“Look to the rock from which you were cut, and to the quarry from which you were hewn; Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was but alone and I blessed him and made him many.” Isaiah 51: 1&2
Beloved Brothers and Sisters,
Periodic calibration of tools and instruments is part of our life. My predecessor
Bro Ashok Palukurthi, in one of his treasurer’s letters put three-four statements from Prof H Enoch’s autobiography – Following the Master to ponder and pray with a few questions. Let me add a few more, let us ponder on these statements from Prof Enoch, for a time of re-calibration. These statements are taken from the chapter “The Founding of UESI“ in Following the Master.
1. God would supply all our needs, and so there would be no necessity to depend on foreign aid or membership subscriptions
[Q: Are we still inclined to raise funds from abroad, though it is welcome when they voluntarily give? How about our responsibility to improve sacrificial living and sacrificial giving so as to fuel the growth of the movement?]
2. If the movement was of God, and if we remained in the will of God, He would supply all the needs according to His Word
[Q: Have we remained in the will of God or do we try to imitate worldly patterns/other organizations?]
3. The problem with Christian work in India (or anywhere else) was not lack of money. God only lacked men who would do His will.
[Q: Are we a willing and available community? Is there involvement deficit? Is each EU student a missionary in his or her college? Is each graduate a missionary at his work-place and society?]
4. Organization is a necessary evil for carrying on the routine work of a movement, provided that structure and organization are not given undue importance and made the chief end of our existence.
[Q: Do we emphasize more on structures, offices, positions, location presences?]
5. Though many offered to serve in the work, we did not have liberty to accept them, for we wanted men of God’s choice.
[Q: Are we looking for men/ women of God’s choice? Are we affirming ourselves as His people as stewards of His mission today?]
6. We also decided to permit a leader, if approached for clarification, to express one’s personal views and also, share one’s experiences in testimony, provided one didn’t try to draw disciples after oneself.
[Q: Are we an inclusive fellowship? Are we making disciples of isms? Prof H Enoch and the first General Secretary Rev P T Chandapilla were of different denominational views. Yet they exemplified a love- relationship to an extent that “Following the Master” the autobiography of Prof H Enoch as written by Rev P T Chandapilla, collating the answers to the questions he asked to Prof Enoch during the latter’s sabbatical (see the preface of the book). Are we following such a love and oneness as students, graduates and staff, with such respect for one another?]
7. When some suggested that we should have membership fees or subscriptions to maintain the movement, I disagreed. I myself offered to pay any bill, which might be left unpaid.
[Q: How are we as Graduates– Are we Enoch-like Graduates Fellowship?]
For more of such re- calibrating questions, I suggest a fresh reading of Following the Master by each student, each graduate and each staff in our community.
Isaiah 51: 1 & 2 says “Look to the rock from which you were cut, and to the quarry from which you were hewn; Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was but alone and I blessed him and made him many.” Isaiah 51: 1&2.
Are we the multiplied version of our founding fathers? Let us ponder and pray, Let us re- calibrate…
On Finances, we are in the very last month of our financial year 2017-18 let us approach His throne of grace with thanksgiving and pray that God will mercifully lead us further to close the year 2018 without any deficits
Kindly be in earnest prayers for 81L. Please pray and participate as the Lord leads each of us. .
Joyfully, with you in Christ
Reji. K. Daniel