The Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelists’ Association is an official organization of Mar Thoma Church. It was started in 1924 by a group of believers who were interested in evangelistic and intercessory activities. It is the ministry of the laity in the church and the main object of the organization is to ‘Witness Christ’ in the community where we live. The moto and purpose of this organization are to reveal to the world that “Every Marthomite is a Missionary”. The vision of this association is to witness Jesus Christ in our day-to-day life. The branch of the Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelists Association at the parish level is known as “Edavaka Mission” and we want to stand loyal to the Great Command “You will be my witness.” Our Edavaka Mission is registered with Central office and follows the seven-point program in its activities which are Intercession, Bible study, Sharing of Gospel, House visit, Serve the sick and the needy, Conduct prayer meetings, Evangelization of people of other faiths and ideologies.
We meet at the church on every Sundays at 9:15 AM. to conduct Intercessory prayer and Bible study. We have combined prayer meetings on every second Saturdays at Church; combined Bible Study is conducted on all Wednesdays at 7 PM at homes in different parish prayer groups along with Sevika Sangham. We visit the sick and elderly members of the church at home, spend time and pray with them. As a part of our community activity and neighborhood ministry, we provide Thanksgiving lunch/dinner to the needy people of the neighborhood. For Christmas, we serve breakfast and distribute gifts to the poor and needy people in Chicago. We also conduct evening prayer meetings in various houses during the Great Lent period.
Edavaka Mission supports various mission fields of Mar Thoma Church in India. This also includes church construction and other infrastructure development activities. During 2014 & 2015 we funded and finished the construction of the first Mar Thoma Church in Jammu Kashmir and the community development center at our Delhi Diocese’s Udhampur Mission Field. In the year 2016, the mission provided the needed resources to the JMM Palliative Care Center in Ayroor to buy an ambulance for their activities; – met the entire cost for Anugraha De-addiction program and also bore the cost of the 10 day monthly camp of Adoor Diocese.
|President||Rev. Aby M. Thomas Tharakan|
|Vice President||Rev.Sherin Varghese Oommen|
|Vice President||Mr. John T. Mathew|
|Secretary||Mr. Jose Varghese|
|Trustee||Mr. Yohannan Mathew|
|Auditor (Not a committee member)|