– an inconspicuous tiny settlement which has its location at
about 9ºN latitude and 78ºE longitude in the southern edge of
the Indian peninsular. Even today the population of this village
is not exceeding 5000 that comprises some 200 families put
together. The legend says that when the Dravidian people
emigrated from the then Yazhppánam of present day Srilanka to
the southern tip of Indian subcontinent, a small group made
their settlement at ‘Mayilodai’ in Thoothukkudi district. After
some time they again shifted their dwelling place to ‘Sugandhalai’.
From here two brothers began their journey towards further south
to avoid confrontation with the local sons of the soil. On their
exile, they came to a place where water resources and mango
groves were aplenty. Though the elder brother, Káththava Nádár
decided to put his tent there, the younger one proceeded further
to south. The first settler, Káththava Nádár made his dwelling
place in the midst of four big ‘Mangifera Indica’ trees, and it
was called as Nálumávàdi: in local dialect – Tamil, it means ‘under
the shadow of four mango trees’.
In this small insignificant village was born
Bro. Mohan C. Lazarus as the second child to the wealthy parents
Mr. Chiththiraippándi and Mrs. Kani Ammal, descendants of the
first settler, Káththava Nádár. While this loving couple had
four male children, the LORD had chosen Bro. Mohan C. Lazarus
for His eternal cause.
in his early days Bro. Mohan C. Lazarus was brought up according
to the staunch native religious tradition of his family, the
LORD’s mantle fell on this frail looking youngster. The
inculcation was such that, he used to have combative arguments
with those who spoke about Jesus. His feeble mind could equate
Jesus only with the Buddha and Gandhi and not more than that. He
could not comprehend the Godhood of Jesus. Moreover, the
indoctrination that he imbibed had developed detestation toward
Jesus and his followers alike!
In this situation, during his early teen age,
strictly speaking, in his fourteenth year, he was severely
affected by an undeciphered heart ailment. The money consuming
diverse medical treatments failed to sweep away the malady;
instead, his heart began to bulging out more conspicuously. As a
result, his body was paralyzed and he was confined to bed. His
days were begun to be numbered.
Nevertheless, his loving parents did not lose
hope. They prayed to every god and goddess with various vows and
pledges except the Christian ‘God’ Jesus as this very name was
anathema to them. The days were passing by. No change was
visible on his health. It became to deteriorate day by day.
Relatives and neighbors began to line up to
have a last look of this dying young boy! Tears and grief
engulfed the whole family. At this precarious scenario, our
gracious LORD sent one of His vessels to counter with His
eternally chosen tool to bring him unto His Fold! His parents
did not appose this man’s move; for, inwardly they expect their
son’s curing eagerly! The visiting man began to pray with
compassion and determination. Even as he prayed the power of God
descended upon the sickly boy. The miracle unfolded! The
impossible transformed into possible! After the prayer the boy
slowly got up and sat on his bed. Amazing had happened! In spite
of losing hopes of all, he started a new lease of life!
The hitherto unbelievable caring love and
consoling grace of the LORD Jesus cleansed his body, soul
and mind. He realized the unfathomed compassion of the Light of
the World! He began to aware of the true Way in Him! Jesus
Christ became his LORD and Saviour from that moment
that heavenly sent moment, the burning zeal for his Heavenly
Master propelled him to burn for His cause of building His
Kingdom by propagating His unchanging love and compassion
towards the entire humanity sans any partiality.
Now Bro. Mohan C. Lazarus is a world-renowned evangelist whom
our mighty God uses in a very potent way. Through him, the
LORD started His Ministry by name – ‘Jesus Redeems Ministry’
at this tiny hamlet – NÁLUMÁVÀDI, with a core object of
telling the world that the LORD Jesus Christ is the only
Redeemer and Saviour of the whole Universe!