NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2012 REPORT
A special report from the Indian school of missions ….
“We had the first school of mission retreat in Bangalore at a Christian retreat centre, about 40kms from the city. The outskirts are fast developing into commercial IT hubs but this quiet Franciscan seminary turned out to be quite a serene and affordable place.
The retreat started on 20th of November and concluded on the 22nd. The School of mission trainees had a blast and a great time of learning. They were the only ones who preached at the retreat! The rest of the trainers and staff listened and evaluated their preaching skills based on their content, style and vulnerability as well as other factors. It was so encouraging to see every one of them preach from different parables for 7 minutes each. Clearly their confidence and their command of the language had grown.
The discipleship groups for the next 2 days focussed on feedback on their character changes, ministry performance and relationship skills. It was not just an evaluating session, but also a time to showcase their talent. We had our own ‘School of Mission HAS TALENT’…it was definitely a surprise to see folk dances, Bollywood dances, mimicry, and solo singing. They also competed with the rest of the staff in volleyball, throw-ball and other indoor activities. It was probably the best time we have had so far in getting to bond with our young hearts!
The trainees were very giving and serving throughout the retreat. It was inspiring to see their camaraderie and also encouraging seeing their openness in their sharing. They were also filled in their annual evaluation sheets and currently they are being assessed and given feedback.
The School of missions also saw 3 teens and a single person get baptised in the first week of December. Robert studied with Akash Pichamuthu; Ruby and Leema were studied with by Juliet, Sudha and Pavitra; while Nagendra baptised Lawrence, a young single. Another young campus girl, Shyamala, will be baptised this week by Sudha.
The Bangalore Church had a carnival on the 16th of December to raise funds for the new church building and the School of Mission did an incredible job helping to organise games, activities, and arranging the stalls. Most of them stayed back to help out the cleaning crew in spite of being tired after working for 12hours.
Kindly keep these young men and women in your prayers. Last week ended with a beautiful Christmas party organised for the School of Mission along with the families of the staff. We had gifts and generous words of encouragement exchanged to lift each other’s spirits in Christ.
The Bangalore church has so far seen 116 souls baptised and 32 souls restored till date. The School of Mission have been responsible for almost 30 souls, mostly teens and campus this year. Every time a teen got baptised there were more coming forward to study the Bible and most of them wanted to be studied with by the School of Mission trainees!”