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
Chennai: Church of South India Synod Mission and Evangelism Department has engaged in the Summer Camp for the Missionaries organized by the Board of Mission and Evangelism, Madras Diocese on 2nd May 2019 in Marakkanam Area in Villupuram Revenue District. It is popularly known as “Kodai Kala Narcheythi Mugam” in Tamil (A Summer Mission Camp).
A Summer Mission Camp is the time and opportunity to reach the unreached people in the peripheral areas where marginals and grassroots are thickly populated in a less-privileged living situations. All areas are under developing and yet to go miles and miles for the sustainable developments.
“Through the Summer Mission Camp, we are planning to cover 200 villages this year which are purely unreached people”, said Rev. Paul Dayanadhan, the Mission Director for Madras Diocese. He further added that Summer Mission Camp is our passion in which all missionaries are taking part. They will be camped in one place and divided into groups which comprised of ten plus members and visited different areas of that camping place. Every year we are conducting the Summer Mission Camp, because it’s our passion for mission to reach the unreached”, he added.
More interestingly, through this missional engagements, missionaries are propagating the gospel of Jesus Christ through verities of mediums like House visits, Tract distributions, ‘Padakkazchi’(Film Show), ‘katha Kalakshepam’( religious story telling through folk arts and singing), skits, street play, dancing and preaching. Many people are gathering to listen all these activities, especially children.
An Exposure visit to the Summer Mission Camp was made to the Marakkanam Fields near to the Eat Cost Road (ECR). Both sides of the roads are heavily populated by the less-privileged group of the society. The Right side of the ECR were occupied by the Dalits community whereas left side of the road were settled by the fishermen community. Both areas are still in under developing condition where we could able to see the unquenching spirt for the sustainable transformation in each level of the life.
The Team for the exposure visit has went to see the working areas such as Edaikazhinadu, Kadappakkam, Kadappakkam Colony, Vellom Konda Agaram, Ekkiyar Kuppam, Kilpettai and Marakkanam. The visit was accompanied by Rev. Paul Dayanandhan, Mission Director in Madras Diocese, Missionaries Mr. Njana Selvan, Mr. Paul Daniel, Mr. Issac, Mr. Lazar, Mr. Dhinakaran, Mr. Joshua and Rev. Maxcin John along with other missionaries.
It was an eye-opening and heart touching experience to visit the Summer Mission Camp. All missionaries are enthusiastically involved in the mission. People are welcoming missionaries to listen the gospel activities. Children are so happy to listen and they were more curious to listen the missional activities through various art forms. More specifically, people are maintaining creative rapport with the missionaries.
Undoubtedly, this summer camp will be impactful and fruitful for the people which will open new and fresh venues and new horizons for the missional engagements. The Rt. Rev. Dr. J. George Stephen, Bishop in Madras Diocese, Rev. Paul Dayanadhan, Mission Director for Madras Diocese, The Board for Mission and Evangelism in Madras Diocese, All Missionaries and other mission well-wishers and supporters deserve much appreciation for their passion for Mission.
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To promote and explore the new models and strategies for mission to be adopted in the context of religious pluralism.
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Mission meetings to equip people towards holistic mission.
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