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
The General Meeting of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS), which is a major mission partner of the Church of South India (CSI) gets underway at Neustadt in Germany. Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, the Moderator of CSI, Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, the General Secretary, and Dr. Susan Thomas, the President of the CSI Women's Fellowship represent CSI in the General Meeting, which is attended by the delegates from the member churches of EMS from 24 countries from various continents. The General Meeting will elect new office bearers and take decisions on various important issues. The Meeting will last till 8th of December 2018.
Rev. Solomon Paul Benjamin, and Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, two of the CSI members attending in the General Meeting in different capacities. Rev. Solomon Paul Benjamin serves the EMS as the Liasion Secretary, East Asia and India. Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, the Director of the Communication Department of the CSI Synod, is on a short-term working- visit with the Communications team of EMS.Read Next...
Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) is an Association of Churches and Missions founded in 1972, bringing together five Churches and Moravian Church and five Mission Societies in South West Germany.Today, EMS is an International and Ecumenical Fellowship of Churches in Germany, India, Ghana, South Africa, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Indonesia, Korea and Japan. Since its induction, EMS has been one of the strongest Partners of the Church of South India in doing God's Mission.
The CSI-EMS Liaison Office aims to keep up and strengthen relations between EMS and the CSI Synod Office and its Departments, Dioceses, Women's Work and Institutions like Theological Colleges with partnership links in the EMS Fellowship.
The EMS stands with CSI's commitment to the broken communities to provide them a new hope to face the challenges of life and help them to build their own lives. EMS, through its involvement in various programmes and projects run by various Synod Departments, Women's Fellowship and various Dioceses, facilitates CSI in her struggles towards Unity, Peace and Reconciliation. Issues related to HIV and AIDS, Human Rights, Gender Justice, Dalit Issues, Ecological Concerns, and training programmes of Missionaries, Continuing education for Pastors and Church Workers are some of the areas of involvement of EMS in the CSI.
Some of our Dioceses have direct partnership relations with Churches in Germany.
The partners are:
Coimbatore Diocese - Deanery of Pforzheim
East Kerala Diocese - The Protestant Church of Hesse-Nassau
Krishna-Godavari Diocese - The Protestant Church of Hesse-Nassau
Karnataka Northern Diocese - The Evangelical Church of Kurhessen Waldeck
Karnataka Southern Diocese - The Deanery of Villingen
Tirunelveli Diocese - The Deanery of Waiblingen
EMS Supports the ministry of five major Theological Institutions in South India:
United Theological College, Bangalore
Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai
Kerala United Theological Seminary, Trivandrum
Karnataka Theological College, Mangalore
Andhra Christian Theological College, Hyderabad.
EMS supports Eight CSI Children's Homes.
About 400 underprivileged girls and boys are receiving support for their education.
The Homes are: CSI Boys' Boarding Home, Udupi
CSI Girls' Boarding Home, Mulki;
Basel Mission Girls' Orphanage, Sumaddi
Basel Mission Boys' Orphanage, Gadag
BEM Girls' Home, Chombala
CSI Bethenia Girls' Home, Kannur
CSI Industrial School, Manjeri
BEM Girls' Vocational Home, Chombala.
EMS also involved in various exchange programmes.
The EMS promotes mutual visits, study group exposure programme, ecumenical co-worker programme and voluntary service of young people in order to enhance ecumenical learning and cultural exchange.