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
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.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.