October 2022

The Bible Society of India and the Catholic Church Affinity The Kannada Inter-Confessional Bible Workshop

It was God’s grace that has sustained the smooth functioning of the Re-editing Kannada of Inter-Confessional Bible project. It is an ongoing translation project comprising of the dedicated Core Translator Team both from the BSI-Catholic institutions. The translation checking has been conducting through the extensive Translators’ Workshops in the BSI William Carey Centre Office, under the supervision and guidance of Rev. Dr. Along Jamir, Translation Director, Translation Department. Indeed, the team is grateful to our respected General Secretary, Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko for his generous and constant support towards the noble cause. The checking work is well in progress. The committed Core Translator Team has been intended for intensive translation workshops to keep up the time schedule within the frame of the planning project. Thus, the team has been engaged to focus on the completion of the checking of the New Testament books this year 2022. During the year 2022, three workshops had already been conducted by the Translation Department in the months of February (22 nd -24 th ), April (26 th -29 th ), and August (30 th -2 nd September). Subsequently, the team has also decided to meet on the following months: October (11 th -14 th ), November (15 th -17 th ) and December (6 th -9 th ) to accelerate the task of translation checking. In order to systematize, and to have an error free Bible, a small group was formed within the umbrella of the Core Translator Committee. At this stage, as a team, we affirm the wholehearted dedication of the Translators of the Core Committee which enhanced the translation checking process towards the achievement of our goal. We sincerely request for the continuous prayer support of our dear readers for this project.

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66 th Annual General Meeting & Thanks giving Service of the Kerala Auxiliary

The 66 th Annual General Meeting & Thanksgiving Service of the Kerala Auxiliary was held on Saturday, 1 st October 2022 at All Saints CSI Church, Thrissur. It was presided over by Auxiliary President Most Rev. Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos Metropolitan. The Rt. Rev. Baker Ninan Fenn, Bishop in CSI Cochin Diocese inaugurated the Meeting. He exhorted that the reading and meditation of the Word of God enlightens people, gives wisdom to discern between right and wrong and that leads to goodness. Vice President Bishop Dr. Oommen George, BSI Central Council member and the Rt. Rev. Abraham Mar Paulos Episcopa blessed the meeting with their presence & speech. The Auxiliary Secretary, Rev. Jacob Antony Koodathinkal presented the Annual Report, and Treasurer, Mr. Jacob John presented the Annual Accounts for the year 2021- 2022. The Auxiliary Committee members & dignitaries such as Rev. Dr. Issac V. Mathew, Mrs. Starla Luke, Chev. Prof. Baby M. Varghese, Rt. Rev. Dr. Ostin Paul, Rev. Johnson E. George, Lt. Col. Daniel J Raj, Mr. M. C. George, Dr. P. C. Thomas, Dr. P. C. Abraham and Mr. George Thomas spoke in the Meeting. Mr. Immanuel Henry, Trivandrum, the man who was placed in the “Limca Book of Records” for his hand written Bible was honored in the meeting. The meeting also paid homage to the members who are in heavenly abode and praised God for their valuable services for the BSI ministry. Awards were given to regions and branches that excelled in resource mobilization. The Auxiliary Committee members, Church leaders & members, representatives from different regions/branches of the Auxiliary and Auxiliary staff participated in the meeting. Bible exhibition & discount sale were conducted as part of the Annual Meeting.

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Celebration of International Translation Day at Telangana Auxiliary

30 th September is celebrated as International Translation Day. As the Bible Society of India, Telangana Auxiliary staff we have celebrated it with the Deaf and Speech impaired community members, it was a wonderful experience to learn something new and good. We had Mrs. Persiswho is a Librarian at Govt. Degree College, Bhodhan, Mr. Rambabu who works as Cash Counter Attendant in KFC, Secunderabad and Mrs. Nagendramma who works as a Cook and Cleaner in a Hostel, ECIL.

The program was started with a word of prayer by Mrs. Persis in Sign Language later we have learned an action song and she expressed how Bible plays important role in her Life. She showed how they understand the Bible by drawings, each Bible verse has a different drawing. Mrs. Persis has a Book which she carries with her every-time, in which all the Bible verses are in drawings. She explained the Bible verse with Signs and pictures, which was a task for everyone to understand, later she showed her drawings with verses in her book. Mr. Rambabu prayed in Sign language and Mrs. Nagendramma has sung a song in Sign Language. All the three have
expressed their views and they were very happy to be part of this program.

As Telangana Auxiliary team started a pilot project to Translate Bible into Indian Sign Language for the Deaf and Speech impaired people. This exposure and experience were a good learning time for all the staff. We, the staff at Telangana Auxiliary bought T-Shirts with the Theme – Sign Languages Unite Us. These interactions and fellowship made us sensitive and sensible towards the scriptural needs of the Deaf and Speech impaired communities.

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Taste and See that the LORD is Good

The goodness of God is not only an attribute of God but a foundational truth every Christian should embrace. Many of us who check the news everyday may be dismayed to see all sorts of bad and unpleasant things happening around the world. With all the bad news circulating around us, we sometimes get caught up with negativity around us and are threatened to draw away from God. Therefore, it is important for us to learn to detect the movement of God and see the goodness of God in everything, everywhere.

Tasting God’s goodness

For a long time during my childhood I did not like chingit (michingi patta), and I never even intended to try it. I didn’t like it mainly because of its look and smell. It has sharp conical thorns or spines on the red-brown stems and trunk, and even the leaves have spines on them! Furthermore, chingit has a strong odour and, for me, it smells like the bed bugs! However, my father kept on insisting me to taste it. It was like “Taste and see that chingit was good.” So, I tried it. Strangely and unexpectedly, with the first taste I started liking it! And now, chingit has become one of my most favourite Mizo bai (cuisine).

When the Psalmist says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good,” he is not talking about ‘testing God.’ But he is talking about “tasting God’s goodness.” To ‘taste’ here is literally to perceive by experiencing. It involves a conscious decision to be involved, to experience it by yourself, to be in it so that you would see how good the Lord is. It is a kind of what they call ‘acquired taste’ – you only like them after you have become familiar with the taste. In this verse, ‘taste and see’ does not mean that we are to check God’s credentials, but rather it is a warm invitation to “Try this; I know you will like it.”

Finding God in a world of ‘busy-ness’

We are living in a world of “busy-ness” – busy people, busy streets, busy telephone line, busy traffic, and so on. We are so busy with our jobs, our studies, our families, our social and ecclesiastical responsibilities that we often forget to think about God, about God’s goodness that always surrounds us. Everyone seems to be busy with our own interest, living in our own comfort zone without looking for God who is always around us. This has often been the reason why we cannot find God and his goodness in certain areas and occasions in our lives.

John S. Dunne tells of early Spanish sailors who reached the continent of South America after a tiring and difficult voyage. They sailed into the headwaters of the Amazon, an expanse of water so wide the sailors presumed it to be a continuation of the Atlantic Ocean. They did not even try to drink the water, since they expected it to be saline, and as a result, some of these sailors died of thirst. These men died of thirst because they did not know that their ship floated on the world’s largest source of fresh water! Likewise, some people starve to death spiritually while plenty of things are in store all around them. One important thing here is that we only need to look for traces of God everywhere.

There are people who could not see God’s goodness because they have not tried it. Meanwhile, there are people who always praise and thank God because they recognize the goodness of God in everything they see and meet. The only difference is whether one has a heart to find and see signs of God’s presence in every time of his/her life.

How big is your God?

In order to see the goodness of God, we need to remember how massive God is. King Solomon makes an amazing statement in I Kings 8:27: “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you.” Have you ever wondered how big our God is? The question may sound, at first, like a childish question. But it is also a question that philosophers deal with while trying to grasp the existence
and nature of God. The fact is, it is not possible to define God by human standards of size and measurement. The following illustration might give you a better perspective of this age-old question.

A boy once asked his father, “What is the size of God?” Then the father looked up at the sky and saw a plane and asked his son, “What is the size of the plane?” The boy replied, “It is very small. I can hardly see it.” Then the father took him to the airport. As they approached a plane, the father asked his son, “How big is the plane now?” “Wow Dad, it’s huge!” he yelled. Then the father told him, “God’s size depends on how close or far you are from God. The closer you are to God, the greater and greater God will be in your life.”

Let us remember that when it seems like God is far away, God is not the one that moved. It is we who move away from God. The Bible tells us that God is not far from each one of us, God places us where we are so that we would search and find God (Acts 17:27-28). Let us, therefore, share the conviction of the Psalmist who says, “But for me it is good to be near God” (Psalm 73:28).

We must trust that every breath, every day of our life is in the precious hands of God, who is all- good, all-powerful, and all-merciful toward us. It is only when we taste and see God’s goodness that we will be able to rejoice in the Lord always and serve God with gladness.

Rev. Remlalfaka,

Auxiliary Secretary,

BSI, Aizawl Auxiliary

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BSI E-NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2022

Taste and See that the LORD is Good!

The goodness of God is not only an attribute of God but a foundational truth every Christian should embrace. Many of us who check the news everyday may be dismayed to see all sorts of bad and unpleasant things happening around the world. With all the bad news circulating around us, we sometimes get caught up with negativity around us and are threatened to draw away from God. Therefore, it is important for us to learn to detect the movement of God and see the goodness of God in everything, everywhere….

Rev. Remlalfaka,

Auxiliary Secretary, BSI, Aizawl Auxiliary.

Celebration of International Translation Day at Telangana Auxiliary

30 th September is celebrated as International Translation Day. As the Bible Society of India, Telangana Auxiliary staff we have celebrated it with the Deaf and Speech impaired community members, it was a wonderful experience to learn something new and good. We had Mrs. Persiswho is a Librarian at Govt. Degree College, Bhodhan, Mr. Rambabu who works as Cash Counter Attendant in KFC, Secunderabad and Mrs. Nagendramma who works as a Cook and Cleaner in a Hostel, ECIL…..

66th Annual General Meeting & Thanks giving Service of the Kerala Auxiliary

The 66 th Annual General Meeting & Thanksgiving Service of the Kerala Auxiliary was held on Saturday, 1 st October 2022 at All Saints CSI Church, Thrissur. It was presided over by Auxiliary President Most Rev. Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos Metropolitan. The Rt. Rev. Baker Ninan Fenn, Bishop in CSI Cochin Diocese inaugurated the Meeting.

The Bible Society of India and the Catholic Church Affinity
The Kannada Inter-Confessional Bible Workshop

It was God’s grace that has sustained the smooth functioning of the Re-editing Kannada of Inter- Confessional Bible project. It is an ongoing translation project comprising of the dedicated Core Translator Team both from the BSI-Catholic institutions. The translation checking has been conducting through the extensive Translators’ Workshops in the BSI William Carey Centre Office, under the supervision and guidance of Rev. Dr. Along Jamir, Translation Director, Translation Department…..

Intercessory Prayer

Thank you for your prayer support for the Bible exhibition in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Auxiliary held during October 2 to October 9, 2022 to different churches. We had a blessed programme. Continue to pray for the minsitry of the Bible Society of India in these Islands so that Bible may reach everyone who is in need of God’s word. Pray for the distribution of offering boxes as we plan to reach out to all our well wishers in the islands.
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