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 Church

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.