Kerala, historically known as Keralam, is a state in South India on the Malabar coast. It was formed on 1 November 1956 following the States Reorganisation Act by combining various Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi), it is bordered by Karnataka to the north and north east, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. With 33,387,677 inhabitants as per the 2011 census, Kerala is the thirteenth largest state by population and is divided into 14 districts with the capital being Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken and the official language of the state.
Attapadi field was our first field and it commenced in September 1996. Today missionaries K M Avarachan and wife Leela Avarachan work here in 19 villages. We have a Chapel here where more than 80 people come to worship God. This was our first Chapel ever and it has been renovated in 2015. Since it is a tribal area, the people here have no facilities for schooling. To compensate, we run a school named ‘Moriya Public School’ (Recognized by Government of Kerala) in which 185 students enjoy the experience of schooling. For distant students (boys), free hostel facility is given. We remember Mr. Paul Varghese and Mrs. Somy Paul along with other teachers with gratitude for teaching and taking care of these students. A girl’s orphanage named ‘Grace Bhavan’ is also at service here. Sister Annamma is looking after them carefully and guides them in God’s way.
Panathoor field started in 1997. It was our second field. Today missionaries P M Sunny and wife Elsy Sunny is at service here in 6 villages preaching Gospel. We have built a Chapel here and more than 40 people gather here in the name of God.