Letter to Supporters – The Death of Rev John Mark
Registered Charity No 326663
5th February 2018
Dear Friends and Supporters of Christ for All in Andhra Pradesh (Telangana),
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the sudden death of Revd John Mark, leader of the Christian Service Unit in Khammam, India. After being admitted to hospital for the removal of a gallbladder stone on 26th January, some complications developed in his intestine and with his kidneys, eventually leading to a cardiac arrest. On 30th January we received the shocking news that John Mark had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are particularly with his daughter Evangeline, who has now lost both parents within the space of a year, and who is expecting her first baby at the end of this month.
John Mark was an inspirational leader, stepping up to head the Christian Service Unit following the tragic death of Brother Azariah in a car accident in 2010. Like Azariah before him, he was a true man of God. He went about his work with integrity, kindness, tolerance, knowledge and wisdom, bringing the love and light of Christ into the lives of so many people. Many of you will remember him from visits to the UK, where he joined in fellowship with us and spoke of the awe-inspiring work God was doing through him amongst some of the poorest people on our planet. Indeed, we were hoping to welcome him here again in May, but sadly that is not to be.
John Mark’s passing has obviously left a huge gap in the CSU and therefore the work of Christ for All in Andhra Pradesh. However, we want to reassure you that, at this point, our work will continue as normal. So many people depend on the projects we support: people who are old and young, sick and hungry, thirsty for education, for clean water, for knowledge of our God and His word….And we very much hope to continue supporting them for as long as we are able.
I have spoken this morning with Franklin, who has deputised John Mark in the leadership of the organisation for several years. He visited England with Manohar not long ago, and is a very capable, committed and practical man. The CSU will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday 7th February, and it is anticipated that Franklin will be elected as the legal president of the board. We expect that Revd Paul Niroshima Rao, who is based at Gollapudi, will oversee the spiritual side of the work, leading the pastors in their role of sharing the gospel. Whilst we are not able to attend this meeting, our counterparts from the supporting American organisations, Pillar of Fire and FOCI, will be present, and we are sharing thoughts and decisions about next steps with them.
We will of course keep you updated on news from Khammam through our regular newsletters. In the meantime, please do remember in your prayers the work of the Christian Service Unit, all the beneficiaries of the projects, and all those mourning the loss of John Mark. We thank you once again for your continued support of our work.
Chairperson of Christ for All in Andhra Pradesh (Telangana)