Update: Joyful Merger Meeting on Christmas Day
Dear & Respected Achens and all the Dearly Beloved in Christ,
“This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes” Ps 118:23
What we witnessed at our Church Headquarters Chapel at Thymala on 25th December was indeed the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes and our thinking. Our Evangelical churches which were separated for almost FOUR DECADES came together in the presence of the Lord with repentance and humility to become one Church as promised to Israel in Ezekiel 37:22″ I will make them one nation…and they will never again be two nations or divided into two kingdoms” It was really a joyful merger meeting.Our Central Chapel was jam-packed and we could not accommodate the huge crowd of men and women who came from different parts of Kerala and from outside. Some of the felicitation speakers lamented about the opportunities we missed because of our disunity, and exhorted us to stand united to hold high the Gospel Flag.
That day reminded us of 26th Jan 1961 when our forefathers took the pledge to safeguard the sound doctrine and to evangelize our nation.Our three Bishops jointly pronounced the Merger Declaration and affirmed that we will stand united to fulfill the 1961 Inauguration Declaration of our church
We do thank each one of you for your valuable prayers for God’s blessings upon the merger meeting.In my previous mail I appealed to all the overseas parishes to contribute towards the expenses of the meeting. I am surprised that only very few of you responded.It was a non-budgeted expenditure item and we still require a considerable amount to pay back the debts incurred for the lunch, guest,hospitality,travel,publicity etc..Since it was a public gathering where a great number of friends from other churches also participated we did not take an offertory.I am sorry to write again to you regarding the expenses and the need for money.Once again I hesitantly make the same appeal. I do sincerely thank those of you who responded quickly and positively, realizing our need.We will send a copy each, of the Special News Paper Supplement we released on the occasion to all those who want one.
Please continue to pray that the unity and oneness which God has given us will remain among us ,and it will further strengthen us to go forward courageously and with more credibility to reach out our nation with the Gospel.
In Christ our Lord
Rev. Thomas Abraham