Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ/Friends,
The Pandemic has led to painful loss of countless lives and it is heartbreaking when it hits close to home. Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church lost a faithful, vibrant, young priest on 22-May-2021. Rev. Fr. Mathew John (Jomon Achen - 36 years) of Thiruvananthapuram Diocese, was called to eternal rest at The Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. A gentle and kind soul, Jomon Achen bravely fought a month-long battle and lost to COVID-19. Jomon Achen has left behind his wife Siji John (Kochamma) and three children – Abel (8), Abiya (5) and Albin (5).
Rev. Fr. Mathew John was loved by all faithful especially the youngsters. Jomon Achen’s leadership and mentoring skills were evident throughout his ministry among Youths and Sunday School children across various parishes in the Diocese of Thiruvananthapuram. Achen was instrumental in coordinating Flood Relief Efforts by youths in the diocese to collect, arrange and deliver food and essentials supplies to Northern parts of Kerala during the disastrous floods that hit the State of Kerala in 2018. A good teacher and spiritual father, Jomon Achen will be dearly missed by the Church and community. Memory Eternal.
Why this fundraiser?
We, Diocese of South-West America (DSWA), mourns the tragic loss of a humble servant of God. We share in the suffering of the family at this incredibly difficult time. Nothing can prepare anyone for the shock and sadness of losing someone young and healthy to COVID-19 so suddenly. Siji Kochamma must now navigate life as a single parent and faces the challenges of being the sole income earner in the family. After consulting H. G. Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorios (Metropolitan, Diocese of Thiruvananthapuram), we have learned that efforts are being made to provide a secure home and job to Achen’s family. While it is impossible to take away the family’s pain and money can never replace life lost, we pray and hope to relieve the financial burden upon the family due to Achen’s sudden demise. DSWA is extending a helping hand to the family and desires to ensure current and future education for Abel, Abiya and Albin. “Rev. Fr. Mathew John Memorial Trust Fund” fundraiser is a diocesan initiative with the blessings and leadership of H. G. Dr. Zacharias Mar Aprem (Asst. Metropolitan, DSWA) along with the support of clergy of DSWA.
How fund will be used?
Rev. Fr. Mathew John Memorial Education Trust Fund is created in the names of Abel, Abiya and Albin at Federal Bank, Kumarapuram, Thiruvananthapuram. Fund collected through this GoFundMe fundraiser will be divided equally and deposited in FD account in each child’s name with terms and conditions. Beneficiaries of the funds are Abel, Abiya and Albin along with Siji John.
How can you help?
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Join us in this diocesan initiative to help these children’s education. Your love, kindness, compassion and prayers are deeply appreciated. Give your gift of love and transform lives! Please don’t forget to share this fundraiser. If you choose to send check, please make check payable to ‘Diocese of South-West America’, mention ‘Rev. Fr. Mathew John Memorial Trust Fund’ in memo and mail check to MOSC Diocese of South-West America, 3101 Hopkins Rd, Beasley, TX 77417.
“God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7
Thank you for taking time to read and we appreciate your support. May God Bless You!
DSWA Fundraising Committee