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Ledership development meeting  - Udaipur                                                                 Treasurer's Council in Hydrabad

Editorial: Ramani Kurian

Many are called, but few are chosen

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

 M A Jayaseelan, Administrative Asst. to President, SUD

Division-wide Treasurers’ Council, Hyderabad                                              

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

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


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 

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

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

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




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

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


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

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

Churches built in Nepal  

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Department Directors:

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

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



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

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 Week of prayer  

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

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

The Global Youth Day: Southern Asia Division

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

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

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

 Ravindra Shankar, director, youth ministries, SUD                                                                                                                 

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

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

Vidarbha Region  Celebrates Women’s Day


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

Annual Meeting: North Bengal Section

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


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


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


The 1st Biennial Meeting 2014: Manipur Conference

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

An April fool Joke

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

Wedding Bells

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.                                                                                                                            

Elizebeth Mathew

 Dr Giddaloore Samuel Sadananda Rao

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


 Mrs. Ratna Injety Vicas


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

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


Pr. Vellaichamy Venkataswamy Raju


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


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

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

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

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

Ramani Kurian, Asst. communication director, SUD


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

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

 Jacob Bhaggien, Principal, School for Speech and Hearing Impaired



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

 Premila James, SUD, Hosur


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

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

Rajendra Prasad, VPAA



Spicer Graduates to Collect Documents within 5 Years after Graduation


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

 Broadcasting of Odia and Gujarati programs

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

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Doers Of The Word Build Securely

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

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

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

Pathfinder Induction Ceremony: Division Headquarters Church, Hosur

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

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


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

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

Dr Chacko M Paul Launches Book



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>   for a personal copy.                                                               S Rajendra Prasad, VPAA, Spicer Memorial College

Youth Convention in Ramnad Section

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


Evangelistic Meeting at PERAIYOOR in Ramnad Sivagangai Section

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

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

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

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New Church Building Dedicated in Sivagangai-Ramnad section

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

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

Jeeva Ponnappa , SRS president

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

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

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


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

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

Centenary Celebration: South West India Union                                            

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

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

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

Selvamoni  Yovan, president, SWIU

 Adventist Lay Person at the Service of Mentally Challenged Destitute

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


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

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

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

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

Spicer’s Invitation to the Centennial Book of Honour

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

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

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

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

Spicer’s Invitation for the Centennial Theme Song:

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

Spicer Family Worships in the Old Auditorium Again

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

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



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.

Mrs. Prakash.   

Inauguration of a new church in Sikkim

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

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



 Helping Hand Welfare Society seeks the following Personnel

Assistant Director--‐Programs

Development Project Manager

Project Coordinator Karnataka (1), Bengal (1)

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Award of PhD Degree to Nalina Robert Donald


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

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

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

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

Wedding Bells

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

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

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

58th Garo Annual Meeting, Bajengdoba, Meghalaya



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

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




Yesuputhri Sharp


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

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


Pr. and Mrs. Sadashiv Bhaurao Shinde

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

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


Richard Gladson Wilson


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy: ANN Bulletin, February 18, 2014





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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.

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 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.

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      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.  

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 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 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


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:

and . 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!

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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. 

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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.

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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

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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

Nomination Committee:

                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. 

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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.



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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 8:32You 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




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.

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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

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            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

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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)

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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.


Schools News

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.

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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”.

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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



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Editorial: T P Kurian

Are you ready for the latter rain?

In the last issue of Tidings I stressed on the topic, ‘We are the repairer of the breach’.  As we pass through each day, we are nearing to the coming of our Lord Jesus. Signs of the times are fulfilling right in front of our eyes. Gospel is being preached but not to the extent of to all nations. By depending on self, it is impossible to finish the task humanly. We need the power of the Holy Spirit in order to complete the work. We need to become like the disciples of Jesus in the first century.  When they received the power of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, they were strengthened and able to do a mighty work for the cause of Jesus. They became bold, courageous to preach the gospel in and out of “Jerusalem, Judea and to the uttermost part of the world”.  They were able to turn the world upside down with the message of salvation. How were they able to accomplish it? We read from the Scriptures “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Acts 2:46,47.  They were in one accord, they had unity of thought and faith which strengthened them. Similar way in the last days we, the people of God, should be in one accord, only then the Holy Spirit will come upon us and empower us to complete the work. We need to experience the outpouring of the latter rain that will come upon the people of God who wait for it in one accord. Are we ready?

The disciples of Jesus had their differences and conflicts but they laid aside all the differences and conflicting opinions and stood in one accord, thus the Spirit of God came upon them and they did marvelous work. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord, Acts 3:19.  We need to confess our sins and repent that God will blot out our sins and we will be enabled to work together in one accord for the finishing of the gospel commission that is the last sign of Jesus’ return.

Ellen White wrote in Acts of the Apostles: It is true that in the time of the end, when God’s work in the earth is closing, the earnest efforts put forth by consecrated believers under the guidance of the Holy Spirit are to be accompanied by special tokens of divine favor. Under the figure of the early and the latter rain, that falls in Eastern lands at seedtime and harvest, the Hebrew prophets foretold the bestowal of spiritual grace in extraordinary measure upon God’s church. The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early or former rain, and glorious was the result. To the end of time the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church. – {AA 54.2}

But near the close of earth’s harvest, a special bestowal of spiritual grace is promised to prepare the church for the coming of the Son of man. This outpouring of the Spirit is likened to the falling of the latter rain; and it is for this added power that Christians are to send their petitions to the Lord of the harvest “in the time of the latter rain.” In response, “the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain.” “He will cause to come down ... the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain,” Zechariah 10:1; Joel 2:23. – {AA 55.1}

But unless the members of God’s church today have a living connection with the Source of all spiritual growth, they will not be ready for the time of reaping. Unless they keep their lamps trimmed and burning, they will fail of receiving added grace in times of special need. – {AA 55.2}

Those only who are constantly receiving fresh supplies of grace, will have power proportionate to their daily need and their ability to use that power. Instead of looking forward to some future time when, through a special endowment of spiritual power, they will receive a miraculous fitting up for soul winning, they are yielding themselves daily to God, that He may make them vessels meet for His use. Daily they are improving the opportunities for service that lie within their reach. Daily they are witnessing for the Master wherever they may be, whether in some humble sphere of labor in the home, or in a public field of usefulness. – {AA 55.3}

There is not much time left for us. We are living at the threshold of His advent. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”,  2 Pet.3:9.  Let us wake up from our sleep and be ready to receive the latter rain and prepare to meet the Lord in the air at His coming.

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Presidents’ Council 2013 at Tourist Lodge, Chaltlang Aizwal Mizoram

The Presidents’ Council was held in Aizwal, the capital of Mizoram from August 14-17, 2013. The inaugural function was held in Aizwal Club and Lalthanhawala, Chief Minister of Mizoram and the first lady and Ronald Sapa Tlau were present for the occasion. In his address, the chief minister appreciated the work of Seventh-day Adventist Church pioneers for their contribution to the development of the Christian mission in Mizoram. He also invited all the delegates for a dinner with him on the last day of the meeting.

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 The first meeting started on Thursday morning. R John, Division president spoke on seven deadly sins and how to overcome these sins. It was a wonderful Bible study. He closed the message referring the sacrifice of David Livingston for the African nation to win them for Christ. Justus Devadas, president, Spicer Memorial College presented a paper on strategic planning during the first session. Robert Clive, treasurer, SUD presented  papers on “Transparency and Accountability” and “self reliance” in the afternoon session.  

 The devotionals were taken by Rathanasingh on Thursday evening, Biakchhawana on Friday morning.   Much time was spent for prayer sessions that were led by M. Wilson, president, ECIU. The entire program came to a close with a prayer session.

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On Friday, delegates had the privilege of visiting different churches for the vesper meeting and so also on Sabbath. 18 churches in Aizwal and neighbourhood had the opportunity to listen to the delegates of the presidents’ council. On Sabbath after noon, a musical program was organized. Different church choirs presented their musical programs and at the end the music fest Mizo Adventist Music Association was inaugurated.  In the evening all the delegates were invited  by the chief minister of Mizoram for dinner with him so the evening was spent in his residence. There was a cultural program followed by a sumptuous meal. It was memorable occasion for many of us. On Sunday all of us departed to our respective places.                                                                                                     T P Kurian, communication director, SUD


Lay Training shillong

 The Lay Leadership Training was conducted in Shillong on August 22 & 23, 2013 which was organized by the Sabbath School & Personal Ministries Department of Khasi Jaintia Conference. 44 delegates attended the program. Hadiyat Masih, Sabbath School & Personal Ministries Director, SUD and V. Colney, Sabbath School & Personal Ministries Director, NEIU were the resource personnel. On the first day, morning devotion was taken by Prosperity Lamare, SS/PM Director of KJC directing and focusing the minds and thoughts on committing ourselves to the commission of Jesus Christ as disciples. On the second day, morning devotion was taken by K. B Kharbteng, President of KJC emphasizing the importance of laymen in ministries.

Hadiyat Masih  dealt with the following topics: Involvement of lay members in witnessing; Why lay members are not involved and active in personal ministries?; The process of Witnessing; Motivation of lay members by the example of Jesus Christ and Motivation of Witnessing to lay members by the Pastors.  V. Colney presented two lectures relevant to his personal ministries in Tripura State and motivates the lay members by the ups and downs of his ministries that nurturing him. Time was allotted for discussion and all were blessed by the program.                                                             Prosperity Lamare, Director, SS&PM,  KJC, Shillong


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In an atmosphere of high excitement and expectation, Elder Gilbert Cangy, General Conference Youth Ministries director declared open the Seventh-day Adventist church’s fourth World Youth Congress, IMPACT SOUTH AFRICA 2013, in the Marble Arch hall of St. George Hotel, Pretoria, South Africa from July 8-13. With over thirty-two hundred Adventist youth from 97 countries gathered togethe, the place was set ablaze with enthusiasm. Every five years the World Conference on Youth and Community Services brings together young people from around the world in the name of Jesus for a celebration of Salvation and Service, and this Congress made it come to life.

The youth congress was preceded with one week of community services from July 1–5. To make an impact, young people were challenged to be involved in service and mission for one week in either Cape Town, Johannesburg or Pretoria. There were more than one thousand young people who participated, along with their leaders working with 60 community service projects all around South Africa. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the city, thus the theme was rightly entitled “Jesus in the City”.    

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The opening ceremony dignitaries included mayor of Tshwane [Pretoria] Councillor Kgosientso David Ramokgopa, and  Irvin Khoza, President of the South African Football Federation. Khoza thrilled the delegates when he spoke of being faithful through life to his Adventist faith and upbringing: “Inherent in our practice are the virtues of discipline, sacrifice, and selflessness,” he said. And he drew explosive applause from the youth with his testimony that “For all my life I have never smoked nor drank any alcohol.”

Hundreds of workshops during the six day duration were presented by almost 50 different  esteemed contributors with backgrounds in civil service, church leadership, editorial expertise, theology, and stock market investment. Delegates were also blessed by powerful morning devotionals by Margaret Chikwabi, social scientist, James Black, Youth Ministries director  North American division, and Anthony Hall, Youth Ministries director, Caribbean Union Conference. Along with them, plenary speakers included engineer Darryl Gungadoo, celebrated neurosurgeon Ben Carson, as well as leaders from General Conference that reflected the diverse skills available to the world church for rightly training God’s army of youth.  God is not just saving smart people,” said David Asscherick , co-director of Light Bearers and co-founder of ARISE. His powerful electrifying presentations pressed home the truth that “God is love” must be definitive of every understanding we derive from our study of Scripture. His is a love that reconciles lost humanity to Himself, and mends all the brokenness of our relationships with each other. A new feature called as Impact Groups were introduced, designed to assist in making new friends and building community with youth from others parts of the world.  Each IG groups had a leader who facilitated the activities which were intended to create opportunities to get to know one another and extend friendship beyond Impact South Africa. It was interesting to see young people from all over the world making new friends, sharing and praying together.                                                     

Our Division from Southern Asia was represented by thirty four delegates with Ravindra Shankar, Youth Director. It was a privilege to share with the delegates from around the world the way God is leading the young people of this church here in India. Dressed in our national costumes, we surely seemed to be one of the most diverse Divisions in the world. The inspiration of the various Divisions’ reports would surely leave a strong impression in the hearts of our young people.         


 On Sabbath, July 13, Ted Wilson, Adventist World Church President spoke to the delegates. He affirmed that the church counted on young people for the future of the church. Later in the afternoon, thousands of young people went out to the streets of Pretoria to share copies of The Great Hope . Truly with an army of young people rightly trained how soon the message of the crucified, risen, and soon coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world.

IMPACT SOUTH AFRICA is in the spirit of the 21st century trend of youth ministry involving community service.  The young people of today have the spirit, the passion to participate in whatever activity the church provides for them.  We pray that they would return to impact their local churches, Conferences, and Unions and Divisions for Jesus. All we need to do is to pray for them, empower them, affirm their faith and trust them.
Daryl Joshua, SUD youth department


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 Paul with Swati: Paul s/o Bhupal & Shakuntala B Chandanshiv and Swati d/o Ashok M and late Rajeshree Waghmare were united in marriage on 29th September, 2013 at Seventh-day Adventist  High School church, Shivaji Park, Kolahapur, Maharashtra.

Jonney with Denda:  Jonney Inba Leela d/o late Jayaraj & Hepzibah Simon and R. Denda s/o late V Rajamani & A. Pushpam were united in holy matrimony on 30th September, 2013 at Seventh-day Adventist Church, E D Thomas Higher Secondary School, Kudikadu, Thanjavur, Tamilnadu .

Thomson with Jinu:  P. M. Thomson s/o Manu & Lisy Thomas and Jinu Susan d/o late Thomas Abraham and Alice were united in marriage on 2nd October 2013 at Countour  Backwater Resorts, Changanacherry, Kottayam, Kerala.


Priyesh with MonicaPriyesh  Michael s/o Hidayath and Premila Masih and Monica d/o Mr & Mrs. Talab Gill were united in holy matrimony on October 14, 2013 at Seventh-day Adventist church, 11 Hailey Road, New Delhi.

Kranti with Kumari:  Kranthi s/o Pr. & Mrs. Mandapalli Edward and Kumari d/o Mr & Mrs. Kovalli Bhaskara Rao were united in marriage on 17th October 2013 at Seventh-day Adventist church, G M Hospital, Nuzwid, AP





   Peter Keingamba Kamei, was born to Mathiuchung Kamei & Kailabuanlu on April 10, 1935 at Nungba Head Quarters, Tamenglong District, Manipur. He completed his Medic training in the year 1967 in Pune. Kamei became a born again Christian in the year 1974 and he was inducted in the gospel ministry as a volunteer worker in Seventh-day Adventist Church by Northeast India region, Shillong. Peter Keingamba preached Adventism undauntedly in many villages of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland. Through his untiring work in the gospel ministry, many souls accepted three angels’ message. He is known as a gospel cum medical missionary. In 1980, Peter Keingamba was invited to the General Conference  meeting to present report of his missionary work. Peter is one of the pioneers of Adventist Church in Tamenglong and in Manipur. He retired from Mission active service on November 30. 1998. In the last chapter of his life, he resided in Imphal and he breathed his last on August 25, 2013. He leaves behind 7 daughters and 2 sons, 29 grand children and 8 great grand children.                                                                AdaheChara, Health & communication Director Manipur Conference

Pastor A.S. Khavangsing Mahakwo



Khavangsing Mahakwo was born on October  22. 1943 in Aphung village Ukrul, He had his schooling at Adventist Training School Meghalaya. After his matriculation, he joined Bible seminary course in A.T.S. He married in 1970. He served the Lord in various capacities as literature evangelist, teacher, pastor, and circle leader for 26 years. He retired from active service on 30th Oct.  2005. On May, 2013 he suddenly fell ill and was admitted in the hospital. On 29 June he breathed his last.  He leaves behind his beloved wife, six children and nine grand children.                                                                          AdaheChara, Manipur Conference

Wilson Victor Augustine

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Wilson was born to Pastor Joseph Augustine and his wife Mary on July 25, 1989 in Surat, Gujarat. He had his primary education at MCD School, Surat and continued his secondary school studies at E.D.Thomas Higher Secondary School, Kudikadu, Tamilnadu. Wilson completed his junior college at James Memorial Junior College, Prakasapuram. Later Wilson earned his Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) Degree from a private college in Surat. Wilson emerged to be a dynamic and visionary young scholar with all his wisdom and knowledge that he gained from the school, and an unshakeable faith and a strong conviction as his foundation that he derived from his godly parents. Young Wilson had strong desire to apply all the God given talents by working in the area of women empowerment, Face Book evangelism and youth evangelism. All his activities came to a halt when he met with a motor bike accident that took place on 25th August, 2013 near his home base on the Vellore-Chittoor highway at 10.00 A. M.  Wilson leaves behind his parents Pr. Joseph Augustine & Mary Augustine, sister Ellen and a host of relatives and friends. May the burning desire for mission service that was within his heart inspire every youth to serve the Lord.                                           Dr. R J Solomon. Mumbai

Pastor G. Abraham


G. Abraham was born to Mr. Thomas and Annamma Geevarghese on July 12, 1955 at Karickom, Kottarakara. He completed his high school education at Seventh-day Adventist school, Kottarakara after which he completed Elementary Teachers’ Training at Spicer Memorial College, Pune. While having his education in Adventist institutions, he was attracted to the Sabbath truth and became a member in the Adventist church through baptism. He married Chinnamma, a teacher, on November 6, 1980. He served the church as a teacher, headmaster and principal in various schools in Kerala. He was ordained to ministry in 2009. He was an efficient teacher, evangelist, administrator, preacher and translator. He also worked as the treasurer of South Kerala Section after which he took up the responsibility as the president of Allappuzha- Pathanamthitta section. On September 3, 2013 his health condition began to deteriorate and on 5th he breathed his last. He leaves behind, his beloved wife Chinnamma; daughters Jomol and Jean Ansu; sons-in-law Varghese Kuruvilla and Saji Thomas; son Jibin; grand children Nikhil & Nidhiv; 4 brothers and 3 sisters. We hope to meet him at the resurrection morning.                                                                                                                             Ramani Kurian, SUD


Janet Paulraj


 Janet was born to P Abraham and Lovis Chinammal in Gundal, Kanyakumari on March  4, 1954. She completed her education in Lowry Memorial Junior College in 1975 and joined  for service at SDA School , Puliangudi. She was married to G. Paulraj on April 21, 1976. Janet served the Lord as a teacher in Puliangudi and ED Thomas  Higher Secondary Schools.  On September 5, 2013 she was admitted in SDA Hospital, Thanjavur to continue the treatment she was undergoing and on 15th September, she breathed her last. She leaves behind her husband Paulraj; sons Herald and Gerald;  daughters-in-law Mercy and Binu; grandchildren Rachel, Caleb, Eric and Neal; and brothers Pon Veeradhas and Paulasir Abraham.                                                                                                            John Justin, secretary, Thanjavur-Karackal Section        


Mrs Kantha Rathnamma Meesarapu Jacob


Kantha Rathnamma was born to Kollapu Samuel Sujanamma in Srirangapatnam,  Andhra Pradesh on December 23, 1923. She had her education at Korukonda. She was married to  Meesarapu Jacob on September 25, 1944. She remained a home maker for a few years taking care of her children. Later she joined work in Giffard Memorial Hospital, Nuzvid  and served the institution for 30 years with dedication and commitment.  After her retirement in 1982, she went to the USA and returned to India after 10 years. She was living in Nuzvid until she was called to rest on October 4, 2013, two months before her 90th birthday. She leaves behind her children, Juliamma James, Krupavaram, James Rathnam, M J Prakasam, Joyce Pitta, and Mercy Jillella and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, and 22 great grand children.

M J Prakasam, President, Lowry Adventist College


 The 11-Year Old Symbol: A worship given at the GC for the 150th anniversary

by Benjamin Baker

“If you become a Christian, I will kill you!” the father snarled at his terrified, cowering daughter.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.”                                                                                                         The words of Jesus Christ in Acts 1:8 neatly encapsulate the missiological paradigm of our church throughout its 150 years, and, really, 170 years.  Initially, our predecessors, Millerites turned Sabbatarian Adventists, held that the door of salvation had been shut, and only those Christians who believed in the second coming of Christ could be saved. These were to be strengthened and encouraged to persevere in the faith until their Lord came. This was Jerusalem and Judea.

But this notion only lasted a couple of years after the Great Disappointment, as non-Christians who had not believed in the advent accepted the message—which by the way was still developing. Slowly but surely the tiny coterie of Sabbatarian Adventists began to actively evangelize those who had not been Millerites, first in the Northeastern portion of the United States, then the Midwest, after the Civil War the South, and then into the West.  This is Samaria.

When the General Conference officially came into being on May 21, 1863, it organized for mission.  Believing that they were a people of prophecy, Seventh-day Adventists were symbolized by the three angels of Revelation 14:6-12, who proclaimed the gospel to “every nation, kindred, tongue and people.”  This was first done among the myriad people groups of America, but began in earnest when individuals like Michel Belina Czechowski, Albert Vuillemier, and the Andrews family crossed the ocean to spread the message. This is the uttermost parts of the earth. The mission-mindedness of early Seventh-day Adventists commands respect.  Women, men, boys, girls, old, young, educated, uneducated, the healthy, the sick, dedicated their lives to going to foreign lands, which at the least was uncomfortable and at the most fatal, to tell people they had never met and to whom oftentimes they had little in common about the truth as it is in Jesus. They were confident that even though the people they encountered were different than them on many levels, that this message still had the power of appeal, that the truths of the Bible were universal and spoke to everyone in every time and every place.

One individual with this belief was a woman named Georgia Burrus.  Born the year after the conclusion of the American Civil War, Burrus became a Seventh-day Adventist against the will of her parents at age 16. You will see how this is an uncanny bit of foreshadowing in a minute. Burrus attended Healdsburg College, taught at the Bible Training School in Oakland, then, out of an unshakeable yearning for souls on the other side of the world, volunteered for service in India.  She sailed to the Asian subcontinent in January 1895, and when she set foot on the bustling dock in Calcutta, became Adventism’s first fulltime missionary in India.  Six years later she would be followed by Anna Knight, the first black woman of any denomination to serve as a missionary to India.

Burrus is the very picture of courage as she walks among the millions of Calcutta, for she is a single woman, 29 years old, one of only a few Adventists in the country, and to top it all off, self-supporting.  Her first task was to learn Bengali. As she grasped the basics of the language and immersed herself in the culture, Burrus developed a deep longing for the salvation of Hindu girls, who numbered in the hundreds of thousands.  This was a vast field, but she started small, deciding to open a school for Hindu girls.  This she did with Martha May Taylor in 1896.  The two women fed the poor, clothed the naked, taught the uneducated, and told the precious souls about a Christ they had never heard of before.  I want to cast Georgia Burrus as an Adventist Mother Theresa before Mother Theresa was even a glimmer in the eyes of her parents.

Georgia Burrus loved her students deeply.  Her students loved her in turn.  They began urging their teacher to visit their homes to meet their parents and relatives.  One day Georgia was led by God to visit the home of a Hindu family called Biswas.  In those days the houses in India were more like compounds, extended families living together, with the men and women in separate quarters.  In the zenana—or women’s quarter, Georgia met a beautiful bright-eyed girl of 11 named Nanibala. Burrus learned that the young girl was already a widow, her husband having died years earlier. An immediate bond developed between the two. The missionary continued to visit the Biswas zenana, teaching the women English from the Bible once a week. At first imperceptible, as the visits continued Burrus could see that the Word of God was taking root in Nanibala’s heart. When the other women had lost interest in her Bible teachings, it was only Georgia and Nanibala.

One day as Georgia walked pass the Biswas home en route to her little mission school, Nanibala spotted her and snuck out of the house unobserved. “O Mem Sahib,” she said when she was at Georgia’s side, “I want you to come at night and steal me away and let me live with you so that I can be a Christian. My father has forbidden me to study the Bible with you, and when I told him that I want to be a Christian he said that if I leave Hinduism he will kill me. Even now my family beats me and mistreats me for believing in what you taught me.”

The next day Georgia went to the Biswas home for her weekly lesson with Nanibala.  She found the door barred and there was no response to her knocking.  The shrewd Burrus came back later when the family wasn’t expecting her and found the door unlocked.  She slipped in, and found Nanibala, who was elated to see her.  The two studied the Bible like old times, only now the other women glared at them coldly. After praying with her, Georgia left the smiling 11-year old, unaware of the madness that would visit the home after her departure. When her father returned from work shortly after Georgia left, he was informed by the women that Nanibala had studied with Burrus. Nanibala was beaten badly by her father and other members of her family.  When she could stand the abuse no longer, the girl threw off all custom and ran out into the street.  Providentially, Georgia was returning from a day of teaching at the school at just that moment.  She gathered the persecuted but determined girl in her arms, took her to the home of Martha Taylor, then hurried back to the mission school to talk with the other missionaries about the course they should take. When she neared the building she saw an enraged mob of men, yelling to the school staff that they return Nanibala to her parents at once.  It was only through the intercession of Georgia’s language teacher, a high ranking Brahmin, that the men were pacified.  He explained that Nanibala had chosen to become a Christian, and since she was of age, she could legally leave home.

When he was finished Nanibala’s father stepped forward, and, changing tack, admitted that his family had abused the young child and they were extremely regretful of it. If she would just return home, they could apologize to her, and the next day he would deposit her safely to school and she would be free to become a Christian.  When Georgia went to Martha Taylor’s home and explained the plan to Nanibala, she agreed to return home.  But the next day Mr. Biswas did not return his daughter to the mission as he had promised.  Nor the next.  Georgia Burrus went to the Biswas’ home, only to find the doors barred as the last time. When she went to the other homes in the neighborhood on her normal routine, they were barred too.  She was shut out, an untouchable.

The Seventh-day Adventist missionaries in Calcutta held a prayer vigil for Nanibala that Friday evening, it being a week since her disappearance. Well, God answers prayer, even back in the 1800s.  The next night in the wee hours of the morning, Georgia heard a loud rapping on her door.  She opened it to see a small girl trembling with fear.  The missionary drew her inside, bolting the door behind her.

The whole story tumbled out.  After Nanibala had returned home a week ago, her father had grabbed her and locked her in a room in the house, swearing he’d murder her if she tried to escape, and murder anyone who attempted to free her.  Nanibala, at first sobbing to herself, soon dried her tears and got to praying.  She pleaded with God not just for escape, but for the opportunity to serve her newfound Savior.  It was on Sabbath—a day whose sanctity she had just recently learned of—that her prayers were answered. In those days, homes in India were built on all four sides of an open court, forming a complete enclosure.  All throughout the week workmen had been making repairs on the Biswas’ house.  At quitting time on Friday evening, they had left a ladder lying in the open court of the enclosure.  On Saturday when she arose from her prayers, Nanibala looked out from her window and spotted the ladder. She knew God had answered her prayer. At midnight when everyone was sleeping, Nanibala made her get away. With the assistance of a sympathetic aunt she escaped her room and hoisted the heavy ladder against the side of the house. Nimbly climbing it, she pulled herself onto the roof, scurried across it, then leapt down to the street below. By a couple of other miracles the courageous Nanibala ended up in front of Georgia Burrus that night long ago.  She had defied family, upbringing, culture, caste and religion for Jesus.

In the coming weeks numberless efforts were made by the Biswas family to wrench their little girl away from the Adventist mission.  Her mother and grandmother came and with tears begged her to return. A rich woman from another Christian denomination hired by the Biswas’ tried to entice Nanibala with deceit, cunning words, and promise of unimaginable comforts to come back. Her father stationed men at the mission gates to grab his daughter when she walked by.  But all to no avail.  The 11-year old widow was baptized in 1895, the first Hindu convert to Adventism.

In 1901 Nanibala came to the United States to study medicine, telling her amazing story to believers across the nation.  She quickly became a symbol of the power of the Adventist message to overcome all barriers.  Nanibala was a testament, a guarantee that as untried and inept as we sometimes were, that with God’s grace we could reach the world.                                                                                                                                

This morning, some 120 years later, we are still in the “uttermost parts of the earth” phase of our mission.  Allow me to resuscitate Nanibala as a little child who is a symbol of the power of the gospel to convert anyone, of any race, of any nationality, of any religious background, of any gender, under any circumstances, against any odds. Like Jesus said of the Queen of Sheba, who traveled so far to hear the truth on a rumor, Nanibala gave up everything for this truth.  In the intervening decades this has happened countless of thousands of more times, and as we near our church’s final anniversary, it will happen many, many more times.                                                                                                      

Isaiah promises: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and, a little child shall lead them.”

 Benjamin Baker.1 Benjamin Baker, PhD Assistant Archivist Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904


Dharchula is a town and a nagarpanchayat in Pithoragarh district in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. An ancient trading town for the trans-Himalayan trade routes.The Kali is the western boundary of Nepal with India. Nepalese and Indian nationals cross unrestricted, however there is a customs checkpoint for goods.The name of the town may originate from the Hindi words for "mountain peak" (dhar) and "stove" (chula) because the valley in which it lies resembles a stove. Devastation done by heavy rain in Dharchula floods caused 4000 casualties. Extreme rains followed by floods and landslides in Uttarakhand should act as a wake up call for planners and decision makers all over the country. Waters came into Kali Ganga and Gori Ganga and within minutes several villages were washed away.  Heavy rains made the glacial lake over flow. Sending a lot of water down the rivers.  Several villages were washed away, roads and bridges collapsed making it very difficult for help to reach. While most of the relief and rescue operations in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand is concentrated around Kedarnath, little attention has been paid to Pithoragarh District, which was hit by floods twice in recent days. An estimated 1,000 people were stranded in the area as roads connecting to different areas have collapsed during floods and land slides.

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Tanakpur is a town and a municipal board in Champawat district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Tanakpur is a calm and small town located on side of Sarda river. It is located at the foothills and is the last plain area on the road to Kumaon at zone of Uttarakhand. It acts as a junction for the Kumaon district's mountainous part. Being on the Indo-Nepal border, Tanakpur is very important on the security perspective of India as a nation.

  IMEWS sent its team to both the places to help the needy.  R.P. Singh, Coordinator, IMEWS, the team leader,  C.P. Singh, Upper Ganges Section, Rich Paul Chand, Nancy Chand, Mohit and Neha completed the team representing the IMEWS.  They distributed 10 Kg Atta, 10 Kg Rice, 2Kg Sugar, 2 Kg Dal, 2 KG Oil and 1 Kg salt each to 150 families, which is the immediate need of the people.                                           R.P.Singh, Director, SS/PM NIU, New Delhi

Women’s Ministries: Week end Service at Division Headquarters Church, Hosur

Women’s Minisitries department of Jeevan Jyothi English church was given an opportunity to take up the worship services on 16th and 17th August, 2013, both vespers  and the Sabbath worship. All the women of the church were enthusiastic about participating in various items for the glory and honor of Almighty God.

During the vespers after a special song by women, a beautiful skit, “Weeping and Gnashing”—a judgment scene-- was presented by the women. The skit portrayed  Christians of yesterday and today in different levels of faithfulness.  Christians who truly reflect their name “Christian” in their everyday life and are faithfully waiting for Christ’s return, while there are those who superficially carry the name but have no Christlikeness in their everyday life.   They are so much involved with the worldly affairs, worldly

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enjoyments and have no time for anyone but lavish money on self,  luxurious homes, beautiful cars. The spreading of the gospel has nothing to do with them, the poor and underprivileged are just passed by.  Others believe that by doing good for the church and humanity would buy them a place in heaven.  They give Bible studies, win many souls.  Many lives are saved because of their witnesses, yet, the Lord will say, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”  Some are drifted into sin, but once heart longs for a better way and is truly sorry and believe that the Lord Jesus has offered His blood for atonement.  Sooner or later, the Lord will segregate the Christians among the Christians and the remnants among the remnants.  “The time of the harvest will be past, the summer will be ended, and many will not be saved” was the theme of the skit.

All the Sabbath morning services were taken by the women of the church. Deborah Samraj, Santha Livingston, Sobha Singh and Ramani Kurian engaged the congregation into an enriching lesson study as way of panel discussion on “ Unity: bond of Revival”.  Most of the women joined in the choir and sang responses and special song that enhanced the sacredness of worship experience. Margaret Nathaniel shared a story with the children during the story hour.

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Women at divine worship hour                                                                                                         Special song: Women’s choir


                        Divine hour speaker: Jamuna

Jamuna Gompa Devadas, a school teacher, was the speaker for the divine hour. Her inspiring message on ‘Faith’ put the congregation on the ground to rethink of the faith each person was holding. She pondered upon the faith demonstrated by the Cannanite woman when she sought help from Jesus for healing her daughter from her illness.  Jamuna emphasized, “Faith is not something we can strengthen or improve with vitamins or supplements or tablets. Faith is the assurance of our belief. Faith enables us to see what God does. It helps us to see what others cannot see or do. If something goes wrong with our faith, no physician can fix the problem. Faith simply believes in things which we cannot see with our eyes. It is born in us and grows stronger and stronger when we study God’s word diligently seeking the Spirit of God to enlighten us.” Divine worship came to a close with benediction by Vandana Jeyaseelan.                                                             Ramani Kurian, Asst director,  Communication, SUD, Hosur


New Feathers in AMC Cap


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The Adventist Media Centre, Pune, was established with the intent to transform the world through spoken word.  It was broadcasting the programs in 8 Indian languages.  Edison Samraj, the director had a dream to add two more languages-- Odia and Gujarathi.  He contacted the local units, Puno Chandra was appointed for Odia and Simon Pandey  as assistant radio speaker for Gujrathi.  Raby Thomas was appointed as Treasurer and Steven Raju as Music Director. AMC will be blessed by their contributions in their respective areas.


Economic Mess- Is There a Way Out?



The top officials of Pune city came together on 14-9-13 to find answers for this important question which many people are still struggling with. It was an initiative taken by the Adventist Media Centre, Pune under the leadership of Edison Samraj to bring the top intellectuals of the Pune city for a dialogue and deliberations on the topic Economic Crisis: Is There a Way Out?

The program started around 6:00 pm, in Susie Sorabjee Auditorium, Pune. Edison Samraj welcomed the dignitaries-- Muzamdhar, Vice Chancellor, Symbiosis Group of Institutions, BhariMalhotra, President Weig Field Industries, Manhoar Pirbhai, Chairman Azam Trust,  Victor Sam, General Vice President of SUD. The program was well attended by the intellectuals of Pune. The St. Eileen’s School choir sang a lovely melodious group song to add flavor to the event.  Muzumdhar in his address, reminded the audience that the Indian mind works better in times of crisis. Robert William began his speech by pointing to the positives that Indian Economy has enjoyed in the 21st century, India being first in the telecommunication sector in the world market.  Indian Pharmaceutical market is growing day by day.  He reminded the audience that Indians needed not to be shaken by the recent developments, but to keep their hopes high and look to the Creator for solutions. The Punites were elevated by the approach and presentation of Robert Antony Williams. His approach was systematic and modern in thinking. Every one enjoyed the presentation.  The Adventist Media Centre has made an impact on the minds of the people in Pune. We are looking forward to conduct similar seminars in the coming days.                                                                                                          N. Ashok Kumar, Kannada Radio Speaker, AMC, Pune.





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It was a joyous moment and day for the believers in Khanpur-Latifpur village.  It was a dream come true experience for them. It all started when the National highway No. 1 – New Delhi to Jammu-Kashmir was expanding and some part of the church land was acquired by the National Highway Authority.  The old church was partially demolished.  The North India Section appealed to the people to come up with the funds to build the church at Khanpur-Latifpur location.


Ramesh Massey from UK responded and took the responsibility to build the church.  We are thankful to the donor and builder of the Khanpur-Latifpur church. 

Bipul Bairagee


Lay Training program: South Maharashtra Section                  


A lay training program was conducted in South Maharashtra Section, Alate, Kolhapur, on September 27, 2013 by the SSPM Department.  The training program was attended by over 100 lay members and volunteers from all the churches of the section. The resource personnel for the program were Hidayat Masih, SSPM Dir., SUD and L.D.Battise SSPM Director,WIU. The speakers emphasized the role and importance of lay members in evangelism and reaching the un-reached.  The key text was Acts 1:8-.And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  It was a wonderful spiritual feast for the members as they listened intently to God's word. At the end of the session Hidayat Masih and Battise distributed picture rolls to each delegate with the intention that these rolls will enhance their understanding of the Bible   and use it as effective tool in public evangelism.

 Satish Bhosale, Treasurer


South West India Union: Third Constituency Session.


The third constituency session of South West India Union was held in Darsana Pastoral Centre, Vilanganoor, Peechi Dam, Thrissur from September 12-14, 2014. The devotion was led by Selvamony Yovan, president, SWIU on 12th afternoon followed by business session. And all the delegates and the dignitaries from the Division were welcomed. Following the business session, the retirees were honored with a plaque in appreciation of their valuable service for the church.  The secretary and the treasurer of SWIU presented their reports. There is a substantial growth in the tithe income. Then the section departments presented the reports. During the planning session, the nomination committee met and the section presidents were elected.

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In the afternoon as the planning committee had its deliberations, simultaneously the nomination committee also met and transacted their business.  The planning session was led by T P Kurian, SUD and had a livelily discussion regarding various plans for soul winning for the coming five years and also discussed about the strength, weakness, opportunities and  threats  (SWOT) analysis of the union. Many suggestions were brought out during the discussions.


Nomination Committee Report


                                                                              Alappuzha- Pathanamthitta Section        President                            Stevenson R

  •                                                                                                                                                               Secretary/ Treasurer                    M I Korah           

                                                                                                        Idukki Section                                                    President                            Raju Abraham

                                                                                                                                                                     Secretary/ Treasurer                       D Chalres

                                                                                                             Malabar Region                                                Director                                S Jacob

                                                                                                            North Kerala Section                                      President                            Benny Joseph

                                                                                                                                                                                    Secretary                             K P Baby

                                                                                                                                                                                     Treasurer                            V T Mathai

                                                                                                            South Kerala Section                                      President                            Philip S Jacob

                                                                                                                                                                                   Secretary                             Antoni Devadas               

                                                                                                                                                                                    Treasurer                           Ajith C George

                                                                                                          Union Departments                                        Ministerial Associate                 K P Cherian

                                                                                                                                                                             SS/PS Associate                          Jose Prakash

                                                                                                                                                                              Family Ministry                              Micha Aruldas

                                                                                                                                                                                             Associate                       Annakutty  V

                                                                                                                                                                                V O P Director                             Rajan Solomon


 Ordination candidates.        P7200680a   

  Ordination Candidates                                                                                                  Sabbath Message R John, SUD President

Eleven evangelists were ordained to the Lord’s ministry. They are as follows: Abraham K P, Anil Devadas, Ajith  T K, Binoy Chacko, Biju Abraham, Biju P J, Boben P M, Doney Mathew, Jose K T, Joymon M and Joshua Ebenezer.

   Sabbath celebration was part of the constituency meeting. Leroy Samuel, associate treasurer, SUD delivered the message during the vespers. His message on special calling was inspiring to the congregation as well as the newly ordained ministers. The ordination candidates were presented and dedicated during the vesper service. On 14th Sabbath, during the divine service, R. John, president, SUD encouraged the congregation to get ready for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  The service climaxed with the laying of hand upon the ordination candidates and dedication of the newly elected presidents and the department directors.  Thus the meeting ended with a positive note that both pastors and members dedicated themselves to serve the Lord wholeheartedly.                                                                                                                                           T P Kurian, Editor, Southern Asia Tidings


Mrs Ballantyne Celebrates her 100th Birthday

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Joyce Ballantyne was born on 4th September 1913 into a good Christian home.  She completed her teacher’s training in Madras and has been a teacher all her life.  She was married and has five children. She was baptised into the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1952, by Pr E.L.Sorenson in Vizag.  The church wanted her to start a school there, but God knew that she had no experience of running an Adventist school, so the plans failed.


 She got her first mission call to teach at Spencer Road School in Bangalore.  Here she learnt how to run a school on Adventist lines.  After a few years she returned to Vizag and with God’s help, opened a school in the church vestry with just seven pupils, and today it has grown into a high school.   Again after five years the rice millers of Palakol, approached Andhra section to open a school for them, so her services were lent to them for two years.  In 1966 she was given a call to open a school in Vijayawada.  It was opened in the church vestry on Bunder road.  Today this school too has grown in leaps and bounds.  She returned to the UK for two years, and then came back to India. She worked at Lowry Memorial School, taught in the school and also was in charge of the CCF, where she was able to help many poor students.

 In 1974 she was transferred to Nuzvid where she worked as house mother for the nurses in the hospital.  She has many happy memories of the girls for whom she cared, many of them are still in touch with her.  While being the dean of girls, she was asked to teach in the Nuzvid day school, as teaching was her first love, she gladly accepted.  Soon she opened a branch Sabbath school in a village on the out skirts of Nuzvid, a place called Kandrika.  Every week she went there, she would see that all the children in the village were eager to come to Sabbath school, but unfortunately they could not attend any school, as the Nuzvid school was too far away for them.

 She soon had a bright idea.  In November 1980, she hired a house in Nuzvid from Mrs. Sudarshanam.  She went to Kandrika and put all the bigger children into this small hostel, so that they would be able to get a Christian education in our Nuzvid school. This is how the boarding school started in Nuzvid, and today it has grown in leaps and bounds. In 1982 she built the first church in Kandrika as many of the children and their parents from this village were baptized members. God had blessed the work that she started, and today many many students are in good positions and are scattered around the world.  

 She is in good health and still receives letters, cards and phone calls from her students, they are thankful to her for helping them to come to know the Saviour. She is thankful to God for His boundless mercy and matchless love that have been sustaining her and helping her to be able to have a part in bringing many people to His feet.

 God has spared her to see her 100th birthday. She has just got a card from the Queen of England, but it will be a greater reward for her when she goes to heaven and Jesus Himself will put a crown on her head. Winnie Kurian < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >'; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text26177 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;


 Ottapalam Hospital on Upward Move


Ottapalam hospital has taken many progressive steps over the past several months. There are many ways God’s work is being seen here in the campus. On June 11, the ground floor of the new College of Nursing was inaugurated by R. John, president, SUD. The building was dedicated for the glory of God by Robert Clive. The ceremony was also attended by Selvamony, President, SWIU; Pierson David, secretary & Alamgir Khan, treasurer, Medical Trust; Pr. Benny Joseph, president, North Kerala Section and other leaders from South West Indian Union  and North Kerala section .The Project was funded by Southern Asia Division and a loan was procured for the same from South Indian Bank.



 July brought cheers to our campus when we installed a 160KV generator that is sufficient to meet all our needs for the present and the future.

 On August 19, John Cristo, Medical Director, SDA Medical Center, Bangalore inaugurated a new laparoscopic surgical set. This is a new milestone added to our surgical department and will enable our surgeons and staff to render better service to patients. The project was made possible with the generous help rendered by SDA Medical Centre Bangalore.

             A new fully automatic Biochemistry Analyzer was also installed in August by the generous help of Medical Trust, CMC Vellore Alumni and friends of Ottapalam hospital. God has been good to us and we have seen the evidence His leading in our institution. We hope and pray that He will continue to bless and guide us in the coming days.Please continue to uphold us in your prayers.

 Renjith, Medical Director, Ottapalam Hospital


 Doctorate Degree Awarded to Thamanam Nathanael

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 THAMANAM NATHANAEL, Academic Dean & Vice-Principal, Flaiz Adventist College,was awarded Ph.D degree, from Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, A.P. on April22, 2013for his research work on the topic “An Investigation of High School Teachers’ Pedagogical and Cognitive Competencies in Geometry and Trigonometry”.  Dr.M.Vanaja, Associate Professor, Department of Education and Training,Maulana Azad National University, Hyderabad, was his research director. He was commended for his excellent research work which is useful for the curriculum development in Mathematics.

 Nageshwara Rao, Education Director, SUD


Report from Manipur Conference


I have heard about Dr. Johnson Christian who resides in United States and his good work.  It was L.F. Lyngdoh, President of Northeast India Union of Seventh-day Adventist who introduced me to Johnson Christian in March 2012.  I was told that he was an educationist and conducted education seminars for teachers. Manipur Conference invited

 Johnson Christian

 him to conduct teachers’ training program in March 19-20, 2012 and about 60 (sixty) teachers participated in the training.  The teachers learnt much from the seminar. On January 2013 Johnson Christian visited again Manipur conference and had done so much work for our Conference.  He has donated little over 2 lakhs to provide tube well water for SDA Academy, Tarung Imphal and Maringmi Memorial school, Ukhrul.  He has also provided financial assistance for King’s Way English school, Imphal for the construction of proper drainage.  We wish God’s blessings as he continues to serve God in various ways.                                                                                                                                 Barnabas Zimik, President, Manipur Conference





Northern India Union conducted its seventh Accountants’ Workshop from September 30 to October 9, 2013 at the Union office in New Delhi.  There were 23 cashiers and accountants, from Sections, Regions and Schools within Northern India Union, who gathered for the training program.  Since most of the cashiers/accountants come from hnon accounting background, the Union officers  Ezras Lakra, President;  Robin Ram, Executive Secretary and Attar Singh, Treasurer; thought that it would be most appropriate to conduct a training program to prepare workers for this sacred responsibility.


The main objective of conducting the workshop was to introduce the basic accounting concept, right from the collection of data to preparing vouchers and receipts, to journalizing, posting to the ledger, preparing trial balance, statement of financial statements and balance sheet.  The main emphasis was on the accounting concept, Assets = Liabilities + Fund Balance and all account heads and terminologies that fall under it.


During this training program, seniors who have served the organization in various capacities as cashiers, accountants and treasurers impart knowledge to the cashiers and accountants who were present.   Those who attended the training felt that they got to learn a lot and were going back better equipped. The resource personnel were:  Attar Singh, Treasurer, NIU;  Derald Bhengra, Assistant Treasurer, NIU,  and Samuel Chand, Treasurer, Jalandhar School.                                                                                                                                 Attar Singh, Treasurer Northern India Union


Kollegal School: Pathfinder Club Inauguration




The Pathfinder Club of the school was inaugurated on August 7, 2013. Suresh Daniel, president, Bangalore Metro Conference was the chief guest who addressed the gathering and inspiried the pathfinders to be of help to the people in need. The club consists of more than 100 energetic and vibrant pathfinders. S Prabhakar, youth director, SKS, Mysore and Jacob Bhaggien, Principal, School for Speech & Hearing Impaired, Kollegal also were present during the occasion.


Prem Cyrus, Director, Pathfinder Club







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