The first two Area Conventions of Sonebhadra Zone were conducted at Ghiwahi and Dudhi. More than 475 people participated in these Conventions amidst heavy rains and were prepared to witness Christ as individuals and as families.
The first Area Convention was conducted from 28th to 30th July 2014 in GEMS Church at Ghiwahi. Apart from Ghiwahi, believers from the surrounding villages of Dudhi, Auradandi, Kodail, Ninga, Pathgadi, Katauli, Jorukad Fulwar, Korgi, Teda, Bagadu and Kewal actively participated; 225 elders and 50 children came to hear the word of God in the theme of ‘Witnessing Church’.
Br. Rakesh (DCC/SAC Coordinator) was invited as the main speaker who delivered the word of God in the topics viz. what is church, how to be an effective witness, the role of the Holy Spirit in making us as effective witnesses and encouraged the believers to become effective witnesses for Christ. The children of Ghiwahi church performed choreography in the convention theme.
Special sessions for children were also conducted led by the missionaries of the Children Wing. The children were taught to be witnesses through songs, skits and Scripture.
Southern Regional Director Br. Jeyasingh David quoted from the life of Aquila and Priscilla as witnessing family and presented it as a base of witnessing church and encouraged the believers to become so.
Sonebhadra Zonal Superintendent Br. Praveen Das & his wife Sis. Alma Grace also ministered the word of God in the morning devotions and in women’s sessions.
With the help of the local Pastor Br. John happiness and all the other missionaries and elders, Area Leader Br. S. Prabhakaran organised the meeting for the glory of the Lord Almighty.
- 25 year young man old Gulab Chand who was demon possessed and was bound by chains and kept in a dark room for the past 5 years, was recently delivered by Jesus Christ; he took part in this Convention with great enthusiasm.
- Though this Convention was arranged during heavy rainy season our great God who has the power over all the Universe stopped the rain for 3 days; sharply before the meeting and the rain started to pour again immediately after the meeting was over; so there was no disturbance during the meeting. Glory to His holy name.
The second Convention was conducted from 15th to 17th August in GEMS Church at Dudhi. Though it was feared that very few will attend due to heavy rains, more than 200 believers took part and the rains had cooled the weather during the Convention.
Br. T. Emerson (Central Regional Director) was invited as the Guest Speaker and he shared the word of God and showed how God’s people should lead a witnessing life in this sinful world.
Morning Devotions were led by Br. Praveen Das and Br. Nehemiah (Office Administrator-GES,Renukut) and made the partakers understand the very meaning of witness.
Sis. Alma Grace and Sis. Priscilla (Principal-GES, Dudhi) challenged the women to become effective witnesses for Christ in the society.
Thought provoking skits were enacted by GEMS English School teachers who also helped with praise and worship. The programs by the children of this church added colour to the meeting.
Br. John Paul (Orissa) led the sessions for the children and also conducted prayer sessions for the men along with Br. John Happiness. The Pastor of this church and Area Leader Br. Prabhakaran organized this Area Convention.
Pray for all the participants of the Area Conventions of Ghiwahi and Dudhi that they may live the word that they listened and that the church may grow and transform these places through their effective witnessing.