God did wonderful things during April 2016 in and through Grace Counseling India, PRAISE THE LORD.
1. GCI TRAINING INSTITUTE – April 13th to 29th at GCI Centre, Kottayam
7 attended the 1st Module of 1st phase (of Basic one month Institute) and 2 attended the 1st module of 2nd phase (specializing on Family Counseling). One of the participants of the First phase attended the Exchanged Life Seminar from 9th to 11th March at Oddanchathram in Tamil Nadu. One couple brought their five children to stay through the Training Institute. The two (a couple from IEM) who attended the second phase were trainees in the first phase of one month held in April 2014. It was unique that the age of the participants ranged from 15 years to 60 years but were found to belong to a family atmosphere of understanding and acceptance one another in Christ.
10 members of faculty lead the various sessions, namely Capt. Cherian Thottathil, Evangelist Sam C Samuel, Thomas Varghese, Preetha Thomas, Mary Philip, Merry George, Sam Mathew, John Zachariah, Cherian Zachariah and Deepak Ranganathan.
2. EXCHANGED LIFE SEMINAR at GCI Centre, Kottayam – April 13th to 16th
Five attended (two couples and one single) the Seminar along with the 9 others of the Training Institute. One couple is among the faculty of GCI Courses.John Zachariah and Cherian Zachariah lead the sessions.
3. EXCHANGED LIFE SEMINAR at Christu Jyothis Animation Center, Kottiyam, Kollam – April 21st to 23rd.
The Seminar was organized by the Discipleship and Mentoring Department (DMD) of Ministry of Revival and Empowerment (MRE) of St. Thomas Evangelical Church of India (STECI). 19 attended the Seminar with the leaders Bishop M K Koshy (Chairman, DMD), Rev. C K Jacob (Director, DMD) and Prof. John Zachariah (General Coordinator, MRE) as the members of the faculty.
Some of us had health problems, yet God enabled all of us to be healthy enough to be involved in the ministry. Praise the Lord.
Deepak was working hard all these days for the best conduct of the programs. George Paulose was behind the scene in all these.
We really missed P P Thomas and Alex Mathew in these programs. Yet we praise the Lord that He helped them through their sickness.
We pay respects at the passing of Mr. S. B. Jacob and Mr. Varkey M. Cherian, both were living in Chennai, our former Board Members for a long time. Jacob was also the Editor of Grace Counselor from 1989 for 19 years. Continue to pray for their leadership in GCI ministry.
All glory and honor to our great God
– John Zachariah