Greetings to you all in the matchless name of our lord and savior Jesus Christ.а

Once again it is my pleasure to address the Emmanuel family through this month News Letter. I take this opportunity to congratulate all the newly elected church committee members for this term. This time I pray that May the good God enable them to do a meaningful ministry throughout this term in our congregation. This year, Lent starts on February 14 which is also known as Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.а

Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. It helps us to realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. The Lent period reflects when Jesus fasted and suffered in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights, before he started his ministry. According to the Bible, he was tempted by Satan during this time, but each time he managed to refuse his temptations. People follow Jesus’ example and give up vices in a bid to grow closer to God as Easter approaches.а

Fasting is a path to peace and happiness. It is the practice of abstaining from food or drink days and even weeks at a time, is one of the most powerful ways we have of becoming closer to God and finding true joy. Self-denial leads to a greater sense of wholeness. That's why Christians have fasted for thousands of years, and its why Lent the 6-week period between Ash Wednesday and Easter, is a time of serious fasting.а

The time of Lent through fasting and abstaining, may be an important reminder of what it means to suffer. This small suffering should not be met with misery but with great joy as we better understand the incredible sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for humanity. May our God help us to celebrate a meaningful lent season this year.а

Yours’ loving,а

Princeachenаа

ай Emmanuel CSI church 2010 -2016