Prophet Jeremiah asked God, “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? (Jer.12: 1).
Habakkuk was also forced to question God: “Why do you tolerate wrong? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves? (Hab.1:3).
The questions remain the same even today! Newspapers, news channels and other social media
have no shortage for news as they have plenty of matters to report – ugly, cruel and inhuman and
Don’t we also think sometimes “Where is God?”
God’s response to Jeremiah was another question: “If you have raced with people on foot and they
have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you
manage in the thickets by the Jordan? (Jer 12:5)
God made it clear that Jeremiah’s ministry would get harder, not easier. That was the bad news! The good news was that, as he faced these challenges, he “would draw upon God given abilities he didn’t know he had!” The challenges would only mature him in his character and his skills.
Jesus is our model. When he came into the world, he knew that the path for him would be diffi cult
to tread and more humiliating. Nothing but death would be the reward! But He was fully aware of his
identity and His mission. The hope we have today is because of Him! As we mediate on the suff erings
of the Lord Jesus Christ these days, “Let us run with persevere the race marked out for us, fi xing our eyes
on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of faith (Heb12:1-2)
In 1802, Adoniram Judson, aged 23, sailed for Burma (Myanmar) with his wife Ann, whom he
had married just 12 days before. He was the fi rst American overseas missionary. He spent the rest of his life there. Following is the letter he had written to Ann’s father before marriage.
“I have now to ask, whether you can consent to be part with your daughter early next spring, to
see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to
the hardships and suff erings of missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the
dangers of the ocean, to the fatal infl uence of the southern climate of India, to every kind of want and
distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this,
for the sake of him who left his heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing,
immoral souls; for the sake of Zion; and the Glory of God?”
Her father allowed his daughter to decide. She said ‘yes’!
New GS of UESI: It is my joy to inform you that the UESI Board which met in Shillong last month,
has decided to appoint our Graduates Ministry Secretary, Mr. Saji Easo to succeed me as the next
General Secretary of UESI. He has been involved in UESI right from his student days and has rich
experience in fi eld work in Uttar Pradesh. He played active role as North Zone Secretary and North
India Coordination Committee Secretary and was instrumental in the development of Hindi Literature
and Hindi Training. I believe that he will provide the right leadership in the days to come. Let us pray for
him and his family as they prepare themselves and move to New Delhi to take up this responsibility.
Bro. Saji Easo who has been selected by the UESI board to be the next General Secretary grew up and studied in Bhopal, MadhyaPradesh.
After finishing his BBA and MA (Economics) in Bhopal, he worked with Hotel Taj, Bhopal, and later as Sales Executive with Kinetic Motors and Remington Rand India Ltd.
Saji’s personal encounter with Jesus was through his Marthoma church VBS while studying 7th std and made commitment for full time ministry in a Campus Crusade camp while in Std 9. He was introduced to EU during his college period.
Attending EU bible study at St John’s School Bhopal and the care given by seniors brought in a deep interest to study the Word of God. The Night Vigil(1991) and the NMTC which he attended in 1992 made him fall in love with UESI ministry! This also rekindled his desire to serve the Lord with UESI.
In 1992, he Ieft his job, took a break for a year waiting upon the Lord. In 1993
Mr. Mathew Varghese (then State Secy of UESI Kerala), shared with him about the need of a coordinator in UP. Saji prayed over this and shared with his parents. They too happily agreed and sent him to UP. He joined as a coordinator for UttarPradesh, based in Kanpur.
In 1995, he got married to Annie, who was working as staff with UESI Kerala. Annie was introduced to EU in her 11th std at Marthoma College Tiruvalla. She holds M.Sc degree in Physics. She served as staff of UESI Kerala from 1990 to 1995 and later joined UP along with Saji.
Their passion for fi eld work made them travel across the state and develop the grass root work, local staff and graduates.
Both Saji and Annie have completed their theological studies (BD) at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune. He has served as North Zone Secretary and North India Secretary. As North India Secretary, he took active interest in the publication of Hindi books and materials. His deep desire to see students, graduates and staff as people of the Word by having quality Quiet Time helped him to develop the Quiet Time Journal which is being used by the UESI constituency widely.
Saji and Annie are blessed with three children – Eirene Mary (doing B.A from IT
College Lucknow), 2nd daughter Aradhana Lilian (8th std) and Jonathan Immanuel (6th std).
Saji’s vision is that UESI should infl uence the Campuses, Church and Society by the life style of its members. His desire is to see more vernacular literature published to meet the need of local students/Graduates and development of local leadership.
Saji & family requests our regular prayers for continued growth in their Christian walk and personal time with students, graduates and staff s as he take up the new responsibility.
Arul Manohar, General Secretary