Monday, April 21, 2014

GEMS Home Child Met with Train Accident is Under Treatment in Kolkata

Selvi Hembrom of the Prem Sagar Home of GEMS who is also a student of GEMS English School (Sikaria) met with a train accident on 4th April 2014, as she was boarding the train to go to her home after writing her 10th board exams. Her legs were severely hurt, suffered multiple fractures, operated & she is under treatment.

1_Selvi Hospitalized

Selvi and her father Mr. Markus Hembrom were at the Bhaktiyarpur Station boarding the train to go to Katihar. As they were boarding the last bogie of the crowded general compartment of a train, Selvi slipped & fell and both her legs caught between the platform & the moving train’s steps, were badly hit and hurt. She was immediately rushed to Patna and was admitted at the Kurji Holy Family Hospital.  In both her legs she was diagnosed with multiple fractures. Her severely wounded left leg was operated.

2_Holy Family Hospital

But due to infection in her legs and requiring tertiary care, Selvi was rushed to Kolkata by train on April 15th night and was admitted at Apollo Hospital. Though she had incurred multiple bone fractures and loss of flesh, her nervous system is safe and responsive. The wound in the left leg is severe and so the healing is slow and pus is also oozing out of both the legs. Her right leg was operated at Apollo as it was found to be twisted below the ankle. The wound in the left leg needs to heal and only then further surgery to the fractured bones is possible. Skin grafting may also have to be done later.

3_Apollo Hospital

No sooner the accident occurred on 4th April, GEMS staff was sent to Patna for the support of family with the money required to meet the initial expenses in the hospital followed by the visit of Sis. Banu Dionel (Incharge-Social Services, Prem Sagar). Sis. Rashmi, a community development worker of GEMS is with Selvi at the Hospital. Since the expenses are already above the limits of the project (Selvi is a Compassion sponsored child), ways are contemplated regarding the future course of treatment. 

4_Selvi HembromSelvi is a godly child who is the eldest of the three girls of Mr. Markus Hembrom & Mrs. Ruth Rani Hembrom who serve in ‘Operation Mobilization’ (OM) as a missionary at Katihar (North East Bihar). She is also good at studies and is awaiting the results of the 10th board exams. She sings in the GEMS Choir and as a good singer is known for her songs in GEMS Media Ministry.

5_Selvi with the Choir

Her recently sung song is in tune to the words of Psalm 139, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” (v. 13, 14 NKJV)

She also as a playback singer sang the theme song of a GEMS Documentary titled ‘Ignorance’ which was shot on the true life story of a polio affected child.


Pray for the complete recovery of Selvi and healing and restoration of both her legs; that she may be able to testify along with the Psalmist, “My frame was not hidden from You… Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” (Psalm 139:15a, 16).

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.


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.



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.



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.


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


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


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.