities to sow the seeds of the gospel message.
- God's blessing on all who attend the monthly Gujarati Fellowship meetings; that God's Word will reach into peoples' hearts and minds, so that lives will be changed by confessing Jesus as Saviour - bringing about a desire to serve Him as Lord.
- Wisdom, care, sensitivity and understanding in seeking to share the love and compassion of Christ in many practical ways.
- Christopher in his chaplaincy work at Heathrow Airport. Nivedita, in her many contacts with Gujarati women.
- Encouragement for the congregations in Wembley Park URC and St James' Alperton and God's blessings on their life and witness.
- For daily health, strength and protection for Christopher and Nivedita and their family.
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