Thought for the day

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8

Daily Reading



  • We are the change…affirmative voices from Skill enhancement training for Rural Youth at Diocese of Madras Youth

    The Skill Enhancement training program for Rural Youth caters to upskill the capacities of youth hailing from hard conditions of life was held in the Diocese of Madras on the 2nd to 4th of April 2019 at LAITY campus. 35 young people aspiring to migrate to urban areas in search of better education and livelihood opportunities from the age group of 18-25 were a part of this training.

    The main objective of this program was to enhance the already existing skills of the rural youth in building their confidence to face the challenges they would face in the urban context due to migration. In a context of denied opportunities and poverty, though very talented and resourceful, our rural youth have always struggled to cope with the challenges this market economy offers. It is in this framework, the purpose of this program becomes more meaningful in enabling them to set goals, work in a team, map their careers, prove their leadership abilities, learn interview skills, Group discussion, resume writing skills and become more competent in the urban setting of life.

    Through Skill enhancement training for Rural Youth, this program aims to provide the rural youth with opportunities for participation and growth, giving them various life coping and employable skills, help them realize their own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to face the challenges and competitions of the modern world. This experiential learning focuses on the understanding of self and others and promotes positive attitudes and behaviour in the individual.

    The Bishop in Diocese of Madras Rt. Rev. Dr. George Stephen inaugurated this event and encouraged the young people to lead meaningful lives to become resourceful to the church and the wider community. He encouraged the young people to overcome their limitations and assured God’s accompaniment in every walk of their lives. He spoke about Bartimaeus though visually impaired had a vision to overcome various obstacles and transformed his weaknesses into strength. He motivated them to make use of this training to the maximum to become competent and upskill themselves in this competitive world.

    The training program enabled the young people to discern and understand their priorities and build their confidence. At the end of the program they opined that the training was very useful and first of its kind in their context.

    The Synod Youth Department acknowledges all the support rendered by the Youth Department of CSI Madras Diocese and Skill factory, the professional institute for their expertise and support in sending their trainer Ms. Jency Varghese Thomas to come and conduct this training program which was well appreciated. Many such training programs are planned to reach the rural youth of CSI in the coming days.

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