DECEMBER 2020

Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko General Secretary, BSI

The story of Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus is told by Luke in three places in the Acts of the Apostles in chapters nine, twenty-two and twenty-six. In Acts twenty-six, Paul, a prisoner awaiting to be sent to Rome for trial looks back on his life and ministry and tells King Agrippa, “And so, King Agrippa, I did not disobey the heavenly vision”. The heavenly vision on the road to Damascus influenced his whole life and ministry.

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BIBLE SUNDAY WERE OBSERVED

The Odisha Auxiliary has started travelling across the state of Odisha in observing Bible Sundays. This is the first visit after the lock-down due to Covid 19 Pandemic. As the Churches are opening for corporate worship, pray for God’s protection and for the safety of our staff members.

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DIMAPUR AUXILIARY – MINISTRY AMONG THE VISUALLY CHALLENGED CHILDREN

The BSI Dimapur Auxiliary had a wonderful time with these blind children. Though they cannot see with naked eyes their superintendent said that they see spiritual things with spiritual eyes. They are very prayerful. They speak good English and Nagamese.

They said that they are very happy to receive Bible. They said that they wanted to read the Word of God but didn’t have anything. So they requested others to read for them and they imitated them. We explained what BSI does and they are so thankful to BSI. We had prayer together.

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BIBLE SUNDAY WERE OBSERVED

The Odisha Auxiliary has started travelling across the state of Odisha in observing Bible Sundays. This is the first visit after the lock-down due to Covid 19 Pandemic. As the Churches are opening for corporate worship, pray for God’s protection and for the safety of our staff members.

Rev. Mathew Skariah, Auxiliary Secretary, BSI Kerala Auxiliary felicitated the new Metropolitan of the Mar Thoma Church, Most Rev. Dr. Theodosius Mar Thoma

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REVIVING THE BSI PETLAD BRANCH, GUJARAT

We thank and praise God for enabling us to revive the BSI Petlad Branch. BSI Branches through Mary Jones’ Fellowship play a very important role in the ministry of the Bible Society of India through Mobilizing of prayer and finance. The BSI Gujarat Auxiliary reaches the entire state of Gujarat with 60 active BSI Branches

We met at the Salvation Army Corps under the leadership of Major Aravind Parmar, DC, along with other leaders of other denominations in Petlad, Anand District, Gujarat. It was an initiative to revive the branch and it was such a joy to see people coming together for the Bible cause even during the pandemic

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APPOINTMENT

We are happy to inform you that Rev. Philip Bari has been installed and inducted as the new Auxiliary Secretary of the BSI Calcutta Auxiliary on December 1st, 2020 during a very well organised meeting / service. Rev. Philip Bari has a Bachelor of Theology degree from Buntain Theological College, Kolkata and Master of Divinity from Southern Asia Bible College, Bangalore. He is an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God Church and has a vast experience in Christian ministry. He is married to Mrs. Sabrina Bari, a home maker. They have two daughters – Karen Bari and Kyrah Bari.

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MEETINGS ORGANIZED BY THE TAMIL NADU AUXILIARY

SIVAKASI BRANCH MEETING:

The Sivakasi Branch meeting was held on November 5th, 2020 evening at Gnanadurai Hospital Chapel. The Branch Officers, Pastors and Supporters have attended the Branch Meeting. The proceedings were much encouraging. All the participants were enthusiastic about the BSI Ministry.

It was decided to conduct the following:

  1. Area Level Meeting on 13.02.2021 (Saturday morning).
  2. Youth Meeting on 13.02.2021(Saturday evening)
  3. Celebrating Bible Sunday in Sivakasi, Sattur, Strivilliputhur, Rajapalayam & Virudhunagar

They are aiming to collect Rs.5,00,000/- as contribution.

TUTICORIN BRANCH MEETING:

The Tuticorin Area Level Branch Meeting was held at CSI St. Patrick’s Church Parish Hall on 6th November 2020 from 10.30 a.m to 1.00 p.m.

The Branch meeting started with prayer offered by Rev. Ratnasingh and the Auxiliary Secretary shared about the hope and protection that God is providing us in this period of pandemic.

Everyone promised to collect more offering and support BSI Ministry.

The Diocesan Men’s Fellowship Director Rev. Jebavasagam invited the Auxiliary Secretary for the forth coming Men’s Fellowship meeting on the 16th of January 2021 to share about BSI Ministry. About 2000 men are to attend this meeting. We are glad to receive this opportunity. The meeting came to an end with fellowship Lunch.

TIRUNELVELI AREA LEVEL MEETING:

The Tirunelveli Area Level Meeting was held on 7th November 2020 from 10.30 a.m to 1.00 p.m at CSI Oswald Hall at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Church. Branch Officers from different Churches attended the meeting. The meeting was held with social distance and pandemic norms. Rev. Peter Devadas, the Presbyter was appreciating the efforts of BSI Ministry during the pandemic period. The Auxiliary Secretary Rev. P. Moses Devadason encouraged the participants for their sacrificial involvement. The Branch Officers shared their promotional activities for the BSI ministry. The meeting came to a close with the fellowship Lunch.

KOVILPATTI AREA LEVEL MEETING:

The Kovilpatti Area Level Meeting was held on Sunday the 8th November 2020 at CSI St. Paul’s Church, Kovilpatti from 4.00 PM to 6.00 PM. Rev. D.G.A. Thomas, the Presbyter of the Church had delivered a speech on God’s Word. The Auxiliary Secretary greeted the Pastors from different denominations. Many young people participated in this meeting. New Branch Officers were nominated and it was explained to them how they could support BSI Ministry. Many varieties of Bibles were exhibited, the people eagerly bought the Bibles.

On 8th November 2020, Sunday the Auxiliary Secretary shared God’s Word at the 8.30 a.m Harvest Festival Service.

 

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