europe: June 03, 2011

More than 35.000 people received help

Social-Missionary Service of the German CE celebrates 50th anniversity

In 1957 young people in a local CE society in Cologne, Germany saw the responsibiliy to do something to help poor people in need. Otherwise, they felt, that they would not be true Christians. This local initiative grew and in 1961 became the seed of EC-Indienhilfe, the Social-Missionary Service of the German Christian Endeavour Union (CE). As Dr. P. Sethu, the director of the Indienhilfe Trust in Bangalore, India, estimates, this ministry has supported about 35.000 people in need in India and Nepal. To this can be added a few thousand people in Brazil, Micronesia, Eastern Europe and other countries. The silver jubilee of Social-Missionary Service was celebrated from May 27 to 29 in the CE Centre in Woltersdorf near Berlin. About 80 friends of the ministry and representatives of the church participated and considered the humble beginnings and today’s challenges. The Social-Missionary Service plans to provide more training opportunities of the children and youth in its care, to improve the infrastructure of the hostels, give more support to its staff and develop new projects without hostel accommodation. In order to reach those goals more support with donations and sponsorships is needed. In India the jubilee will be celebrated from 13th to 15th August 1011 in Bishop Heber College, Trichy. Representatives from all major projects and friends from Germany are expected to participate. More information about Social-Missionary Service is available in the Internet at www.ec-sma.de (in German).

June 03, 2011, 09:03 h by Thomas Kröck.