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September 2018

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ,

Praise the Lord!

 

As you all know, the torrential rain and heavy floods over the past few months has devastated the state of Kerala, India.  According to the Economic Times of India,

 

  • More than 370 deaths due to the flood have been reported
  • A Rs. 4,441 Crore loss to the government following the damage to roads and bridges with at least 220 bridges damaged
  • More than 33,000 people have been rescued by different agencies.
  • Over 7.24 lakh people are staying in the 5,645 relief camps.
  • Kerala's Chief Minister had earlier said 2 million people had taken shelter in camps since the monsoon rains began.

 

In the light of this terrible predicament, many are wondering why this has happened and countless interpretations have arisen to provide explanation.  I do not purport to have all the answers but, our understanding of the Scripture reminds us that there is something wrong for even “whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth” (Romans 8:18-23).  However, we can still find reason to hope, because we believe in God who is the just Judge and Creator of all.  So, let us shift our focus from the disaster to our Master. 

 

God is Sovereign and Ruler of all creation.  In the book of the prophet Daniel 4, King Nebuchadnezzar, declares, “His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation…He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth.  No one can hold back his hand or say to him: ‘What have you done?’ ”.  God is good, and His goodness is beyond human vocabulary.  God’s goodness has an ultimate purpose within the mystery of His eternal divine plan.  So, to affirm God’s sovereignty is to also to faithfully affirm the wisdom of His purpose in all of creation. 

 

Also, God is more than the Ruler of all Creation, God is Love incarnate in Jesus Christ and despite all the suffering that surrounds, He will never forsake us and will draw near to us in our experience of brokenness (Isaiah 57:15).  In other words, in times of pain and loss God is our personal refuge and lifts our chin up to see hope, life and love even in the most difficult moments. 

Let us put our complete faith and hope in our Lord God and we will never be disappointed! Move forward in the Lord!  May the Lord God bless us all!

 

With love and prayers,

 

Your brother in Christ,

Jaisen Achen

revjathomas@yahoo.com

 

Rev. Jaisen Thomas (Vicar)

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Vicars of the Past Quarter Century
(including Vicars of the Mar Thoma Congregation of Greater New York)


Mar Thoma Congregation of Greater New York

Rev. Oommen Koruthu

(Student Achen later elevated as 
Bishop Zacharias Mar Theophilus)

May 1975 Aug. 1975

Rev. K. S. Mathew

(Student Achen)

Sept. 1975 Sept. 1977

Rev. Thomas P. George

(Student Achen)

Sept. 1977 Aug. 1979

(Late) Rev. M. V. Benjamin

Sept. 1979 May 1981


St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, New York

(Late) Rev. M. V. Benjamin

Co-Chairman Ad-hoc Committee Church in formation

Oct. 1980 - Jan. 1981

Vicar

Jan. 1981 - May 1981

(Late) Rev. K. J. Philip

Co-Chairman Ad-hoc Committee Church in formation

Oct. 1980 - Jan. 1981

Associate Vicar

Jan. 1981 - Aug. 1981

Rev. N. M. Cherian

Vicar of all Mar Thoma Congregations in New York

May 1981 - June 1983

Rev. Dr. T. Jacob Thomas

(Student Achen)

 

 

Assistant Vicar

July 1981 - May 1983

 

Vicar

June 1983 - Mar. 1985

Rev. Dr. G. Varghese

Mar. 1985 - April 1989

Rev. Johnson Varghese

June 1989 - May 1992

Rev. Dr. T. P. Abraham

June 1992 - May 1995

Rev. P. M. Thomas

May 1995 - April 1999

Rev. K. Y. Jacob

May 1999 - June 1999

Rev. Thomas P. Chandy

June 1999 - May 2002

Rev. Dr. K. A. Abraham

May 2002 - August 2004

Rev. Jojan Mathews John

May 2004 - April 2007

Rev. P. E. Mathew

May 2007 - April 2010

Rev. Joseph Johnny

May 2010 - April 2013

Rev. K. K. Samuel

 

May 2013 - April 2016

Rev. Jaisen Thomas

 

May 2016 - Present