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Lay Congress 2014

SOUTHERN ASIA DIVISION OF SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST

SABBATH SCHOOL PERSONAL MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT

LAY CONGRESS 2014

November 5-9, 2014

Raymond Memorial Higher Secondary School- Falakata, West Bengal

 

Southern Asia Division wide Lay Congress was held from November 5-9, 2014 in Raymond Memorial High School at Falakata, West Bengal by Sabbath School Personal Ministries Department. This Lay Congress was held after ages of 30. It is an historic event!  1300 delegates were gathered and overflowed the meeting hall from all parts of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Andaman and Maldives.   The meeting started on November 5 at 04:00 pm with prayer, airborne color balloons, multicolored march procession with flags and banners by Unions, Fields and Division Institutions delegates to the meeting hall.  The Lay delegates were seated according to the units.  The theme of the Lay Congress was “SERVICE BEYOND COMMITMENT”.

The inaugural ceremony address was given by the Division Executive Secretary, Dr. Gordon Christo.  After Spiritual Manna, delegates were fed with appetizing supper and retired after the prayer bands.

        

Next day the meeting started with devotion by Pastor Chelladurai, Southeast India Union President, who stressed the point of Missionary doctor’s daughter Madam Ida Scudder’s vision and the humble beginning of the Christian Medical College in Vellore. Dr. Gordon Christo had taken the first session.  His message had decorated a picture of SDA church history and how the SDA message penetrated to India by the missionaries with their sacrifices. Every session was begun with language Special group devotional songs by lay delegates.

Dr. Edison Samraj presented a message on the topic “Building the Church”. He stressed the seven point objectives of the church members.

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The delegates were divided to attend different seminars, designed by Pr. Hidayat Masih, SSPM director. The seminars were held in nine rooms with the assigned topics by the resource personnel.  Afternoon Pastor Daniel Devadas presented on the topic “Small Group Ministry.”  Without laity the work will not be completed.  Lay members should have to extend their hands in strengthening the work of Southern Asia Division to reach millions people of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Andaman and Maldives.  Dr. Franklin Samraj, HR and Health Director of SUD, had taken a session on ASI how are the Lay persons connected to the historic aspect of the church. Then the lay members of SDA had joined and formed an association of Adventist service of Lay Members in India and elected the officers of ASI in India.

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 November 7th morning the day started with devotion by pastor Maywald Jesudass who stressed the power of the Holy Spirit working among the members How the Holy Spirit empowered work in the first century Christians.  He was presenting it powerfully he could not complete talk but he promised he will complete in the next session.  ASI resource personnel, Elder Ronald Oliver, had presented a topic on “Role of Laities in the church growth.”   Lay delegates were dismissed to attend Seminars which were held by different resource personnel with the assigned topic in the assigned venue.  Afternoon session was taken by Dr. Justus Devadas who stressed on the topic “Benefit of Adventist Education”.  He also presented what Spicer Adventist University can do for the young people of the Church. During the vesper meeting, Dr. Jeremiah preached about power of prayer in the part of the members which strengthen. He presented some striking examples.

         

The Sabbath started with immense multitude of delegates’ songs and prayers on time.  The union Sabbath School department directors had organized the Sabbath school program. Lesson study was conducted by a panel led by lay leaders of the church.

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Pastor R John, Division President, delivered the message during the Divine hour. He challenged the members for the unselfish and whole hearted help toward the work of God.  He presented gospel commission and our commitment to fulfill the task. After noon we had prayer session led by Dr. S Johnson, Director of Hope Channel and Dr. John Stephen, Director of Jeeva Jyothi Medical Ministry. The Sabbath afternoon, the Commitment Service was piloted by R John. Our Laities were committed themselves to serve the Lord beyond their service.  The last event was a climax of the cultural program was presented by RMHS students and delegates from various states.  

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November 9th, the final day, Sunday had arrived for the closing ceremony.  Pastor Maywald Jesudass, English Church Pastor, Hosur, had taken the morning devotional message.   Pr. Hidayat Masih, the organizer of Lay Congress event, gave a vote of thanks to each and every participant, resource personnel, assistant; RMHS school Staff, faculty and the Principal.  He thanked specially the Hope Channel Director, Dr. S Johnson and his team for their untiring performance on focusing cameras, recording, editing, lighting, sound proofing the whole event of the Lay Congress as history. This will help us to rewind and review this event in future.  We as team thank God for His presence and His Holy Spirit guidance throughout the program.

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Our Laities were equipped, trained, inspired and fed with spiritual manna as well as physical food by this Lay Congress.   This will pave a way for them to serve the Lord beyond their commitment in their respective venue to spread the word of God to their neighbor and to their community.  They may be longing to expect like this event in the future.  Kindly remember our laities and their performance to serve the Lord in your special Daily Prayers.  Amen!

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UNITY AMONG BRETHREN: RECONCILIATION AND REVIVAL - THE NEED OF THE HOUR

Psalm 133: 1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

When brothers are living in unity, it is a foretaste of heaven on earth, and the heaven is well pleased. Then there will be showers of blessing fall from heaven. When brothers prayed in the upper room with one accord in the first century they have received the Holy Spirit. And this message reached the whole world in the first century itself, breaking the strongholds of Satan. Today, covetousness, jealousy, hatred, racism etc. are spreading like wildfire in the church. Unless we unite together and forgive each other and live in unity, we cannot restore the old path that was broken. For this to happen, we need a real revival in the church. Prayer is the heart beat of revival .Without it, we are dead. Fasting and prayer are prerequisites for revival. When this unity will happen through prayer, the Lord will send the latter rain abundantly. Real conversion and revival take place in the lives of His people that will lead to unity and harmony among the members. Together, they can stand for repairing the breach and to build up the old paths so that others also can experience revival and reformation in their lives.

 

Our relationship with our heavenly Father will open the way to love our brothers and sisters around us. Then we'll be able to live in harmony with our fellow men in this earth. All the signs indicate that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is at hand. Malachi 4:4-6 says that the reconciliation is the need of the hour, between the heavenly Father and His prodigal sons. Otherwise, none will be ready there to follow Him to heaven in His second coming.

A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord, not because God is not willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it. Our heavenly Father is more willing to give His Holy Spirit to them that ask Him, than are earthly parents to give good gifts to their children. But it is our work, by confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer, to fulfill the conditions upon which God has promised to grant us His blessing. A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer. While the people are so destitute of God’s Holy Spirit, they cannot appreciate the preaching of the Word; but when the Spirit’s power touches their hearts, and then the discourses given will not be without effect. Guided by the teachings of God’s Word, with the manifestation of His Spirit, in the exercise of sound discretion, those who attend our meetings will gain a precious experience, and returning home, will be prepared to exert a healthful influence”. {1SM 121.1}

 

The old standard bearers knew what it was to wrestle with God in prayer, and to enjoy the outpouring of His Spirit. But these are passing off from the stage of action; and who are coming up to fill their places? How is it with the rising generation? Are they converted to God? Are we awake to the work that is going on in the heavenly sanctuary, or are we waiting for some compelling power to come upon the church before we shall arouse? Are we hoping to see the whole church revived? That time will never come. {1SM 122.1}     

 

There are persons in the church who are not converted, and who will not unite in earnest, prevailing prayer. We must enter upon the work individually. We must pray more, and talk less. Iniquity abounds, and the people must be taught not to be satisfied with a form of godliness without the spirit and power. If we are intent upon searching our own hearts, putting away our sins, and correcting our evil tendencies, our souls will not be lifted up unto vanity; we shall be distrustful of ourselves, having an abiding sense that our sufficiency is of God. {1SM 122.2}

Ministers must arouse and manifest a life, zeal, and devotion to which they have for quite a length of time been almost strangers because they have failed to walk with God. The cause of God in many places is not improving. Soul work is needed. The people are overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness and the cares of this life. They are entering deeper and deeper into a spirit of worldly enterprise. They are ambitious to get gain. Spirituality and devotion are rare. The spirit that prevails is to work, to accumulate, and to add to that which they already possess. “What will be the end of these things?” was the burden of my inquiry. {1T 469.1}  

 

Notwithstanding the widespread declension of faith and piety, there are true followers of Christ in these churches. Before the final visitation of God’s judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for God and His word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time to prepare a people for the Lord’s second coming. {GC 464.1}.

 

The enemy of souls desires to hinder this work; Therefore, as children of God in the last days, we need to study the word of God diligently to follow His ways and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the message of salvation to all around us before the terrible day of His appearing to destroy the wicked and to receive the righteous into His heavenly kingdom.

 

Children Ministries: Southern Asia Division

“Jesus In My Heart”: VBS Teacher Training

Men and women are objects of God’s love. Children are God’s gift to human beings. Man’s love for children flows naturally. But sin has caused the damage. The filial love is diminishing; true love is lacking, it is an important ingredient to maintain relationship, it is created by God. It is either perverted or seen less practiced. When Christ asked Peter to feed the lamb, Jesus meant that God’s people were to be intensively brought in loving, saving relationship with God. The children ministries department is entrusted with this sacred responsibility of assisting parents, teachers and others to love children and lead them to Jesus who is the Savior and Redeemer of the mankind. As Scott Peck puts it, to love simply means to lead others/children to Jesus Christ. Love him intimately, thus empowered by the Holy Spirit lead sin free life and share this truth with others in the society.

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 Vacation Bible School is one activity of the department that attracts and involves thousands of children every year. It is a golden privilege for children to know Jesus and fall in love with Him. Having known the importance of VBS, Dr. Deborah Samraj, assistant director, children ministries, SUD has initiated to develop a new syllabus for children. The Bible lessons, health, nature, moral stories, crafts and games are the features highlighted. The colorful version of the activity book, for sure, would impress any child to get involved.

 

To make this year’s VBS program effective, Deborah Samraj with her husband, Franklin Samraj, who was promoting his department of human resource by conducting forums in different places, went around all over the division field and conducted VBS teacher training workshops. The training program started from Spicer Memorial College where 68 college students received the training.  From five locations in SCIU: Raichur, Belgaum, Bangalore, Bagepalli and Bidar, 153 teachers got training to conduct VBS in their union. Then the Samrajs proceeded to Bhatpara

 

church in Bhutan to train church leaders and volunteers to conduct VBS program in their respective areas. 35 people attended the workshop. In the words of Madhan Acharya, director, East Himalayan Field, “ We all learnt many new things from this training program. They also taught us how to reach the un-reached through children ministries especially through VBS”. Their next destination was Nepal Section. 89 adults and 26 children attended the workshop. Leaders from different churches attended the well prepared program and learned many things through practical experience.

 

Motivated by Deborah Samraj, Chennai Metro Section Children’s Ministries department   conducted a VBS workshop under the leadership of Jegatha Johnson and trained 86 teachers and a few pastors at Annanagar Roundana. Leading from the front, Deborah Samraj equips and strengthens the children ministries leaders to care for the children in our churches. Her dedication and commitment to the cause are highly appreciative and she is to be commended for the good work she is doing for God’s cause.

RamaniKurian, asst. director, communication, SUD

Spiritual Understanding and Revival: A Weekend Service in Vellore Church

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The CMC Vellore SDA church would like to thank Sam Shadrach and the Southern Asia Adventist Community church in Redlands, California and express appreciation  in helping to arrange David Machado  to spend an inspiring weekend of spiritual understanding and revival/renewal with the Vellore church from March 28 - 29, 2014. He was  a blessing to the church.... His life's testimony and messages were really powerful and scriptural. All the principles of the Bible expounded translated into his life and it spoke messages larger than any theological exposition. May the church members be transformed into God's image as we journey our lives. We would like to testify and acknowledge the wonderful way in which God has touched the lives of those who were able to attend the Sabbath weekend service of March 28 & 29, 2014. During the vespers, the speaker, David Machado from the Light Bearers Ministry from US called the audience to the true purpose of life which worth living for and to which God has called us to; to glorify Him and to please Him. Sabbath morning, he outlined the basic steps of conversion experience and what it means practically. The divine service message was a call from God to His

people to live a life of holiness. He clearly explained how God is working in the lives of His children to perfect them and purify them in their daily lives leading them in the path of holiness. Sabbath afternoon session was made lively as  the preacher gave a brief account of his conversion and revealed to us how God is real to him in his daily walk with God.  He went in detail on the Biblical principles to be followed in all true relationships which He maintains in His children. The sundown message was a challenge to all to be a true witness to allow Him to work in their lives powerfully demonstrating to all around who the true God is as He creates and recreates, as He saves His faithful ones. He alone can predict the future in contrast to the false gods of Babylon. The effect of the message was very evident to all who attended. The youth were inspired and many of them for the first time committed their lives afresh to uphold the truth which were presented. The older people were rejuvenated as they recommitted their lives to the cause once they espoused but were lagging due to various causes which were stealing into their energies. The word of God was powerfully served through the servant of God and the whole church unanimously said Amen as the meeting closed with a prayer of thankfulness to the Lord for the ministry of Machado and earnest appeal to God to continue blessing his ministry as He uses him. We want to thank the sponsors of Pr. Machado for sending him to us and for remembering us.
    Dr. David Mathew, Nuclear Medicine Department, CMCH
    ---Vellore English SDA Church

The Hour of Opportunity: Pioneers’ Predictions of the Triumph of the Gospel in India

Benjamin Baker

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India now has more Seventh-day Adventists than any other country on earth with over 1.5 million and counting. The number alone is remarkable, but it is astounding when considering that the Adventist missionaries who first entered India in the early 1890s were endeavoring to win over a population overwhelmingly Hindu and Muslim, with no common Christian foundation from which to appeal, as in Adventism’s birthplace, the United States of America. Early Adventist missionaries had a tough time winning converts, and many became discouraged and left, complaining that they had nothing in common with the people of India. In the early years progress was painful slow. But despite meager success in the world’s second most populous country, the pioneers of the work there foresaw the eventual explosion of the gospel in India. The following are predictions from some of the earliest missionaries to India about the taking hold of the gospel message in the great nation.

 

Ellen White: Cofounder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church “God is doing a great work in France, Prussia, and India.” (1886)

                                                                                                                                                              “From India, from Africa, from China, from the islands of the sea, from the downtrodden millions of so-called Christian lands, the cry of human woe is ascending to God. That cry will not long be unanswered.” (1900)

 

William Lenker: Began the colporteuring work in India “Indeed, as we look upon the masses, many of whom are afflicted in various ways, it tells us plainly that this is a very needy field, and that there ought to be a thousand workers where there is one. So far as I know, there are but four Sabbath-keepers in this important field of hundreds of millions of people….Yet we know that this field has been and is remembered in many prayers, and the Lord will provide a way for the precious truth to reach the people.” (1894)

 

D.A. Robinson: One of the first missionaries to India, died there four years after he arrived

“The one great object of Seventh-day Adventists in India…is to teach the people that one thing — that Christianity is a life, a life conformable to all the requirements of its divine Author. What a work is that! Well may we say, ‘Who is sufficient for these things ?’ Certainly we — the weakest, poorest, smallest people in the world— are not. But we need not despair, for ‘our sufficiency is of God,’ who is an all-sufficient Saviour and an all-sufficient Helper in every time of need…. The message of truth is still to go millions [of India] who have not heard the glad news of the risen and living Saviour, who is able to save the uttermost all who come to him.” (1896)

 

W.A. Spicer: Early missionary to India, later a GC president “My wife and I did not wish to come to India unless this was the place where the Lord especially desired us to work; and at first we would have chosen to stay in London, or to have answered a call in another direction; but the burden was to come to India, and we are glad to be here. I am glad that God's word to every soul in this heathen land is, ‘I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord.’ The Spirit of the Lord has told us that in some of these countries called heathen, which have had little light, the Lord, when he comes, will find, in proportion, greater fruit of the third angel's message than in countries which have had greater light and a greater amount of attention. To be face to face with so great a mass of darkness causes one to thank God that his is the power and the glory; and we know that where sin abounds, grace much more abounds.” (1898)

Georgia Burrus: One of the first missionaries to India, spending 40 years there “The message of the soon coming of Christ stirs the people of India as nothing else seems to do.” (1901)

 

Anna Knight: First black woman of any denomination to serve as missionary in India “The work is gaining ground in India, and the health principles are being more widely disseminated....We need workers in all the cities. We must reach thousands where we are now reaching one — and we shall in the near future.”(1904)

 

W.O. James: Pioneer of the publishing work in India India is a large field, and needs are seen on every hand. It is a place which becomes more interesting day by day. And every day brings fresh evidence to us that a great work can soon be accomplished, if God’s people are only prepared to let him work.” (1903)

 

J.L. Shaw: Pioneer administrator of the work in India “This is the hour of opportunity in India. The hand of Providence has opened wide the door.” (1905)

 

H.L. Menkel: Pioneer of the medical work in India “Keep a watch on India, and your hearts will rejoice in what the Lord is able to do.” (1908)

 

J.S. James: Early evangelist and leader in India “There is no question but that our part of the field is ready for the spread of this message. We can scarcely go anywhere and work a few days but that an interest springs up, and calls are sent to us to send men to teach the Bible and establish work.” (1912)

 

S.A. Wellman: Early leader in India “Once a good strong church is established in this city (Simla), it will be a center of light not only to the north, but the entire empire of India, and its influence will be strongly felt.” (1914)

 

G.G. Lowry: Spent decades working in India, as an evangelist, editor and leader “We feel that there is a bright future for the work in…India….The message is finding its way into the dark corners of the field through our literature.” (1916)

 

G.F. Enoch: Early evangelist in India  “Let us be of good courage. The Lord is establishing this work of His in the midst of the nations of India.” (1921)

 

A.H. Williams: One of the leaders of the second wave of missionaries to India “…the message of our Lord's soon coming is gathering out a people (in India) in readiness to meet Him.” (1926)

 

W.W. Fletcher: Early leader in India “The word of God is like a fire, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces. No barriers and no conditions will be able to hide from India the light of that angel with whose glory the whole earth is to be lightened.” (1921)

 

I.F. Blue: Spent decades as a missionary in India “The work in this part of the great vineyard is prospering. There are omens of still greater success in the future, and we look with confidence to the work that God is doing for us.” (1921)

 

C.H. Watson: GC president “…fields now unoccupied will yet be entered by trained Indian evangelists, and thus will the work be done.” (1924)

O.W. Lange: A leader of the second wave of missionaries to India “The third angel's message is advancing in India today. Great changes are being noted throughout the whole country. Yet thousands of villages stand as great unentered mission fields — mission fields whose doors have been closed. But, thank God, the gospel of Jesus is opening these doors. The day of opportunity is breaking over old India.” (1937)

 

L.G. Mookerjee: Among the earliest Indian converts and an important evangelist and leader in his country “Up to the present time our mission work has been carried on unhurriedly, but the sands of history are running out. It is desperately urgent that the millions of India should have the message of the soon-coming Saviour. We must work with great zeal and earnestness now while we have the opportunity. The night cometh when no man can work.” ( 1947)

 

With a current population of over 1.2 billion, a great work remains yet to be done in India.  We must approach this seemingly impossible task of reaching these precious souls with the same assurance that led the pioneers to see by faith the eventual triumph of the gospel in this great nation.

~Benjamin Baker, PhD, is the assistant archivist of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

 

Jesudas Bhaggien Addresses 98th Graduating Class of AIIAS  Manila, Philippines

 Jesudas Bhaggien, former associate secretary of Southern Asia Division having a long and dedicated career as a teacher, educational and church leader for many years in the territory of Southern Asia Division, was invited by Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS), Manila on March 8, 2014 to be a baccalaureate speaker to 151 graduates represented from 27 countries on the topic: “Launch out into the deep”. He was privileged to have witnessed his son Paul Bhaggien conferred with a PhD degree in religion and daughter-in-law Shirley with a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) during this graduation exercises.

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Currently among the ranks of the “retired”, Jesudas Bhaggien continues to preach, lecture and publish in the field of religion, Christian education and is trying to keep up with issues relating to the Adventist faith and life style. He is blessed with several outstanding students who are now serving in various leadership positions across the division and continues to be an inspiration in the development of men and women in the context of Adventist education.

J  Robert Donald, Public Affairs & Religious L, SUD

 

BRITISH ASIAN ADVENTISTS CONDUCT SEMINARS IN INDIA FOR PASTORS           

                                                                                                               Eighty pastors gathered in Kochi, India for a seminar in the book of Revelation. The gathering was organized by British Asian Adventists under the leadership of John Varghese from May 6 -11, 2014. Mammen Mathew, pastor, Ottapalam church was the main presenter. He provided in-depth study of the book of Revelation. O P Chackochen from UK who happened to be in the area provided challenging and inspirational

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 devotional talks. Other presenters were Y. Selvamony, Union president; Sekhar Philip,

vice president,  Lowry Memorial College; Victor Sam, vice president,  Southern Asia Division and John Varghese, director, International Everlasting Gospel Ministry. The meeting was financed with donations from generous Asian Adventists from around the world. Future meetings are planned for lay people in September 7-12 and youth December 26-31, 2014. Please contact John Varghese for more details and if anyone would like to help.   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mammen  Alex, Pallickal  UK

 

Mumbai City Evangelism, Ghatkupar: Publishing Ministries, SUD

  February 24 to March 1, 2014

The Publishing Ministries department of Southern Asia Division also joined hands with city evangelism group in Mumbai from February 24 to March 1, 2014 at Ghatkupar.  Besides City Evangelism, One Year Youth Evangelism and New Recruit L E Training programs also took place. Mario Martenaly, president and Sergeo Marto Rainar, vice president of finance, Spain were the special guests, who launched the One Year Youth Evangelism on February 25th. The entire volunteer group who are engaged in one year youth evangelism were taught by them. The New Recruit L E Training program also took place during the day time from Feb 25 to March 1, 2014 for Mumbai Metro Section.  As a result 15 literature evangelists joined the publishing ministries. Union publishing directors were given instructions to guide their constituency in spiritual living.

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 All the union publishing directors and literature evangelists put their efforts together in the evangelism meeting in Mumbai city. The goal was to educate the Mumbai people how to grow spiritual and practice a healthful living. Vara Prasad, editor in chief, Oriental Watchman Publishing House was the main speaker who delivered messages on ‘Twenty-eight Adventist Beliefs’ in simple and practical way. Mumbai Metro Section officers, directors, school officers and teachers supported wholeheartedly.  More than two hundred people attended this meeting. Seventeen people accepted Christ as their personal Saviour and took baptism. A devil possessed lady was relieved of the devil as our pastors prayed for her and she accepted Jesus as her personal Saviour. We have a congregation in Ghatkupor now. Our brothers and sisters are worshiping together in this new congregation.  We thank God Almighty for all His providential assistance in our endeavors. I extend my thanks to each and every one those who have taken active part  and a big support to make this effort meeting successful.

Benedict Biswas, director, Publishing department

 

CHRISTIAN MINISTIRES COMMUNITY SERVICE TRAINING: SOUTH WEST INDIA UNION

The Christian Ministries Community Service Training program was conducted from April 2 – 3, 2014 at Seventh Day Adventist Boarding School, Kuttapuzha. The meeting was attended by 45 delegates--lay members and workers. The meeting was inaugurated by R. Stephenson, president, Alappuzha-Pathanamthitta Section. A cordial welcome was given  to Hidayat Masih and Rajamony Samuel, Sabbath School & Personal Ministries directors SUD &-SWIU  respectively. R. Stephenson, in his devotional message, challenged the attendees to be Christ like in service.  Y Selvamony, president, SWIU brought to light the heritage of Adventist pioneers in the community service and its impact on the society.

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Classes were taken by Hidayat Masih,  R. Stephenson and Y Selvamony.  Hidayat Masih took classes on the need and the importance of community service. He expounded on the life of Jesus as an example to every follower. The commission of Jesus to make disciple of all nations is possible, he said, only if we cater to the needs of the community.  R. Stephenson explained the church of all ages and the importance of organized community service for the glory of God.  Y Selvamony traced back the Adventist heritage of church growth. He emphasized the commitment that we should have as did the pioneers towards the gospel commission. The meeting ended up in a high note, the entire participants pledged to be the hands and the legs for Jesus. In conclusion  Hidayat Masih encouraged the participants to actively involve in Christian community service and to serve God.

 Jose Prakash.-SSPM director-SWIU

 

EVANGELISTIC MEETINGS IN BIDAR, NORTH KARNATAKA

 Adventist Media Centre (AMC), Pune, is committed to spread the Gospel around the world through radio programs.  Preaching the word through radio is a challenging job, but conducting direct evangelistic meetings is more demanding.  Every year AMC sends its speakers to the field to meet the listeners and to conduct the evangelistic meetings in the concerned unions. Ashok Kumar, Kannada radio speaker had the privilege of conducting a series of evangelistic meetings in Bidar, a city evangelism target for the South Central India Union.  Bidar is a vibrant city with a lot of opportunities for evangelism. Rajadass, president, North Karnataka Section along with his team were on

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 fire for God to spread the gospel in and around Bidar city.  Ashok Kumar was assisted by  M. D. Manohar,  G. Prakash, and Lalappa. The campaign began in Nandyal a small town about 70 kms from the Bidar city on May 2, 2014. Every evening the meetings began with lively song service and wonderful singing of Bidar Bhajans. The theme of the meeting was WORLD’S LAST HOPE. The meetings were conducted for seven days.  People were eager to listen to God’s word, every day the crowd was increasing.  Each day about 90-100 people came to listen God’s Word. On the final day when the call was given, 34 people responded and gave their hearts to Jesus and got baptized.  Hope and trust that these newly baptized members will be nurtured and trained to become the true disciples of Jesus Christ. Thank God for His marvellous leading. We would like to thank the donors of Adventist World Radio, Edison Samraj, director AMC, South Central India Union, Rajadass, president, North Karnataka Section and officers, the team of pastors for helping us to conduct these meetings.

 N. Ashok Kumar, Kannada Radio Speaker, AMC, PUNE.

 

Hosur Titan  Township Adventurer Club

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Titan Adventurer Club is effectively run by Margaret  Nathaniel  with the help of  C. C  Nathaniel,  Ratna Maywald, Jayanthi Sargunam, Kristen Kantharaj, Melvin Joseph and .Neelam Daryl. The club members are the community children and it is held in a quadrangle of straight and gentle trees surrounded by houses with beautiful gardens in Titan Township. The club began in July 2013 with about 30 plus kids but a few dropped out because of other interests. The club meetings were full of activities like star-study, bird-study, field trip, games and other honor classes. The “Investiture Service” was held on Feb 23, 2014.  Twenty one children were invested out of which 20 are non-adventists, 10  from Christian and 10 from Hindu families. 

 The audience of 66  included parents, grandparents and well-wishers. The children exhibited what they learnt during their club meetings to the audience. They were trim and energetic in their uniform. They exhibited items on ‘Birds’, ‘Food-crafts’ and came in groups and as individuals to present on various topics what they learnt in the club. The children were honored by pinning the pins for the completion of their level of course.  We thank God for blessing this ministry.

Deborah Samraj, Children’s Ministries, SUD

Hope TV India: Net Evangelism 2014

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In the fast spinning modern world, where lifestyle changes, where knowledge and skills are sharpened every day, the sad part is that the world has forgotten the risen savior. Hope TV India conducted the mega event “NET Evangelism 2014” for the first time in the Adventist history.

 

Hope TV India combined Net Evangelism with the modern technology Television and the age-old method of preaching through evangelistic meetings ring the gospel message to the nook and corner of the country.  The sole purpose of Net Evangelism is to unveil the hidden truths of the Bible. Sharing the gems of truth to the vast Hindu community is the greatest challenge. Amidst the wide range of business, wide range of culture, wide range of fashion and wide range of ancient beliefs, it is the duty of every Adventist to share the everlasting love of Jesus.  Hope TV India with a greater burden to sow the seeds of truth conducted Net Evangelistic meetings in Onglole, Andhra Pradesh. The meetings were conducted from January 31st to February 8th. The meeting was conducted to uplift the minds of people from earthliness, from false teachings and to connect them to the true Savior.

 The arrangements were made in full speed such as ground, stage, chairs, choir, lightning and groundwork done for the four months and many more.  With few days for the Net Evangelism 2014 meetings to be started, we received a phone call from the speaker of the meeting (Mark Finley) “I didn’t get visa”. Pastor Mark Finley tried by all means to get the visa in USA. Prayer band started to pray for his arrival but there was no reply. The central government minister from India sent a request email to American Embassy but there was no improvement in getting visa. Though all steps were taken,  Mark Finley’s coming to India was blocked. In the 45 years of ministry this is the very first time Mark Finley didn’t get the visa. It was a difficult and critical situation when the speaker of the meeting was not in the meeting spot. Sure enough, Heaven  appointed another preacher,  Dr. Frank,  Mark Finley’s friend who just came to see the meeting.  Frank gave powerful life changing messages: the entrance of sin into the world, the incarnation of Christ to save humanity from the dreadful effects of sin, resurrection, the power of Christ to give eternal life and many other subjects were presented to the public through the meeting.

When the moonlight beamed in the sky, dazzling lights flashed the spot, the heavenly music echoed in the air multitudes flooded to hear the word of God. Though the cold winds freezed the hands of the people they opened their eyes & ears to hear the manna given by brother Frank. In the Adventist history, this was the first time a 60 feet wide stage was constructed. 30 feet stage was constructed for the musicians. The stage was shinning with brightness of light. With a passion to sow God’s word among the people of Ongole and throughout India, with a burden to reach all of them, we started the groundwork from November through January. The Bible workers went from door to door to spread the gospel.

 25 new un-entered territories were selected. This was the first time the people in 25 places were given Adventist message at the same time. Many people received the gospel message with gladness. 3000 people daily attended the meetings.  Many people from different  walks of life-- rich, poor, educated, uneducated, young, old, working class, nonworking,  other denominational Christians and non-Christians attended the meeting. It was a sacred moment to witness when the people came with gladness to know about Jesus.  Never minding the hard work of the day, during the night people flooded to the meeting place to receive God’s word. Such was the interest of the people. Special music stage was set up for the musicians and choir members. Different professional people joined in one accord in raising their voices praising Savior giving honor and glory to Jesus. The songs brought hope to the people, hearts were lightened from sorrow and souls were lifted to Jesus.

 

 Young pastors from all over India reached Ongole. Experienced pastors nurtured them in the following ways. 1. Deeper spiritual experience through prayer, Bible study, and  Spirit of Prophecy writings. 2. Recommitting their lives for sharing the word of God, proclaiming the three angels’ messages, living a life of Christian service, and being a witness for Him.

 

The presence of Mrs &Pr Brad Thorp, president of Hope channel was an added advantage. Their experience and suggestions made it easy to record the programs.  Hope TV India team worked with firm and with eager purpose in recording the programs. They didn’t shrink from the work assigned to them inspite of biting cold. Special thanks to the East Central union for allowing us to conduct the meetings. Heart felt thanks to the South East Andhra Section for their cooperation and support in Net Evangelism 2014.

The Net Evangelism programs will be available in Hope TV India in your respective regional languages  Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and Kannada.

You  can watch the live streaming of Net Evangelism programs in www.hopetvindia.orgComing soon on Hope TV India. Don’t miss these programs for a greater spiritual revival.We believe these programs will bring hope to the poor, sin sick souls and discouraged souls and to find the true meaning of life. Pray for the great events.                                                                                                                   Dr. Johnson,  Director, Hope TV India.

   

Stewardship Seminars in NEIU                                                              

 One day stewardship seminars were held in North East India Union from May 2-6, 2014, Imphal,  Manipur conference,  Dimapur, Nagaland Region by B. R. Chandanshive, director, Stewardship Ministries, SUD and his counterpart Kashipri Archte, director, NEIU.  A well prepared presentation by Chandanshive on biblical principles of stewardship and the favorable climate enabled the church leaders and members to gain spiritual insights of stewardship sacredness. Some important points are:                                                                                                 

1.   Stewardship is to recognize and accept the total Lordship of our Creator and the Owner of our lives and everything that is with us. We return 1/10th of our belongings to the Lord to recognize

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this fact. He commands us to do this as He is the Lord of everything. (Lev. 27:30).  It is a matter of honoring  the Owner  (Prov. 3:9,10) As the response to His greatest sacrifice ever done in this universe for us at the cross and the goodness He has done in our lives we give heartfelt offerings at His feet. It is a spiritual person’s life, a life with attitude of gratitude.

2.    Stewardship is not just a matter of money in the form of tithes and offerings. But really what God wants from us is our hearts. But our hearts are where our treasure is (Matt. 6:21). We bring everything to the Lord that is in and around our hearts including the most cherished in the heart, ie. money in the form of tithes and offerings.

3.    Loving and giving is the basic characteristics of God that is revealed in giving everything to us through the sacrifice of His Son. (John 3:16).  A true child of God will have his heavenly father’s characteristics of loving and giving. This is clearly expressed in faithfully returning tithe and giving heartfelt offerings.

4.     Yet stewardship is more of giving than receiving. God is always interested in blessing his children. He wants to bless us abundantly. Returning tithe and giving offerings is a test that we are ready to receive these abundant blessings; opening the windows of heaven. As a matter of fact we are already blessed in many ways before we return tithe and give offerings. Now it is the time to receive abundant blessings like those faithful servants, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, David and many others.  We give to God not because God needs it but because we need God. 

5.     It is partnership with God as His heirs to be part of God’s great plan of salvation including the great commission that He has entrusted to us. (Matt. 28: 19&20). We support His great commission with our tithes and offerings and it is our great privilege to be in partnership with Him. The Sabbath message on 3rd May 2014 on the topic “Stewardship a Matter of Heart” was well presented by Chandanshive, the preacher  at Imphal church. The congregation was spiritually blessed. On 4th we had church visitation program in the interior field and promoted stewardship sacredness. B. Zimik, president of Manipur Conference in his inaugural service appealed the delegates to be sincere and trust worthy as the true stewards of God. There had been a profitable discussion led by Kashipri Archte over the practical issues faced by the pastors in the field churches. We, the leaders and the members of Manipur Conference thank these two leaders for enriching us with spiritual truths.

Khanmi  Luikham, director, Stewardship Ministry,  Manipur Conference.               

 

Spicer Gets 3 More PhDs in Its Kitty

 

As a hat trick, Spicer was enriched with 3 more PhD degrees within a week’s time. The first one is in Systematic Theology from AIIAS, Philippines, the second one in Education from Pune University, and the third in Commerce, also from Pune University.

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 Paul Bhaggien is a recent PhD graduate from AIIAS, Philippines. His doctoral thesis

is entitled “The  Subordinate Deity of Christ: A Critical Analysis of the Christology ” under the research guide, Hyung  Ho Song, HoD, Historical Theological Studies, AIIAS, Philippines. Paul had his high school studies in Kottarakara, BLA degree (with Religious Philosophy major and Western Music minor) from Spicer in 2000 and MA in Religion from Andrews University program at Spicer in 2002. He is a talented singer and speaker and while at Spicer actively took part in almost all the activities. After leaving Spicer he worked in South India as a school teacher and pastor for a few years before being sponsored by SUD for his doctoral studies in the Philippines. He is married to Shirly, a computer science graduate also from Spicer who also completed her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from AIIAS while in Philippines with her husband.  They are blessed with a daughter Joanne Leah Paul (7) and a son Jonathan Chris Bhaggien (4). The family joined Spicer in the first week of April and will certainly be a blessing in the area of theology, music, computer science and health. Paul Bhaggien is already teaching his debut college course RELB301 Advanced Apocalyptic Literature (that is Book of Daniel for the uninitiated) this summer.

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G Swarna Rekha Rao successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “A Correlational 

 

Study of Meta Cognition from Educational Perspective” on April 9, 2014, almost 20 months after submitting her thesis, under the research guide A M Wadkar (Asst. professor, Department of Psychology, Pune University) and won appreciation from all the 4 viva voce team members who encouraged her to publish a book on this topic as it is a budding and very relevant topic both in Education and Psychology. Rekha Rao had her high school education in Hyderabad, BSc (1977) and MSc (1979) degrees in Psychology from Banaras Hindu University, joined Spicer faculty in 1986 and also obtained her Master’s  degree in Education from Andrews University program at Spicer in 1990 while teaching and later heading the Psychology department here.  She moved to Roorkee Adventist College along with her husband in 2007 and served as administrative assistant to the college president and then as assistant registrar and returned to Spicer in 2013.They have two lovely daughters , Julia Priyadarshini (Mona) and Evangeline (Sona), both medical doctors. With this enhanced degree covering both education and psychology Rekha Rao will be a great asset in the Andrews University-affiliated MA in Education and M Ed programs at Spicer as well as in reviving the psychology department here.

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Genu Roney Varghese is the third Ph D holder, defending his thesis “Economics of

 

Training and Development: An Empirical Study of Selected Industrial Establishments in Pune Region between the Years 2000-2005” on April 10, in the University of Pune Commerce Department under the research guide  Santosh R Dastane, Research Director, IBMR, Chinchwad, Pune. Roney was born and brought up in Pune , had his high school studies in Spicer, completed his B Com (1995), MPM (1997), and M Phil (2002) degrees from Pune University and worked in Spicer Industry for a while before switching on to the teaching job in the Spicer Business and Commerce departments. He was also the head of commerce department in the erstwhile Pune University programme. He is married to Nirmala Varghese, who teaches Hindi in Spicer high school. They are blessed with two lovely daughters, Vallerina (13) and Vinitaa (7) , both studying in Spicer high school. With this enhanced terminal degree, Roney Varghese is sure to make a dent in the business department which runs Griggs University-affiliated BBA and MBA programs on the campus.  We wish all the three new PhD holders God's blessings as they continue to serve this institution with renewed vigour and zeal with their enhanced knowledge and wisdom in their respective field.

S Rajendra Prasad, VPAA

Spicer Memorial College

J. Tito Arattukulam Spreads  Three angels’ Messages in Alleppey

Alleppey in central Kerala, a fort of Catholicism and communism, is being attacked with the three angels’ messages.  Alleppey, which is fondly called as the Venice of the east, was a harbour. It has a rich heritage of culture. The city is covered with churches of various denominations and branch offices of communist party, besides other political parties. 

Though retired from active service, A J Tito, former SUD director, conducted  a series of evangelistic meetings in Alleppey from  May 10-31, 2014.  R. Steaphenson, president, Alleppey Pathanamthitta section preached on  Sabbath morning . Believers from Anjilithanam, Kuttapuzha and Vennikulam were present for the Sabbath service.  After a fellowship lunch there was the final meeting during which the great controversy theme was presented. Severe opposition from the Catholic church was overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The classes continue on every Wednesday at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Poonthoppe, Alleppey. The meetings were sponsored by AJ Tito’s children. Mrs Ammini John helped in the purchase of Bibles. Your special prayers are requested. 

Urgent need of the church is a mike set. If anyone is willing to sponsor, kindly contact the following e-mail and telephone

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Cell Nos.   91 944 7349 642or 91 860 63 77 439

A. J. Jose, convenor and pastor, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Alleppey, Kerala

Youth Donate Blood: Gujarat Conference

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March 15th 2014, was a blood donation special day for all the church members at Maninagar .  The youth and the older folks of the church actively participated in donating the blood to the sick and the suffering ones in the hospital.  Mrs. Vattchallaben, head of blood donation bank from Ahmedabad civil hospital was also present, who at the end, distributed the certificates to the persons involved in donating the blood. All the youth and the Conference workers along with church pastor Ujwal Kandene and Sunil Nalli, Conference treasurer and Ramesh, school treasurer were present. Yes, the church looks forward to have many more health camps in the future in the city of Ahmedabad.  Please pray for the ministry at Gujarat Conference, as the Lord opens the door for gospel to enter the hearts of unreached ones.
 Pr. Prakash Mali, VOP/COMM director Gujarat Conference

Trichy School News

 

The Best English Medium School Award was given to Trichy Matric Higher Secondary school by J. K. C Trust on February, 13, 2014. School vice principal, Gunaseeli Karunanithi received the award at hotel Arun.

 

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Our school conducted vacation Bible school from 17-21 April 2014 with 150 children who attended with great enthusiasm. Besides 14 SDAs, 67 Hindus, 34 Muslims and 35 from other denominations attended the program. New songs were taught and they loved the sweet music and stories. On the conclusion day the children’s faces were beaming with joy reflecting that they had achieved something during the week.

Principal, Trichy school

 

North East Adventist College: Spiritual Emphasis Week

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NAC  family was gratified and delighted when its spiritual emphasis week was to be conducted  by Gary James, the international Adventist evangelist from USA, accompanied by  “Pilgrims”, the famous Adventist singing group from Bangalore. They arrived here after the youth congress session in Pune. The week of prayer started on May 5 and continued till May 10,  2014. The pilgrims led the congregation to sing melodiously during the song service and dumbfounded them  with their special songs. They also taught new songs. The students experienced God’s grace, mercy and peace through the songs they heard. Every word, every sentence, and action that Gary James, the speaker uttered and presented to the students and staff provided opportunities to get to know Jesus as their personal Savior and Friend. He helped the members of NAC to understand the importance of giving to the Lord so that His grace will constantly poured out to them abundantly. When he gave the altar call many souls gave their hears to Jesus and made a decision to be baptized. On Sabbath 30 precious souls, nearly half of them from Hindu back ground, were baptized.  B Renthlel, president of the college and Anbadurai  Albert, pastor of Bangalore church, who came along with the “Pilgrim” group rendered the baptismal service. We appreciated the service of Gary James and the pilgrims that they chose to be here in our college to conduct the week of prayer by which the citizens of the campus were united to each other in Christ. Let us for their ministry in the future. All glory to God Almighty.

Krostandiki Hauzel

 

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Abhisek E Lakra  with  Sambath Srey Nech:   Abhisek s/o Pr. Ezras Lakra & Mrs. Mridula Lakra  and Sambath d/o Mr. Nhem Vanthron & Mrs. In Sambath were united in marriage on May 12, 2014 at Seventh-day Adventist church, 11 Hailey Road, New Delhi.

 

Danny with Asha:   Danny s/o Pr. & Mrs.Barnabas  and Asha d/o  Mr. & Mrs. Sunder Raj         were united in holy matrimony on June 1, 2014 at Jeevan Jyothi English church, Hosur. 

 

Dorathy with Benjamin:  Dorathy d/o Pr. & Mrs. Rajamanickam Daniel and Benjamin s/o Pr. & Mrs. G. K. Robert were united in holy matrimony on 8th June, 2014 at Jeevan Jyothi English church, Hosur.

 

Kantharathnam Injety (Mrs. I. Sadananda Rao)

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Kantharathnamma was born in Lakkavaram, Andhra Pradesh on August II, 1928 to

Kollabathula Yesuratnam and Dayavathamrna. She had her education in Flaiz Memorial High School, Narsapur. She was married to Injety Sadananda Rao on March 20, 1949.  God blessed them with two children Samuel and Suseela. She worked as a Bible woman

in the neighboring villages after her husband’s untimely death. She also worked at Giffard Memorial Hospital as a cafeteria supervisor and later dean of girls for school of nursing.  Kantaratnamma's health was deteriorating by end of 2013 and she breathed her last on February 4, 2014. Her family mourns the loss of this great mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Though we greatly miss her, we will wait to see her on the glorious morning.

Dr. Esther Deepati

Mrs. Swaraj Edward Ganta

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Swaraj was born to Manoharam Garu and Jayamanamma on May 01, 1950.  She started her career as a teacher after completing her education. She was married to Edward Solomon Ganta on May 07, 1975. They were blessed with two daughters.  She joined the Seventh-day Adventist School at Surat in 1975.  She rendered 38 years of meritorious service in various SDA Schools. Her service is marked with relentless efforts and dedication to impart knowledge to her students. Swaraj loved to teach, cook, travel and interact with friends. She was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2012.  She breathed her last on 4th May 2014. She leaves behind her two daughters, Katy and Candy, two sons-in-law, Lazarus and Philip, three granddaughters; Sharon, Edna, Amy, and a host of relatives. We are looking forward to meet her on the resurrection day.

Swapna Clive

 

Jeevan Shashikant Rakshe

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Jeevan Shashikant Rakshe, son of Mr.  & Mrs. Shashikant Rakshe breathed his last on 20th April 2014 in his residence at Maninagar, Ahmedabad.  He was a strong Adventist and active participant in the spiritual growth of the church.  He cherished the Adventist principles and also had a good social relationship in the society. Jeevan leaves behind his father, mother, two sisters and brothers- in- law.  The church misses him and hope to see him on the resurrection morning.

Prakash Mali, VOP/Comm director, Gujarat Conference

Pastor HB Lalkhawliana

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Pastor HB Lalkhawliana was born on May 5, 1925 at Tinsuang, Manipur.  He went to Assam Training School to do his high school in 1943.  He worked as a teacher in Assam Training School and was baptized in 1948. He was a good translator. He was married to Vanlalhluni in 1956 and were blessed with 5 sons and 3 daughters. He also worked in ATS and Manipur section. He established Manipur Boarding School.

In 1966 he worked as a director for Voice of Prophesy in Shillong. He retired at the age of 60 in 1985.  Pastor HB Lalkhawliana was a pioneer and a star for Mizo Seventh-day Adventists.   He was a dedicated evangelist who worked wholeheartedly and zealously wherever he was placed. He was not only a good evangelist but also a good educationist and writer. He wrote several articles for church magazines as well as a few books. He passed away recently at the age of 90. He will be remembered and cherished for the great things he had left for us.  He leaves behind his wife, children and grand children.

Lalnilawma Colney

Mrs. Sosamma David

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Sosamma David was born in Pathanamthitta, Kerala to Mathai and Rahel on June 13, 1922  in an  orthodox Christian family. Married to CM David at the age of 12, she gave birth to 6 wonderful

children. Both she and her husband were baptized in to the Adventist faith later on. She was  a faithful Adventist mother. She was preceded in death by her husband and her second son, CD Wilson. She peacefully passed away to her rest on the 23rd of May 2014, at the residence of her eldest son CD Mathew in Vellore. She leaves behind 5 children-- Mary Daniel, Annamma Zachariah, CD Mathew, Alice Thomas and James David, 15 grand children,18 great grandchildren and 2 great great grand children. We hope to see her on the resurrection morning with a glorified body.

James David

Elder Tepa Tshering Tamsang

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Born in 1913, Tepa Tshering Tamsang, the first Napalese speaking Adventist was baptized on March 12, 1955 in India. Tepa Tshering came back to Nepal with foreign missionaries to help them spread Adventist message.  For 35years he served the church in different places including Falakata school. He was a jovial, hardworking and committed Seventh-day Adventist who set an example in following Adventist health style and remained healthy till his death at the age of 100. He passed away on April 1, 2014 at Kathmandu. He leaves behind 4 sons –David, Jonathan, Praveen, Naween and a daughter—Leena and 7 grandchildren.

 

Mrs. Janet Calebs                                                                                                                                                       Janet                                   

Janet was born to Pr& Mrs. M. Bhaggien on May 24, 1930. After completing her secondary education in Kottarakara and Lowry memorial high schools, she joined Spicer College and graduated in 1954. She was married  to George S  Calebs on May 1959. They were blessed with a daughter, Nalini.  With much efficiency , honesty and work ethics, she worked in the South India Union office, Bangalore for over 30 years after working  5 years in Northern India Union office, New Delhi. She was faithful, spiritual and active member who promoted church activities and helped to publish them in the local newspapers through her contact with the news reporters. Her cheerfulness, optimism, bravery made her move around and gather friends, both young and old, whose welfare was always her concern. Her home was  a haven of rest for any visitor-- relative, friend or stranger. Her life touched many lives who cherish her loving gestures and care through their lives. As she advanced in age her health deteriorated, especially after the death of her beloved husband in 2011. She breathed her last on June 18, 2014 in Trivandrum. She leaves behind her daughter, son-in-law, grand son  and a host of relatives. We look forward to the great reunion at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Life Sketch)

 

INSPIRE TO SERVE 2014

SOUTHERN ASIA DIVISION-WIDE YOUTH CONGRESS

 

The Southern Asia Division wide youth congress entitled “ Inspire 2014”, was held at Spicer Memorial College, Pune, India from April 30 – May 4, 2014.  There were more than 1400 young delegates and over 300 non delegates from all over the Division who came to be inspired to serve Jesus more. This much anticipated Division-wide youth congress held after a gap of 14 years saw a new generation of young people who never experienced something like this before. The congress was inaugurated by Gilbert Cangy, the G.C youth director, in the presence of a host of dignitaries representing the Division, Unions, Conferences and Institutions of the Adventist Church in Southern Asia Division. A grand opening ceremony with colourful balloons and fireworks set the tone for great expectations from the congress.  R. John, president, SUD who was present for the whole youth congress gave the key-note address. He reminded the young people, that God is calling each one of them by name and there is a special mission in that call.  Vishwanath Karad,  president for UNESCO, Asia Pacific gave the chief guest address. The praise team led by Binu Sam, filled the air with a fragrance of worship every day. A special prayer time, saw hundreds of young people on their knees waiting on the Lord for a fresh outpouring of His Spirit.  A lifestyle of service modelled by Jesus, was the inspiring morning devotion taken by Ravindra Shankar, the SUD youth director for the first day. The second day’s morning devotion was taken by Robert Clive, the SUD treasurer, entitled “ Power of One “, speaking to the young people that with God one is still a majority. 

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Time, was the major constraint at the congress, with young people wanting for more. Each day brought variance to the program schedule.  The “House of Prayer “in Spicer Memorial College campus offered an ideal ambience for an event like this. There were about 21 seminars conducted every day by special resource personnel from different fields. They included topics on Web Evangelism and Networking, Youth Leadership, Discipleship, Community Outreach, Relationships, Challenges in youth ministry and many more. These seminars offered opportunities of learning and interaction for each of them. The delegates were further divided into 70 small groups which met every day to study God’s word and pray together.

Gary James from the Renewed Hearts Ministry, USA was the main devotional speaker whose electrifying power packed messages challenged the young people to a renewed deeper relationship with Jesus.  Plenary sessions by  Daryl Gungadoo, the AWR  Global Resource Consultant, Gilbert Cangy and Jonathan Tejel, from G.C youth department  kindled the young people to envision a brighter future for God’s work in Southern Asia Division.

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Every union youth department from the Division presented inspiring reports on the activities and work of young people in their respective unions every morning and evening. Also in motivating young people to serve, were a group of 10 young people, who were part of the One year in Mission Phase II Project at Mumbai, led by Daryl Joshua.  Each of them representing the whole Division, have given one year of their lives to serve Christ.

At the youth congress, many people who have worked hard for many years serving young people in our Division were honoured. Among them were two Union youth directors who served the church for more than three decades,  Thyagaraj David and  K.J Varghese . Both hailing from the South Central and South West India Unions respectively, had just retired just prior to the Congress.

The Sabbath was an experience of a lifetime, with 1500 more members joining in from within the city. The Salisbury Park church youth choir lifted our hearts as they sang the responses and a special music.  The Sabbath school program was taken by the Adventist College delegates and the lesson study taken by young people moderated by Milon Rana, president,  Roorkee Adventist College.  Gilbert Cangy,  the divine service speaker, invited young people to take a step of faith into the hands of a Living God. This invitation was beyond just nation building but to kingdom building.   A musical concert was held in the afternoon with groups from all over the Division, rendering beautiful music.  It was later followed by a baptismal

service, and a special Master Guide Investiture Service, where more than 50 were invested. There were 20,000 Great Hope books distributed to be shared with the community.  In the evening a solemn consecration service was held. Gordon Christo, Secretary, SUD, shared what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  In response to the message, young people with lit candles consecrated their lives along with their youth directors willing to take the light of Jesus to their cities, towns and villages.  Ravindra Shankar,  SUD youth director,  at the end thanked the young delegates, and encouraged them to make a difference wherever God calls them . We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Inspire to Serve 2014  surely has engraved a renewed passion to serve God wholeheartedly,  in Southern Asia Division.

For highlights and seminar presentations of the youth congress 2014

Logo on to:  

 

www.adventistyouthcongress-sud.org

 

DVD's of the Youth Congress Highlights available at Youth Department, SUD.

 

Daryl Joshua, SUD Youth Department

 

 

 

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Ledership development meeting  - Udaipur                                                                 Treasurer's Council in Hydrabad

Editorial: Ramani Kurian

Many are called, but few are chosen

As we look at the growth rate in the Seventh-day Adventist Global Church, we see a large number is being added to the Church daily.  I am sure that all are called by God because it is God’s desire to save every one of us. As called out by God, we need to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn more about Him and His word. When the word of God gets rooted in us, our faith increases and we will trust in the power of God and obey His word. You have many things to learn, and much to unlearn. You will have to sit at the feet of the great Teacher and learn of him concerning themes that are higher and nobler than the themes which now engage your attention. I am free to address you who have shut yourselves away from the light, because I know that a higher Teacher than man is calling you. You have lost much in your religious life, because you have failed to improve the opportunities that have been presented to you from the Father of lights. Fresh rays of light from heaven are always given that the character may be transformed, that the soul may be able to contemplate truth in a new relation. When Jesus is welcomed into the heart, he will refine and mould and fashion the character. Those who receive him more fully, will not have less energy in their religious life, but their religion will be of a higher, holier type than ever before. They will work in such a way that their usefulness will be increased. God would have his professed children reach a higher standard, and ever go on, still reaching up to that which they have not attained. They should cherish every divine inspiration, for as his property he requires this of them”. The Signs of the Times, August 27, 1894:

Our Father in heaven is all powerful to fulfill His desire for us. But He expects us to play our role faithfully. Many come into the church with various purposes in mind and try to achieve them by different means which are unacceptable to God and leave the church when they fail. The apostate members are not chosen by God. They are under the influence of Satan.  Lamentations 1:10: The adversary has spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things: for she has seen that the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thy congregation. Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 9, p. 231: The remnant church will be brought into great trial and distress. Those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, will feel the ire of the dragon and his hosts. Satan numbers the world as his subjects; he has gained control of the apostate churches; but here is a little company that are resisting his supremacy. If he could blot them from the earth, his triumph would be complete. As he influenced the heathen nations to destroy Israel, so in the near future he will stir up the wicked powers of earth to destroy the people of God. All will be required to render obedience to human edicts in violation of the divine law. Those who will be true to God and to duty will be betrayed "both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends." [Luke 21:16]

We need to follow His ways to be the chosen ones, of whom  God speaks, “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it to you.”John 15:16. Those who are chosen by God are ordained to go and bring forth fruit that should remain. What kind of fruit Jesus wants His chosen ones to bear?  Galatians 5: 22 & 23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance”. Jesus’ intention for His chosen ones is to bear this fruit. This is the character of Jesus who sacrificed His life on the cross for us, His enemies. He has set an example that we should love not only our friends,  but even our enemies. That is how we will become peculiar people, somebody different from the ordinary or nominal Christians. In Mathew 5:44 He admonishes us, “ But I say unto you, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you”. It’s a difficult task when we think about it humanly. But nothing is impossible with God. The last part of John 15: 16 says whatsoever ye shall ask of the father in my name, he may give it to you”. If you are a chosen child of God who bears the fruit that will remain, you will never lack the power to overcome evil with good. That is the assurance Jesus has given.                                                                          

The Desire of Ages, p. 489: “The True Witness says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock." Rev. 3:20. Every warning, reproof, and entreaty in the word of God or through His messengers is a knock at the door of the heart. It is the voice of Jesus asking for entrance. With every knock unheeded, the disposition to open becomes weaker. The impressions of the Holy Spirit if disregarded today, will not be as strong tomorrow. The heart becomes less impressible, and lapses into a perilous unconsciousness of the shortness of life, and of the great eternity beyond. Our condemnation in the judgment will not result from the fact that we have been in error, but from the fact that we have neglected heaven-sent opportunities for learning what is truth”. Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 1, p. 608: ...I was shown the startling fact that but a small portion of those who now profess the truth will be sanctified by it and be saved. Many will get above the simplicity of the work. They will conform to the world, cherish idols, and become spiritually dead. The humble, self-sacrificing followers of Jesus will pass on to perfection, leaving behind the indifferent and lovers of the world.

My prayer is that those who are guilty of the sins, will repent before the chance is lost. The Creator of the universe waits with open arms to accept you back. He does not want any of His children to die the eternal death. He wants you home. Will you respond to His invitation to be among the few who are chosen?      

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT MEETING - UDAIPUR

 

A Leadership Development Meeting was held from February 19 - 22, 2014 at Oriental Palace Resorts, Udaipur.  Udaipur is called as Lake City, Zinc City and also known as Second Kashmir of India.  The meetings commenced on 19th February, Wednesday afternoon.  The delegates comprising of union, conference and section presidents arrived enthusiastically and were given a warm welcome.  The meeting began with the inaugural address by R.John, president, Southern Asia Division.  "I have chosen you and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit......" (John 15:16) was the key note of the address. Pardon Mwansa, vice president, General Conference, was the chief resource person.  He was given a special welcome in the traditional Rajasthani style.  The first session began immediately after the inauguration.  The delegates were divided into seven groups, after an intense discussion, they pooled in their thoughts on the topic " Mission and Leadership", examining three Biblical and two non-biblical examples. The session concluded with the group, learning about the mission of the church and the role of leadership in leading others to understand and implement the mission of the church. 

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Day Two, began with a sumptuous breakfast followed by a solemn prayer session.  Mwansa highlighted the day with a study on rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem by Nehemiah - Ten principles of successful leadership--. 1.  Vision casting; 2.  Assessment of the situation; 3.  Source of success - praying for help; 4.  Dealing with obstacles/opposition, financial difficulties; 5.  Power of numbers; 6.  Team building - mobilizing a team; 7.  Hard Work; 8.  Attending to peoples' needs; 9.  Teaching the fundamentals and 10. Evaluation and celebrating success. The day concluded with a colourful and highly entertaining Rajasthani cultural fest.

 The final session was a discourse on "Leadership and Administration".  The delegates were edified on the following principles  a) Direction of the organization, b) Vision and mission, c) Empowering,  d) Problem solving ,e) System establishment and  f) Resource management.  They, then, enjoyed the afternoon sight-seeing historical places in Udaipur. SUD president, R.John, vice presidents Jothi Anbiah & Victor Sam were present throughout and gave inspiring, thought provoking messages.  Every morning and evening enlightening devotions were taken up by the union presidents--  L F Lyngdoh,  Ramesh Jadhav, Cyril Mantero and  Y. Selvamony.  Prayer sessions were conducted every day by M. Wilson .  Vespers began with joyful singing followed by an enriching message by Jothi Anbiah.  Sabbath morning dawned bright and fair, Ezras Lakra, NIU president conducted an interesting Sabbath school program.  "Leaders are called to bring the organization closer to the mission - mission accomplishment" was the message given by Pardon Mwansa during the divine service.  He beautifully enumerated citing examples - Noah's mission was to build an ark, Moses’ mission was to lead Israelites to Canaan, disciples’ mission was discipling all nations and concluded that the Seventh day Adventist mission should be to spread three angels’ message around the globe. The meeting came to a conclusion with a consecration service.  All the delegates resolved to be dedicated and committed to the gospel commission and to proclaim the three angels’ message.  The Leadership Development Meeting was really refreshing, awe inspiring and spiritual fulfilling.  Glory to God Almighty.

 M A Jayaseelan, Administrative Asst. to President, SUD

Division-wide Treasurers’ Council, Hyderabad                                              

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The Southern Asia Division-wide Treasurers’ Council was held from February 4 – 7, 2014, at the Summer Green Resort in Hyderabad - the land of the spiciest of all Indian cuisines. The theme was ‘Commitment – The Key to Financial Self-Reliance in Southern Asia Division’.  Over 200 treasurers from the Division, Unions, Sections, Regions, Educational Institutions & Hospitals were part of this mega event.  It was great to see all the financial managers of Southern Asia Division convened in one place and interacting with each other. The East Central India Union and Hyderabad Metro Section warmly welcomed the treasury group.  During the felicitation, they attired G S Robert Clive like the Nizam of Hyderabad. In his key note address to the treasurers, Robert Clive stressed on the fact that realizing our goal to be a financially self-reliant church can only be achieved through a team effort, with all of us working together and not by one person or a few persons working towards it. He stated that committing our plans to God and being committed to achieve our goal are the only ways our plans will be successful.   He quoted Proverbs 16:3 which says: “Commit thy works/plans unto the Lord, He will direct you and crown your efforts with success." We were privileged to have two international resource personnel in Ann Gibson, professor Emirate, Andrews University, USA and Vincent Richard Injety, president, Helderberg College, South Africa, with us.  Their fabulous presentations dealt with important issues like Internal Control, Budgeting, Strategic Planning for Financial Self-Reliance and Asset Management. Alva from G.M Oka & Co and Nikita Radhakrishnan from Vishwanathan & Co who were part of our resource personnel team presented papers relating to external audit issues.  The three-day council was packed with sessions that gave us a road map to help us move towards becoming a financially self-reliant church.  The proceedings of each day began with powerful devotional thoughts from the scriptures presented by Vara Prasad Deepati, editor-in-chief, OWPH. He impressed upon the treasurers that ‘with God everything is possible.  God is willing to perform miracles and is ever willing to help us but He requires our co-operation to accomplish the task at hand’. The session materials, power-point presentations & policy items discussed were given to all the delegates in a flash drive for them to review and work on when they get back to their respective places of work.

Special health emphasis sessions based on the concept of “eat well, sleep well and walk well” were presented. The health presentations were very informative and motivated the entire group to a renewed focus on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The accommodation facilities at Summer Green Resort were very comfortable.  The Resort Management provided us with tasty & spicy food.  The weather was surprisingly cool and pleasant throughout our stay there.  Robert Clive brought the curtains down on this council with his closing remarks and drew lessons from the fable “The Tortoise and the Hare”.  The lessons drawn were, never to give up when faced with failure, if things go wrong stop - re-evaluate and find a different and better way of doing the task at hand; to always keep in mind that fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady, to compete against situations and not against persons, and that working as a team will always bring better results than individual performers.  He also highlighted the need for total commitment to achieve our goal of financial self-reliance in our Division.  We returned to our respective places, motivated to work together, equipped with valuable resources to guide us along the way and unforgettable memories etched in our minds. We also thank God for His guidance and His marvelous leading in every aspect of the council.                                                                                                                                            Riches Christian, Administrative Assistant to the Division Treasurer

SOUTHERN ASIA DIVISION SECRETARIAT EVALUATION

On March 4-6, 2014 the secretariat evaluations for the Southern Asia Division was conducted.  The participants for the evaluation were Agustin Galicia, GC associate secretary and Union/Conference/Section secretaries. The preparations and displays for the evaluations were well organized by the secretariat team under the leadership of Gordon Christo with his associates, Berun Sangma, P H Paulson and Gompa Devadas.

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 The evaluation was classified into the following 6 subjects:  (1) Roles of the Secretary, (2)  Leadership Qualities, (3)  Relationships, (4) Internal Executive Responsibilities, (5)  Facilities, and (6)  Filing. The main purpose of the evaluation is not just to test, but to provide instructions, and strengthen or improve weak points.  The Union/Conference/Section secretaries were provided with tablets to upgrade their work.  The tablets were downloaded with policy books (Division and GC), employees’ handbook, church manual, Bible, church hymnal, EG White books, etc…  The secretaries had more learning experience regarding the church and secretariat work and its operations. After the evaluation, Agustin Galicia commended the Division secretary and his team for scoring in very good range on the assessment of the Division secretariat. The secretariat evaluation for the unions is conducted once every quinquennium.  Northern India Union, South Central India Union, and Western India Union completed their evaluation in the month of August 2013, scoring good to very good range on the assessment.  East Central India Union and South West India Union evaluation is scheduled in the month of May 2014.

Joy Edwin, secretariat, SUD

 Mission Andaman: The Youth Crusade Organized by Youth Department of Southern Asia Division 

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 A group of 20 young people from Bangalore comprising of software engineers, doctors, nurses, teachers & others landed at Port Blair on March 17, 2014 for mission Andaman youth crusade. A rousing reception was given by the church members & the director of the region at the airport.  Dudley Ponnaiah, who worked as region director at Andaman was sent to make the ground preparation well in advance.  On March 18, a one day medical camp entitled " JEEVAN SHILEE " was held from 10.00 - 4.00 pm at Andhra Association hall at Port Blair. Nearly 101 members underwent B P, Lungs, Blood Sugar, MBI, & other tests. Dr WD Borge who was part of this camp

gave medical prescriptions to the people. This camp was well appreciated by people since it was a blessing to the people of Andaman who are usually deprived of even  basic medical assistance. All the young people were fully engaged in the camp till 4.00 pm. Medical ministry will definitely play a vital role in evangelizing the Islands of Andaman.

 The revival meetings were organized on March 18, 19 & 20 from 5.30 - 8.30 pm every day. Around 175 people comprising of church members, other Christians and Hindus attended the meetings. They were blessed by praise & worship, testimonies, health talks & spiritual messages. Dr. Borge talked on Diabetics, harmful effects of pan chewing & hypertension which are commonly seen in these Islands. Ravindra Shankar gave messages on Revival & Reformation. Special prayers were offered to the needy people. It was a very good experience for the young people who spoke, listened & prayed with the people every day. Many independent pastors who attended the meetings requested us to conduct more meetings of this nature. As a result of these meetings, an independent pastor and his family  (4 members ) took baptism on the Sabbath day . He is trying to bring the other members of his group to the fold of Adventist truth. We also visited many church members & prayed with them as an outreach activity. The group also distributed 300 Great Controversy books in Tamil. The Region director Prabudass & the temporary pastor John Raj extended their service to a large extent. All the church members came together in unity to support us. All of us worked together & supported one another to make this event a successful one. The group also visited the place where  1000 MM volunteers are staying. The group prayed with them & made them feel at home. The group raised  Rs.5000/- & donated the same to the these volunteers.                                                                             Baphyla Lyngdoh

 

MUSIC WORKSHOP SEASON II

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Music is the integral part of the church worship. To enhance the quality and content of the church music, Adventist Media Centre, Pune, in partner with South Central India Union, Bangalore conducted music workshop season II in Bangalore. On 16-3-14, Sunday, gifted musicians and church leaders of Bangalore, Mysore and Kolar gathered together in Central Tamil Church. After a lively song service, Anbudurai welcomed

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the delegates. Peter Halemane, ministerial secretary, SCIU spoke on the Christian music and its application in church service. The first part of the program was paper presentations and the second part was singing by various groups. Michael Christopher presented a paper on musical instruments and their uses and Edison Samraj on Christian music, content & context. A question and answer session brought thought provoking suggestions to improve the quality of Christian music. After lunch, singing program began with solo singing by Seven Singers, followed by group singing and choir singing by various groups of Bangalore and Kolar churches. The whole program was recorded live by advanced Camera Crew. We would like to appreciate the hard work of D. Jaydev, director, communication, SCIU, and sponsors who have helped for the success of this wonderful program.                                                                                                                 Ashok Kumar. N   Correspondent, Adventist Media Centre. Pune.

SENIOR CITIZENS’ /PENSIONERS’ FELLOWSHIP MEETING

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                                                                                                                            February 8th 2014 was an unforgettable day for the senior members of Alapuzha-Pathanamthitta section. A fellowship meeting was conducted for them at Believers’ Church Youth Centre, Thiruvalla. During the Sabbath school program, a special feature was presented on five salient features of senior citizens as father, mother, teacher, pastor and a  role model in the church. R Stephenson, section president  spoke on “How to grow old gracefully and happily”. He stressed on the point “mind never grows old and still be able to grow spiritually by learning something new daily”. Nearly 150 people took part in it and were blessed. After the fellowship meal, they left wishing to have such kind of fellowship often.                                                                           R. Steaphenson, president, AP section

The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness, Proverbs 16: 31

Churches built in Nepal  

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                                                                In spite of the whirlwind in Seventh Day Adventist Church in Nepal for certain years, the church organization under the parental leadership of Southern Asia Division again started to lift its head over the shoulders of less than perfect people to serve the Perfect God. In last few months, the believers got to experience the true nature of Ellen G. White’s statement, “Of all the Christians, Seventh Day Adventists are the most generous Christians.”  Within the span of few months three churches were built and more are coming up. A humble retired worker from Korea, Hae Seab Song came with his team and went up to Kaping, a village about 80 km from Kathmandu toward the Chinese border. The church at Kaping has a membership of over 70 and the building was small. Song built a beautiful church that looked like a union between Korean and Nepal building within 5 weeks, for Song himself was the expert carpenter and he had the team from Nepal Love Mission from Korea personally working. While the men worked on the building, the women spent time on cutting hair and doing massage to the villagers. The church construction was funded by a lady layperson, Jang Jim Ok. On January 2, 2014 the beautiful and love’s labor church was inaugurated amidst friends, believers and neighbors.    

The restless Song moved to Dapchha mountain area to build another church. Dapchha village is about 60 kilometer from Kathmandu. More than dozen villagers were worshipping God without having a church building. A contractor cum mason Ran Bahadur and Song along with the believers working together, a church was erected within 5 weeks and opened for the believers to worship the living God.                                           

Kosi Dekha Church                                                                                                             Bhim Bahadur B.K donated a piece of land to build a church. Gavin Simpson from Maryland, responded graciously to help build a church. Bhim's personal heavy involvement in building, for he is a mason, carpenter, ironsmith, social worker and farmer, the church was completed within three months. On March 1, 2014, the church was dedicated for God’s glory by Daniel Devadas, ministerial secretary, SUD.

                                                                                                 On February 18, 2014,  R. John- president; Robert Clive-treasurer; Daniel Devdas- ministerial secretary, SUD;  David Tamsang; Danny Kujur and  Kumar Adhikari laid hands on Umesh Kumar, Kuber Lamichhane and Dili Ram Rai to ordain them to be pastors. During his message, R. John said that making a pastor was the highest honor the church can give to her dedicated worker, and challenged them and the congregation to lift Christ through words and lives.                                                                                            Umesh Kumar Pokharel, director, Nepal field

 7TH CONSTITUENCY MEETING: MIZO CONFERENCE

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The seventh constituency meeting of Mizo Conference was held in Helen Lowry School, Aizawl, Mizoram from 5th - 8th February 2014. On 5th February, devotion was led by R. Biakthansanga, president, Mizo Conference, followed by business session. Seating of delegates, approval of standing committee and approval of constitution and bylaws were conducted by Lionel F. Lyngdoh, president, NEIU. Reports were presented by president, secretary and departmental directors. The planning session was also held on the second day during which a lively discussion regarding various plans about soul winning and about nurturing the church members for the coming five years took place. On the third day after the devotion, a Bible study was arranged and L. Colney presented a paper on the last day events.  L. Lyngdoh, president, NEIU gave message at the vespers and Anto Jayaseelan, SUD delivered the message during the divine service.

In the afternoon R. Lalramnghaka, T. Remthanga and Rathindra Koloi  were ordained to the Lord’s ministry. The constituency also voted to create five new pastoral circles-  Saiha, Lawngtlai,  Thenzawl , Khawruhlian and Hnahthial circles. The nomination committee elected the following leaders for Mizo Conference. They are as follows:

President         -           Pastor R. Biakthansanga,        - Ministerial
Secretary         -           Lalnilawma Colney                 - Religious Liberty, Public Relation Treasurer            -            Daniala Sailo                           - Trust Services

Department Directors:

 PL Biakchhawna                    -           Health Ministries, Family Ministries                 Malsawma Tochhawng         -             Stewardship
Rodingliana                             -           Sabbath School & Personal Ministries
Thankimi Colney                     -           Children Ministries, Women Ministry
 M. Romawia                          -           Publishing, Global Mission, Volunteering Services
Lalhlimpuia Colney                 -           Education,
Chawngsiampuia                     -           Youth, Communication, Adventist World Radio
Chawnglianmawii                   -           Associate Ministerial (Shepherdess)

During the meeting, Mizo version of 28th  Fundamental beliefs was released by Lionel F. Lyngdoh, presdent NEIU.  The meeting ended on 8th February when workers and laymen dedicated themselves to serve the Lord better than ever.                                                        Lalmuansanga Khiangte, media evangelism co-ordinator, Mizo Conference

 

INAUGURATION OF SPECIAL MINISTRIES (BANJARA) IN EAST CENTRAL INDIA UNION!

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On February 10, 2014, Special Ministries (Banjara) Department was inaugurated in Hasthinapuram, Hyderabad by R. John, president, Southern Asia Division. K. C. Surender IAS, South Delhi Collector, M. Wilson, president, ECIU, CD. Mathew, Cornerstone Ministries, Vinish Wilson, Maranatha India, section presidents, union department directors, school principals, well wishers, volunteers and members were present for this auspicious occasion. After the welcome by M Wilson, R. John preached from the word of God and gave challenge to take the truth to all the corners of the Division,  CD. Mathew offered dedicatory prayer.  After lunch M Wilson and CD Mathew took classes for the volunteers, followed by Surender's lectures on Daniel and Revelation, that went up to the next day.  Elisha Rao gave a lecture on health principles.  Bible bags and Bibles were presented to the volunteers.  We want to thank the Almighty God for making it possible to open a new department in East Central India Union with an objective to bring spiritual development in the lives of migrant communities from East Central Asia to India, even though they are spread throughout India their language is common (speak the same language), for whom the Adventist gospel is not reached. 75 year ago the Adventist truth reached Gandiganumal (Thanda) but proper follow up work was not done, only K. C. Surender's family accepted the truth, he and his brothers got Adventist education in Flaiz Adventist school in Narsapur, for the past 4 years. Surender IAS is the collector of South Delhi. He and his family members took initiative to spread the Adventist truth among these special group of people. He along with his wife and co-brother started “Remnant Evangelical Ministries”. Since 2010 he started teaching the truth to these people and some Sunday pastors in collaboration of Corner Stone Ministries, Australia. 147 precious souls were baptized as a result.  We want to thank. Prasad Israel and his team who are supporting theses ministries.                                                                             Samuel Raj. S, associate director, special ministries,  ECIU

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 Week of prayer  

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Week of prayer in a boarding school is a mega event and a blessing.  S. Eliah, executive vice president, METAS, conducted week of prayer from February 19 to 24, 2014 on the theme, "FAVOUR OF GOD". Every evening the speaker has presented interesting messages, through the lives of outstanding characters of the Bible and personal experiences which were enlightening the youth as well as the adults. Each day the youth of the church sang melodious songs in different dialects that added sacredness of worship experience. During the divine service the speaker made an alter call and the entire school family consecrated their lives to the service of God. The divine service concluded with a dedicatory prayer by the principal and church pastor  N.Isaac Kumar.       

Baptismal Service                                                                                                    On March 15, 2014 Sabbath, ten precious souls have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and were baptized by N. Isaac Kumar, principal and church pastor of the school in the presence of the school family and the parents of the baptized candidates.  Every Sabbath afternoon, the senior students attend the Bible classes. They are thoroughly taught the fundamental beliefs of the Adventist church, the Bible doctrines, Sabbath truth and the church history. The regular Bible classes conducted enrich the young minds with spiritual truth and concrete their faith in God and in Adventist belief. A fellowship lunch was hosted by school in honor of the newly baptized members as well as for the outgoing students of the school. It was a joyous occasion to the entire school family.                                                                  Shanthamma George, Communication Director

The Global Youth Day: Southern Asia Division

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The Global Youth Day—day of compassion-- celebrated on March 15, 2014 was a great success in our division. It was the biggest one day event in the history of the church. Nearly 8 million Adventist youth were connected globally on this day through social media. The Adventist youth all over the world stepped out of the church & became a sermon on the streets of our cities & towns. They became hands & feet of Jesus to the

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down trodden & under privileged. We made an extensive advertisement through posters, promotional video & through other means. The awareness that was created made the young people to participate in this action filled global event with enthusiasm. We have received many interesting reports from different parts of our division. Every union has reported several activities held in their churches, schools & in other units. Even many other colleges like Mount Zion college of engineering, Pudukottai; Priyadarshini college of nursing, Rajamandri have reported the activities other than LMC & SMC.

 Our young people visited orphanages, old age homes, hospitals, destitute homes, juvenile jail & many more places & became sermons to those unfortunate ones. The high light of the event was that the entire event was telecasted world wide for 24 hours with the help of hope channel studios. Our division had the opportunity of giving one hour live program to the world church from 3.30 - 4.30 pm on this day. We were able to work with Hope channel India , Chennai & they did a splendid job. The GC youth director has expressed his happiness over the way we have done our job in making this event really meaningful. At the end of the day several churches had their closing ceremony with thanks giving & fellowship supper. I would like to express my sincere thanks to you for your prayers & support extended to make this event truly a day of compassion.

 Ravindra Shankar, director, youth ministries, SUD                                                                                                                 

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 Newly formed Bengali church celebrated the Christian marriage on Sabbath, February 8, 2014. This is the first time to celebrate Christian marriage in our section.  Pradeep Mondal,  pastor of the church and his wife took initiative and the members  from seven  other churches also participated.

During the Sabbath school service different language songs were sung. During the divine service each husband was given red rose to present to his wife. The couples shared their testimony. Esther Kujur presented  message during the divine service based on, “Witness in Oneness”. Every young and old enjoyed  and richly blessed on the Sabbath day. The widows were also given  a red rose by the pastor.                                                                                                                    Esther Kujur, director, WM and family ministries.

Vidarbha Region  Celebrates Women’s Day

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Nagpur church celebrated the women’s day during the weekend on March 7th and 8th Sabbath. The ladies conducted service on Friday evening: five skits were presented depicting the different problems women face in the present world. During Sabbath school  Bible heroines,  Eve, Noah’s wife Ruth, Hannah and Mary were depicted by the women.  During the divine service, Malini Khandagle presented a very inspiring message on “Building Faith Through Prayer.”  The women of the church presented 2 big speakers along with a small table to the church. After a fellowship lunch they departed.                                                                                                                              Usha Asirvadam, WM director, Nagpur church.

Annual Meeting: North Bengal Section

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On February 12-16, 2014 North Bengal section conducted annual meeting at Naxalbari school campus. The theme chosen was “Arise and Shine” Isaiah 60:1. Opening message and devotion were given by J M Kujur, president North Bengal Section. Mohan Bhatti , department director;  Beverly Thomson;   gospel  outreach director,  USA;  JM Kujur;  P K Tamsang; Raju Jacob were

 

            resent.  Esther Kujur spoke on the theme. The week end program was beneficial to all the members who came from different parts of North Bengal,  Bhutan and Nepal.  A gathering of 550 people participated in song service, witnessing and Bible study.  Children had separate meetings. After the sundown worship, there was social, religious and cultural program performed by different churches.  It was a blessed experience for each member and they departed to rise and shine for Jesus. 

                   TEACHERS’ ORIENTATION: MANIPUR

A teacher orientation program was organized by the department of education, on October 14, 2013 at Sanjenthong church for all the teachers of Manipur conference. 78 teachers from the four schools -- Maringmi Memorial, Manipur Boarding , SDA Academy and King’s Way—attended it. The resource personnel, Bimolchand  & Ng. Ammumacha former joint directors, S. Mangi, deputy director, Board of Secondary Education, Manipur enlightened the teachers on “how to make teaching more effective”; “classroom management”  and “question setting and achievement test”. It was a profitable experience for the teachers who attended it.                                               J. Zimik, education director, Manipur conference

 

The 1st Biennial Meeting 2014: Manipur Conference

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Manipur conference had the first biennial meeting in Imphal city at Sanjenthong mission compound from January 30 to February 3, 2014 with the theme “LIFT HIM UP”.  On the 30th Feb. 2014, old, young and small children from more than ten different respective dialect groups mainly from tribal areas were seen walking happily into the King’s Way English School campus. More than 1,300 people were registered.  Seeing the throng of delegates, Barnabas Zimik encouraged the believers to continue to uphold the church unity. In his message, he quoted from 1 Corinthians 12:18. “As it is however, God put every different part in the body just as he wanted it to be”. He encouraged the congregation that God has called everyone to be His people with different spiritual gifts to do His ministry effectively. After devotion. John Sunderaj, director, Jeeva Jyothi Medical Ministry, Tamil Nadu and Maywald Jesudas, pastor,  Division Headquarters church, Hosur took classes for the delegates.  Maywald encouraged young people to stay away from their desires of lustfulness and accept God’s call to carry on God’s mission. During his message, he strongly emphasized about the wiles and snares of Satan that would confuse and mislead the believers of the true church. C. Pherim took Bible study on   “The Fruit of Holy Spirit”.  During vespers John Sunderaj preached about God’s imparted righteousness upon His people. He said, “Christ had cleaned and declared a sinner as righteous through the death of Christ on the cross”. During the divine hour  L.F. Lyngdoh centered his sermon on “you are privileged to the things that you see today”.  He stressed the idea that Jesus has chosen each one of us to bear fruit for Him as we are privileged group. Betty Lyngdoh and Joanne Zimik took classes for the children. On the last day reports from various departments were presented after a devotion. A medical team was made available throughout the meeting.                                                      Adahe Chara, communication director, Manipur Conference

An April fool Joke

  In 1975, I was doing my master's degree at St Berchman’s  College, Changanacherry, Kerala. I was a new convert to the Adventist Church, and all my friends, both Catholic and Protestant, were much surprised at my conversion from Hinduism to Christianity. When I returned to the hostel after my baptism, to be true to my baptismal vow, I decided to stop drinking tea and coffee, the beverages served at the dining table in the mornings and evenings. I gave instruction to the serving crew to provide me a glass of plain water instead. During study leave I was staying at the college hostel while preparing for the final exams. On April 1, I came to the dining hall along with my friends to have breakfast. I could see some kind of giggling and murmuring going on among the students already eating their breakfast. Ignoring it, I sat down at the table and ate. When I grabbed the glass of water and took a sip, I screamed, with the water in my mouth, 'Oh! It's salty!' Everyone ran toward me, shouting, 'April fool!, April fool!' After I spat out the water, I came back and joined the fun.
Ramani Kurian, assistant director, communication , SUD

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Sarin with Lina: Sarin s/o Prema and Wilson Joy T and Lina d/o Lysamma & (late) Raju George were united in marriage on 2nd March, 2014 at Seventh-day Adventist church, Thrissur, Kerala.

Denyl with Dorothy: Denyl Avinash s/o Dr &Mrs. Calvin Joshua and Dorothy Mary d/o Mrs. Nirrmala & (late) Mr. Rudie Howell were united in holy matrimony on March 3, 2014 at Salisbury Memorial Church, Pune.

Obituary

 Mr. Esau John Varghese

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Esau John Varghese (Shamon), was born on December 05, 1961 to Pr. and Mrs. John P Thomas at Kottayam. He had his high school education at Spencer Road  and  Kottarakara high schools

He graduated with BLA from Spicer Memorial college, and then proceeded to Pune University and completed MA and M.Phil. He started his career at Vadavathoor SDA high school and continued there. He was a loyal son who he took good care of his mother who is now 80 years old very meticulously and diligently, after the death of his father. He was loved by friends and relatives for his innocent and helping mentality to any human being he came across especially for those poor and needy who never had anyone to help.  He himself was a diligent Bible student and never did anything against his belief. On February 25, 2014 he met with an accident and died on the spot. He leaves behind his dearest mother; only sister Elizabeth Mathew; brother in law P.C. Mathew; nephewsSanjoe and Sanjesh and a host of relatives.  We hope to meet him on the resurrection morning.                                                                                                                            

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 Dr Giddaloore Samuel Sadananda Rao

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 Samuel was born on July 27, 1935  to Pastor & Mrs Giddaloore Ananda Rao at Narasapur. He had his early education in Bangalore and Narsapur schools. He earned MBBS degree from Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore  in 1962. Dr. Samuel Sadananda Rao worked in the Leprosy hospital in Karigiri in 1965, and then at CSI hospital in Bangalore before leaving to UK in September 1968. He worked in North Wales as a doctor in Bangor Hospital, got married to Lilian Ann Jones on February 7, 1972. He worked in different hospitals in Surrey from 1973-79. Then he moved to Telford, built 2 clinics, and worked as a general practitioner there from 1979 to 2006. He was loved and respected by his colleagues and was a blessing to his patients. He also played an important role in establishing the SDA church in Telford by helping in the purchase of an old abandoned Methodist church and renovating it to have Sabbath services and also pastored the church in the absence of a full time pastor. He was also actively involved in the family project of building a church at Flaiz Adventist College, Narasapur, in memory of their beloved father. Dr and Mrs Rao celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on February 7, 2014, but he suddenly took ill the next day and was rushed to the hospital but breathed his last on February 9, 2014. He is survived by his beloved wife; sons Andrew and Peter; granddaughters Madelline and Holly; siblings Hannah Sadguna Nalli, Christy Jayananda Rao, and Daniel Dayananda Rao; brothers-in law Shubhaker Rao Nalli, and Krupaker Rao Nalli; sister-in-law Swarna Rekha Rao; nephews Samuel Nalli and Jayaker Nalli; nieces Sudha, Subha, Swenita, Kanthi, Kala, Mona, Sona, and scores of other relatives. We await to see him on the resurrection morning.                                                                                                    Daniel Dayananda Rao, former vice president, Roorkee Adventist College, UP

 

 Mrs. Ratna Injety Vicas

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A pall of gloom and sorrows shadowed amongst the friends and families of   Ratna Injety Vicas on January 6, 2014 when her passing away news spread around. Ratna was born on 26th July 1966, got married to Injety Vicas. Ratna from her early age was known for motherly love (Pedda Thalli). She rendered 25 years of teaching service. Her students and friends testify that she maintained an unrivalled nature and godly attitude in her life. On December 30th, 2013 her husband was driving car as Ratna was seated beside him to reach Berhampurt when the tragic accident took place. She was rushed to the hospital, but she breathed her last on January 6th 2014. She leaves behind her husband; son Divya Das and his wife Pratyusha and daughter Vineela. Until the resurrection morning we will miss her and will be united with her as Jesus returns, is our  blessed hope.                                                                                                                                Gantayat, communication directo,r Orissa Section

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                                                                                                                Paramanadham was born to Mr. Eskemuthu and Velliammal in Satankulam village, Thirunelveli, Tamilnadu on September 21, 1923. He was converted to Christianity in 1942. Paramanandham married Parvathi and they were blessed with 3 children. He started his work in Sri Lanka under pastor Charles S Cooper in 1942. He was a faithful worker. Coopers ,  Bankheads and D R Watts’ families  cherish his faithful work even now. He was a good baker and was familiar with multi-cuisine. He was regular to church and enjoyed singing special songs. He was living with his son, Raju Paramanandham at Hosur. He had a stroke on January 15th, 2014 and admitted in the hospital. God called him to rest on February 14, 2014. He leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law; two sons and their spouses, grand children and a host of relatives. We look forward to meet him at the resurrection morning.                                                                                                                        Raju Paramanantham, SUD

 Mrs. Esme Smith

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 In the early 50’s I first met Esme in Bangalore. She was gentle, loving, kind and very helpful to anyone in need not only to humans, but to animals, birds and plants as well.  We spent many happy times with each other and my Mom adored her since she was a motherless child when we first met. Her dad who was a Railway employee sent her to Vincent High School for her education. I chose her to be my bridesmaid, but after a year we parted our ways. We moved South and she went North and worked in Simla hospital for some years. Due to severe cold she returned to Bangalore and took  teachers’ training and worked as a teacher till her retirement in Spencer High School. Later she worked a couple of years in Elim orphanage caring for the little ones in their health issues. Then she settled in Maranatha colony where she and her friend built a little house. She enjoyed arranging flowers for church services in Bangalore. In Hosur, she was active in branch Sabbath schools both in Sipcot and also in Titan Township. Students and parents loved her gentle ways and praised her for telling stories so interestingly to the little ones. One sad day she fell and her leg was in a cast and this kept her bed-ridden till she passed away on March 17, 2014. She was conscious till noon of that day and peacefully God in His mercy laid her to rest.  Friends from Bangalore and Hosur showered her grave with flowers. Her works will surely follow her. May God keep us faithful till Jesus comes so we can see our dear sister Esme once again.                                                                                                                                                   Margaret Nathaniel   

 

Pr. Vellaichamy Venkataswamy Raju

 

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V. Raju was born to Vellaichamy Chinnachamy and Gnanammal on October 18, 1920 in Kariananthal, Tamil Nadu. He had his education in Prakasapuram school and Lowry Memorial College in Bangalore. He married Rosemary Dass on June 28, 1944. In 1947, he joined Oriental Watchman Publising House (OWPH) as a stenographer and retired from there in 1982 as the general manager. His 22 years of service at OWPH is considered as the golden era of the biggest Adventist publishing house outside US and UK. He was a powerful leader who was strict, assertive and compassionate. He set a personal example before the workers of whom he expected good moral and ethical behavior. In turn, he zealously protected their interest and came up with many welfare schemes that provided employment and security for the workers and their families. During his time OWPH provided financial assistance for many projects of the Division and profit was shared by all the workers of the entire Division periodically as additional help. He was living in Bangalore with his wife for several years after retirement. His health was deteriorating recently and was admitted in the hospital.On March 25th,  2014 he was called to rest. He leaves behind his wife; daughter Rani, daughter-in-law Renu; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He rests in the Lord awaiting the great day of our Lord’s return. (Life sketch)    

                                       

 Southern Asian Adventist Medical Doctor, With Cancer in Vertebra for 19 Years,

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 Dr. Moses Christian, son of Mr & Mrs. Job Christian, Pune, India , had his medical education in Christian Medical College, Vellore and  worked in Nuzvid and Surat SDA hospitals. He married Lena Thomas and in 1967 they moved to the USA. They have 2 children Brinda and Rajan.  Dr. Christian was trained as a cardio thoracic surgeon.  In 1991 he started running. He ran his first marathon in 1993 at the age of 63. By then he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was told that it was in an advanced stage, not much to be done.  But he had his treatment at Livingstone Clinic in San Diego, where they treated him with whole grain diet, rest, Vit C IV and antigens that boost the immune system. Moses did no chemotherapy , radiation or surgery. He just did vegan diet having strong faith in God. He continued his work while taking treatments and after a while he even forgot that he had cancer. His strong faith in God and his missionary work performed miracle in his later life.  From 1993, he started running marathons every month.  He kept running and at the age of 80 he realized that the running actually had been good for him. He turned 80 in 2012 and was still working full time. He is still working as he approaches 82nd birthday on May 1. In the words of his wife LenaMoses walked 26.2 miles in 9:36:01. Last 2 miles was crawling. Devadas Moses, his cousin & wife, Dharmaseeli walked with him. It was very hot & a lot of people were dropping out & fainting. At the end he waited for a Malayali Vellore graduate named Dr. Gerry Andrews & his Marathi wife Nina & crossed the line with them.  Moses has been encouraging them to walk. They finally did their first marathon. Our son Rajan walked with him for 4 miles. Later he told me it was so hot that he found it very hard & he was wishing papa would stop. Brinda from Falls Church was also worrying about him. His siblings were upset. You see Moses was very ill in December & he was sure cancer had spread. He was hospitalized 1 week. Fortunately cancer has not spread but still in vertebrae where it was 19 years ago. He started walking slowly end of January. I had registered him for December through April marathons. He missed dec, jan & feb.  Suddenly he said that he was going to walk LA Marathon. It possibly was his last. He is supposed to do Boston next month but Rajan is going to do it for him. ABC news came here and interviewed him and put it on their news in the evening. Then ESPN called and interviewed him, Then Ellen deGeneres news blog called and finally the Sun Telegram news paper in this area”.

 Dr. Moses Christian has done over 200 full marathons and his motto is “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles,They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah. 40:31.

  In 1996 Dr. Moses Christian climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and then did a marathon. He has done marathon in Nepal in 2004. In 2007 he did bungee jumping in New Zealand. He has won many medals also. He still has his own practice and now does general practice and general surgery. He still takes calls and goes out at night to do surgery. He still maintains his office patients. He also handled them by phone even when he was hospitalized.   May his tribe increase!

Ramani Kurian, Asst. communication director, SUD

 

Adventist church for the deaf and hard of hearing people in Bangalore

  I am thrilled to inform that one of the dreams of our school and the dream of gospel workers among the deaf has materialized in Bangalore on the 5th of April 2014.  Cyril Monthero, president, South-Central India Union (SCIU) inaugurated the first ever church for the deaf and hard of hearing people. The service was attended by deaf and hard of hearing students who had graduated from our school. These students who are right now either studying or working in Bangalore were thrilled to attend the church service. The inauguration was also attended by Jacob Daniel, who is a great supporter of this initiative.  D Padmaraj and family, Vincent Jesudas,  Sunil K (HHWS), staff and a few students from our school were also part of this important day. In his message, Cyril Monthero encouraged the congregation to live holy, prayerful lives as we wait for the soon coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Padmaraj offered the dedicatory prayer inviting the presence of the Holy Spirit on the gathering. We like to sincerely thank Alfred Griffith, Patrick Bryant and Babu Benjamin from the US for their initiative, prayers and support for this worthy cause. We also like to acknowledge the wholehearted support from the officers of the South Central India Union. It is our prayer that such small congregations for the deaf can be established in other cities such as Mysore (we have about 8 former students there), Chennai, and Pune so that the deaf and hard of hearing people can have places to worship the living God on Sabbath.   

 Jacob Bhaggien, Principal, School for Speech and Hearing Impaired

 

THE LONG AWAITED DREAM FINALLY CAME TRUE FOR THE SOUTHERN ASIA DIVISION OFFICE FAMILY

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It was February 16, 2014, Sunday afternoon at 4pm, SUD staff with their spouses and children started the exciting trip to Agra and New Delhi after small devotion and prayer. Rejuvenate, Revive and Reform, was the theme chosen for this trip and every devotional speaker spoke on this theme which inspired each one of us daily. It was a very well planned trip.  All came prepared to face the cold in Agra and Delhi. The journey was a pleasant one: some singing, some playing games, some eating, some just having fun and some loved to sleep.  Two buses were waiting to pick us at Agra station.  Comfortable stay and food were provided for us at Agra and New Delhi.  It was also a great opportunity for us to take vespers, Sabbath School and divine service at Delhi church.  The children played their recorder, the ladies gave a special song and Babu Moses sang during the divine service and Ravi Shankar, leader of the group, inspired all of us  with his message.  It was a great opportunity for us to see many historical places.  Specially the Taj Mahal, Lotus temple, Fatipur Sikiri, Kutub Minar, Red Fort and many other places.  The most amazing thing is that nobody got sick on this trip in spite of the cold weather.  It was an unforgettable trip.  We thank God for making this possible.

 Premila James, SUD, Hosur

 

 Spicer Celebrates the “Lord’s Prayer” during Week of Prayer

  When a special Week of Prayer Speaker from USA expressed his helplessness in not being able to travel to India in the last moment, Spicer immediately switched on to damage-control mode and commissioned the pastoral staff and the School of Religion faculty here to care for this unexpected development. Like warriors of faith they swung into action, adopted the Lord’s Prayer as the theme for the week of prayer scheduled January 31 – February 8, 2014, 6:00-6:30 in the mornings and 6:30 -7:00  in the evenings and spoke on its various aspects, stressing each day on a portion of the Lord’s Prayer. The speakers included  Noble Prasad Pilli,  Andrew Tompkins (actually an employee of SUD, Director of Hinduism,  who resides on our campus, and was asked to steer the whole programme), N Sharath Babu, Chawngdinpuii Chawngthu,  Vanlaltluanga Khuma, Immanuel Paul Durairaj, Roy Jemison Injety,  Mohanraj Wilson Israel,  Noah Anburaj Balraj and Justus Devadas who concluded this special week of Spiritual Emphasis on the Sabbath. Surely the campus residents were greatly blessed during the week as never before. Never was a week of prayer session more fully and regularly attended like this one in spite of the wintry chill in the mornings and evenings and comprehensive examinations simultaneously going on. God has certainly given a golden lining to this setback of not getting an overseas speaker and mobilized the whole campus to come to His feet on their knees.

Rajendra Prasad, VPAA

 

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Spicer Graduates to Collect Documents within 5 Years after Graduation

 

The Spicer College Board which met here on January 15, 2014, has taken an action to ask the Spicer College graduates to collect their documents, both what they submitted to the college as well as those due to them from the College like the Degree, Transcript of Credits and Migration Certificate within five years from the date of graduation failing which they are expected to pay a fine for another ten years. And the college will not be responsible for the documents after 15 years from the date of graduation and will not entertain any requests after this period.                                                                                               Rajendra Prasad, VPAA, Spicer College

 Broadcasting of Odia and Gujarati programs

The broadcasting of Odia and Gujarati programs has been given its green signal from the AWR office in Bangkok.  Both are in the 19 meter band and from 9:00 to 9:30am and the frequency for Gujarati is15525khz and Odia 15710khz. I pray that God will bless all those who listen to our messages from Orissa and Gujarat.                                          Edison Samraj, director, AMC

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Welcome

Welcome to the Southern Asia Division of Seventh-day Adventists home page! It is a delight to have you visit us. We hope that this website will give you helpful information, answer your questions, and provide you with an overview of who we are and what we are about.  We are a family of committed believers in Jesus Christ, living expectantly in the light of His love and His coming, and seeking to serve the world around us. We would be delighted to have you visit us in person! May God bless you this day and every day.
 

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Editorial: Ramani Kurian

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Doers Of The Word Build Securely

It is the desire of our Creator God to get all the human beings, whom He created for His pleasure, to the heavenly kingdom where there is no pain, suffering, or death. Initially God created our first parents with the intention of providing them eternal home. When they disobeyed His word, became victims of Satan and sin, they defeated God’s intention. But the loving God did not leave the fallen human race; He sent His only Son to redeem us from sin by sacrificing His life on the cross.  He still loves us and longs to see us get into heaven to live with Him eternally. From time to time He spoke to the human race through the prophets conveying the message of obedience to His word. He provided us the Holy Scriptures for our instruction. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”, 2 Timothy 3: 16. God’s word is truth for He is truth. Obedience to the word of God is supreme. Disobedience of God’s word led to the fall of our first parents and consequently the entire human race fell under the shadow of sin and suffering.

God calls each one of us to come out of this pathetic condition to be obedient children of God. People, in general, have come under the influence of Satan, the devil, who is trying his level best to destroy every one of us from establishing right relation with God who is longing to save us to the kingdom of heaven. God admonishes us, “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment”, Exodus 23:2. In following God and doing His word, we may not have many friends, we may have to do it by ‘oneself’. We don’t need to be afraid of standing alone for the truth or for God. God and the hosts of heaven will be with us as long as we are the doers of His word, though the multitude is against us. To be singular because it is necessary to be so as the result of worshipping God and Him only, places Heaven's dignity upon man. We must not be afraid of being singular when duty requires us to be thus to exalt and honor God. We need to stand alone, if necessary, for the sake of avoiding sin and dishonor to God. And in this case we are not to mind even the multitude who are against us. "Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil." The experience of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego is recorded in the Holy Scriptures for our admonition and spiritual nourishment. “It may appear to the world a very small matter for the Christian to be in harmony with the world by just the act of keeping Sunday for the Sabbath in the place of the seventh day, but God's Word says the seventh day is My holy day. The man of sin says, "I make a Sabbath for you and you must keep the first day of the week." God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people who love God and keep His commandments. "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ's church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church.

Where two or three are present who love and obey the commandments of God, Jesus there presides, let it be in the desolate place of the earth, in the wilderness, in the city enclosed in prison walls. The glory of God has penetrated the prison walls, flooding with glorious beams of heavenly light the darkest dungeon. His saints may suffer, but their sufferings will, like the apostles of old, spread their faith and win souls to Christ and glorify His holy name. The bitterest opposition expressed by those who hate God's great moral standard of righteousness should not and will not shake the steadfast soul who trusts fully in God... They that will be doers of the word are building securely, and the tempest and storm of persecution will not shake their foundation, because their souls are rooted to the eternal Rock.” (Letter 108, October 28, 1886, to her older sister and her husband who had not accepted the Sabbath truth).
 We need to obey all the commandments of God, not only Sabbath, to be the doers of His word.

Pathfinder Induction Ceremony: Division Headquarters Church, Hosur

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The pathfinder club of Jeevan Jyothi English church, Hosur has been faithfully ministering to the needs of the Adventist Junior Youth in Hosur for several years. This year, 2014, the club had a very good beginning, with an enrolment of more than 65 members enrolled themselves into the club, 30 adventurers and 32 pathfinders. We also have candidates enrolled for the leadership training courses i.e.  Master Guide, Pathfinder Leadership Award & Pathfinder Instructor Award. All the members of the club were actively involved in the marching during the Republic day celebration on Division campus. This year the club members are divided into 7 units and each unit has a captain and a scribe to lead. The units also have unit counselors.

The unique and special event for the club this year was the ‘Induction Ceremony’ which was held on the 31st of January, 2014. The induction ceremony marked the process where the members are officially admitted into the club and were asked to make a public proclamation of their willingness to be members and be guided by the club rules. The AY classes of the various levels starting from pre-adventurer, adventurer and going up to the pathfinder, have members taking the courses. The induction ceremony is primarily a candle lighting ceremony and there were 7 colour candles placed at the centre table representing the six classes in the pathfinder club from Friend to Guide and one candle for Adventurers. The six colour candles were blue, red, green, silver, purple, and yellow and the candle representing the Adventurer club was a multi colour candle. In addition to this there were 7 candles on the left of the centre table representing the pathfinder pledge and 8 candles on the right of the centre table representing the pathfinder law. At the centre of the stage there was a spiral candle representing the spirit of pathfindering.

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The program began with a lively song service after which the club sponsor delivered a message on ‘Light Bearers’ quoting the story of Gideon in the Bible after which he declared open the induction service. The club director and the deputy directors explained the pathfinder badge and its meaning, the Adventurer pledge and law were recited and pathfinder pledge and law as well.  The pathfinder director lit the spirit of pathfindering candle which represents the spirit of adventure, fun, learning, camaraderie, awareness, and awakening, and above all a spirit of reverence, and a spirit of service to God and man. 

The pathfinders who represented the various classes recited the purpose of each class and received a candle from the counselor and took the flame from the spirit of pathfindering candle and lit the respective candles.  After which the counselor asked the members to respond if they were willing to join the classes, for which the candidates responded by saying ‘Yes I do’.

The same process was repeated for lighting the candles representing the Pathfinder Law and the Pledge.  In conclusion, the pathfinders and adventurers were given one candle each to light from the spirit of pathfindering candle and make their commitment. The induction ceremony ended with a special song sung by all the members ‘Running up the highway’ and a consecration prayer was offered.                                                                                                                                                   Eben Anbiah, pathfinder director, Jeevan Jyothi English church, Hosur

Women’s Ministries Seminar: Lowry English Church

The Women’s Ministries department of Lowry English church held a seminar under the title “We can make a difference” at Carmelram Centre, Bangalore from January 10th evening to January 11th evening. During the vespers, presentations on “The role of woman as wife” were made by Jennifer Prakasam and “Role of woman as mother” by Joyce Paulraj followed by a prayer session by Vasantha David.  Sabbath School Lesson study was a panel discussion headed by Helen Solomon.  The first session after the lesson study was taken by Alice Joseph who spoke on

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the topic “Growing in Jesus”.  The second session was taken by Priscilla Christo who spoke on “Women’s Health Issues”.  The 3rd session was taken by Rani Rao who spoke on “The Fragrance of Life”.  In the afternoon, Daisy Rajkumar spoke on the topic “Women to women”.  The last session for the day was taken by Narendra Rao who spoke on “Healthy life style”.  He gave wonderful tips on good health and long life. These sessions taken by the Adventist medical doctors were enriching and beneficial to all who attended.  Finally a consecration service was conducted by Cyril Monthero, president, South Central India Union calling all the women to make a difference in the society and in the lives of their family members.  Dedicatory prayer was offered by Peter Halemane, ministerial director, South Central India Union.  The session was attended by 35 women of our church.                                                                                                                  Jennifer Prakasam

Republic Day Celebration at Division Headquarters, Hosur

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 Southern Asia Division office family celebrated the Republic day in the campus under the leadership of the social committee.   K S Narenderan (former state vice president of Bharatiya Janata Party of Tamil Nadu) was the chief guest. The program started with an opening prayer by Selvin Moorthy, under treasurer, SUD and then the pathfinders marched in colorful uniform with flags, after which the color party marched with the chief guest to hoist the flag. R John, president, SUD who introduced the chief guest, made introductory remarks stressing the humanitarian work of the church in India.  A pathfinder, Prince John, presented a poem on freedom and  Ritu Chand, another pathfinder,  spoke on Republic day.  The chief guest challenged the people about our national obligations for unity of the country, in spite of having diversity in religion and culture throughout India. Closing prayer was offered by T P Kurian. The program came to a close after a cultural show by children.                                                                            Ramani Kurian, SUD 

Dr Chacko M Paul Launches Book

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January 11, 2014 was a high day in the history of Spicer College family in general and in the family of Chacko M Paul in particular when it saw the launching of his book entitled “Syrian Christians: One Tradition, Many Faces” at his residence at 7:30 pm at the hands of the college president Justus Devadas in the presence of the college administrators and family friends, followed by felicitous messages from friends and VPAA which finally culminated in dinner. The academic department of the college is happy and proud that after a brief spate of earning PhDs, an era of publishing books has started. The book, based on his doctoral thesis and containing 6 chapters and published by V Joshi and Co., Pune, deals with the origin, growth, and contribution of the Syrian Christian community in Kerala. Chacko Paul, a nephew of M E Cherian, former president of Spicer College, is the head of History department and director of Counseling and Guidance Centre at Spicer College. Being  a Syrian Christian himself, he has put his heart and soul in bringing out the life story of this special tribe in Kerala, God’s own country, which has by its unique and noble tradition, been dominating the churches (including SDA), convents, hospitals and schools not only in their state but in the country and beyond.

The Syrian Christians, quite ironically, are neither from Syria nor truly Christian, having borrowed or rather retained many practices from their original background of Hinduism, especially Brahmanism. The typical traditional attire of men consists of white shirts and dhotis while the women, especially old-timers, dressed in white close-necked blouses and lungis (modern wrap-arounds) with the pleats of an off-white half saree draped across, and lumps of gold loosely hanging or rather precariously dangling from their delicate sagging ear-lobes, may soon be a dying species. And their traditional appam (rice and coconut milk cake), and ‘kanji vellam’ after all, may not owe their origin to this community.

 Having spent seven of my most impressionable years at the prestigious Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum owned and operated by the Syrian Catholic management, I too have closely observed this community from close quarters, have been intrigued as well as impressed by their customs, traditions, culture, rituals, attire, and cuisine and have come to appreciate their broadness of mind, largeness of heart and loftiness of spirit. It is their tolerance and appreciation of all religions that helped scores of even non-Malayalee Adventist students to pursue higher studies quite peacefully in their institutions, being officially given Sabbath-offs and exempted from the compulsory NCC training and served milk or ‘vella chhaya’ (diluted and sweetened milk when the number  of Adventist students increased) instead of coffee or tea in the hostel mess and even granted admission to much sought-after postgraduate science courses -  hold your breath -  on their management quota, like me! And the ubiquitous presence of their cadre mainly in the area of education, health care, politics and religion all over the world speaks volumes of their dignity, dedication and devotion to duty. Prominent names in this community include Cherian, Kurian, Tharian, Ninan, Mathai (Mathew), Markose, Lukose, Paulose, Thomas, Varghese, Gheevarghese, Chacko etc. and certainly almost every hospital world-wide has either an Annamma, Ponnamma, Sosamma, Aleyamma, Mariamma, Kunjamma, or Kunjukunjamma, (though quite ironically no Marthamma)--- these angels of mercy who bring sinking patients back to life, not merely through their nursing care but through their personal touch--- a medley of voluble, incessant but friendly chatter, altruistic nature, joie de vivre, and dignity of labour, willing to do even the most menial jobs most gracefully. My hats off to them! May their tribe increase!

 In this book Chacko Paul discusses briefly the available sources that might provide historical validity to the traditions that Apostle Thomas established Christianity in Kerala. He also provides short descriptions of the main beliefs, practices, habits, major milestones and the denominational branches of the most influential Christians of Kerala. It is a historical, Archaeological and Anthropological study about a community which has made significant contribution in the religious, social and political fabric of India. Read this book, if you wish to learn more about them.  It is priced just at Rs 120 (about $ 2 only) and one may contact Dr Chacko Paul at +91 9850907153  or <madathumchal @yahoo.com>   for a personal copy.                                                               S Rajendra Prasad, VPAA, Spicer Memorial College

Youth Convention in Ramnad Section

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                Sivagangai Ramnad Section in South East India Union held a two day section wide youth convention at Manamadurai from Oct 19-20,2013. Young people from all over the section participated and were united as one in the word of God. They dedicated themselves to the Lord through prayers and songs. “Living to the Lord” was the theme of the convention. An Adventist youth, Arun, presented a topic on ‘Second Innings’ in which he stressed that God gives second chance to all.  The guest speaker was Lazarus Ponumuthu, youth director, SEIU. A significant time was devoted to prayer session and Bible study by local church pastor, John Wesley. During the divine service Jeeva Ponnappa, section president, gave an inspiring message on ‘I am a youth, I can’t- from the book of Jeremiah” and the next day he presented a topic on “Role of youth in church leadership”. Morning devotion was led by Joshua, accountant, Manamadurai School. At the close of the convention the youth re-dedicated their lives for the service of the Lord Jesus. Manamadurai church and school assisted to have this successful program.                                                                                                     Jeeva Ponnappa, president, Sivagangai-Ramnad section

 

Evangelistic Meeting at PERAIYOOR in Ramnad Sivagangai Section

William George, a retired department director from Southern Asia Division conducted an evangelistic meeting at Peraiyoor, from Nov 7-17 2013, in Ramnad District where we have no Adventist presence. This place is located 10 kilometers away from Kamuthi; which has multiple ethnic groups, having tension between groups.  However, we spent much time in prayer for the campaign and it was begun successfully.

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Prior to the meeting Sivagangai -Ramnad Section organized a free medical camp with the help of Vasan Eye Care group. More than 150 people were benefited through the free eye camp. This campaign had  great impact on the community and on Adventist church as well.

 We felt the power of God in a mighty way and discovered the joy of reaching people with the Gospel in Peraiyoor. Because of the systematic ground work, we were able to conduct the meeting successfully. Health talks were presented by John Wesley, Manamadurai church pastor before the preaching. During the Sabbath days, Jeeva Ponnappa conducted Daniel’s seminar. At the close of the meetings 26 people were baptized. Jeeva, local section president with his team of gospel ministers, is doing the follow-up work resulted in 11 more baptism. When we focus on mission together, the Spirit of the Lord does more than we expect.  Some more people are getting ready to join the remnant group. More than 60 children participated every night in the separate meeting conducted by Ravi Chandran, church pastor, Parlachi. We want to express our deep appreciation to William George and his family members for their financial contribution towards the meeting. We want to appreciate the following dedicated servants of the Lord Manikaraj, John Wesley, Ccely Vethamuthu, Samuel Abraham, Yesudhas, Ravi, Ravi Chandran, Moses, Tamilarasi and Indira. The section treasurer P David was the one who co-ordinated the whole campaign.

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New Church Building Dedicated in Sivagangai-Ramnad section

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 24th Nov 2013, Sunday morning was a joyous occasion for the members of Koothalur church and the  Sivagangai-Ramnad Section team members as they received a newly constructed church building. Koothalur which is about 5 Kms away from Karaikudi in Sivaganagi-Ramnad Section got the building project a year ago through a missionary group. It was begun with the prayer and was completed in November. Jayson Jayabarathan, director, Mount Zion Engineering College, Pudukottai led out in the construction work and completed perfectly. The church dedication service was conducted on 24th November 2013. Believers and the pastors from neighboring churches; Samuel Jebamani, Pudukottai Region and the members of Mt. Zion family gathered for the occasion which began with an unveiling of the stone by Arockiamary, the land donor and Florence Jayabarathan followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony led by Jayabarathan Chellaiah; the chairman, Mt.Zion Engineering College and opened the doors of the church for worship.

            The church service was led by K.Samuel and N.David, a retiree, native of the Koothalur church read the history of the church and Jeeva Ponnappa delivered the sermon on “the meaning of the church and the responsibility of the church believers”. Other leaders present were P.David, section treasurer; Samuel Jebamani, PDK director; Russul John, Monikaraj, John Wesley, Michael, I.Jesudhas, N.Ravi, A.Samuel, Samraj and Isacc, treasurer,Manamadurai school. Mrs. Jayabarathan narrated how the church building began to take shape and the members of the Chula Vista church, California jointly took up the challenge sacrificially to build the church. This building was dedicated by Jeeva, the local field president and he thanked Jayson who took personal interest to complete the work. This service was ended with a fellowship lunch. We would like to thank the dedicated members of the Chula Vista church, California for their willingness to provide financial support to build this church for our members here.

Jeeva Ponnappa , SRS president

Tenth Anniversary Celebrations at School for Speech and Hearing Impaired, Kollegal

 Seventh-Day Adventist School for Speech and Hearing Impaired held the first School-day program cum celebration of 10 years of the school in the present campus. The celebrations were held in the school campus on November 22, 2013. We were honored by the presence of

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distinguished guests from Southern Asian Division, Ambassadors of Asian Aid from Australia, leaders from South-Central India Union and from the local community. Jothi Anbiah, vice president, Southern Asia Division who is also the chairman of the Asian Aid work in India gave the key-note address and set the tone for the festivities titled “Celebrations: Love, Joy, hope.” The dignitaries, including former administrators, teachers, and principals, were honored with mementoes thanking them for their contribution in the development of our special school. The present and former students were also honored for their accomplishment in academics.  The formal program also included a report by Tammy Moses, Project Manager, Asian Aid of the school development projects undertaken by Asian Aid to enrich the learning experience of the children. Tammy also addressed the parents and audience about the importance of child protection and child welfare in the context of special children. Dedicatory prayer by Peter and  remarks by Samuel Thason were followed by colorful cultural programs performed by the children. We thank God for His love and mercy over our school and thank the sponsors, management, teachers, parents and well-wishers for the prayers, contributions and support for the growth of our school.                                                                                                                                            Jacob Bhaggien, Principal

EASTERN UTTAR PRADESH REGION: 1000 YOUTH EVANGELISM TRAINING PROGRAM  

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The Seventh - day Adventist church in Eastern UP Region, Varanasi invited more than 300 youth and young adults for a historic youth evangelism training program from November 7-10, 2013.It has been such an accomplishment to unite youth and family and share spiritual messages, spend time with each other, pray together and unify efforts to continue the great mission to spread the gospel.  The key thought based on John 12: 36 “While ye are in the light; believe in the Light that ye may be called the children of light” spiritually uplifted everyone.  M.M Bhatti, Kishore Gill, Surendra Lall and Promila Lall were the resource personnel. M.M Bhatti, youth director, Northern India Union encouraged the youth to share their talents to uplift spiritual environment of the church to fulfill its mission. Surendra Lall counseled on evangelism by the youth to the youth for Christ. Kishore Gill presented health topics: charcoal therapy, water therapy, massage, healthy lifestyle which were very beneficial. Promila Lall presented some inspirational power point on prayer, exercise and nurture.

On Sabbath16 November, 2013 46 persons including youth and young adults accepted the Seventh-Day Adventist doctrines and joined the church through baptism. One of the remarkable things happened first time in the evangelism meeting in Varanasi was that people from other denominations-- Pentecostal, Anglican, Roman Catholic, Asia Suyogi organization, Isai Mahasang etc. attended the meetings on special invitation and voluntarily assisted us in the arrangements and functions. They were impressed about SDA teaching and lifestyle. 80 young people purchased 25 copies each (2000 copies) @ Rs 20/- per copy of “The Great Hope”, to be distributed in their respective areas. This convention gave every individual present an opportunity to renew their commitment and calling. In consecration every one lighted the candle symbolically carrying the light received from the word of God to their respective places so that they may be called the children of light and the gospel commission can be carried forward in un-entered areas.                                                                                                                                  Surendra Lall, director, Eastern Uttar Pradesh Region

Centenary Celebration: South West India Union                                            

As the President of South West India Union of Seventh-day Adventists during this centenary year it is my privilege to bring this good tidings pertaining to our work in Kerala for this past 100 years. “It was in the year 1914 Suvishesha Muthu, a literature evangelist from Prakashapuram, Tamil Nadu, came to Trivandrum and sold some books to M. Abel, who was a Salvation Army captain. The books were entitled: ‘Who changed the Sabbath’, ‘Present Truth’, ‘Steps to Christ’ etc. After reading these books carefully he was convinced that the true day of worship is Saturday, which is the Sabbath created by God. Abel secretly contacted Suvishesha Muthu and other leaders in Nazareth, near Prakashapuram. He continued to study the Bible more and was fully convinced that the Seventh day is the Sabbath day. They invited Abel to Nazareth to be baptised. After baptism, he resigned his job as Salvation Army captain and started preaching the Sabbath truth and three angels’ messages in Trivandrum and neighbouring areas. In the year 1915, Abel, while engaged in his ministry, came to Vadacode, near Neyyattinkara and talked about the Sabbath to many people. Some of them studied the scriptures deeply, specially on the topic of Sabbath and were convinced. As a result, they organized the first Sabbath school in Vadacode. Ninty-nine years passed after Suvishesha Muthu sowed the seed of the remnant message in Kerala. Therefore, as members of the SDA Church in Kerala, we are privileged to celebrate this year as the centenary year.

 From 1914 onwards, the Adventism in Kerala grew up slowly withstanding many problems & difficulties. But by the grace of God, we could accomplish many things for His cause. At present our statistics is as follows: Churches            226, Congregations101, Boarding Schools 3, Day Schools 21. Compared to the growth of Christianity in the first century, this growth might be very insignificant, but my beloved, we can be proud of the legacy of our forefathers. The one who planted the first church in Kerala or the one who nurtured it are not with us today, but they live in our memories. Now we are privileged to celebrate the centenary year of our existence and service in Kerala. The contribution of the church in the field of education, evangelism and health is commendable.

Our centenary celebration will be held in Trivandrum on October 24 and 25, 2014. Ted C Wilson, president of the World Church, along with his wife Nancy, has consented to be present for the occasion. We are planning to make this event a grand and memorable one.  As part of the centenary celebrations, we would like to complete some projects all over South West India Union. We need your prayers and support.

Selvamoni  Yovan, president, SWIU

 Adventist Lay Person at the Service of Mentally Challenged Destitute

On Friday, November 29, 2013, as my husband and I walked into the campus of Integrated New Life Society for Education and Development (INSED), Sungareddy, Andhra Predesh, we were welcomed by a host of mentally challenged inmates of the institution. Some of them were

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 engaged in garden work, some were just sitting and enjoying the sunlight, waved their hands at us with broad smiles and some were indifferent. We were really impressed by the way those unfortunate ones were taken care of by one Adventist lay member, M Manohar, advocate, founder and president, INSED and his family. There are 72 inmates including 4 children born to mentally challenged young mothers, women who were picked up and brought to INSED as they wandered along the streets. Some of the inmates are highly educated and occupied positions in the society.

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INSED is a voluntary organization established in the year 2000 under societies Registration Act 1350, with its Registration No.1667/2000. Its Head quarters is located at Sangareddy, Medak Dist. Andhra Pradesh. The main motive of this organization is to Render Service To The Mentally challenged Destitute Of The Society.

It all started when Manohar, watched a young mother pick up plastics from the garbage to protect her child from the falling rain. In his own words, “Once when I was in Abids Road, Hyderabad, I saw an incident which caught my attention and which moved my spirit with in my heart and made me take a strong decision to serve the mentally ill.  It happened on 22-8-1999 at about 2.30 in the afternoon. That day it was raining heavily and I took shelter under the footpath roof in Abids along with some other people.  I saw a mentally ill woman, half naked and fully wet, collecting plastics from the dust bin and carrying them near to a concrete beam. There I saw a baby about 10 to 15 days old. The baby was completely drenched in rain water, shivering and crying loudly. The mother wrapped the baby with plastics from toe to neck. “Being in a state of mentally unsound, if she can express her love towards her child, what about we being mentally sound?”  This scene moved my heart, and then I decided to dedicate my life to serve the mentally ill destitute”.

Manohar approached  government officials, political leaders and other well wishers for support and assistance. God graciously opened the hearts of many of them and the District Collectors  came forward to support Manoharan’s efforts wholeheartedly. They provided land and constructed a new home and office for INSED near the government hospital, Sangareddy. The inmates are provided with free medical treatment and food by the hospital administration. Already more than 214 people had come to normalcy and joined their families who received them with gladness. In spite of opposition from different corners, Manohar is doing his best to serve these unfortunate ones. His desire is to open one rehabilitation center for mentally challenged destitute in each city of India. He believes that God will perform miracles if we trust Him and dedicate our lives to serve our fellow beings which is the desire of our heavenly Father too.                                                                                                                                                   Ramani Kurian,  assistant communication director,  SUD

Spicer’s Invitation to the Centennial Book of Honour

As part of the centennial celebrations, Spicer College plans to bring out a “Book of Honours” which is meant for its alumni, faculty, staff and students as well as its friends and well-wishers who wish to honour and immortalize the memory of any one near and dear to them, like their parents, spouse, guardian, teacher, or other relative(s), etc, by dedicating a page or half in this prestigious publication. This book will have about 300 colour pages (A4 size and 130 gsm thickness) and case binding finish.

The prescribed rates are: NRIs & Foreigners : Paper Size:     Full page: US $350; Half page: US $225; Quarter page: US $ 125

Indians: Paper Size: Full page: Rs 20,000;     Half page: Rs 12,500; Quarter page: Rs 7,500

Those who wish to avail of this privilege at first-come-first-served basis are requested to send the photo(s) and write-up of the person(s) whom they wish to honour along with the prescribed fee as a crossed Cheque or Demand Draft drawn in favour of “SPICER MEMORIAL COLLEGE”by registered mail to Dr Noble Prasad Pilli, chairman; Book of Honours Committee; Spicer Memorial College; Aundh Road; Ganeshkhind Post; Pune 411007, INDIA, by April 30, 2014. Noble Pilli can also be contacted by phone Nos: +91-20-25807005 (office) and +91-9890908187 (Mobile) and email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Spicer’s Invitation for the Centennial Theme Song:

Spicer College also invites from its alumni, faculty, staff and students as well as its friends and well-wishers the centennial theme song (lyrics / music / both) on the theme “Celebrating 100 Years of Holistic Education”. A handsome cash prize will be given to the one whose composition is selected with consolation prizes for the next 5 best ones. All those who have the skills of composing lyrics and music are invited to send their compositions to Mary Davy, chairman; Centenary Music Committee; Spicer Memorial College; Aundh Road; Ganeshkhind Post; Pune 411007, INDIA, by April 30, 2014. Mary Davy can also be contacted by phone Nos: +91-20-25699759 (office) and +91-8888014961 (Mobile) and email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Spicer Family Worships in the Old Auditorium Again

It was a nostalgic moment for the Spicer family, especially for the old timers, when because of the painting work going on in the house of worship, the last weekend services were held back in the old Auditorium after a gap of 7 years and 8 months (with many language groups meeting elsewhere to ease the congestion). Many people sat just where they used to sit in the former days and were reminiscing the bygone era. The preachers, Vanlaltluanga Khuma on Friday and Noble Pilli on Saturday, recalled some interesting events, before they delivered their sermons, and even remarked that perhaps every seventh year they should have at least one week-end service in this old place just to remember their origins before moving into the grand spacious edifice. T I Abraham, who was on the stage to offer the pastoral prayer later walked down to sit with his family under the balcony to re-live the old memories, perhaps. Sitting more or less where I used to sit those days, I too recollected exactly where M E Cherian used to sit, N O Mathews used to stand and George and Gordon Jenson lead the choirs during their time, not forgetting various other events like graduations, weddings, etc. including an amusing anecdote  when someone plugged the church props labeled “Mothers with Baby” and “Visitors” on the bench where  Emile John and  Benny Prasad Chikatla were once sitting with their visiting septuagenarian mothers during the divine service and  Franklin Samraj sitting just behind them showing this to everyone sitting in his row.

Surely, it is nice to come back to old place sometimes, if only to reflect on the way God has led us through the years. On further reflection, could this perhaps be the plausible reason why God wanted the children of Israel to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles even after reaching Canaan in the days of yore and expects His people to return to their home on the earth made new after spending a millennium with Him in His heavenly home?                                                                                                                              Rajendra Prasad, VPAA, Spicer College

10TH GNM GRADUATION & 3RD BSc LAMP LIGHTING CEREMONY OF SDA SCHOOL & COLLEGE OF NURSING, OTTAPALAM, KERALA.

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The 10th Graduation programme for the SDA School of Nursing & 3rd Lamp Lighting ceremony for the SDA College of Nursing, Ottapalam was held from Jan 10th – 12th, 2014.  Alamgir Khan, treasurer, Medical Trust was the guest speaker for the consecration ceremony. He charged the graduates to serve with benevolence.

G S Robert Clive, treasurer, Southern Asia Division delivered the baccalaureate address emphasizing serving with excellence. His message was an inspiration to all to excel in various fields of service. K Mohandas, vice chancellor, Kerala University of Health Sciences, Thrissur was the chief guest. Susamma Varghese, president of KNMC & principal, Government School of Nursing, Trivandrum delivered presidential address.   Jasmine Ruby, deputy nursing superintendent, CMC Hospital, Vellore was the guest of honor.  Renjith John Jacob, medical director, SDA Hospital, Ottapalam gave the charge to the graduating class and formally accepted the freshers. We thank the Lord Almighty for His abundant blessings and leading thus far.

 South Rayalaseema Celebrated Children's Day at Mentally Retarded Home for Children

November 14th was a blessed and delightful day for all the children at the retarded home for children at Rayalaseema. The Children Ministries director Florence Raj, along with the section president, secretary, treasurer, and with other sub-ordinates visited the home. The team took time to clean their dwelling place and distributed fruits and sweets to all the children, sang songs and had short meditation from the scriptures. It was really a delightful day.

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      Florence also initiated in conducting shepherdess council at Cudapah main school. Around 120 shepherdesses have gathered. M. Wilson, the president of ECIU and Sofia Wilson had admonished them and instructed them how they needed to support the ministry of their spouses. The shepherdesses were also trained how to make use of their leisure time. It was really an educative session. Thank God for the opportunity extended by our section leaders.

Mrs. Prakash.   

Inauguration of a new church in Sikkim

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A new church was inaugurated on November 17, 2013 in Darjeeling main town. Officials from North Bengal section and director of Hill circle and AFM officials attended this beautiful function. The ground work for the church plantation was initiated by brother Sunil Marjee, Naresh Tudu  P.K. Tamsang and Jonathan Tamsang. Earlier L F Lyngdo and S B Bairagi conducted revival meetings in Darjeeling and strengthened the work.

 Tarpin,  first  Adventist church, Sikkim conducted the annual outreach program on December 10, 2103. Hundreds of members from Eastern Sikkim town and villages attended the meeting.  The local government officials and journalists attended and appreciated the ministry of Seventh-day Adventists in Sikkim, a Buddhist state. A small rural medical clinic, initiated by Gospel Outreach with the help of Beverly Thomson, is doing wonderful service to the community.                                                                                 P K Tamsang

 

Announcement

 Helping Hand Welfare Society seeks the following Personnel

Assistant Director--‐Programs

Development Project Manager

Project Coordinator Karnataka (1), Bengal (1)

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Award of PhD Degree to Nalina Robert Donald

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Nalina Robert Donald was awarded PhD degree by Bangalore University on January 24, 2014. Her research topic was “ A study on the contributions of the Christian hymns and spiritual songs to the development of Kannada language and literature”. She is a professor of Kannada, working as the vice principal of APS College of Arts and Commerce, Bangalore University. She is a member of Central English Church, Bangalore.                                                                                                                                                     Robert Donald,  SUD

Adventist Appointed Deputy Director of Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore

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The following announcement was made in the current weekly Christian Medical College & Hospital newsletter: "Mrs. Jasmin Anand, Professor of Medical-Surgical Nursing and Head of Medical Surgical Nursing-Specialty II, is appointed Deputy Director (Nursing and Campus Development) with effect from January 13, 2014 for a four year term”.  An Adventist, Jasmin Ruby Anand has just completed a term as the Deputy Nursing Superintendent. She is a Professor at the College of Nursing, CMC and also serves as the Head of the Departments of Cardiology and Cardio-thoracic Nursing. She is a member of the Adventist Medical Trust Board that runs our hospitals. She has served in the Adventist School of Nursing, Surat as tutor and as Principal at the School of Nursing, SDA Hospital, Nuzivd, AP. She was trained in Loma Linda University in Cardiac Transplant. She is passionate about Adventist Lifestyle. She is invited to give health messages on Adventist Lifestyle in effort meetings, churches and pastors’ meetings. She also runs a Cardiac Lifestyle Unit in CMC&H. Jasmin Ruby is the daughter of  Pr. G. Isaiah –former Publishing department director of Southern Asia Division and married to Dr. Anand Manuel. They are blessed with two children- Corrine ( BDS)  and Cheryl ( Class 12 ). It is a very joyous moment for us, conservative Adventists in Vellore. We wish her God's blessings as she continues to serve in CMC.

    -- Dr. David Mathew, Asst. Professor, CMCH Vellore

Wedding Bells

Rajesh with Sonia: Rajesh s/o Kbita & Robin Kumar Sahu and Sonia d/o Beena & Baby John T W  were united in marriage on Sunday 19th January, 2014 at Seventh-day Adventist church, Kaloor, Kochi, Kerala.

Chandrasekhar with Leena: Chandrasekhar s/o  Kamala & Jaywant Peter and Leena d/o Saroja & Mariswamy were united in holy matrimony on Sunday 19th January at  Lowry Memorial English church  Krishnarajapuram,  Bangalore.

Robin Rajkumar with Anu Joyce:  Robin Rajkumar s/o Sheela & Sampath and Anu Joyce d/o  Pushparani and Pushparaj Samuel were united in holy matrimony on Sunday, 16th February 2014 at Seventh-day Adventist  Central Tamil church, Spencer Road, Bangalore.

58th Garo Annual Meeting, Bajengdoba, Meghalaya

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The 58th Garo annual meeting was held at Bajengdoba, Meghalaya from January 29th – 1st February 2014.  The theme of the meeting was “Pressing Upward.” The main speakers were G S Robert Clive, Division treasurer and his wife, B R Sangma, Division associate secretary and his wife, P Passi, treasurer, North East India Union, and P Kullu, Union Education director. They encouraged each delegate to be faithful in their beliefs. More than five thousand delegates from different churches and companies from Assam and Meghalaya attended the meeting. All the delegates stayed in their own tents and prepared their own food. It was like old Israelites participating the day of atonement ceremony. Tents were prepared in all directions of the main pandal that is situated at the center site of the area. During the annual meeting, thirty precious souls prepared by the churches and companies of Garo Hills were baptized. Different programs for children and youth were arranged during the meeting. Section departmental director assigned different speakers for children and youth. Everyday there was nature talk, Bible story and games for children.

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The speakers of the annual meeting encouraged delegates to press upward spiritually and be faithful till the final journey on this earth.  Divine hour speaker was Robert Clive who gave an encouraging message to the large congregation.  Around 100 delegates from Khasi Jaintia conference came to witness the annual sobha. Delegates were spiritually uplifted and ready to press upward till the end of their journey to be recipient of the waiting crown for the redeemed saints of the Lord.                                                                    B.G. Momin, Communication director, Garo Section

 

Obituary

 

Yesuputhri Sharp

 

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Yesuputhri was born to protestant parents on July 4, 1941. After her highschool she was converted to Adventist faith and  married to Granvel Sharp on August 18, 1950.  She assisted her husband in his ministry enthusiastically. She was interested in visiting sick and poor to assist them, conducting branch sabbath school and spreading the adventist message all around she lived. After the retirement of her husband, they settled in Chamrajnagar and continued the ministry of serving the Lord. She died on July 17, 2013 due to massive heart attack. Mourning her death are her husband--Pr. G Sharp; daughters-- Jackline, Roseline, Shila, Leah and their spouses, 7 grand children and a host of relatives and friends. We remnisced her love for church and family and looking forward to meet her on the resurrection morning. Leah Edwin

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Roosvelt was born to Victor Sam and Sulochana on July 5, 1974. He had his schooling in Flaiz Memorial and Spicer high schools. He married Glory in 2002. Initially he worked as a literature evangelist and after completing MA BEd he took up teaching profession. In 2011 he joined Fjarli Academy of Seventh- day Adventists, Rajanpalli, Darsi. While working there, he had to go through some physical challenges and unexpectedly breathed his last on 16th January 2014. He leaves behind his parents, his wife and two daughters Rhesa    Pr Victor Sam, SUD

 

Pr. and Mrs. Sadashiv Bhaurao Shinde

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  It is a rare occurrence that both husband and wife pass away within a week. Sadashiv Shinde passed away on 31 January, 2014 and his wife, Suman on February 7, 2014. Sadashiv was born on March 06, 1924 to Padabai and Bhaurao Shinde in Chokak Kolhapur district.  He had his schooling at Lasalgaon high school and higher education in Spicer Memorial College.  His commitment to the truth led him back to Kolhapur to work among his people.  He married  Suman Mahapure and they were blessed with three children--- son Shashikant, daughters Sheela and Sunanada. His interest to serve the Lord took him all over Maharashtra and he was ever willing to the task set before him.  The Lord used his talents to serve the church in various capacities as pastor, mentor, teacher, departmental director, evangelist and chaplain.  He was honest, diligent in his work that led to the establishment of many companies and churches and won many souls to the kingdom of God. After an active life in the church, he retired to a semi-active life for 30 long years and was living at Asha Park Housing Society, Market Yard, Pune. His motto and advice to anyone was, “NEVER GIVE UP, KEEP LOOKING UP,  JESUS IS COMING SOON”.  He rests with the assurance that when the trump will sound he will be among those who are waiting eagerly for that great day

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Suman  was born on June 24, 1929 to Housabai and Chandrasen Mahapure in Pargaon Kodoli Kolhapur district. She did her schooling in Lasalgaon high school. On completion, she moved to Spicer Memorial College for further education. She was married to Sadashiv Shinde.  After marriage,  both of them started their career at Kumboj district Kolhapur. She was committed to the Lord’s ministry. She always supported her husband in evangelism. Her dedication and commitment towards the church was her first priority. She was honest, diligent in her work and supported her husband 40 years in his ministry.  Suman was always a loving and caring person,  jovial and cheerful. She and her husband were always found together, whether it was church service or functions or at home and even in death-- a week apart. We look forward to meet her on that ‘Great Day’ of resurrection.They leave behind their children— Shashikant;  Sheela and Sunanda--- daughter-in-law Nirmala; sons-in-law Johnny Sudhakar and Vinay Ohal; grandchildren Swapna, Swaroop, Veeraj,  Sarang and a host of relatives, friends and well-wishers.

 

Richard Gladson Wilson

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 Richard  was born to Wilson Vethamuthu and Annapoornam in Spicer College, Pune on March 31,1964. Richard had his education from elementary to college in Spicer Memorial College. He considered himself as an ardent disciple of Christ and servant of God. He consistently demonstrated a genuine love for Christ and His mission by actively participating in pathfinders and master guide programs as well as leading out in community outreach activities through Rotaract club of Pune North. He worked in Pune Adventist Hospital as accountant and then as business manager at Scheer Memorial Hospital, Assam Training School, Giffard Memorial Hospital and  Southern Asia Division head quarters in provident fund department before taking up his responsibility in Roorkee Adventist College. He married Purna Laxmi Shrestha on June 6,1993. They are blessed with two sons.  Richard excelled as a good father, husband and a loyal & faithful mission worker. For the last few months Richard was confronted with health issues and was admitted in the hospital.  On 24th February, 2014 he breathed his last.  He leaves behind his father Mr. Wilson; wife Purna; sons Cris and Kevin; brothers, Swanson, Paulson, Samuel; sister Ruth and a host of relatives. 

 

 

Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN)  Conference  2014, Maryland, USA

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Pushing the boundaries is no longer enough. Seventh-day Adventist tech and media professionals at this year’s Global Adventist Internet Network conference were challenged to leave the boundaries in the rearview mirror or risk becoming irrelevant. Speaking at morning worship February 13, Pardon Mwansa, a general vice president for the Adventist world church, told hundreds of Web professionals that the “boundary mindset” and the “expansion mindset” are limiting the scope of Adventist mission and ministry. A boundary mindset is throttled by traditions; an expansion mindset is content reimagining those traditions. What’s needed instead, he said, is a “creation mindset.” “It’s easier to go where others have already been. But who is it who has improved this world? People who have broken the boundaries,” Mwansa said, citing early explorers, civil rights leaders and tech innovators. “We will not get anywhere with a boundary mindset,” he told 400 GAiN participants meeting at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, United States.

Author and marketing consultant Martha Gabriel amplified that idea in her February 14 keynote, describing what she called “simplicity plateaus,” where an organization stagnates at a level of technology they have mastered. “We can’t stay here. Know the next level you need to conquer,” she said. And, perhaps more importantly, she added, know your audience. In today’s “attention economy,” messages compete for relevance, Gabriel said. Organizations that thrive in the attention economy know that the currency of ideas and information is no longer enough to succeed. “Ideas alone are worthless. What we need now are people who make things happen,” Gabriel said. For Adventist pastor Sam Neves and a development team from the church’s British Union Conference, that meant not waiting for the church to get behind a comic book style trivia game called “Heroes.” The first Seventh-day Adventist game for iPhone and iPad, “Heroes” was downloaded 3,000 times in the first 48 hours of its release, tripling the benchmark analysts say a mobile app should meet in its first week to be considered successful.

On the final day of GAiN, the Adventist world church Youth Ministries department signed a deal to help support the Android release of “Heroes.” The game reintroduces players to heroic biblical characters—such as Abraham, David and Esther—while testing their Bible knowledge with quiz questions. Players can compare scores with their friends on Facebook. At GAiN, a demo of the game pitted players from the church’s Trans-European Division with other divisions. “We realized that to bring a sense of identity to a new generation, we needed to remind them of who their heroes are,” Neves said. “And what better way, than to use a medium they are very familiar with?”

Indeed, said Daryl Gungadoo, distribution and network engineer for Adventist World Radio Europe, “gamification” is the new frontier and successful companies will find ways to engage their audience with games.He cited an example from Sweden, where a marketing campaign from Volkswagen turned the oft-loathed speed cameras into a lottery, where people who drive the speed limit are automatically entered into a pool to win the fines paid by motorists who speed. 

Another presenter challenged the popular adage that “content is king” in social media. Sonja Kovacevic, content manager of LIFEconnect in the church’s Trans-European Division, proposed that instead, “the audience is king.” “[Our audience] prefers to trust someone they know. And they come to know us when we offer useful content. They come to like us when they enjoy our content. And they come to trust us when our content is credible, consistent and free,” Kovacevic said. Brazilian businessman and philanthropist Milton Soldani Afonso received this year's NetAward from Adventist Church President Ted N. C. Wilson. Afonso was key in establishing and funding the Adventist Church's use of media outreach in South America. “Even more than his money, his vision for the church in communication and technology has been his greatest contribution,” said Williams Costa Jr., Communication director for the Adventist world church. This year’s GAiN conference also featured a presentation by Antonio Monteiro, who was released last month from a prison in Togo after nearly two years of detainment. Monteiro and four others were imprisoned on charges of conspiracy to commit murder in a case that captured the attention of the Adventist world church.

Courtesy: ANN Bulletin, February 18, 2014

 

 

 
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