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Shibu and Mary Oommen
Shibu and Mary Oommen are natives of the State of Kerala in Southern India. They both come from a church of Syrian Christian background which traces its roots to the FIRST church established in India by the Apostle Thomas shortly after the death of Christ. After his college education, Shibu worked for several years in Saudi Arabia in the I corporate sector. During this time, a Christian brother, a convert from Hinduism, shared the gospel with him. This turned his life around and headed him in new direction.
In 1995 he married Mary (Mary Varghese) and she joined him in Saudi Arabia. She is a trained school teacher and worked several years as a teacher in both India and then in Saudi Arabia. Mary became a committed Christian after her marriage to Shibu and her relocation to Saudi Arabia. They both were active in ministry within the Christian fellowship there. Shibu and Mary lived in Saudi Arabia for 10 years before returning to India.
In 2007, Shibu received his Masters Degree in Divinity from the Presbyterian Theological Seminary (PTS) in Dehradun, India. During his time at the seminary he felt a growing burden to reach out to villagers in the poorest ares of Dehradun. He sought to do practical ministry WHICH eventually led to the formation of a mission organization known as India Village Mission (IVM) www.indiavillagemission.in. IVM is a non-profit organization which has continued to grow under the leadership of a small nucleus committed Christians. Currently, IVM is supporting five full-time missionary families who are working primarily within the Hindu & Muslim dominated population.
In 2008, Shibu and Mary were granted visas and they came to the United States serving at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, Upper Darby, PA. Since 2009 they have been partnering with The Reformed Evangelistic Fellowship as Evangelist and missionaries to the people of the U.S (www.refglobal.org). Their desire is to serve the Lord most fruitfully wherever He places them. They are also involved in a variety of different ministries at Crossroads and in the city of Upper Darby. They initiated a Friday evening Bible Study for youths (Nicknamed the Christian Curry Fellowship) and also started a prayer cell group in their home. Today, Shibu is also partnering with many local pastors & churches in the Upper Darby region and meets with them regularly at their local prayer summit. He is also part of the Philadelphia Gospel Movement which is a consortium of Christian pastors and leaders who pray for revival.
Shibu recently began coordinating and leading a weekly evangelistic outreach effort in Upper Darby, known as S3 (Seek, Share & Serve). He has been joined other like minded people and every Wednesday they venture into the streets to share the gospel, distribute tracts, and give out copies of the New Testament to those who accept them.During each school year, Shibu leaves an after school bible club in the local public middle school. The ministry is called the The Jesus You Connection (JYC).
THE OOMMENSs are extending their friendship contacts with the intent to minister among other religious groups in their community.
Within their own people group they have a ministry among The Diaspora Indian community in various parts if Philadelphia. Shibu is an ordained minister within the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and serves as a Minister of Outreach at Crossroads PCA. They are always grateful for your prayers and support for the sake of His Kingdom work.