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MGOC Muscat to host renowned orator Joshua Achen for Family Welfare Conference

Rev. Matthew P Thomas of Marthoma Church lighting a lamp to inaugurate the Family Welfare Month in the presence of Fr James Geevarghese

MUSCAT: Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church (MGOC), Muscat will host Fr Dr T J Joshua, one of the foremost orators of Malankara Orthodox Church, for the Family Welfare Conference and Get Together on October 28, Thursday.

Reputed Biblical scholar and interpreter, renowned convention speaker and family counselor, and author of over 40 books and hundreds of published articles, Fr Joshua, aged 81, is perhaps making his first visit to Muscat Orthodox church.

“In your presence, we have fullness of joy” (Psalms 16:11) will be the theme of the conference to be held at St Thomas Church, Ruwi. The meet will be conducted in the evening from 7 pm to 9.30 pm. Registration forms are available at the church.

There will also be a Chain Bible Reading at home from October 18-27. Each family can select a convenient Bible reading time beginning from 12 am for a day with a 30-minute duration. Each week in October will have a different thought of the week to dwell and practice upon.

On October 1, the Family Welfare Month was kicked off by Rev. Matthew P Thomas, Vicar, Oman Marthoma Church by lighting the traditional lamp in the presence of MGOC Rev Fr James Geevarghese.

Fr Matthew in his message called for upholding family values by each church member and to set an example for the next generation. ‘Marriage is not a contract but a sacrament’ he said and urged each family to uphold Christian values and principles.

Fr Dr Joshua arrives in Muscat on October 27 and will stay on till November 13 for the church harvest festival, week-long convention and Sunday School Conference.

Fr Joshua is the Professor of New Testament in the Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam for the last 50 years. He is blessed with a golden tongue to propagate the word of God. Serampore University awarded Joshua Achen with honorary doctorate in recognition of his extensive service and excellence in the field of theological and biblical studies.

Other posts held relate to former Director General Orthodox Sunday School Association, Director, Divya Sandhesam and Karunya Guidance Centre, Kottayam. He is also a regular contributor in Malayala Manorama (Innathe Chinthavishayam). On his 80th birthday last year, the Sunday School Association of Malankara Orthodox Church released the book, Bibilile Kudumbangal, written by Joshua Achen.