Mangattil Abel Amos was born into a nominal Christian family but, when he came to know the Lord and decided to obey God’s calling into the ministry, he had opposition from his family. Because of this he encountered many challenges, like homelessness, poverty and much suffering. God placed a burden on his heart to help people in similar circumstances to himself. He had a vision to care for the aged, widows and orphans.
In 1983, Mangattil formed a team of volunteers in the Kerala hills to help poor people by providing manual labour to cultivate crops in the fields. Because they had no money at that time, they did whatever they could in the form of practical work to help the people.
Pastor Amos encouraged his volunteers to donate blood to the poor when they visited hospitals. They also helped the homeless to build mud huts to live in. These are just some of the social projects that the team undertook at that time. Little did they know that this small team would eventually grow to become a thriving ministry, working to eliminate poverty in India and improve the lives of many in a more widespread manner.
From 1995 onwards the team became more organised and focused towards their vision. They developed new strategies focusing on the specific needs of the local communities e.g. wells for drinking water and sponsorship of better education for poor children.
Following his death his son Shaji continued the work.
In 1998, London based Pastor Michael and Joan Heard visited India and met the CSSI team. They were overwhelmed by the plight of the poor in India and felt the same burden and concern for them as Pastor Amos and the team, so they decided to join with the work of CSSI. Since then they have been actively supporting CSSI. They actively encouraged their friends and family to also donate gifts and share in this work.
They injected new life into this ministry. We thank God for sending them to India. By His grace they have travelled from London to Kerala Kolkata and West Bengal at least once a year at their own expense, since 1998 for the Trustees’ Meeting and to encourage and oversee the progress of the work. They have become like family to the team and are held in high esteem by the villagers who affectionately call them ‘Uncle Michael’ and ‘Auntie Joan’.
Their timely support and counsel has contributed greatly to the development of CSSI and its work. Pastor Michael and Mrs Joan Heard have been instrumental in helping us to build schools for the children provide more wells, food and clothing especially for the children and many other worthy projects.