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:

MK Memoirs Header

‘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...

Indian Flag

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