Psalm 28:7 tells us that “the Lord is our strength and shield and that our hearts must trust in Him.” And this past year the above verse has been of particular importance to the Bible Society of India in three ways:
- Grace — The Bible Society of India experienced immeasurable grace from God
- Grief — The God of all comforts sustained us as we grieved the difficult moments of our ministry and loss of our BSI staff, family members, volunteers, donors and prayer partners during this Pandemic
- Growth — God faithfully worked in our hearts to grow and strengthen the Bible Society to love and serve the Church and nation with joy and hope. We have been so encouraged to see God strengthen and protect us over and over again and lovingly move us forward.
We’re so grateful for how God has sustained our staff and our Auxiliaries to cater to the Scriptural needs of our nation. We are thankful to our donors, Churches, volunteers and BSI branches for giving generously of their time, space, talents, and finances for the Bible Cause.
To surrender ourselves and our ministry, we began the Budget Workshop with combined prayer fellowship virtually on October 19th, 2021 at 9.00 am. The General Secretary Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko spoke from St. Mathew 25:14-30 – “The parable of the talents” on the title “The Principle of Stewardship.” He quoted C. S. Lewis “Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense his own already …” He reiterated that we learn the art of stewardship. Here in the parable, one needs to understand the way the servants handled their responsibilities given to them based on their abilities. The General Secretary brought out four principles from the text:
- The Principle of Ownership – God is the owner and we are only managers
- The Principle of Responsibilities – to manage what belongs to God
- The Principle of Accountability – We are responsible for what we do
- The Principle of Reward – The faithful servants were given the joy of sharing the table of the Master.
The devotion was a meaningful and blessed start to the three days BSI National Budget Workshop. We are grateful to the entire BSI Finance Staff and all the Auxiliary Secretaries, and their finance personnel for the hard work in preparing for the budget.