Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The CALL this Christmas

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It is Christmas time and as we celebrate Christ’s birth, it is very crucial that we not be carried away by a self-centred celebration. This issue of The CALL is packed with articles, stories and real life inspirations that remind us of that truth.

Children, this Christmas The CALL brings a cherish-able story for you once again by Angela aunty, who has treated you with stories every Christmas in The CALL.

World Death Count


As you see in the World Clock 2011, until the time of design there have been 56, 333, 342 deaths in the world in this year alone which includes 809,368 deaths by suicide and 39, 874, 011 abortions and counting (not included in the total death count). In the last issue we wrote about abortion in the article titled ‘Let them LIVE!’ and the next issue will feature an exclusive article on ‘Suicides’. There are lot of people in your office and neighbourhood who are contemplating suicide, who need HELP, who need JESUS! The article ‘Help for today! Hope for tomorrow!!’ will equip you to be a better counsellor in helping such hurting people.




The article in the ‘Tentmaking’ column narrates the sad incident of the suicide of Bangalorian Santosh Sarade, a 31-year old software engineer and shows us the urgency of workplace evangelism and commissions every Christian professional to take the gospel to our friends & colleagues at our workplaces.

Even as you sing Handel’s “Joy to the World” or “King of kings forever” this Christmas, let your celebrations too be Christ-centred as were his compositions. The History Makers article on the life of George Frideric Handel resounds this truth.

This issue will be in your mailboxes in another 10 days. Subscribers, we apologize for not being able to make this issue reach you by Christmas. If you would like to read it on or before the Christmas day, send an email to thecall@gemsbihar.org asking us to send a softcopy of this issue of The CALL to you! We will send you a link from which you can see/download this Christmas issue.

We have also created exclusive Christmas wallpapers. Log into the facebook page of The CALL or the blog to see and share them. Share your joy to others and your blessings to the poor and include your children too in it.

We wish you a Christ-centred and meaningful Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Wallpapers with a Message

This Christmas The CALL brings you exclusive Christmas Wallpapers.

Know the true meaning of Christmas through these wallpapers; make these your computer wallpapers and share them to your friends on social media.

Let this Christmas be a time of sharing! Share these Wallpapers! Share the Gospel!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The CALL Christmas Cover Caption Challenge

This Christmas ‘The CALL’ offers you an unique opportunity to see your own quote published on the cover of the magazine.

Send us a thought provoking & inspirational one-liner on Christmas. Let your creativity convict and convince others this Christmas and change them with the message of Christ!

‎"Millions of Hearts and Mangers await!
Who will Announce the Savior's Birth?"

- the caption on The CALL cover of Christmas 2009

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‎"To Seek & To Save Christ Was Born
To Speak & To Give You Are Born"

- the caption on The CALL cover of Christmas 2010

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One quote gets published on the cover! All other quotes will be published as wallpapers on the facebook page of The CALL! Senders will be acknowledged in the magazine.

Rush up, Send your entries, Share the TRUE MEANING of Christmas!

To send your caption, send an email to thecall@gemsbihar.org or write as a comment just below this post.

Monday, October 31, 2011

I am on facebook

With the millions of users and phenomenal growth, the social networking sites are touching new marks every day. Twitter birdie, Zuckerberg’s genie are the latest advent in the micro-blogging world that have mesmerized the whole world. But, it is also equally true that being obsessed to these networking sites is no less than getting lost into fairy tale world with delusions. The article ‘I am on facebook’ deals with the issues pertaining with the social networking sites.

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This article was written by Rollet Grace, who is a freelance journalist and is the daughter of senior GEMS missionaries Bro. John Nagendran and Sis. Esther. This video was created by Anand Jeyasingh who is a GEMS missionary who serves as teacher in GEMS English School in Bihar and the casts are David Balan and Guna who serve in the R&D department of GEMS.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

CS Lewis in The CALL

Articles on the legendary writer CS Lewis and adopting his style of writing of 'The Screwtape Letters'!

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CS Lewis in The CALL

This video is part of 'The Venetian Mask' issue of The CALL, the English magazine of GEMS. To read about this issue visit The Venetian Mask Issue

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Venetian Mask Issue

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The Venetian Mask that adorns the cover is one of those masks worn by Venetians during the Carnevale (Carnival of Venice) as a device for hiding the wearer's identity and social status. The mask would permit the wearer to act more freely in cases where he or she wanted to interact with other members of the society outside the bounds of identity and everyday convention. It was useful for a variety of purposes, some of them illicit or criminal. Social media and the social networking services like facebook, orkut, second life, etc. are in a way being used like the Venetian Mask by those who seek to indulge by posing a different identity believing that they can hide their own self behind the social media mask. The article ‘I am on facebook’ throws enough light on this subject.

The words that C.S. Lewis penned in his masterpiece work Screwtape Letters which he articulates through the Senior Tempter Screwtape in the letters to his nephew Wormwood rightly presents this issue, “All we can do is to encourage the humans to take the Pleasures which our Enemy has produced, at times, or in ways, or in degrees, which He has forbidden. An ever increasing craving for an ever diminishing pleasure is the formula.” And many Christian believers and even ministers having fallen prey to the Devil’s formula live a life with dual identity and as C.S. Lewis says in this book, “feel, instead of shame, a continual undercurrent of self-satisfaction”. We encourage the readers to not only read the article ‘The chronicles of the atheist turned apologist’ but also to seek to live a life with Christ-centred identity. ‘Missionaries of the kingdom below’ is an attempt to present the present deceptions in a lucid manner, in the style of Screwtape Letters and we hope that it would be an engaging experience for our readers leading towards truthful self-introspection, creating a Christian worldview in regards to the presented issues.

But, even as we engage in a self-introspective reading let us not forget our responsibility towards those living in the world and in the womb, which is the theme of ‘Let them LIVE!’ and ‘Why migrate?’

Dear Subscribers, this issue will be in your mailbox within a couple of weeks. If you haven’t subscribed, this is your opportunity to read and relish and relive The CALL! Click to connect with our GEMS promotional office to subscribe - GEMS Connections or if you would like to make online subscription click the following links - Subscription Form and Online Payment

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A call to ALL God’s own tribe

Dear God’s Own Tribe!

Hiya, Namaste, Wotcher, Vanakam, Hola, Namaskharam, Guten Tag, Groeten, Subhakankshalu, Jambo, Konnichi Wa to you in the name of the King Jesus Christ, the Leader of ALL Tribes!

We are glad to get in touch with you from The CALL, the English Quarterly of GEMS.

I am specialThis is a special letter written exclusively for you because you are a special one. You are special in many ways. One, when God commissioned your parents to serve Him in a far away mission, you too were part of His plans. Secondly, you might think that not many understand you as not many share your kind of a  life. But, the fact is out of all the Third Culture Kids or Trans Culture Kids (someone who, as a child, has spent a significant period of time in one or more culture(s) other than his or her own, thus integrating elements of those cultures and their own birth culture, into a third culture) in the world, 66% (though this no. is changing now) are children of missionaries.

You have a unique blend of languages and cultures in you. You are God’s own tribe! And there is a divine purpose why you are what you are. Even as you understand your purpose it is worthwhile to share your discoveries.

We are so excited to tell you that we have started a new column in The CALLMK Memoirs. This column is aimed at encouraging MKs through MKs, as they share their experiences. And this is how the header of the column looks like:

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‘MK Memoirs’ is your opportunity to dig deep into your life and share your life - those unique moments you have/had, your thoughts, your joy, your sadness, your victories, your failures, your challenges, your choices, etc. to MKs like you who live around the world. You can choose to communicate all of these as articles or as anecdotes or as poems or as paintings. You can talk about or paint that particular incident at your school/college/office/church which has left long lasting memories in you, that person or place or book that influenced your life, etc.

Even as you read, I know that there is something which you would like to share with another MK, may be your old friend at school or college, if he or she was with you right now. You can do the same here.

So put on your Thinking Capand Click submityourarticleto send us your thoughts right now! Or if you would like to email it to us, send it to thecall@gemsbihar.org and don’t forget to write a few lines about you, which we will publish as your profile in the magazine. When we publish your work you will receive a mail from The CALL in your inbox.

Help your friends, relative, spouse, children also to use this opportunity, by sending this to him/her and encouraging them also to share.

“The words (articles/anecdotes/poems/paintings) of good people are a source of life….” (Proverbs 10:11 CEV)

Happy Sharing!

The CALL Team

Monday, August 15, 2011

Independence Day… A Day to Remember & Respond...

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We wish all our readers a very happy Independence Day!

Even as India celebrates its 65th year of Independence the nation needs to remember the Christian missionaries who contributed to the development of the nation in the fields of education, hospitals, language, literature and outlawing many social evils. Many Christians were also involved in the freedom movement which included K.T. Paul, V. Chakkarai & his colleagues, Bishop Paul Appaswamy, Bishop Waskom Pickett, E. Stanley Jones and Bishop V.S. Azariah.

The father of nation Gandhi wrote in 1920, “I revere the Bible. Christ’s Sermon on the Mount fills me with bliss even today. It’s sweet verses have even today the power to quench my agony of the soul…” Writing in The Harijan in January 1939, he said, “Though I cannot claim to be a Christian in the sectarian sense, the example of Jesus’ suffering is a factor in the composition of my undying faith in non-violence which rules all my actions, worldly and temporal.” The Bible and Christians like Charlie Andrews and Sushil Kumar Rudra influenced Gandhi deeply.

batonAs Indian Christians the baton is passed on to us to carry on the good works done by the pioneering missionaries, so that “they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) We are also called to be “Influencers” wherever we are placed; as teachers, medical professionals, lawyers, engineers, government officials, businessmen, sportsmen so that this nation may come to know its Saviour Jesus Christ.

And as we know that though we are living in a freebreaking bondage India, there are many more evils that still keep our nation under bondage; the evils of corruption, casteism, communalism, etc. Let us work towards eradicating the same from our nation by proclaiming and practicing the gospel knowing that “if the Son (Jesus Christ) sets you free, you are free indeed” (John 8:36).

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Publish your works!

submityourarticleDo you have an original opinion on every issue? Are you a blogger or a writer or an artist? And looking for opportunities to publish? The CALL gives you an unique opportunity to publish your works.

The CALL serves as a prophetic voice to the churches and as an apostolic voice to the missions! At The CALL we aim at writing, compiling and publishing this magazine to effectively communicate the truths of the Bible, presenting Biblical perspective on contemporary & relevant issues.

You can send us your articles, poems, anecdotes, paintings, etc. To get acquainted with the columns of the magazine and to send contributions accordingly click STRUCTURE.

NOW! You can submit your article right in this blog!

Click the submityourarticleimage in the right panel or click ARTICLE SUBMISSION and submit your contribution right now! You can add content into it or can upload your write up or painting.

This your opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands! Do not miss it! When we publish your article in The CALL you will see a mail in your inbox from The CALL!

There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes.  ~William Makepeace Thackeray


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Minister & The Media’s equivocation and The CALL’s prophetic voice on Homosexuality!

Azad"How can the health minister say something so unscientific and irrational?" Nitin Karani, a gay rights activist was quoted by TIME magazine on the uproar created against the comments of Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad at a conference on HIV/AIDS in the Indian capital on 4th July. The accusation is that he had termed homosexuality as a disease. Aljazeera quoted Anand Grover, the UN special rapporteur on health, "His remarks are completely insensitive. It lowers the dignity of the gay community". Defending the accusations Azad called a news conference in which he said, "Some people have played with the words. I have been quoted out of context," he said. "My reference was to HIV as a disease. As health minister, I know (male homosexual sex) is not a disease."

Anjali Gopalan, who heads the NAZ Foundation, a rights group that works with HIV positive people and promotes equal rights for homosexuals, said Azad's comments were deeply troubling coming from the health minister of a country fighting a tough battle against HIV infections. "These comments help no cause. It's definitely not going to help in our fight against HIV," she told The Associated Press.

TIME CoversRunning two major articles and quoting two people on this issue against Azad’s comments and homosexuality, in four different pages on 6th July, Times of India too tried to moralize (motivate based on rights and wrong) the already demoralized gay community of India! TOI quoted Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS executive director, “India’s rich tradition of inclusivity and social justice must include men who have sex with men and transgender people.”  TOI also ran an editorial article on this issue in which it writes, “If expressed by the ordinary man on the street, such views could have been passed off as expressions of unfortunate – if widespread – ignorance and prejudice. But coming from the man to whom the National AIDS Control Organization reports, it is potentially dangerous. Health ministers of nations should be the last persons in the business of spreading irrational prejudices…”

The other one was under ‘They said it’ of TOI quoting Taslima Nasreen, writer, “No sane person would say homosexuality is a ‘disease’. But anything can happen in ‘Incredible India’’. And the other article was titled ‘Ricky Martin is ‘protected’ by gay community, which reads, “Ricky Martin has revealed that he no longer feels lonely after revealing that he is gay because he feels “protected” by the love from the gay community…… I feel liberated. I feel in touch with myself. I feel protected. I don’t feel alone.”

Newspapers and Television channels are making money out of the sensationalized news. Political parties and politicians use this as an opportunity to bash the ruling party and try their tricks in toppling the government for their own political and personal gains.

Writing on the above issues TIME reported, “In 2009, the Delhi High Court struck down a colonial era law — Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code — that made sex between people of the same gender punishable by up to 10 years in prison.”

3 The CALL_July to Sep 2009Just during this time, an article was written in the July to Sep 2009 issue of The CALL on ‘Legalizing Homosexuality’. The article reads,

“In the world scene today, in a secular state, a distinction is made between God's unchanging moral laws and man's legislated social laws - civil and criminal. Legalising homosexuality in no way changes the moral order. It is common sense to recognize that homosexual practice is a violation of the natural order and all homosexual activity is essentially sinful, whether it is done by singles or by gays or lesbians involved in committed relationships.

The real concern is not with this one High Court judgment. It is with the potential Pandora's box it opens as has been the experience in the West: No discrimination in housing and jobs (what happens if a religious community housing society or school wants to keep out homosexuals?), same-sex unions and then marriages (threat to the definition and sanctity of the God-ordained initiation of marriage between one man and one woman), teaching in schools of homosexual behaviour and relationships as "normal" or acceptable "alternative lifestyles" ... and so it goes.

People who vouch for homosexual lifestyles have forgotten the origin of this act, also known as the ‘act of sodomy’ in the Bible. The Bible says in Genesis 13:13, “But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.” The men of Sodom were willing participators of homosexuality as mentioned in 19th chapter of Genesis and the Lord destroyed the city of Sodom because of this sin. The Bible very clearly calls homosexuality as sin. In Leviticus 18:22 the Lord gave a commandment, “'Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.”

If we trace the reason for such a sinful behaviour we find it in Romans 1: 18-32. The following verses capture the essence of this: 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal human beings and birds and animals and reptiles.26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

The Bible also says in 1 Corinthians 6:9 & 10 that those who practise homosexuality will not inherit the kingdom of God. In Jude verse 7 the Bible says, “In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”

These are signs of the end. In Matthew 24: 3, As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" In reply along with other signs Jesus said that, “iniquity will abound”.

newspapersLegalising homosexuality is just a start in India. The people who have appealed for the decriminalizing of homosexuality will also appeal for legalization of homosexual marriages and gay adoption. When the liberal tide of society - "high society", media, even politicians - turns in favour of gay "rights" then the Bible believing church appears to be out of step, almost archaic but this is precisely why Christians need to speak up and speak out the truth in love. We need to voice out our oppositions against such laws legalising immorality not fearing being branded conservatives or fanatics because we are called not to condone but to condemn such acts. Yet as Christians, though we condemn the sin, we are called to love the homosexual sinner as much as the heterosexual sinner.”

Once again we warn the readers to be not carried away by the articles written in magazines and newspapers with one-sided revelations and half truths, which subtly influence the reader’s worldviews!

To read all the articles in the above quoted issue of The CALL visit The CALL_July to Sep 2009 and to continue to receive the magazine subscribe!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Black and The Bold Issue

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This issue will take the reader through a journey, where every reader will find himself/herself among the lines of the articles. Articles that will make you cry, comforted and challenged. So, we invite the reader to take this journey, reading through every article. We enjoyed working on making this magazine and we hope that you would enjoy not only reading it, but also pass it on to others. The lead column ‘From Bihar with Love’ talks about the hurts that we incur in our lives through others and it calls us to commit ourselves to God to be comforted by Him. Other articles urge us to go ahead and comfort others who are hurting; show the way to do it at our workplaces, in our neighbourhood or in a far away mission.

A new column adorns this issue, MK Memoirs – the column by MKs and for MKs, where every missionary kid would have an opportunity to see themselves in it or to relive their past. It would also inspire other readers to pray for MKs and to stand with them in their times of need. We also urge MKs from across the globe to contribute for this column, by sending in their memoirs – as articles, poems, paintings, anecdotes, etc.

Subscribers, this issue will be in your mailbox in a week’s time! If you haven’t subscribed, this is your opportunity to read and relish and relive The CALL! Click to connect with our GEMS promotional office to subscribe - GEMS Connections or if you would like to make online subscription click the following links - Subscription Form and Online Payment

An Overview of this issue’s articles:






Take some time to watch this video on the column ‘ISM’ that Terrorizes, published in this issue:

Monday, July 11, 2011

‘ISM that Terrorizes’


At The CALL, it has been our aim to present biblical perspectives to contemporary and relevant issues. The article 'ISM that Terrorizes' is a Christian response to the worldwide evil, Terrorism. You can read this article in the recently published issue of The CALL. To read this article and much more, subscribe to The CALL -Subscription Form.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Prevaricated publication of a popular paper on pornography

The article titled ‘Porn? Bring it on!’ in Times Life, the Sunday Supplement of Times of India, published this Sunday, 24th April 2011,  was about women indulging in pornography. The article praises such indulgence of women saying, “Porn is no longer a man’s domain…. it is a swift change to maturity for women….” and poses a question, “If men can indulge their natural instincts, why should women remain deprived?” The article says that this is become possible for women because of “a liberated, open society, an all round empowerment of women and easy access to porn….”

The article cites a clinical psychologist, “Watching porn is normal. Married couples watch porn to spice their sex lives…..” The article on a very light note reads, “Pornography can be liberating for women who are sexually confident, but can create performance anxiety for others. Porn addiction has ruined relationships and marriages when it’s taken too far…..”

Now read this case which was published in an article titled, ‘Help! I am hooked to Porn!’ in The CALL.

“For 21 years I was a slave to pornographic addiction. The shame that follows every pornographic encounter…. weighed on me like a millstone around my neck. I was hunting for satisfaction but only, and always found shame. My shame enslaved me and I lived in a world of utter darkness. In April 2002, after my world crashed down around me, Jesus came to my rescue & shed His light on my sin and slavery…. God allowed me to understand the need for personal sexual integrity, the intrinsic value of women (and men), the deep desire to save my marriage from ruin, and an unquenchable thirst for God. For the first time I felt that masturbation, gawking at women, indulging in pornographic images, actions, thoughts, etc. was wrong….. it was sinful.”

This article defines addiction as “a habit that seems unable to give-up, because the more it is practised the less satisfying it feels.”

It also brings out the truth of use of pornography in marriage, “married couples who use pornography soon find that their marital problems only worsen. If a husband needs to pretend that his wife is someone else in order for him to be excited, then he will become less and less drawn to her. Instead of making love to her, he is destroying love between them. Also, porn actors are under the influence of drugs, demons and have the advantage of camera tricks and sound tracks. This puts pressure on married partners to perform like actors with unrealistic expectations; they no longer enjoy sex with their lawful partner giving way to adultery or spouse swapping. Finally our society is left with numerous broken homes.”

We urge you to read the complete article which is freely available in this blog, to know more about the addiction of pornography and ways to be delivered from it  - Help! I am hooked to Porn!

Do not be deceived with articles in newspapers and magazines with one-sided revelations, written only to increase their TRP & GRP ratings and bloom their sales. We also urge the readers to share this post with all your friends in social networks, so that they too may understand the truth about pornographic addictions and be delivered.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The making of the first cover images of The CALL

The very first issue of The CALL was scheduled for release in January 2009. It was only two months since the team had been formed and had come together to work. There was lot of excitement as we were working together in producing this Christian literature.

By the end of December of 2008 we had collected the articles and edited them and they were ready for designing. Now was the time for the selection and designing of the cover image. Since this was going to be the very first issue, we wanted to portray that as the cover which would convey the purpose of the magazine, sound and clear. As the team was thinking over this, an idea struck me – to create the words ‘The CALL’ itself using people! Everyone liked the idea and we took it to our Director and Managing Editor, Bro. D. Augustine Jebakumar. He too liked the idea and he added another beautiful element to this idea. He told us to dress the people in a way so as to depict different professions – doctor, paramedic, lawyer, engineer, teacher, missionary, etc. This would convey that The CALL is about the call of God in the lives of all people.

We came together and drew THE CALL and calculated the positions and people that it would require to make these letters. We needed 14 people to make THE CALL!

Our hunt for people started. First we decided upon taking the help of GEMS Timothy Bible College students. We approached the Dean, Bro. Suresh and he was more than willing to send them. We called them all in the afternoon of the last week of Dec 2010 and started to form the letters in the Bible College ground. After a long session of trying different positions and choice of boys, we finally formed the letters. Though the boys were tired (standing for long time until we called off each shot with raised hands and bent backs), they were very happy and excited too that they are part of God’s ministry and photo shoot, of course! Even some asked whether they had to come dressed well. We told them that this was only a pre-shoot session. They were so cooperative and we enjoyed working with them.


The next challenge was to decide upon different professions and finding appropriate costumes. As we were finalizing the professions, we decided to use girls as well, as certain roles of professions would well fit for girls. We thought of taking the help of the students of GEMS School of Nursing and we approached the Principal Mrs. Packiarani Stephen and she immediately agreed.

We decided upon who is going to wear what. We hunted for the costumes and finally grabbed them all. The big day came when we had to take the final shots with the students wearing their attire depicting different professions. We tried all different combinations of placements. We decided to do the final shots in the banks of Sone River as it would give us lot of space to shoot long angle shots and natural light.

We took the help of GEMS Media Dept for photography and Bro. Gideon M Durai was the photographer. After many shots he realized that there were shadows in the picture because of the angle. And we had to arrange for a ladder for him take shots from upper angle. We couldn’t waste time as the sun was going down soon as it was winter of December. The students weren’t wearing any woollen sweaters and were shivering in the cold.

At last the shots were finalized with one advocate, one doctor, two nurses, one politician, two engineers, one missionary and one executive and the rest of them were used to form the remaining letters. But during the designing as some shots lacked clarity and lighting, the shots with the advocate and politician were removed.

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Once after the image was finalized, still we wanted something, a kind of a logo that would sound the call of The CALL “A prophetic voice to the church! An apostolic voice to the missions!” The another editor Bro. John worked on this along with Bro. Caleb,the artist working in GEMS Children Dept and it resulted in the forming of the background image with T formed by a wooden Cross and C formed by a Trumpet Horn, the one that was used in the Temple of God in Israel; both put together represents and sounds the call of The CALL “heralding the triumph of His utterance, dictating the desire of His heart, illuminating the obscure, planting visions and triggering Christendom to stand up and testify”.

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It was all together a wonderful experience of team work and sharing, that glorified God. This is the story of the cover of the very first issue of The CALL.

Though it was tiresome, we tried together as a team

Though it was tough, we were through with His touch

Though it was testing, we knew that we were trailing in the tracks of tested testimonies

Though we were tensed at times, we weren’t troubled as we were trusting in a Truthful God

Though it was time-taking, we didn’t consider it to be trivial, because we were together in a task that will trumpet the Truth

Would you like to get involved with The CALL? Click Get Involved to know ways and click Opportunities to know how you can join the team of The CALL, which aims at writing, compiling, designing and producing this magazine to effectively communicate the truths of the Bible, presenting Biblical view points on contemporary & relevant issues.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

What’s wrong with our Education System?

For the last two weeks all National Newspapers are running a story on the sexual assault charges on the Vice Chancellor of Jayaprakash University, Bihar. Yesterday’s Patna Edition of Times of India covered a news on this issue under the title: “Only persons with integrity must be appointed as VCs:Academics”. The article reads – “Unless a foolproof mechanism is evolved to select persons of competence and integrity for these highest academic offices, the universities would continue to be administered by such ‘tainted’ people… In Bihar, more than half a dozen VCs have been accused of various charges of financial irregularities and some of them have been imprisoned.”

Isn’t it sad to see the state of the Educationists and the Academic Administrators of our country? What would be the quality of education that they and these universities would be imparting? The Christian philosopher C.S. Lewis very rightly said, “Education without values makes man a more clever devil”.

What we read in the newspapers are only the tip of an iceberg! In the last two days alone I have been h5earing stories after stories on corruption in our Educational Institutions & Systems. One person in the committee that inspects and approves technical institutions, on an occasion of inspection asked for and received 20 silk sarees (to approve an institute that did not fulfil all the norms); another gave bribe in 8 digits to get the highest post in an university. There is corruption in the approval of Study Centres too by Universities. Everything happens for money in the form of bribe! All of this in turn affects the students. Once a person to a high post in such Educational Institutions they start getting back the money through all means. Nothing happens without bribing. Approval of printing presses, study centres, lab product & other purchases, using of UGC grants, etc.  


The students and their parents are the ones who suffer. The high cost of education is mainly because of corruption. The parent suffers from the day they give birth to the child. All of their earnings are saved to bribe their children’s education. We not only need academicians with integrity, the whole education system in India needs change.


Please read the insightful article in The CALL on the title ‘Wholesome Education: A need of the hour’. The article reads:

“Therefore, it is high time for us to introspect and provide true wholes4ome education to our children. Whole some education seems to be a mere slogan shouted in the corridors of today’s educational world. Those who coined the term, ‘wholesome education’ deserve our applause and appreciation, but its real essence seems to be missing in the kind of education that is offered under its banner today. Therefore the term wholesome education tended to become a near-misnomer.

What is wholesome education in the real sense?…….”

Read this article in the first quarter issue of 2011 of The CALL under the column ‘Red Hot-Contemplating the Contemporary’.