Thursday, September 3, 2009

Introduction to the Birth Centenary Souvenir : By Pastor Stanley Vasu

I trust that you would be blessed and inspired as you read these pages .

We have included greetings and memories of present day christian leaders , friends and family members who have graciously shared with us their experiences and best wishes on the occasion of the Birth Centenary of Pastor John Vasu as well as the Platinum Jubilee of the Madras Pentecostal Assembly . This is followed by excerpts from the tributes published in the Balm of Gilead magazine in September 1962. We have also included an autobiography of Pastor John Vasu which relate to the first forty years of his life called ' My mites to my Master'.

We have published a brief history of the Madras Pentecostal Assembly adapted from previous publications .

We have included short biography of my father Pastor Prabhudoss Vasu who followed his father's footsteps in serving the Lord. He has served for the longest period as the Superintending Pastor of the Madras Pentecostal Assembly so far since its registration in 1934 and most of the pastors , teachers and wardens and staff serving today were appointed during his tenure.

As my birthday falls in September , a short biography of mine along with pictures are also included .

We begin with an article by Mrs. Sheila Allwin , the daughter of Pastor John Vasu and we conclude with an article about my mother Mrs.Ruth Vasu , the daughter-in-law of Pastor John Vasu.

My mother Mrs.Ruth Vasu celebrated her 60th birthday this year and we share those celebrations with you.This was very special to us because our father Pastor Prabhudoss Vasu , and our grandfather Pastor John Vasu and our grandmother Mrs.Kirubai Vasu died in their 50's . As a result we missed the opportunity to see our grandparents alive. So we celebrated our mother's 60th birthday as a thanksgiving to God for His mercies.

We have included many photographs in this publication which is a combination of the past and the present. We had to do our best with whatever photographs were available . We trust that you will forgive us for any shortcomings as this is first experience of this kind.

Our sincere thanks to all who helped with this publication.

To God alone belongs all the glory.

May God bless you and keep you .

Pastor Stanley Vasu

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