God blessed our ministry in 2019.
It was an year of several firsts:
It was the year in which Duke Jeyaraj preached in Punjab for the first time; It was the year in which Duke Jeyaraj preached in the nation of United Arab Emirates for the first time; It was the year in which Duke spoke in a National Level event of the CSI for the first time; It was the year in which Duke’s cumulative YouTube channel crossed 4 lakh hits (400,000 hits) – http://www.youtube.com/visitduke.
Duke preached messages that stroked the flames of revival and warmed hearts in different churches across India: Trinity Assemblies of God (South) / in a Baptist Church in Cuttack (during a wedding) (East) / in Bethel City Church in Gurgaon (North) / in Emmanuel Assembly of God youth camp (West).
It was an year in which Duke preached in a funeral in Madurai as well as a wedding in Cuttack. It was an year in which Duke preached in a memorial service in Nagarcoil.
Duke’s articles appeared in Light of Life, Christian Trends and Aim magazine this year. The Week magazine (a secular national news mag of India) published a letter of Duke which called out the sin of porn-watching, this year.
“You killed it!” / “I waited for someone to call out sin for a long time and here you come!” – these are actual words of Google Genners who heard Duke this year.
Evan Duke preached God’s Word in the Sanath Nagar Baptist Church and in CSI Ramkote apart from Emmanuel Assembly of God youth camp, this year (with 400 in attendance). She stayed back and took care of the Dale and Datasha as Duke traveled (Dale scored 93% in his CBSE Class X this year). Evan Duke along with Pushpa Kalyan led an outreach to Eunuchs/Commercial Sex Workers this year.
God used Duke & Evan to bless couples who gathered in Rock Church, Malakpet this year. Duke’s message on ingredients of an incredible marriage touched the couples. Evan also joined him at various points of this talk that had fun activities for everyone too apart from old fashioned Bible preaching.
Several questions of youth were answered via live Q and A during this year including, “Can I donate my sperms to make money for my education?”
The Short Videos on Hot Topics series with our volunteer Sunny Karumanchi behind the lens continued this year with questions like this answered: “Can I shoot nude videos of my wife for my private use during my work travels?” Here is the playlist with all the videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2z1uBimIneyCnEH_8fvNAlP4a8EXfL52
Duke preached in the Spiritual Emphasis week of two Bible Colleges – one in Coimbatore’s outskirts and the other in Hyderabad’s outskirts. They were charmed, challenged and charged!
One top ministry-involved business-man spoke to Duke over phone to a few months after he had preached in a leading church this year from the story of David-Bathsheba. He said this: “Preachers usually avoid the topics you took up and preached boldly on during the course of this unforgettable message!”
Duke countered some fresh false cults like the Hyper Messianic Jewish cult (“Jesus plus a Jewish rabbi saves!” – their wrong teaching) and Hyper-Super-naturalism via Facebook Live/YouTube videos/Articles
To counter false teachings that takes people to hell, we run a once-in-two-months Bible Study called Sound Doctrine That Pumps Spiritual Adrenaline Bible Study in the home of the Daniels in Somajiguda, Hyderabad. We had six such studies this year. The last study focused on the Doctrine of Heaven. The acronym HEAVEN was used as an outline. We have now completed 18 such doctrinal studies that are now on this YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2z1uBimInezu8UXPPGS6EvNEeTU5KUie
Duke was invited by Rev. Chaitanya Gera to give two messages in two different Sundays of 2019 on different characters of God – The Justice of God and The Truthfulness of God. These messages were far from being dry doctrinal expositions. They brought people to the foot of the Cross and led them to make decisions for evangelism.
The literature of our ministry was used for evangelism post a wedding, in a secular hostel and by a Google employee.
We stood at various points in Hyderabad and gave out tracts including outside India’s largest mall, outside schools, outside colleges, outside corporate hubs. We had devos post the distribution in which Duke reminded those who joined the biblical reasons for doing evangelism.
We wrapped Bible Truth around events that got everyone talking Jesus-style, Paul-style, including the India-New Zealand World Cup Semifinal 2019 and the Vet’s Rape-Murder in Hyderabad.
Issue 39 of our mag was released this year. One reader mentioned it was our best-ever effort (a lot of credit goes to our volunteer designer Eugene Pandian).
From time to time we ran an event called Fountain of Tears Against Mountain of Fears Fasting prayer this year. We prayed for the nations (first), the nation (India, second) and the Google Generation (finally). Of course, Evan Duke completed the prayer by praying for one more ‘ion’ – the tension(s) faced by those who came! We praise God for a miracle a couple who attended this prayer received this year – a child after seven years of marriage!
We released more Bible Teaching on sex, love, marriage, porn in Hindi (thanks to the sweat and mid-night oil-burning of another volunteer).
Two of our plans hosted on YouVersion has crossed a lakh reads!
Duke’s book, Straight Talk, was fully sold out in 2019 and plans are on the anvil for the updated version of the book in 2020.
We spoke to medicos in Ludhiana (North India) as well as the precious folk stricken with leprosy near Ambur (South India) this year!
All this was possible because of your sacrificial, supplication-soaked, giving! We filed IT returns with the Government of India, yet again, this year!
Our ministry remains inter-church (we ministered in CSI as well as in Assemblies of God) and inter-organisational (we ministered in an ICPF camp as well as an EU camp as in a loosely-connected fellowship of corporate company believers from different companies in Bangalore) – this year! We have no plans of starting a church of our own. We seek to assist existing churches in the work of reaching the Google Generation, making deeper disciples of Jesus who delight in holy living and mission/ministry involvement. So when Duke preached in the Rose of Sharon AG Church in Bangalore this year, he brought two messages that were crafted just to do that! So when Duke preached in an open air meeting of the SPG Church on 30 Dec 2019, he preached a message designed just to do that!
It was an year that Duke set up a website just for his articles called http://www.dukewords.com and also used now famous app TikTok to preach God’s Word!
Our son, Dale Nathan (16) was baptised in water this year out of his free will at the NLAG Kompally campus earlier this year.
It was an year in which God healed Duke of a 11 mm stone in his kidney – it came out without surgical intervention!
God blessed our ministry with a Iphone that was gifted during one of Duke’s ministry travels. It was an awesome tool send WhatsApp updates to ministry friends and click great pictures of the events we get to speak in.
Among our main needs now is a Desktop/Laptop with adequate speed to do video-editing. We will happily even take an used Desktop/Laptop with at-least i7 processor and 8 GB ram or any Apple machine (MacBook Pro/iMac).
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