Monday, January 28, 2013

Football in Religion

In the year 2005 I bought an MIG flat from DDA for about 900000 INR. I was able to mobilize the fund by raising housing loan from IDBI Bank. The repayment period stretches for a period of 20 years, which will put financial strain on me for major part of my service life. Even today a six figure amount is inspiring awe. 
When the Secretary of the Church informs that the Church had received an amount of 75, 30,000/-  2012, that was like saying, "By the standards of the Financial Year (2005-06), your Church has earned so much as to affort the cost of 8 flats in Delhi. The estimated receipt for 2013 is 85, 95,000/- and estimated expenditure, 85, 20,000/- INR.
The Pastor cheers up the Church members by presenting smiling faces of just married couples, returnees from home visit and first timers and of course winners of championship in a football tournament conducted by Church of North India. And the trophy is accompanied with cash award of 5000 INR. And that is reducing the figure of revenue projected to be earned during the calendar year by five thousand. That surely is a new way of mission work ! 
“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.” – (NIV)
Rev. Nengzakhup, Executive Director of NECTAR, delivers a spiritual message about the trial of faith. Based on the scripture from Genesis 12:1-4, he says that God had called Abraham to ‘leave his country ..and kindred’’ for a purpose, which is a metaphor worthy of application in every Christian life.
The conduct of Mizos/Zomis in Delhi, according to the guest speaker, is crucial not only for spiritual life, but even for their material destiny. He urges the Delhites to offer unconditional obedience, sacrifice and faith in order to be a source of blessing.
Citing Abraham’s determination even after a couple of mis-steps, the speaker emphasizes the need to cling on to God no matter what.
The sermon with little verve is convincing nevertheless. In fact NECTAR run by the speaker has churned out 250 plus graduates, who spread out across diverse cultures and region through the entire north-eastern region, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, New Delhi and West Bengal. NECTAR products also cross international borders to reach countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan and Zambia. Presently 5 ongoing Bible Translation projects are at hand.
The congregation rose to the hymn, ‘Toupa’n hon gup leh’- If God be with us.
The service concludes with benediction from the Pastor.