Mr. K. C. Mathai

[heading]A Tribute to Late K.C.Mathai by Rev. M. V. Abraham[/heading]

K. C. Mathai Sir who went to be with the Lord left behind a legacy not only among his family and relatives, but also among many in different walks of life. I thank the Lord that I had known him in a personal way and had fellowship with him since 1965.

My first appointment after my ordination was in North Travancore. While staying in the mission house at Keezillom, I was going around and serving my several parishes. Valakam – Kunnackal, was a large parish of the STECI and I spend a lot of time there. The father of K.C.Mathai sir was the treasurer of the parish. I had the privilege of accepting their hospitality when I was there. Mathai sir along with his wife Marykutty was living in a different place due to their job. They were young couples and they gave leadership to the young people. Although he was young, he was well accepted by older people as well due to his maturity. His maturity was beyond his age. His opinion was much valued by everyone. We cannot find many people mature beyond their age.

There are couple more things that comes to my mind when I think about Mathai Sir.

He was a man who always worked for peace and reconciliation. When someone talks to him they will come back encouraged. He was always optimistic. His smile was always there to encourage others. He worked hard for reconciliation where there was a dispute. He played a major role in bringing recnciliation and unity in the St.Thomas Evangelical church of India.

Mathai Sir was a man of generosity. With his business, he always found time to give importance to serve the Lord. His business was only his ‘tent making’ to work for the Lord. He generously gave his time, talents and resources for the service of the Lord.

The house of Mathai Sir and his wife Marykutty was always opened for God’s people. I cannot forget the time I spend in their home. To them, hospitality was a joy, privilege and a natural thing, and they didn’t count it a burden to serve others. Very seldom we find people who open their houses to show such hospitality to others.

He often expressed his desire to go to North .India with a mission tour team. However, he .had the accident and was not able to go to North Indian villages. Accident and age took a tool on him. However, in 2011, along with Rt. Rev. Dr. M. K. Koshy and a few other senior members of the church, he travelled to several of our mission fields in North India. They went to the cities, stayed in villages, slept in the village huts, and gone through the places and situations which they were never accustomed. At the end of the mission tour they came to Amla. In the HBM training center they spent 2-3 days. My wife and I were also there at the HBM training center. That was the last time we met. Although all the team members except one were above 65 yrs and above, we praised the Lord for Mathai sir. We talked how the Lord has fulfilled his desire to go to these places. This was very important about him because he had the car accident a few years ago in which his beloved wife died. It was not an easy journey.

The mission team saw the need in several places and prayed for the people and need. Particularly, they were burdened about the need of worship places in Bihar. When they were in Amla, they encouraged each other not only to pray, but to do something to meet some of the immediate need. They paid from their own pockets more than 500000/- Rupees for a church building in Bihar. Mathai Sir had remarkable influence in the life of several people.

The death of his wife never discouraged him although it was painful. He took it as God’s providence and went to serve His master. His departure is a great shock, but we know it is in God’s plan and also we know that God in His time and way called His servant to His presence. May His great name be praised.

[heading]Announcement[/heading]

‘Mathai Sir’ that was what we called him. K.C. Mathai, Kunnackal a veteran stalwart of the Church went to be with the Lord. He lasted his breath at 3 a.m. on 10th January 2012 following a heart attack.

In his death Church has an irreparable lost not only a leader but also a great man of God, who was a voice for peace and spiritual integrity. His demise is irreplaceable. We the members of the St. Thomas Evangelical Church of India, Sabha Council all the Boards, Samithies express our deep condolence on the passing away of Mathai Sir. We know his departure is a great loss to the Church but as a man of God he is now promoted to the glory of his heavenly abode.

We are thankful to God providing our Church with such a dynamic, inspirational and faithful servant for the growth of the Church. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” May the Lord God of all comforts and be with his children and all the dear ones in the bereaved family. Funeral will be on Thursday 1.30 p.m. at St. Thomas Evangelical Church, Kunnackal, Valakam Cemetry.

Rev. C.K. Jacob
Sabha Secretary

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Paul ,Madathil .
19/01/2012 2:39 AM

My deepest condolence to that family.

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Our family is grateful to each and everyone of you for your kind words and sincere prayers during our time of grief of our dearest Achachen’s loss.

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Kollakajoy
14/01/2012 4:22 PM

Our deepest condolence to Sabu & family and families of his siblings. Aby, Alex and shiby and their families

P. B. Joy & family
Bergenfield

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our deepest condolence…..

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Rev. P M Abraham&Molly
13/01/2012 11:44 AM

Our deepest condolence at the demise of K C Mathai sir. May our good Lord shower all comfort and peace to the ones in the family.He was a real warrior who has fought a good fight,  finished the race and kept the faith. We shall meet him again when Jesus comes back.Our prayers are for the bereaved in the family.    Rev.P M Abraham &Molly.

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Robin & Manju
12/01/2012 2:33 PM

Dear Sabuchayan,Shirley anty and kids,please accept our heartfelt condolences. You are in our prayers

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youths union ,Thevalakara
12/01/2012 6:05 AM

OUR CONDOLENCE TO MATHAI SIR-THEVALAKARA YOUTHS UNION,SOUTHERN DIST

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Sunil k . george
12/01/2012 6:02 AM

our deepest condolence

sunil &family

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Chacko K S Karottumariyil Kota
12/01/2012 5:45 AM

Our heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family of Late Mathai Sir.  His untimely demise has made an irreparable loss to St. Thomas Evangelical Church of India.  The Church has lost a veteran leader who had worked untiringly for the peace and unity of the church. 

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“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose
again, even so God will also bring with Him all those who have fallen asleep
through Jesus” (1Th 4:14)  .

Indeed we believe it. There is a ‘GOOD
MORNING’ for those who sleep in Jesus. On that day
“We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1Jo 3:2).What a blessed experience it will be! The
pilgrimage of beloved Mathai Sir points us to the certainty. We thank God for his
ideal life. He was a great man of humble heart. He was a man of peace.  Above all he was a man of God. His absence is
a big gap in many places. “…Jehovah gave
and Jehovah has taken away. Blessed be the name of Jehovah” (Job 1:21).

 

Here by we express our heartfelt condolences to his family and all the
bereaved ones.

May our God fill you with His peace!

Rev. Prakash Mathew and Kuwait Parish

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KV Kuriakose
12/01/2012 5:12 AM

Our Condolence!

KV Kuriakose & Fly, STECI, Kolkata Parish

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Anonymous
12/01/2012 4:45 AM

Our heart felt condolence to Sabu and family, Mary Kochamma, Abey and family and all the berieved family, Let God shower his grace, comfort and peace upon all of you. As the Bible says,
“It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. That is the glory of the child of God that will be ressurected with a glorious body and will commune with our Lord together.
From Valsa and Family – Dallas.

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Benny Baby John
12/01/2012 4:42 AM

Loving Mathai Sir went to be with Lord.

May the Lord God of all
comforts be with their bereaved families.  Benny, Sherly, Bezal and Binil. Keecheril house, Iringole, Perumbavoor. 

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Thomas Mannekkattukudiyil
12/01/2012 2:43 AM

Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

M.M.THOMAS & FAMILY

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We the Vicar and members of St. Thomas Evangelical Church of India, Kalina parish extent our heartfelt condolence to the family members of our dear K.C. Mathai Sir.         Rev. Achenkunju Georege

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Anonymous
12/01/2012 2:11 AM

Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family…    A  C    Mamachan  &   Family    KOTHATTUKULAM…..

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Anonymous
12/01/2012 2:07 AM

Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family…   A. C   Mamachan  &  Family ..   Koothattukulam……

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STANLEY KANNAMPARA
12/01/2012 2:03 AM

OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES. A REAL WARRIOR WHO FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT, FINISHED THE RACE AND HAVE KEPT THE FAITH. MAY GOD BLESS HIS CHILDREN AND THE DEAR ONES.

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Condolence Message

(Shri K.C. Mathai)

 

 

St. Thomas Evangelical Church
of India Bahya Kerala Diocese is deeply moved by the sudden demise of Sri. K.C.
Mathai Sir. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God”.
‘Peacemakers’ is the deserving title for Mathai Sir. His vision for the
ministry particularly in the Bahya Kerala will be remembered always, as he was
in the decision making bodies like council, pastoral board etc. His home going
is a great loss for our church.

 

We thank our God almighty for his life and testimony
and we convey our heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.

   

“As for you, go your way till
the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to
receive your allotted inheritance”.

 

 

For St.
Thomas Evangelical Church of India

Bahya Kerala Diocese

Rev. Achenkunju George

Diocesan Secretary

 

 

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Abraham Nibin
12/01/2012 1:22 AM

Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family ……………… A. C   Mamachan & family   Koothattukulam………

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Sam, Winnie & Children
12/01/2012 1:04 AM

Dear Sabu, Shirley and Children, Penty, Prethy & Sam Keziah & family  – Our prayers are with you all

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Revjaimathew
12/01/2012 12:06 AM

I had an opportunity to stay with sir and ammachi for 14 days in connection to VBS programe ,and I  enjoyed their fellowship,love, hospitality,and care …etc.I could meet sir in last pradinithi sabha meeting at Tvl.we still keep the gift that v got it from sir and ammachi .I am not able to attend this funeral  service but I have been watching on this service …
              May God comfort and grand his peace on this family. Amen
                       By Rev Jai mathew and family ,Bhopal 

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Revjaimathew
11/01/2012 11:49 PM

On behalf of STECI-Bhopal and Mandideep parsh, we express heartfelt condolence  to children of Mathaisir by Vicar Jai Mathew ,BHopal

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Kuriakose Mathai
11/01/2012 9:24 PM

Dear Sabu, Shirley, Sachin. Ashish, Julie.
Our heartfelt condolences to you and your grieving family.May our Almighty Lord  give you peace and comfort as only He can…
Kuriakose Mathai [Mathaikunju]  and Family

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Viclif Thomas & family
11/01/2012 9:17 PM

We have missed his kindly presence, that reassuring voice and the great leadership embedded in him.
Mathai Sir was a courtly, gentle and considerate man, known to his sweetness and sincerity.  His opinions were always politely stated, affably argued with calm and a cheerful confidence. I can not forget the time travelling with him…Council meetings and those days…… It is very sad and hard to let him go…
Our Church and family grieves with all of you…..And we look to that fine day when we will see him again.
— Viclif Thomas and Family, New York Parish

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Cherian Daniel (Boban)
11/01/2012 8:24 PM

Dear Mathai sir’s Children

Our deepest sympathy and condolences!  A true servant of God, we really miss him.
May our Almighty give you peace and comfort.

Cherian Daniel (Boban) & family
Philadelphia, USA

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John B. John(Bobby)
11/01/2012 7:48 PM

Dear Aby & Alex,

We are deeply sorry to hear the loss of your uncle. We will be praying for your families during this difficult time. May God’s love and grace be with you always.

Bobby, Sony & Jairen.

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Anonymous
11/01/2012 6:29 PM

To Sabuchayan & family, Penti & family, and Keziah & family
 
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
 
May the Good Lord comfort you.
 

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Prasad K. Paul
11/01/2012 1:01 PM

Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. Prasad K. Paul & family

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SATHEESH468
11/01/2012 11:16 AM

STECI STLANTA PARISH CONDOLENCES TO MATHAI SIR FAMILY

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A true servant of God, will be missed.
Condolences,
Kannikattel George and family

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Leemaalphy
11/01/2012 9:58 AM

our condolence………….Mr.k.Y.Mathai &family……….

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SijuAbraham Karottumariyil
11/01/2012 2:03 AM

condeolences…………….Siju Abraham

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Rev Dr. Abraham Chacko
10/01/2012 9:16 PM

In Mr. K.C. Mathai sir’s Home Going , we as a church missed the presence of a dedicated servant of Lord Jesus,a dynamic leader and a warrior of peace. He tirelessly toiled for the glory of His Beloved Master,his smiling face and humble attitude is unforgettable.On Behalf of the  North America & Europe Diocese, our heartfelt Condolences to the bereaved family members.
” As for you , go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance” (Dan: 12:13)

Rev. Dr. Abraham Chacko

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Alex Zachariah
10/01/2012 11:12 AM

Our Condolence

Alex Zachariah & Family, Muscat

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Boney Kurudamannil
10/01/2012 9:33 AM

Our Deep Condolence

Boney & Family

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