“They are Still Speaking: Tracing the Missional Legacies”
Monday, Nov 09, 2020

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The Department of Mission and Evangelism, the Church of South India (CSI) Synod along with the Diocese of Trichy-Tanjore has organized a Mission journey through the Mission Centers of Trichy-Tanjore Diocese from 4th -6th November 2020.

The Rt. Rev. Dr D. Chandrasekaran, Bishop in Trichy-Tanjore Diocese and the Chairman for the Synod Mission and Evangelism Department has led the journey.

It was a wonderful experience to trace the mission legacies which was sacrificially and faithfully contributed by the Missionaries.

The team has visited Tranquebar, Nagapattinam, Karaikal, Mannargudy and Thanjavoor where we could identify the footprints as well as perpetual memories of the missionaries and their contribution out of their missional passion and zeal for the transformation of the entire community.

The perennial memoirs of Rev. Bartholomew Ziegenbalg, Rev. William Tobias Ringeltaube, Rev.J.F.Kerns( SPG), Rev.William Herbeat Blake (SPG), Rev. Christian Fred Schwartz, Rev. John Caspar Kohlhoff (SPCK) Christina Magdalena, Vedanayaga Sastriar( Evangelic poet of Tanjore), Noah Gnanadickha Shastriar, Varothaiam Ammal, and more still speaking about the monumental missional engagements for the sustainable transformation of the society. Thus, these contributions and histories still inspiring and rekindling the present generations to participate in the mission of God for the well-being of all the people including environmental sustainability. They have pawed the way towards the gospel movements through education and healing. It is the need of the hour to affirm their contributions and realize it in the present world.

The Journey was accompanied by Rev. S. Sudharsan, Clerical Secretary in Trichy-Tanjore Diocese, Rev. Arulsingh, Mission and Evangelism Director for the Trichy-Tanjore Diocese, and Simon Sukumar, Mission Secretary for the Trichy-Tanjore Diocese. This journey also was the part of a preparatory visit to the venues for the upcoming Diocesan Mission directors Meet and Synod Mission Board on 25th to 27th November 2020 in Tranquebar and Nagapattinam.

Rev. Maxcin John
Director, Department of Mission and Evangelism,
CSI Synod.

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