Bible Society

Engaging Youth with God’s Word

Mr. Caleb Martin  Associate Director
BSI – Media and Special Audience

It was indeed an opportunity to interact with Bengaluru city youths on a Sunday evening on 30th January 2022 on a virtual platform. It was wonderful to see youth joining from different venues, some of them from their workplaces to be together and interact. In this digital era, the young people have so much to offer to Church and Society, their skills and abilities are great assets to the Bible Cause. The meeting with the Theme “Sync with God” was organized by the youth of Friends Missionary Prayer Band. Mr. Caleb Martin, the Associate Director, BSI – Media and Special Audience was given an hour to share God’s Word and introduce various resources the BSI has for them. The message was shared from the Gospel of Luke 24:13-35, where Jesus joins with the two disciples who were on their way to Emmaus and how Jesus engaged with them with the Scripture. Jesus spoke to them about “from Moses to all the prophets concerning Him”. These disciples were going through fear, depression, anger and hopelessness as their Master Jesus’ crucifixion was the talk of the town, but all of it changed because now they had a better understanding of God’s Word and how everything is integrated and significant to what happened in and through Christ.  They went back to the same place from where they once wanted to get away. Their experience on the road to Emmaus revived, reformed and transformed them completely.

One of the objectives of BSI is to encourage the church to engage with God’s Word. During the evening meeting, the youth were introduced to the resources that BSI has made for the youth. The Good News – Youth Edition Bible was introduced and the Bible Course developed by The Bible Society was explained. Other Digital gadgets and Bible Apps were also introduced. They were reminded that they are not the future of God’s Mission but very much present. The youths were motivated to engage with God’s Word every day and take simple steps of action. Our desire is to see this generation of youth have a deeper understanding of God’s Word and actively participate for the Bible cause.

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The 73rd Indian Republic Day Flag Hoisting Ceremony of the Bible Society of India

The flag hoisting ceremony was held on the 26th January early morning at the BSI William Carey Centre office, No. 16, Hall Road, Bangalore – 560 005 and in all the offices of the Auxiliaries. A report with pictorial presentations as follows:-

Central Office with Karnataka Auxiliary:

Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko, the General Secretary of the BSI welcomed the gathering and hoisted the flag. Mr. Paul Stephen, Director, Publishing and Marketing Department delivered the Republic Day message calling out the Christian community to be mindful of our duties as good citizens to be caregivers when the society is in need, by abiding with the Laws of the Land in accordance with our Indian Sovereign Constitutions. He concluded his message by saying “Let us continue to serve the nation with Christian values of Liberty, Equality, Justice and Fraternity. Let us not be distracted by the challenging environment to follow and practice our faith. As we involve ourselves in the ministry of the true living Word of God, let us strive to bring the idea of republic Liberty, Equality, Justice and Fraternity into reality in whatever possible way as an individual and as an organisation. That should be our vision for the new and emerging India.”

Republic Day Observed at Auxiliaries:

Rev. Soma Bhatkar, Auxiliary Secretary of Ranchi Auxiliary hoisted the flag and Sr. Marketing Staff Mr. Victor topno shared the message.

Rev. Mathew Skaria, Auxiliary Secretary of Kerala Auxiliary hoisted the flag and shared the Republic Day message

Rev. K. John Vikram, Auxiliary Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Auxiliary hoisted the flag and delivered the Republic Day message

Rev Brajendra Kumar Kauri, Auxiliary Secretary of Odhisha Auxiliary hoisted the flag and delivered the Republic Day message

Rev. Dr. Yiepetso Wezah, Auxiliary Secretary of Dimapur Auxiliary hoisted the flag and delivered the Republic Day message.

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ANTI CONVERSION BILL- A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE

Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko, General Secretary, Bible Society of India

India is a secular democracy where “…religious liberty of both the individuals and associations of individuals united by common beliefs, practices and discipline” is constitutionally guaranteed. The Indian constitution in Article 25 grants to the citizens of India of all religious persuasions freedom to profess, practice and propagate their faith in a way that does not disrupt public order and does not affect public health and morality adversely. Although the Article 25 of the Indian Constitution ensures a fundamental human right of the Indian citizens in no case to be subverted otherwise, several differing attitudes have emerged since its promulgation. Objection to conversion is one of them.

Hindu fundamentalists claim that Christian missionaries and workers forcefully convert Hindus to Christianity. Therefore, Hindu antagonism towards Christianity has accelerated the attitude of Christian persecution spreading across India. Mass re-conversion ceremonies, destruction of churches, and brutal assaults on Christians and pastors have been increasingly evident in the recent months. 

Therefore in spite of the constitutional guarantee as a fundamental human right of every Indian citizen to practice and propagate her/his religion, today there is a strong opposition and challenge to it from Hindu fundamentalists in different forms in various parts of India. Anti-Conversion Bills have been passed in almost 10 states in India. Hence, the Christian believers are falsely alleged against, threatened, and forcibly curbed against practicing and propagating their faith. Those who have not encountered the explained conditions however live in fear of imminent persecution of whatever form. This situation requires us to see the issues involved in a little deeper level.  

Today all the Christians need to have a clear understanding about their purpose of their mission in the contemporary society. All the Christians need to know the struggles of people and response to the need of the people around them. There are various ways in which the Christians can do mission in the midst of the present day challenges.

1. Commitment to the Humanistic Nationalism and Nation

The Christian should strengthen the humanistic nationalism. They must show concern for the weak and marginalized, which is the characteristic of Christian life. The Christian approach to nationalism should start with an active involvement in the struggle for democracy without partiality. Christians have to be convinced that participating in the civic and political life is an essential expression of Christian faith. All the Christians need to love the nation and need to do the best for the upliftment of the nation.

2. Establishing a Just Society

For the Christians, proclamation of the Gospel is the service in which the church can render to every individual  and to all humanity. Service is the basis of Christian mission and justice is its primary concern. God is just, so the mission of the church is not only to preach the Word of God, but to bring justice and peace.  The Christian’s mission is to fight against all kind of oppressive structures and establish righteousness.

3. Getting Into the Politics

Hindutva is a religious ideology, but it is used in India to achieve political ends. The church therefore, should co-operate with any group, both religious and secular, to raise social consciousness among the people. The church should not be churchy, dealing only with the pious activities within the church compound, but they must be conscious about the things going on around them. The Christians must cooperate with the politicians, government, etc…, to eradicate the evil of religious violence.

4. Answer to Violence

Hindutva is also the ideology of religious violence. As an ideology of violence, it needs a hate object to keep itself through aggression. So for them Christians and Muslims are hate objects. Thus, the church as a whole should not look into their threats, but should stand against it and continue the option for justice even in the midst of suffering.

5. Having an Inter Faith Dialogue

Dialogue with other Faiths is the characteristics mode of the church. It will help people from other Faiths to develop positive attitude in the society by giving importance to religious harmony and peace. By maintaining a proper dialogue there will be mutual understanding between different religions.

6. Using of Proper Terms like Conversion

The term conversion often leads to misunderstanding in the context of religious pluralism. Therefore, Christian conversion needs to be reconsidered and interpreted in the light of recent developments in pluralism. The reason behind Christian mission is to transform the lives of the people and not to convert them into new religion or doctrine. The Christians must not have an aggressive attitude towards people of other Faiths or convert the people by force. Rather the Christians need to think openly from the standpoint of religious faith and response positively to the claims of others in the pluralistic socio- religious context of multi- faiths.

7. Maintaining Indian Identity

The Christian identity should not be mixed with that of west. A Christian Indian identity needs to be developed in India. In fact, Christians do participate in the life of the nation along with the people of other Faiths. But it is important to assert their Indian identity. They must be acquainted with the culture. They must heal it and preserve it. 

Conclusion

Hindutva and its ideology reflect the threat to Indian society. The promoters of Hindutva have intensified their efforts to change the country into a monolithic Hindutva mould. Their efforts have resulted in innumerable atrocities being inflicted on religious minorities. Such acts of violence and the ideology that legitimizes them, threaten to destroy the very democratic, secular, and civilizational fabric of the Indian society. It erases the pluralism that underpins the unity of the nation. It undermines the principles of freedom, equality, and justice, as well as to the multi-religious and plural-cultural nature and heritage of Indian society. Therefore, we need to respond with utmost caution and alertness in the present day context.

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E-NEWS LETTER FEBRUARY 2022


ANTI CONVERSION BILL- A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE

India is a secular democracy where “…religious liberty of both the individuals and associations of individuals united by common beliefs, practices and discipline” is constitutionally guaranteed. The Indian constitution in Article 25 grants to the citizens of India of all religious persuasions freedom to profess, practice and propagate their faith in a way that does not disrupt public order and does not affect public health and morality adversely. Although the Article 25 of the Indian Constitution ensures a fundamental human right of the Indian citizens in no case to be subverted otherwise, several differing attitudes have emerged since its promulgation. Objection to conversion is one of them.


The 73rd Indian Republic Day Flag Hoisting Ceremony of the Bible Society of India

The flag hoisting ceremony was held on the 26th January early morning at the BSI William Carey Centre office, No. 16, Hall Raod, Bangalore – 560 005 and in all the offices of the Auxiliaries. A report with pictorial presentations as follows


Introducing the BSI Greek and Hebrew Bibles

Rev. Mathew Skariah, Secretary, BSI Kerala Auxiliary shared about BSI ministry and introduced the BSI Greek and Hebrew Bibles at the CSI Central Kerala Diocesan (MKD) Convention and the meeting was chaired by Rt. Rev. Dr. Sabu Koshy Cherian


Engaging Youth with God’s Word

It was indeed an opportunity to interact with Bengaluru city youths on a Sunday evening on 30th January 2022 on a virtual platform. It was wonderful to see youth joining from different venues, some of them from their workplaces to be together and interact. In this digital era, the young people have so much to offer to Church and Society, their skills and abilities are great assets to the Bible Cause. The meeting with the Theme “Sync with God” was organized by the youth of Friends Missionary Prayer Band. Mr. Caleb Martin, the Associate Director, BSI – Media and Special Audience was given an hour to share God’s Word and introduce various resources the BSI has for them


Let us Pray Together for the Glory of God:-

  • Pray for the upcoming events of North East India Translation Advisory Committee (NEITAC) Meeting and the 50th Year Celebration of Translation Centre Shillong coming up on 10th February 2022.
  • Bibleless:  People of the world’s 7,000 languages, 3,800 still don’t have access to the whole Bible and 2,000 don’t even have a single verse. Pray for the successful completion of Bible translation projects around the world. Ask God to give hope to those still waiting to read Scripture for the first time. 
  •  Deaf People: Ninety-eight percent of Deaf people do not have Scripture in their heart language. Pray for the successful production and distribution of Scripture in the nearly 350 unique sign languages so that Deaf Communities canencounter God through the Holy Word.
  • Trauma Healing Facilitators: There are more than 16,000 trained facilitators who lead trauma healing groups in more than 112 countries. Ask God to give facilitators wisdom and sensitivity as they lead others to a place of spiritual healing.


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E-NEWS LETTER JANUARY 2022

1. “What Are You Doing Here”? – The Power of Discernment

Have you ever gotten somewhere and forgotten how or why you got there? We do it all the time with daily routines, going into auto-pilot mode for our most mundane tasks or daily excursions, so much so that sometimes we stop paying attention to what is happening until something out of the ordinary happens and gets our attention. Or, better yet – have you ever gotten somewhere and forgotten why you were there? Maybe it’s the grocery store or Target, or even your living room. You know you went in there for a reason, but for the life of you, you can’t remember what it was. Some say it’s a sign of aging, which is in part true, but it can also happen when we are stressed out or tired, and lack the capacity to retain information any longer.


2. Bible Society of India 2021 Christmas Carol Service

For the first time in the history of the Bible Society of India, a Christmas Carol Service was held for the whole family of the BSI across India virtually with the staff of Central Offices and 17 Auxiliaries on December 21, 2021 at 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

The BSI General Secretary, Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko joyfully welcomed all the staff across India through the Zoom platform and pleasantly introduced our special Guest and Speaker Rev. Dr. Sanjay A Paul, a Senior Pastor of the Methodist Church of India, Hyderabad Regional Conference, who is also a member of the BSI Executive Committee, and also the President of the Telangana Auxiliary to the online gathering. 

3. Bible Sunday

Aizawl Auxiliary:  As our annual event on every 1st Sunday of December, this year too on December 5, 2021, Bible Sunday was conducted across Aizawl Auxiliary

Odisha Auxiliary: Shared the Word of God in the Church of Epiphany, Cuttack at 9.00 a.m morning service on December 5, 2021.

Kerala AuxiliaryBible Exhibition and inauguration of the Bible Sunday 2021 by BSI Kerala Auxiliary in connection with the Golden Jubilee of BSI Kozhencherry on December 5, 2021.

Tamilnadu AuxiliaryA joyful Bible Sunday Service at CSI, Christ Church, Washermanpet, Chennai  on 05/12/2021.


4. Project Implementation

Empowering Widows and Suffering Women

The Calcutta Auxiliary is blessed with many opportunities to minister to the community and is grateful to the continued support of the CRRM department for its encouragement and its support towards various projects.

Church Relations and Resource Mobilization Department held “Empowering Widows and Suffering Women in India.” programme in Batala city with the BSI North West India Auxiliary

Rev. Sudhakara Raju, Manager, Church Relations and Resource Mobilisation Department, BSI and Rev. Gershombhai Kristi, Auxiliary Secretary, BSI Northwest India Auxiliary in co-ordination with the CNI, Amritsar Diocese, The Central Methodist Church, Batala, The Salvation Army, Divisional Headquarters and the Independent Churches in Batala coordinated four days programmes of Scripture Engagement for Youth, Pastors and Women from December 9th to 11th, 2021.


5. Obituary: Rev. Dr. P.N.S. Chandra Bose

Dear Co-Workers in Christ!

With profound sorrow, we share the news of the demise of Rev. Dr. P.N.S. Chandra Bose on the morning of December 9, 2021 in a hospital at Hyderabad.

Rev. Dr. Chandra Bose was the President of the Bible Society of India between 2013 to 2019, Vice-President between 2007 to 2013 and he served as the Executive Committee member until the end.   He was 72 years old.  His funeral was held on the 10th December 2021 at Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.  Rev. Dr. Bose is survived by his dear wife, the Vice-President of the Bible Society of India, Dr. Mrs.  P. Leela Bose, a son and two daughters.


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“What Are You Doing Here”? – The Power of Discernment

The BSI offices reopened on 3rd January 2022, with Combined Prayer fellowship of all BSI Staff across India. Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko, the General Secretary of the Bible Society of India delivered a very profound and challenging message. The Scripture portion was taken from 1 Kings 19:8-5a and was read by Dn. Ranjit Paswan, Associate Auxiliary Secretary, BSI Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A solemn Order of Worship was led by Dr. Hrangthan Chhungi, Director, Church Relations and Resource Mobilisation. A meaningful time of intercessory prayers was led by Mr. Shantwan Raiborde, Auxiliary Secretary in-charge, BSI Bombay Auxiliary, Rev. Dr. B. J. Syemlieh, Associate Director, Translation Centre Shillong, Rev. Daniel Nath, Auxiliary Secretary, BSI Jabalpur Auxiliary and Rev. Gershombhai Khristi, Auxiliary Secretary, BSI Northwest India Auxiliary.

Overall, the entire New Year Service was solemn and set a right tone to face the uncertainties of the future. The New Year message from the General Secretary is found in its full length here below: 

“What Are You Doing Here”? – The Power of Discernment

Bible Text: 1 Kings 19:8-15a

Have you ever gotten somewhere and forgotten how or why you got there? We do it all the time with daily routines, going into auto-pilot mode for our most mundane tasks or daily excursions, so much so that sometimes we stop paying attention to what is happening until something out of the ordinary happens and gets our attention. Or, better yet – have you ever gotten somewhere and forgotten why you were there? Maybe it’s the grocery store or Target, or even your living room. You know you went in there for a reason, but for the life of you, you can’t remember what it was. Some say it’s a sign of aging, which is in part true, but it can also happen when we are stressed out or tired, and lack the capacity to retain information any longer.

This is where Elijah finds himself in our text. He is stressed out to the max, and on the run from Jezebel, longing for relief. He even asks the Lord to take his life; he is at his end. He finds himself revived in the wilderness, thanks to the attentiveness of angels sent from the Lord with bread and water. And while that sustains him physically, his spirit is still depleted. We hear earlier in the story of how Elijah is down and out, convinced that he is a failure as a prophet.

This experience of Elijah is blatantly honest about the humanity of God’s servants . . . He appears to be totally worn out, fatigued . . . He complains. . . He needs to be told to eat. His view of reality is distorted. He is quick to blame others for the situation in which he has found himself. He feels all alone. Given his attitude, one should expect a divine rebuke. There is not one, however. Instead, there is a series of epiphanies . . . God does not let him go simply because he is burned out and depressed.

God responds in the opposite way, providing him the very basic things he needs to survive: bread and water, and calls him instead on a journey through the wilderness. Now, this is not the first time God has called a prophet into the wilderness. The Israelites hearing this story would have immediately connected the journey to that of Moses in Exodus, spending 40 days and nights with God on Mount Sinai. Here, God leads Elijah to Mount Horeb, which is the name used for Sinai in Deuteronomy. Such leading reminds us that:

when forces in the world threaten us, when our bodies or spirits turn against us, there is One who seeks us, One who meets us, One who heals us, whose love washes over us and sets us free for joy. This One is the Lord.

God calls to Elijah with a question, “what are you doing here, Elijah?” (Verse 9). It is that moment of awakening, when you blink and come to your senses and try to orient yourself.?” It is as if God is displeased by Elijah’s flight, and wants Elijah to reset the course. We all need to hear this kind of call-out questions in life now and again. Sometimes we can offer them to ourselves; other times we need to hear them from others, and we hope they come from those who love us and have the best intentions in mind, rather than call-outs that are intended to shame us into correction.  When done well, they become our re-orientation points, invitations to gain perspective and re-evaluate our purpose so that we can pick back up the difficult everyday tasks of life and make it through. Sometimes our reflections on them are short-lived, but other times, as in the case of Elijah, they represent major turning points in our lives. Elijah is not only having a work crisis, but a spiritual one as well. In theological terms, we call this experience in the cave one of discernment – the process through which we seek to understand God’s will and then try to figure out how we can take a part in it.

But it is not just limited to Elijah, or those on a hike in the wilderness. Such an experience is open to us, too. Our text this morning can be seen as an invitation to experience God’s unexpected encouragement for perseverance in the daily mazes of our lives, whether we are facing abundance, adversity, or dulling routine.

When our souls are “disquieted within us” as the Psalmist says, we are invited to take refuge in God and hope in God, trusting that even in the midst of confusion about who we are, and who we are called to be, God is with us still.

In the Hebrew scriptures, the God of Israel often appeared in fantastic and dramatic ways. When we seek to encounter God with our questions, we yearn for those clear signs. Have you ever begged God for a burning bush or some other direct divine revelation about what you are to do? I have. In seminary I would somewhat jokingly say that God would have to send a great fish, as in the Jonah story, to get me to figure things out. And yet, none of those tremendous things has happened to me, not yet anyway.

Sometimes, it seems, God works in more subtle ways. This is what Elijah finds in 1 Kings. Did you catch the phrase that repeats after the wind, the earthquake, and the fire? “but God was not in” that tremendous sound. That is not to say that God never does those things. Indeed, we know God has from other Biblical narratives. But rather here, God acts in a new and perhaps more challenging way. God is heard in “the sound of sheer silence.”

The words translated “a sound of sheer silence” (qoldemamahdaqqah) can have more than one meaning . . . Qol can mean either sound or voice, demamah can refer to a whisper, silence, or stillness (see Ps 107:29), and daqqah can mean thin, small, fine, or sheer… In contrast to the thundering presence of the storm god Baal, Israel’s God is now present in “a sound of silence,” as in the sound of calm after a storm.

It can be translated in many ways, including “the sound of fine silence,” or conveying the sense of a hushed whisper.  Such a sound allows for centering, a meaningful pause. In the literary world, it might be classified as a “pregnant pause,” one that has energy brewing behind it, just on the cusp of something to be revealed.

This morning, I want to invite you to place yourselves in this story with Elijah, to join him in sitting with this question “what are you doing here?” and reflect on your sense of God’s presence in your life and the direction in which the Spirit might be nudging you.  To help us truly engage in this moment, I will read part of our text again slowly. Our time will include some significant moments of silence, during which I ask that you remain in that stillness and silence as best as you are able, allowing God’s presence to wash over you. Let us prepare to hear God’s Word anew to us:

11. He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind, and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake;

12.and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.

13.When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

What was this like for you? Take a few moments to check in with yourself.

The silence in this story is striking, particularly because it comes from God. Sometimes, we don’t know what to do with such a pause or perceived silence from God.

No one is ever prepared to endure the long silence that follows intimacy . . . no one is prepared to face it when it follows a season of intimacy with God. It is the hardest thing to talk about, and it is the hardest thing in the spiritual journey to prepare for.

We don’t tend to like silence in our faith. It seemingly calls immediate attention to all the things we don’t know about God, or about ourselves – it highlights all the questions that we have about our faith and lives, and even in times of discernment, can bring about more questions than answers. And yet, embracing these moments is a crucial part of the faith journey, alongside a fervent trust that God is with us in these moments of silence, just as God was with Elijah.

Perhaps God is not silent but rather is waiting – waiting for human beings to gather their thoughts, compose themselves, regain their speech, and find their way back into the give-and-take of intimacy with God.

Maybe that’s truly what discernment is all about; not so much discovering a specific set of actions we are supposed to do, but discovering how to reconnect with God when we are jolted out of a faith lived in auto-pilot, and forced to renew our understanding of purpose.

In the Superman movie, Man of Steel, a young Clark Kent becomes overwhelmed by all of the chaos in a school classroom. To escape his sensory overload, he literally bolts from the room and is found hiding in the quiet comforts of the janitor closet. With teachers and students gathered outside, urging him to come out, his mother bursts into the hallway. Calmly, she kneels down by the door and softly speaks to her son. She asks if he hears her voice. He responds yes. She tells him to focus on that, just her voice, to make it his island and swim toward it. After some time and lots of determination, Clark emerges and is immediately embraced by the loving arms of his mother.

After the sound of silence, Elijah emerges from the cave, humble and ready to hear what God would reveal. Here he experiences a bit of surprise, with God asking again “What are you doing here?” and Elijah offering the same response. Such repetition reminds us that even in times of discernment, we can come out in a similar place. And yet, God doesn’t leave Elijah there. God provides direction, specific directions about whom to anoint as the next king, and to whom Elijah is to pass on his mantle of leadership.

In other words, God tells Elijah to go back to work. Elijah does not have to give up his frustration, but God will not let him give in to it.

The same is true for us today. In the midst of difficult decisions, and when confronted with challenging situations in our lives and our world, God does not just let us throw up our hands, declare it all doomed, and go hide in a cave. Instead, through the Holy Spirit, God nudges us into contemplation and reflection with the question “what are you doing here?” Such a question prompts us into an active response to the world and reminds us that we have been created for a purpose. There is work for us to do. Sometimes discovering what that involves pausing, and listening to that hushed whisper. Because in it we know that we are not alone. The God who is alongside us in our chaos, who accompanies us into the wilderness, and who sits with us in the cave, is also the God who leads us out and remains with us, in whirlwinds, in earthquakes, in fires, and yes, even in the sounds of sheer silence. May we find God, and ourselves, there. Amen.

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Obituary: Rev. Dr. P.N.S. Chandra Bose

Dear Co-Workers in Christ!

With profound sorrow, we share the news of the demise of Rev. Dr. P.N.S. Chandra Bose on the morning of December 9, 2021 in a hospital at Hyderabad.

Rev. Dr. Chandra Bose was the President of the Bible Society of India between 2013 to 2019, Vice-President between 2007 to 2013 and he served as the Executive Committee member until the end.   He was 72 years old.  His funeral was held on the 10th December 2021 at Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.  Rev. Dr. Bose is survived by his dear wife, the Vice-President of the Bible Society of India, Dr. Mrs.  P. Leela Bose, a son and two daughters.

Rev. Dr. Chandra Bose was deeply involved in the work and ministry of the BSI both at Central Office and also at the Andhra Pradesh Auxiliary.   His love for God and God’s Word were truly commendable. The contributions he had made to the work and ministry of BSI is immeasurable.  He was a deeply committed and dedicated Christian leader.

We give thanks to God for the life and witness of Rev. Dr. Chandra Bose.  His demise has left a deep void in BSI which is difficult to fill. We will dearly miss him and would ever be grateful to Rev. Dr. Bose for the immense contributions he has made in fulfilling the Mission and Vision of BSI.

May the Lord comfort and strengthen Dr. Mrs. Leela Bose and the dear family members in this difficult time.

The thanksgiving service for the life and ministry of Rev. Dr. P.N.S. Chandra Bose was held at Jehovah Shalom Church in Guntur on 17th December, 2021. The services rendered to several areas of ministry by Rev. Dr. Bose were remembered and in particular, his services towards the Bible cause were venerated. The Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko, BSI General Secretary, highlighted the contributions of Rev. Dr. Bose to BSI and in particular to Andhra Pradesh (AP) Auxiliary. Rev. K. John Vikram, AP Auxiliary Secretary, read out the condolence messages of Dr. Michael Perreau, UBS Director General, and the Most Rev. Dr. P. C. Singh, Moderator, CNI and President BSI. Bro. Johnson, AP Auxiliary President and Rev. K. John Vikram have presented 20 Bibles to the family of Late Rev. Dr. Bose to distribute to the staff of the Hospital which was his last desire.

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Project Implementation

Calcutta AuxiliaryDecember 13th 2021

Empowering Widows and Suffering Women

The Calcutta Auxiliary is blessed with many opportunities to minister to the community and is grateful to the continued support of the CRRM department for its encouragement and its support towards various projects. On the December 13, 2021, the Calcutta Auxiliary hosted a group of women for a Scripture Engagement in their Office premises. It was a good informal session that spread happiness and brought cheers to all present amongst the staff and the invitees.

It began by the staff introducing themselves and creating openness amongst the group, it was followed by sharing of a little bit of their lives. As the winter cold of Calcutta sets in, affecting the poor families, it was a wonderful gesture when each person present received a blanket, food provision and a bible as a gift. Many women could not hold back their emotion of joy when they received Bible for their own. There was a great joy and gratitude to God as a day was led by Rev. Philip Bari, the Calcutta Auxiliary Secretary and the staff with Bible reflection, praise and worship.

Church Relations and Resource Mobilization Department held “Empowering Widows and Suffering Women in India.” programme in Batala city with the BSI North West India Auxiliary

Rev. Sudhakara Raju, Manager, Church Relations and Resource Mobilisation Department, BSI and Rev. Gershombhai Kristi, Auxiliary Secretary, BSI Northwest India Auxiliary in co-ordination with the CNI, Amritsar Diocese, The Central Methodist Church, Batala, The Salvation Army, Divisional HeadQuarters and the Independent Churches in Batala coordinated four days programmes of Scripture Engagement for Youth, Pastors and Women from December 9th to 11th, 2021. We thank God for giving us the opportunity to get engaged with the Batala city Christian community for the ministry of the Bible Society of India for the first time in this region. The 4 days programme focussed mainly on how to get the Youth, the Pastors and the Women actively involved in the Ministry of the Bible Society through their gift of time and energy, and become the agent for transformation through Scripture Engagement, especially among the Christian community of the poor widows and suffering women in the state of Punjab. We greatly acknowledge the hospitality of Rev. Dr. Vinata Roy, Presbyter-in-Charge CNI Epiphany Church, Batala and the Pastorate Committee for graciously hosting the programmes in their Church with all the participants. We want to say a very big thank you to the Churches such as Ephiphany CNI Church, The Central Methodist Church, the Salvation Army Church in Amritsar and in Batala for welcoming the BSI to have Bible Sunday services.  Let us continue to pray for God’s continued blessings for all the Churches in Batala and all the participants in the programmes for their commitment to the Bible cause.

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BIBLE SUNDAY

 

Aizawl Auxiliary: As our annual event on every 1st Sunday of December, this year too on December 5, 2021, Bible Sunday was conducted across Aizawl Auxiliary and in many Indian cities among the Mizo congregations. Pictures: Khatla East Presbyterian Church, Aizawl at the Sunday morning service and Mission Vengthlang Presbyterian Church, Aizawl at the evening service with the BESY Choir.

Odisha Auxiliary: Shared the Word of God in the Church of Epiphany, Cuttack at 9.00 a.m morning service on December 5, 2021. We have witnessed God’s blessings and grace as the congregation gave great attention to the Word of God.

Kerala Auxiliary: Bible Exhibition and inauguration of the Bible Sunday 2021 by BSI Kerala Auxiliary in connection with the Golden Jubilee of BSI Kozhencherry on December 5, 2021. Hand paintings of plants in the Bible by botany professor Dr. Mrs. Annie J. Mathews are also being exhibited.

 Tamilnadu Auxiliary: A joyful Bible Sunday Service at CSI, Christ Church, Washermanpet, Chennai  on 05/12/2021.

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EXHIBITION IN COLLABORATION WITH THE BOOK ROOM

 

ANDHRA PRADESH-AUXILIARY

The Bible Society of India Andhra Pradesh Auxiliary in collaboration with The Book Room, Bangalore has organized a National Bible Fair from 19-21 November, 2021 at CSI St. Paul’s Basilica in Vijayawada. The BSI National Vice-President & AP Auxiliary Treasurer Dr. Mrs. P. Leela Bose inaugurated the Bible Fair in the presence of Mr. Paul Stephen, Director-Publishing & Marketing, Bro. M. Johnson, AP Auxiliary Vice-President, Rev. K. John Vikram, AP Auxiliary Secretary, and  local branch leaders and pastors. The Scriptures of various categories were exhibited and sold to the public. The local churches and book sellers have made ample  use of this opportunity.


RANCHI AUXILIARY

Annual Bible Exhibition cum sale: The Annual Bible Exhibition and Sale of BSI Ranchi Auxiliary was held on 22nd – 30th November in Bible house, Ranchi. Even in the midst of this pandemic situation, many people visited this event with great excitement as the discount was the main attraction of this sale. Along with the bulk order ,people purchased different kinds of Bibles for their own family members, relatives and friends. On the last day, it was so encouraging to see a family, purchasing three different  Bibles for its three members. In this way, we see God’s hand in helping Bible society to reach out with the Word of God to people groups of different languages  and different age groups. Praise be to our God


TAMIL NADU AUXILIARY

The Bible Society of India, Tamilnadu Auxiliary & The Book Room joined  together in conducting the  National Bible Fair – 2021 at the Madras Memorial Hall, Chennai, from 26th to 28th November 2021 ( Friday to Sunday) .The inauguration and the new Bible  release  took place on 25th November 2021. Rev John Giridharan of Madras Diocese presided over the inaugural function and explained about the importance of the Word of God. Mr. Paul Stephen Director- Publishing & Marketing gave a brief explanation about the Bible Exhibition as well as new publications. Rev.P.Moses Devadason the Sr. Auxiliary Secretary,  Tamilnadu extended his greetings and welcomed the Pastors, supporters and the gathering. All three days there  was intermittent rain causing water logging in many parts of Chennai. To our great surprise the Lord brought many people inspite of the adverse weather conditions.  God’s grace was beyond our expectation and we were able to cross rupees one crore mark in our sale. Once again we praise God for his grace and mercy.

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