Deepavali, the Festival of Lights, is a traditional celebration that signifies the triumph of good over evil. Yesu Oli, which means Jesus is the Light, brings victory to Hindu families in City Harvest Tamil Service, strengthening them with the light of Christ.
The Tamil Service members were encouraged to focus largely on families in the weeks leading up to Deepavali. They befriended them, met their needs, prayed for them and ultimately invited them to the Deepavali celebrations this year. Yesu Oli took place at City Harvest Church premises at 1, Jurong West Street 91, on 24 October 2009. 276 people, consisting of mostly families, gathered at Rooms 4 to 6 and had the time of their lives. Every attendee was given a Christian DVD as a welcome gift and the congregation had a joyous time with song and dance. The most unique highlight of this year’s celebration was the lighting of lamps by each individual, symbolizing their commitment to shine for Christ in the Indian community.
The Indian Fellowship took this year’s celebration a step further and ministered God’s love to entire families through healing; as a result, 7 families were prayed for and 43 people gave their hearts to Jesus Christ. “The presence of God truly brought about the harvest,” said Gideon Hari, the leader of the Indian Fellowship, “it is indeed a great success!”
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The vision of this feisty congregation is to grow to 300 members by the end of this year and 1,000 by the end of 2011. Their vision is to touch the entire community, one family at a time.