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Bala Gnanapragasam, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, 2018-2019, was interviewed by a Past Vice-President, Rachel Lampard. Speaking of the interview approach, Bala said, "One of my great passions in life is conversation. That's the way I make friends. That's the way I share and that's the way I learn. I'm not a Local Preacher, so an interview is a way a layman can give voice, bear testimony and share what God has done and is doing...

Above all, I want to meet people and to listen to them. I want to engage in the sort of listening and conversation that makes friendships, builds community, and encourages hope. I want to discover what God is calling us to be and to do. I want to meet those people that churches have links with, who build better communities. I want to spend time with and learn from those battling injustice and poverty, whether they are in the church or not, and whatever faith. I want to ask them 'How can we pray for you?...

I want to share my passionate conviction that as a church we are called to confront injustice and poverty wherever we meet it and to reach out to the limits of our strength, with compassion and practical help, wherever there is suffering."

For the full text of the interview, click here.

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