ANDHRA PRADESH

Arrangements in full swing for Bible Mission meet

All set: Preparations in progress on Thursday for mega event of Bible Mission Annual Convention to be organised opposite Acharya Nagarjuna University for three days from January 27 to 29 .

All set: Preparations in progress on Thursday for mega event of Bible Mission Annual Convention to be organised opposite Acharya Nagarjuna University for three days from January 27 to 29 .   | Photo Credit: — Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar.

Special Correspondent

Over 7 lakh expected to converge at 3-day meet



Semi-permanent structure with barricading has been constructed to provide shelter

Some 40 tonnes of rice will be used for feeding



GUNTUR: Major events organised by Congress and Telugu Desam Party at Bible Mission grounds opposite Acharya Nagarjuna University along National Highway No.5 will be dwarfed going by the arrangements being made for the Bible Mission Annual Conventions from Tuesday.

More than seven lakh people are expected to attend the three-day annual event.

The cloth canopy has been put on a 70-acres land for the convenience of devotees thronging the venue from all the districts in Andhra Pradesh some of the neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Semi-permanent structure with barricading has been constructed to provide shelter to all the visitors during the special mass and feeding programme. Busy men and women are plying logs into the lorries, another band of Bible Mission volunteers unloading the rice bags.

About 40 tonnes of rice, most of them donated by the pilgrims, would be used for feeding all the visitors.

The arrangements are in full swing for the 71st Annual Conventions of Bible Mission.

The venue is spread over more than 100 acres has a stage of 90 feet x 30 feet.

Over 400 volunteers are working round the clock to ensure the event passes off without any hitch.

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, would visit the venue and join in the fellowship on January 28 in addition to some of the top political and non-political leaders from all religions. This event was shifted out of this venue last year to Pedakakani, but all previous years it was held at this venue with more than 3 lakh people attending.

Heading a team of dedicated volunteers is J. Samuel Kiran, vice-president of Bible Mission, who has been carrying on the legacy of St. M. Devdas in preaching the gospel. Devotees gather from all parts of Andhra Pradesh.

“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.

The South Central Railway has already announced plying of special trains, while the RTC would too ply special 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 an 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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