The 17th Metropolitan of the Marthoma church, Abraham Marthoma stated “every Marthomite is a voluntary evangelist” and established Marthoma Voluntary Evangelist Association in 1924. Parish Mission or Edavaka Mission is a unit of Marthoma Voluntary Evangelists Association based in every parish of the Chu
rch. Parish Mission started functioning in the Marthoma Church of San Francisco Bay Area from the year of its inception in 1991. While every member of the church is its member, it has registered active members as well. The Parish Mission has the Vicar as the President and a Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer from the laity. The President acts as the chairman, Vice President as the substitute chairman, the Secretary acts as the chief executive, and the Treasurer as the accountant. Active members contribute a small amount each year to the Association. All lay leaders are elected annually by the active members of the Parish Mission.
The functions of the Parish Mission are based on the seven activities of the Marthoma Voluntary Evangelist’s Association such as, Intercessory Prayer, Bible Study, Witnessing and Sharing, House Visits, Charity Projects, Prayer meetings and Gospel work among non Christians. Prayer meetings are conducted regularly from 10am-2pm on the first Saturday of every month, with fasting, intercessory prayer and bible study at the church. The Parish Mission sponsors a booth at the India Festival celebrated each year in the city of Fremont each year during the weekend of the Indian Independence day to distribute Bible literature. Some of the active members of the Parish Mission conduct weekly Bible Studies in Elmwood Correctional Facility, Milpitas and Juvenile Hall, Hayward. The Parish Mission also supports the evangelistic activities of Karnataka Navjeevan Samiti (KNS) in the state of Karnataka in India.
We pray that God will continue to use the Parish Mission of the Marthoma Church of San Francisco in a mighty way in His ministry.
In February 2016, our Parish Edavaka Mission hosted this year’s Western Region MTVEA annual conference of the Diocese of NA&E. The following is a report of the same: 2016 WR MTVEA Conference – A Parish Report