2017 Issue of the English magazine, The CALL is
released and can be read online and downloaded.
Read the message
from the General Secretary of GEMS, Bro. D. Augustine Jebakumar in The CALL.
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While on one hand we see nation
against nation, community against community, family against family, man against
man; on the other we see baseless arguments like that of Rajiv Malhotra (in his
book ‘Breaking India’) that Christian work feeds and flourishes on the disunity
within Indian communities. A lack of proper understanding of the Bible on unity
is the reason.
Since there is no provision or possibility
of uniting people without any differences and discrimination within any other
framework and religious system, he attempts to degrade and dismantle the only Faith
that can give equal rights to all people irrespective of their colour,
language, geography. And the last book of the Bible shows us a glimpse of what
it will be like when Christ returns and
in His kingdom, “After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no
one could count, from every nation, from
all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before
the Lamb…” (Revelation 7:9 NRSV).
The world’s pursuit of unity yields not
much results because of its failure in not pursuing the Truth as C.S. Lewis
aptly words it, “Seek Unity and you will find neither Unity nor Truth. Seek the
light of truth, and you will find Unity and Truth”. The oxymoron phrase ‘Unity
in Diversity’ makes sense and the meaningful and possible coexistence of unitas and varietas becomes achievable only when there is the pursuit of veritas (Truth). Devoid of Truth, the
world’s sophomoric attempt at unity meets only with more disunity.
In his article ‘To the Unity of the Faith’ the General Secretary compares the
church, church leaders and ministers of the first century and present times and
shows the dilution of truth in life and in proclamation. This is a clarion call
to stand on the truth without compromising the Word.
The article from the Associate General
Secretary’s Desk, ‘Clarity in Unity’
presents four foundational principles of Unity to help understand that unity is
not uniformity rather a process of maturity.
Unity and Love as abstracts cannot be
understood unless we come to the Personhood of the Trinity. The more we learn and grow in the knowledge
of our Triune God, the more we grow in unity. The Get Equipped article ‘Trinity:
Understanding the Three in One’ is biblically sound and encourages the
reader to grow in unity and to practice godly love that exists within the
Unity in essence needs to be experienced
within a person (aligning oneself with God’s word), with people and in God’s
purpose. The New Gen Thinking article
‘Walls: Build or Break?’ expounds on
these and brings unity lessons from walls of historical significance. The ‘Let
Us Beat Swords into Plowshares’ sculpture in the UN Art Collection and the
inscriptions on the Isaiah Wall across the UN building, “they shall beat their
swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not
lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah
2:4b), is complete, meaningful and possible only when people walk in Truth, in
God’s paths and when God shall judge among the nations (Isaiah 2:3,4a).
Chronicles story ‘Raju’s Projects’
is a definite treat for children which shows how when small children come
together they can make a big difference in someone’s life.
Death Do Us Part’ is an excellent article for married
couples and for those preparing for marriage which points out to the importance
of commitment and not compulsion to be the anchor of marriage life.
article ‘Dichotomy in Calling: Unifying
Skills & Spiritual Gifts to Serve’ removes the dichotomy of secular and
sacred and helps the reader to understand work as a calling from God and to unify
and use one’s skills, abilities, gifts for God’s glory and for His
This year, 2017 marks the 500th
anniversary of the Reformation. “To gather with God's people in united adoration
of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer” remarked Martin
Luther. This is a stark reminder for the need of unity within the church
community. We are called to build the kingdom of God and not our own kingdoms.
We need yet another reformation, that will
bring unity with the clarity that we are not called to compete with each other
but to complement our graces and gifts; not to fight on fundamental doctrines
and yet not compromise on sound doctrines; not to become self and church-obsessed,
but to be kingdom-minded.
memorial at Einsiedeln, Switzerland applauds Theophrastus
Paracelsus, the 15th century physician & philosopher as, “erneuerer
der medizin, vater der chemotherapie… eigenwilliger denker und demutiger
christ, freund der armen” (the regenerator of medicine, the father of
chemotherapy… the self-sufficient thinker and humble christ, friend of the poor).
The field of medicine is such that it raises its practitioners to such
admiration. This Medical Special
issue of The CALL is an attempt to present the true calling and purpose of the
Exhorting that the call to heal the sick
is a call from the Master, ‘Caring is
our Calling’ shows how the church and missions have been pioneers in global
healthcare and sounds the clarion call to venture into new and needed avenues
in healthcare. A resurgence to this end is needed and this is possible only
when we commit towards an ‘Overflowing
Life’ as the lead article suggests so that there may be healing of nations.
& Views article ‘Sin, Sickness
& Suffering’ answers the cause and connection of these baffling issues and
helps understand trials and God’s silence meaningfully. When our sense of value
is often tied to our job or possessions, people who are confined become
non-performers and are pushed into feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.
The Get Equipped article ‘Giving Hope: Counselling the Sick’
exhorts to encourage such to help them understand their worth in Christ and
teaches the Do’s and Don’ts of counselling at such times.
Want to be a Missionary Doctor’ and ‘For His Purpose’ in the MK
Memoirs column are inspiring testimonies of two GEMS MKs who surrendered to
God’s will and persevered through to realize the passion to become a missionary
Hot article ‘Changing Face and
Challenges of Healthcare’ throws light on the changes and contemporary
challenges in healthcare and sounds the alarm that “Healthcare has become more
profit driven from being service driven.” The article also presents the needed
areas to focus and develop so that healthcare may not just become profit-based
and practice-based, but patient-care-centered.
It is this vision of patient care that
drives ‘GEMS Medical Ministries’ and
the Magnifying Glass column shows how
it accomplishes this vision to transform people by meeting their physical,
mental and spiritual needs. Medical mission is pivotal to the ministries of
GEMS as the founding of GEMS in itself is the fruit of prayers of two medical missionaries
Caroline Paint and Sylvia Beadwell who served in Bihar in the late 60s &
early 70s. We also remember and salute the contributions of Olive Jarvis &
Joy Bath the pioneers of medical ministries at Dehri-On-Sone and Susie Rollet
who sacrificed her life on the Rohtas hills while serving the Lord for the
celebrates the sacrifices of such and GEMS medical missionary Arlene gave her
life while serving on the Rohtas hills. When medical practitioners, in these
tough places are victims themselves it’s an urgent reminder of the priority of
medical care for every missionary. Hence ‘Missionaries
Health Services’ is an initiative towards meeting possible total medical
care assistance to missionaries across India and beyond.
missionary, General Surgeon Prerit Thomas Jacob who served at Evangelical
Hospital in Orissa, who went to be with the Lord this January 2017 wrote &
sang, “Help me to choose, what I cannot lose… Help me to fight till the break
of daylight… For the sake of the Call”. This is a high call!
this call, during the second world war the Army Medic Desmond in the heat of the
battle on the Hackshaw Ridge, though tired and battered himself kept crying,
“Please Lord! Help me get one more… help me get one more” and he carried 75
wounded men to safety! He remained characteristically modest, giving all
credits to God for this accomplishment.
Renowned and accomplished neurosurgeon,
author & politician Ben Carson writes in Gifted Hands, “I became acutely aware of an unusual ability - a
divine gift, I believe - of extraordinary eye and hand coordination. It’s my
belief that God gives us all gifts, special abilities that we have the
privilege of developing to help us serve Him and humanity.” And he says that
knowing God that He sent His Son to die for our sins is very empowering and
knowing that He loves me, gives me encouragement and confidence to move
Empowered by His love and encouraged with
His presence let us serve humanity; raise up generations to answer this call and
bring healing to the nations (Rev 22:2).