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Bible Conference 2015

Bible Con 2015a

Division wide Bible conferences were held in different places of India every year. In 2015 it was held at Hapur, in Upper Ganges Section Campus from March 27-April 1. 110 delegates from all unions were present. Four Biblical Research Personnel were the resource persons who led out the program. March 27,  Friday was a high day for Hapur church on which  a new church building was inaugurated in the presence of the members and delegates of the conference. Ezras Lakra, North India Union President, declared it open and Attar Sing, Union treasurer, cut the ribbon and opened it for the glory of God. Daniel Devadas, ministerial secretary of Southern Asia Division inspired the congregation by his message on the exemplary life of Daniel, the Hebrew youth who became the prime minister of four heathen kings later on. After the Sabbath school lesson study, Jiri Moskala, Andrews  University Professor, spoke about “the God of Jacob: Seeing the Face of God”, during the divine service. He expressed his wish to see God’s face on each one of us when others look at our faces.

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Hapur new church inauguration: Ezras Lakra Attar Singh      Daniel Devadas: inaugural address           BRI delegates

On Sabbath afternoon, the first session of the Seminar was presented by Angel Rodriguez, former director, Biblical Research Institute on the topic—‘Remnant’ as we see it from the book of Genesis to Revelation. During the second session, Jiri Moskala presented “the meaning of intercessory ministry of Jesus for us in the heavenly sanctuary.

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Jiri Moskala: divine service                                    Angel Rodrigouez: 1st session                       Jiri Moskala: second session                                           

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Arthur Stele:  session              Union ministerial director co-coordinating       Question and Answer session                                                     

On Sunday Ekkardt Mueller, Biblical Research Institute, took the devotion and Arthur Stele, chairman Biblical Research Institute,  spoke about the suggested changes to 28 Fundamental beliefs. Jiri Moskala presented  “Difficult expressions and texts regarding the divinity of Christ.” After noon Jiri Moskala presented Proverbs 8 and the theory of Kenosis in view of Christ’s divinity and Angel Rodriguez presented Daniel 11, a deep study. There was a session of questions and answers too.

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Question Answer Session                         Division group                                    Malayalam song

On Monday, the devotion was led by Arthur Stele on the book of Ruth and challenged delegates to be a goel to every family for which they are responsible for.  During the first session Angel Rodriguez presented “the last generation theology”; followed by Arthur Stele who dealt on the topic,  “What the growing churches have in common.”  Arthur Stele continued the discussion on revision of the 28 fundamental beliefs.  After noon Ekkehardt Mueller, assistant director, Biblical Research Institute, talked about “Occult “practices and how it would appear in the community. Then Angel Rodriguez addressed the issue in Revelation 12: 9-10, followed by question and answer session.

On Tuesday, the devotion was led by Angel Rodriguez who dealt with conflict between darkness and light especially from the book of Isaiah 60:1-3 narrating his own experience with the power of darkness and how he related himself with a co-passenger who was under the spell of darkness in Aero plane and bore witness to him.  Angel Rodriguz  dealt  with “Pnumatology – Adventists and Holy spirit.” He also expounded on Daniel 11th chapter.

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Hindi Song                                                        Last Session Arthur Stele                         Closing  Program

In the next session Arthur Stele made a presentation on Acts 3:8 inviting all to be witnesses for Jesus. He also narrated his own experience in Russia where he worked with new and the only Adventist seminary in Russia. The permission to build a seminary was granted to the Adventist church by the Russian government. Members from different Adventist churches came to help the construction.  As a result, a marvelous building, a monument in artistic work, was raised up. Hearing about the magnificent artistic building, many tourists visited the building. On one occasion a group of top politicians came to visit and the top leader, with curiosity asked him about Jesus and he was able to bear a strong witness of Jesus to the government officials, which they appreciated very much.

To conclude, union president, Ezras Lakra, talked about the beauty of God’s Word and admonished that everyone should love the word and get revived by diligent study of the word. On Wednesday, the  delegates had an opportunity  to visit Tajmahal in Agra,  a historic monument of Mughal empire in India. 


Himalyan Kingdom visit

A Short Report: My Visit to Himalayan Kingdom

Feb 25-March 8, 2015.

Recently, I had the privilege of visiting Bhutan and Nepal. Trip up to Kathmandu was by land. I went to Kolkata by train and stayed there for three days visiting 24 Pargana (Sunderban Islands), particularly to Achintay Nagar and Ramganga to conduct communication workshop for the gospel workers. From Kolkata, I travelled in a mini bus along with 13 students from Sunnydale Academy, USA. They came to conduct health lectures and story time program in the Island district of West Bengal. It took almost five hours to reach our destination. Roads were good up to the mainland, since there was a newly built bridge to cross over the river. From then onwards there were no proper roads except the brick laid path and our mini van (to which we were transferred from the mini bus) had to wait until the carts and other vehicles from opposite side to pass wherever it occurred.

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Sunnydale Academy students en-act a play for the children in  Pather Pratima SDA school in Sunderban Islands

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Sunnydale students teach stories   Sabbath School program at Park Street Church, Kolkotta  Divine hour speaker Z Williams   

These students came to have a new experience in India, under the leadership of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis. They stayed in the main hall of the church in their tents, most of the time without electricity, having limited generator facility, with a single toilet facility for all of them for 10-12days. They ate rice, dhal curry, potato fry and chapatti  (common man’s food) prepared by the church members.  During the day they engaged in training themselves with health materials along with translators. India is blessed to have these young people to revive the health of the villagers in this territory which consists of many Islands.  Some of them had to take ferry to reach their destination.

I stayed with them only a day and returned to Kolkata, for the week end program was conducted by the Amazing facts group of India in Park street Church. Vesper speaker was Bro Charles and Sabbath service was led by Z Williams, director of the amazing facts, India. Saturday evening I continued my journey to Bhutan boarder, Jaigon town, where we have a few Bhutanese churches in the border where our gospel workers are penetrating to Bhutan kingdom, which is a Buddhist country with their own disciplined life. No gospel preaching is allowed in the kingdom, if any caught, will be put in the prison indefinitely. Still some of the gospel workers went there in person and made friends with people and gave Bible study. As a result, we have a few Bhutanese members. I had one-day meeting with the gospel workers and visited the monastery five kilometer inside the Bhutan Kingdom.  

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Friends pose before the monastery,   T P Kurian before the monastery,                  Prayer hall

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Bhutan monastery                                              Bhutanese Gospel workers                           In the Church Jaigon                            

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Ramdhal Church Song Service,     Welcome by the Sabbath school leader,       Pr. Robin mission report

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Pr. Umesh Pokeral, section president: feature talk ,  Another group meets in a house -   Himalayan mountain range from the  Plane

On the next day I proceeded to Nepal, through Silguri and Phani Tanki border to Nepal. The trip to Itahari was slow because the bus would stop for everybody on the road. By the time we reached Itahari it was three o’clock in the afternoon. On the next day we had gospel workers’ meeting in Itahari Seventh-day Adventist church. Including my host pastor, Robin, there were 23 people. On 5th March pastor Robin took me to a newly constructed church near Bihar boarder. The members came and we had a prayer meeting together. After the motor cycle ride, we rested for a while. Then he took me along the hilly area crossing the reserve forest. There we visited a lone member beyond the forest. The trip was tedious because the road was filled with boulders from the river bed. By the time we returned, it was six o’clock in the evening. Pastor Robin received a phone call to visit a Hindu family, with two Adventist children. So we went and conducted a prayer meeting there.  Next day we proceeded to the Ramandhal church on the way to Kathmandu. It was a lovely small church with members crowded to the full capacity.

The church pastor, Mr.Silas,  supported by lay men’s ministry, was instrumental in building 30 churches in that vicinity. We spent the Sabbath there, then proceeded to Kathmandu by the shortest route by bus. That bus ride was a breath taking experience because the journey to the heights through the dangerous upward hair pin curves was quite fearsome. By the grace of God, we reached Kathmandu by 9:30 pm. There I learned that the airport was closed for the past four days due to the accident taken place by Turkish plane. With a lot of misapprehension and prayer I spent the night because my flight back was scheduled for the next morning. It was amazing that by morning, all the way was cleared and the flight started as normal! I thanked the Almighty God for His timely intervention to help me take my flight back home at the scheduled time.  I want to thank God who was with me throughout my mission trip of 12 days and brought me safely back home as scheduled before I left home. Our God is wonderful!!!!!

T P Kurian,

Communication Director, Southern Asia Division


Spicer Centenary Celebrations

Spicer Memorial College (Spicer Adventist University)

Centennial Celebrations

January 28- February 1, 2015

The events began on January 28th morning with the devotional by Dr. John Willmott. He challenged the audience with “three Looks”, Forward, Backward and upward. Pr. R John, President of Southern Asia Division, declared open the centennial celebrations.

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                     John Willmott honored         Praise team sings             METAS (Vyara school choir)     SMC children choir                  


Poona Chorale               

Spicer organized four groups of seminars on different topics which were presented by professionals and the groups met at four different places each day 11: 30- 1:00 in the morning and 3:00- 5:00 in the afternoon on 28th and 29th. All the rooms were packed with delegates and had lively discussions after each presentation. Certificate of attendance was presented to all who attended. Many expressed that they enjoyed the presentations and wished church family to practice the ideals involved.

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     Kenneth Swansi-devotional           Gary Krause- devotional             John Wilmott- devotional               Neils-Erick Andreasen-Vesper Meeting              

On the second day, the devotional was delivered by Gary Krause, Global mission Director and on the third day  by Kenneth Swansi, professor,  Adventist International Institute for Advances Studies, Philippines. After every devotional, people were given time for prayer in two’s and three’s on presented requests and concerns of the church.

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            Prayer Bands                                  Praying for others                                  One Hundred member SMC Choir 

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Prayer Garden opened                         Welcoming Elder Ted NC Wilson- Maharashtra style                     Opening of the New Gate 


Addresses Church on Sabbath

 Ted Wilson, G C President arrived on 29th and after welcome program, Mrs. M E Cherian declared open the newly built gate way to the knowledge-- the newly constructed gate of the main campus and Ted Wilson dedicated it to the glory of God. Then cultural program was inaugurated with a march past of the Nations, for Spicer is a multicultural institution where students from several countries and most of the Indian states come to acquire Christian education.

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        Gateway of learning                Welcome dance High School Children                        Gujarathi Dance                        Marthi dance Spicer School  

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                Mizo Bamboo Dance                                                                        Salisbury Park Church Choir                    

 January 30th was the Pastor’s Day. After the devotional, Ted N C Wilson presented a paper on “Spiritual Life of the Pastor. He enumerated twenty points as qualification for the spirit filled pastor who should study to be approved unto God and to minister to the needs of the people. And Gary Krause dealt on the topic of Missions stressing the need of spreading the gospel to the cities where exists the major flock of population. In the afternoon, Rick McEdward presented a paper on the challenges and missions and work of the study centers. The day ended with a commitment service by Franklin David and prayer of dedication by Ted N C Wilson.

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            Ted N C Wilson presents paper       Gary Krause on Missions   Rick McEdward Gobal missions


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                               Franklin David addresses                              Trio Sings Special

 During the vespers Niels-Erick Andreasen challenged the audience with the message “School bells and Gospel trumpets”. He stressed the need of Adventist educational institutions to be training centers for the proclamation of gospel around the world. After vespers, a prayer garden was inaugurated for the glory of God by Nancy Wilson. It is a beautiful prayer garden for the students and faculty to spend time in prayer.

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    Ladies’ Meeting in the auditorium       Garlanding Mrs. Nancy                Nancy addresses the ladies         Special Song Mercy Pradan and group       

 In the morning, simultaneously, all the women assembled together in the main auditorium and received a timely message from Nancy Wilson. She admonished all the women to practice Christian principles in their life, both in the family and in the community because all of us are watched by our children and other people living in the community. “We are the living epistles read by others. We must live an exemplary life as Seventh-day Adventists women”, she cautioned.

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     Feature talk- Alumni                            Sabbath school Panel              Choreography-- Lord Prayer BYLC.           Advent Harmony song service

January 31, Sabbath was a high Sabbath that the prayer hall and surroundings were crowded with people. Sabbath school program was blessed with testimony of a few Alumni, who are now leaders in different parts of the world. During divine service, Ted N C Wilson spoke on the topic, “What do these landmark stones mean?”He described the dedicated life of W A Spicer, after whose name Spicer College was named. He also cherished the experience of his grandfather and father as missionaries in India. All the setbacks encountered by foreign missionaries instigated them to do much more to finish the work of God. He also dwelt upon Joshua, how Joshua’s team passed through Jordan referring their experience from Joshua 3 & 4 how they were told of God to set up land mark memorials. He reminded the congregation that without God’s aid the passage through Jordan was impossible, it was a miraculous experience. In remembrance of that God asked them to set up land mark memorials. He urged the audience, especially the staff and faculty to build solemn foundation reflecting the life and vision of the man in whose name it was named. He also said that no amount of fancy words or great sermons can transform the lives, except the tender love of Jesus expressed in the lives of each of His children which is the greatest influencing factor. He also stressed the need of getting connected with God referring to the experience of Joshua and Caleb bringing good report while the other ten spies, who had the “grass hopper complex” gave bad report which threatened the entire Israelites.  When we are connected with God only we will be able to strengthen our fellow beings with hope and courage. Ted Wilson admonished the Spicerians to keep the flag of truth waving high throughout India.

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            Audience in the Prayer Hall              Audience in the shamiana                                                  Audience

Afternoon was the solemn service of ordination, where three of the faculty were ordained for the ministry.  Rick McEdward, GC director of missions gave the message.  Ted C Wilson led the prayer of ordination. Evening was spent for releasing of: book of honor, centennial song book, Journal of research article, and morning devotion, followed by honoring of the pioneers and guests. Then followed the pageant “the eyes faith” a musical program depicting the 100 years’ history of Spicer, ever since its inception in Coimbatore to Bangalore and to Pune.  

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             Bishop Dabre felicitates                      Souvenir  Release                            Governor, Ch Vidyasagar Rao addresses             High School New Building inauguration

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  Governor opens New Building                High School Staff with Wilson                Nepal delegates with Wilson                        Honoring former Faculty

On February 1st a public meeting was held where the Governor of Maharashtra and other civic leaders were present. A new Management and Computer Science building was inaugurated and later an additional high school building also was inaugurated. Governor of Maharashtra commented on the contribution of Seventh day Adventists to the community especially in educational and medical field. During the felicitation talk Ted Wilson spoke to the audience the need of following the three injections of God: do justice; love mercy; and walk humbly before the Lord, based on Micha 6: 8.  In the evening there was a reception on behalf of Ted N C Wilson in hotel Hayatt where many religious leaders from other denominations and civic leaders felicitated Ted N C Wilson and commented on the contribution of the SDA education to the state of Maharashtra. In response Ted Wilson reminded the audience about practicing humility and selfless service in all walks of life as the way to true success in life. He also projected the life of Jesus, who lived in humility and exhibited it even to the point of sacrificing His life on the cross.

While the celebrations were going on in different venue in the campus, the sports lovers had their celebrations in the ground with soccer, volley ball, cricket, and basket ball games. Ex-spicerians and some faculty, and present students actively participated in the games and sports. Different games were organized and sponsored by Kenneth Cherian, Ted N C Wilson, D R Watts, Dorothy Watts, Richard Rajarathnam and Justus Devadas.

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     Volley ball team                               Basket ball Team                                       Foot ball  Team with trophies  

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                        Ladies  players with cups                    Ladies football team  

Altogether it was a wonderful experience for all the Spicerians, present and past. May God bless our Spicer Adventist University to continue to shine as a beacon of light in Southern Asia Division and to enable the Spicerians to blow the gospel trumpet all over the Division as well as around the globe at large.    

T P KURIAN, Director, Communication, SUD


Lay Congress 2014




November 5-9, 2014

Raymond Memorial Higher Secondary School- Falakata, West Bengal


Southern Asia Division wide Lay Congress was held from November 5-9, 2014 in Raymond Memorial High School at Falakata, West Bengal by Sabbath School Personal Ministries Department. This Lay Congress was held after ages of 30. It is an historic event!  1300 delegates were gathered and overflowed the meeting hall from all parts of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Andaman and Maldives.   The meeting started on November 5 at 04:00 pm with prayer, airborne color balloons, multicolored march procession with flags and banners by Unions, Fields and Division Institutions delegates to the meeting hall.  The Lay delegates were seated according to the units.  The theme of the Lay Congress was “SERVICE BEYOND COMMITMENT”.

The inaugural ceremony address was given by the Division Executive Secretary, Dr. Gordon Christo.  After Spiritual Manna, delegates were fed with appetizing supper and retired after the prayer bands.


Next day the meeting started with devotion by Pastor Chelladurai, Southeast India Union President, who stressed the point of Missionary doctor’s daughter Madam Ida Scudder’s vision and the humble beginning of the Christian Medical College in Vellore. Dr. Gordon Christo had taken the first session.  His message had decorated a picture of SDA church history and how the SDA message penetrated to India by the missionaries with their sacrifices. Every session was begun with language Special group devotional songs by lay delegates.

Dr. Edison Samraj presented a message on the topic “Building the Church”. He stressed the seven point objectives of the church members.

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The delegates were divided to attend different seminars, designed by Pr. Hidayat Masih, SSPM director. The seminars were held in nine rooms with the assigned topics by the resource personnel.  Afternoon Pastor Daniel Devadas presented on the topic “Small Group Ministry.”  Without laity the work will not be completed.  Lay members should have to extend their hands in strengthening the work of Southern Asia Division to reach millions people of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Andaman and Maldives.  Dr. Franklin Samraj, HR and Health Director of SUD, had taken a session on ASI how are the Lay persons connected to the historic aspect of the church. Then the lay members of SDA had joined and formed an association of Adventist service of Lay Members in India and elected the officers of ASI in India.

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 November 7th morning the day started with devotion by pastor Maywald Jesudass who stressed the power of the Holy Spirit working among the members How the Holy Spirit empowered work in the first century Christians.  He was presenting it powerfully he could not complete talk but he promised he will complete in the next session.  ASI resource personnel, Elder Ronald Oliver, had presented a topic on “Role of Laities in the church growth.”   Lay delegates were dismissed to attend Seminars which were held by different resource personnel with the assigned topic in the assigned venue.  Afternoon session was taken by Dr. Justus Devadas who stressed on the topic “Benefit of Adventist Education”.  He also presented what Spicer Adventist University can do for the young people of the Church. During the vesper meeting, Dr. Jeremiah preached about power of prayer in the part of the members which strengthen. He presented some striking examples.


The Sabbath started with immense multitude of delegates’ songs and prayers on time.  The union Sabbath School department directors had organized the Sabbath school program. Lesson study was conducted by a panel led by lay leaders of the church.

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Pastor R John, Division President, delivered the message during the Divine hour. He challenged the members for the unselfish and whole hearted help toward the work of God.  He presented gospel commission and our commitment to fulfill the task. After noon we had prayer session led by Dr. S Johnson, Director of Hope Channel and Dr. John Stephen, Director of Jeeva Jyothi Medical Ministry. The Sabbath afternoon, the Commitment Service was piloted by R John. Our Laities were committed themselves to serve the Lord beyond their service.  The last event was a climax of the cultural program was presented by RMHS students and delegates from various states.  

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November 9th, the final day, Sunday had arrived for the closing ceremony.  Pastor Maywald Jesudass, English Church Pastor, Hosur, had taken the morning devotional message.   Pr. Hidayat Masih, the organizer of Lay Congress event, gave a vote of thanks to each and every participant, resource personnel, assistant; RMHS school Staff, faculty and the Principal.  He thanked specially the Hope Channel Director, Dr. S Johnson and his team for their untiring performance on focusing cameras, recording, editing, lighting, sound proofing the whole event of the Lay Congress as history. This will help us to rewind and review this event in future.  We as team thank God for His presence and His Holy Spirit guidance throughout the program.

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Our Laities were equipped, trained, inspired and fed with spiritual manna as well as physical food by this Lay Congress.   This will pave a way for them to serve the Lord beyond their commitment in their respective venue to spread the word of God to their neighbor and to their community.  They may be longing to expect like this event in the future.  Kindly remember our laities and their performance to serve the Lord in your special Daily Prayers.  Amen!

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Editorial: Ramani Kurian     RK



Psalm 133: 1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

When brothers are living in unity, it is a foretaste of heaven on earth, and the heaven is well pleased. Then there will be showers of blessing fall from heaven. When brothers prayed in the upper room with one accord in the first century they have received the Holy Spirit. And this message reached the whole world in the first century itself, breaking the strongholds of Satan. Today, covetousness, jealousy, hatred, racism etc. are spreading like wildfire in the church. Unless we unite together and forgive each other and live in unity, we cannot restore the old path that was broken. For this to happen, we need a real revival in the church. Prayer is the heart beat of revival .Without it, we are dead. Fasting and prayer are prerequisites for revival. When this unity will happen through prayer, the Lord will send the latter rain abundantly. Real conversion and revival take place in the lives of His people that will lead to unity and harmony among the members. Together, they can stand for repairing the breach and to build up the old paths so that others also can experience revival and reformation in their lives.


Our relationship with our heavenly Father will open the way to love our brothers and sisters around us. Then we'll be able to live in harmony with our fellow men in this earth. All the signs indicate that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is at hand. Malachi 4:4-6 says that the reconciliation is the need of the hour, between the heavenly Father and His prodigal sons. Otherwise, none will be ready there to follow Him to heaven in His second coming.

A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord, not because God is not willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it. Our heavenly Father is more willing to give His Holy Spirit to them that ask Him, than are earthly parents to give good gifts to their children. But it is our work, by confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer, to fulfill the conditions upon which God has promised to grant us His blessing. A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer. While the people are so destitute of God’s Holy Spirit, they cannot appreciate the preaching of the Word; but when the Spirit’s power touches their hearts, and then the discourses given will not be without effect. Guided by the teachings of God’s Word, with the manifestation of His Spirit, in the exercise of sound discretion, those who attend our meetings will gain a precious experience, and returning home, will be prepared to exert a healthful influence”. {1SM 121.1}


The old standard bearers knew what it was to wrestle with God in prayer, and to enjoy the outpouring of His Spirit. But these are passing off from the stage of action; and who are coming up to fill their places? How is it with the rising generation? Are they converted to God? Are we awake to the work that is going on in the heavenly sanctuary, or are we waiting for some compelling power to come upon the church before we shall arouse? Are we hoping to see the whole church revived? That time will never come. {1SM 122.1}     


There are persons in the church who are not converted, and who will not unite in earnest, prevailing prayer. We must enter upon the work individually. We must pray more, and talk less. Iniquity abounds, and the people must be taught not to be satisfied with a form of godliness without the spirit and power. If we are intent upon searching our own hearts, putting away our sins, and correcting our evil tendencies, our souls will not be lifted up unto vanity; we shall be distrustful of ourselves, having an abiding sense that our sufficiency is of God. {1SM 122.2}

Ministers must arouse and manifest a life, zeal, and devotion to which they have for quite a length of time been almost strangers because they have failed to walk with God. The cause of God in many places is not improving. Soul work is needed. The people are overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness and the cares of this life. They are entering deeper and deeper into a spirit of worldly enterprise. They are ambitious to get gain. Spirituality and devotion are rare. The spirit that prevails is to work, to accumulate, and to add to that which they already possess. “What will be the end of these things?” was the burden of my inquiry. {1T 469.1}  


Notwithstanding the widespread declension of faith and piety, there are true followers of Christ in these churches. Before the final visitation of God’s judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for God and His word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time to prepare a people for the Lord’s second coming. {GC 464.1}.


The enemy of souls desires to hinder this work; Therefore, as children of God in the last days, we need to study the word of God diligently to follow His ways and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the message of salvation to all around us before the terrible day of His appearing to destroy the wicked and to receive the righteous into His heavenly kingdom.


Children Ministries: Southern Asia Division

“Jesus In My Heart”: VBS Teacher Training

Men and women are objects of God’s love. Children are God’s gift to human beings. Man’s love for children flows naturally. But sin has caused the damage. The filial love is diminishing; true love is lacking, it is an important ingredient to maintain relationship, it is created by God. It is either perverted or seen less practiced. When Christ asked Peter to feed the lamb, Jesus meant that God’s people were to be intensively brought in loving, saving relationship with God. The children ministries department is entrusted with this sacred responsibility of assisting parents, teachers and others to love children and lead them to Jesus who is the Savior and Redeemer of the mankind. As Scott Peck puts it, to love simply means to lead others/children to Jesus Christ. Love him intimately, thus empowered by the Holy Spirit lead sin free life and share this truth with others in the society.

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 Vacation Bible School is one activity of the department that attracts and involves thousands of children every year. It is a golden privilege for children to know Jesus and fall in love with Him. Having known the importance of VBS, Dr. Deborah Samraj, assistant director, children ministries, SUD has initiated to develop a new syllabus for children. The Bible lessons, health, nature, moral stories, crafts and games are the features highlighted. The colorful version of the activity book, for sure, would impress any child to get involved.


To make this year’s VBS program effective, Deborah Samraj with her husband, Franklin Samraj, who was promoting his department of human resource by conducting forums in different places, went around all over the division field and conducted VBS teacher training workshops. The training program started from Spicer Memorial College where 68 college students received the training.  From five locations in SCIU: Raichur, Belgaum, Bangalore, Bagepalli and Bidar, 153 teachers got training to conduct VBS in their union. Then the Samrajs proceeded to Bhatpara


church in Bhutan to train church leaders and volunteers to conduct VBS program in their respective areas. 35 people attended the workshop. In the words of Madhan Acharya, director, East Himalayan Field, “ We all learnt many new things from this training program. They also taught us how to reach the un-reached through children ministries especially through VBS”. Their next destination was Nepal Section. 89 adults and 26 children attended the workshop. Leaders from different churches attended the well prepared program and learned many things through practical experience.


Motivated by Deborah Samraj, Chennai Metro Section Children’s Ministries department   conducted a VBS workshop under the leadership of Jegatha Johnson and trained 86 teachers and a few pastors at Annanagar Roundana. Leading from the front, Deborah Samraj equips and strengthens the children ministries leaders to care for the children in our churches. Her dedication and commitment to the cause are highly appreciative and she is to be commended for the good work she is doing for God’s cause.

RamaniKurian, asst. director, communication, SUD

Spiritual Understanding and Revival: A Weekend Service in Vellore Church

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The CMC Vellore SDA church would like to thank Sam Shadrach and the Southern Asia Adventist Community church in Redlands, California and express appreciation  in helping to arrange David Machado  to spend an inspiring weekend of spiritual understanding and revival/renewal with the Vellore church from March 28 - 29, 2014. He was  a blessing to the church.... His life's testimony and messages were really powerful and scriptural. All the principles of the Bible expounded translated into his life and it spoke messages larger than any theological exposition. May the church members be transformed into God's image as we journey our lives. We would like to testify and acknowledge the wonderful way in which God has touched the lives of those who were able to attend the Sabbath weekend service of March 28 & 29, 2014. During the vespers, the speaker, David Machado from the Light Bearers Ministry from US called the audience to the true purpose of life which worth living for and to which God has called us to; to glorify Him and to please Him. Sabbath morning, he outlined the basic steps of conversion experience and what it means practically. The divine service message was a call from God to His

people to live a life of holiness. He clearly explained how God is working in the lives of His children to perfect them and purify them in their daily lives leading them in the path of holiness. Sabbath afternoon session was made lively as  the preacher gave a brief account of his conversion and revealed to us how God is real to him in his daily walk with God.  He went in detail on the Biblical principles to be followed in all true relationships which He maintains in His children. The sundown message was a challenge to all to be a true witness to allow Him to work in their lives powerfully demonstrating to all around who the true God is as He creates and recreates, as He saves His faithful ones. He alone can predict the future in contrast to the false gods of Babylon. The effect of the message was very evident to all who attended. The youth were inspired and many of them for the first time committed their lives afresh to uphold the truth which were presented. The older people were rejuvenated as they recommitted their lives to the cause once they espoused but were lagging due to various causes which were stealing into their energies. The word of God was powerfully served through the servant of God and the whole church unanimously said Amen as the meeting closed with a prayer of thankfulness to the Lord for the ministry of Machado and earnest appeal to God to continue blessing his ministry as He uses him. We want to thank the sponsors of Pr. Machado for sending him to us and for remembering us.
    Dr. David Mathew, Nuclear Medicine Department, CMCH
    ---Vellore English SDA Church

The Hour of Opportunity: Pioneers’ Predictions of the Triumph of the Gospel in India

Benjamin Baker

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India now has more Seventh-day Adventists than any other country on earth with over 1.5 million and counting. The number alone is remarkable, but it is astounding when considering that the Adventist missionaries who first entered India in the early 1890s were endeavoring to win over a population overwhelmingly Hindu and Muslim, with no common Christian foundation from which to appeal, as in Adventism’s birthplace, the United States of America. Early Adventist missionaries had a tough time winning converts, and many became discouraged and left, complaining that they had nothing in common with the people of India. In the early years progress was painful slow. But despite meager success in the world’s second most populous country, the pioneers of the work there foresaw the eventual explosion of the gospel in India. The following are predictions from some of the earliest missionaries to India about the taking hold of the gospel message in the great nation.


Ellen White: Cofounder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church “God is doing a great work in France, Prussia, and India.” (1886)

                                                                                                                                                              “From India, from Africa, from China, from the islands of the sea, from the downtrodden millions of so-called Christian lands, the cry of human woe is ascending to God. That cry will not long be unanswered.” (1900)


William Lenker: Began the colporteuring work in India “Indeed, as we look upon the masses, many of whom are afflicted in various ways, it tells us plainly that this is a very needy field, and that there ought to be a thousand workers where there is one. So far as I know, there are but four Sabbath-keepers in this important field of hundreds of millions of people….Yet we know that this field has been and is remembered in many prayers, and the Lord will provide a way for the precious truth to reach the people.” (1894)


D.A. Robinson: One of the first missionaries to India, died there four years after he arrived

“The one great object of Seventh-day Adventists in India…is to teach the people that one thing — that Christianity is a life, a life conformable to all the requirements of its divine Author. What a work is that! Well may we say, ‘Who is sufficient for these things ?’ Certainly we — the weakest, poorest, smallest people in the world— are not. But we need not despair, for ‘our sufficiency is of God,’ who is an all-sufficient Saviour and an all-sufficient Helper in every time of need…. The message of truth is still to go millions [of India] who have not heard the glad news of the risen and living Saviour, who is able to save the uttermost all who come to him.” (1896)


W.A. Spicer: Early missionary to India, later a GC president “My wife and I did not wish to come to India unless this was the place where the Lord especially desired us to work; and at first we would have chosen to stay in London, or to have answered a call in another direction; but the burden was to come to India, and we are glad to be here. I am glad that God's word to every soul in this heathen land is, ‘I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord.’ The Spirit of the Lord has told us that in some of these countries called heathen, which have had little light, the Lord, when he comes, will find, in proportion, greater fruit of the third angel's message than in countries which have had greater light and a greater amount of attention. To be face to face with so great a mass of darkness causes one to thank God that his is the power and the glory; and we know that where sin abounds, grace much more abounds.” (1898)

Georgia Burrus: One of the first missionaries to India, spending 40 years there “The message of the soon coming of Christ stirs the people of India as nothing else seems to do.” (1901)


Anna Knight: First black woman of any denomination to serve as missionary in India “The work is gaining ground in India, and the health principles are being more widely disseminated....We need workers in all the cities. We must reach thousands where we are now reaching one — and we shall in the near future.”(1904)


W.O. James: Pioneer of the publishing work in India India is a large field, and needs are seen on every hand. It is a place which becomes more interesting day by day. And every day brings fresh evidence to us that a great work can soon be accomplished, if God’s people are only prepared to let him work.” (1903)


J.L. Shaw: Pioneer administrator of the work in India “This is the hour of opportunity in India. The hand of Providence has opened wide the door.” (1905)


H.L. Menkel: Pioneer of the medical work in India “Keep a watch on India, and your hearts will rejoice in what the Lord is able to do.” (1908)


J.S. James: Early evangelist and leader in India “There is no question but that our part of the field is ready for the spread of this message. We can scarcely go anywhere and work a few days but that an interest springs up, and calls are sent to us to send men to teach the Bible and establish work.” (1912)


S.A. Wellman: Early leader in India “Once a good strong church is established in this city (Simla), it will be a center of light not only to the north, but the entire empire of India, and its influence will be strongly felt.” (1914)


G.G. Lowry: Spent decades working in India, as an evangelist, editor and leader “We feel that there is a bright future for the work in…India….The message is finding its way into the dark corners of the field through our literature.” (1916)


G.F. Enoch: Early evangelist in India  “Let us be of good courage. The Lord is establishing this work of His in the midst of the nations of India.” (1921)


A.H. Williams: One of the leaders of the second wave of missionaries to India “…the message of our Lord's soon coming is gathering out a people (in India) in readiness to meet Him.” (1926)


W.W. Fletcher: Early leader in India “The word of God is like a fire, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces. No barriers and no conditions will be able to hide from India the light of that angel with whose glory the whole earth is to be lightened.” (1921)


I.F. Blue: Spent decades as a missionary in India “The work in this part of the great vineyard is prospering. There are omens of still greater success in the future, and we look with confidence to the work that God is doing for us.” (1921)


C.H. Watson: GC president “…fields now unoccupied will yet be entered by trained Indian evangelists, and thus will the work be done.” (1924)

O.W. Lange: A leader of the second wave of missionaries to India “The third angel's message is advancing in India today. Great changes are being noted throughout the whole country. Yet thousands of villages stand as great unentered mission fields — mission fields whose doors have been closed. But, thank God, the gospel of Jesus is opening these doors. The day of opportunity is breaking over old India.” (1937)


L.G. Mookerjee: Among the earliest Indian converts and an important evangelist and leader in his country “Up to the present time our mission work has been carried on unhurriedly, but the sands of history are running out. It is desperately urgent that the millions of India should have the message of the soon-coming Saviour. We must work with great zeal and earnestness now while we have the opportunity. The night cometh when no man can work.” ( 1947)


With a current population of over 1.2 billion, a great work remains yet to be done in India.  We must approach this seemingly impossible task of reaching these precious souls with the same assurance that led the pioneers to see by faith the eventual triumph of the gospel in this great nation.

~Benjamin Baker, PhD, is the assistant archivist of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists


Jesudas Bhaggien Addresses 98th Graduating Class of AIIAS  Manila, Philippines

 Jesudas Bhaggien, former associate secretary of Southern Asia Division having a long and dedicated career as a teacher, educational and church leader for many years in the territory of Southern Asia Division, was invited by Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS), Manila on March 8, 2014 to be a baccalaureate speaker to 151 graduates represented from 27 countries on the topic: “Launch out into the deep”. He was privileged to have witnessed his son Paul Bhaggien conferred with a PhD degree in religion and daughter-in-law Shirley with a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) during this graduation exercises.

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Currently among the ranks of the “retired”, Jesudas Bhaggien continues to preach, lecture and publish in the field of religion, Christian education and is trying to keep up with issues relating to the Adventist faith and life style. He is blessed with several outstanding students who are now serving in various leadership positions across the division and continues to be an inspiration in the development of men and women in the context of Adventist education.

J  Robert Donald, Public Affairs & Religious L, SUD



                                                                                                               Eighty pastors gathered in Kochi, India for a seminar in the book of Revelation. The gathering was organized by British Asian Adventists under the leadership of John Varghese from May 6 -11, 2014. Mammen Mathew, pastor, Ottapalam church was the main presenter. He provided in-depth study of the book of Revelation. O P Chackochen from UK who happened to be in the area provided challenging and inspirational

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 devotional talks. Other presenters were Y. Selvamony, Union president; Sekhar Philip,

vice president,  Lowry Memorial College; Victor Sam, vice president,  Southern Asia Division and John Varghese, director, International Everlasting Gospel Ministry. The meeting was financed with donations from generous Asian Adventists from around the world. Future meetings are planned for lay people in September 7-12 and youth December 26-31, 2014. Please contact John Varghese for more details and if anyone would like to help.   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mammen  Alex, Pallickal  UK


Mumbai City Evangelism, Ghatkupar: Publishing Ministries, SUD

  February 24 to March 1, 2014

The Publishing Ministries department of Southern Asia Division also joined hands with city evangelism group in Mumbai from February 24 to March 1, 2014 at Ghatkupar.  Besides City Evangelism, One Year Youth Evangelism and New Recruit L E Training programs also took place. Mario Martenaly, president and Sergeo Marto Rainar, vice president of finance, Spain were the special guests, who launched the One Year Youth Evangelism on February 25th. The entire volunteer group who are engaged in one year youth evangelism were taught by them. The New Recruit L E Training program also took place during the day time from Feb 25 to March 1, 2014 for Mumbai Metro Section.  As a result 15 literature evangelists joined the publishing ministries. Union publishing directors were given instructions to guide their constituency in spiritual living.


 All the union publishing directors and literature evangelists put their efforts together in the evangelism meeting in Mumbai city. The goal was to educate the Mumbai people how to grow spiritual and practice a healthful living. Vara Prasad, editor in chief, Oriental Watchman Publishing House was the main speaker who delivered messages on ‘Twenty-eight Adventist Beliefs’ in simple and practical way. Mumbai Metro Section officers, directors, school officers and teachers supported wholeheartedly.  More than two hundred people attended this meeting. Seventeen people accepted Christ as their personal Saviour and took baptism. A devil possessed lady was relieved of the devil as our pastors prayed for her and she accepted Jesus as her personal Saviour. We have a congregation in Ghatkupor now. Our brothers and sisters are worshiping together in this new congregation.  We thank God Almighty for all His providential assistance in our endeavors. I extend my thanks to each and every one those who have taken active part  and a big support to make this effort meeting successful.

Benedict Biswas, director, Publishing department



The Christian Ministries Community Service Training program was conducted from April 2 – 3, 2014 at Seventh Day Adventist Boarding School, Kuttapuzha. The meeting was attended by 45 delegates--lay members and workers. The meeting was inaugurated by R. Stephenson, president, Alappuzha-Pathanamthitta Section. A cordial welcome was given  to Hidayat Masih and Rajamony Samuel, Sabbath School & Personal Ministries directors SUD &-SWIU  respectively. R. Stephenson, in his devotional message, challenged the attendees to be Christ like in service.  Y Selvamony, president, SWIU brought to light the heritage of Adventist pioneers in the community service and its impact on the society.


Classes were taken by Hidayat Masih,  R. Stephenson and Y Selvamony.  Hidayat Masih took classes on the need and the importance of community service. He expounded on the life of Jesus as an example to every follower. The commission of Jesus to make disciple of all nations is possible, he said, only if we cater to the needs of the community.  R. Stephenson explained the church of all ages and the importance of organized community service for the glory of God.  Y Selvamony traced back the Adventist heritage of church growth. He emphasized the commitment that we should have as did the pioneers towards the gospel commission. The meeting ended up in a high note, the entire participants pledged to be the hands and the legs for Jesus. In conclusion  Hidayat Masih encouraged the participants to actively involve in Christian community service and to serve God.

 Jose Prakash.-SSPM director-SWIU



 Adventist Media Centre (AMC), Pune, is committed to spread the Gospel around the world through radio programs.  Preaching the word through radio is a challenging job, but conducting direct evangelistic meetings is more demanding.  Every year AMC sends its speakers to the field to meet the listeners and to conduct the evangelistic meetings in the concerned unions. Ashok Kumar, Kannada radio speaker had the privilege of conducting a series of evangelistic meetings in Bidar, a city evangelism target for the South Central India Union.  Bidar is a vibrant city with a lot of opportunities for evangelism. Rajadass, president, North Karnataka Section along with his team were on

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 fire for God to spread the gospel in and around Bidar city.  Ashok Kumar was assisted by  M. D. Manohar,  G. Prakash, and Lalappa. The campaign began in Nandyal a small town about 70 kms from the Bidar city on May 2, 2014. Every evening the meetings began with lively song service and wonderful singing of Bidar Bhajans. The theme of the meeting was WORLD’S LAST HOPE. The meetings were conducted for seven days.  People were eager to listen to God’s word, every day the crowd was increasing.  Each day about 90-100 people came to listen God’s Word. On the final day when the call was given, 34 people responded and gave their hearts to Jesus and got baptized.  Hope and trust that these newly baptized members will be nurtured and trained to become the true disciples of Jesus Christ. Thank God for His marvellous leading. We would like to thank the donors of Adventist World Radio, Edison Samraj, director AMC, South Central India Union, Rajadass, president, North Karnataka Section and officers, the team of pastors for helping us to conduct these meetings.

 N. Ashok Kumar, Kannada Radio Speaker, AMC, PUNE.


Hosur Titan  Township Adventurer Club

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Titan Adventurer Club is effectively run by Margaret  Nathaniel  with the help of  C. C  Nathaniel,  Ratna Maywald, Jayanthi Sargunam, Kristen Kantharaj, Melvin Joseph and .Neelam Daryl. The club members are the community children and it is held in a quadrangle of straight and gentle trees surrounded by houses with beautiful gardens in Titan Township. The club began in July 2013 with about 30 plus kids but a few dropped out because of other interests. The club meetings were full of activities like star-study, bird-study, field trip, games and other honor classes. The “Investiture Service” was held on Feb 23, 2014.  Twenty one children were invested out of which 20 are non-adventists, 10  from Christian and 10 from Hindu families. 

 The audience of 66  included parents, grandparents and well-wishers. The children exhibited what they learnt during their club meetings to the audience. They were trim and energetic in their uniform. They exhibited items on ‘Birds’, ‘Food-crafts’ and came in groups and as individuals to present on various topics what they learnt in the club. The children were honored by pinning the pins for the completion of their level of course.  We thank God for blessing this ministry.

Deborah Samraj, Children’s Ministries, SUD

Hope TV India: Net Evangelism 2014

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In the fast spinning modern world, where lifestyle changes, where knowledge and skills are sharpened every day, the sad part is that the world has forgotten the risen savior. Hope TV India conducted the mega event “NET Evangelism 2014” for the first time in the Adventist history.


Hope TV India combined Net Evangelism with the modern technology Television and the age-old method of preaching through evangelistic meetings ring the gospel message to the nook and corner of the country.  The sole purpose of Net Evangelism is to unveil the hidden truths of the Bible. Sharing the gems of truth to the vast Hindu community is the greatest challenge. Amidst the wide range of business, wide range of culture, wide range of fashion and wide range of ancient beliefs, it is the duty of every Adventist to share the everlasting love of Jesus.  Hope TV India with a greater burden to sow the seeds of truth conducted Net Evangelistic meetings in Onglole, Andhra Pradesh. The meetings were conducted from January 31st to February 8th. The meeting was conducted to uplift the minds of people from earthliness, from false teachings and to connect them to the true Savior.

 The arrangements were made in full speed such as ground, stage, chairs, choir, lightning and groundwork done for the four months and many more.  With few days for the Net Evangelism 2014 meetings to be started, we received a phone call from the speaker of the meeting (Mark Finley) “I didn’t get visa”. Pastor Mark Finley tried by all means to get the visa in USA. Prayer band started to pray for his arrival but there was no reply. The central government minister from India sent a request email to American Embassy but there was no improvement in getting visa. Though all steps were taken,  Mark Finley’s coming to India was blocked. In the 45 years of ministry this is the very first time Mark Finley didn’t get the visa. It was a difficult and critical situation when the speaker of the meeting was not in the meeting spot. Sure enough, Heaven  appointed another preacher,  Dr. Frank,  Mark Finley’s friend who just came to see the meeting.  Frank gave powerful life changing messages: the entrance of sin into the world, the incarnation of Christ to save humanity from the dreadful effects of sin, resurrection, the power of Christ to give eternal life and many other subjects were presented to the public through the meeting.

When the moonlight beamed in the sky, dazzling lights flashed the spot, the heavenly music echoed in the air multitudes flooded to hear the word of God. Though the cold winds freezed the hands of the people they opened their eyes & ears to hear the manna given by brother Frank. In the Adventist history, this was the first time a 60 feet wide stage was constructed. 30 feet stage was constructed for the musicians. The stage was shinning with brightness of light. With a passion to sow God’s word among the people of Ongole and throughout India, with a burden to reach all of them, we started the groundwork from November through January. The Bible workers went from door to door to spread the gospel.

 25 new un-entered territories were selected. This was the first time the people in 25 places were given Adventist message at the same time. Many people received the gospel message with gladness. 3000 people daily attended the meetings.  Many people from different  walks of life-- rich, poor, educated, uneducated, young, old, working class, nonworking,  other denominational Christians and non-Christians attended the meeting. It was a sacred moment to witness when the people came with gladness to know about Jesus.  Never minding the hard work of the day, during the night people flooded to the meeting place to receive God’s word. Such was the interest of the people. Special music stage was set up for the musicians and choir members. Different professional people joined in one accord in raising their voices praising Savior giving honor and glory to Jesus. The songs brought hope to the people, hearts were lightened from sorrow and souls were lifted to Jesus.


 Young pastors from all over India reached Ongole. Experienced pastors nurtured them in the following ways. 1. Deeper spiritual experience through prayer, Bible study, and  Spirit of Prophecy writings. 2. Recommitting their lives for sharing the word of God, proclaiming the three angels’ messages, living a life of Christian service, and being a witness for Him.


The presence of Mrs &Pr Brad Thorp, president of Hope channel was an added advantage. Their experience and suggestions made it easy to record the programs.  Hope TV India team worked with firm and with eager purpose in recording the programs. They didn’t shrink from the work assigned to them inspite of biting cold. Special thanks to the East Central union for allowing us to conduct the meetings. Heart felt thanks to the South East Andhra Section for their cooperation and support in Net Evangelism 2014.

The Net Evangelism programs will be available in Hope TV India in your respective regional languages  Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and Kannada.

You  can watch the live streaming of Net Evangelism programs in www.hopetvindia.orgComing soon on Hope TV India. Don’t miss these programs for a greater spiritual revival.We believe these programs will bring hope to the poor, sin sick souls and discouraged souls and to find the true meaning of life. Pray for the great events.                                                                                                                   Dr. Johnson,  Director, Hope TV India.


Stewardship Seminars in NEIU                                                              

 One day stewardship seminars were held in North East India Union from May 2-6, 2014, Imphal,  Manipur conference,  Dimapur, Nagaland Region by B. R. Chandanshive, director, Stewardship Ministries, SUD and his counterpart Kashipri Archte, director, NEIU.  A well prepared presentation by Chandanshive on biblical principles of stewardship and the favorable climate enabled the church leaders and members to gain spiritual insights of stewardship sacredness. Some important points are:                                                                                                 

1.   Stewardship is to recognize and accept the total Lordship of our Creator and the Owner of our lives and everything that is with us. We return 1/10th of our belongings to the Lord to recognize


this fact. He commands us to do this as He is the Lord of everything. (Lev. 27:30).  It is a matter of honoring  the Owner  (Prov. 3:9,10) As the response to His greatest sacrifice ever done in this universe for us at the cross and the goodness He has done in our lives we give heartfelt offerings at His feet. It is a spiritual person’s life, a life with attitude of gratitude.

2.    Stewardship is not just a matter of money in the form of tithes and offerings. But really what God wants from us is our hearts. But our hearts are where our treasure is (Matt. 6:21). We bring everything to the Lord that is in and around our hearts including the most cherished in the heart, ie. money in the form of tithes and offerings.

3.    Loving and giving is the basic characteristics of God that is revealed in giving everything to us through the sacrifice of His Son. (John 3:16).  A true child of God will have his heavenly father’s characteristics of loving and giving. This is clearly expressed in faithfully returning tithe and giving heartfelt offerings.

4.     Yet stewardship is more of giving than receiving. God is always interested in blessing his children. He wants to bless us abundantly. Returning tithe and giving offerings is a test that we are ready to receive these abundant blessings; opening the windows of heaven. As a matter of fact we are already blessed in many ways before we return tithe and give offerings. Now it is the time to receive abundant blessings like those faithful servants, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, David and many others.  We give to God not because God needs it but because we need God. 

5.     It is partnership with God as His heirs to be part of God’s great plan of salvation including the great commission that He has entrusted to us. (Matt. 28: 19&20). We support His great commission with our tithes and offerings and it is our great privilege to be in partnership with Him. The Sabbath message on 3rd May 2014 on the topic “Stewardship a Matter of Heart” was well presented by Chandanshive, the preacher  at Imphal church. The congregation was spiritually blessed. On 4th we had church visitation program in the interior field and promoted stewardship sacredness. B. Zimik, president of Manipur Conference in his inaugural service appealed the delegates to be sincere and trust worthy as the true stewards of God. There had been a profitable discussion led by Kashipri Archte over the practical issues faced by the pastors in the field churches. We, the leaders and the members of Manipur Conference thank these two leaders for enriching us with spiritual truths.

Khanmi  Luikham, director, Stewardship Ministry,  Manipur Conference.               


Spicer Gets 3 More PhDs in Its Kitty


As a hat trick, Spicer was enriched with 3 more PhD degrees within a week’s time. The first one is in Systematic Theology from AIIAS, Philippines, the second one in Education from Pune University, and the third in Commerce, also from Pune University.

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 Paul Bhaggien is a recent PhD graduate from AIIAS, Philippines. His doctoral thesis

is entitled “The  Subordinate Deity of Christ: A Critical Analysis of the Christology ” under the research guide, Hyung  Ho Song, HoD, Historical Theological Studies, AIIAS, Philippines. Paul had his high school studies in Kottarakara, BLA degree (with Religious Philosophy major and Western Music minor) from Spicer in 2000 and MA in Religion from Andrews University program at Spicer in 2002. He is a talented singer and speaker and while at Spicer actively took part in almost all the activities. After leaving Spicer he worked in South India as a school teacher and pastor for a few years before being sponsored by SUD for his doctoral studies in the Philippines. He is married to Shirly, a computer science graduate also from Spicer who also completed her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from AIIAS while in Philippines with her husband.  They are blessed with a daughter Joanne Leah Paul (7) and a son Jonathan Chris Bhaggien (4). The family joined Spicer in the first week of April and will certainly be a blessing in the area of theology, music, computer science and health. Paul Bhaggien is already teaching his debut college course RELB301 Advanced Apocalyptic Literature (that is Book of Daniel for the uninitiated) this summer.

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G Swarna Rekha Rao successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “A Correlational 


Study of Meta Cognition from Educational Perspective” on April 9, 2014, almost 20 months after submitting her thesis, under the research guide A M Wadkar (Asst. professor, Department of Psychology, Pune University) and won appreciation from all the 4 viva voce team members who encouraged her to publish a book on this topic as it is a budding and very relevant topic both in Education and Psychology. Rekha Rao had her high school education in Hyderabad, BSc (1977) and MSc (1979) degrees in Psychology from Banaras Hindu University, joined Spicer faculty in 1986 and also obtained her Master’s  degree in Education from Andrews University program at Spicer in 1990 while teaching and later heading the Psychology department here.  She moved to Roorkee Adventist College along with her husband in 2007 and served as administrative assistant to the college president and then as assistant registrar and returned to Spicer in 2013.They have two lovely daughters , Julia Priyadarshini (Mona) and Evangeline (Sona), both medical doctors. With this enhanced degree covering both education and psychology Rekha Rao will be a great asset in the Andrews University-affiliated MA in Education and M Ed programs at Spicer as well as in reviving the psychology department here.


Genu Roney Varghese is the third Ph D holder, defending his thesis “Economics of


Training and Development: An Empirical Study of Selected Industrial Establishments in Pune Region between the Years 2000-2005” on April 10, in the University of Pune Commerce Department under the research guide  Santosh R Dastane, Research Director, IBMR, Chinchwad, Pune. Roney was born and brought up in Pune , had his high school studies in Spicer, completed his B Com (1995), MPM (1997), and M Phil (2002) degrees from Pune University and worked in Spicer Industry for a while before switching on to the teaching job in the Spicer Business and Commerce departments. He was also the head of commerce department in the erstwhile Pune University programme. He is married to Nirmala Varghese, who teaches Hindi in Spicer high school. They are blessed with two lovely daughters, Vallerina (13) and Vinitaa (7) , both studying in Spicer high school. With this enhanced terminal degree, Roney Varghese is sure to make a dent in the business department which runs Griggs University-affiliated BBA and MBA programs on the campus.  We wish all the three new PhD holders God's blessings as they continue to serve this institution with renewed vigour and zeal with their enhanced knowledge and wisdom in their respective field.

S Rajendra Prasad, VPAA

Spicer Memorial College

J. Tito Arattukulam Spreads  Three angels’ Messages in Alleppey

Alleppey in central Kerala, a fort of Catholicism and communism, is being attacked with the three angels’ messages.  Alleppey, which is fondly called as the Venice of the east, was a harbour. It has a rich heritage of culture. The city is covered with churches of various denominations and branch offices of communist party, besides other political parties. 

Though retired from active service, A J Tito, former SUD director, conducted  a series of evangelistic meetings in Alleppey from  May 10-31, 2014.  R. Steaphenson, president, Alleppey Pathanamthitta section preached on  Sabbath morning . Believers from Anjilithanam, Kuttapuzha and Vennikulam were present for the Sabbath service.  After a fellowship lunch there was the final meeting during which the great controversy theme was presented. Severe opposition from the Catholic church was overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The classes continue on every Wednesday at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Poonthoppe, Alleppey. The meetings were sponsored by AJ Tito’s children. Mrs Ammini John helped in the purchase of Bibles. Your special prayers are requested. 

Urgent need of the church is a mike set. If anyone is willing to sponsor, kindly contact the following e-mail and telephone

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Cell Nos.   91 944 7349 642or 91 860 63 77 439

A. J. Jose, convenor and pastor, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Alleppey, Kerala

Youth Donate Blood: Gujarat Conference

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March 15th 2014, was a blood donation special day for all the church members at Maninagar .  The youth and the older folks of the church actively participated in donating the blood to the sick and the suffering ones in the hospital.  Mrs. Vattchallaben, head of blood donation bank from Ahmedabad civil hospital was also present, who at the end, distributed the certificates to the persons involved in donating the blood. All the youth and the Conference workers along with church pastor Ujwal Kandene and Sunil Nalli, Conference treasurer and Ramesh, school treasurer were present. Yes, the church looks forward to have many more health camps in the future in the city of Ahmedabad.  Please pray for the ministry at Gujarat Conference, as the Lord opens the door for gospel to enter the hearts of unreached ones.
 Pr. Prakash Mali, VOP/COMM director Gujarat Conference

Trichy School News


The Best English Medium School Award was given to Trichy Matric Higher Secondary school by J. K. C Trust on February, 13, 2014. School vice principal, Gunaseeli Karunanithi received the award at hotel Arun.


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Our school conducted vacation Bible school from 17-21 April 2014 with 150 children who attended with great enthusiasm. Besides 14 SDAs, 67 Hindus, 34 Muslims and 35 from other denominations attended the program. New songs were taught and they loved the sweet music and stories. On the conclusion day the children’s faces were beaming with joy reflecting that they had achieved something during the week.

Principal, Trichy school


North East Adventist College: Spiritual Emphasis Week

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NAC  family was gratified and delighted when its spiritual emphasis week was to be conducted  by Gary James, the international Adventist evangelist from USA, accompanied by  “Pilgrims”, the famous Adventist singing group from Bangalore. They arrived here after the youth congress session in Pune. The week of prayer started on May 5 and continued till May 10,  2014. The pilgrims led the congregation to sing melodiously during the song service and dumbfounded them  with their special songs. They also taught new songs. The students experienced God’s grace, mercy and peace through the songs they heard. Every word, every sentence, and action that Gary James, the speaker uttered and presented to the students and staff provided opportunities to get to know Jesus as their personal Savior and Friend. He helped the members of NAC to understand the importance of giving to the Lord so that His grace will constantly poured out to them abundantly. When he gave the altar call many souls gave their hears to Jesus and made a decision to be baptized. On Sabbath 30 precious souls, nearly half of them from Hindu back ground, were baptized.  B Renthlel, president of the college and Anbadurai  Albert, pastor of Bangalore church, who came along with the “Pilgrim” group rendered the baptismal service. We appreciated the service of Gary James and the pilgrims that they chose to be here in our college to conduct the week of prayer by which the citizens of the campus were united to each other in Christ. Let us for their ministry in the future. All glory to God Almighty.

Krostandiki Hauzel


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Abhisek E Lakra  with  Sambath Srey Nech:   Abhisek s/o Pr. Ezras Lakra & Mrs. Mridula Lakra  and Sambath d/o Mr. Nhem Vanthron & Mrs. In Sambath were united in marriage on May 12, 2014 at Seventh-day Adventist church, 11 Hailey Road, New Delhi.


Danny with Asha:   Danny s/o Pr. & Mrs.Barnabas  and Asha d/o  Mr. & Mrs. Sunder Raj         were united in holy matrimony on June 1, 2014 at Jeevan Jyothi English church, Hosur. 


Dorathy with Benjamin:  Dorathy d/o Pr. & Mrs. Rajamanickam Daniel and Benjamin s/o Pr. & Mrs. G. K. Robert were united in holy matrimony on 8th June, 2014 at Jeevan Jyothi English church, Hosur.


Kantharathnam Injety (Mrs. I. Sadananda Rao)

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Kantharathnamma was born in Lakkavaram, Andhra Pradesh on August II, 1928 to

Kollabathula Yesuratnam and Dayavathamrna. She had her education in Flaiz Memorial High School, Narsapur. She was married to Injety Sadananda Rao on March 20, 1949.  God blessed them with two children Samuel and Suseela. She worked as a Bible woman

in the neighboring villages after her husband’s untimely death. She also worked at Giffard Memorial Hospital as a cafeteria supervisor and later dean of girls for school of nursing.  Kantaratnamma's health was deteriorating by end of 2013 and she breathed her last on February 4, 2014. Her family mourns the loss of this great mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Though we greatly miss her, we will wait to see her on the glorious morning.

Dr. Esther Deepati

Mrs. Swaraj Edward Ganta

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Swaraj was born to Manoharam Garu and Jayamanamma on May 01, 1950.  She started her career as a teacher after completing her education. She was married to Edward Solomon Ganta on May 07, 1975. They were blessed with two daughters.  She joined the Seventh-day Adventist School at Surat in 1975.  She rendered 38 years of meritorious service in various SDA Schools. Her service is marked with relentless efforts and dedication to impart knowledge to her students. Swaraj loved to teach, cook, travel and interact with friends. She was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2012.  She breathed her last on 4th May 2014. She leaves behind her two daughters, Katy and Candy, two sons-in-law, Lazarus and Philip, three granddaughters; Sharon, Edna, Amy, and a host of relatives. We are looking forward to meet her on the resurrection day.

Swapna Clive


Jeevan Shashikant Rakshe


Jeevan Shashikant Rakshe, son of Mr.  & Mrs. Shashikant Rakshe breathed his last on 20th April 2014 in his residence at Maninagar, Ahmedabad.  He was a strong Adventist and active participant in the spiritual growth of the church.  He cherished the Adventist principles and also had a good social relationship in the society. Jeevan leaves behind his father, mother, two sisters and brothers- in- law.  The church misses him and hope to see him on the resurrection morning.

Prakash Mali, VOP/Comm director, Gujarat Conference

Pastor HB Lalkhawliana

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Pastor HB Lalkhawliana was born on May 5, 1925 at Tinsuang, Manipur.  He went to Assam Training School to do his high school in 1943.  He worked as a teacher in Assam Training School and was baptized in 1948. He was a good translator. He was married to Vanlalhluni in 1956 and were blessed with 5 sons and 3 daughters. He also worked in ATS and Manipur section. He established Manipur Boarding School.

In 1966 he worked as a director for Voice of Prophesy in Shillong. He retired at the age of 60 in 1985.  Pastor HB Lalkhawliana was a pioneer and a star for Mizo Seventh-day Adventists.   He was a dedicated evangelist who worked wholeheartedly and zealously wherever he was placed. He was not only a good evangelist but also a good educationist and writer. He wrote several articles for church magazines as well as a few books. He passed away recently at the age of 90. He will be remembered and cherished for the great things he had left for us.  He leaves behind his wife, children and grand children.

Lalnilawma Colney

Mrs. Sosamma David

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Sosamma David was born in Pathanamthitta, Kerala to Mathai and Rahel on June 13, 1922  in an  orthodox Christian family. Married to CM David at the age of 12, she gave birth to 6 wonderful

children. Both she and her husband were baptized in to the Adventist faith later on. She was  a faithful Adventist mother. She was preceded in death by her husband and her second son, CD Wilson. She peacefully passed away to her rest on the 23rd of May 2014, at the residence of her eldest son CD Mathew in Vellore. She leaves behind 5 children-- Mary Daniel, Annamma Zachariah, CD Mathew, Alice Thomas and James David, 15 grand children,18 great grandchildren and 2 great great grand children. We hope to see her on the resurrection morning with a glorified body.

James David

Elder Tepa Tshering Tamsang


Born in 1913, Tepa Tshering Tamsang, the first Napalese speaking Adventist was baptized on March 12, 1955 in India. Tepa Tshering came back to Nepal with foreign missionaries to help them spread Adventist message.  For 35years he served the church in different places including Falakata school. He was a jovial, hardworking and committed Seventh-day Adventist who set an example in following Adventist health style and remained healthy till his death at the age of 100. He passed away on April 1, 2014 at Kathmandu. He leaves behind 4 sons –David, Jonathan, Praveen, Naween and a daughter—Leena and 7 grandchildren.


Mrs. Janet Calebs                                                                                                                                                       Janet                                   

Janet was born to Pr& Mrs. M. Bhaggien on May 24, 1930. After completing her secondary education in Kottarakara and Lowry memorial high schools, she joined Spicer College and graduated in 1954. She was married  to George S  Calebs on May 1959. They were blessed with a daughter, Nalini.  With much efficiency , honesty and work ethics, she worked in the South India Union office, Bangalore for over 30 years after working  5 years in Northern India Union office, New Delhi. She was faithful, spiritual and active member who promoted church activities and helped to publish them in the local newspapers through her contact with the news reporters. Her cheerfulness, optimism, bravery made her move around and gather friends, both young and old, whose welfare was always her concern. Her home was  a haven of rest for any visitor-- relative, friend or stranger. Her life touched many lives who cherish her loving gestures and care through their lives. As she advanced in age her health deteriorated, especially after the death of her beloved husband in 2011. She breathed her last on June 18, 2014 in Trivandrum. She leaves behind her daughter, son-in-law, grand son  and a host of relatives. We look forward to the great reunion at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Life Sketch)





The Southern Asia Division wide youth congress entitled “ Inspire 2014”, was held at Spicer Memorial College, Pune, India from April 30 – May 4, 2014.  There were more than 1400 young delegates and over 300 non delegates from all over the Division who came to be inspired to serve Jesus more. This much anticipated Division-wide youth congress held after a gap of 14 years saw a new generation of young people who never experienced something like this before. The congress was inaugurated by Gilbert Cangy, the G.C youth director, in the presence of a host of dignitaries representing the Division, Unions, Conferences and Institutions of the Adventist Church in Southern Asia Division. A grand opening ceremony with colourful balloons and fireworks set the tone for great expectations from the congress.  R. John, president, SUD who was present for the whole youth congress gave the key-note address. He reminded the young people, that God is calling each one of them by name and there is a special mission in that call.  Vishwanath Karad,  president for UNESCO, Asia Pacific gave the chief guest address. The praise team led by Binu Sam, filled the air with a fragrance of worship every day. A special prayer time, saw hundreds of young people on their knees waiting on the Lord for a fresh outpouring of His Spirit.  A lifestyle of service modelled by Jesus, was the inspiring morning devotion taken by Ravindra Shankar, the SUD youth director for the first day. The second day’s morning devotion was taken by Robert Clive, the SUD treasurer, entitled “ Power of One “, speaking to the young people that with God one is still a majority. 

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Time, was the major constraint at the congress, with young people wanting for more. Each day brought variance to the program schedule.  The “House of Prayer “in Spicer Memorial College campus offered an ideal ambience for an event like this. There were about 21 seminars conducted every day by special resource personnel from different fields. They included topics on Web Evangelism and Networking, Youth Leadership, Discipleship, Community Outreach, Relationships, Challenges in youth ministry and many more. These seminars offered opportunities of learning and interaction for each of them. The delegates were further divided into 70 small groups which met every day to study God’s word and pray together.

Gary James from the Renewed Hearts Ministry, USA was the main devotional speaker whose electrifying power packed messages challenged the young people to a renewed deeper relationship with Jesus.  Plenary sessions by  Daryl Gungadoo, the AWR  Global Resource Consultant, Gilbert Cangy and Jonathan Tejel, from G.C youth department  kindled the young people to envision a brighter future for God’s work in Southern Asia Division.

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Every union youth department from the Division presented inspiring reports on the activities and work of young people in their respective unions every morning and evening. Also in motivating young people to serve, were a group of 10 young people, who were part of the One year in Mission Phase II Project at Mumbai, led by Daryl Joshua.  Each of them representing the whole Division, have given one year of their lives to serve Christ.

At the youth congress, many people who have worked hard for many years serving young people in our Division were honoured. Among them were two Union youth directors who served the church for more than three decades,  Thyagaraj David and  K.J Varghese . Both hailing from the South Central and South West India Unions respectively, had just retired just prior to the Congress.

The Sabbath was an experience of a lifetime, with 1500 more members joining in from within the city. The Salisbury Park church youth choir lifted our hearts as they sang the responses and a special music.  The Sabbath school program was taken by the Adventist College delegates and the lesson study taken by young people moderated by Milon Rana, president,  Roorkee Adventist College.  Gilbert Cangy,  the divine service speaker, invited young people to take a step of faith into the hands of a Living God. This invitation was beyond just nation building but to kingdom building.   A musical concert was held in the afternoon with groups from all over the Division, rendering beautiful music.  It was later followed by a baptismal

service, and a special Master Guide Investiture Service, where more than 50 were invested. There were 20,000 Great Hope books distributed to be shared with the community.  In the evening a solemn consecration service was held. Gordon Christo, Secretary, SUD, shared what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  In response to the message, young people with lit candles consecrated their lives along with their youth directors willing to take the light of Jesus to their cities, towns and villages.  Ravindra Shankar,  SUD youth director,  at the end thanked the young delegates, and encouraged them to make a difference wherever God calls them . We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Inspire to Serve 2014  surely has engraved a renewed passion to serve God wholeheartedly,  in Southern Asia Division.

For highlights and seminar presentations of the youth congress 2014

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DVD's of the Youth Congress Highlights available at Youth Department, SUD.


Daryl Joshua, SUD Youth Department



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