Popularly known as Appychayan of Borivali Assembly, Bro C.K Joseph was promoted to Glory on 8th August 2010 at 6 am at the Karuna Hospital, Borivali. Appychayan suffered a head injury on 28th July 2010 resulting in a severe Brain Haemorrhage. He went into coma 2 hours later and was promoted to be with his Lord on 8th Aug 2010.
He was 83 years old and has been part of the Fort Brethren assembly and Borivali Brethren assembly during his 5 decade stay in Bombay. He is survived by his wife and four daughters.
Funeral service of Bro C.K. Joseph started near the residence at Nutan hall at 2pm on 9th August.Service was lead by Bro. James Thomas.
Bro K. P. Mathew,Coimbatore (brother-in-law of Appychayan) spoke from Ps116:15- Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints. His life and testimony was remembered by Bro. Thomas Mathew (Fort Assembly),Bro C.K. Varghese( Brother), Bro. Timmy Adams (Thrisur), Bro Shaji (Son-in-law), Bro. Joshua Rajan (Grandson), and Sister Joyce (daughter) read the eulogy sent by Sister Bincy (youngest daughter). Family members sang a song composed by Appychayan.
A huge Crowd could witness the service and view the body before it was taken to Gorai Cemetery
The funeral ceremony was continued at Gorai Christian Cemetery at 4 pm and was presided by Bro. K.V Simon (Fort Assembly). Bro. Koshy Mathew (Borivali Assembly) spoke from God’s word elaborating upon the brevity of life and on how believers do not grieve like the rest of the world as we have a hope that our dear ones are promoted to be with Lord.
Appychayan (also lovingly known as Happy Appy) was a talented singer, possessed a tremendous sense of Humor, known to lighten the situation with his witty jokes and never missed an opportunity to smile. Appychayan has been a wonderful support to the assembly activities especially to the young believers who have been inspired by his life.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints: Psalm 116:15.
Eulogy written by Sister Bincy Abraham (Daugher of Appachayan)
1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!
2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
3 Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young— a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.
10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
12 O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.
We wholeheartedly agree with the Psalmist knowing that when our dear Daddy breathed his last on earth, he breathed his first breath in the presence of his KING. He is now in the courts of our Lord, praising Him in perfect harmony! We do not grieve as those who don’t have hope, because we hope not in man but in our Lord who redeemed us and died for us. We are deeply thankful to our most loving God who gave daddy 83 yrs on earth. Our hearts are sad because we miss his presence with us. We want to take this time to glorify our God by honoring the memory of our dear daddy.
Daddy was a caring husband, a diligent and loving father, a disciplined man, always punctual if not a few minutes early, a wonderful singer, always had a sweet smile on his handsome face, loved all types of food especially sweet foods, a witty man, always young at heart, and most importantly he feared the Lord his GOD. Daddy wasn’t the speaker or preacher type, but we knew that he loved his Lord in the quiet way he served behind the scenes, and also in his faithfulness to his responsibilities at church. Daddy’s desire was to live a life worthy of the Lord who had called him & saved him! God gave dad the beautiful gift of singing and dad used it so well to bless his own family and others. Daddy loved to sing the old classic Malayalam songs written by Simon Saar. Early on in their married life, mom fondly recalls dad playing the mouth organ in the evenings out on the verandah of their flat. Growing up the four girls didn’t totally appreciate being woken up early in the morning to Simon Saar’s music blasting from the tape recorder, but it instilled in all of us a love of music. We’re sure it wasn’t easy for Daddy (and mummy) to raise FOUR girls and the only way he knew how was by being strict and firm with us but that’s only because he cared for us. We are thankful to God who gave daddy much grace and strength in life. We never doubted daddy’s love and concern for us and deep down we know he was proud of each of us. As we grew older our relationship with daddy also seemed to grow, taking on a new form. We’ve enjoyed hearing stories of his childhood, talking about current events in the world, and praising God for how He’s moving in the church. Daddy knew he was blessed not just with four daughters who are walking with the Lord, but with 4 amazing sons-in-law who also love the Lord, and 6 wonderful grandchildren. He loved his grandkids deeply and prayed for them faithfully . He has been blessed to see them grow into young men and young girl walking with the Lord Jesus.
It is so hard to shorten a lifetime of memories into a 5minute talk. We know the process of letting go is not easy, but we also know with peaceful hearts that Dad’s time on earth was fulfilled by his Lord. We love our daddy and we will miss him deeply but we know that this separation is tempor ary. God has promised us who believe in Jesus, a reunion that will be perfect, and it is with that hope we celebrate the life of daddy! Thankyou for coming and joining our family in remembering a life that was lived with joy, hope, and peace that could only be achieved through the saving blood of Jesus Christ.
Last time Appychayan was seen in our assembly was on the occasion of Sunday School anniversary (dated 25th July 2010)