For the first time in the history of the Bible Society of India, a Christmas Carol Service was held for the whole family of the BSI across India virtually with the staff of Central Offices and 17 Auxiliaries on December 21, 2021 at 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The BSI General Secretary, Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko joyfully welcomed all the staff across India through the Zoom platform and pleasantly introduced our special Guest and Speaker Rev. Dr. Sanjay A Paul, a Senior Pastor of the Methodist Church of India, Hyderabad Regional Conference, who is also a member of the BSI Executive Committee, and also the President of the Telangana Auxiliary to the online gathering. Rev. Dr. Sanjay A Paul delivered a very powerful and profound Christmas message of Peace, Praise and Rejection, with a challenge to understand the Missio De of Christmas as a continuation of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ’s – healing, comforting and proclamation of God’s Redemption for all humankinds and rest of the creations. The Bible Reading was taken from St. Luke Gospel 2: 1-20.
Beautiful Christmas carols were performed on Live by the BESY Choir, Aizawl Auxiliary and the BSI Shillong Standing Choir. The BSI Central Office Choir also presented pre-recorded songs coordinated by Mr. Pradeep Suna.
The Telangana Auxiliary’s new “Biblical Christmas Narrative in Sign Language” was released by our General Secretary. The Christmas narrative with sign language in an absolute silence, reveals the depth and the importance of ministry to the deaf community, in which the BSI is seriously started to get involved for the recent past.
As part of our Christmas celebration, there was yet another happy moment for the BSI family, two of our colleagues Mr. Salmon Reji, Asst. Officer (Media and Special Audience Department) and Mr. Nikhil Murudi, Manager Accountant (Publishing and Marketing Department) were awarded the United Bible Societies’ Certificate of Participation in the Web Analytics and Data Visualization online training event that was held during October 12 to 28, 2021. These two members of our staff had successfully completed this training and they were selected to get the 2nd and the 3rd place respectively for the most outstanding reports among many trainees.
The programme was led by Dr. Hrangthan Chhungi, Director, Church Relations and Resource Mobilisation. We had a time of intercessory prayers for the world, our nation and ministry of the Bible Society of India by Mr. Caleb Martin Hilton, Asso. Director, Media and Special Audience Department, Mr. J. Samuel Gunaseelan, Assist. Mamnager, Internal Audit Department and Rev. Dr. W. Along Jamir, Director, Translation Department. After a congregational singing with the Christmas Carol “Silent Night, Holy Night” the programme was concluded with prayers and benediction by the General Secretary, Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko. It was a joyful celebration and there was an exchange of greetings across Auxiliaries.