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.
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).
Tumba 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.
Pray 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.