Reformation: A Challenge to Break Boundaries and Barriers
Friends, as we celebrate the Reformation Day again this year on the 31st October 2021, I want to suggest that we of all people are in need of reformation.
In Acts 10, we read a beautiful story of Reformation. Apostle Peter receives a vision from God. In that vision, God showed him a sheet, and inside that sheet were all kinds of unclean animals.
Now Peter was a faithful, Bible obeying Jew. He knew what the Scriptures taught. He knew what the consequences were for disobeying the word of God. He could not eat these unclean animals. They were forbidden by God. They would defile him. They would separate him from God.
BSI NATIONAL BUDGET WORKSHOP VIRTUALLY FROM
OCTOBER 19–21, 2021
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.
OBSERVANCE OF WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
The Bible Society of India observed the “World Mental Health Day” by following the special order of service prepared by the BSI Media and Special Audience Department on October 10th, 2021.
It was started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health. World Mental Health Day is now observed on 10th October every year, to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.
Mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health. About 1 billion people are living with mental disorders; 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol, and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide. Social stigma, discrimination, and human rights abuses of people with mental health conditions further precipitate the situation of mental health disorders.