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
Aruppukottai& Pasumalai: It was really a touching experience and eye-opening occasion to witness the life and work of the service centres as Mercy Home in Aruppukottai, Inmba Illam in Pasumalai and Arulagam in Pasumalai in Madhurai- Ramnad Diocese. The Department of Mission and Evangelism engaged in a mission exposure visits to these mission centres on 11th March 2020 and witnessed the pragmatic missional engagements of the Churches in Madurai-Ramnadu Diocese. All these three homes are serving as a space for the homeless, deprived, destitute, exploited as well as marginalized. Congregations become missional congregations to embrace these peoples and Individuals, families, and other organizations are sharing their resources for the sustainable transformation of the fellow human beings for their radical transformation. Mercy Home and Inbaillam serve as the senior citizen’s home where both female and male are accommodated. In regards to the Arulagam, it is exclusively for ladies and girls for their transformative engagements. This centre provides special training in handlooms and handicrafts. They are also making girdles for the pastors.
One of the noticeable things regarding the support of these centres that the community which is living around also sharing their resources for the running of these homes. Especially, during the special days in their lives, they are visiting the homes and celebrating the special events with the inmates. Thus, these centres become a hope for everybody and networking with everybody in compassion and love. This is really a model for missional praxis-pragmatic missional engagements where we could experience the life-affirming as well as humanizing activities.
The Mission exposure visit was accompanied by Mr. Pon Raju (Social Coordinator), Rev. J. Ebenezer Joshua (Aruppukottai), Mrs. Kamala Moni (Nurse), Mr. Edwin (Pasumalai), Mrs.Sharmila(Warden, Pasumalai), and Dr. Rathni Alfred (Secretary, Arulagam).
It is noteworthy that Tamilnadu Theological Seminary (TTS)also sending students for the practical exposure work in these centres. It will enhance their capacities to become more missional.
As a part of exposure visits, there was a visit to TTS, Arasaradi in Madurai and special mission consultation with Rev. Dr. Alfred Stephen (Dpt. Of Homiletics in TTS). He has shared about the need of the shift in the missional engagements. He has suggested “MEEC”- Mission of Enhancing the Excluded Community”, “TIME”-Transcending Initiative for Ministerial Engagements” and “LEG”-Listening for the Echoes of the Gospel” in the missional engagements of the church in the days to come. Furthermore, there was a short meet with Rev. Dr. Margaret Kalaiselvi (Principal, TTS) and Rev. Dr. Peter Sing (Dpt. Of Communication in TTS). Eco-friendly nature of the TTS campus, as well as the missional orientation of the TTS, are so remarkable.
The Department is grateful to Rt. Rev. Dr. M. Joseph (Bishop in Madhurai-Ramnad Diocese) and Rev.Pon Prabhakar (HMS, Director for arranged the visit). Moreover, it was also a learning experience to visit OCPM School in Narimedu along with Rev. Dr. David Jabaraj (Clergy Secretary, Madurai-Ramnadu Diocese). Where we could able to witness the efforts of overall transformative engagements of the school to build up younger generations.
Director, Department of Mission and Evangelism