Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko,
General Secretary, BSI
BIBLICAL VISION FOR THE POST COVID WORLD
TEXTS: Genesis 1:1 and Psalms 104: 24
Recently two episodes in the TV caught my attention. One was about the cruelty of the humans against animals – giving a pregnant elephant fruits filled with firecrackers to eat, which led to the death of the elephant. The humans fearing that the elephant would destroy their crops, fruits and vegetables committed this atrocious act. It was heart rending to see the dead pregnant elephant being drawn from the waters and taken to the hospital for postmortem.
Luke 12: 26-28
26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,[a] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! (ESV).
Greetings to you all in the name of our God, creator of the world and all that is in it; the flora and the fauna, the living and non-living things, the giant animals and birds with the tiniest ones, the creepers and the crawlers, the microbes and the atoms!
When I saw this beautiful wild lilies radiantly blooming in such an open and unprotected place, must be by the roadside, beside the pipeline! It reminds me of this biblical passage as quoted above. And my thought wanders around, and looking at myself and my fellow human beings who are struggling, if not physically but mentally fighting against Covid19 Pandemic, which is causing havoc to our lives. Our pain and our struggles are real. Our cry and the loss of our dear and loved ones are real. Our trauma is real.
In the midst of uncertainty encircling around us … the whispering of God came so loud to my heart through these beautiful and fragile lilies, saying “Why worry, my child! look at these tiny, fragile yet beautiful lilies, blooming with magnificent colours. It is me who creates and clothes them; they just bloom when their time comes even just for a day yet they reveal the glory of God!” “My child, you are created by me with love and care, do not worry, leave all your burdens on me, I will carry you through; have faith in me and take courage; you are more precious than these lilies; I clothe you with home to shelter you from storm, heat, cold; I care for you like a mother eagle, spreading my wings to carry you and catch you when you are falling; do not be afraid nothing exists without any purpose as God holds the universe, even the Covid19. Be still and know that I am God.” Some health experts and even health ministers of some state governments have indicated that Covid-19 has now entered the community transmission stage in India. At this stage, authorities don't know about the source of infection for patients. The virus becomes part of large social circles. At this juncture, we feel that we are like the wild lilies, so vulnerable and so fragile. But let’s remember that we need to come to terms with this virus, by not taking it lightly but with much care as per medical guidelines and government instructions. Let’s adopt our new life style while relying and trusting on the promises of God. God cares for us, as much as the wild lilies and even much more than that. In the midst of our sorrows, loss and cry, God is holding our hands saying, “Be still and know that I am God, I am with you”. May the Peace of God be upon us, especially to those who suffer the pain of loss, sickness and death. Amen.
Dr. Hrangthan Chhungi, Director Church Relations & Resource Mobilisation Department
Celebration of the World Environment Day on June 5,
2020, by the family of the
Bible Society of India across the country
Dr. Hrangthan Chhungi, Director, Church Relations and Resource Mobilisation Department, prepared the Order of Service for the World Environment Day. The same was followed by all our Auxiliaries, Shillong Translations Centre and our Associate Auxiliary at Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The BSI Central Council resolved to upgrade the Sales Depot in Andaman and Nicobar Islands as Associate Auxiliary Status. Actions were initiated accordingly and Dn. Ranjit Paswan was appointed as Associate Auxiliary Secretary. He was inducted to the office on July 1st, 2020 at 10.00 am.
FORMATION OF THE 17TH AUXILIARY OF THE BIBLE SOCIETY OF INDIA
On July 1, 2020, our dear General Secretary, Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko had announced a blessed news in the history of the Bible Society of India. The announcement is quoted in length as follows: "I am very happy to announce on behalf of the President of BSI, Most Rev. Dr. P. C. Singh, Vice President, Dr. Leela Bose, Treasurer, Rev. Premkumar Soans and the Executive Committee of BSI that the 17th Auxiliary of the Bible Society of India came into existence today (July 1, 2020) with the official announcement of the resolution of the Executive Committee and the Induction of Dn.Ranjit Paswan of the Believers Eastern Church as the new Associate Auxiliary Secretary of the Associate Auxiliary of BSI. Andaman and Nicobar Islands by the General Secretary, BSI as per the instructions from the President, BSI. The function was attended by the members of the newly formed Associate Auxiliary Committee chaired by the Vice President in the absence of the President, the Bishop of Nicobar. This is God's doing and fulfillment of the long-cherished dream of the people of ANI. Let us pray that God would bless the newly formed Associate Auxiliary and the Associate Auxiliary Secretary for the cause of God's Word in the Islands. I would like to thank Mr. Sajal Kumar Sarkar, the Senior Auxiliary Secretary, Calcutta Auxiliary for the sincere and efficient supervisory role he played over the years of the work of BSI through the Sales Depot in ANI. I also thank Mr. Shaji John for his very committed and able work in ANI thus far. He was able to build an excellent rapport with all churches in the Islands over the years and now with the appointment of Dn. Ranjit Paswan as the Associate Auxiliary Secretary, I am sure both of them will take the Associate Auxiliary forward for the glory of God. God is faithful and great indeed is His faithfulness! Warm Regards, Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko General Secretary, The Bible Society of India
Prayer for Protection
“Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.”
Psalm 69:1-3 (NIV)
1. Pray for the work of the Bible Society of India, General Secretary, the office bearers, executive members, 17 Auxiliaries, Shillong Translations Centre all the branches, donors, volunteers and the prayer partners.
The following Auxiliaries are catering to the Scriptural needs of the following areas:
|01||Aizawl||Mizoram, Tripura and parts of Assam|
|02||Allahabad||Uttarakhand & Uttar Pradesh|
|03||Andhra Pradesh||Andhra Pradesh|
|04||Bombay||Maharashtra & Goa|
|06||Dimapur||Nagaland, Manipur and parts of Assam|
|10||Kerala||Kerala and Lakshadweep|
|11||North West India||Delhi, Chandigarh, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Haryana, Rajasthan,|
|13||Ranchi||Bihar and Jharkhand|
|14||Shillong||Meghalaya and some parts of Assam|
|15||Tamil Nadu||Tamil Nadu and Puducherry|
|17||Andaman & Nicobar Islands||Andaman & Nicobar Islands|
2. Pray for the United Bible Societies that is operating from different parts of the world. May God continue to sustain their works to bring good news to all who are in need of inner peace in the midst of Covid19 Pandemic crises.
3. Pray for the World at large, for people who are feeling low, traumatised and who are struggling to process the situation that the World finds itself into.
We look into God's Word for reassurance, hope and peace in this increasingly uncertain times at the ongoing spread of coronavirus.
It reinforces the work of the Bible Society of India: making the Bible available, affordable and accessible
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9