Around Swan Hill Parish – Friday 13th July 2018

Last weekend we were privileged to hear first hand from the charismatic Asit Samuel, currently visiting the Diocese of Bendigo.  Asit has for 32 years worked for, and is currently National Director, of East India Bible Literature.  He served in Kolkata for 14 years through Compassion India, catering for nearly 70,000 children in need.

The money from “Elijah’s Jar “  through the Diocese of Bendigo supports the Sarah Children’s Home in Guntur, Andhra  Pradesh, of which Asit is Administrator.  However the purpose of his visit was to speak about the plight of Christians in Northern India which in the 10 years since the beginning of the persecution in 2008 has been decimating the small farming villages . The Santals are the largest tribal group, over 10 million being the lowest in the caste system, and already 40,000 have been displaced with unknown numbers of families massacred.  India, holding within its 26 states one third of the world’s population, is the seventh most dangerous country now for Christians.  With elections in 2019 we are entreated to pray for India’s incoming Government to halt the genocide of all non- Hindu people.

On a happier note, the Café Church team is ready for Sunday night at 5.00 pm with a welcome cuppa and nibbles. A special treat will be a talk by Charlotte Baker, whose award winning essay on the significance of Anzac Day resulted in an experience she will  share prior to the meal at 6.00 pm.  First time visitors will be warmly welcomed by the regulars, so come and grab a table.

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