Thought for the day
"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
The Departments of the Church of South India Synod adopted a novel way to present the triennial reports during the 36th session of the CSI Synod, which was held at the Bishop Heber College in Trichy from 11th to 14th January 2020. The Departments presented full- length videos of their work during 2017- 2020 along with the full-colour book contains the printed form of the reports.
The report of the Mission and Evangelism Department in the text form, pdf form and video format are seen here.
CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA
THE DEPARTMENT OF MISSION AND EVANGELISM
TRIENNIAL REPORT FOR THE SYNOD COUNCIL JANUARY 2020
Continued from the former news item. Part III...
1V. SYNOD LEVEL PROGRAM
1. Kanya-Nandi Partnership Meeting
A Mission Partnership Meeting was held on 18th October 2017 at CSI Synod Centre Royapettah Chennai in order to discuss the progress of Mission Partnership between Kanyakumari Diocese and Nandyal Diocese. The Rt. Rev. E. Pushpa Lalitha, Bishop in Nandyal Diocese, Rev. Justin Devadas, General Secretary Mission work in Kanyakumari Diocese and CSI Synod Mission Director Rev. Maxcin John have participated in the meeting. It was the opportunity to seek new avenues to boost the partnership.
2. CSI Mission Directors Meet-2017
On behalf of the Mission and Evangelism Department, CSI Mission Directors Meet -2017 was organized on 13-14 December 2017 at CSI Synod Centre, Royapettah, Chennai. The theme for the meet was “Equipping Mission Workers Towards Building Christ Communities”. The Directors Meet was inaugurated by Rt.Rev.Dr.V. Prasada Rao (Deputy Moderator, CSI) and the Rt. Rev. Dr. J. J. Christdoss (Chairman for Mission and Evangelism Synod) has presided over the Meet. There were regional level group discussions on Thematic Address and Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Kerala, and Telegu regions actively participated in the group discussion and presented their findings. The Closing Address and Sending out Ceremony was led by The Rt. Rev. Dr. D. Rathnakara Sadananda. Out of Twenty-Four Dioceses, Thirty-One Delegates from Nineteen CSI Dioceses have participated in the CSI Mission Directors Meet-2017.
3. CSI Mission Directors Meet-2018
CSI Mission Directors and Synod Mission Board Members Meet along with Mission Equipping Program was organized by the Department of Mission and Evangelism, CSI Synod on 29th -31st October 2018 at CSI Synod Centre, Royapettah Chennai. The Meet was based on the theme “Equipping Missionaries Towards Building Christ Communities”. It was also the Training of Trainers to “Enhance the Capacities of the Congregation to Become Missional Congregation”. “The Hour has come to arise and act for ‘Oikumene’- The Family of God which includes all” was the dynamic Missional Call and Challenge raised by The Most Rev. Thomas K Oommen, Moderator, Church of South India and the Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, General Secretary, Church of South India during the CSI Mission Directors and Board Members Meet-2018. “The Hour has come to act”, enthusiastically prompted by The Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, Moderator, Church of South India during the Inaugural Address. Moderator further added that the fight against the darkness is Mission. The mission is the love of God. Cross must be the experience of the missional activities. Again, the mission is a search for our brothers and sisters those who are living around us. “We are invited to become part of God’s Home- ‘Oikumene’” strongly emphasized by the Rev. Sadananda. He further added that Mission is to become part of God’s oikumene. It is for all created being. Each one has space and room in this home. It is an inclusive home, the home of everybody. There are homeless people and wandering people still searching for Home and searching for belongingness. It is the Missional Challenge to build a home among the people. Through the Missional activities, we must empower others to get hope to face their life struggles. The church should be sensible as well as sensitive to the needs of the community. The church must be the centre of transformation. The church should celebrate the liturgy of koinonia in the streets. We must promote equality. The church should make sure the dignity and honour of all. It should be an everyday experience. We should be ready to make a home for everybody, General Secretary meaningfully added.
Morning Worship was led by Rev. K. James Cecil Victor, Director, Pastoral Aid Department. A homily was given by Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, Director for Synod Communication and Adivasi and Dalit Department. “Amalgamation of love and action must be today’s Mission,” said Rev. Sunil Raj Philip during his homily based on Luke 4: 16-21. “Whoever is oppressed, God belongs to them,” said Rev. Dr. John Samuel Ponnusamy, Principal, Gurukul Theological Seminary, Chennai, during his session based on “Mission in the context of Inter-Faith Context”. One humanity and one creation must be our driving focus. Not only proclamation, but we must also witness or live out the gospel through our actions and words, added Rev. John Samuel. “We are the channels and mediums to propagate Gospel of Christ”, said Rev. Christopher Vijayan, NMSI General Secretary in his session on “Towards Mission Strategies in the Present Context”. He has added that “strategy of Mission is all about our life and the something we have to live out”. He further stated that Mission should be indigenous. We must cherish the spirit of oneness. Through the ‘diakonia’, we should try to transform our living community, Rev. Christopher Vijayan added. The meeting was presided over by Rt. Rev. J. J. Christdoss, Chairman, Department of Mission and Evangelism, Church of South India, Synod. During the presidential address, Bishop underlined that “Mission is Church and there is no church without Mission”. Love is the heart of Mission, added Bishop. Rev. Maxcin John, Synod Mission Director has given introductory remarks. He reminded that Church has no Mission other than Luke 4: 18-19. Furthermore, the Church has no any missional challenges other than Mathew 25: 36-46 and moreover, the church has no any missional attitudes other than Philippians 2: 1-6.
During the inaugural Session, Department of Mission and Evangelism has specially honoured Rev. Christopher Vijayan, NMSI General Secretary and Rev. Asir Ebenezer, NCCI General Secretary Elect at the great achievement of their new offices. A sapling was also planted in the Synod Compound by the resource persons along with delegates as a Memorial Tree of CSI Mission Directors Meet-2018. “Mission from the Margin” was the focus on the Second Day of the Mission Directors Meet. “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 Diakonia 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, Labour, Unemployment, Political Problems and Climate Changes so on. We need to nourish religious tolerance in the pluri-faith context. People should have a 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 to work in different fields to educate people about basic community health. In this area, Missionaries are supposed to play the role as enhancer, educator, facilitator and guide and counsellor 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 the Church always give priority to address the issues of the poor and be with the poor to transform their life situations. There was a cultural night which was inaugurated by Adv. C. Robert Bruce, Treasurer, CSI Synod. In his inaugural address, Adv. Robert Bruce highlighted that the 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, the Church of South India witnessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the life of credibility and integrity.
Director’s Meet was concluded by Rt. Rev. Dr. Vadapally Prasada Rao, Deputy Moderator in Church of South India. “Visit and Bless All People: Not by power, but by the Spirit” was the crystal-clear concluding Message given by the Deputy Moderator. He stated that we must reach, visit and bless all people in Christ’s love. The 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. CSI Directors Meet-2018 was 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 dedicated 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 joined the meeting.
4. Synod Mission Board 2018
CSI Synod Mission Board was conducted at CSI Synod Centre on 29th October 2018 along with Director’s Meet. The Rt. Rev. Dr. J. J. Christdoss, Chairman for the Department of Mission and Evangelism, CSI Synod has presided the meeting. Mission Board, after met necessary formalities, discussed the future programs and decided to make 2019 as the year of the festival in synod level, Regional Level and Diocesan Level. Furthermore, the Board has approved the 2017-2022 Mission Agendas and entrusted the Synod Mission Director to implement it in a timely manner. Moreover, the Board has decided to make political consciousness among the congregations to act and react responsively amid political as well as social dilemmas. Board Members have presented the Mission report of their respective Dioceses. There was a highlight committee to highlight the messages of Inaugural Address as well as Keynote Address during the Mission Directors meet-2019. Rev. Jacob George, Mission Director in Madhya Kerala Diocese, Rev. Sebastian Jethna, Mission Director in Karnataka Southern Diocese, Rev. Pon Prabhakar, Mission Director in Madurai-Ramnad Diocese and Rev. A. P. Johnson, Mission Director in Nandyal Diocese have served as Highlight Committee Members. They have presented the highlights of Moderators and General Secretary’s Address based on “The Hour Has Come to Arise and Act for God’s Oikumene”. In this concern, Board decided to organize meaningful and creative Training Programs, Conferences, Retreats, Gatherings, and Seminars for the Missionaries and Evangelists to empower and equip them to address the current issues and act accordingly for the radical transformation of the whole community.
5. CSI Women Missionaries Conference (WMC)-2019
The Department of Mission and Evangelism (DME) of the Church of South India (CSI) Synod, organized a two- day Women Missionary Conference (WMC-2019) at CSI Synod Centre, Chennai, on 7th and 8th February 2019. The conference was conducted based on the theme “Equipping Women Missionaries towards building Christ Communities as well as enhancing capacities of Women Missionaries to become part of Missional congregation”. The Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, General Secretary, CSI Synod, inaugurated the Women Conference-2019 and delivered a keynote address based on Mathew 13: 11. He emphasized that “small is beautiful and small is significant and profound”. He further added that “we need to search for simple things around us where we could able to perceive an empowering presence of God”. Furthermore, he made a comparison between the farmer and the missionary where a farmer who needs to sow seeds needs to remove the rocks before sowing. Likewise, missionaries must transform the evil structures to build a community of Christ on good ground. In this regard, women have a major role to play, he emphasized. The conference solemnly commenced with a worship service led by the SEVA Department of CSI Synod. Rev. K. James Cecil Victor, Director for Pastoral Aid Department, elaborately presented a reflection based on Acts 16:16. In his reflection, Rev. James Cecil Victor stressed on the fact that missionaries should learn to wait upon God and further he added that we all are God’s agents to bring transformation to the living context.
The meeting was presided over by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Christdoss, Chairman for DME, CSI Synod. During the Presidential Address, the Bishop encouraged the delegates to learn together and learn from each other and commit ourselves to God for the realization of the kingdom of God. Rev. Maxcin John, Synod DME Director, provided an introductory remark in which he stressed that mission story is not ‘his-story’ alone, rather, ‘her-story-too’. “We are all in a process of building new heaven and earth in which women have the crucial role to play”, pointed out by Rev. Deborah Premraj during her session on “Role of Women in Building Christ Communities: Biblical Perspectives”. She exemplified the remarkable role of women based on the story of a Levite and his beautiful concubine described in Judges 19: 1-30. It is the role of women missionaries to participate in the transforming as well as transcending mission of Jesus Christ, she added. Mrs. Jessica Richard, the Programme Coordinator for the SEVA Department, conducted a session based on “Towards Women’s Potentials and Possibilities”. She encouraged the delegates to act and work for the social transformation through the creative action and approach of their own life. Furthermore, she has explained about the project of “WOMEN- DARE”, which is the project to promote the Dalit Adivasi rural entrepreneurs in the context of empire and corporate world.
On the final day of the conference, a reflection was given by Rev. Dr. Praveen Perumalla, EMS-Liaison Officer, based on Luke 8:1-3. He reminded that we should be a transforming agent and, we should propagate the message of love, mercy and forgiveness through our life. The Morning liturgy was prepared and led by the SEVA Department, CSI Synod. Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, Director for Department of Communication and Adivasi-Dalit has led a session based on “CSI at a glance”. In this session, Rev. Sunil Raj Philip explained about the life and work of CSI and presented about the various departmental activities through a video presentation. Adv. Adhilakshmy Logamurthy, Advocate and Legal Consultant in Chennai, led a session based on “Towards Women safety: Legal Implications”. In this session, she explained about the context of various kind of violence against the women and educated the delegates regarding the lawful provisions for the women’s safety, fundamental rights of women and the ways to attain them. She further highlighted about the judicial process and proceedings towards the women safety. “Do not change the messages, but change the methods”, pointed out Miss. Nancy Walter (Junior Lecturer, Nursing, CMC, Vellore) during her session based on “be -healthy: Towards women empowerment”. She has successfully educated the delegates about all kinds of common deceases that could possibly occur in every female. Adv. Robert C. Bruce conveyed a felicitation during the closing ceremony and encouraged all to engage more and more in missional activities for the betterment of all.
“Keep it simple! Keep it small! Small is powerful and simple is profound” said Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda while he was delivering the concluding remarks. He further wished to let every woman bring a greater change in society. Thus, the WMC-2019 concluded meaningfully and constructively. A memorial sapling was planted as part of the WMC-2019 and organized a Chennai City exposure visits through the historical places which helped the delegates to get a glimpse of the history of the ancient missions and its engagements. One hundred and twenty (120) Women Missionaries attended the WMC-2019. The participants consisted of Medical Professionals, Educational Professionals, Legal Experts, Women Workers, Bible Women, Women Missionaries and Evangelists.
6. ‘SMART’ Synod Mission Festival-2019 in Dornakal
The ‘SMART Synod Mission Festival was organized by the Synod Department for Mission and Evangelism at CSI Epiphany Cathedral Compound in Dornakal Diocese 11th to 13th October 2019. The festival was based on the theme’ Be-SMART”. The Rt. Rev. Dr Vadapally Prasada Rao, Deputy Moderator, CSI and the Bishop in Dornakal Diocese inaugurated the festival. He said that Dornakal was the place where the late Bishop the Rt. Rev. V. S. Azariah carried out the mission work with utmost dedication by coming out of his comfort zone and sacrificing his life for the people of Dornakal and shared God’s love. He further added that this festival was the first time synod level programme was organized at Dornakal Diocese. Rev. Maxcin John, the Director for Department of Mission and Evangelism, CSI Synod explained the theme for the Mission Festival “Be- SMART” as an acronym for ‘Sustainable Mission Accompaniment for Radical Transformation’. Mission Festival started with a devotion led by Dr. Jasmine Alley, General Secretary, Women’s Fellowship, CSI. There was an opening rally started from the Bishop’s house to the venue, which was led by the Deputy Moderator, General Secretary, Bishops, the Dornakal Diocesan Officers, dignitaries and the participants. Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, the General Secretary of the CSI, hoisted the flag at CSI Epiphany Cathedral Church, Dornakal Diocese as the mark of the beginning of the festival. The Deputy Moderator welcomed the dignitaries and the participants. The lighting of the lamp was done at the inauguration function by a group of women – Bishop ammas and the Women’s Fellowship General Secretary which marked the importance of Women in doing mission.
The Keynote address was given by Rev. Dr. Rathnakara Sadananda, General Secretary, CSI in which he emphatically shared the message based on “MAITRI”. He added that ‘Dornakal has a special place in Church Union Movement. Being and becoming Christ community is important. He further said that one need to renew one’s life to bring our fruits for mission work. Mission mandate is God mandate. Mission festival is a time for critical introspection to build relationships, communities of life and opens a new space which is life-giving, life-affirming and life blossoming space where we gather to celebrate. The mission is enriching, enabling, energizing and empowering. The General Secretary compared the handful of flour and a little oil of the Zarephath’s widow, to the piece of bread and a jar of water in which God fed Elijah. In both cases, God shows us the vitality of missionary. And mission becomes the response to the call “Go and be the witness”. The mission comes from the margin; it confronts us and it never destroys but only loosens. Further Wisdom comes from the Margin, resources also comes from the margins. SMART does not depend on the miracle of fire rather it depends only on a handful of flour and oil’.
The sessions of the festival started by Rev. Dr. Packiam T. Samuel, Director, Henry Martyn Institute on “SMART – Practical Engagements in the Pluri - Faith Context of India”. This session was moderated by Rev. Dr. Christopher Vijayan, the General Secretary of National Missionary Society of India. Rev. Dr. Packiam shared that religious boundaries are getting blurred, missionary confidence is getting challenged. He further added that three things all missionaries need to understand. Historical Hermeneutics i.e., local religious expressions must be taken seriously, no more one way but the multi-way is the need of the hour i.e., Missiological Matrix, as a move from Apostolic way to Catholicism and new theology cannot come from the monologue, but the dialogue he added. The second session was on “SMART – Healing and Reconciliation Perspective” led by Rev. Dr. Arul Dhas, CMC Chaplain, Vellore. This session was moderated by the Rt. Rev. H. Sharma Nithyanandam, the Bishop in Vellore. Rev. Arul Dhas said that Healing ministry is a mission. God has entrusted us with the responsibility to heal others. Healing must not be spoken only in the physical dimension. Caring is related to physical sense whereas healing is related to the inner being. Reconciliation with God, Self and Others is needed for getting healed. Reconciliation is part of the healing ministry.
The second day of the festival started with morning devotion. Rev. Dr. P. Bethel Krupa Victor (UTC) led the Bible study. After the morning devotion, all the dignitaries along with missionaries and the church members gathered at the tombs of late Bishop V.S. Azariah and late Mrs. Anbu Mariammal Azariah to pay tribute for their life and ministry. Dornakal Diocesan treasurer Mr. K. J. Shubhakar gave an introduction about the life of late Bishop V. S. Azariah. The Deputy Moderator spoke about the sacrificial ministry rendered by Bishop V. S. Azariah. Then the Rt. Rev. M. Joseph, Bishop in Madurai Ramnad offered prayer and pronounced the benediction. After which all women were asked to honour Mrs. Anbu Mariammal Azariah’s tomb with flowers whereas all men were asked to honour Bishop V. S. Azariah’s tomb with flowers. Subsequently, there was a session on “Mission from the Margin: Sustainable Mission Accompaniment with the Grassroots” led by Daya Bhai, a social activist. This session was moderated by Rev. Dr. P. Bethel Krupa Victor. Dhaya Bhai is a social activist who hails from Catholic Christian family from Kerala and works among the Tribals in North India and who diligently fights for the justice for the victims of the Endosulfan tragedy. She said that faith in Christ and humanness brings us together. She is of the opinion that trade and commerce are the main reasons for injustice. She further shared that God is always concerned for the marginalized people. Moreover, breaking the barriers and establishing new human communities and fellowship is the need of the hour. Therefore, she shared that she has changed her name from Mercy Mathew as Dhaya Bhai and changed her dressing style etc. to show her connectedness with the peoples from margins. She has performed street theatre on the struggles faced by the Endosulfan victims and their families. Ms. Daya Bhai has vividly depicted how the corporate world oppresses and exploits the innocent peoples with their selfish motives. She gave the altar call for the missionaries to stand firm for justice.
Rev. Asir Ebenezer, the General Secretary, National Council of Churches session led a session on “SMART – National and Ecumenical Perspective”. This session was moderated by the Rt. Rev. Timothy Ravinder, the Bishop in Coimbatore. He said that Mission is a task that is entrusted to everyone. A missionary must be Smart enough to open up his/her own space for others and must welcome others. The mission is to invite all and must be in order. All need to recognize that God is already at work. Not only this, there is a need for unpacking the uniqueness of Jesus. And, we need to proclaim the uniqueness of Jesus which is inclusiveness. The strategy of the mission should be proclaiming against exclusion and caste and proclaim for inclusion and harmony. The group discussions were organized at the regional level (Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu). The Malayalam regional group discussion on the theme “SMART: Biblical and Theological Perspective” in focus, was led by Rev. Dr. Prinstone Ben (UBS) and Rt. Rev. V. S. Francis (Bishop, East Kerala Diocese) along with Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, the Director for the Department of Communication and Dalit-Adivasi Concerns, CSI Synod. The Kannada Regional discussion on the theme “SMART: Liturgical and Missiological Perspectives” was led by Rev. Solomon Paul J. (Director, Dept. of Youth) and Rev. Noah Vasanth(KCD), Tamil regional discussion on the theme “SMART: Empowerment and Educational Perspectives” was led by Rev. Dr. John Samuel Ponnusamy (Principal, Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Chennai) and Telugu regional discussion was on the theme “SMART: Prophetic and Diaconal Perspectives” was led by Rev. Dr. Praveen Perumalla (CSI- EMS Liaison Officer) and Rev. K. James Cecil Victor (Director, CSI Synod Pastoral Concerns Department). The missionaries took an active part in these discussions and shared their views, concerns and suggestions.
There was a massive rally on the second day in which, the Deputy Moderator, General Secretary, Bishops, resource persons, and missionaries from the 24 dioceses of CSI actively took part in the Massive rally which started from the Mission Festival venue to the different streets of Dornakal town. It was a high-spirited rally, rich with the enthusiasm of the participants. Moreover, it signified a festive mood where people were holding placards, dancing and singing on the streets of the Dornakal town. The Mission Rally was followed by a public meeting. The Deputy Moderator, General Secretary, Bishops, dignitaries, resource persons and missionaries and natives of Dornakal town have attended the meeting. Mr. Redya Nayak Local MLA and Police Officials attended the public meeting. The dignitaries were honoured. The introductory speech was given by Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, the General Secretary of CSI Synod. Later, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Rueben Mark, the Bishop in Karimnagar gave greetings to the people present there. Deputy Moderator released the Almanac for the year 2020 which was prepared by the Pastoral Aid Department of CSI under the leadership of Rev. K. James Cecil Victor.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel S. Thiagarajah, Bishop in Jaffna gave Bishop V. S. Azariah’s Memorial speech. Bishop highlighted the life and work of Bishop VS Azariah. Love and friendship were the focus of his ministry. The assertion of effective cooperation was his focus. True cooperation is possible with a spiritual relationship. Bishop V. S. Azariah came out of comfort zone, sacrificed his life for the betterment of God’s Kingdom. He accepted the call and came to Dornakal. He was the First Indian Bishop of the Anglican Church. He constructed Dornakal Cathedral with indigenous culture.” By the grace of God, I am what I am” – was the policy of Bishop V. S. Azariah. Bishop Dr. Daniel S. Thiagarajah concluded the memorial speech with a quote “Past is not dead, past not even passed, but Past makes an effect in the present. Late Bishop V. S. Azariah still lives”. There was a cultural programme in the evening in which all delegates participated and performed in a commendable way.
The final day of the Mission festival started with Holy Communion service at CSI Epiphany Cathedral Church, Dornakal Diocese. The Rt. Rev. J. J. Christudoss, the Chairperson of the Mission and Evangelism Department and the Bishop in Tirunelveli Diocese has delivered the word of God. The sermon was translated in Telugu by Rev. Daniel. The worship was in multilingual. Bishop encouraged the delegates by saying that don’t be ashamed off the Gospel. God’s power is greater than man’s power. God’s power will deliver us from evil. Gospel reveals God’s righteousness. All must be as living as a witness to the gospel of Christ-like Bishop V. S. Azariah, Bishop added. Followed to the Holy Communion service, there was the planting of the saplings. 24 saplings were planted in and around the premises of CSI Epiphany Cathedral. Representatives from each diocese have planted one sapling. Deputy Moderator said that planting of sapling signifies that each one must grow in Christ-like a sapling planted in good soil. In the concluding session, delegates gave their feedbacks. The representatives from each diocese presented the activities carried out by their respective Mission Boards. Deputy Moderator and the Dornakal Diocesan Treasurer led the Mission oath. All the missionaries repeated the oath. Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, Director, Communication Department CSI shared the activities carried out by different departments of CSI Synod. All the participants were given a travelling bag as a memento by the Dornakal Diocese. Rev. Maxcin John, the Synod Mission Department Director rendered special thanks to Deputy Moderator and the Bishop in Dornakal Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Vadapally Prasada Rao and the Dornakal Diocesan officers Rev. B. D. P. Ravindra (Secretary) and Mr. K. J. Shubhakar (Treasurer) for their support in various capacities. Further, he thanked each and every one, especially Bishop and Diocesan Office of Dornakal Diocese for their help and support in making this year Mission festival a successful one for God’s glory.
The Synod mission festival was well attended by one thousand missionaries (1000) from various Dioceses of CSI. In addition to the Synod Officers and the Synod Directors, there were Bishops including Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel S. Thiagarajah (Bishop in Jaffna), Rt. Rev. Dr. J. J. Christdoss (Bishop in Tirunelveli), Rt. Rev. M. Joseph; the Bishop in Madurai Ramnadu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Timothy Ravinder; the Bishop in Coimbatore, Rt. Rev. Dr. Reuben Mark, Bishop in Karimnagar, Rt. Rev. Royce Manoj Victor; the Bishop in Malabar, Rt. Rev. Chandrasekaran; the Bishop in Trichy Tanjore, Rt. Rev. Sharma Nithyanandam; the Bishop in Vellore, Rt. Rev. V. S. Francis; the Bishop in East Kerala, Rev. Christopher Vijayan; the General Secretary, National Missionary Society of India, Rev. Asir Ebenezer, The NCCI General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Packiam Samuel, Director, Henry Martyn Institute, Rev. Dr. T. Arul Dhas CMC, Vellore, Ms. Leela Manohari (Vice- President, CSI Women’s Fellowship), and Rev. Dr. John Samuel Ponnusamy, Principal, Gurukul Theological College, and Ms. Dhaya Bhai have attended the festival.
7. MAITRI SHALA- Curriculum Workshop-2019
The Department of Mission and Evangelism, Church of South India Synod has organized a three-day curriculum workshop based on “Mission Accompaniment towards Radical Transformation” (MAITRI Shala) on 26th to 28th November 2019 at CSI Synod Centre, Chennai. The workshop was the three – days process in which the first day was the resource persons meet. “The MAITRI Shala curriculum is like a “mustard seed” which will develop and grow well in the days to come,” said Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, General Secretary, Church of South of India while he was addressing the resource persons meet. He further added that this curriculum will empower the church to do mission in creative and meaningful ways. Moreover, this will help us for the radical intervention for the transformation in the various aspects of human life as well as in the rest of the world. “MAITRI Shala “curriculum must be differentiated from the mission curriculum of Academies, Theological colleges and Seminaries”. Furthermore, this curriculum must be simple and humble, and it should be filled with the narratives and stories of people’s struggles and the groaning of creation. We are called out to sow the seeds of the gospel which will fall in the ground, dying so that there may be plenty of harvests- this is the mission. “The curriculum must be beautified with the diversities of creation- which is inclusion”. It is the opportunity to experience the many-ness in one. The people have to be inspired to re-think in terms of liberation and transformation. “The re-building of the community must be the passion behind the MAITRI shala curriculum”. This should be boosting people to help them to celebrate the blossoming of life. We should matter the various living contexts. The Mission curriculum must interact with the emerging contexts like fundamentalism, patriarchy, artificial intelligence etc. The “oikumene” (ecumenical) must be the basis of our missional journey. It is working together. “The Ecology is the primary concern of the mission”. It is all about to till the garden and keep it for all (Genesis 2:15). Therefore, through this curriculum, we should re-look and re-read the Bible. It will help us to identify with “one-oikumene”-one home. Towards this end, this curriculum should inspire people to interact and intervene with people. “We should not be corrupted in the storytelling of Jesus’ movement and the narratives of people stories”. We must be sincere and responsible to bring out the genuine struggles of the people without any reservation for the transformation. Regarding the language, we should use people’s language to communicate the vision of the mission. Therefore, the curriculum must be simple and easy to understand for the people. The terminologies we are using must be simplified and readable to the grassroots. Therefore, ultimately, the mission will be with the margin and from the margin. “Through the curriculum, let’s try to re-enact the Jesus’ movement and re-play the Jesus’ events”. Let people narrate their context and stories. We must be inspired and to inspire the fellow-beings to live out the gospel in daily life. In this way, the MAITRI shala curriculum will be more creative and meaningful to the people of God, he added.
The first day of the workshop began with a liturgy led by Rev. Shalu T Mathew (Parakkal Mission). “Self-renunciation and self- denial are the inevitable matter towards the Christian discipleship”, said Rev. Shalu Mathew. He furthermore added that Jesus’ cross was the greatest sacrifice. Until and unless we are ready to be amplified for others, we can’t be part of the Christian discipleship. Therefore, the church is called to be the disciple of Jesus Christ through love and service, he added. The first draft proposals of the curriculum were presented by Rev. Dr. Vincent Vinod Kumar, Rev. Dr. Bethel Kripa Victor and Rev. Dr. Allan Palanna which have consolidated into one after the presentations and solid discussions. Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda (General Secretary, CSI Synod), Rev. Dr. Vincent Vinod Kumar (St. Mark’s Cathedral Vicar, Bangalore & Missiologist), Rev. Dr. Bethel Kripa Victor( Department of Christian Education in UTC), Rev. Dr. Allan Palanna (Department of Christian Ethics in UTC, Bangalore), Mrs. Rebecca Azaria (Department of Mission in Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Chennai), Rev.S halu T.Mathew (Missionary in Charge, Parakkal), Rev. Rijin P. Abraham (Missionary in charge, Mugalapally Mission), Ms. Abilan Rongpharpi( M.Th Student in Mission from Gurukul Theological college), Ms. Lozilo Kikon( M.Th Student in Mission from Gurukul Theological College) and Mr.M. Srishty Salem( M. Th Student in Mission from Gurukul Theological College) were attended in the resource person meet.
The delegates from various dioceses have attended in the 2nd and 3rd of the MAITRI Shala workshop. Both days of the workshop started with liturgies led by Rev. Sebastian Jathanna (Mission Director, Karanataka Southern Diocese) and Rev. Pon Prabhakar (Mission Director, Madurai-Ramnadu Diocese) in consecutive days. Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda has addressed the curriculum workshop. He told that mission is all about to send out to do something. It is mobility. The mission is moving. It is all about “go and preach”, “come and see” (Johannine understanding of Mission), “come and remain” (John 15), “come and gaze the cross”, and “come and help us” (Macedonian call). The mission moves and connects, otherwise, it will be futile. It is all about accompaniment with the people. The connection is for transformation and a “new community” (Mathew 25). The community has to transform from exclusion into inclusion- the community has to rise into new creation and imagination. It must be the new creation of life-affirming experiences. A major mission mandate could be identified from the chapters of Genesis 1&2. It is about stewards, be faithful, inter-connectivity and the celebration of Sabbath as the experience of completeness.
“MAITRI is connection, fellowship and friendship in Indian language”, Dr. D. R. Sadananda highlighted. It is not at all unholy alliances, on the other hand, it is a new connection and new horizon based on the gospel of Jesus Christ. MAITRI is the new creation and it is redeemed and transformed community. It is a new harmony-a shalom- connection in the entire universe. It is the challenge to make a difference- to become simple and little for great transformation. Therefore, this curriculum will help us to do something contextually. Furthermore, it will encourage the congregation to become a mission congregation and to move, be open and connect. This curriculum will bring our real people’s stories which will connect to the Biblical stories- the stories of Jesus movement. Our ultimate thrust is not for conversion, but for transformation, he added. The second consolidated draft of curriculum presented before the delegates for further discussions and modifications. After the active discussions on the draft curriculum, the third draft of the curriculum was consolidated and submitted for the further discussion, thus, the fourth draft of the curriculum was prepared. This draft submitted for the regional level scrutiny and discussion followed by a final consolidation of the draft. On the final day of the workshop, the fifth draft of curriculum symbolically affirmed as the final MAITRI Shala Curriculum by the delegates and the resource persons and affirmed that this curriculum will be using for the upcoming missionary training in synod, regional and diocesan level missionary training of Church of South India. There were forty-five participants including delegates from various dioceses and the resource persons for the MAITRI Curriculum workshop -2019. Most. Rev. Thomas K. Oommen (the Moderator of Church of South India), and Adv. C. Robert Bruce (The Treasurer of Church of South India) have accompanied the workshop and graced the occasion with their empowering presence, greetings and leadership.
V. MISSION FIELD EXPOSURE VISITS
1. Pallavaram & Kanchipuram fields
A Mission Field Exposure Visit was organized on 9th October 2017 to Narikuravar Colony in Pallavaram and Kanchipuram CSI Mission Centre under South Kerala Diocese. It was an eye-opening visit where we could able to see the plight of people those who are carrying the same image of God just like us! In our visit, we could able to hear the "Crying and Groaning Sound of Jesus Christ " I am hungry... I am thirsty... I am a stranger...I am naked... I am in sick...I am in prison...!
2. Atmakure, Kalasapadu and Alampure fields
On Behalf of CSI Synod Mission and Evangelism Department and Kany-Nandy Missions, Mission Field Exposure trip was organized on 23rd November 2017 in Nandyal. The visit was through the Mission Fields such as Atmakure Mission Field in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh, Kalasapadu Rural Mission Field, YSR Kadappa District, and Alampure rural Mission Field Mahaboobnagar District, Telangana State.
3. Cheppara in Madhya Pradesh & Kalmeswar in Maharashtra
On behalf of CSI Synod Mission and Evangelism Department, A Mission Field Exposure Visit was organized in Cheppara Mission Field (Madhya Pradesh) and Kalmeswar Mission Field (Maharashtra) on 25-26th February 2018. In Chappara Mission Field (Asram Ministries), we have 13 Missionaries, 13 Worship Centres, 3 Tailoring Centres, and 4 Tuition Centres (Gurukul). All Centres are purely villages and remote places from the National Highway. These fields are situated within 200 kms distance. Kalmeswar Mission Centre is in City Area of Nagpur.
4. H.D. Kote Field
Mysore Mission Centre Department of Mission and Evangelism, CSI Synod has organized a short Exposure Visit on 14th March 2018 to Mysore Mission Centre at H.D. Kote in Mysore which is run by Madhya Kerala Diocese. This visit helped to reaffirm that Church of South India stands for the Radical Transformation of the whole Community irrespective of any discriminations. Mysore Mission Centre is one of the apt examples of such kind of Missional Engagement of Church of South India.
5. Madekeri Field
Karnataka Southern Diocese: A Cross-Cultural Field Exposure Visit to Madekeri was organized by the Mission & Evangelism Department of CSI SYNOD along with National Missionary Society of India (NMSI) on 14th March 2018. It was the eye-opening visit in which we could abled to hear remarkable Missional Challenges, especially in connection to the education of Children. Thanks to NMSI General Secretary Rev. Christopher Vijayan who accompanied with CSI Mission and Evangelism Department for this exposure visit.
6. Arogyavaram, Madanapalle and Vayalpadu fields
CSI Synod Mission and Evangelism Department accompanied in a Mission Field Exposure Visit to Arogyavaram Medical Centre, Madanapally and Vayalpadu fields along with CSI East Kerala Mission Board and the Office Bearers of Rayalaseema Diocese on 21st March 2018. The Rt. Rev. Dr. B. D. Prasada Rao (Bishop in Rayalaseema Diocese) and the Rt. Rev. Dr. K. G. Daniel (Bishop in East Kerala Diocese) have led the team to the fields.
7. Kadiri-Nallacheruvu Mission Fields
On behalf of Mission and Evangelism Department, a Mission field exposure visit was organized to Kadiri and Nallacheruvu Areas of Anadhapur District in Andrapradesh on 4th May 2018. The team has visited Bramanapally, Gandlapendta and Rekkamanu in Kadiri, and also visited Nallacheruvu areas. The visit was guided by Rev. David Naik (Kadiri Mission in Charge). Rev. Maxcin John (Synod Mission Director), Joshua Naik, Solomon Naik, Peerenaik, Ranganath and Esther Jyothi have accompanied in the visits.
8. Mettinampara, Elamplassery, Kurathikudi and Fifteenth Mile fields
As a part of exploration and exposure leaning of various talents and capacities of Adivasi-Tribal People, an exposure visit has been organized on 18th May 2018 in selected Adivasi-Tribal Settlements in East Kerala Diocese, i.e. Mettinampara, Elamplassery, Kurathikudi and Fifteenth Mile. Department of Mission and Evangelism has accompanied SEVA Department, CSI Synod for the exposure visit which is initiated and supported by SEVA Department in connection to the Women Dare Project. Mr. Prem Madhukar, Mr. Issac Jabaseelan and Mr. Cruz Nezakumar, Rev. Maxcin John, and Rev. George Joseph (Mission Coordinator, EKD) have participated in the exposure visit.
9. Kadiri Fields
CSI Synod Mission and Evangelism Department has engaged in a Missional Exposure along with Rayalaseema Diocese on 17th July 2018 to Nallacheruvu and Burakalakotta Mission Fields and witnessed the Mission from the Margin. Rt. Rev. Dr. B.D. Prasada Rao, Bishop in Rayalaseema Diocese, Rev. Swingly Dhas, Convenor for Andhra- Telangana Mission for South Kerala Diocese, Rev. Jiji Stewart, SKD Rayalaseema Mission, Rev. David Naik, Mission Director, Rayalaseema, Rev. Maxcin John, Synod Mission Director, Mrs. Lilly Prasad, and Mr. Joshua Naik, Kadiri Mission and all other Kadiri Missionaries have participated in the exposure.
10. Usilampetti- Nalla Mutthanpetti Fields
CSI Synod Mission and Evangelism Department has accompanied with Madurai- Ramnadu Mission Board in a Mission Exposure Visit to Usilampetti and Nalla Mutthanpetti in Madurai – Ramnadu Diocese on 29th June 2018. Rev. Pon Prabhakar, Rev. Prem Christdoss, Mr. Pon Raj and Rev. Maxcin John have participated in the Mission Exposure Visit. At the beginning, there was a special consultation at Cathedral Church with Rt. Rev. Dr. M. Joseph, Bishop in Madurai- Ramnadu Diocese, Rev. A. David Jebaraj, Diocesan Clergy Secretary and Rev. Caleb. Thereafter, Exposure Team attended in the monthly review meeting of the Missionaries which was conducted in the CSI Church, Usilampetty. It was the occasion to know about Home Missionary Society (HMS), Sower’s Mission, and Junior Church Mission of the Madurai-Ramnadu Diocese. Fifty Missionaries have attended in the monthly review meeting. Soon after the meeting, the Team has visited Nalla-Mutthanpetti mission field were sewing, as well as computer training programs, are organizing with the sponsorship of Church Divine Patience. The exposure visit concluded with a special meet at the Madurai-Ramnadu Diocesan Office with the Diocesan Treasurer Er. T. John Mahendran and Mr. J. P. Edwin Chelliah; Diocesan Registrar.
11. Suryapet, Bollapally, Vellupally, Kothapally, Buddharam, and Parkal fields
Mission and Evangelism Department of CSI Synod has organized a Mission Exposure Visits to the Karimnagar Diocesan Mission Fields on 25th July 2018. Rt. Rev. Dr Reuben Mark, Bishop in Karimnagar Diocese, Rev. Shalu T. Mathew (Parkal GCC) and Rev. Maxcin John have participated in the exposure visit. The Exposure Team has visited Suryapet, Bollapally, Vellupally, Kothapally, Buddharam, and Parkal in Warangal Rural District of Telangana State. Raju (Suryapet), Raju, Pushparaj, and Sankar- the missionaries in the field- also have accompanied in the visit.
12. Bathalangady, Santha Veri, Kumaragiri and Kaimana in Chikkamaglore
The Mission and Evangelism Department of Church of South India has organized an Exposure Visits to Bathalangady, Santha Veri, Kumaragiri and Kaimana in Chikkamaglore areas of Karnataka Southern Diocese on 28th July 2o18. It was the opportunity to explore more about Missional Engagements towards the upliftment of less- privileged those who are still struggling to live. Furthermore, the visit has prospected feasible and viable projects such as Elderly Care, Child Empowerment and Self Helping Group’s Activities as part of radical transformation through Inclusive Missional Interventions. Rev. Sebastian Jethna (Mission Director), Rev. William Branham, Rev. Deva Prasad and Rev. Maxcin John have participated in the Missional Exposure Visits.
13. Mission Consultation and a visit to Sundhukkamutthu co-operative Colony Field.
Synod Mission Department and Diocesan Board for Mission (DBM) in Coimbatore Diocese jointly organized a Mission Consultation and Missional Exposure Visit on 6th December 2018 at Bishop’s Office, Coimbatore. The Rt. Rev. Timothy Ravinder, Bishop in Coimbatore Diocese has presided over the meeting. Rev. Charles Samraj (Diocesan Secretary) and Rev. David Suresh (DBM, Director) and Rev. Maxcin John (Synod Mission Director) have attended the meeting. “We need a Missional revival everywhere and the hour has come to encourage churches to become missional congregation for the well-being of all the people”, said Bishop Timothy Ravinder during his introductory speech. Without any reservation, we need to complement each other and journey together for the mission revival, Bishop Added. There was also a discussion regarding the forthcoming Mission Programs in diocesan level as well as regional level. Bishop has proposed a program as “Mission True-2019” for the missional revival. Following to the Mission Consultation, a mission exposure visit was conducted to Sundhukkamutthu co-operative Colony Mission Field in Coimbatore Diocese. The visit was accompanied by Mr. Siromoney, Mrs. Ossanna, Mr. Abraham, Mrs. Radhika, Mr. Dany, and Rev. David Suresh.
14. Kolli Hills field.
Synod Mission Department and Diocesan Missionary Prayer Band (D.M.P.B) jointly organized a Mission Exposure Visits Kolli Hills in Namakkal District in Tamil Nadu on 7th - 9th December 2018. Kolli Malai is remarked by greenish natural beauties and 70 hairpin curves on the road to Kolli Malai. The innocence of villages, community life, sharing together, coexisting, so on we could visibly experience among the villagers! There was a dark history regarding the Kolli Malai where natives were suffered from various epidemics and health complications such as malaria and leprosy. Many were died day by day due to the lack of basic health care. Hence, the Kolli Hills was known as ‘mountain of death’. During this period, Rev. Jessamine Brand and Eveline Brand, Baptist Missionaries from England were coming to know about the pathetic situations of the people, and they have come to the place and spend their whole life to transform the community. Moreover, Paul Brand son of Jessamine Brand and Eveline Brand also followed the same spirit of his parents and spent his life to the sustainable development of the areas. They started schools, hospitals, fellowship centres for the well-being of the inhabitants of Kolli Hills. A missional legacy laid by the former missionaries is still following by the DMPB Missionaries in their day to day Missional engagements. Therefore, ‘Kolli Malai is transforming as Uyir Malai’ (Mountain of death transforming as Mountain of life). A Missionary Journey organized through the Kolli Malai was accompanied by Rev. S.Godwin Balis, Mr. Shanmugham, Mr. Rajkumar, Mr. Vighneswar, Mr. Satheesh, Mr. Mayavan and Mr. Peter Ponnusamy. Journey was through Karavally, Thindu, Karaiyankadu, Pallakuzhi, Mel Kalingam, Valapoor and Puliyampatty.
15. A Missionary Journey to Pachamalai.
A Missionary Journey was conducted on 8th December 2018 to Pachamalai (Putthur, Kodungal and Periyapakkalam villages) in Tiruchirappalli and Perambalur Districts in Tamil Nadu. Kanyakumari Diocesan Missionary Prayer Band and Synod Mission Department have joined in the visits which gave more vision towards Mission! Geographically, Pachamalai is remarkable by its greenish natural beauties of hills and valleys. Villages are under development stage where we could see many children and youngsters those who are aspiring for a bright future in various capacities of the society. Due to poverty, parents are not able to meet the basic educational expenditures of their children. Lack of necessary infrastructures and lack of nutritious nourishments are visible in these areas. Missionary Journey was accompanied by Rev. S. Godwin Balis, Mr. Rajendran and Mr. Rajkumar.
16. A Missionary Journey to Dharmapuri and Vilippuram
A Missionary Journey was conducted through the Dharmapuri and Vilippuram District on 10th December 2018. Global Mission Society (GMS) in Thothukudy -Nazareth Diocese and Synod Mission Department have jointly visited the Sankarapuram, Marur, Mayyoor and Papirittypatty mission fields. Missionary Journey was accompanied by Rev. Jesupadam (GMS, GS Tutukudi- Nazareth Diocese), Rev. Ravi and Rev. Dhanasing, Mr. Arputha Raj, Mr. R.Selvaraj, Mr. Anandh Sankar, Mr. Sankar, Mr. Jayaprakash, Mr. Jaypaul, and Mr. Robin from Thoothukudi-Nazareth Diocese.
17. Enkepally and Chinnamala Hally Fields.
A Missionary Journey was organized by the Global Mission Society (GMS) in Thoothukudi Nazareth Diocese through the Enkepally, Chittoor district in Andra Pradesh and Chinnamala Hally in Goury Putur in Karnataka on 11th December 2018. Synod Mission Department also has joined in the visit. Mission Trip was accompanied by Rev. Jesupadam (GMS, GS), Rev. Ravi (Puthukottai in Tutukudi), Rev. Dhanasing (Koramballam in Tutukudi), Arputha Raj, Reddy Babu, R. Selvaraj, Solomon, Simon and a team from Puthukottai pastorate including Dhurairaj, Bhoopalan and Anandaraj!
18. A Mission Consultation and visit to Potthavarapadu field, Prema Nivas and Happy Home
The Department of Mission and Evangelism, CSI Synod, organized a mission consultation at the CSI Krishna Godavari Diocesan (KGD) Office Vijayawadaon 20th February 2019. Rt. Rev. T. George Cornelious; Bishop in KGD, Mr. G.S. Sudhir; Secretary in KGD, Rev. V. I. Rathna Raju; Treasurer in KGD, and Rev. Prabhakar Rao; Registrar and Mission in Charge in KGD participated in the consultation. Soon after the consultation, there was a field exposure visit to Potthavarapadu Village in Vijayawada. The visit was accompanied by Rev. Mani Paul who is in- charge for Social concern in KGD. “Happy Home and Prema Nivas are our Mission fields too”, said by the Rt. Rev. T. George Cornelious during the exposure visit to the hostels in Bishop Azariah Mission Compound in Vijayawada.
'Happy Home' is a girl’s hostel started with the leadership of Bishop T. George Cornelious and his wife Rev. Joshua Kumari Desary. It was aimed to empower the girl children those who are from the underprivileged community, especially from villages. The hostel is providing nutritious foods as well as boarding and lodging and tuitions. Many congregations of KGD are enthusiastically and graciously contributing to the running of the hostels. School Teachers are ready to go for an 'extra mile' to encourage the children to study well by providing tuitions and extra classes. Furthermore, Prem Nivas is the School and Home for the Mentally Retarded Children supported by KNH running for the well-being of the less privileged. Moreover, Bishop Elliott Girl's hostel also is operated with the help of KNH to boost education for the girls. It is noteworthy that all hostels are considered as Mission Fields for the diocese where many of the congregations are contributing and involving for the smooth running of the hostels. These hostels are the centres for learning and career development for the underprivileged community. Therefore, hostels visibly witnessing the participation of congregations in the Mission of the Church.
Chillakore in Khlahasthy, Ilaganur ST colony, Venkitta Reddy Kandikai, Nagary, Thadukku Pettai- Samathwapuram, and Alipanthankal Narikuravar Colony & Thavalakuppam, Semiyarbalayam and Marakkanam fields
Department of Mission and Evangelism, Church of South India Synod and the Board of Mission and Evangelism, Madras Diocese jointly organized a two -day Mission Exposure visit to the villages in Madras Diocesan Mission Fields on 21st to 22nd February 2019. Rev. Paul Dayanandan (Mission Director, Madras Diocese), Mr. Joshua (Catechist), Rev. Maxcin John (Synod Mission Director) have participated in the exposure visit. The exposure visit started at Akkampet on 21st February 2019, then journeyed through Chillakore in Khlahasthy, Ilaganur ST colony, Venkitta Reddy Kandikai, Nagary, Thadukku Pettai- Samathwapuram, and Alipanthankal Narikuravar Colony. The exposure team covered Chennai, Chittur, Nellur, Thiruvallur revenue districts. Furthermore, the exposure trip resumed on 22nd February 2019 and journeyed towards Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, Vilippuram revenue districts areas. The team could able to visit Thavalakuppam Mission Areas in Pondicherry, Semiyarbalayam village and Marakkanam in Vilippuram.
At this juncture, department would like to acknowledge the accompaniment of Prabhudhas and David along with nine missionaries in Akkampet, Daniel and David along with 18 missionaries in Chillakore, Rev. Jayakumar and 17 missionaries in Ilaganur, Vijaya Chandran and Suresh Babu and Paneer Selvam along with 16 missionaries in Venkitta Reddy Kandikai, Mrs. Selvi, Sathyamurthi, James along with 12 missionaries in Thadukku Pettai and Rev. Benjamin Karthikeyan, Paul Daniel, Devanesan, Edwin, Mano Victor along with other missionaries in Alipanthankal, Rev. Dhavaseely, Jackson, Jnana Selvom along with 13 missionaries in Thavalakuppam and Semiyarbalayam, Pondicherry, and N. Paul Christy, Jackson Pinks, Issac and Samson and Rev. Katherine in Marakkanam, Vilippuram.
20. Katrini Kona- Serra Yanam Fields
The Department of Mission and Evangelism, CSI Synod along with Krishna-Godavari Diocese have organized a Mission Field Exposure Visits to different Mission Fields in East Godavari Areas on 25th and 26th April 2019. The team has visited Mutchaimilli, Chelluru, kurmapuram, Kapavaram, Tati Pally, Katrini Kona, and Serra Yanam mission fields of Krishna-Godavari Diocese. The people those who are living in these areas belong to the agricultural sectors like paddy, sugar cane factories, prawn as well as fish farming. The struggles and sufferings to meet the basic needs of life are very visible in these areas. The exposure team was included by Mrs. Lorry Lanka Ravi, Mr. Ravi Kumar, Mr. Prabhakara Rao, Mr. Stevenson, Mr. Boara Yesuraju, Mr. William Carey, Pastor Ravikumar, Mr. Varaprasad, Mr. S. Vijayakumar, Mr. K. Joji Babu, Mr. Siva and Mr. G. Samson and Rev. Maxcin John. It was an eye-opening and heart-touching visit into the struggles and trials of the marginalized people.
21. ” Kodai Kala Narcheythi Mugam in Marakkanam”
Church of South India Synod Mission and Evangelism Department has engaged in the Summer Camp for the Missionaries organized by the Board of Mission and Evangelism, Madras Diocese on 2nd May 2019 in Marakkanam Area in Villupuram Revenue District. It is popularly known as “Kodai Kala Narcheythi Mugam” in Tamil (A Summer Mission Camp). More interestingly, through this missional engagements, missionaries are propagating the gospel of Jesus Christ through verities of mediums like House visits, Tract distributions, ‘Padakkazchi’ (Film Show), ‘Katha Kalakshepam’(religious storytelling through folk arts and singing), skits, street play, dancing and preaching. Many people are gathering to listen to all these activities, especially children. An Exposure visit to the Summer Mission Camp was made to the Marakkanam Fields near to the East Coast Road (ECR). Both sides of the roads are heavily populated by the less-privileged group of the society. The Right Side of the ECR was occupied by the Dalits community whereas the left side of the road was settled by the fishermen community. Both areas are still in under developing condition where we could able to see the unquenching spirt for the sustainable transformation in each level of life. The Team for the exposure visit has gone to see the working areas such as Edaikazhinadu, Kadappakkam, Kadappakkam Colony, Vellom Konda Agaram, Ekkiyar Kuppam, Kilpettai and Marakkanam. The visit was accompanied by Rev. Paul Dayanandhan, Mission Director in Madras Diocese, Missionaries Mr. Njana Selvan, Mr. Paul Daniel, Mr. Issac, Mr. Lazar, Mr. Dhinakaran, Mr. Joshua and Rev. Maxcin John along with other missionaries.
22. Pakala, Puthalapattu, Amayapally, Savalapally, Maddulaiahgarypally, Cherulopally Colony, Kondraju Kaluva and Nilampally fields
Church of South India, Department of Mission and Evangelism join with the Board for Mission and Evangelism, Vellore Diocese for the Mission Exposure Visit the Puthalapettu Mission Field areas on 12th May 2019. The exposure team has visited the following villages Pakala, Puthalapattu, Amayapally, Savalapally, Maddulaiahgarypally, Cherulopally Colony, Kondraju Kaluva and Nilampally. Rev. DSC Menon (Mission Director, Vellore Diocese) along with Mr. Shikha Mony (Mission Coordinator) have led the exposure visit. Rev. Dr. Issac Kadiravelu (Vice-Chairman, Vellore Diocese), Rev. Maxcin John and Mr. Satheesh and Mr. Subhash (Missionaries) have accompanied the Mission Exposure Visit.
23. Sanga Reddy, Pedda Sankarampet, Sanjeevaravu Pet, Kadapal Village, Gangapur Village, Mathuvar Village, and Tumlur Village
CSI Synod Mission and Evangelism Department along with the Department of Mission and Evangelism, Medak Diocese has organized one day Mission Field Exposure Visit on 22nd June 2019. The team has visited Sanga Reddy, Pedda Sankarampet, Sanjeevaravu Pet, Kadapal Village, Gangapur Village, Mathuvar Village, and Tumlur Village Mission are Centres under Medak District Council of Churches in Sanga Reddy Revenue districts. “Regaining the lost missional legacies is our priority”, said Rt. Rev. Dr A C Solomon Raj, Bishop in the Medak Diocese of the Church of South India, during a meet in the Medak Bishop’s House. He further added that “Re-organize, Re-Orient and Re-Build” are our passion. It is the need of the hour to strengthening and empowering our missionaries to participate in the sustainable missional engagements, Bishop told. The Mission Field exposure visit was an opportunity to witness the Medak Diocesan missional engagements. More ardently, Diocese is engaging in missional activities through various programs. ‘Suvartha Danda Jatras’ (Observance the Weak of Witness), Village Jatras and Mission Fest, Voluntary Church Workers Training Program (VCWTP), Tribal Missions among Banjaras, Gond, Collami, ‘Village Pascha’ (mass gathering for worship, peaching and cultural performances) etc. are the best examples of missional engagements of Medak Diocese. Recently, Diocese identified thirteen villages as new mission fields based on Narayankhedu Region under Medak DCC in Sanga Reddy revenue districts. More enthusiastically, Diocese is doing creative mission activities through dedicated missionaries and evangelists. The Exposure visit was systematically well-organized by Rev. Bennet Raj (Mission Director, Medak Diocese) along with Mr Prasanna Kumar (Property Officer) and Mr Theophilus. The visit was accompanied by Rev. M. J Prabhakar, Rev. Vamshi Vardhan, Mr. Sunil, Mr. Prabhakar, Mr. Anadha Rao, Mr. Sukumar, Mr. Amrutha Anna, Mr. Ramalu, Mr. Vinayakumar, M.r Kasiram and Mr. David.
24. Memary Field
Synod mission Department along with the Board for Mission and Evangelism has organized a mission exposure visit to the remote rural mission fields in East Kerala Diocese on 28th July 2019. The ex