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