Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko, General Secretary, BSI
One of the questions that I face in times like COVID-19 is, “Where is God?” I understand and deeply sympathize with the question. I do. But I need to ask why is it only in the hard times that we tend to ask this question? When the sun is shining, and times are good, and life is comfortable, and our team is winning, and our health is strong, why are we not plagued in those moments with the question, “Where is God?”
BSI Distributes Bibles and Tracts at Quarantine Centres
The Bible Society of India, Dimapur Auxiliary distributed 221 ESV Bible and Bible Tracts at quarantine centres in Dimapur on the 20th of May through the Nagaland Covid19 core committee members at the reception centre, Agri Expo (Dimapur Quarantine Centre). A Press release from the BSI Auxiliary Secretary, Rev. Dr. Yiepetso Wezah stated that, in the midst of fear and anxiety during the pandemic, there was hope and comfort in Jesus Christ and that the Bibles were distributed to encourage the old timers who returned back to the Word of God.
Mr. Caleb Martin Hilton, was appointed as the Associate Director, BSI Media and Special Audience Department with effect from May 1st, 2020. He is married to Mrs. Jeba Martin and they have two children – daughter Annie Lois Martina and son Joshah Luke.
Rev. John Vikram was appointed as the Auxiliary Secretary, BSI Andhra Pradesh Auxiliary with effect from May 1st, 2020. He is married to Mrs. Shilpa Benarjee and they have two daughters Lisney and Jesney.
On May the 21st, 2020 we had lost our dear friend Mrs. T. Lalsangzuali (1959-2020), Executive Committee member of the Mary Jones Women’s Fellowship. Her funeral took place on the 22nd of May. Rev. Remlalfaka, Secretary, Aizawl Auxiliary shared a word of comfort and conveyed condolences to the bereaved family on behalf of the BSI. Mrs. T. Lalsangzuali had been instrumental in the BSI ministry at the local as well as the Auxiliary level for good many years. It is indeed a great loss for our Auxiliary and for the Mary Jones Women’s Fellowship in particular. She is survived by her husband Rev. Lengluta and their children Ms. H. Lalthakimi, Mrs. H. Lalneihzovi, Ms. Rebecca Lalroluahpuii and Mr. Samuel Vanmalsawma.
We also deeply mourn at the loss of our dear friend Ms. Lalruatdiki Chhangte (1992-2020) who passed away on the 22nd of May 2020. Rev. Dr. Vanlalauva, President of the Aizawl Auxiliary conveyed condolences and words of comfort for the bereaved family. Ruatdiki was a well-known singer and BSI Campaigner, who toured the length and breadth of Mizoram with the BSI campaigners for the Bible cause. We will miss her dearly. She is survived by her Mother Mrs. R. Lalhmangaihi, her siblings - Mr. Jimmy Lalmuanawma, Mr. Jeremy Lalmuanpuia, Ms. Lalrintluangi and Mr. Lalhriatkima.
Dharavi, Asia’s biggest slum with a population of around 8.5 lakhs residing within a meager 2.3 sq km and using around 8000 common toilets. This clogged living condition is one of the major reasons for the spread of Covid-19. Most of the houses here are 10X10 feet or even smaller and 6 to 8 people dwell in each of those tiny rooms. A large population of Christians stay in Dharavi out of which many are our BSI donors. Around 80% of the total number of Covid-19 cases in Maharastra state are from Dharavi.
There was no electricity, water, or internet after a devastating cyclone hit Kolkata last month. Reports confirm around 100 lives lost in and around the city of Kolkata. Water logged up to three to four feet. More than 15 thousand trees have been uprooted and damaged and the loss to property has been unprecedented in recent times.