(Founder President of Christian Revival Fellowship)
(Former Principal, St. Peter's College, Kolenchery, Kerala)
Prof. M.Y.Yohannan was born in a middle class agricultural family in Kadayiruppu, Kolenchery,
Kerala. A man drenched in tears, who faced five deaths. Three of
his brothers died before his birth. He lost his father at the infant
age of one and his surviving brother when he was two years old.
He could not continue his education after passing out from the tenth
standard as he was forced to take up the responsibility of managing
his family affairs and working in the farm desolate and desperate.
His life blossomed at the age of seventeen when he surrendered
his entire life to Jesus Christ, the LORD, and received born again
experience while attending a Gospel meeting at his local church.
When a man gets the born again experience, his deeds and words are
changed. But the transformation of the inner-man, thoughts, attitudes,
the old nature, etc. is the genuine sign of a true Christian.
Prof. Yohannan started his career as a teacher in the school where
he had studied. During his nine-year tenure in the school, he took
his graduation and post graduation, as a private student, in arts
with first ranks from the Kerala University. Later, he took B Ed
degree also with University rank. In 1964, he joined St. Peter's
College and continued there for the next thirty-three years. He
was appointed Principal of the same college in 1995 and retired
after two years.
Even as a young teacher, he was an active member of a voluntary
gospel missionary group in Kerala. Many well reputed and respected
clergy as well as laymen sincerely participated in the activities
of this Voluntary Missionary Society, which in Malayalam, was known
as "Swamedhaya Suvisesha Sangham". As a result of its
earnest effort on evangelisation, a large number of people received
spiritual enlightment in the Jacobite/Orthodox and other churches.
In 1973, a great spiritual revival swept over Kerala. Prof. Yohannan
was in the forefront of this movement, inspired by the following
"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves
and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then
will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal
their land." -2 Chronicles 7:14
"Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God." -Matthew 5:8
"Without holiness, no one will see the LORD." -Hebrews 12:14
By the latter half of the nineties, since the spiritual activities
of Prof. Yohannan covered a wider spectrum, the fellowship was registered
as an inter-denominational religious and charitable trust under
the Charitable Societies Act, in the name and style of 'Christian
Revival Fellowship (CRF)' with Prof. Yohannan as the founder
President and its registered office at Kolenchery, Kerala. Thus
as a humble endeavour of like-hearted people, who had committed
their life to the service of Jesus Christ, with out any distinction
on cast, creed, denomination or religion, the CRF was established.
This fellowship of believers aims at proclaiming the Gospel - the
good news that Jesus died and rose again for the whole world thus
revealing his unlimited love for the mankind. Prof. Yohannan made
it a point that CRF shall not be an organ, whether official or unofficial,
of any church or religion. The basic ideology behind his view is:
'be faithful to one's own church and respect other churches and
religions'. Religious conversion is not in his agenda. He strongly
does believe that 'It's the soul that needs change, not the religion;
It is the inner-man (heart) that needs change, not the church'.
He strongly advocates the transformation of the total personality
and not that of the religion, community or denominations.
The salient objects of Prof. Yohannan while establishing the fellowship
- To propagate the Gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ.
- To conduct revival meetings, conventions, prayer meetings, Bible Classes, personal evangelisation, etc., all over the world.
- To conduct Radio/Television programmes and audio/video ministries.
- To conduct spiritual, social, educational and charitable activities.
- Publishing of spiritual books.
- To give financial assistance to the church workers, evangelists and financially weaker sections.
The day-to-day business of the fellowship, according to Prof. Yohannan,
is being met by the wholehearted offerings and donations by well-wishers
and general public. He does not expect any form of financial assistance
like subscription from fellowship members, grant or subsidy from
any organisation whether national or international.
The salient features of Prof. Yohannan's ministry can be classified
as given below:
Gospel meetings: Conducting Gospel meetings at
various places at convenient time. All general public irrespective
of church, denomination or religion are welcomed to these meetings.
On all Mondays (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm), second-Saturdays (9:00 am to
2:00 pm), Sundays succeeding second-Saturdays and third-Sundays
(12:30 pm to 5:00 pm), such meetings are held in the Prayer Hall
adjacent to Prof. M.Y. Yohannan's residence at Kadayiruppu, Kolenchery.
Special meetings for target groups that come under a specific age
limits are also held.
Prof. Yohannan preached the Gospel throughout Kerala and many big
cities in India. Later, he visited the United States of America
several times in connection with the LORD'S service. He also traveled to
Europe, Australia and Middle East. Addressed a number of conventions in U.K.,
Switzerland, Austria, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Australia, New Zealand etc.
In 1997, Prof. Yohannan commenced the 'Amruthadhara'
Radio Ministry on all Tuesday evenings. It is because of the wholehearted
encouragement of the listeners, a second programme, meant for the
Gulf countries, was started on all Friday nights. These programmes (though discontinued as of now)
helped to preach the Gospel to un-reached and remote areas and segments
of people, like in prisons, armed forces' barracks, hostels, etc.
Prof. Yohannan utilized the potentiality of television, one of
the most influential media today, to preach the Gospel. In 2000,
the 'Amruthadhara' TV programme was started. These
thirty-minute programmes are having very high viewer ship. Presently,
Amruthadhara / Vachanasudha programmes are telecast
on all Saturdays (6:30 am IST) and Sundays (6:30
am IST) through Surya TV and Jeevan TV respectively. On Mondays and Tuesdays (6:30 am IST),
Vachanasudha can be viewed in Jai Hind TV.
As requested by his ever-increasing listeners and dear friends,
Prof. Yohannan had published his radio messages, Bible studies,
analysis and commentaries in book form. As on September 2012, he had
published sixty nine books in Malayalam and English. Most
of them are out-of-print and few more are getting ready for publishing.
Prof. Yohannan is fully engaged in the activities of the CRF by
addressing massive Gospel meetings, Bible classes, prayer meetings,
counselling sessions, etc. He strongly believes that the need of
the hour is 'the repentance of the repented'.
His life motto is the Biblical verse- "Be holy as I am holy." -1 Peter 1:16
Prof. Yohannan gets whole-hearted support from his wife, Alice,
a retired teacher, in his LORD's service. The Yohannans have three
sons and a daughter, all married. The family is blessed with nine
Main activities of the CRF in connection with Prof. Yohannan's
Gospel ministry are as given below:
Bible Classes: Detailed and devotional Bible Classes
are held at Prof. M.Y. Yohannan's residence, Kadayiruppu by Prof. M.Y.Yohannan
on all Fridays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Women's Fellowship: Special meetings
for women are held at Prof. M.Y. Yohannan's residence,
on all first Tuesdays of the month from 9:00 am to 12:45 pm. Similar meetings
are also held in the Prayer Hall adjacent to Prof. M.Y. Yohannan's
residence on second-Saturdays (3:00 pm to 4:30 pm) and at various
other places also.
Young Men's Fellowship: Such meetings, meant for
youths of age between fifteen to thirty five years, are being held
at Prof. C.M. Mathew's house, Kolenchery on all first and third
Wednesdays from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm as well as in other regions also
Children's Bible Class: Bible Classes intended for children are
being held in the Prayer Hall adjacent to Prof. M.Y. Yohannan's
residence on second-Saturdays (3:00pm to 4:30 pm).
Annual Central Convention: This five-day programme
is usually held at Kolenchery during the last week of December. Bible
Classes, individual testimonies and short messages are held during
the morning session and Gospel messages during evenings. Participants
from various parts of the world attend this mammoth function. Region-wise
annual conventions are also held.
Radio Ministry: Gospel ministry through electronic media started in 1997. Radio
programmes (though discountinued now ) conducted by Prof. M.Y.Yohannan and other gifted speakers
on Tuesdays and Saturdays helped
to preach the Gospel to un-reached and remote areas and segments
of people, like in prisons, armed forces' barracks, hostels, etc.
Television Ministry : Commenced using visual media for gospel ministry in 2000.
The 'Amruthadhara' / 'Vachanasudha' TV programmes
are telecast on all Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays at 6:30 am IST
through Surya TV, Jeevan TV, Jai Hind TV(Monday & Tuesday) respectively.
Publishing Ministry: As requested by his ever-increasing
listeners and dear friends, Prof. Yohannan had published his radio
messages, Bible studies, analysis and commentaries in book form.
As on May 2013, he had published seventy two books in Malayalam
and English. Most of them are out-of-print and few more are
getting ready for publishing. Amruthadhara News - a newsletter published
periodically is printed and distributed free of cost.
Amruthadhara Website: Information on activities
of the fellowship is available through Internet from www.crfgospel.org.
Audio and video messages, music and books can be downloaded from this site free of cost.
Internet: Communication with the CRF is also
possible through E-mail in the following addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org
Missionary work: Missionaries who have deep commitment
for LORD'S work are specially selected and deputed at various places.
Music ministry: Amruthadhara and Amruthadhara
Junior Choir perform soul stirring divine music of the fellowship.
Various activities of CRF are carried out in the state of Kerala,
India and abroad through its regional units by a group of deeply
committed servants of the LORD under the leadership of Prof. M.Y.Yohannan.
CRF aims at helping people to have personal relationship with God
and achieve eternal life through knowing the only true God and Jesus
Christ, whom He has sent. To achieve this, one should have the sanctification
of the soul, without which, no man shall see the LORD.
" But we preach Christ crucified " - 1 Corinthians 1:23.