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"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8

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EXODUS

3:1-22

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Green School Training Programme. Varkala Ecological Concerns

CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns organized a training for teachers and Clergy of Kollam Kottarakara  Diocese on the Green School Programme on 6th  Novmeber 2018 at  Blind School , Varkala. The Rt.Rev. Oommen George , Bishop of Kollam Kottarakara Diocese  inaugurated the programme.  Rev.Bhanu Samuel, Vice President, Rev. I Baby Secretary Board of Ecological Concerns and Mr. Beeaet, Coordinator Board of Ecological Concerns offered felicitations. Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackad, Hon.Director of Ecological Concerns took the class. He explained the significance of GSP and motivated teachers and clergy. The total number of participants- Sixty.

Prof.Dr.Mathew Koshy Punnackad

Hon.Director, Dept. of Ecological The Concerns

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Green School Training Programme. Trivandrum Ecological Concerns

CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns organized a training for teachers and Clergy of South Kerala Diocese on the Green School Programme on 3rd Novmeber 2018 at  Trivandrum. Rev.Dr.R.Njanadas, Vice Chairman of SKD presided over the inaugural function and Rt.Rev. Dharmaraj Rasalam, Bishop South Kerala Diocese  inaugurated the programme.  Dr.Rosebist, Secretary, Rev.D.N Calvin Christo, Treasurer, Mr.Sathyajose D, Corporate Manager, Mr. Robin Wilfred, PRO, Mr. Prasath DS , Secretary Board of Ecological Concerns and Rev.Aji Lal  E.S., Coordinator Board of Ecological Concerns offered felicitations. Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackad, Hon.Director of Ecological Concerns took the class. He explained the significance of GSP and motivated teachers and clergy. The total number of participants- One hundred and eight.

Prof.Dr.Mathew Koshy Punnackad

Hon.Director, Dept. of Ecological The Concerns

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“Visit and Bless All People: Not by Power, But by The Spirit” Mission Directors Meet 2018 Concludes Meaningfully Mission & Evangelism

“VISIT AND BLESS ALL PEOPLE”: NOT BY POWER, BUT BY THE SPIRIT”: DIRECTORS MEET 2018 - CONCLUDED MEANINGFULLY

 “Visit and Bless All People: Not by power, but by the Spirit” was the crystal-clear concluding Message given by the Rt.Rev.Dr. Vadapally Prasada Rao, Deputy Moderator, Church of South India during the Valedictory Message on 31st October 2018 at CSI Synod Centre.

Deputy Moderator stated that we must reach, visit and bless all people in Christ’s love.  We should ask, how are you? and told to others that we are praying for you for their blessing. Jesus was among the people and stood firmly for the cause of people and pray and work for them. Today’s Missionaries must imitate the same spirit of Jesus Christ. We must proclaim the Gospel unto the end of the world and our Missionary work must be borderless in nature which is inclusive and embrace all others.  Bible is our only provision. Don’t worry about any inconvenience or hurdles, we must make a breakthrough because God is with us always. We are the medium of changes and we are the ambassadors of Spirit. We are doing Mission not by power, but by the power of Spirit. Vision is important for the Mission. Like St. Paul and Bishop V.S. Azariah, Missionaries must fill with clear vision about Mission. Be empowered with spirit. Don’t let yourselves to keep away from the Bible. Bible is our sole provision. It should be everyday experience in our life. Do not perplexed before the “red sea” in our life, believe God will pave the clear and specific way, Deputy Moderator enthusiastically elucidated through his message.

The Church of South India Synod Directors of various Departments presented the department activities and interacted with the delegates regarding the life and work of CSI during the session of Synod Directors Meet. Rev. K. James Cecil Victor, Director for Pastoral Aid Department, Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, Director for Communication and Adivasi Dalit Department, Rev. Dr. L. Jayachitra, Director for Christian Education Department, Rev. Solomon Paul, Director for Youth Department and Rev. Dr. Praveen Perumala, EMS Liaison Officer have attended in the Synod Directors Meet.

Morning Worship has led by Rev. Shalu T. Mathew and Rev. Dr. Praveen Perumala has delivered a homily based on Philippians 2: 1-6. He reminded that all Missionaries should imitate the mind of Jesus Christ and with humility, regard others as better and greater than us. Humility of Christ should be basis of our Missionary work which will enable us to reach many without any reservations, added Rev. Dr. Praveen.  

CSI Directors Meet-2018 were concluded with a closing remark and dedication service by the leadership of Rt. Rev. Dr. J.J. Christdoss in which Bishop emphasized to keep pure and unconditional love to others in doing Mission. The Rt. Rev.Dr. Vadapally Prasada Rao, Deputy Moderator and Rev. Christopher Vijayan, NMSI General Secretary also have joined in closing as well as  dedication service.

A Three-day CSI Mission Directors Meet along with Synod Mission Board was well attended and ninety-five participants including resource persons from twenty-one Dioceses have attended the meeting actively and creatively. It was the constructive program on “Equipping Missionaries Towards Building Christ Communities” and also Trainers of Training for “Enhancing Capacities of Congregation to become Missional Congregation”.

The Meeting was the venue for learning, unlearning and relearning. Furthermore, it has provided a common platform for learning, listening and sharing together towards doing Mission.

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Rev. Maxcin John,  Director for Mission and Evangelism Department, CSI Synod

 

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Struggling with the Struggling People for the Transformation is the Mission from the Margins Mission & Evangelism

“Mission from the Margin” was the focus on the Second day of the Mission Directors Meet-2018 on 30th October 2018 at CSI Synod Centre. “Struggling for Transformation with the struggling People is the Mission from the Margin”, said Rt. Rev. Dr. Reuben Mark, Bishop in Karimnagar Diocese during his session on “Mission from the Margin” based on Mathew 25: 36-46. Bishop further added that margins are the children of God. It’s the need of the hour to be with their struggles and sufferings to transform the living situations to make the margins as subjects of Mission. God always owns margins. As Missionaries, we should stand with the margins, Bishop told.

“Equip Missionaries as well as Equip Congregations are equally important”, said Rev. Asir Ebenezer during his session on “Justice Empowering Diokonia Perspective” (J.E.D.P). He further described that Church of South India having 4.5 Million Missionaries since the Church believing that each member is a missionary. It’s the need of the hour to enhance the capacities of the congregation to tackle the emerging challenges in their day to day life. By upholding the attitude of Jesus Christ, we need to address the issues related to Land, Migration, Labor, Unemployment, Political Problems and Climate Changes so on. We need to nourish religious tolerance in the pluri-faith context. People should have good understanding of their living context and Missionaries must acquire skills to help people to manage their issues of various levels, added Rev. Asir.

“Be sensible and sensitive”, told Miss. Nancy Walter, Nursing Tutor, CMC Vellore during her session on “Towards Community Health Perspectives”. She further added that no need to change the messages but change the methods. We ourselves become the Gospel. Regarding the role of Missionaries in basic community health awareness program, Nancy stated that it’s the role of missionaries those who have working in different fields to educate people about basic community health. They are supposed to reach to the people, provide pre-hospital care and take people to right people and right place in right time. Help people to maintain good standard of living and make them aware about all Government Health Schemes time to time. In this area, Missionaries are supposed to play the role as enhancer, educator, facilitator and guide and counselor as well, Nancy added.

Rev. Solomon Paul, Youth Director, CSI Synod has led the Morning Worship along with UTC Students and Rev. Dr. L. Jayachitra conducted a homily-based Mathew 25: 42-46 in which she emphasized about the ‘Spiritual sensation as well as Emotional sensation’. She further stated that Church always give priority to address the issues of poor and be with the poor to transform their life situations.

There was a cultural night in which delegates performed various talents through varieties of art forms. Rev. DSC Menon, Mission Director in Vellore Diocese has served as Coordinator.  Cultural Night were inaugurated by Adv. C. Robert Bruce, Treasurer, CSI Synod. In his inaugural address, Adv. Robert Bruce highlighted that Church of South India is the biggest united Missionary Church. He has commemorated the life and service of Missionaries who have commendably contributed their whole life selflessly for the development of the Church and the community as such. He proudly told that nowadays, Church of South India witnessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the life of credibility and integrity.   

Reported by

Rev. Maxcin John, Director for Mission and Evangelism Department, CSI Synod.

 

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