Saturday, April 19, 2014

GEMS Rohtas Church Building Inaugurated at Tumba

GEMS Church built at Tumba in the Rohtas District of Bihar was dedicated for the glory of God on 30th March 2014. Tumba is a field of the Rohtas Zone in the Central Region of GEMS & Bro. Augustine Jebakumar prayerfully inaugurated the church.

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History of the Church

When a field at Banjari was opened in the year 1996, the missionary took the Gospel to the Tumba Village. This bore fruits and eventually Tumba field was born in 1997. In the year 2010 Tumba’s missionary Bro. Rajgiri was invited for dedication service by his sponsor in Marthandam Area. During the service the Pastor of the Sponsoring church informed the congregation that they would build a church at Tumba mission field. From the very next month as they promised they began collecting and sending money. The land was sought out and in September 2012 the land was bought and registered. The church construction was started in April 2013 and the building completed in Nov 2013. Facilitating the Sponsors to take part in the Dedication Ceremony the Service was fixed to be held on 30th March 2014.

Dedication Service

The General Secretary, Bro. D. Augustine Jebakumar with prayer dedicated the church for the glory of God, in the presence of Dr. Ashok Kumar (Director of Missions) and Rev. Raja Selvan (Pastor, Cheruvarakonam CSI Church) and several leaders & missionaries from Sikaria & Rohtas Zones. 26 guests from Marthandam Area & 20 from Chennai also took part in this Service.

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Bro. T. Emerson (Regional Director, Central Region) anchored the Dedication Service and Bro. M. Gilbert Kumar (Zonal Superintendent, Rohtas Zone) welcomed the congregation, guests and leaders.

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Bro. Suresh Silas (Pastor, Banjari) led the congregation in praise & worship and Bro. Hassan Gul Khan sang a special song. Bro. Suresh Ram (Pastor, Thilothu) led a Scripture portion followed by the congregation.

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After Dr. Ashok greeted the church, Bro. Rajgiri led the offering song. Followed which Bro. Augustine Jebakumar shared a message and encouraged the congregation.

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Rev. Raja Selvan also brought a special greeting and the service was ended with closing prayer by Sis. Rupalekha Jebakumar (Asst. Director).

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InfoTumba is a village in Rohtas Block in the Rohtas District of Bihar. There are a total of 1087 Households with a population of 6, 135 (census 2011) and the literacy rate is 59.74% .

According to oral tradition Tumba gets its name from the indigenously made vessel called ‘Tumbri’. Tumbri is made out of dried pumpkin and is used to store water. The tradition says that many many years ago, a sage cursed this village saying that any blessing that comes to place will be limited & contained as that of the water in the Tumbri and that the people will never see abundance.

PrayPray that the people of Tumba as they come to know Jesus Christ who gives abundant life (John 10:10) may commit their lives to Him, who can turn their curses into blessing, eternal (Gal 3:13). Pray for Bro. Rajgiri, the Pastor of this church and for the ministry of this church.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Home for the Children of Musahars Inaugurated at Patna

Angel Happy Home (AHH), the residential Home for the children of the Musahar Community which was built at Danapur, Patna was inaugurated on 8th April 2014. Through this Home 20 girls are benefitted initially.

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Abhorred by the society for their traditional occupation as rat catchers, the Musahars are one of the most marginalized communities of India. Suffering discrimination, they are primarily bonded agricultural labourers and their children work alongside their parents in the fields or as rag pickers. While children largely go malnourished the parents end their lives in the middle-age due to alcoholism and children are orphaned.

These people are spread throughout Bihar and GEMS is involved in developing them through its various social & spiritual programs. Angel Happy Home is one such initiative of GEMS Humanitarian Services managed by GUM (GEMS Urban Ministries), for which Bro. Sajan gives leadership as Facilitator. This Home built at Hatiya Khant near Danapur in Patna was inaugurated on 8th April, as Bro. Benjamin Norton (Zonal Superintendent, Bhojpuri 3 Zone) prayed thanking God for this provision and cut the ribbon.

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He also encouraged the staff and the children through the sharing of the Word. His wife Sis. Shajila Norton opened the Warden Room.

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For many years the Home was run in rented buildings and the Lord graciously made this provision. AHH is equipped with a Dormitory, a Kitchen and a small Hall and all the basic needs of the children are provided along with education and spiritual care.

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Pray for all the children of the Angel Happy Home that they may grow in Christ and in wholesome wellbeing. Pray also for this project to transform the entire community of the Musahars in & around Patna.