asia: April 30, 2013

Medical Camp in Dharikati, India

Medical Camp will be conducted on May 6th 2013 at Dharikati Village, India under Balipara Primari helat Centre, where 100 Mosquito nets will be provided to 100 families who are economically poor. Please pray for Medical & Health Officer, Para Medical team, and also pray for the Medical camp so that through this we can share the Love of God in our action.

MEDICAL CAMP, Venue: DHARIKATI, Date: May 6th 2013
Jointly Organized by North East India Christian Endeavour Union, Sonitpur Baptist Christian Association, Sonitpur District CE Union & Dharikati Mising Baptist Church
In collaboration with BALIPARA PRIMARY HEALTH CENTRE, Government of Assam

April 30, 2013, 10:39 h by Anna Visky.

asia: March 07, 2013

Leadership seminar in India

The South India CE Union (SICEU) held a Leadership Seminar for Office bearers of District and State CE Unions at the Lay Training and Youth Centre Kovalam, Trivandrum, Kerala on February 2 and 3. The President of SICEU, Bishop Rev. Dr. G. Devakadasham, Moderator of the Church of South India had sent greetings as he was out of country. The 49 participants came from all South India. CE leaders Dr. R. Gladwin Gabriel, Prof. J. S. Chandra Sen, Rev. A. J. M. Kesari, Mr. Sonny Lionel Amos, Mr. B. Oliver Raj Kumar and Mr. M. Panneer Selvam spoke on the the following topics respectively: “CE's roll - in spiritual activities; - in administration; - in social activities; - in finance”. The meeting closed with a Holy Communion Service. Merited Endeavorers were honored and the occasion was used to release a CE-Handbook (by Mr. Sonny Lionel Amos) and a Year Planner booklet (by Dr. Gabriel).

March 07, 2013, 13:39 h by From a report by Er.Shelley Christopher Charles, G.

asia: March 07, 2013

CE goes college in India

In the presence of the President of CE in India, Rev. S. K. Sahu, a CE Society was inaugurated in the BWDA Polytechnic College in Ventellicode, Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu, India on February 1, 2013. All the 600 almost entirely Christian students and faculty participated in the function. The principal, Er. P. Shrivas Sundar, functions as president of the CE. It was decided that once in every month they will meet for one hour time of worship and taking pledge.

March 07, 2013, 13:28 h by From a report by Surendra K. Sahu, President of CE.

asia: January 08, 2013

Pray for our Syrian brothers!

Communicating the letter of Rev. Serop Megerditchian, pastor of one of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in Aleppo, Syria

'The Rising Sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace' (Luke 1.78-79)

Since more than a year our country is in a different situation.

I wonder, am I living in the same city (Aleppo), where a lot of tourists were visiting us just before two years, where there was no so called 'Arab Spring' at that time? During those 'golden' days, people were traveling without any obstacles or fears. The families were living in heated houses, with electricity, telephones, e-communications, medicines, water, bread, and the poorest person was able to live and survive. Plus, the city was night city and every person was going and coming without fear and the people were living peacefully.

As a church, during the week, we were having several activities. The Sunday morning Worship Service and the attendance were between 200-220 people. The Sunday School, 95-100 kids, attending every Sunday morning to worship the Lord. The Youth, 35-40 young people, meeting twice a week for Worship and Bible Study. The Ladies, 65-75 ladies, meeting once a week. The Young Couples, 34-38 couples, meeting once a month.

Let‘s remember, still there was no so called 'Arab Spring'.

Before two years, the so called 'Arab Spring' hit the country and before six month hit our city as well.

Now, the people of Aleppo are living without fuel for heating homes, no gas for cooking, no water, no electricity, no medicines, no doctors, no bread, and the prices of the daily necessities are five times more. Plus, after 4.00 pm the city looks like a ghost city, no one out of homes.

I wonder, is this the so called 'Arab Spring'? Or, this is 'Arab Winter (Freezing)'.

Before several days an eighty years old man phoned me and he was begging for ten liters of fuel to heat their room. He is crying for help. No bread, no electricity, no heat, no medicine and his wife is paralyzed in bed. He was saying: 'Please Pastor, help us and pray for us, we want to die.'

Another man, 66 years old, came to the church office asking for help: 'I lost my wife, because I didn’t find medicine. Now I am selling the equipments of my house, to survive. Please find me a way and send me to a place. Just to have a hot meal. Call one of the Embassies and tell them to obtain me a visa to go from this 'hell' that I am living. I am sure they will listen to you.'

I wonder, is this the 'democracy' of the so called 'Arab Spring'? Or, this is 'Arab Winter (Freezing)'.

A young mother who just gave birth to a baby, asking for bottled water and milk. Because of the stress, she is not able to feed her baby. No electricity to heat the water to prepare milk and no money to buy the milk.

Another seventy years old man, asking for help to pay the rent of the house and begging for some food to feed the family. Becaue since several months, no work and no income at all.

I wonder, is this the 'freedom' of the so called 'Arab Spring'? Or, this is 'Arab Winter (Freezing).'

This morning, another father, came to my office and asked: 'Pastor, do we deserve to live like this? No water to wash my face. No bread to eat, no electricity or fuel to heat the house. Are we living like human beings? Is this another kind of genocide? It is better not to live.'

Following our Lord’s commandment: 'Love your neighbor as yourself' (in Matthew 22). I have a lot of examples from the neighborhood, but I will mention only one.

By the way, all those of you who visited us, knows that we are living in the downtown of Aleppo, where our nearest neighbor is the Mosque (in fact, it is the nearest Church - Mosque in Aleppo, ten meters is the distance).

A man, from the neighborhood, in a desperate situation came and asked a loaf of bread to survive the whole day, while at the same time trying to get some help to feed his wife and his six kids who were living in the park.

Still I am wondering and asking, is this the so called 'Arab Spring'? Or, this is 'Arab Winter (Freezing)'.

During the Armenian Genocide, in 1915, my grandparents survived by God’s miracle and through the Arab people. When I was a kid, they were telling me their stories and their sufferings. Now, during these days, where I was obliged to be always at home, I was telling my two junior-kids (George and Vars) about my grandparents’ life style and how by God’s grace and miracle they survived. Therefore, with patience and by God’s grace, we too, will survive and have better days. After listening carefully, their comment, question was 'Are we living in the 21st century'?

But, always, thank God for the Oxygen.

Despite all these, our Shelter and Refuge is our LORD (Psalm 91). He is keeping us. Although, we are facing different types of difficulties, but HE is our HOPE. Thank God that every Sunday morning, 75-85 people are coming to Church for Worship Service and most of them by walk, challenging their life, to pray for the Prince of Peace to change people’s heart and mind in order that the human being to live peacefully with God and with each other. But, unfortunately, other Church services and activities are 'frozen'.

Christmas season is a season where the believers once more remember God’s presence with us, 'EMMANUEL', and at the same time families and friends are exchanging wishes and prayers. In this Christmas season where our people are struggling for survival and at the same time remembering and enjoying God’s miraculous presence, we are remembering you and your prayers for us. On behalf of my family and the congregation, I want to thank all of you for your supports, concerns and especially for your prayers through your e-mails, phone calls or messages. May the Prince of Peace fill your heart, mind and your daily life, with Joy, Hope, Love, Peace and blessed life. 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men' (Luke 2:14).

With best wishes and prayers, Rev.SeropMegerditchian (Pastor)

(the pictures are illustrating the article)

January 08, 2013, 14:29 h by Anna Visky.

wceu, asia: December 04, 2012

A visit to Christian Endeavor in India

In the second half of October I had the opportunity to visit Christian Endeavour in India. I was invited to attend the triennial National Convention of CeiI help in Visakhapatnam, October 22-24. I used the days before and after the convention to meet various state and district CE leaders and groups.

The first meeting (October 18) has been arranged jointly by West Bengal State and Sikkim State CE Union at Kalimpong. Leaders and endeavourers of West Bengal and Sikkim state CE Union were there for a time of fellowship and interaction. Next day a short visit to Bhubaneswar followed. Right after arriving from the airport we were taken to church, where leaders and endeavourers of different distict CE Unions of Orissa State CE Union were present. Both in Kalimpong and Bhubaneswar I delivered a short message of encouragement.

The National Convention of CEiI in Visakhapatnam was a special experience for me. It was an opportunity for me to have a glance both into the spirituality of CE and into the culture, in which it lives. My task was to lead two Bible studies based on Romans 12, from which the main theme of the Conference “Renewing of the Mind” was taken. Meeting representatives and leaders at the convention went in a rather informal way. It was good to learn that the General Meeting of CEiI, meant a big step in the process of the strengthening of the unity within CEiI.

An important moment of the Convention was the installation of the newly elected office bearers. At this moment I could convey greetings on behalf of WCEU, and reiterate the position of WCEU regarding the representation of CE from the various regions of India, having each 2 seats in the WCEU Council. The only matter that needs further clarification is the number of the Regional Unions in India.

The Convention was followed by a series of events with South Tamil State CE Union in Nagercoil, October 27: a visit to Jehovah Nagar village, (former project of the German CE Union rehabilitation of the "dalit" Christians); Diocesan CE Leaders' Meeting; CE Youth Programme.

It was good to celebrate Holy Communion and share the word of God in the Home Church of CSI in Nagercoil, on Sunday morning, and to rejoice together with CE groups in the evening of the same day, in Kattuvilai village church. It was a joy to meet so many endeavorers. I cherished the fellowship with them, I enjoyed their hospitality and love, and I am glad I could hear also about their service, their concerns and joys.

It would be too long to enlist the names of all those, tho whom I would like to express my gratitude for the heartily welcome and Christian fellowship, especially to those, who planned and helped carrying out this trip. Therefor I ask all the Brothers and Sisters I met in CEiI to accept my greetings and gratitude, wishing that many would come to the know Jesus as the Samaritans did and confessed: “we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42)

December 04, 2012, 15:23 h by Rev. Kálmán Adorján, President WCEU.