Three day-long Festival of Peace – 2016 beings in City
Udupi: The fellowship of the Udupi District Churches organised a three-day-long Festival of Peace – 2016 which was inaugurated at the Christian PU College Ground, Mission Compound here on November 4.
The programme began with the opening Prayer by Rev Steevan Savothama, Presbyter, CSI Jubilee Church, Udupi and member of Executive committee FOP Suchith Kotian Lecturer of MGM College Udupi welcomed the gathering.
Mohan Manoraj Bishop of CSI South Karnataka Church declared the Festival of Peace open by releasing the balloons in the air along with Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo Bishop of Udupi Diocese, Fr Joseph Jamkhandi, President of Full Gospel Pastors Association, vice chairman Executive Committee FOP, Jayaprakash Simon President of United Basel Mission Church and member of Executive committee FOP, Bro Mohan C Lazarus and Bro A Appadurai guest speakers of Festival of Peace.
Addressing the gathering Mohan Manoraj Bishop of CSI South Karnataka Church congratulated the members of FOP for organising such a mega event in Udupi and said that Prayer is sure to be fruitful as much as persistence and perseverance were the secret behind the achievements of every person and wished all success for the function.
Chief Guest of the function Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo Bishop of Udupi catholic Diocese said, “Jesus is called the King of peace in the Bible. When Jesus was born in a small manger in a small town of Bethlehem, an angel brought the message of his birth to the shepherds who were looking after their sheep in the fields. The message was ‘Glory to God in the highest and peace to the people on earth’. Jesus was born to show that God wants peace, love and tranquillity in mankind”.
Bishop Lobo further said, “Jesus is the icon of peace, love and harmony. When people rejoice, let us pray for people who are suffering due to the different type of exploitations, fear, suffering, violence, riots, and dissatisfaction”, he added.
More than 250 members performing the choir in a single stage was the main attraction of the Peace Festival. Bro Mohan C Lazarus and Bro A Appadurai will be delivering the Gospel message during the three days. The Peace Festival will cover praising and worship, preaching, fasting prayer and the healing session.
Sarala Sons, Pastor Francis Oliver, Harvesters International Church Brahmavar, Prabhakar Ammanna, CSI Jubilee Church Udupi, Dr Prof. Simon George, Dean Academics T A Pai Management Institute Manipal, Prashanth Jathanna, Rev David Nirmanik, Presbyter, UBM Jubilee Church Udupi, Pramila Jathanna, JCI Katapadi, Pastor Johnson Kotian Jesus for All Ministries Katapadi, Pastor CL Fernandes New Life Church Brahmavar, Pastor Paul K V Bethesda Church of God Udupi, Pastor Manjunath Bethel Pentecostal Church, Udupi, Rev Jeevan Prasad Chairman Executive Committee FOP, Pastor Selvakumar Jebagnanam Manipal Shekinah Church Manipal, Pastor T V Gopinathan, New Life Church Udupi, Pastor Ashok ZOE Chruch Kaup, I R Fernandes and others were present.