Applying Biblical Knowledge
Pr. Mathew V. S.
India Bible College and Seminary is an institution which trains students to obey the great Commandments and fulfill the Great Commission of our Great Master. Our vision and mission is to prepare our students in applying the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. The major role of the practical ministry department is to equip the students for their future ministry. India Bible College is committed to helping the students to put biblical knowledge and theology into practice. Ministry skill is
developed through practical experience. The following is a short report of the training provided to our students to develop ministry skills during the academic year 2013-2014.
Houses Visiting and Personal evangelism
House visiting is one of the effective means of sharing the Gospel with others. This academic year students were sent to different places for visiting houses. This year our students visited over 1000 houses. The entire students were given training on personal evangelism. The classes were taken by Pr. D. Samkutty and Pr. Kochumon. This systematic training helped them to share the Gospel with religious fanatics, alcoholics, the sick, orphans, philosophers and debators.
Open Air meetings
Open air meetings equip the students to share the Gospel with people on the street. It enables them to preach the word without fear. We were able to conduct open air meetings in different places such as Korakkala (Thalayolaparambu), Punnackad (Mavelikkara) Perumpally (Kayamkulam). Our open air meetings are characterized by
creative arts such as skits preaching and singing.These skits portray the uniqueness of Jesus Christ which attracts the common man to Christ. Many people responded positively.
Our students were involved in the children's ministry too. The children's ministry is important because kids tend to be more receptive to the Gospel than any other age group. We have 8 kid’s clubs with 100 children. Around 40 of our trained students (ladies and gents) have been giving leadership to this ministry. Every week staff from Timothy Institute come and take classes for our students who are called for this ministry.
Gilgal Aswasa Bhavan visit
This is a home for the destitute, old aged, mentally challenged and physically handicapped run under the leadership of Pr. Jacob Joseph. Each Saturday a team of lady students visit the inmates and render service to them. They help older women in personal grooming (combing their hair, trimming nails, washing their clothes) feeding them, praying for them, feeding small children, helping in kitchen and dining hall. These domestic and personal care activities done with caution and love motivate the students to take care of the destitute and abandoned in our society.
Music fest is an effective means to reach the masses. Christian music reflects the majestic, harmony, purity and holiness of God. Its goal is not to entertain or draw attention to the performers’ ability but to glorify God and to inspire to conform to the image of God. IBC Melody (choir) was able to conduct a music program on 14th December 2013, that was hosted by Nannoor IPC and Pr. K.J Philip.
Christmas Carol Singing
A team of students and faculty were able to visit many houses during Christmas week with the Gospel message in Pathupara (Punalur). Pathupara Church of God and Pr.Simonkutty provided the facility for this event. Team members were able to visit homes and share a short message and also distributed gospel packets comprising of nine
gospel tracts, a New Testament and promise card for the new year. The Choir sang songs with the accompaniment of musical instruments.
Independence Day Program
On August 15, 2013 students and our staff were able to involve in social work and community service programs. The entire students were divided into four groups. One team engaged in the thick undergrowth clearing around the IGO campus, while the second could clean the entire premises of the local primary health centre. The doctors and its staff as well as the ward members of respective wards supported us in the endeavor. The other two teams visited Gilgal Aswasa Bhavan (Eraviperoor) and Mizpah Training Center for the Differently Abled (Kayamkulam) run by Pr.B Saji, our faculty member. Our students put up heart-touching skits, choreography and other shows for the benefit of these people.
Our students have been visiting few labour camps at Kulanada every weekend. They were able to impart the Gospel message to atleast 29 North Indian friends every week. Pr. Saji Kurien, of the local IPC, made it possible for our students to be there and share the Good News.
The Seminary has been conducting weekly meetings among the Tamil speaking people in three different places such as Thekkemala, Nellilmala and Nellad. More than 12 Tamil speaking students from Tamil Nadu gave leadership for this ministry using their native language. Our students, on a regular basis visit these friends and pray for them. On Sundays they conduct a service and cell group meeting. This year we held a special Christmas program for the Tamil friends at the IGO campus where nearly 60 Tamilians, who are working at different construction sites attended and went back uplifted in spirit and body.
India Bible College & Seminary encourages the students to be engaged in holistic ministry. The Seminary takes time to identify the talents and develop the ability of each student, thus allowing them ample opportunities to put into practice the knowledge gained in the classroom.