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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
Khurda School News
Week of prayer
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
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
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
Home and Family: North Bengal Section
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
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
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
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
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.
Mr. Esau John Varghese
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.
Dr Giddaloore Samuel Sadananda Rao
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
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
Mr. S E Paramanadham
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
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
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,
Walks 26.2 Miles in 9:36:01
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 Lena “ Moses 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
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
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
New Year Message from the President
Another year has gone by. A new year is beaming with bright hope and anticipation of all good things. We do not know what this new year holds for us; what kind of blessings are in store for us. David says in Psalms 34:10, “They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” If we hearken to his counsel, it is definite that we will not lack any good thing this year.
We should seek the Lord according to the instructions of the word of God. Most often people seek the Lord half heartedly. Some have fully indulged in the pleasures of the world. The word of God says in Psalm 119:2, we have to seek the Lord with our whole heart. Some have 100% trust in men, but when all fails, then they turn to God. But David had a unique way of seeking God, in Psalms 63:1 he says, “Oh God, early will I seek thee.” Let us make it a practice to seek the Lord early throughout this year. Then He will shower us with His abundant grace. Let our relationship with the Lord be strengthened during this year. Then all our efforts will be fruitful. God will prosper us and we will enjoy all His blessings. The Lord will be our Good Shepherd, we shall not want, He will meet all our needs.
“God is upon all for good that seek Him” (Ezra 8:22). When Israelites were walking through the wilderness, God’s protective hand was over them. The same Hand will be with us too, during this year and protect us from all harm and evil. He will hide us under the shadow of His wings.
Let us enter upon the New Year with our hearts cleansed from the defilement of selfishness and pride. Let us put away every sinful indulgence and seek to become faithful, diligent learners in the school of Christ (OHC 7.3). Seek to begin this year with right purposes and pure motives as beings who are accountable to God. Let us seek the Lord and find Him through diligent study of God’s word and earnest prayer. The ministry of angels, the gifts of His spirit, and the labors of His servants all are for you. Let patience, long suffering, kindness and love become a part of your very being.
2014 is a year of ‘Mission to the Cities.’ It is strategic, crucial and wise to reach the cities in the Division with the glorious gospel of Three Angels’ message. In India the number and size of the cities have become a great challenge. The future and hope of a nation lies in its cities. Cities were lighthouses of the gospel to the surrounding regions. Through the city church at Ephesus, the whole Asia Minor was evangelized. To complete the great commission task in the Division it is essential to reach 83 cities during this quinquennium.
So, dearly beloved in Christ, let us be desirous of seeking Him in all our plans and endeavors. God will definitely bless us, with miracles and wonders this year. May God’s abundant Grace, Peace and Blessing be with you in 2014. I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Pastor R John, President, Southern Asia Division
Just Don't Arise, but Shine too: The Third Nepal Youth for Christ (NYC) Meeting
October 23-27, 2013 brought over 250 young people from far and near to Chitwan, Nepal, for the third annual Nepali Youth for Christ meeting. These Seventh-day Adventist young men and women, along with some Hindus and other non-SDAs, gathered in Rampur Agricultural Campus, Nepal. Presenters from the Southern Asia Division, America and Australia came to arouse the spiritual life of these hungry believers.
NYC president, Philip Dangal, and vice-president, Madeline Cardona, had a team of young people who did their best to make the program a rewarding experience. This meeting was the first mass Adventist gathering since Nepal became a section under the leadership of Umesh Kumar Pokharel, the president.
Every morning the participants gathered in the main meeting hall where different groups from the various churches led the song service. Hair-rising and soul-piercing testimonies were presented each day by several believers. Among the testimonies were: how a mother left a child on the motorbike behind the father who thought the mother was also sitting there; a daughter whose mother had a cancerous hand that was healed after coming to the church; and, a young girl who had a male personality changed into female personality after a deadly accident.
Various seminars were led by the guest speakers and Philip Dangal. The SUD youth director, Ravindra Shankar, led a seminar on Freedom, "Man's Best Choice." SUD Publishing department director, Vara Prasad Deepati, spoke about the 10 Commandments; Philip Dangal presented on "Unashamed Youth to Stand" which taught the youth to think of themselves as leaders not only of the future but also of the present time. Other seminars were: Joel Slade from Australia speaking on Relationship and Purity; Dean Cordian from USA speaking on Evangelism and Samuel Nanaverapu of Amazing Facts (India) talking about Jesus as the Perfect Incarnation.
The crowning part of the NYC was the series of sermons by Peter Gregory. His metallic voice, graphic movement and gestures, and PowerPoint presentations captured the heart and mind of the listeners. His messages were most needed for each person who claims to follow Jesus in this world today. The call for spiritual awakening, Biblical meditation, encounters with God, and learning to embrace God were some of the main points that drove listeners spiritually home. Peter's messages often held the listeners spellbound. Overall, Peter Gregory acted as a stepping stone to lead the NYC attendees to know Jesus better. The participants listened to each message from this man of God, and the result was a great rewarding experience..
A witnessing program was held that all the participants, under various leaders, visited different parts of the town, singing, giving pamphlets, praying and sharing about Jesus. They all enjoyed sharing their faith with others. The last message was given on Sunday, October 27, by Vara Prasad who focused on what it means to "Rise and Shine”. Nineteen members of Spicer College Mission team led by Emmanuel Paul and Uma Shrestha gave an impressive performance on how youth could be torn between self, addiction and Jesus.
This year's NYC meeting came to an end with four baptisms, one paralyzed college student, Niswartha who came alone to NYC from a Hindu family, gave his heart to Jesus and wished to live for Jesus rest of his life. Four days of NYC experience gave all participants a glimpse of what it will be like to be in heaven with those who love Jesus. Just before the participants left for home, hundreds of Bibles, Sabbath school lessons , a Sanctuary book, “Final Events" DVDs and several other publications were distributed to the attendees. We want to thank the organizers of this NYC program and all the donors who made it possible for us to attend and learn many things from this meeting. Honor and glory to God! Bhaju Ram Shrestha (
Spicer Solicits Funds from the Alumni,
Friends and Well-Wishers for the Centennial Projects
As you are aware Spicer is preparing for the Centennial Celebrations during January 28-Feb 1, 2015. The College was established as South India Training School at Coimbatore in 1915 with just 13 students and has gradually developed into a larger institution now offering even post-graduate and doctoral programs and is poised to receive the University charter from the state government soon as it inches toward its centennial year. This is certainly the time to rejoice and celebrate God’s marvelous leading over the decades and to express our unstinted gratitude for His continuous and magnanimous blessings.
The College has decided to build a Centennial commemorative edifice, - a College of Management and Computer Science building with state-of-the-art facilities. The construction work has already started and is expected to be completed with all the facilities before January, 2015. This will be inaugurated during Centennial Celebrations and dedicated by Dr Ted N. C. Wilson, President of the General Conference.
This project is estimated to cost about Rs. 10.2 crores (1.8 Million USD at the current exchange rate). The structure would cost us about 60% of the estimate and the interiors will cost the other 40%. We have raised most of the funds for the structure and are looking forward for donations for interior and furniture layouts.
The video of the project, details of floor-wise layouts and the section-wise estimates are uploaded on the college websites and can be viewed by clicking the following links: www.spicer-100yrs.in
and www.spicercollege.com . We request you to be part of this noble endeavor and adopt whatever scheme is convenient to you. We do realize this is a monumental task but if all of us can join together we can complete this project successfully. Kindly consider our request and help us to fulfill our dreams for our Alma Mater and the future generations. You may join together with the Spicerians and other friends in your area or your Church and adopt whatever plan is possible and be blessed in return. “Cast your bread upon water and ye shall find it after many days”-Eccl. 11:1. We will recognize all such donations with appropriate plaques bearing the donor’s name, preserved for posterity at strategic locations of the college.
May the Good Lord continue to bless you as you ponder over your share of participation in this sacred venture of building monuments for His cause thus bringing glory and honor to His matchless name. We look forward to hearing from you encouraging and inspiring reports of how God led you to and though Spicer and how you would like to respond to His amazing grace bestowed on you, and finally to meeting you in Spicer campus during the centenary celebrations, hopefully a foretaste of what it will be in the world to come.
S Rajendra Prasad, VPAA, Spicer Memorial College
Fifty Years Later, Class of 1963 at Lowry!
The first weekend of November, 2013 was filled with interesting activities on Lowry Memorial College campus. Its Class of l963 had returned to its Alma mater after 50 years to praise God and honor the institution that laid the Christian educational foundation for their lives. Thirteen of the twenty-seven class members came for this Golden Jubilee Celebration, of those seven came from different parts of the U.S and six came from India. The school administration took great pride in welcoming its alumni and making them feel very special with flowers, shawls and kind introduction to the current students and staff. Prakasam Jacob, the president of the college and his staff helped to make all the necessary arrangements for this reunion. He said, “This is the only alumni group that ever came back to Lowry to say, “Thank you”! Many wondered how this class kept itself together to make such a memorable come back!
Fifty years ago at the end of the school year in 1963 our class had a formal graduation. There were twenty-seven students in the class and the class sponsor was Russel Isaac, who had returned with his Masters in Education from Andrews University. The Principal was S. G. David, the Head Master J. N. Samuel had also just come back from the US after receiving his Masters in Education. Kutzner, the missionary from Canada was appointed as the principal for the new school year. The administrators decided to have a formal graduation like they had it in the Adventist Boarding Academies in the US, for our class. We selected the class motto “In God We Trust” and the aim, “To Walk with God Eternally”. Miss Stoneburner who was at the union office even composed a song for our class. The graduation activities brought our class members together in special ways, making wonderful memories of finishing our high school.
Our class was made up of students from Spencer Road English Middle School, a bulk from E. D. Thomas Memorial High School, one from Narsapur and others from schools around Bangalore and Krishnarajapuram. Most of us were children of Adventist workers while others were Adventist lay members’ children from South India Union. In the three years of high school, we had many wonderful teachers who were mostly Adventists. Teachers of the vernacular language were local educators from Hindu background. Our principals from 1960 through 1963 were Jessen, Ralph Jones and S. G. David. Stanley David, Durai Jeevanesan, Pylee Abraham, Bhaggian, Florence Jesurathinam, Mrs. Jegathesan, Devaraj, Miss Titus, Russel Isaac, K. P. Philip were most of the teachers we had. They taught us to love learning and to aspire for higher achievements with our faith in Jesus as our foundation. It was here they trained us to participate in religious activities and instilled the great Adventist educational culture in us. Manual labor was a very important part of our education at Lowry. Our preceptors was Mrs. L. C. Samuel and the preceptor was Devadass. They woke us up around 5:30 and we had morning worship at 6:00. At 6:30 we lined up for work assignments outside the hostels. Each morning we were sent to one of the following areas for work—Lowry juice factory, farm, estate, kitchen, hostel cleaning, dairy, bakery and so on. We worked till 8:00 with empty stomachs and cleaned up in crowded bathrooms and had breakfast of different kinds of porridge or ‘uppuma’ and rushed to our classrooms. This daily schedule certainly trained us for hard work. Educational activities and the religious activities that took place each week instilled in us great Christian values of honesty, empathy and love.
Most of our class members from the Adventist background have immigrated to the United States but we kept in touch with each other. In 1993 Enoch Thomas took the lead for a 30 year get together in Washington D.C. We travelled from different parts of the U.S. and had a joyful 30th year reunion. At that time Pr. and Mrs. S.G. David, Pr and Mrs. Ralph Jones and Dr. and Mrs. Kutzner joined us. We had the opportunity to honor them. As 2013 was ticking on, many of our class members expressed their interest in having our 50th year reunion in India on Lowry campus. Few of the members took the lead in planning the activities for the weekend and the Lowry administration was a great source of help in organizing the program. Jane Injetty took the lead in putting the final details in place after hundreds of phone calls and emails. Enoch Thomas gave the moral support and blessings as the plans progressed. Florence Jeyabarathan took charge of all the work that needed to be done in India and was a great source of help in planning the hotel stay and taking charge of our transportation in Bangalore.
The weekend began with us first honoring our teachers. Pr. and Mrs. Devaraj were the only teachers who were able to be present with us. Mrs. Jegathesan joined us through SKYPE. We thanked our teachers and honored them. We read the handwritten message that Mrs. Jegathesan sent to the class. Then we took the vespers at Lowry College church. The speaker was Reverend Deena Dayalan, a minister from the CSI church. He was one of our day scholar class mates and Enoch Thomas found him through internet search and made the connection. He is a nationally known Indian Christian leader who is a peace and social justice activist. He has been instrumental in enacting many UN policies related to social justice issues in Asia. Our class members also took charge of the Sabbath School program and the Church service and shared our gifts. Devadass Moses was the speaker for the divine service. He spoke on the topic “Being Rich Toward God.” The Sabbath celebration culminated with a special lunch that our class provided for all the students, staff and members of the English and other vernacular churches on the campus.
Our class came back to Lowry Campus after fifty years to demonstrate that the Adventist education truly makes its students fruitful for God’s kingdom. We also wanted to say, “Thank you” to the institution that shaped our young lives fifty years ago. Another purpose was to inspire the current students to value the education they are receiving at Lowry today. We praise God for taking us from a small beginning at Lowry to greater heights in the professional careers we pursued. We can truly say that the Adventist Christian education we gained at Lowry stands the test of time. It was well said, “He who co-operates with the divine purpose in imparting to the youth a knowledge of God, and molding the character into harmony with His, does a high and noble work. As he awakens a desire to reach God's ideal, he presents an education that is as high as heaven and as broad as the universe; an education that cannot be completed in this life, but that will be continued in the life to come”(White, E. Education, p. 19). Margaret Solomon, Professor, La Sierra University, Riverside, California
Madhya Bharat Section, Jaipur,
New Recruit L E Training Program
October 2- 6, 2013
“I have decided to follow Jesus, No turning back, no turning back” with this theme 7 young men gathered in MBS headquarters early morning on October 2, 2013 to be trained and equipped so that they could carry the Printed Pages Ministry in the vast field of the MB section. Kishore Gill, NIU Publishing Ministry director took the initiative and Barkat Masih, MBS Publishing Ministry director worked together with the support and cooperation of the section leaders. Ravi Gill, president, addressed the waiting youth in his opening note: “We are coworkers with Christ”. “Publishing Ministry work is the most powerful and enduring way of taking the present truth before the perishing world,” he emphasized. He promised to give full support to the newly recruited LEs in their assigned ministry. With the encouragement, motivation and knowledge imparted, the youth transformed into a powerful and promising force for publishing work.
The resource personnel handled the following topics: Philosophy of Publishing Ministry, Mission of Publishing Ministry, and Publishing Ministry in God’s Plan. In the evening worship Umesh Nag laid emphasis on how the Adventist message was taken by two literature evangelists who dared to come to India in 1893. “Present Truth” was originally printed and distributed by Seventh day Adventists to teach the world. The second day opened with a devotion by Franklin Francis, secretary, who emphasized the accessibility of LEs to diverse sections of society. Kishore Gill presented: The Importance of Publishing Ministry and Personal Selling & Relationship and Barkat Masih LE’s Morale Ethics& Working Policies. In the evening worship Davis Gardner emphasized on the importance of the publishing work. The third day began with devotion by Shekhar Chand, treasurer emphasizing the role of LE in reaching the unreached with the life saving gospel through printed pages. “In God’s vineyard there is work for every one of us and we all will be rewarded equally at the end of the day,” he said. During the vespers Barkat Masih spoke on the last call of the Lord to all from Mathew 20:1-16. He emphasized “children, youth, adult and aged are invited to work in His vineyard.” On Sabbath, Kishore Gill, the divine speaker challenged the congregation to support the printed page ministry. On Sabbath evening seven candidates were consecrated to do God’s work Vijay Baria, Dinesh Baria, Ganeshwar Baria, Amandeep Singh, Kulvender Singh, Rakesh Garasiya and Kachrulal Garasiya.
Savita Chand, Communication Director, MBS
Adventist Media Centre Reaches Seven Cities
With Revival & Reformation Message
Revival and Reformation is the need of the hour for the Adventist church in India. Reaching to the city audience is the most difficult task in the present days. The World Church is focusing on cities around the globe in the year 2013. Adventist Media Centre, Pune, planned to reach seven cities of India with the Revival and Reformation message.
Robert Antony Williams, a renowned speaker and evangelist from United Kingdom was the main speaker for the meetings. The campaign began with Pune city; Salisbury Park English Church was the first place where we began the meetings on 13-9-13. On Sabbath, Spicer College church was blessed by the message from Robert Williams. In the evening a seminar was arranged for the top dignitaries of Pune. The Topic was Economic Mess- Is there a way Out? The top officials of Pune were blessed by the presentations of Robert Antony Williams.
The next place was Ottaplam in Kerala, known as God’s own country. On 16-9-13 the staff from hospital, school and other church members gathered together for the meetings. The preacher encouraged the people to commit their lives for the mission of Christ. Then we moved to Chennai, a metropolitan city in south, a different kind of meeting was arranged in Thambaram church. On 17-9-13 South East India Union arranged for a union wide pastors’ conference for the entire field of Chennai. Robert Antony Williams encouraged the pastors to address the challenges that they face with God. Edison Samraj took two sessions on practical issues. On 19-9-13 Robert Williams addressed the pastors of Bangalore Metro conference with some practical difficulties that pastors are facing in the city. The same evening a special Revival and Reformation meeting was arranged in the Spencer School Auditorium. All the people who attended the program were blessed. On 20-9-13 the South Central India Union arranged a special devotion for the office staff. Robert Williams preached on the topic of Immanuel, God with Us. During the vespers all the English churches in Bangalore had a combined service in the auditorium. Sabbath service was arranged in Cunningham Road English church. A youth forum was organized in the afternoon where many youth participated. On 22-9-13 the meetings were conducted in Hyderabad. A non Adventist congregations invited the preacher to preach in their churches. Deeven Kumar, senior pastor, Rock Memorial church arranged three important services, each service was attended by 1500-2000 believers. Jacob Chinnappa, CEO of famous Religious Channel Rakshna Television arranged for an interview with Robert Williams & Edison Samraj. People were blessed by the messages of Robert Williams. Then at shilling, a Daniel and Revelation Seminar was conducted. Two days intensive Bible study was a blessing to the community of believers. On 26-9-13 a studio was completely sponsored by the laity of the church was inaugurated. The campaign of carrying the Revival and Reformation messages to the seven cities came to climax in Delhi. Robert Williams delivered a special messages and people in Delhi were blessed by them. We want to thank the officers of the Seven Unions of Southern Asia Division, for the support and cooperation given to us during this long and tiring tour from Pune to Delhi. We hope and trust that the church will focus more on Revival and Reformation messages in the future. We want the readers to pray for the work and plans of Adventist Media Centre, Pune. Ashok Kumar, AMC, Pune
Loma Linda & GC Education Department Officials Meet Indian Embassy Official
Dr. Richard Hart, President, Loma Linda University; Dr. Patricia S. Jones, School of Nursing, LLU; Dr. Lisa Beardsley, Director, Education Dept of GC; Dr. Hudson Kibuuka, Associate Director, Education Dept. of GC; Dr. John Stanley, Lead Consultant, Quintesse Consultants, Bangalore, India; and myself had a conference with Mr. Tarun Mohinder, Counselor, Science & Technology, Embassy of India in Washington, DC about the possibility of LLU School of Nursing's degrees being accepted by the Indian Nursing Board and also about LLU's programs acceptance by India's University Grants Commission and the Government of India. Soon after the arrival of India's new Counselor, Education at the Embassy of India in early December, Loma Linda University will invite them to visit them and make recommendations to the authorities in India. Dr. John Stanley, a very experienced expert and well versed in these type of negotiations, helped very much. My contacts with the Indian Ambassador and other senior Embassy
officials for over 40 years helped make this meeting possible. Our meeting exceeded more than an hour and we had a very profitable, productive and helpful suggestions from Mr. Tarun Mohinder at the Embassy of India. I remember how, with the help of our beloved late Elder Neal C. Wilson in 1996, I was able to get Loma Linda University and the Health Department of Kerala State Government to sign a MoU in upgrading and training Emergency Room doctors and nurses of Trivandrum & Kottayam Medical Colleges of Kerala at Loma Linda University. Hon. A K Antony, Defense Minister of India now, was then the Chief Minister of Kerala State and a MoU was signed on February 17, 1996 in his office by Mr. G. K. Pillai, IAS (Retried Home Secretary) and Dr. Joan Coggin, Vice President, LLU. It was a great program; and exchange of personnel for training and upgrade were initiated. (taken from SUD e-News, Nov 3, 2013)
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Khurda School recovers from the ruins caused by Phailin, the cyclonic storm
Khurda school witnessed yet another severe cyclonic storm after 1999 super cyclone. The campus dwellers had a harrowing time with strong winds and rain lashing at Khurda on October 12 Saturday night. When the cyclone was gaining strength, the anxiety was mounting as there was several huge trees in front of the quarters and back as well. The campus plunged into darkness for several days as the high tension electric towers and the posts were ravaged in the calamity. There was an acute scarcity of water for several days. Later it was met with the help of energy powered by a hired generator. More than 166 trees were uprooted among which 122 were teaks. The walking path was damaged and the boundary wall collapsed in several places as a result of falling of huge trees upon it. The most heart rending sight was the that the roof of the auditorium has been completely destroyed when a huge gulmohar tree fell on it. For some time students and the staff were left with no place to worship God on the Sabbath. We gathered in different groups in dining hall and conference room for worship. All the staff and teachers worked sincerely to restore mormalcy on the school premises. Now we are steadily recovering from all the ruins caused by the cyclone. We are thankful to the Almighty that He has kept everyone safe in His arms without any causality. Santhamma George, communication secretary
Sikkim Evangelistic Meeting
On October 9-13 an evangelistic meeting was conducted at Adventist Tarpin Church campus in Eastern Sikkim. During the five day meeting, members from various communities-- Buddhists, Hindus, other Christian denominations and a host of Sikkim Adventist members attended. The theme was “Behold I am coming soon”. There were lively songs by Sikkim Adventist youth choir, prayer bands, personal witnessing, health power point presentation, gospel messages and counseling guidance. The Lord has been so good throughout the meeting to share the end time messages. Sikkim is a Buddhist state and there is great scope for evangelism to save the perishing souls. We want to thank brother Udip and Ambika Thapa for coordinating this meeting with Thapa Adventist church members. Special thanks to our entire Adventist church officials for support and prayer. P K Tamsang, Director Sikkim- Darjeeling Hill Circle
Year End Budget Meeting Highlights
Trust Services Director: Gompa Devadas
Nepal Secretary Treasuer:
The Norm has been raised for 2014-2015 to Rs. 8000.00
Sponsorship Announcement 2014
Candidates who wish to apply for sponsorship at CMC Vellore and Ludhiana for MBBS, BDA,BPT (Physiotherapy), BOT (Occupational Therapy) or Diploma Paramedical Courses should write for a Sponsorship Applications Form to: M Antto Jayseelan, Sponsorship Secretary Southern of Asia Division of Seventh-day Adventists, Box 2, HCF, Hosur, 635 110, Tamil Nadu before March 10, 2014.
Hosur Jeevan Jyothi English Church, Youth Camp at Thrissur
The Jeevan Jyothi English Church at Hosur had the Youth Camp at Thrissur, Kerala from October 18-21, 2013. The theme of the camp was “Connecting with Jesus”. There were about 52 campers who stayed at “Darsana Pastoral Centre” which is beautifully surrounded by mountains, Peechi Dam and greeneries. We the campers started at 7:15 from Hosur by Intercity express and reached Thrissur at 4:30 p.m. The camp started with devotion by Micha Aruldas, youth director, South West India Union. The program schedule was so busy kept us very active throughout the camp. Every officer was responsible for the devotions and sessions. During the camp we have organized six sessions such as “facing failure, Courtship and marriage, to grow in Self esteem, How to make a difference? and many more. The resource personnel were Maywald Jesudass, Ratna Maywald, Daryl Joshua, Micha Aruldas and Susan Frederick. The young people were challenged from the various devotions and sessions. The young people of our church believe that the Lord has called them to make a difference where God would lead them.
We were able to minister at the Ottapalam Church and the Thiruvilwamala Church on the Sabbath. The young people have conducted various activities in both of the churches during the Sabbath school, divine service and Adventist youth meeting. The Sunday October 20, 2013 was a busy day for all of us visiting various places of interest in and around Thrissur.
The concluding session was taken Le Roy Samuel on the theme: We Need You Lord. He focused on the essence of an intimate relationship by connecting with Jesus Christ. All of us gathered in a circle and concluded the session with a dedicatory prayer by Micah Aruldas. We left the camp site at 9:00 am on October 21, 2013 and reached Hosur on that same evening by Inter City Express. We thank the Lord for keeping all of us safe and sound. Also we thank Maywald Jesudas, pastor and Jeevan Jyothi English Church Board, Hosur for supporting the young people for the camp and encouraging them in the activities of the church. Leroy Samuel Associate treasurer, SUD.
REVIVAL MEETING OF EASTERN JHARKHAND SECTION
The Eastern Jharkhand Section Revival Meeting was held from October 23 – 26, 2013 at SDA School Bisunpur, Taljhari Sahibganj. More than 1100 people came for this meeting, in spite of the effect of Phailine Cycle. There was nonstop rain, but they did not complain and carried their luggage on their shoulders and reach the place safely because there is hardly any vehicle to ride on this road. The place is remote and very few vehicles only run on this road.
The Theme of this meeting was John 8:32 “You will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free.”The Section President, Pr Alfred Kisku took the inauguration service. Dr Edison Samraj, Director Adventist Media Center was the guest speaker for this meeting. Also Pr CS Marandi (Retired) and Pr RP Singh, SS/Personal Ministry, Director were present. Dr Edison Samraj gave heart touching message. Each time he spoke there were tears in the eyes of each listener. Special prayer was offered on Friday evening. A devil possessed boy came up to the rostrum and after much prayer and struggle the boy was set free. Pr Sujal Kisku, Dept Director was the translator for this meeting. On the same day three couples were married during this meeting. Pr CS Marandi gave tips on Small Group Ministry. Each lay people to partner with God to win souls for his kingdom. Pr RP Singh gave out picture rolls to 60 lay people who have won souls for the church.
Sabbath has been raining, but we kept on praying, the rain can be seen all around but in our campus there was not much rain. We had 85 Baptism on Sabbath Morning and Bibles were distributed to the Baptismal Candidates. Dr E Samraj took the Devine Service and gave Inspiring message presented to the congregation. There was water everywhere under the Pandal but all the members heard the message attentively and were richly blessed. All returned joyfully praising God who has done miracle in our lives.
Martha Kisku, Director WM/Children & Shepherdess
Children’s Ministries Advisory ECIU
South East Andhra Section, Hope Centre, Ongole
“Building for Eternity “ Was the motto of Children’s Ministry Advisory of East Central India Union of SDA, Hyderabad. For the success of any program, three things are important, Budget, Presentations and food accommodation relished with the hospitality of the local leaders .
All the above fineries were extended for the success of the Advisory held at Hope Centre , South East Andhra Section, Ongole from August 30 - 1st of September 2013. The resource personnel were Dr. Ch. Victor Sam, CHM Dir. SUD and Dr. M Wilson, President, ECIU. The Topics dealt were, “ Importance of Training Children in Church”, “ E G White’s Counsels on Min. to Children,” “Programmes for the Local Church “, “ 8 Characteristics of a Healthy Children’s Ministries,” and “ Programmes that reach New Children”.
The Directors and their delegates from nine units( Guntur Region,Hyderabad Section, North Rayalaseema, North East Andhra,North Orissa Region, North West Andhra, Odisha, South Andhra,South East Andhra,and South Rayalaseema Section) of East Central India Union were highly enriched by all presentations. We had lively song services to warm up. After the Sabbath, the Hope Centre leadership had taken all to the seashore. The accommodation, healthy and delicious meals served and the hospitality shown by the South East Andhra Section had enriched the program.
We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to resource people for their wonderful presentations. And also we would like to profoundly thank Pr. Ch. John Victor, the President, South East Andhra Section and his subordinates for their homely hospitality. And of course all the Unit Administrators for gracious enough to send their Directors with delegates with the contribution towards expense. Above all thank God for His leading through out the success of the Program.
We express our displeasure to the units who failed to co-operate in attending the ADVISORY in spite of all information sent. Kindly try to extend your co-operation next time.
Sofia Wilson, DirectorShepherdess and Children Ministries - ECIU
SOUTH CENTRAL INDIA UNION
PASTORS AND WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
AUGUST 21-24, 2013
Paul prayed for believers at Colossia. He asked God to give them complete knowledge of God’s will and grant them spiritual wisdom and understanding. So that the way they live will always honour and please the Lord, and their lives will produce every kind of good fruit. (Col 1:9,10). This was the prayer of South Central India Union (SCIU) for their pastors and their spouses. And the prayer was answered in holding Union Wide Pastors and Women’s Conference from August 21-24, 2013 at Claret Nivas, Carmelram, Bangalore-560035.
This is a beautiful retreat centre. Seventy pastors and forty shepherdesses participated in the activities of the conferences. The day began early for the pastors and their spouses. The methods of personal devotion, physical exercise, etc were presented to help and enrich them in their personal and family life.
The formal presentations centred on “Empowered by the Holy Spirit”, the theme of the Conference. Personal spiritual growth, - Revival and the Community, church growth – Revival and Reformation were stressed upon. Effective witnessing is the result of one’s genuine spiritual stand, was dealt effectively. Pastoral leadership of the church, its ups and downs were discussed well for the good assimilation of the participants. The individuals who made valuable presentation included Pr. Jothi Anbiah, Pr. L C Colney, Pr. Robert Clive, Pr. Paulraj Isiah, Pr. Cyril Monthero, Pr. Lawrence and Pr. Christian from Romania, Pr. D Padmaraj, Pr. Peter C Halemane and others.
Shepherdess were blessed with presentations on small group Bible studies, prayer, Sabbath observance, effective witnessing in and out of church etc. The resource personnel included Mrs. Rosenita Christo, Mrs. Hepzibah Kore, Mrs. Eshwaramma and others.
The Conference concluded with the impressive Sabbath service and ordination of seven pastoral couple for the service of God. The ordained pastors are Pr. Johnson Y, Pr. Babu H, Pr. Manuel YS, Pr. Dhanraj .S, Pr. Hanock Raj, Pr. P Shadrack, Pr. S Rajkumar.
The SCIU Ministerial Association expresses its gratitude to the Division, Union and its sub units for their co-operation in God’s service. Heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Alwyn Devaraj and others for the financial support. All praises to God for enabling them to work for Him. Pr. Peter C Halemane, Secretary Ministerial Association, SCIU
Mrs. A. M. Job
Mrs. A. M. Job (Ramabai Rukmani Mudaliar) passed away on November 10, 2013, at 92. Her husband, Pastor A. M. Job, predeceased her in February 2012. Ramabai, her sister (Mrs. M. Amirtham) and two brothers were born in Rangoon. The family was brought to the truth by Elder J. Philips. After the passing away of her parents, Ramabai and her siblings were brought to India by Pastor Prasada Rao, and were placed in the Prakasapuram boarding school. In December 1935, Ramabai married A. M. Job and lived to celebrate 76 years of married life. Pastor and Mrs. Job spent all their married life in the cause of Adventist education in many places in Southern Asia Division, including Salisbury Park where he founded the first school, Kudikadu, and Spicer. Wherever the family moved, she chose to focus on raising a family on Christian values. She was blessed with the ability to converse in regional languages, sing in a choir, cook nutritious well-balanced meals, and was meticulous in sewing, knitting, and embroidery. She loved music and reflected this through playing the harmonium and singing soprano in the Salisbury Park church choir. After Pastor Job's retirement, the two lived in Vellore where they enriched the church and CMC student life. Mrs. Job was blessed with good health throughout her long life, until the void left by her husband's passing away and the frailty of age led her to rest in the hope of the resurrection that she accepted in Rangoon. Mourning her loss are her children and their spouses Alexander and Leela, Sarojini and M. M. Raj, Prabha and Vick, Jayakaran and Leela, 6 grandchildren (Gina, Lenox, Allen, Priya, Anu, and Shanthi) and 5 great-grandchildren (Raylen, Malia, Asha, Seth, and Yohan). John M. Fowler
Mrs. Ellen White Sunderam
Ellen was born to Arulanandam and Pushpammal in 1949 at Tuticorin. She had her schooling in ED Thomas Higher secondary school till 1970. She was married to Mariappan in July 13, 1977. They were blessed with a son and two daughters. She was suffering from Neuro problem and breathed her last on Sept 13, 2013. She leaves behind her husband, son, two daughters and their spouses, a grand child and a host of relatives. John Justin, Secretary, TK Section
Mrs. Vimala John
Born in Murkuperi, on 28th Dec, 1939 to Gnanamani and Robert Duraiswamy. Educated in James memorial school. She was married to V. John in 1961, and started mission service at Rorkee. She joined Spicer Memorial College and completed her education after which she joined as a teacher in Falakata. from 1971-1979. She also worked in Jalandhar, Nedukandam, Kotagiri, Bangalore, KGF and Prakasapurum (James school). Following her retirement, she continued her service as a teacher at a reach school for 2 more years. She also served as teacher and headmistress at a Muslim school for 4 years. She was always active, a loving mother, patient and kind teacher and a faithful worker in God’s vineyard. She leaves behind her husband, Pr. John; 2 daughters, Julie and Maxine; their spouses; and 4 grandchildren. Maxine John
Nitin Singh (Ronnie)
Nitin Singh (Ronnie) was born to an Adventist couple, Elder J.P. Singh & Professor Catherine on Dec. 23, 1982 in Agra, a city of Tajmahal. He was brought up in Adventist environment and got his schooling education from St. Peter’s College, Agra and Secondary and BBA from Roorkee Adventist College, Roorkee (Uttranachal). Then he went to Bangalore for his MBA but due to ill health he could not complete his Master’s Degree. On 13 September, 2013 midnight around 12:10 a.m., he fell asleep in Jesus due to high viral fever arrested for last 5 – 6 days. He was 31. His sweet smile drew people to him. He left behind his father J.P. Singh and mother Prof. Catherine and younger sister Rini. With great hope in our hearts, we look forward to the second coming of our dear Lord Jesus when we meet and be united with him and all our other loved ones who are asleep in Jesus, our Saviour.
Pastor John Samuel Undrasapu
Pastor U John Samuel born to Mrs. And Mr. Undrasapu Samuel and Rachelamma on November 14, 1930 in a village called Maredubaka 3 K M away from Madapeta, East Godavari District. After completing His School education he obtained Minsterial training from Lowry and joined pastoral ministry in 1959 worked in Santanmagulur, Atkur, Gudem Madhavaram, Palakol and Madapeta. And retired from active service in 1996.
He was suddenly bed-ridden for the last 3 months due to his old age and wife took care of him dearly. He was 83 years of age. The entire church anointed him on November 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm and he breathed his last at exactly 4 pm on November 9, 2013, on Saturday, his favorite day. He leaves behind his beloved wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 2 daughters in law, 2 sons in law and 8 grand children. Ms. U Katherina Rajan, grand daughter.
Dr. Mrs. Barbara Yvonne Bazliel
Dr. Mrs. Barbara Yvonne Bazliel passed away on December 9, 2013. Yvonne Bazliel is a Jamaican Doctor, who has spent almost her entire professional life serving in mission hospitals in the Indian sub continent and Myanmar. She and her husband, a Hospital Administrator, reside in Shimla and are deeply attached to the people and awe-inspiring mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India, where she has spent the past 37 years.
As a surgeon and physician she had the capacity of endearing patients to herself. In the State of Himachal Pradesh she came to be known as the “Lady Doctor” who was sometimes referred to as a ‘god’ amongst those who believed in many gods. Even today as she traverses terrain in a wheel chair, tear filled people hold her hand and look into the face of the soft, warm hearted Doctor they once knew to have unbounded energy and unlimited expertise.
In 1985 while practicing as a surgeon, she came down with a medical problem which was wrongly diagnosed at the PGI Chandigarh. She was also put on the wrong medications. After 5 months she was taken to Bangkok where it was discovered that there was a large brain tumor present. Following surgery she had three complications which left her with a right sided paralysis.
Following a second brain surgery in Loma Linda, California she underwent extensive physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology. On her return to India she handled an administrative job which dealt with Health and Temperance work. She retired from active work in 1990.
Week of Prayer at Ibrahimpatnam.
Week of Prayer was held from October 21- 26, 2013 at Secondary School Church, Ibrahimpatnam. Pr. Terry Messenger, Executive Secretary, South Engand Conference of SDA London was the speaker along with his wife Mrs. Lynette Messenger. The theme of the Week of prayer was “Living in the Smart Lane” ively song service and inspiring messages thrilled the
children and staff. On October 26, 2013 was special Sabbath for the Ibrahimpatnam school and was blessed with profitable week of prayer sessions.
Usilmapatti Church Dedication
By the grace of God, Usilampatti School got a golden opportunity to construct a beautiful church inside the school campus. It was a glorious day on 7th of August 2013 Pr. Chelladurai, president of south East India Union of SDAm declared open the Church building and Pr. Ambrose dedicated the Church. It was a blessed day for all the Usilampatti Church members and School workers. Joseph Moses, Principal and pastor of SDA Church Usilampatti.
Childrens fest in Chittur School
21st November 2013 was a colourful day for all the children of Chittur SDA School because the day was childrens festival. Mrs. Ch. Krupa Victor. Director children ministries, SouthEst Andhra Section Ongol was the chief guest for the program and the program started with children exhibit their talents. Children recited memory text repeated the texts of the Bible for which they given prizes. Afternoon they had fancy dress parade with colourfull dress for which also prizes were given out.
Adventist Lay Pastor / Youth Evangelist Ministers Global Church
Michael Pedrin, a youth lay pastor from our division, travels around the world to conduct seminars and evangelistic meetings across the world as he gets invitation from the churches in different countries. Michael is a good Bible scholar and a lay evangelist who loves to share his knowledge with God’s people around the world. He and his family of 5 brothers and 2 sisters, along with their late mother joined the Adventist church in the early 1990s, coming from Catholic background.
Since January 2004 the Lord called Michael to take up His work as a lay pastor in Mangalore which is a coastal city in South West India in Karnataka state. The staunch Catholic soil is now penetrated and there is a congregation of around 40 members worshipping God every Sabbath. Along with his brother David, Michael takes care of the Mangalore church.
Michael in Manchester and London
Since two years the Lord started to marvelously open doors worldwide for Michael to share God’s precious message. He is invited to address specific topics and also conduct revival meetings. His travel as an international evangelist began in May 2011 when the British Union Conference (BUC) invited Michael to be part of the ‘Core of Adventism’ where preachers, mostly from America, are invited to do series of meetings in the British Union territory in different churches for a week, and also have special meetings for pastors and elders of the area.
The year 2012 was a busy year for Michael Pedrin, as he was invited to 5 countries to do series of meetings. In April he was called to California to do presentations on the Lunar Sabbath issue. He has done an in-depth research on this topic, and has written a book on it which was reviewed by the then Director of the Biblical Research Institute (BRI) of the General
Conference, Dr Angel M. Rodriguez.
In May 2012 the BUC invited him again to be a speaker for the “Core of Adventism” program where he did a series at Hounslow SDA church, and also had meetings in different churches in London area. In June the Malaysian Union invited him to be one of the main speakers for the AYC. Michael was back in the UK in July to do a 2-week revival series at Hope Community Church in London.
The Calgary Central Church in Alberta, Canada, was facing a serious issue on the Lunar Sabbath doctrine, where they had to finally dis-fellowship 9 members. And the church leaders there read Michael’s book on his website and decided to call him to help them out. In September/October last year he did a series on the Lunar Sabbath for that church. And by God’s grace this series had an impact that stopped further people from getting trapped into it. The busy year ended up in Africa where he was called to minister to the
saints of God there in a camp meeting at Kampala, a district in Uganda where he was the main speaker touching on the topic of “Revive for Mission”.
2013 has been a busy one as well. The Garden Road SDA church in Calgary, Alberta, who heard him speak earlier, asked him to come back to do a 2-week series on “The Saving Power of the Cross” in April. They were richly blessed by it and wanted him back to do a prophecy series next May. The BUC called him back this year as well in May to do a series in North England Conference in Sheffield area where he ministered in 3 locations, and rounded it up with a ‘Day of Fellowship’ in Leeds where 17 churches gathered together for the final Sabbath.
He was back in the UK again in September/October for 2 series which were arranged by Ebenezer Daniel, an Indian pastor settled in the UK. In Manchester North he took a week-long series on “Knowing the Time”, and in Manchester South his series was entitled “The New Covenant”. The Southern Asian church members in the Manchester area were blessed as well by these presentations. Michael travelled to the Middle East in November 2013. He has 10-12 days of meetings in Doha, Qatar. He also spoke in our church in Sharjah, and had a meeting in Dubai. The Lord has already opened doors for him during the whole year through to travel to the UK, Canada, Ireland, and Italy as for now.
Apart from the international travels Michael has travelled a few places in India for meetings. He did a week of revival meetings in Bidar, Karnataka in 2011, conducted week of prayer for 2 schools there. Also he did a week long meetings in White Memorial College in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, in October 2011. Early this year in February the Garo Section in Mehgalaya invited Michael to do a series on the Lunar Sabbath as they had some members go into it. And in May/June 2013 Michael did a series of Evangelistic meetings on the book of Daniel in Vellore.
He is very grateful to the Division, Union and Section leaders for the full support and encouragement they are giving him to carry on the good work of preaching the gospel everywhere. He asks all to pray for him as he serves God and His beloved Seventh Day Adventist Church in his capacity as a lay pastor and evangelist.
Ramani Kurian, Asst. Communication director, SUD
Editorial: Ramani Kurian
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
Counselors Sponsor delivers message Pathfinders among audience
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Jeeva Ponnappa, Sivagangai-Ramnad Section President
New Church Building Dedicated in Sivagangai-Ramnad section
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
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
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
Manohar with family
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.
TP Kurian & Ramani Kurian with inmates Manohar with workers of INSED
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Inauguration of a new church in Sikkim
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
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Award of PhD Degree to Nalina Robert Donald
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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