The Rt. Revd. Dr. Probal Kanto Dutta, Bishop of the Diocese of Durgapur, CNI and Revd. Amiya Das, Presbyter-in-Charge – Bankura Pastorate and Vice President of the Diocese attended a three day training programme of The International Order of St. Luke The Physician (OSL) between the 14th and 16th of June 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. Here on Saturday the 16th of June – Bishop Dutta and Revd. Amiya Das along with 25 other individuals were inducted in the full time membership of OSL. They were each adorned with an ornate cross medallion, confirming their membership. Through this ceremony a certificate was also awarded to the Diocese of Durgapur, recognising the Diocese as the first branch of this prestigious international order in the Indian Subcontinent. Revd. Amiya Das has been appointed as the Director of OSL India.
As the saying goes ‘many are called but few are chosen’, this very saying came to life in the Diocese of Durgapur between the 20th and 22nd July. 26 members from four different pastorates under the Diocese were called to attend a bible study on the Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ. After the 3 days training they were inducted as associate members of the OSL India.
Later between the 24th to 26th August another training programme was held for 25 dedicated men and woman. Who became trained Healers (Associate Members) of the OSL India Healing ministry.
Later on the 14th of October, 46 members out of the initial associate members of the two previous training programmes, were selected as full time members of the OSL India healing Ministry. They were inducted into this holy calling of mental, physical and spiritual healing by The Rt. Revd. Dr. Probal Kanto Dutta, Chaplain for OSL in India and the Bishop of Diocese of Durgapur, CNI.
Revd. Amiya Das, Director, OSL India, Vice-President of the Diocese of Durgapur and Presbyter-in-Charge of the Bankura Pastorate conducted the ceremony. At the start of the service, Revd. Amiya Das read and translated in Bengali, a very special letter written by Revd. John Rice, President, North-American Board of Directors, OSL. The letter conveyed a heartfelt regret from Revd. Rice for not being able to attend the induction service in person, due to not being granted a visa. However he expressed his extreme joy and happiness for the new members and said that though he was not present physically, he was certainly present in spirit.
All the members were awarded with a full membership certificate, a Membership Card (containing their OSL India Registration Number) and a file of
Blessed Holy Oil for healing. The members now envision taking this ministry forward, by regularly conducting healing sessions for the sick people of their respective churches. They also plan for home and hospital visits. A monthly retreat has also been scheduled for the OSL members in their respective churches along with the OSL Director.
OSL India is also currently in the process of publishing a monthly prayer calendar from January 2013, containing prayer requests from the sick and ailing, which would be shared with friends from all over the world, along with other members and pastorate of the Diocese. It shall also include testimonies from healed individuals, so that others also grow their love and faith for this ministry.
Following this, retreats were held at Ranigunj on the 26th of October and at Bankura on the 27th of October. More than 50 new individuals participated in both of these retreats each. Then on the 9th of November, another healing retreat was organised at the Seacoast United Church, Babuidari, East Midnapur. More than 40 congregation members from the region participated in this retreat. Further a retreat has also been organised for the Burdwan region.
Four Thousand of Twenty different bookmarks, depicting scenes of Jesus’s Healing with relevant Bibl
e texts have also been published in order to be distributed among the masses and spread awareness about the OSL healing ministry. An OSL Prayer Booklet in Bengali has also been prepared as part of creating awareness through publication material.
Several prayer groups have been formed with the OSL Full members at different corners of the diocese. These groups are continuously visiting the homes of the sick and Hospitals, spreading the healing work of OSL. Monthly retreats h
ave also been organised for these groups.
On Wednesday the 1st of May an OSL India (The International Order of Saint Luke the Physician) Immersion Bible Study and Training Camp was organised at Sarenga Central Church. A total of Twenty Five individuals came forward to receive this biblical training on Jesus’ healing. Through this first phase of training the participants received insight on eleven out of the total twenty six lessons of Jesus’ Healing mentioned in the Bible. Revd. Amiya Das, Director, OSL India conducted the training programme very smoothly and effectively through various live testimonies. The participants shared that this was the first time they came to know about the healing stories of the Bible in this new and fresh outlook. They are really eager to complete the remaining fifteen lessons. Their second phase of training will be held in the month of June after which they will be inducted as associate members of OSL India. All the participants felt that through this ministry and training now they would be more equipped to minister Jesus’ healing among their pastorates, churches and communities.
In 2013, we have targeted 4 locations for OSL 26 Lessons Bible Study Programme. After these training sessions, we plan to induct the chosen individuals. We have targeted a total of 120 new members.
We have planned to organise a Healing Conference, every 6 months. A minimum of 500 people would be attending each of these conferences.
We are witnessing a total new wave of Healing in this corner of the world, the likes of which have never b
efore been seen here. With 46 trained Full Members (Healers) and a targeted 120 more in 2013, we are sure that the good news of Jesus’s healing will overpower the tentacles of Satan’s sickness that have engulfed many homes of this region. The people of the region, have welcomed this ministry with wide open arms and they are witnessing the power of Jesus’s healing every day in their lives.