FROM THE DESK OF MODERATORS:
This God given idea of "IOIF" was conceived on 7th November 2000 by four of
us living in different parts of the world, mostly known each other through
Internet only. Today we are 420 days old and about to step in to The New
Year 2002 with lot of expectations. Now we are a Group of 1100 likeminded
members (laity as well as clergy members) scattered across the Globe, but
with very strong binding. We have members living in all the Continents. This
is a live example, how insignificant are the geographical boundaries which
are anyway man made. During the last 420 days, 1965 messages were posted to
this forum (i.e.. on an average about 5 messages per day) and the topics
discussed are wide ranging, almost all the relevant issues related to
church, society and to some extent Humanity were discussed. We have not
received even a single message, which was written in a language outside the
Christian boundaries, which again indicate the maturity level of our
One of our friends who is living in a Gulf Country, where there is no place
of worship permissible for Christians stated as follows:
"I have almost forgotten about my church for the last few years since I am
in this country. But now I eagerly wait everyday for the "Daily Digests" of
IOIF in my "In Box" and got a feel as if I am attending my church all the
seven days a week".
With these sort of feedbacks we derive lot of satisfaction.
Although not planned earlier, we could present a very reasonable "Special
Christmas Gift" to one of our less fortunate sisters Ms. Sosamma Chacko of
Kottayam (deaf and mute with very poor background, but first rank holder of
Tech. Higher Secondary Exam of Kerala) with co-operation and prayers from
all. By coincidence only, she belongs to St. Mary's Jacobite Church,
Manarcad, one of the important churches controlled by Patriarchial Faction.Vicar of Manarcad church was there with our Diocesan Metropolitan at Orthodox Centre,Kottayam to give away this humble gift on IOIF behalf on 22nd Dec.God wanted like that!
One single issue on which everybody agreed on this forum is LET US PUT AN
END TO THE DISPUTES AND LITIGATIONS IN OUR CHURCH AND HAVE PEACE AND LOVE FOR EVER THROUGH SACRIFICE AND ACCOMODATING MENTALITY IN TRUE CHRISTIAN SPIRIT.LET US BURY HATREAD FOR EVER.LET US HOPE IOIF WILL PLAY A CATALYST ROLE IN THIS REGARD.
Let us all work together to increase the wide reach of this wonderful media
to more members. Our modest target is to reach a membership of at least 2500
towards the end of the new year.
One request to all our Hon Members. We would highly appreciate if you can write your "Full Name and Place" as a minimum, while concluding the message, which is very important for your readers who are living in different parts of the world.
Let us Praise God, IOIF is the fastest communication medium available to the
church today with this very wide reach.
LET US TOGETHER PRAY FOR A VERY HAPPY AND JOYFUL NEW YEAR FILLED WITH
PEACE, LOVE AND JOY.