Grace Counseling India held their Annual General Body meeting on September 24, 2017
Due to age and health problems GCI President, Alex Mathew, Executive Secretary, Cherian Zachariah, and Treasurer, George Paulose stepped down from their official roles (although still willing to support the ministry in other ways).
A new team of Officials were prayerfully appointed:
President: Prof. John Zachariah
Executive Secretary: Captain Cherian Thottathil
Hon. Treasurer: Mr. Reji Koshy
Prof. P P Thomas and Dr. Alex Mathew continue as President – Emeritus in the Board.
GCI Alumnus Immanuel Theodore from Bangalore is a new Board member with the specific intention of establishing a Counseling and Training Ministry in Bangalore.
Captain Cherian Thottathil from Chennai (now in a Mission field in Amla, Madhya Pradesh) hopes to join full time with GCI by May 2018 to be based at GCI Centre, Kottayam. We expect him to energise and establish the ministry with him full time available for the ministry and to re-activate the GCI Chennai Centre, he was in charge of till he left for Amla. Till he comes to the Kottayam Centre Cherian Zachariah will be the Acting Executive Secretary.
New Staff Couple: Another important decision was to appoint Mr. Presty Thomas and his wife Neeta Sweety as Staff of GCI. They got married on 24th August 2017. Pray for their getting US Visa to attend the Seminar and Workshop of GFI from 1st to 10th November 2017 at Pigeon Forge at the invitation of GFI Board. The dates of filing application and face to face interview are fixed for 19th and 26th October.
Presty is B. Th from India & M. Div from Singapore and did GCI one month Training Program in 2013. He plans to take M.A (Counseling) form Singapore from January 2018.
Sweety is B. Th, M. Div, M.A.(Counseling Psychology) from three Universities in India. She plans to take M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Luther Rice University and Seminary, Metro Atlanta.
The landslide on the boundary of GCI HQ affecting the 10 feet high house of the poor neighbour family need to be repaired for the safety of their home as well as GCI boundary. $1,300 is the estimated cost of the construction of the wall of 16 feet height and 27 feet length. Pray for the provision of the needed funds.