It was on May 9, 2022 at 9:00 am in the morning, the family of the Bible Society of India observed the United Bible Societies Day of combined Prayer Fellowship, which was observed across the large family of the UBS all over the world. As part of our Combined Prayer Fellowship, where all the BSI Staff across the Central Offices in Bangalore and 17 Auxiliaries and the Translation Centre Shillong came together and had a very meaningful time of prayer and worship for the Bible movement and for the ministry of the United Bible Societies.
Rev. Dr. Alexander M Isaac, Professor, Theology and Ethics was invited as our Guest Speaker. Rev. Dr. Alexander is the nephew of (Late) Rev Dr. John Philippose, who was one of the pioneers in Bible Translation works, especially in the office of the Translation Centre in Shillong as Translation Consultant in the year 1981 – 1982. To acknowledge the meritorious service of (Late) Rev. Dr. John Philippose for the Bible Society of India, his Certificate of Appreciation was handed to Rev Dr. Alexander M. Isaac, which was supposed to be done during the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Translation Centre in Shillong on 10th February 2022 on virtual celebration.
The Speaker emphatically reminded us of the importance of ‘Reading Out Loud’ (ROL) of the Bible in private meditation, in public square and in the Christian gatherings. ‘Reading Out Loud’ is the process of understanding the intrinsic meaning of the text that we read out loud and in return that helps the reader and the hearer in engaging with the Scripture in a deeper level of transformation. The Eunuch was ‘Reading Out Loud’ the scroll of Isaiah, on hearing the text read out loud, Philip was sent to him by the Holy spirit and invited by the Eunuch for more discussion and understanding of the text in its context. (Ref: Acts 8: 26-31).
We had spent a very meaningful time of intercessory prayers by following the official prayer points sent out by the UBS. Also a period of silent prayer was observed by following the Video presentation created by the UBS Church Relations Department.
We also had our esteemed guests in our UBS Day of Prayer, Rev. Enid M. Almanzar, Director, Global Access Partnerships, American Bible Society and Ms. Joy Varnay, Asia-Pacific Regional Manager, American Bible Society as part of their official visit to the Bible Society of India. We are grateful to have them in our midst. Apart from the Morning prayer time spent together, they were with us for the whole day, we shared and exchanged news and updates of our activities, project and visions for our future. The partnership between the American Bible Society and the Bible Society of India is a blessed and long cherished one. We thank God for their visit and the fellowship that we shared for the Bible cause.