From The Church of South India
Floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala have killed more than 350 people since June. The devastating floods in Kerala peaked last week. The monsoon rains have since begun to ease and rescue teams have been deployed, but thousands of people remain marooned. The following update comes from Global Ministries' partner, The Church of South India.
The floods have caused havoc across Kerala. Places such as Ranni, Maramon, Aranmula, Chengannur, Alwaye, Paravur, Alwaye are all inundated by the floods. The hill stations and the coastal areas are equally affected. Even though the rain is gradually easing, news of the dead recovered, stranded people beyond reach, and the unimaginable number of people who need shelter, medicinal care, and food make the situation even more dire. But there is a ray of hope in that people are setting aside their differences and supporting each other. The matured approach of the state government and the political leaders, the active involvement of the people, especially the fisherfolk from the coastal areas of Kerala, various organizations in the rescue operations, and the support of churches and other religious organizations for the relief work are helping millions of people in this time of grave disaster. The Indian Army along with the state machinery continues the dangerous rescue operations. It was heartening to hear that a pregnant woman, who was airlifted by the Indian Air Force from the sinking house, gave birth to a baby boy at the navy hospital.Read more
Located in Orissa, India, the Evangelical Hospital-Khariar is the leading non-government healthcare institution in the state and provides the best medical care for each patient regardless of income. In addition to their medical work, the Church of North India provides a home for girls between the ages of five and 15 years old. Currently, there are just over 50 girls living in the home. Girls living in this home either have parents who have passed away or come to the home from difficult circumstances.Read more
“Así que, hermanos míos amados, estad firmes y constantes, creciendo en la obra del Señor siempre, sabiendo que vuestro trabajo en el Señor no es en vano.” 1 Corintios 15:58.
La Clínica Emmanuel en Loapalos, Timor Oriental, recibió a un equipo de dentistas de la Iglesia para Unir la Brecha en Brisbane, Australia. Fue su segunda visita a la clínica. Durante cuatro días, diez horas, ocuparon dos habitaciones en la clínica, sacando dientes y llenando las caries de personas que raramente han recibido atención médica oral de ningún tipo.Read more
Human trafficking has been on the rise for the past few years. Unfortunately it has been around for a very long time and shows no sign that it will go away anytime soon. It makes me wonder, if there is more awareness now about trafficking and the different forms it takes…. why is it on the rise? With so much awareness, why does it continue to happen and continue to spread?Read more
"The Light" a monthly newsletter written by the Church of North India's Diocese of Durgapur shares news from their youth, women's, medical, and pastoral ministries. Global Ministries is pleased to share their newsletters.Read more
Article originally written by Disciples Women and posted in Disciples News Service on July 11, 2018, found here.
While on the Woman-to-Woman Worldwide Journey to India, the Disciples Women delegation had the opportunity to visit Global Ministries partners in Durgapur, Malda, Kolkata, and Delhi. The work already being done there is amazing and life-giving and the women of the delegation wanted to make sure that it continues and expands.
My house* and those of my two children have been destroyed; three houses. I was born here in Tuadale and born in GMIT [the Evangelical Christian Church of Timor]. It was the same for my father. Our principle has always been that GMIT is our church. My hope now is that GMIT members throughout this province will help us. I am 70 years old. As a human, my time is slipping away—my knees are stiff, I’m losing my hearing, my sight is poor, my brain is slowing—my physical strength is eroding. My wife and I can’t move as we once did. Yet God continues to bless us so that we can accept these changes. Facing problems in life is normal, but it was hard when our house was torn down because I want to be buried here on the land I own...God’s justice is eternal.Read more
Therefore my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of God,
because you know that in God your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Clinic Immanuel in Loapalos, East Timor, hosted a team of dentists from The Gap Uniting Church in Brisbane, Australia. It was their second visit to the clinic. During four, ten-hour days, they occupied two rooms in the clinic pulling teeth and filling cavities on people who rarely have had oral healthcare of any kind.Read more
Snehakunja Children's Home is run by the Diocese of Calcutta of the Church of North India and supported by Global Ministries.Read more
Ecumenism tells us that we cannot live in isolation and that we should engage in existential dialogue; “for Jesus Christ, for the Church, there are no boundaries, so for ecumenism there shouldn’t be any boundaries,” said His Holiness Aram I, the Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Holy See of Cilicia, in a special session at the opening of the Executive Committee of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), being held in Antelias, Lebanon.Read more