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Below you can find the latest reports from across India as well as announcements and other news.
When Chief Apostle Schneider visited Raipur in November 2017, the circle of the Apostles in India changed with four retirements and three ordinations. The following month, all active Apostles met in Bengaluru for a redistribution of working areas which they started visiting from January 2018 onwards. Chief Apostle Schneider and his delegates with the four retired Apostles and their wives (with District Apostle Mark Woll and his Helpers) Chief Apostle before the ordination of Apostles Devadas Basappa, Fred Marihal and Prabhakar Beergi. Following are brief introductions and portraits of our eight active Apostles in India – beginning with the District Apostle Helper – and then in alphabetical order. All figures are taken from our official records (as of December 2017). David Devaraj Being the District Apostle Helper, Apostle David does not have a dedicated working area – the whole of India and Sri Lanka are under his spiritual care. In India, there are around 940 ministers in 560 active congregations. These are organized into 46 District Rector Areas and distributed among seven Apostles. Christranjan Nanda Apostle Nanda’s main working area is in Odisha and parts of Chattisgarh (Jagdalpur and Darbha). There are 66 congregations with 130 ministers which are organized in six District Rector Areas (DRA). He also has a shared responsibility with Apostle […]
Word of the Month for February 2018 Young people who have never experienced any love in their lives—who were not loved as children, who had to grow up without the experience of a mother’s love, without a loving, sheltered parental home, who were only treated with coldness and disinterest—often become unstable personalities. They are easy prey for shady characters who promise them recognition and success, and thereby lead them away from the straight and narrow. When such young people then become delinquents, judges often make an unfavourable social prognosis—and the path to the margins of society seems all but carved into stone. On the spiritual level we can often observe similar developments, namely when it comes to human beings who become more and more deeply entangled in sin because they have never felt the love of God. The path to the margins, to a condition of remoteness from God, and ultimately to eternal separation from God, seems inevitable. And that is where our mission begins: to recognise sinners as human beings who sin only because they have never felt the love of God. Let us give them some of our attention so that they may experience this love in their […]
For the past six months, NAC India’s Facebook page has been publishing the core thoughts for every Sunday’s Divine Service – two days in advance and with a local twist. Following is an overview of this initiative. Social Media Helps Prepare for Divine Service Since August 2017, the theme for an upcoming Divine Service (on Sundays and church holidays) have been published on our Facebook page. The intention is to help both ministers and members prepare for a rich and blessed experience of the Divine Service, so the information goes online two days in advance. It contains the bible verse, main theme, core thoughts and a summary of what the Divine Service will be all about. These posts correspond with the bible verses that are printed in our yearly calendar. Eye-Catcher: Bible Verses in Indian Languages From December 2017 onwards, these posts came enriched with some local flavours of India – by adding a photograph of the respective bible text in one of the many Indian languages. Church Holidays Get Special Treatment To spice it up a bit more, church holidays (like Christmas, Easter, etc.) were to get an extra treatment: Multiple photographs of the same bible verse in different local languages and scripts witness the rich cultural diversity […]
Funeral Services are always bittersweet. The thought of never seeing the departed person again, hear his voice or laughter is the bitter part. But then there is the sweet and joyful part, which the ones that are left behind cling to — that there is a better place waiting for all of them after death. In Aundh, a congregation in Pune, Maharashtra, more than 300 New Apostolic Christians gathered to pay their last respects to the family of the retired District Evangelist Vasant R. Raje. In the afternoon hours of 23 January 2018, District Evangelist (i.R.) Vasant R. Raje breathed his last whilst he was in Jahangir Hospital, Pune. The next morning his body was taken to his grandson’s house. The funeral service and burial was set for the next day at 3:00 pm at Dapodi Cemetery. Farewell to a Man who Served God Faithfully District Evangelist Vasant R. Raje was born in 1925 in a small village called Kodoli on the banks of the Warna River, which is tucked away in the Northwest of Kolhapur District. He moved to Pune in his early 20s and lived there for over 70 years. He was one of the key members in starting the New […]
For many places in the New Apostolic Church India, the year 2018 has started with a new Sunday School programme. One of these places is the Podili district in Andhra Pradesh, where the Sunday School teachers gathered for a one day seminar on Saturday. One day later, District Apostle Helper David Devaraj visited the congregation in Mallampeta in the neighbouring district of Podili, where Bishop Prasad Somala received his retirement blessing. Excitement for Podili’s Sunday School Teachers On Saturday, 20 January 2018, a seminar was held in Ramayanakandrika for 31 Sunday School Teachers of Podili district. The facilitators started their work by sharing what they had previously learned in a seminar at Hyderabad, just a few weeks back: The four categories of Sunday School for children of different ages, the objectives of Sunday School, the different learning styles of children, all of which was supported by workshops and presentations. Books such as teachers manuals and student workbooks (in the Telugu language) were introduced, and the teachers were instructed how to prepare lesson plans. It had been an exciting and action packed day, and the Sunday School teachers were eager to start working with the new materials. The next day was their first chance to apply the newly learnt […]
When Chief Apostle Schneider visited Raipur in November 2017, three new Apostles were ordained for India. During a meeting in December, responsibilities were redistributed, and most of the Apostles were given new or extended working areas. Fred Marihal is one of them, and his new working area is in the South of India: Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. Apostle Fred Marihal’s first official trip took him to North Karnataka. On his agenda were conducting Divine Services in select congregations, youth meetings, meetings with District Rectors, Rectors and members from various congregations. His aim was to get an overview of the structure of each of the five District Rector Areas, and the overall status of the church buildings. Apostle Fred had just eight days to accomplish everything on his agenda. A Step in the Right Direction Apostle Fred started his visits in Kalaburgi where he met Bishop Prakash and his team, and conducted a Divine Service in the Sanjeev Nagar congregation. He next visited Bidar, home to many NAC members where a Divine Service, youth meeting, and a brothers meeting were waiting for him. Apostle Fred enjoyed family visits where he got to interact with all the family members. Next, he visited the […]
We are very happy to announce the winner of our 2017 Christmas Photo Competition. Participants were asked to send in one single picture which expresses their Christmas season in a creative way. There was a clear winner among all the submissions, as his picture really stood out in terms of creativity – Congratulations to our dear brother and Priest Vipin Tandra! His photo is the well-deserved featured image of this article which shows a local artist at work during the Christmas season. The Winning Picture About the choice of his picture, Vipin says that this artist caught his attention at the beginning of Christmas season in his town. While everyone else was busy decorating their homes, he found this artist who was busy painting some very tall pictures of well-known Christmas figures. “My picture shows the efforts of artist Anand who has worked on a Christmas Crib which is about five feet tall, and this made me salute to all the people who make our special occasions even more colorful.” To this he adds: “I can’t imagine the festive season without the posters cards, stars, and all the decorative stuff. They add colors, glitters and life to all that we do, like decorating our Christmas Tree, our Christmas […]
Word of the Month for January 2018 A new year always begins with expectations: how will the year turn out? What will it bring? At such times people even venture to cast a speculative glance into the future and make certain predictions, albeit cautiously. Even with regard to the Church, the districts, and the congregations, we go into the new year with certain expectations—not to mention lots of open questions: what will the ongoing development of the Church bring with it? What can we do to influence it? How will things progress? When we think about it realistically, we must concede that we cannot predict the future. Even our options for influencing—not to mention steering—these developments are limited. But in contrast to all human undertakings, we have an unassailable reason for going into the future filled with hope and optimism. The reason for our confidence is that our God is faithful! We can rely on His word. He fulfils His promises. He stands by His commitments. He will be with His Apostles to the end of the age. He will complete His church. And He will also bless us in the new year. That is as certain as the “Amen” […]
Dearly beloved brothers, sisters, friends and co-workers, As we usher in the new year, I join in greeting you, and all that are in your circles, a very joyful year, filled with the “peace that passeth all understanding”. May we all bask in the confidence that we are all in His Almighty hands of love and grace. This confidence will also fill us with the strong faith that under any circumstance “….all things work together for good…”. I thank you with all my heart, for being such wonderful helpers within the scope possible to each of you. The possibility of collaborating with you in this high commission was a gift given by God, and I am humbled by it. A special word of thanks to the many who dedicated time, energy, money and sweat for the visit of our Chief Apostle which is now 50 days behind us. Our great God did not dissappoint us, but yet again reveled Himself with blessed experiences to all who laboured towards comprehending Him. Our task is not complete until we are with Him and see Him face to face. Until then, I wish that we will all be “Faithful to Christ”, as we travel together on our separate […]
The Chief Apostle’s message for 2018: Faithful to Christ Source: nac.today
The Shadnagar Training and Resource Centre (near Hyderabad) was an apt venue for the training programme of Sunday School Teachers. Ample space and resources to accommodate and cater to 35 participants and 6 faculty who attended the programme in two batches made it an ideal location. The last week of December was identified as suitable dates, since most working participants could take off from work during the Christmas vacation season. Two Batches for Two Languages and Regions The first batch of Sunday school teacher trainers arrived from the Telugu speaking states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. There were 20 participants and the seminar was ably assisted by the Apostles Prabhakar Beergi and Devadas Basappa. The second batch of 13 participants were from the Marathi (and Hindi) speaking areas of Maharashtra. Apostle Shastri and Priest Nitin Raje helped in conducting the programme. The training programme was attended not only by Sunday school teachers, but also by Deacons and those holding a priestly ministry. A Training Programme for Trainers The main thrust of the programme which was repeatedly communicated to the participants, was that they would take the knowledge of this training into their areas and train the local teachers. The agenda […]
The retired Apostle Morris Daniel passed away on Thursday after a prolonged illness at the age of 76. The funeral service took place the following day in Mumbai and was conducted by Apostle Sanjay Shastri. Pioneer Full of Conviction Apostle Morris Daniel was born on 5th March 1941 in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh – India. In the 1970s, he migrated to the financial capital of India, that is Mumbai, in search of a job. There, he joined the newly opened New Apostolic Church administration office where he worked for a few years. In Sister Greta – who also worked at the office – he found his soulmate and they got married on 20th November 1978. Later on, he served in several ministries in the New Apostolic Church and in December 1983, Morris Daniel was ordained as an Apostle by Chief Apostle Hans Urwyler in Zurich, Switzerland. Until his retirement on Friday, 1st February 2008, he had served God for over 35 years as a minister, more than 25 years of which as an Apostle. An Example of Faith and Discipline After his retirement Apostle Daniel diligently continued to attend the Divine Services until a month before his death. He remained an example and was widely known for his faith and […]