Thought for the day
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
“VISIT AND BLESS ALL PEOPLE”: NOT BY POWER, BUT BY THE SPIRIT”: DIRECTORS MEET 2018 - CONCLUDED MEANINGFULLY
“Visit and Bless All People: Not by power, but by the Spirit”was the crystal-clear concluding Message given by the Rt.Rev.Dr. Vadapally Prasada Rao, Deputy Moderator, Church of South India during the Valedictory Message on 31st October 2018 at CSI Synod Centre.
Deputy Moderator stated that we must reach, visit and bless all people in Christ’s love. We should ask, how are you? and told to others that we are praying for you for their blessing. Jesus was among the people and stood firmly for the cause of people and pray and work for them. Today’s Missionaries must imitate the same spirit of Jesus Christ. We must proclaim the Gospel unto the end of the world and our Missionary work must be borderless in nature which is inclusive and embrace all others. Bible is our only provision. Don’t worry about any inconvenience or hurdles, we must make a breakthrough because God is with us always. We are the medium of changes and we are the ambassadors of Spirit. We are doing Mission not by power, but by the power of Spirit. Vision is important for the Mission. Like St. Paul and Bishop V.S. Azariah, Missionaries must fill with clear vision about Mission. Be empowered with spirit. Don’t let yourselves to keep away from the Bible. Bible is our sole provision. It should be everyday experience in our life. Do not perplexed before the “red sea” in our life, believe God will pave the clear and specific way, Deputy Moderator enthusiastically elucidated through his message.
The Church of South India Synod Directors of various Departments presented the department activities and interacted with the delegates regarding the life and work of CSI during the session of Synod Directors Meet. Rev. K. James Cecil Victor, Director for Pastoral Aid Department, Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, Director for Communication and Adivasi Dalit Department, Rev. Dr. L. Jayachitra, Director for Christian Education Department, Rev. Solomon Paul, Director for Youth Department and Rev. Dr. Praveen Perumala, EMS Liaison Officer have attended in the Synod Directors Meet.
Morning Worship has led by Rev. Shalu T. Mathew and Rev. Dr. Praveen Perumala has delivered a homily based on Philippians 2: 1-6. He reminded that all Missionaries should imitate the mind of Jesus Christ and with humility, regard others as better and greater than us. Humility of Christ should be basis of our Missionary work which will enable us to reach many without any reservations, added Rev. Dr. Praveen.
CSI Directors Meet-2018 were concluded with a closing remark and dedication service by the leadership of Rt. Rev. Dr. J.J. Christdoss in which Bishop emphasized to keep pure and unconditional love to others in doing Mission. The Rt. Rev.Dr. Vadapally Prasada Rao, Deputy Moderator and Rev. Christopher Vijayan, NMSI General Secretary also have joined in closing as well as dedication service.
A Three-day CSI Mission Directors Meet along with Synod Mission Board was well attended and ninety-five participants including resource persons from twenty-one Dioceses have attended the meeting actively and creatively. It was the constructive program on “Equipping Missionaries Towards Building Christ Communities” and also Trainers of Training for “Enhancing Capacities of Congregation to become Missional Congregation”.
The Meeting was the venue for learning, unlearning and relearning. Furthermore, it has provided a common platform for learning, listening and sharing together towards doing Mission.
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