The Bible teaches us to pass on the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ,
to those who do not know Christ. The Church recognized that its mission of evangelization cannot effectively be achieved by a few full-time evangelists. The spiritual renewal in the Church, the offspring of reformation has created a yearning in believers to present the Gospel to others and a group of enthusiastic people interested in evangelistic and intercessory activities used to assemble periodically for prayer and fellowship. It was in the annual meeting of such a gathering in 1924, the present Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelists’ Association was formed.
Late Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Thoma was an ardent supporter of this movement and Titus II Mar Thoma Metropolitan sent a circular to all parishes encouraging the formation of branches of the Association. Rev. C. P. Philipose Kassisa was the first president, Sadhu Kochu Kunju the secretary and Kolakottu John Upadesi the traveling secretary.
The object of this association is that every member of the Church should be a witness to Jesus Christ, whatever his occupation may be.
Those who volunteer to be members of the Association meet together in each parish at least once a week for fellowship, intercessory prayer, Bible study and sharing experiences. Then they go out and contact those who work with them and share the Gospel. They help with various services in the parish, such as the Sunday school, youth fellowships, and cottage prayer meetings. They visit the sick and the needy and give spiritual fellowship and material help to them. They work for reconciliation where people are estranged form one another. They also seek opportunity to convey the message of the Gospel to non-Christian friends.
Where such groups are active, the parishes experience joy and spiritual power. The vicars encourage and strengthen them by helping them with Bible study and giving leadership in other ways. The Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelists’ Association serves as the organization in the Church emphasizing the ministry of the laity in the Church. The branch of the Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelists’ Association in the Parish is called Edavaka Mission. The Edavaka Mission in our Parish is a registered unit of the Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelistic Association.
Lay mission is a vocation ordained by Christ through the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20.) and is one of the most vital body of the church actively participating in the following:-
– Organizing Prayers in the Prayer groups in our Church
– Assisting in Worship Services
– Supporting Mission Fields and Missionaries
– Prayer cell and intercessions
– Monthly Fellowship (fasting) Prayers
– House/Camp/Hospital visits
We meet on every Thursday at 7.00pm at Mar Thoma Hall, Abbassiya
Mr. Varghese Joseph
Mr. Abraham Samuel
Mr. Mathew M. Thomas
Mr. K.V. Joseph