Hyderabad: October 27, 2006. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Y. S. Rajshekar Reddy inaugurated Transform World: India 2006 on October 24, 2006 at Hyderabad. Over 800 dignitaries from 40 nations are participating in a 4 day conference from 24 October to 28 October. Transform World is hosted by the All India Christian Council and Evangelical Fellowship of India.
Dr. Reddy was welcomed by dignitaries that represented different nationalities with a shawl and a garland by Nanci Ricks , Executive Director of Dalit Freedom Network (USA); Dr. Luis Bush, Chairman of Transform World; Rev. Richard Howell, Executive Secretary of Evangelical Fellowship of India; Dr. G. Samuel , Vice-President of All India Christian Council; and Dr. Joseph D`souza, President of All India Christian Council.
Dr. Reddy in his speech said, "The Christian missionaries ha ve set a model in bringing transformation in the state of Andhra Pradesh as well as in the whole of the country." Remarking on the work of Indian m issionaries, he further said, "The tradition of mission continues in India even after European missionaries have left India."
Rev. Dr. G. Samuel, while responding to Dr. Reddy`s speech said that, "Dr. Reddy is the gift of God to the Christians as well as to all the communities of the state of Andhra Pradesh." Dr. Reddy is a Christian by faith and he testifie d, "All the achievements after this government came to power in 2003 is through the grace of God with the prayer support of the Christians churches. "
Transform World: India 2006 is the long awaited conference where Christians of the nation and from around the world can come together to discuss and debate on how to bring the total transformation in the lives, families, communities, villages, towns, cities and nations through the fullness of Jesus love and his teaching.
Dr. Joseph D`souza, in his welcome speech said, "The symbol of Christian faith and religion is the cross. To the Christian communities and churches, the cross signifies the victory over all evils."
Defining evil in Indian context, Dr. D`souza said, "The evil of poverty, the evil of prostitution, the evil of women trafficking, the evil of female foeticide, the evil of child labor, the evil of casteism, the evil of racism, the evil of religious fascism and all other form of evils were defeated by cross." (Picture: Delegates at Transformation World)
Speakers said ome of these evil practices are deep rooted for many centuries, and the Church needs to uproot them by bringing total transformation through redefining the cross and its message. Meetings of the 30+ focus groups like Nation Building, Women, Poor and Education, etc. will propose ways that the body of Christ can bring the transformation in the Indian society and other parts of the world.
Dr. John Dayal, President of All India Catholic Union and the Secretary General of the All India Christian Council, told the Chief Minister that Mrs. Sonia Gandhi had written to the Christian Council that the Congress Party has opposed anti conversion bills in BJP ruled Governments.
Transform World: India 2006 will conclude with a Day of Prayer Rally on October 28, 2006 , at St. Mary`s High School ground in Hyderabad according.