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: Department of Mission and Evangelism, Church of South India has engaged in West Bengal Missionary Training Conference which was organized by the Board for Mission and Evangelism, South Kerala Diocese on 9th to 11th March 2019 at CSI Mission Compound, Belda in West Bengal. Rt.Rev. Dharmaraj Rasalam, Bishop in South Kerala Diocese has inaugurated the training program. “The commitment and dedication are needed for the missionaries to engage in the day to day missions”, Bishop said during the inaugural speech. He further added that it is the need of the hour to enhance the capacity of missionaries and congregation to actively engage in the mission for transformation, especially, transformation of the grassroots. Rev. J. Justin Jose, Mission Director in South Kerala Diocese has conveyed greetings to the training program.
The training program were led by Rev. P. Chandran (Joint Mission Director in SKD), Rev. S.K. Santhosh (Mission in Charge Salem), Rev. R. Jayaraj (Mission in Charge, West Bengal), Rev. I. Joseph (Mission in charge for Delhi Mission), Rev. Shibu Mayam (Mission in Charge, Chennai Mission), Rev. Dipankar Halder (New Testament Professor, Serampore College, Kolkata), and Rev. Maxcin John (Synod Mission Director). Each session was directed based on different missional themes such as mission statement of Church of South India, what is mission and who is missionary? how to maintain mission fields, nature of the mission, worship and preaching, how to enhance the capacities of congregations in the mission fields, and inclusive mission for the transformation. The training program was the occasion to search and research for the rural missional engagements. Eighty Missionaries have attended the training program. It was the venue for refresh and rejuvenation for the upcoming
Furthermore, there was a mission exposure visit to rural mission fields. It was an eye – opening visit to the mission fields of Donapuram and Arkord. The people those who are living in those fields still needs constant missional accompaniment for the sustainable development of their living community. It is appreciable that South Kerala Diocese is extending meaningful mission support and care for the transformation of the rural areas of West Bengal. Hopefully, we will could able to see more missional engagements in the days to come. Mission Exposure visit was accompanied by Rev. R. Jayaraj, Rev. Shibu Mayam and Mr. Akhil A.V(Missionary in Belda)
Rev. Maxcin John,
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To motivate and organize the people and resources for God's mission.
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