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OBSERVANCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY 2021

The International Indigenous Peoples Day was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994. It was decided that the International Indigenous People Day shall be observed on 9 August every year. By following this, on 17 September 2010, during the Annual General Body Meeting of the National Council of Churches in India in Bangalore, for the first-time announced observance of the NCCI-Tribal and Adivasi Sunday.  Since 2011, every year the Indian Church is celebrating this day with special Liturgy designed along with the theme for the year.  This year the theme for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is ‘Leaving No One Behind’ (1 Corinthians 10:24).

The Bible Society of India joined hands with the National Council of Churches in India in observing 9th August 2021 as the Tribal and Adivasi Day. Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko, the General Secretary of the Bible Society of India, a very meaningful worship was conducted through the Department of Church Relations and Resource Mobilization. All the 16 Auxiliaries from various parts of India and the Central Office in Bangalore participated in the programmed virtually in solidarity with the Tribal and Adivasi people in India. Special songs and dance (video clipping) from the auxiliaries had added colors and joy of the worship service. Bishop Anand Sebeyan Hermon, who is a retired Bishop of the Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church, Odisha was our guest speaker for this occasion with the message of justice, peace, dignity and equality of all people. Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko, in his final remarks and closing prayer re-iterated the responsibility of the Church and Christian Institutions and Organizations to get actively involved in responding to a call for doing right to those who are wronged and bringing justice for those who are facing the onslaught of systematic and social injustice and discriminations like the people of the Tribals and Adivasis in India.

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Chennai Bible Exhibition

 

‘ I have come to get an ESV bible’ said one visitor to the Bible Exhibition. ” I have come to get a large print Bible for my mother”, said another. “I got a children’s Bible for my daughter”, said a father.

There was a Bible for everyone at the Chennai Bible Exhibition.

The Chennai Bible Exhibition is a flagship distribution progam of the Bible Society of India. This is a much awaited annual event. Like always, we have an overwhelming response from churches, Book shops and the faithful.

Happy to be at the service of those who read God’s Word, love it and live by it. We pray that the Bibles will reach every hand, heart and home!

I have never seen such an awesome collection of various versions of the Bible. Extremely well organised. And very customer friendly. I wanted to buy an audio Bible and the person in charge personally made sure I got it on time. Hats off to the Bible Society Of india – Carol Rebekah

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BSI Day @ the Ecumenical Convention

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Rev.Matthew Skaria, BSI Auxiliary Secretary, Kerala shared the Word on the BSI Day at the Ecumenical Convention, Kattapara, Idukki, Kerala. The Auxiliary also conducted a Bible Exhibition. We thank God for oppotunities for the promotion of the Bible cause and Bible advocacy.

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BSI Central Council Meeting

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Every three years the Executive Committee of the BSI along with the delegates from the BSI Auxiliaries across the country gather together to assess the Bible work and work on strategic direction for the next triennium . The Central Council consists of the Executive Committee, the office bearers of the Auxiliaries, and delegates representing the Auxiliaries across the country.

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This year about 115 delegates gathered for the 27th Triennial Central Council meeting in Bangalore.   As many as 16 youth representatives (under 30) attended the council for the first time.

The theme of the Central Council was Philadelphia Promise:  Resourcing the vision and mission of the BSI. The key characteristics of the Philadelphia Promise are:

  1. Focus on Audiences and their representation in our programs
  2. Strengthen Church Relations and build new relationships with Churches not involved in our work
  3. Share resources such as expertise, talent and scholarship with neighbouring Bible Societies
  4. Mobilise resources to Support Bible work in needy areas
  5. Integrate digital into our Mission to reach new audiences generating greater engagement
  6. Promote succession planning and talent management
  7. Increase Sustainability, minimise waste and maximise impact
  8. Develop Wholistic Programs to meet total needs persons or of communities.

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It was a privilege to have Rev.Dr.Robert Cunville, President, UBS, Mr. Michael Perreau, (Director General of UBS) along with Rev.Dr.Roy Pererson (the President & CEO of ABS) at the Central Council meetings.

A good number of leaders from various Bible Societies and denominational Churches brought Greetings and Goodwill messages:

  • The Most Re Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma, Metropolitan, Malankara Marthoma Syrian Church
  • The Most Re Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos.Metropolitan, Malankara Orthodox Church
  • The Archbishop Felix Anthony Machado, Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Vasai, Mumbai
  • The Re Dr. Mar Atsongchanger, Executive Secretary,Ao Baptist Church Association Mission Centre
  • Mr. Alwan Masih, General Secretary of the Church of North India Synod
  • The Rev. Liton Mrong, General Secretary, Bangladesh Bible Society
  • The Rev. Mathew K. Punnoose, General Secretary, Malaysian Bible Society
  • Dr. Julian Sundersingh, Ministry Resource Facilitator& Global Literacy Coordinator, Global Mission Team:   Global Ministry Exchange
  • The Revd. Daniel Cheng, General Secretary, Bible Society of Taiwan

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The General Secretary and the Directors presented their reports of the respective departments.  They also presented their strategic plans for the next 3 years. The work of the BSI Auxiliaries were appreciated and awards were presented for “Excellence in contribution and distribution”.

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  1. Aizawl Auxiliary received the award of excellence for raising contributions.
  2. Tamil Nadu received the award of Excellence for Bible Distribution
  3. Kerala Auxiliary received the Award of Excellence for Overall Performance

Awards of Appreciation was also distributed to the Auxiliaries in recognition of their Bible work. The Central Council also elected the Most Revd. Dr. P.C. Singh as its President, Dr. Mrs. Leela Bose – as Vice President and Revd. Premkumar Soans the Treasurer. The Outgoing Office Bearers, namely, President, Vice President and Treasurer were honoured for their faithful service.

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To God be the glory for all great things that God did in and through the Bible Society of India Team during the Triennium as well as what God is going to do during the next Triennium.

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