FEBRUARY 2021

Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko ,General Secretary

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the international community to make 2021 “a year of healing” in his video message for the New Year. Excerpts of his speech are worth pondering over:

“Together, let us make peace among ourselves and with nature, tackle the climate crisis, stop the spread of Covid-19, and make 2021 a year of healing. Healing from the impact of a deadly virus. Healing broken economies and societies. Healing divisions. Healing the planet. He also added that “that must be our New Year’s Resolution for 2021”.

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1940s: United Bible Societies is founded to strengthen Bible Society work around the world

In May 1946, less than a year after the most destructive global conflict in human history, representatives from Bible Societies in 13 countries gathered at the Elfinsward Conference Centre in Haywards Heath, England. Convinced more than ever of the “need of the world for the Word of God”, the delegates set in motion the formation of a truly global Bible fellowship—the United Bible Societies.

The attendees—each with their own traumas from war—were determined to work together, “so that at this time of need, the fullest effort may be made in co-operation with other Bible Societies to meet the need and seize the opportunity to supply to the stricken world the Word of Life and Strength.”

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CHURCH RELATIONS’ DAY / UNITY OCTAVE

The BSI Church Relations’ Day and Unity Octave was observed on January 22nd, 2021 at 9.00 a.m. virtually across India.

Being the handmaiden of the Church, the BSI deeply values the support and partnership that she shares with the Church as an agent of God’s Mission to spread the Love of God.

Rev. Dr. Dexter Maben, Assistant Secretary, Church of South India, Karnataka Central Diocese and Presbyter-in-Charge, St. Andrew’s Church, Bangalore brought God’s Word.  Dwelling on the Gospel of John 15:1-17, the speaker re-iterated the importance of being rooted in Christ the true vine to show unity in life, faith and witness amidst challenges in life.

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AUXILIARIES’ ACTIVITIES ANDHRA PRADESH AUXILIARY

The BSI Andhra Pradesh Auxiliary organized Bible Exhibition at SIMMS Baptist Church, Vizianagaram. We are thankful to Mr. R. S. John, Auxiliary Committee Member for all his efforts in organizing the Bible Exhibition.

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BOMBAY AUXILIARY

Rev. Abhijeet V. Sasane, Auxiliary Secretary, BSI Bombay Auxiliary had an opportunity to share God’s Word and also shared about the work of the Bible Society of India in the Catholic Church

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TELANGANA AUXILIARY

The BSI Telangana Auxiliary recently distributed Braille Calendars to the visually challenged. They were excited to feel the calendars. Later, prayers were offered for their well-being..

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