Thought for the day

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8

Daily Reading

EXODUS

3:1-22



  • Visiting Ecumenical Youth Volunteers in their Workplace CSI EMS

    A five days visit (18th to 22nd Feb’ 2020) to three CSI homes is organised by the CSI-EMS Liaison Office in collaboration with the CSIBCC and respective Dioceses, where Ecumenical Youth Volunteers (EYVP) are placed for a period of 10 months. The CSI General Secretary Adv. Fernandas Rathina Raja had requested the following Bishops namely the Rt. Rev. Mohan Monoraj, Bishop in Karnataka Southern Diocese; the Rt. Rev. Dr M. Joseph, Bishop in Madurai- Ramnad, and the Rt. Rev. Dr S. E. C. Devasahayam, Bishop in Thoothukudi- Nazareth Diocese to make arrangements for the visit of Rev. Dr Praveen P.S. Perumalla, CSI-EMS Liaison Officer and Ms Kathrin, EYVP Coordinator, to the children homes. All the three bishops were kind enough to instruct respective project in-charges and wardens and made good arrangements. The team had visited Mr Benjamin Hasting at Hardwicke Boys Home, Mysuru; Ms Rahel Mayer at Elwin Centre for special children at Satchiyapuram; and Ms Lea Gunstheimer at Women Worker’s Training Centre, Nagalapuram. The team had interacted with the German volunteers as well as with the respective home wardens, project personal, staff and children. This visit had strengthened partnership relationships between the CSI homes and the EYV Programme of the EMS through sharing experiences. The intercultural learning of the EYVP volunteers is taking place to the satisfaction of the team as inferred through interactions. For instance, Ms Rahel Mayer had learned Indian way of making wheat bread (chapati). It was reported by the project personal that she had prepared German cookies for a sale in the local Church and raised funds for the special children. Ms Lea Gunstheimer is already started speaking Tamil words and her Tamil teacher is very positive towards intercultural learning by Lea. Mr Benjamin Hasting is very much integrated himself with the children and programmes of the home. The EYVP volunteers had expressed their contentment over the way the programme is organised in respective homes. Through this report, we express thanks to each home and to the respective Bishops for your kind cooperation in organising intercultural learning for the German volunteers through EYVP programme. A word of thanks to the CSIBCC as well as to CSI General Secretary for making required administrative arrangements for the visits.

    The team could visit Bishop Joseph at the Diocesan Office, who honoured the team and shared about different ministerial concerns related to ministry among the Children in the Madurai-Ramnad Diocese.

    The team also visit Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai, one of the partners of EMS. They could meet the TTS former Principal Rev. Dr David Rajendran and present Principal Rev. Dr Margaret Kalai Selvi. It was a courtesy visit to strengthen the EMS partnership with the TTS.

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