BRETHREN MEETS WITH ACCIDENT   A group of Brethren from BHILAI (CG) on their way back to their mission field (PAKHANJORE) met with an accident this evening. The team of youngsters who were on their way to Pakhanjore from Bhilai were involved in an accident when their Tempo Traveller overturned. There were eight Brethren in the van at the time of accident includingShefferson Shalu (S/o Evg Shalu T. Ninan), Bro Johnson Thomas (Elder, Brethren Assembly Bhopal), Sneha Mary Johns (D/o Johnson Thomas) and late Lija Thomas among others. The injured were immediately rushed to the nearest Govt. hospital.   Sis Lija Thomas had serious injuries and she was called home to be with the Lord. The Doctors at the hospital has declared her dead. Few months back the family had lost their beloved father K J Joy because of Swine Flu. She is survived by her mother, elder bother Dr. Lijo Thomas & family. The process is on to bring Sis Lija’s body back to Bhilai.   As of the writing of this message, EVg Samson Ninan and others have rushed to the accident site & is taking stock of the situation.   Evg. Shalu T Ninan and few Brethren from Bhilai have rushed and is on their way to the accident spot.   More details awaited.     UPDATE :   The post mortem of Sis. Lija Thomas has been done and the body is brought to Bhilai. The funeral is slated for Wednesday under the aegis of Bhilai brethren Assembly at Bhilai.
The injured has been discharged after preliminary investigations. Shefferson Shalu (S/o Evg Shalu T Ninan) has injuries near the eye and a stiff neck. Bro. Johnson Thomas (Elder, Brethren Assembly, Bhopal) needed few stitches on the head and has stiff neck. Others are fine.

The accident occurred around 8:30pm IST yesterday (Sunday, 9 October) when the driver of the Tempo Traveler was negotiating a curve & lost balance & the van overturned in a forest stretch near Bhanupratapur, a place 60 kms away from Pakhanjore and around 3hrs away from Bhilai. The van came & rested on the neck of Lija. The injured Brethren pulled her out & rushed her to the nearest hospital where she was declared dead. On receipt of the accident Evg Samson Ninan rushed and others soon followed.   The youngsters in their early 20’s are serving the Lord through a teaching & Assembly ministry with a Brethren managed school, Life Academy & the Brethren Assembly at Pakhanjore. They were returning to their mission field after a short holiday break at home & a youth Camp in Bhilai.   Pakhanjore is a remote Brethren mission station in Chattisgarh. Evg Samson Ninan (younger B/o of Evg Shalu T. Ninan) and his wife Dr. Priney Samson serve the Lord in the remote region. Apart from the Assembly work and activities, they have established a Mission Hospital and had newly started this educational initiative, Life Academy. Our late Sis Lija Thomas, and the youngsters Shefferson, Sneha and few others have committed to serve the Lord through Life Academy and also through the local Assembly at Pakhanjore, Chattisgarh.

Many thanks to Prayer Partners of HOPE Media initiatives for their prayers.   Prayers solicited for the bereaved family who are dealing with double blow in the span of few months. Pray for all the dear & near ones involved in travel arrangements and in journey.   Prayers solicited for the injured Brethren also. Prayers solicited for grace and strength to the saints at Brethren Assemblies in Bhilai & Paknhajore as they pass trough a very tiring moment.   May the Lord bestow upon them Heavenly Grace, Peace and Strength and console them with the Word of God. May the PEACE that passeth understanding rule over their hearts.