ANDAMAN MISSION

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Andamans Centre

MIDDLE AND NORTH ANDAMAN MISSION

The middle and north Andaman mission is a part of the Andaman mission; this mission has a long history of Sixty years right from the first settlement of Malayalee community in the region in and around Betapur in 1954. The first batch of Christians comprised of twelve families out of which three were Marthomites. Late Mr. Pothen Jacob, Late Mr. P. M. Mathen and Late Mr. K.T. John were the pioneer Marthomites in Middle Andaman.

BETAPUR MISSION

Betapur Mission is the oldest mission of the middle and north Andaman. In 1967 Rev. M. M. Thomas Achen came as missionary of Andaman mission. Achen was also in charge of middle and north Andaman, he gave spiritual nurturing and guidance to not only Marthomites but to the whole Christian community of middle and north Andaman. Today the mission comprises of a parish and also holds a 4.5 acre of land which is used for Agricultural purpose. The land gives the mission opportunity to work with the local settlement and give them opportunity to get associated with the mission. The mission also caters to both the Christian and non-Christian community through its other activities. Annual convention is one such event where in the word of God is preached to the local community. The mission also runs a Balasamajam for the kids, where in their spiritual and social development is taken care. The Balasamajam also gives leadership for Christmas house to house carols and Christmas programs. Annual VBs camp is held every year during summer vacation. Local kids are taught from the word of God and spiritual nourishment is given to them through this camp.

MAYABUNDER MISSION

Mayabunder Mission is located in the heart Of Middle and North Andaman Mission. This mission is located and the boundary of middle and north Andaman. This mission also actively caters to the need of local community. At present the number of Marthomite community is depleting and hence Hindi prayer worships has been started to incorporate local people. Hindi prayer happens once a month on Saturday. Hindi songs, prayers and sermons are conducted by the missionary and evangelists. This mission also runs a Hindi Sunday school. Every Sunday at 3:00 pm Sunday school with Hindi songs and bible class is held for the local children. This mission also runs an anganwadi with the sponsorship from St. Thomas Mar Thoma Edavaka Mission, Santacruz, Mumbai.

DIGLIPUR MISSION

Diglipur mission had its first Evangelist in 1999 and from there the mission has grown. The mission caters to the need of the local Malayalee congregation as well as to the local community. The mission has its work mainly among children. Local children are incorporated through mission activities, local VBS and Christmas programmes and vacation activities. The local convention is also a medium of spreading the gospel of God to the local community. Convention messages are translated in Hindi for the understanding of the local community. The mission is lacing a mission house as such activities are constrained. The mission plans to construct a mission house in the coming year. The mission is also planning to start a Hindi prayer group in the coming year and also to expand mission work. Rev. Koshy Bijo Samuel serves as the Missionary.

HUTBAY MISSION

The Mar Thoma Church started its mission work in Hutbay in 1972. Now we have nine families as members. The tsunami waves of 2004 devastated the place of worship in Hutbay Island. The Mar Thoma Community and well-wishers whole-heartedly supported the Church construction. At present there are around 28 believers. Forty students have enrolled in the Diocesan Education Aid Scheme. Village Visits in tsunami affected areas are done regularly. The mission work is going on well by the leadership of the missionary. Rev. Anu Oommen serves as the missionary and Evg.David M John served as the evangelist.