Oct 2, 2011

2011 October

2011 October
Gangtok EPCS Church English Service Roster for October 2011 
October 02 - Speaker: Arthur Pazo
October 09 - Speaker: Mrs. Cashmore
October 16 - Speaker: Brother Bikash Cintury
October 23 - Speaker: Miss Esther M. Sharma
October 30 - Speaker: Ms. Lal chharliani


October 14, 2011 - This World Is Not My Home
Those of us who grew up as children, youth and young adults (or perhaps even as senior adults in the 1960's would have heard the country gospel song (This World Is Not My Home)  made popular by the late Jim Reeves:

        This world is not my home, I'm just a passin' through,
        My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue . . . 

Isn't it pitiful that so many of who profess to be followers of Christ bicker and banter about alien residents occupying our neigbourhood?

Following the devastation caused by last month's earthquake, an associate organization had asked me to locate a specific impoverished dwelling where their group of volunteers could help provide some relief in the form of rebuilding damages that the owners could not afford. Well, our local government has been pretty efficient in offering relief measures to one and all.  However, amid all the good Samaritanical work that our state has done, I came to observe two families did not qualify for the aid for the following reasons:

a. Family "A" are likely aliens (perhaps Nepali citizens in temporary residence), hence the reason why they did not qualify for compensation. They are living in a very rudimentary shack, so weakly put up that any one of us could tear it down in a matter of minutes. I think that it is so so very flexible that even the earthquake had no affect on its structure. The father of the house worked as a (manual) labourer but now has an even less paying job as an attendant at a hardware store following injury to his back when 70 bags of cement fell over him.

b. Family "B" is a relatively poor Sikkimese people who live in a shack amidst a grand surrounding of concrete buildings right at the heart of Gangtok. The reason why this family did not line up for the free handouts is on account of their Christian upbringing and faith - since their shack did not suffer any major damage, the mother of the house thought it sinful to be recompensed on false pretext.

I am taking the volunteers to meet both the families, see both the houses, and then decide for themselves where they would like to help (within their limited resources and time).

October 02, 2011 - Followup to September Post
As the volunteering coordinator for the Sunday English Worship, it falls on me to request people to deliver sermons and occasionally some capable hands decline courteously saying that they are not ready yet. I understand that they feel themselves spiritually unclean (i.e. not fit or worthy as an exemplary Christian to witness for The Lord. Well, who other than Christ can claim 'absolute spiritual cleanliness in the human form to have ever lived on Earth'? We know as a matter of fact that even the great and blessed prophet Moses to whom God directly revealed Himself many a times to was guilty of murder!

Brothers and Sisters-in-Christ, our human lives are frail and we do not possess the luxury in dictating the terms of our individual longevity. Just stand up and testify The Gospel of Christ whenever the opportunity knocks. The next opportunity may not come in this lifetime, and of course you know well what awaits you when your soul departs the body.

Christ has said, "If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."  - Mark 8: 38 (NIV)

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