GEMS Church at Valmiki Nagar of PEACE 3 Zone was built and dedicated for the glory of God on 22nd July 2014.
Bro. M.J. Mathews (Zonal Superintendent, PEACE 3 Zone) began the dedication service with prayer and praise & worship. Prayerfully, Bro. K. Gunasekaran (Northern Regional Director) inaugurated the church building by cutting the ribbon and the congregation stepped into the church singing "सारे सृष्टि के मालिक तुम्हीं हो” (You are the Master of all creation) and giving glory to God.
Sis. Susie Gunasekaran prayed for the dedication program. The missionary Pastor of this church Bro. Jagat Narayan joined with Bro. Lorentus Tigga (who previously served in this field for 10 years & presently serving in Ramnagar field) and Bro. Neeral Bangra (Area Leader, Nautan) in leading the congregation in worship.
Bro. Mathews shared the testimony about his ministerial experience in Valmiki Nagar, which encouraged all the believers and missionaries. He pioneered this field since 1995 and the ministry began here by distributing tracts and personal evangelism. Fasting prayers coupled with burden for the people resulted in producing fruitful believers & a beautiful church through the ministry of 20 years.
Bro. Gunasekaran shared the word of God on “We are the Temple of God” from 1 Cor 3:16 and enlightened & enlarged the faith of the believers.
Missionaries of PEACE 3 Zone and Bro. Palanivelu (DAT Leader, Bagaha ) and a few from other organizations took part in this dedication service. The dedication service winded up with thanksgiving by Bro. Jagat Narayan and lunch.
Valmiki Nagar is in the West Champaran District of Bihar situated in the north western corner of the State. It is a forest area covering nearly 880 Sq. Kms. It has its borders to the north with Nepal and Uttar Pradesh bounds it from the west. The epic poem Valmiki Ramayana written in Sanskrit, traditionally attributed to Valmiki is believed to have been written here.
The Valmiki landscape harbours vivid socio-cultural diversity. Tharu, a scheduled tribe, is the dominant community in the landscape with a population of 2.5 lakh. The Tharus here speak Bhojpuri and maintain socio-cultural relationship with the Tharus of Nepal. The scheduled tribes other than Tharu in the Valmiki landscape are collectively called Dhangar, which means “retained labourer” in Oraon dialect, with a population of 0.5 lakh. Communities other than the tribes are called ‘Bajiyan’.
Pray for this church at Valmiki Nagar that it may testify to make the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (2 Cor 4:4) shine on all people. Pray for the missionary family as well.