The stage is set for the three-day annual convention of The Bible Mission to commence at the grounds opposite Nagarjuna University on January 27.

The Bible Mission was founded by St. M Devadas in 1938 and it had been organising the convention every year since then as a sacred tradition, J. Samuel Kiran, vice-president of Bible Mission convener - conventions, stated in a press release.

The arrangements are in full swing for the three-day 71st annual convention at Kaza village opposite Acharya Nagarjuna University as the organisers expect a record turnout of seven lakh people.

A vast canopy of cloth enveloping a massive stretch of arid land overlooking the bustling National Highway No.5 has already been spread to give shade to pilgrims.

The venue is spread over 50 acres and the stage itself was 90 feet x 30 feet. Over 400 volunteers are working round the clock to ensure the event passes off without any hitch. About 40 tonnes of rice, most of them donated by the pilgrims, would be used for feeding all the visitors.

“Bible Mission is a Revelation of God and the conventions here have a historical precedent, of Feast of Tabernacles, as recorded in the Old Testament. Most of the people coming here are from agricultural background and they gather here with their first fruits of harvest,'' J. Samuel Kiran told The Hindu on Tuesday.

The South Central Railway is running special trains, while the RTC would too operate special bus services. The Roads and Buildings Department, revenue and the police departments have also been working in tandem for the meetings.

Each day of the meeting would start with early morning devotion, followed by lunch. A day-long devotional session would end around 3.30 p.m. and after the break for food, people gather for the evening devotion.

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