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THE SUFFERING LITTLE CHILDREN

Pastor Dr. T. Valson Abraham
Founder/ President
India Gospel Outreach

I wish you all God’s richest blessings in 2016.
Whoever receives one such child in My name receives me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him, that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depths of the sea.” [Matthew18:5, 6].
What profound words, spoken by our Lord. To welcome a child in the name of Jesus is to welcome Jesus Himself. That is to welcome the King of Kings, the Maker of heaven and earth, the God given order of the universe.
To reject or neglect a child brings sobering judgment. In Jesus’ eyes, such travesty means to reject the king of Kings, to reject the Maker of heaven and earth, to reject the God-given order of the universe.

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Editorial

TEACH OUR CHILDERN

Pastor Dr. John K Mathew

In His farewell message, our Lord Jesus Christ said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Later on, His beloved apostle Paul admonished his beloved son Timothy to entrust this doctrine to reliable men, who will also be qualified to teach others.
This admonition clearly depicts the importance of teaching. The church needs reliable teachers to teach the truth, yet, somehow this ministry has been neglected in the church down the road. Knowingly or unknowingly, a wrong notion crept into the church that deems preaching as the best ministry. As a matter of fact, all ministries are equally important, since God established them. Each is important because they are given to prepare God’s people for service in order that the body of Christ is built up.

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TRAIN… IN GOD’S WAY

Abraham Philipose, Timothy Institute

An undisciplined generation is the fundamental mistake of this age. Has the new psychology and teaching methodology spoiled a generation in the Western world? This theory slowly penetrating of the third world countries. Spanking a child is barbaric and uncivilized way of discipline a child, says the modern thinkers, so the rod is spared and the whole world is suffering its consequences. A new generation without any respect and responsibilities has been created. The result is alarming; the crime rate is rising among youths. We have seen more than 5 juvenile murder cases in our small Kerala state alone last year. Insulting the opposite sex is highest in Kerala compared to other states in India. In the western world, shooting happens regularly in colleges. The whole materialistic concept and unhealthy competition created in the mind of our children resulted in hate which in turn is now overflowing in the form of crime. The electronic media and entertainment also are encouraging the new generation to terrorism and other extremist actions.

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IBC TRAINS TO REACH CHILDREN

Evg. Ajeesh George
Department of Practical Ministry,
India Bible College & Seminary, Kumbanad

Introduction
“Children! Who can estimate the value of a child? Not gold, houses, or lands, possessions or honors, art, science or fame, but a child! A living, breathing, throbbing thing; a brain to think, a heart to love; a being endowed with marvelous capacities, gifts and responsibilities which may later lead and move multitudes. A child who may become a voice for righteousness, justice and purity, and inspired from above, shall impress cold, selfish men and women, and make them run to follow the Christ as rivers rush to seas”.

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CHILDREN AT RISK

Rev. Biju Eapen
Faculty, India Bible College & Seminary, Kumbanad

Introduction
Children constitute principle assets of any country. Children’s development is as important as the development of material resources and the best way to develop national resources is to take care of children. India has the largest child population in the world. Not only does India have the world’s largest number of children, but also the largest number of vulnerable child population of them nearly 44 million is in difficult circumstances. ‘Children at Risk’ includes orphans, abandoned children, destitute children, working and street children, victims of natural calamities, children with disabilities, HIV/AIDS affected children, children of sex workers, children in conflict with law, children of refugees, migrant and construction workers. This article deals with the ‘Children at Risk’ especially working children, victims of child abuse, street children and children live with HIV/AIDS.
Child Labour

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CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Linda E. Homeyer Ph. D.
Professer of Counseling, travels and teaches internationally,
Author of books on “Play Therapy

An understanding of child development helps us raise children into the adults we hope them to be. Many parents refer to their children as a “gift from God” (Psalm 127). Indeed they are. These gifts have many needs, stages, and tasks to be experienced and mastered to achieve their full potential. This article will provide a review of these, with the prayer that those reading this, whatever their role in the lives of children, will provide what is needed for healthy development. God puts many people into the lives of children: parents, aunties, grandparents, pastors, youth pastors, and teachers, among others. None of us do it alone. Together, we all impact the children who live among us.
The movement from infancy to adulthood is a weaving together of many complex dynamics. It appears simple; children just grow up. However, it’s not only their physical growth. Other developmental areas require attention as well. Emotional, psychological and spiritual needs exist too. When working with parents and other adults we find that many of them missed some of their own developmental needs and tasks. These unmet developmental areas of their own impact how they function as adults as well as how they parent. I find most adults do the best that they can. But with God’s grace and a caring community of Believers, we can all come along side each other and fill-in those gaps.

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PROMISING POWER OF PARENTS

Dr. Annie George
Faculty, Faith Theological Seminary

Increasing levels of aggression and deviant behaviour in children and youths have caught nationwide attention. In August 2015, Times of India noted a steady increase of the rate of juvenile offences in the last decade. Also the overall rate of increase in crime is much faster than population growth. Sociologists have noted various underlying causes for delinquent behaviour in children:
• individual risk factors (low intelligence, lack of proper education, impulsive behaviour, and uncontrolled aggression)
• family risk factors (proper parental supervision, ongoing parental conflict, neglect and abuse)
• mental health disorders
• substance abuse

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SINGLE PARENTING: A BIG CHALLENGE TO OUR NEW GENERATION

Dr. Saji K. P. Ph.D
Pastor, Teacher, counselor

We use the term “single parenting” to mean the aspect of parenting where one of the parents take care of child /children either alone or as part of a large family but without a spouse or partner. Single parenting can be the result of various circumstances such as the death of a spouse, departure of a spouse due to job in a distant place, divorce etc. Single parenting is one of the major issues in parenting today in our context and it results in scores of emotional and psychological imbalances in children. Unless special attention and guidance provided to the family, they may end up in building up unwanted pressures. It is daunting and fearsome when all in a sudden one of the spouse is left alone to take care of the child/children. The emotional pressures of the parent due to the separation will directly reflect on the emotional bonding between the parent and child/children.

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Our Founding Father

PKEAbrahamPastor K.E. Abraham, founder of Indian Pentecostal Church of God, was born in 1st March 1899, in Puthencav, near Chenganoor, in Kerala, India. His parents were members of the Syrian Orthodox Jacobite Church. At the age of 7 he was sent to a Marthomite Sunday School. From his young age he was saved and lived as a Son of God. In 1914, he dedicated his life to gospel work in a meeting conducted by Moothamplackal Kochukunju Upadesi. In 1915 after he passed his 7th class, he was appointed as a schoolteacher. He also began his gospel work at the same time. He was baptized in water on 27 February 1916 at the age of 17, and separated from the Jacobite Church. That same year, K.E. Abraham and later Mrs. K.E. Abraham resigned their teaching jobs.

As he understood the doctrine of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, he tarried for this and was baptized in the Spirit on 22 April 1923. Many dependent local churches were started in Kerala through the ministry of Pastor K.E.Abraham. In the beginning, they had no special name. When they faced the need for marriage registration, they chose the name “South Indian Pentecostal Church of God.”

Monthly fellowship meetings began in 1924. The first General Convention of the Church took place at Ranni, April 1-5, 1925. On 1 May 1930, Pastor K.E.Abraham and his family moved their residence from Mulakuzha to Kumbanad. Obeying the inspiration God gave him, K.E. Abraham started Hebron Bible School in June 1930.The work of the church began to spread in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and North India. In 194, the name of the church was changed to “India Pentecostal Church of God”

Pastor K.E. Abraham and his co-workers began to travel into other Indian States, and finally outside India. He visited Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Belgium, France, England, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and the United States, among others, witnessing the gospel of Christ. His two sons Pastor T.S.Abraham and Pastor Oommen Abraham followed the footsteps of their father. During January 6-13, 1974, the 50th General Convention of the Church took place at Hebron, Kumbanad. Pastor K.E.Abraham was promoted to glory on 9 December 1974.