Since mid-2013, Pastor Lawrence from the Manivakkam church has been ministering to tribal communities and in slum areas in several places in Kanchipuram, a rural district close to Chennai City.
Many of these communities are oppressed and marginalised within Indian society. He recently forwarded the following report to Immanuel about his activities during 2016…
“I am very happy to share a brief report of my one year ministry experience 2016.
My pleasure to say that I have attended interfaith dialogue classes on 13/01/2016 -16/01/2016 in Quo Vadis center in Thiruvannamalai. Many things! We made interaction with different religious faith dialogue within individuals and groups. The programs included inner dialogue, verbal dialogue, creative dialogue to diapraxis. This study has helped me to have a close relationship with non-Christians in my ministry fields and also it develops humanism across the religions.
Glory be to God, As Apostle Paul said “Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” Philippians 3:12
By the inspiration and encouragement of our National Missionary and Manager Mr. Immanuel iya and Rev. Regi Christopher the former president of Fellowship of Blessed Hope Churches, I have completed two years theological higher studies i.e. Bachelor of Divinity (BD) in Tamil Nadu Theological seminary at Madurai for last academic year 2015-2016. I graduated on 20/03/2016 by the distinguished Bishop CSI Madurai Diocese.
A part of the VBS 2016 was held among the Irula community from 04 to 08 May 2016.
VBS 2016 was also conducted in a slum area near Pallavaram 200ft Road.
These believers were baptized in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
With my friends Rev.S.P.Raj and Rev.A.Enock Jayakumar, we organized a youth meeting on 2nd October 2016 with the topic of MAKING INDIA. Brother.E.Pradeep Durai from CSI delivered the sermon on this topic. Nearly eighty youths were gathered and blessed.
Bro.Pradeep Durai,CSI delivering the challenging sermon on the topic of MAKING INDIA
Youths participated in Bible quiz and oral completion
Prize distribution after the Bible quiz and competitions
1. Please pray for Bro. Victor’s family problems
2. Please pray for Sis. Varalaxmi & Sis. Annamal, that God will give them babies this year
3. Please pray for our new Mission Fields
4. Please pray for my children’s education – Blessy Rebekah and Bnias Lenin
By His grace the Lord is fulfilling my ministry plans and purpose. By your encouraging words and your loving concern my family and my ministry is being blessed. Please kindly convey my family greetings and new year wishes to Ernie Schache iya and all Advent Christian families.”