At present, the following persons are responsible for producing daily KMN TV telecasts titled ‘AMRUTHA VANI’ in BIG J TV Channel from 6.30 a.m. to 7.00 a.m. & in V 4 news Channel 6.00 am
to 6.30 am daily
Sl.No. Day of telecast Title of the Programme Producer
1. Sunday Hidden Treasures (English) Pastor Alwyn D'Mello
2. Monday Jeevadha Sadhi (Tulu) Br. Sudhakar Andrews
3. Tuesday Athma Darshana (Kannada) Mr.Walter J.Maben
4. Wednesday Athma Santhrupthi (Kannada ) Mr.Walter J.Maben
5. Thursday Maranatha (Kannada ) Rev. Albert Sudarshan
6. Friday Athma Jyothi (Kannada) Pr.Alwyn Colaco
7. Saturday Bridge to Life ( English) Dr. M M James
KMN initiatives in working together as a Christian Community:
The Protestant Christian Churches have several denominations. Many may not know about it and while people refer to Protestants, they imply only the Mainline Church – presently, the Church of South India (CSI) and the Basel Mission Church. Often, the Evangelical Churches, which are a main part of Protestant Churches have wrongly been named as NEW LIFE CHURCHES by the Media/few outsiders, though New Life Church is a part of the KMN and one of the prominent Churches in Evangelical Protestant Community. Though the overall basic Christian belief is the same in various denominations, there are certain doctrines and practices in which they differ and hence there are different Churches among the Protestant Christians. KMN has taken the initiative to bring all these denominations together under one umbrella networking with them as far as common programmes are concerned (without any administrative control, allowing the Churches to function according to their individual denominational belief system but networking with them for a common good of all). It also helps to disseminate information and find solutions to common problems. Majority of the churches and organisations in this district (about 100 in number with a few thousands of members in all these churches). Are a part of the KMN Network. KMN is also working in close relation with catholic church in the total christian community and is a major partner in the all Karnataka United Christian Forum for human rights. (where catholics and protestants are members as far as human rights are concerned) and also Mangalore Christian Council in its activities bringing harmony between the two communities. KMN being a non political set up we believe in organising prayer meetings upholding the government authorities in United prayer.
KMN is also closely working with secular/other christian organisations such as "Komu Sauhardhavedike", "International Federation of Karnataka Christian Associations" (IFKCA), "PUCL", "All India Christian Council" (AICC) "Evangelical Fellowship of India" (EFI), " Evangelical Fellowship of Asia" (EFA) and other human organisation globally with similar initiatives.
Problems faced by the member churches of KMN
One of the major problem faced by the churches was the attack on churches by the Sangh Parivar especially violent since 2008. KMN had actively taken up the leadership in helping those churches which had been attacked and also represented all member churches of KMN during the hearings at Justice Somashekar Commission especially formed by the then BJP Government to enquire about the complaint of attacks on Churches .
Presently the member Churches of the Coastal Unit of KMN are faced with a few major problems.
Firstly, (apart from the persecution faced by the Protestant Churches during the regime of the previous Government), it has become very difficult (almost impossible) for the Protestant Churches – especially the smaller ones, to build a place of Worship because of the several almost impossible conditions imposed on them, especially by the Revenue and Police Departments. Further, the authorities under the previous Government have made it similarly impossible for the Churches even to take on rent a place for Worship. There have even been cases of threats to the owners of such premises by the Authorities. While any other religious groups have full freedom and even support by the authorities in starting any place of prayer, Protestant Christians have been discriminated against. It is our hope and request to all the concerned authorities, to look into the matter so that such discrimination is stopped fully. Protestants do not ask for any special favour, but they only plead that they be treated in the same manner as any other legitimate group or sect of other religions.
The second major problem faced by the Protestant Churches is the lack of Burial Grounds at various places in this District. It is true that Protestants have a few Burial Grounds in Mangalore, presently under the care of the CSI. But it must be noted that Protestant Churches are spread all over the countryside and this statement is applicable to all places including the Coastal Districts. In such places, including the suburbs of Mangalore and even in places just outside the Mangalore City Corporation limits, there are no Burial Grounds for the Protestants. While it may not be possible to provide Burial Grounds at each and every small place, if some place is made available by the Government, to reach at least within a reasonable distance, it would be a great help to the Protestant Community. If this is accepted in principle, KMN would submit a list of such places where the Government could allot some site for this purpose.
Thirdly, the members of the Protestant Community also do not have a Community Hall of their own (for the purpose of marriage/functions etc. with a seating capacity of around 1,000 persons) in the City of Mangalore or in the entire D.K.Dist. and the economically backward Protestant Community by themselves are not in a position for going in for that unless a substantial help is given by the Government as a welfare measure for the community. We know lot of such benefits are given to other communities among the MINORITIES. We need to secure the needed Community Hall in the City at the earliest possible time. We look forward co-operation from all the concerned including our representative Mr. J. R. Lobo, M.L.A.