The Department of Mission & Evangelism organized Telugu Regional Consultation on Migrancy to motivate the Churches to “Become Migrant Friendly Congregation” at Divya Deepthi, Warangal from 23rd to 25th August 2016 on the theme “Knitting Neighbourhood. 40 delegates participated in this consultation from all the six Telugu dioceses.
Rt. Rev. Dr. B. D. Prasada Rao, Bishop in Rayalaseema Diocese inaugurated the three days consultation and delivered inaugural address on the theme. Rev. S. Christopher Vijayan Director, CSI Mission and Evangelism welcomed all the delegates and leaders. Rev. Dr. B. Sunil Vara Kumar, Professor, ACTC, shared the Biblical Reflections on Migrancy. The evening session was focused on interventional sharing by dividing into four groups.
On the second day, the morning worship was led by Rev. David Naik and Rev. Supriya Sarvesh delivered a message on “A Biblically grounded presentation of the value of Migrants, immigrants and refugees”. Rev. Dr. Bethel Krupa spoke about the Churches Response towards Migrancy. As part of the mission exposure the delegates visited the Parkal Mission field which is one of the pioneers CSI mission field jointly run by Madhya Kerala and Karimnagar dioceses. This mission field visit was hosted by Parkal Mission. The missionary in Charge Rev. Shalu T. Mathew shared the history, growth and sacrificial activities of the missionaries who worked in Parkal which motivated the delegates very much.
Mr. Richard Noel from Medak Diocese led the worship on the last day morning and shared the word of God. Rev. S. Christopher Vijayan spoke about “Towards Interpersonal, Intercultural & Interreligious Ecclesia in Mission”. Then delegates were divided into 4 groups and discussed about possibilities and Challenges in Mission to Migrant workers.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Reuben Mark, Bishop in Karimnagar diocese delivered closed address. He motivated and called the delegates and Churches to become a migrant friendly congregation.
Rev. S. Christopher Vijayan
Director, Mission & Evangelism CSI Synod