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
Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan, the spiritual head of the Mar Thoma Church, and one of the tall leaders of the Communion of Churches in India by which CSI, CNI and Mar Thoma are ‘sister churches’, passed away today early morning at Thiruvalla in Kerala. Most Rev. Dharmaraj Rasalam; the Moderator of the Church of South India, Rt. Rev. Reuben Mark; the Deputy Moderator, Adv. C. Fernandas Rathina raja; the General Secretary, and Prof. Dr Vimal Sukumar; the Hon. Treasurer expressed deep grief on the demise of the Mar Thoma Metropolitan. They pointed out the contributions of the Metropolitan to the ecumenical movements in India and felt that his demise is an irreversible loss to ecumenism. The officers of the Synod thankfully remembered that the Mar Thoma Metropolitan presided over the meeting of the Communion of the Churches in India (CCI) held at CSI Synod Centre, Chennai in 2015. He presided over the meeting of CCI held at Simla in 2016 too.
Joseph Mar Thoma was the 21st Metropolitan and the current primate of the Malankara Marthoma Syrian Church. The Metropolitan had been undergoing treatment for pancreas cancer at a private hospital in Thiruvalla and his condition deteriorated sharply over the last week. He breathed his last around 2.40 a.m on Sunday. His passing away was at the age of 89.
He was installed as Mar Thoma Metropolitan on October 2, 2007. He was ordained as a deacon of the Mar Thoma Church in June 1957, and priest later the same year. Having pursued his master’s degrees in Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology from England, the Metropolitan was later awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by the Protestant Episcopal Seminary in Virginia, United States.
The funeral of the Metropolitan will take place tomorrow at Thiruvalla.
~CSI Synod Communications
Girl Children are not worthless!
Increasing abuse of girl children, the vulnerability of them, less privilege status, prone to child labour, inaccessibility to proper education, seeing them as the second sex, and domestic violence they face- all are against the Christian values!
On this International Day of Girl Child, let us commit ourselves to stand for the rights of girl children!
A webinar on the "Impact of NEP on lives & livelihood of students in educational Institutions" was organised by the Board of Education Ministry of the Chuch of South India (CSI) partnering with the Communication Department was held from 11 am today (08.10.2020). You can watch the webinar here.
CSI Synod Mission Samaritan Purse has been inaugurated
It was another mile-stone in the history of the Church and the Mission when the CSI Mission Samaritan Purse (CSI Synod MSP) donation boxes have been inaugurated by Adv. Fernandas Rathina Raja, General Secretary, Church of South India at CSI Synod Centre on 30th September 2020 at CSI Synod Centre, Chennai. The Inauguration Ceremony was presided over by Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, Director for the Communication Department and Adivasi-Dalit Department. Rev. Christopher Dharmaraj, Director for the Christian Education Department has offered a dedication prayer for the donation boxes followed by the inauguration.
“We are called out to extend the support and help to the missionaries”, stated by Adv. C. Fernandas Rathina Raja, General Secretary, CSI Synod. He further stated during the inauguration speech of MSP Donation Box that we are called out to work in the synod secretariate. God helped us to work along with our family, live and work with our friends and relatives. But why we are starting this MSP. We have two thousand missionaries and one thousand evangelists. Most of them are working along with their families in far places and remoted areas which are the less-privileged areas. It is only because of their passion, sacrifice and dedication, they are working. The salaries of missionaries are remarkably very less which varied from Rs.3000-4000-6000. Not only this, they don’t have any basic financial background to give good education to their children and good health care also. But, only because of their commitment and zeal for the mission and evangelism, they are serving by risking their life in these less-privileged areas for the well-being of others.
In these places, they don’t get any good facilities for the health care or education. In this pandemic situation, they are really struggling, even they don’t know whether they are affected COVID 19 or not. But by disregarding all these crucial struggles, they are serving the community for the transformation.
It is the need of the hour to support the Missionaries and Evangelists as much as possible. This MSP is the right initiative and move to support our missionaries and the evangelists through extending possible medical-aid. Comparatively, we are blessed thus far. So, it is our bounden duty to share our blessing for the well-being of our missionaries. How much amount we are donating is not the matter at all, but our love, compassion, and care must be the driving force towards this MSP. Don’t wait for others to put the money in the donation boxes, but we can do it as much as possible out of our solidarity towards the missionaries. Thus, God will bless us and bless our family and life. This MSP must be promoted in Diocesan as well as pastorate level. Thus, we should do maximum support and help to the missionaries who are working in most vulnerable areas, General Secretary added.
“Sprouts and flowers are coming out of a dead log of wood”, said Rev. Sunil Raj Philip while he was making a presidential address during the CSI Synod MSP Donation Box inauguration. He further added that Synod departmental activities was like a dead log of wood due to the CORONA Virus. Now, it is coming back into the track of action. It is starting with a noble cause as Samaritan Purse which is very much needed of the time. There is an unhealthy notion that the persons who are working in the vineyard should be poor. But It is not for the luxurious life, on the other hand, they must have a decent life. They should have bear minimum facilities to have health care, education and so on. Therefore, imposing poverty on them is not the Christian way. They should have good health. This is the concept behind the MSP. As little drops of water ultimately make a sea, little drops of kindness come to this purse ultimately make a sea of love and care for the missionaries, added by Rev. Sunil Raj Philip.
Following to the inaugural speech, the General Secretary has inaugurated the CSI Synod MSP Donation Box by depositing the first free-will offering into the Donation Box.
“CSI Synod MSP is the creative step in order to ensure the basic good life for the missionaries and evangelists who are working in the vulnerable situation for the well-being of others”, said Rev. Christopher Vijayan, general Secretary, National Missionary Society of India (NMSI). He further added that this new initiative will connect all the parishes and parishioners of CSI and even other Christian Churches to extend possible support and help to the missionaries who are in need. We need to know that our missionaries are not at all making complaints or worries about their health or education facilities for their children. On the other hand, they are tirelessly working for the well-being of others and they are truly concerned about other’s health care and educational needs. Therefore, it is our responsibility to encourage and support them out of our best level, Rev. Christopher Vijayan added.
The Synod Office Mangers Mr. Paul Diwakar, and Mr. Martin Selvasahayam, Mrs. Jaya Theodore, and the representatives of the Synod staffs Mr. D. Othaniel Samraj, and Mr. S. Gnanapragasam have conveyed their greetings to MSP. Moreover, they have suggested to donate one-day salary to the CSI Synod MSP. Furthermore, they said that the MSP Donation Box will encourage others to donate for this noble cause and It will boost up the self-reliance and self-support.
The Meeting was started with a Bible Reading taken from Luke 10: 25-37 which was read by Mrs. A. Japarani Sundararaj, Department Office Secretary. Rev. Maxcin John, Director for the Synod Mission and Evangelism has explained the purpose of the CSI Synod MSP Donation Boxes. He told that these donation boxes are arranged to collect free will offerings and donations from the well-wishers in order to extend medical aid to the missionaries who are in a most vulnerable condition. Eventually, the support will be extended the mission fields and the community at a large, he added.
The CSI Synod MSP inauguration ceremony was concluded with a prayer by Rev. Christopher Vijayan and the attendees have offered their free-will offerings into the boxes which marks their solidarity and continuous support towards the MSP in the days to come.
Rev. Maxcin John
Director for the Department of Mission and Evangelism, CSI Synod.
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