Chennai: The department of Mission and Evangelism, CSI Synod and Nandyal Diocesesan Mission Board have jointly organized one day mission camp on 9th July 2019 at Viswasalayam, Bishop’s Chapel, Nandyal Diocese. It was based on the theme “Enhancing Capacities of Congregations to become Missional Congregations “. The camp was beginning with the Holy Communion Service at 8:30 am in Bishops Chapel. Rev. Samuel Rathna Raj, Tresurer of Diocese has preached the word of God. Rev. Dr.Z. Yesurathnam vice president of the Diocese and other Office bearers led the devotion and order of Worship. The communion service was followed by community breakfast.
“We should move in compassion with love”, said the Rt.Rev. Dr. E. Pushpalaitha, Bishop in Nandyal Diocese during the inaugural speech. She further added that we should "Listen, Trust and Obey the Word of God". She also acknowledged the God's presence and grace in leading the mission in Nandyal Diocese. She also strengthens the faith of the gathering by pointing the scriptures and explained the ways by which God provided us in all our insufficiencies and liberated us from all the difficulties and bondages.
Rev. Maxcin John explained about the purpose of the Mission Camp. He explained about the Camp theme. He encouraged the delegates to “Identify the hidden talents, develop them and utilise in mission and ministry according to the will of God and for the Glory of God”. He further reminded that each one of us invited to participate in the mission of God. Therefore, we should try our best level to be ‘salt and light’ to the world through our words and deeds.
Dr. Mounica Gandhi (MD) led the first session and gave tips about "Basic community health awareness and pre-Hospital Care". She explained the causes, symptoms, and prevention of hypertension, diabetes, dengue, malaria and other viral infections. Rev. P. Johnson explained the importance of knowing the medical and health information in the mission field.
Adv. Sreedhar, A Senior Adv. Ap. H.C., led the second session and gave information about "Basic Human Rights and Religious Freedom in India". He gave a tribute to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar for his enormous work to empower women, dalits and marginalised communities in India. He extended his message by explaining the work of human rights commission in India. He explained about the rights for prisoners, Rights for Women, children etc. He also pointed out some contextual law and order issues regarding divorce cases, minor love marriages, rape issues, property disputes and many more. He also explained the human rights concerning the "religious freedom in India". During group discussions members responded that all the sessions were meaningful and helpful in their missionary journey. They also reported some contexts of facing troubles in their missionary journey. All their doubts were clarified by the advocate which made them to remove all sorts of fear in the mission work.
Concluding remarks were made by Rev. Maxin John. He has stated that mission is the important aspect in Christian life. Every Christian, irrespective of their profession, is a missionary who have responsibility to show Jesus to the world through their words and deeds. He also reminded the invitation of Jesus to all the people to take up the cross and follow him. This enthusiasm in the ministry helps us to establish justice and peace in the world. God will lead every one of us to be like a salt and light in the world to glorify God’s name, he added.
The Mission Camp was well-organized and hosted by the Board of Mission and Evangelism, Nadyal Diocese under the leadership of Rev. A.P. Johnson (Mission Director). Rev.Dr.Z.Yesurathnam ( Vice President), Rev.D.Samuel Rathnaraju ( Hon. Treasurer), Rev.B.J. Chandra Sekhar and other Pastors, Evangelists, Missionaries, and the members of Congregations have attended the Camp. There were one hundred and forty delegates for the camp. It was concluded by the prayer and benediction offered by Rt.Rev.Dr.E.Pushpalaitha.
The camp was the venue to boost the passion for the mission and also it was the opportunity to learn and listen together towards the missional engagements. Through this camp, all delegates were really rejuvenated for the mission and evangelism through their life witness.
The Synod Mission Department is grateful to the Nandyal Diocese, Bishop E.Pushpalaitha, all the Diocesan Office bearers, Rev.A.P.Johnson( Mission Director) and all others for their remarkable enthusiasm to host the mission camp.
Director, Mission and Evangelism Department, CSI Synod.