Friday, January 11, 2013

Looking Back: The CALL 2012

We thank God for enabling us to release these four issues of ‘The CALL’ in the bygone year 2012.

Jan-March 2012 April-June 2012

July-Sep 2012 Oct-Dec 2012

(Click on the individual covers to read their Editorials)

The CALL issues are 64 pages packed with contemporary subjects and convicting Biblical perspectives to pertinent issues.

The making of the Cover of every issue is a very interesting phase in The CALL. It is a stage that involves lot of thinking and pondering upon pouring over all the articles. The idea is to create original images. The photographs in the first three Covers of 2012 were shot in our Studio @ Sikaria by Brother Samuel Vincent.

Thanks to the Team without whom these Covers wouldn’t have been possible. Still I remember how much Anand and I troubled Sam to get that “O” expression on his face for the “What are you hooked on ?” Cover. And after every shot Sam would go “appa”, weighed down by the Dan Brown’s book on his right hand!

Sam Cover Photo Shoot 1Sam Cover Photo Shoot 2Sam Cover Photo Shoot 3Sam Cover Photo Shoot 4

Before “Before Falling in LOVE” cover photo could be finalized Sobal had to fall nearly 25 times while Brother Vincent brilliantly captured his descent in motion; so much so that Sobal had to bear the pain in his left shoulder the next whole day!

Sobal Cover Photo Shoot 2Sobal Cover Photo Shoot 3Sobal Cover Photo Shoot 4Sobal Cover Photo Shoot 5

As the youth article in the Third issue was on beating temptations and the opening line goes this way, ‘When I watched a Boxing match as a teen I thought, “Gosh! If only I could give such a punch on the face of the devil and knock him and the temptation down!”’; we wanted the Cover to replicate a boxing scene, wherein a young believer knocks down the Tempter.

And this is the boxing scene that we wanted to replicate…

Junior Welterweight Mickey Ward, right, of Lowell, Mass., lands a punch to the face of Lewis Veader, of Providence, R.I., during a World Boxing Union Championship bout in Boston, Saturday, April 13, 1996. Ward defeated Veader in the 9th round. (AP Photo/Jim Rogash)

And you would agree that not only this posture is aptly replicated, Sunny and Ravi with their expressions have outdone them!

Boxing Cover Photo Shoot 5

Boxing Cover Photo Shoot 1Boxing Cover Photo Shoot 2Boxing Cover Photo Shoot 3Boxing Cover Photo Shoot 4

Christmas CalltoonFor a very long time I wanted to use sketches in The CALL  as it is a powerful medium to communicate truths and perspectives, understandable across age groups. We tried that out in the last quarter issue as its Cover and hence born “Calltoon”, The CALL’s original sketches. Bro Caleb (Kannan) who specializes in sharing God’s word to children through GEMS, brought out the concept in this sketch form.

These are just the stories behind the Covers of The CALL. Much more could be said on the publishing of each article – right from receiving the inspiration from God and taking it to the right people, giving the needed schema, the writers’ writing process up to the publication. But what I have experienced in the making of these issues is that every issue made a greater impact and brought in a needed change in me and made me understand God in different ways and I know that every team member and contributor would have had rich experiences; as we set to mould and motivate lives, God moulds and makes us!

questionConfused with perspectives, not knowing what stand to take, when many are going wayward, we through The CALL want to say to the world “there are meaningful answers to your every quest”. And inorder to make the church too to do the same, we  want to be a prophetic voice to the church and an apostolic voice to the missions, which is The CALL’s call. When we are grateful to God for His enablement last year, our hearts are filled with the anguish that every moment someone somewhere is inching towards death and hell. Would you consider it as your responsibility to join with us to empower the church to take the Good & the Great News? If your heads nod and your heart says “yes”, send me an email to so that I can let you know how you can involve in The CALL in this year 2013!

“He who dwells in the dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1)

May the Lord make you a blessing to many in this Purpose filled Year!

Mariyosh J

Chief Editor, The CALL

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