SREEKAKULAM (Andhra Pradesh)

Srikakulam is located 150 km north of Visakhapatnam. Srikakulam district has the longest coast line about 193 km in the state of Andhra Pradesh. There are 19 evangelists working in this mission and one mission co-ordinator. They reach out to 90 rural villages covering almost 200 kilometre. The evangelists are under the direct supervision and guidance of missionary, Rev. Subin John Mathew. All the evangelists are from Telugu speaking Background.  Therefore, the adaptability and communication with the Local tribal community is easy.  We have 14 churches and the believers and seekers meet regularly for the worship, bible study, Sunday School and Youth meetings.  We use the Telugu translation of liturgy for worship. 2 tailoring schools with more than 35 students to provide self-employment for the rural women.  At the educational front, we run hostels for rural children at the Srikakulam town to facilitate the education of rural children, especially from our newly found churches.  Currently, 95 students are living in four of our hostels and studying in the English Medium Schools.  The three hostels we run are:  

  i.        Kolivalsa Jeevadhara Girls Hostel (37 Girls); 

  ii.        Somangandi Jeeva Jyothi Hostel (25 boys); 

  iii.        Sithampetta Asha Bhavan Hostel (18 girls);

 

In the addition to the hostels, we run 7 Balawadis in the villages to provide early education for the rural children. By the grace of God Almighty, the Diocesan Bishop Rt. Rev. Gregorios Mar Stephanos Episcopa, dedicated St. Stephens’ Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Agovabudgarai on the 30th July 2016.

Fujira Mar Thoma Church is sponsoring 5 students of Somagandi Jeeva Jyoti Boys Hostel, St. Thomas Mar Thoma Parish Thiruvalla is giving support for 18 students of Asha Bhavan Hostel, Ahmadi Mar Thoma Church, Edvaka Mission is sponsoring 37 students of Jeevadhara hostel & 10 evangelists, Niranam Jerusalem Mar Thoma Church is sponsoring Somagandi Jeeva Jyoti Hostel and Peroorkada Ebenzer Mar Thoma Church Edavaka Mission is sponsoring 4 evangelists of Sreekakulam Mission. Evg. Reji along with the Missionary Achen serves in this mission.