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
Chennai: National Missionary Society of India (NMSI) has celebrated its Founders Day on 1st December 2018 at LITE Auditorium, Chennai. On this auspicious occasion, Church of South India has extended creative participation in the celebrations. The programme was inaugurated by The Most Rev. Dr. Joseph, the Marthoma Metropolitan. During his inaugural speech, Metropolitan highlighted the Missionaries’ contributions to the Indian Nation, especially the contributions of Sadhu Sundar Sing and Bishop V. S. Azariah. He reminded the participants to ‘move ahead with a passion for the mission for the constructive changes which should lead to the common well being of all’,.
“Faithfulness and Commitment should be the basis of our Missional engagements”, said Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, General Secretary, Church of South India, during his speech in the celebration. The General Secretary further added that Missionaries have explored Jesus Christ in their pilgrimages and then transformed their living context. Christmas is an explorative experience where we could able to find Jesus Christ with a small and poor community in order to make them significant. It is an inclusive as well as a borderless community. Through empowering education and healing, we need to embrace others, more particularly, most vulnerable in the society, he added.
During the meeting, on behalf of N.M.S.I, Rev. Asir Ebenezer (Director, C.S.I. SEVA Department) was honoured for his new office and responsibility as the General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI). “We should bring the good news to the poor which have to tremble and transform the evil powers and structures”, said Rev. Asir Ebenezer during his felicitation speech.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. B.D. Prasada Rao, Bishop in Rayalaseema Diocese, Rt. Rev. Dr. Timothy Ravinder, Bishop in Coimbatore Diocese, Madras Diocesan Officers; Rev. Dr. Paul William (Vice-President) and Rev. Dr. Manuel S. Titus (Hon. Secretary) who have represented for Rt. Rev. Dr. J. George Stephen, Bishop in Madras Diocese, and Pastors, Church Workers, Missionaries and members from various member Churches such as C.S.I, C.N.I, Marthoma, Methodist and Presbyterian have attended in the celebrations.
Rev. Christopher Vijayan, General Secretary N. M. S. I., organized the celebration in a meaningful and creative way along with all other office bearers and staffs of N.M.S.I.
Founders Day celebration was the avenue for mutual empowerment and rejuvenation regarding the upcoming missional engagements. It was an opportunity to refresh the fellowship and the ecumenical relationships in the view of Mission.
Director, Department of Mission and Evangelism,