Quo vadis (Where are you going)?


uesi-gsQuo vadis is a Latin phrase meaning “Where are you going?”
The modern usage of the phrase refers to Christian tradition regarding Apostle Peter. Peter was fleeing from likely crucifixion in Rome at the hands of the government, and along the road outside the city, he meets the risen Jesus. In the Latin translation, Peter asks Jesus “Quo vadis?”, to which Jesus replied “I am going to Rome to be crucified again”. This causes him to remember the words, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mark 8:34) He thereby gains the courage to continue his ministry and returned to the city, to eventually be martyred by being crucified upside down.
Another year is coming to a close! The words ‘quo vadis?’ comes as a reminder to all of us to reflect upon how our walk with the Lord has been. It is natural human tendency to try to flee from hardships and rest in our own comfort zones. But the task given to us involves hard work and difficulties. Our Lord knew this very well and He submitted Himself to this wholeheartedly. He was confident that the happenings in His life were permitted by God. He was also clear about the purpose of His coming into the world. He knew very well that His Father’s business (Luke 2:49) would lead Him eventually to drink the bitter cup of divine wrath (22:42). That is why He was able to declare to Pilate boldly “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above .”
(John 19:11).
Christmas and New Year are good times to reflect upon these thoughts! We are prepared to face unexpected difficulties and failures because we can not do anything against them! But when we know in advance that there would be hardships on the way, we try through all possible means to avoid them. We will also justify that as Christians we should be victorious over “all” difficulties and we will be willing to offer any number of excuses and sacrifices to escape them! But when we know that the Lord wants us to walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, let us be confident that he is with us and learn to walk with Him. Let this Christmas and New Year season bring in more confidence and trust in the Lord in our lives so that we can answer the question “Quo vadis?”
We have just concluded the one month induction Staff Training programme at Kotagiri for the new staff. There were 12 participants learning together the ministerial skills. It is our prayer that they would shine as men and women of God in the field. Also, we could have two Board Orientation programmes – in Bangalore and Kolkata- for National and State Board members. As the movement grows, it is essential that we know our roles clearly so that the ministry we do will bring in healthy relationships.
After a gap of six years all the National and state staff (office and field) will be coming together at Union Biblical
Seminary Pune, Maharastra for the Staff Conference. Please pray for their safe travel, meaningful time of
fellowship and renewal, and financial need. If you are led of the Lord you can specifically contribute for this need.
We have 4 more months to go to complete this academic year. Let us pray fervently for 50 EU affiliations, 100 tent makers, 30 short term workers and 14 new staff to be added to our ministry in this year! As we work together, the Lord will enable us to reach these milestones.
Arul Manohar


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