Saturday, July 21, 2012

Muslim Kunju Mohammed now a Catholic - Praised be Jesus

But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundred fold, in another sixty, and in another thirty (Gospel of St Mathew 13:23)


  

For the last 18 years Kunjumon has been distributing nearly 2000 copies of Vachanolsavam (Asia's Most Widely Distributed Catholic Mission Magazine) each month to the various parishes, colonies, hospitals and jails in Kerala, thus contributing his share to the evangelization work. 

He was a Muslim before. 

But 14 years ago he came to know about Jesus and became a Catholic on his own accord. He started his Vachanolsavam service distributing 250 copies each month. 
 
How he met Jesus Christ
Once when his life partner was suffering from multiple diseases like chest pain, ulcer and vomiting, he took her to the hospital. 

As they were standing in the Queue to see the doctor, his wife who was seriously sick was praying to Jesus.

Wife - Vision of Jesus
Then she had a vision of Jesus wearing a red cloak and she had a great desire to go to Potta (Divine Retreat Centre, Kerala, India). He brought her to Potta to listen to the Word. 

They prayed to Jesus earnestly. 

She vomitted every time she ate food for many years. But when she ate the food at Potta she did not vomit. 

How JESUS cured his wife

1. Jesus gave her complete cure from all her diseases.

2. She was illiterate, but soon, with the enlightenment from the Holy Spirit, she began to read the Bible. 

3. Soon the entire family received baptism. 
Kunju Mohammed took the new name - Kunjumon. 


Spread Risen Christ to Muslims and Non-Christians
He also became a Vachanolsavam missionary. He had witnessed how Jesus worked miracles in the lives of many giving them healings and blessings of all sorts. 

Through his Vachanolsavam ministry, many of the inmates of hospitals and jails became readers of Vachanolsavam, getting solace and healing from Jesus. 

He testifies to the fact that his services for the glorification of God have been bringing him abundant blessings. 

Testimony of Kunju Mohammed as per Vachanolsavam - a popular Catholic Mission Magazine - October 2011

Residence
P.K. Kunjumon (Kunju Mohammed), Peedikaparambil, Kerala, South India, India


Hallelujah
 
My Dear readers in risen LORD - Jesus Christ, 

The Word that became flesh is Jesus. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth (Jn 1:14). 

Jesus - who is complete God and complete man. 

In him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily (Colosians 2:9). Jesus is the Word becoming the human form. The whole fullness of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit is seen in Jesus. 

He took the human form and was born of a virgin at the will of the Father (Is 7:14). His name is called the Word of God (Rev 19:13). Do you want to give Jesus to the world? Then, proclamation of the Word of God is most essential. When each one of us shares the Word with our testimony, we are proclaiming the Word of God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God (Jn 1:1-2). Jesus Christ took the human form and his most crucial service was to give the Word. The Word proclaimed with authority and power continues to shower transformation, anointing of the Holy Spirit, internal and external healings on the listeners. 

But he said to them, My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it (Lk.8:21).

WHEN LISTENING TO THE WORD OF GOD

1. Cleansing of life takes place: Jesus said, You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you (Jn 15:3).

2. The Powers of Darkness are cast out: He cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick (Mt 8:16). 

3. Miraculous Healings take place: They cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress; he sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction (Ps 107:19-20).

4. The great Word-power: God created the first man by the Word and He gave him participation in the creative process. Adam-Eve couple, the first creations of God, has multiplied into a mind-boggling seven billion, filling the earth. 

He created the earth, the sun which is colossally more gigantic than the earth, and the infinite number of stars even bigger than the sun, by merely saying ‘Let there be’ and he sustains all these things by his powerful word (Heb 1:3).

5. God accomplishes his works through the Word: 

By the word of the Lord his works are made (Sir 42:15).

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Khrist Bhakta - a CATHOLIC spiritual movement - in Northern India - Varanasi - a city holy to Hinduism

Khrist Bhakta: tens of thousands of Hindus and Muslims fascinated by Christ

Fr Anil Dev (IMS) Missionary tells the story of a movement run by the Indian Missionary Society in Varanasi (North India), the spiritual capital of Hindu India. 

Fr Anil Dev says people are fascinated by the relationship to a personal and living God who loves them unconditionally.

Thousands of such seekers come to the ashram. On second Saturdays the number reaches more than 30,000. Many are healed; others give up vices like drinking, and others experience a deep transformation in their lives.

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How was Khrist Bhakta born?
“The movement is the result of the Satsangs (prayer meetings) held at the Ashram in 1993-1994.
At present, at least 4,000 people come every Sunday to attend such meetings out of about 30,000 members of this devotional movement, more than the total number of Catholics in the diocese.
Most Khrist Bhakta members come from a reality of spiritual and social bondage; many suffer enslavement in a patriarchal society.
Ours is primarily a movement of spiritual liberation. Encountering the Gospel is a life-changing experience; it gives a new identity, a culture of prayer and brotherhood that transforms people and the society in which they live.”


Yet these Jesus devotees stay with their faith. Why?
The Gospel is for everyone, not only for those who desire baptism, if these poor illiterate people, as well as educated people, come here to enrich their lives with the teachings of Jesus Christ. That in itself is evangelisation.
The Khrist Bhakta remains a movement for non-Christians and we are open to the Lord’s suggestions. For now, as Saint Paul put it, “Christ did not send me to baptise, but to preach the Gospel.”


What draws these “devotees”?
People find inspiration in the person of Jesus and his teachings. They are attracted to his suffering and his love for the poor. The experience of expressive praying, especially in community, which is not in the mainstream Hindu religious system, is a new experience that gives them a sense of freedom and contentment. Many of the Khrist Bhakta suffer social obstacles and often ostracism and here relate to a personal and living God. They experience the freedom of a relationship, free from fear, with a Father who unconditionally loves as opposed to deities who need to be propitiated.



 How can you be fascinated by the Gospel and not convert?
First, we must accept the movement is a work of the Holy Spirit; it was initiated, strengthened and led by the Holy Spirit alone. Secondly, in appreciation of the values of the Lord, devotees gradually achieve certain conformity with Jesus Christ and begin to live out his values. So far, few have asked to be baptised.

Have you ever been threatened or attacked by Hindu extremists for your work?
Why should they? We do not force anyone to come to us. All we do is freely communicate the teachings of Jesus. Some people come from neighbouring towns and villages, some walk great distances to attend out Satsangs, and they return home, transformed, their lives and burden lightened and continue to remain in their own culture. Why should anyone persecute us?

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Hindus and Muslims pray to JESUS (with Mary) at Matridham Ashram, Varanasi, India

 


 

Testimonies of converts to Christianity

Nirmala Devi was born into a Hindu family but for the past seven years she has been a “Khrist Bhakta” (Christ devotee). The Word of God and love for the Lord inspire my life, the 50-year-old says.



Devi was among 15,000 people from various religions and castes who attended the annual convention of the “Khrist Bhakta” Movement at Varanasi, a Hindu temple town in the northern Uttar Pradesh state.

Like Devi, most participants are not baptized, and the mission helps them celebrate their faith in Christ.




The Varanasi-based Indian Missionary Society, a Catholic Religious congregation, started the movement 13 years ago. The movement aims to help people, who may face ostracism from society and family if they were to be baptized, live out their Christian beliefs as fully as possible.

The movement has now spread to most of the northern Indian states.




According to Father Anil Dev, the movement’s founder, the movement does not register its members, but thy are growing not only in numbers but also in Christian maturity. He notes that many of them could face trouble from family members and their castes, including acts of violence, if they were to become Christians formally.




The priest said the movement has helped people move from “shallow superstitious” rituals to a “deeper faith” based on the Word of God. Devi says she looks to Christ during moments of trial. “He takes care of me and my family,” she said.

Another devotee, 23-year-old Binu Devi, concurs. “I have full faith in Jesus. He is with me through every difficulty.”

 a hindu woman praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament at Matridham, Varanasi, India



MASIHI SATSANG ” (A Christian Search for Truth) under the direction of Chhotebhai (Noronha) of Kanpur is part of 5-years running Christian TV programme called NUTAN DHARA (New Spring) featuring the Acharya of Matridham Ashram Varanasi, Indian Missionary Society Father Anildev


The telecast can be seen on the following channels:

ZEE JAGRAN TV (All India) – Every Saturday and Sunday 9.30 pm
SUVIDHA CHANNEL (Vasai & Virar) Every Saturday and Sunday at 8.30 pm
PBL NAZAR CABLE (Ranchi) – Every Saturday and Sunday at 7.30 pm
AIYAR CHANNEL (New Delhi)
PARARTHNA BHAWAN CHANNEL (Ludhiana)
It may also be viewed on YouTube by clicking on MATRIDHAMASHRAM or ANILDEV



The Indian Church received the gift of faith from the Holy Apostle, St Thomas. He brought the Good News to the Indian shores, and was followed later by St Francis Xavier S.J, patron saint of Missions. Our modern society has seen the faith witnessed through the Blessed Mother Teresa. Such is the inheritance of our faith.

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Youtube - Interview with Fr Anildev (IMS), a catholic priest working in North India, where more than 30,000 attend mass every second Saturday of the month.










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