COGIC India is committed to reaching the unreached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our vision to plant churches as a means to enable corporate worship and spiritual growth among the people that the gospel is preached to. Currently COGIC India has churches in 14 states of India and in neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar and Malaysia.
Bishop Bevin Lawrence has a calling to help the people who live in the deep jungles and remote villages. These tribal communities are deprived of basic facilities like food, shelter, healthcare and education. Since 1995, he and his team have ventured into these areas to work among these people. Through the years, COGIC has been able to provide housing by working with the Government, Education to the kids by means of running a Children’s Home and Healthcare Services through frequent Medical Camps.
In continuation to the works from 1995 to 2000, we decided to start a “Home” for the Tribal children at Kodaikanal. On June 21, 2000 the Children’s Home was inaugurated in Kodaikanal. 19 kids from Moongilpallam, Kadamanrevu and Kombaikadu were the first kids in the home. These three villages are situated about 30 kilometres from Kodaikanal. In this ‘Home’ free accommodation, food, health care and education are provided. The children go to the CSI Town School and St. Xavier’s Girls Higher Sec. School, Kodaikanal.
The Children’s Home, started in the year 2000 has seen a lot of development. The Home was first started in a rented building. In May, 2001, it was shifted to another building bought for the purpose of running the “Home”. Slowly the building was renovated year after year to bring the Children’s Home building to its present stage. The kids have adequate accommodation, wash rooms, dining room, study rooms, kitchens, store, a small garden, verandah and a play area.
Children grow healthy both physically and mentally. Healthy competitions are conducted to sharpen their mental and physical abilities. Now our children compete in inter-school competitions and win prizes for singing, dancing and drawing regularly.
Twelve girls have completed their 12th grade and 25 have completed their 10th grade. Seven girls have gone for higher education, out of them two have completed their degree and five are in colleges.
Due to unavoidable reasons we could not continue the Children’s Home in Kodaikanal. But two “Children Homes” are started in Myanmar and Tripura. There are 21 kids in Myanmar orphanage and 10 in Tripura Orphanage. These two Children’s Homes are run by the support of sponsors and individual donors.
In order to train the pastors and mission workers, we felt it was inevitable to have a Bible School for the COGIC. We had been diligently working for that. By God’s grace this dream also came through in the year 2017. The New Creation Bible College run by Rev. Jeya Stephen got affiliated to the Church of God in Christ and the College is renamed as COGIC New Creation Theological Academy. The office of this college functions in Coimbatore India. The College functions in various centers and he first graduation service was held in Dindigul this year.
COGIC India is involved in providing Healthcare for the poor and needy. Bishop Bevin Lawrence being a medical Doctor has a heart to provide basic Healthcare to those who cannot afford it. The nearest hospital to some villages is many kilometres away and the villagers do not have easy access to them. Many free Medical Camps camps have been conducted in villages around Kodaikanal. Apart from this, COGIC has conducted medical camps during natural calamities like the tsunami in South India, Earthquake in Nepal and the floods in Chennai, India.
When we hear about natural calamities around the world, we generally feel a sense of empathy and also helplessness in not being able to be reach out. But COGIC India, has been the hands and feet of the Church around the world, in taking their prayers and provision to those affected areas at the right time.
Specifically, after the April 2015 Earthquake in Nepal, a team from COGIC India and COGIC World Mission visited Nepal five times over the course of many months. Initially the team supplied three tons of rice to the victims and also conducted medical camps. After taking stock of the situation, in subsequent visits, COGIC provided tin sheets to construct temporary housing for around 150 families.
After the Chennai floods in November 2015, COGIC India supplied bed sheets and mats for more than 1000 victims. It also continues to help families and churches in the re-habilitation process.
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Therefore 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 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.