Maranatha Asram

Caring for the elderly and destitute!

James 1:27 NIV – Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Maranatha Asram was started in 1993 in a rental building with a vision to provide care for the elderly widows and destitute. It is now located in the new building of Maranatha Bible School at Vijayawada, with 30 people now. We took an old beggar and ended up baptizing him after he got saved. We take abandoned widows, destitute, and those thrown out of their families due to their commitment to the Lord Jesus.

They are provided with food, clothing, shelter, and medical help etc, and most of all we share the love of God with them. You can sponsor a widow with $ 30 a month

A couple, Krishna Kumari and Kutumba Rao, are doing voluntary service to the elderly people in Ashram. Their dedication has been a great blessing in this ministry.

Brahmam, a 38-year old mentally sick man (2nd from right on the top picture), was taken into Ashram. He was one of the first that was admitted into Ashram. We had to discipline him as he ate brick pieces and sand.

Thank God he is doing well now though out of his mind. We took some elderly widows in and served their needs before they died. We were privileged to feed and give a comfortable shelter to a 46-year old man for 26 days before he died due to acute Asthma. We were also privileged to serve a 102-year old widow who was a believer and bury her body after she left for her eternal abode. Some have got saved and been baptized in water.

The new building in Vijayawada was dedicated to the glory of God and to serve the elderly widows and destitute, and to train the native young men and women in the Bible School. It has 20,000 square feet in two floors giving enough space for 30 widows in Ashram and 100 students in the Bible School. We have already moved the Bible School and Ashram into the new facility.

Touching Stories of Elders/Destitute at

Maranatha Asram (Home for the Elderly and Destitute)

Koteswara Rao Kuppam

NAME: Koteswara Rao Kuppam

AGE: 74 Years

SEX: Male

FAMILY: Wife deceased, two sons and two daughters alive

Remarks: Koteswara Rao has been a resident of the Maranatha Ashram since March 2002. He stayed with his sons and their families for five years before deciding that he needed to find an alternative solution. He was unhappy and uncomfortable. He learned about the ministry of Maranatha Ashram and sought a place for himself in this shelter for aged. He became a resident in 2002.

He is comfortably situated in the Ashram where he receives housing, food, clothing, and medical attention. He enjoys the comrade of the other men. The tenderness and compassion that the ministerial staff have for him is one of his main consolations. Every resident of the Ashram has the opportunity to attend all of the church services as a bus travels to and from the Church to provide transportation. He took water baptism on 15th August 2003. Maranatha Bible College students spend time with the residents every evening in fellowship and conducting Bible studies. Scripture in James 1:27 states that pure and undefiled religion is the care of widows and orphans–Thank you and may God richly bless you for joining with us in fulfilling this wonderful work.

Saralamma Singanamalla

NAME: Saralamma Singanamalla

AGE: 62 years

SEX: Female

FAMILY: Husband four daughters and one son alive.

Remarks: Saralamma has four daughters and a son. She has some fixed assets and so her husband married Saralamma, even though she is not handsome. After many years of marriage her husband took hold of all the assets and deserted Saralamma for another woman. He also developed hatred towards her since he was having illicit relationship with that woman. He chased his wife away from home and got married with that second lady. Even the children deserted her mother for the sake of material things and went to their father. In this condition she has no other option, but seeks shelter in Maranatha Ashram.

She is comfortably situated in the Ashram where she receives housing, food, clothing, and medical attention. She enjoys watching TV, reading the newspaper and the companionship of the other women. Every resident of the Ashram has the opportunity to attend all of the church services as a bus travels to and from the Church to provide transportation. She took water baptism on 15th August 2003. Maranatha Bible College students spend time with the residents every evening in fellowship and conducting Bible studies. Scripture in James 1:27 states that pure and undefiled religion is the care of widows and orphans–Thank you for joining with us in fulfilling this wonderful work of God.

Jyothi Muppalla

NAME: Jyothi Muppalla

AGE: 61 Years

SEX: Female

FAMILY: Husband’s location unknown, No children

Remarks: After her wedding, she and her husband lived together for only three months before he abandoned her. She was forced to seek employment wherever she could find it. She became a servant maid in her maternal aunt’s home and worked in that capacity for many years. All those years, she struggled from the mental anguish of being abandoned that her sister who is a member of the local Maranatha congregation finally insisted her to join Maranatha Ashram. She has been a resident since 2001.

She is comfortably situated in the Ashram where she receives housing, food, clothing, and medical attention. She enjoys watching TV, reading the newspaper and the companionship of the other women. She takes medication to calm her nerves and to relieve mental stress. The tenderness and compassion that the ministerial staff have for her is the main source of consolations. Every resident of the Ashram has the opportunity to attend all of the church services as a bus travels to and from the Church to provide transportation. Maranatha Bible College students spend time with the residents every evening in fellowship and conducting Bible studies. Scripture in James 1:27 states that pure and undefiled religion is the care of widows and orphans–Thank you for joining with us in fulfilling this wonderful work of God.

Veera Raju Saikam

NAME: Veera Raju Saikam

AGE: 72 Years

SEX: Male

FAMILY: Wife, three sons and one daughter alive

Remarks: Veera Raju has been a resident of the Maranatha Ashram since August 2002. When Veera Raju became too weak to properly care for himself and his wife, his second son became their caretaker. Unfortunately, because of his son’s meager income he could not afford to care for both parents. And their other sons were also unable to help in any way. Through a friend they learned of the ministry of the Maranatha Ashram and the family felt that it would be better to place Veera Raju in this residence for proper care and rest.

He is comfortably situated in the Ashram where he receives housing, food, clothing, and medical attention. He enjoys the comrade of the other men and also enjoys helping in the garden. The tenderness and compassion that the ministerial staff have for him is one of his main consolations. Every resident of the Ashram has the opportunity to attend all of the church services as a bus travels to and from the Church to provide transportation. Maranatha Bible College students spend time with the residents every evening in fellowship and conducting Bible studies. Scripture in James 1:27 states that pure and undefiled religion is the care of widows and orphans–Thank you for joining with us in fulfilling this wonderful work of God.

Sponsor an elderly or destitute for A dollar a day!

What a privilege we have to care for and share our love to these people in need! It costs $30 a month on each elderly or destitute. It includes their food, clothing, medical expenses and and the utilities such as the electricity & phone expenses and the staff salaries such as two cooks, kitchen helper, doby to wash clothes and Care taker. A Dollar A Day, to help those that are the most vulnerable in the society, the elderly and destitute. That’s not much! Is it?

If you are lead by the Lord to be a partner in this ministry by sponsoring an elderly or destitute for 1 dollar a day, you may contact us at the email address below for more information. You may send your checks to Maranatha Faith Ministries, 31 Oakdale MHC, Ludowici, GA 31316 and obtain tax deductible receipt for your gifts.

Email me at : pastor@moseschoudary.org

India

Vijayawada

Maranatha Visvasa Samajam, Gayatri Nagar, Vijayawada-520008, AP, India. Ph: +91-866-248-1505

Hyderabad

Maranatha Visvasa Samajam, Raghavendra Nagar, Kukatpally, Hyderabad-500072. Phone – Office +91-40-2380 0933

Visakhapatnam

Maranatha Visvasa Samajam, A.S.Raju Nagar, Seethammadhara, Visakha- 530013. Phone – Office +91-891-2793 296

USA

Maranatha Faith Ministries, Inc., P. O. Box.936, Kingsland
GA 31548 (Tax Exempt)

Norway

Karismakirken, Adjunkt Hauglands gt. 52, 4022 Stavanger, Norway. Bankgiro 2801.38.71576 (must mark "India”).