A Tribute to Rev. P. K. Koruth
by Rev. M. V. Abraham
I had the privilege of knowing Koruth Achen for several years. When he was in Bombay, he took me to Malvani to attend a prayer meeting in the slum area. I still can’t think about the Train journey of that day. To sit in the small house for about two hours for a prayer meeting was not easy. Dirty and stingy house surrounded by all kind of filth. Wherever Koruth Achen went, he made a difference. Everyone could sense that he was a man called by God for the ministry and he had that commitment.
In February 2010, I went to Ahmadabad (Gujarat) to see Koruth Achen. He was very sick and was undergoing dialysis at least three times a week. He also had other physical problems. I expected to see a discouraged man. I thought myself ‘what am I going to say to him in such a situation’. He insisted me to stay with him. I stayed there for two full days and we had a lot of things to share. One of the things that impressed me was that he never questioned God about his suffering, rather took it as from the Lord. I thought and spoke myself ‘how a person can be content in that kind of adversity’. Paul’s word from 2 Cor.4:8 came to my mind (“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair —- struck down, but not destroyed”). This was anew thing for me to see these verses in the life of a man.
Koruth Achen had the privilege of seeing his two children (Shiny and Shibu) going for the ministry. Shiny’s Husband Prakash (who wil be ordained very soon) and Shibu’s wife Ria are also in the full time ministry. Achen’s two children and their spouses are highly qualified. They had good jobs or could get good jobs. However, they gave them up to do full time ministry. Achen’ wife Lizy Kochamma always has a smile and she never complained or questioned about the sovereignty and love of God. When I was with Achen, Ria was there to take care of him. Achen always needed two people’s help. Ria was also teaching in Training center in Amla. Kochamma was sad that Ria could not complete her teaching assignment in Amla, but had to go back to take care of Achen. In spite of the pain and the suffering along with huge financial needs, Achen or Kochamma never expressed any dissatisfaction.
Koruth Achen knew that his days on this earth was numbered. He used to say that he did the things what the Lord has given him. He did his part, and the things that are left will be done by his children. Achen’s daughter who is working now in Amla told me that one of the advise Achen gave to her and her husband is ‘go wherever you are sent and be satisfied with whatever you get’. What a great and needful advice for a minister of the gospel to give his children who are doing full time ministry. I have great admiration for Kochamma for the way how she took care of Achen all these years, especially for the last four years when he was very sick. During the end of Achen’s life, all his organs stopped functioning. He was in and out of the hospital. Kochamma served him the best way she could and stood with until the end of his ministry. What a challenging life, a good example to follow and a rare opportunity to serve the Lord. The Lord called Achen to His presence. Praise the Lord that I could spend two days with him a year ago. That will always be in my memory and a challenge for me to serve the Lord.