The context for this verse is the conversion of Cornelius, taking place in his house along with his family, close friends and relatives, through Peter. Cornelius lived in Caesarea, sometimes called Palestinian Caesarea, which was the largest and most important port city on the Mediterranean in Palestine. Cornelius was a godly and devout centurion who was well respected by all the Jewish people. Before Peter was sent to Cornelius’ house, he was shown a particular vision in which he eventually understands that in God’s sight there is nothing impure which God has made clean (Acts 10:15).
Peter came to realize that God is not a God who shows partiality or favoritism, but that He is God of ‘all men from every nation who fear him and do what is right’. Peter shared the good news of peace through Jesus Christ who is Lord of all. While Peter was still speaking the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. God reaches out to those who want to know him, because the gospel is open to all people. Cornelius is a welcome example of God’s willingness to use extraordinary means to reach those who desire to know him. That is why Jesus came for the whole world – for you and for me.
Our visit to North East India was a great blessing as we could see God’s blessing coming upon different people groups and tribes. We spent four days at Jairampur in Arunachal Pradesh. Bro. John, now the secretary of Arunachal EGF and of Kerala origin, along with his wife received us with a warm welcome and hosted us for four days. They took care of everything from our stay to our travel. The growth of the Christian churches in the last thirty years is incredible and we are glad that we were able to visit various churches. They have grown amidst severe persecution and problems. UESI ministry also has a significant role in the missions as many of the Church leaders have an EU or EGF links. Christians in Arunachal also play a key role in the state politics. We had a very fruitful time with the State Finance Minister who is a professing Christian and Mr. V K Chena, a member of Public Service Commission of Arunachal. Let us uphold in prayers our brothers and sisters in that land.
The staff conference in Nagaland was yet another unforgettable event for Kerala staff team. The conference was from 27th December 2010 to 2nd January 2011. There were more than 400 delegates from across India. Mr. C B Samuel (Delhi) and Dr A K Lama (Head of the Council of the Baptist Churches in North East India and a former staff of UESI) were the main speakers. We could also witness and praise God for the growth of the ministry in the Northern part of India. The physical arrangements were taken care of by the 60 EU volunteers and few graduates (like cooking, cleaning, washing vessels etc.). Praise God for their cheerful spirit for ser- vice. Patkai Christian College, the venue of the conference has a permanent office and a library for UESI. The EU comprises of 200 active members and about 1000 students who attend their weekly pro- grams. The ministry in India is growing and going to bring forth a revival in this land. This century it is going to catch a place in the history of the Indian Church.
The Christmas programs conducted by different EUs and ICEUs had a good participation. The initiative of our believing students for these programs is commendable.
We would be sharing our experiences, encouragements and take-away from the conference in person. And as we do this, let us join hands and work together this New Year which God is giving us, to see a great revival in ‘God’s own country’.
Wish you all a Happy and Blessed New Year.