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Pastor Reji found Zeal in service

Bless Family

Bless Family

“What god the father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their sufferings.”

History is a funny data which will make you laugh, cry, think and encourage going beyond its own horizons. And some personalities instruct you to find propose of it.

Pr. Reji Thomas is a Christian pastor, a social worker, visionary, vigilant citizen and an important responder to social issues. He is a non resident keralite, who has a vision to change the face of Mumbai city. He is a cheerful activist, constantly functioning through different organizations to improve social life among suffering individuals, not in a political or economical way, but in the social setup of this sophisticated city. Since four years he and his colleagues, started a holistic center for the rehabilitation of HIV/AIDS infected /affected children. Pr. Reji Thomas is considered as a soft soul with stiff spirit into the problems of suffering peoples in society.

Pr. Reji Thomas was born in small village in Kerala, vettiyar, on MAY 25, 1974, to K. M .Thomas and Chennamma Thomas. His family was belonging to a location and community, which strictly follows the instructions and regulations of Christian doctrines. This type of Christian background laid a good foundation for his visions and services for the society. After completing his 12th standard education, the 18 year old teenager, started a journey to Mumbai, the heart of urban life for the purpose of his live hood, with insightful ambitions.

Mumbai, the financial city of India, welcomed the village teenager into urban life with narrow gates and lot of difficulties. From 1989, he was working with some private companies, in nearby regions of Kurla and earned his bread. From 1994 to 1998 he was an employee of railway in a temporary post.

With the experience of about 10 years in Mumbai, he realized the worst social conditions and great partition inside the society. He found that the multi cultured Mumbai life is extremely divided in terms of economical, political and social status. The pathetic conditions of these backward classes touched the heart of this youth and paved way towards a mission. He understands the need to go beyond the usual researches and studies to eradicate poverty and related causes which creating the large partition inside the society.

Later in 1998, he decided to serve these peoples as his life mission. For this he selected spiritual approach and went back to Kerala for his theological studies. After three years,   he came back to Mumbai, as a Christian Pastor.

In 2001, he joined a rehabilitation center called SEAL ASHRAM, in Nere, a small village in Panvel. Seal Ashram was an organization, created by some of the socially dedicated personalities, in order to help socially backward individuals and bring them back to the main stream of the society. Seal Ashram gave a better exposure to our Reji, as it was dealing with various kinds of challenging cases. He found happiness even in washing 2-3 years old wounds, with worms residing in it. And they were not able eat good food or cloth; these experiences molded him to be a better person for our society.

He worked for seal till 2005, and then he started another rehabilitation center, this time especially focused on children, those who are HIV/AIDS infected/affected from the slums of Mumbai, Bless Foundation. BLESS FOUNDATION is a registered NGO founded by many social activists and dedicated personalities in the leadership of pr. Reji Thomas.  It is their vision to lead the perishing souls from darkness to eternal light and serve poor orphans and helpless people.

In Navi Mumbai we have numerous organizations to educate and inform about ill effects of HIV/AIDS. But we don’t have much people to take care those affected and their generations. Reji Thomas was hugely affected by the conditions of children of those HIV patients.

According to Pr. Reji Thomas, we can’t change a society in an overnight, but we can take steps to change tomorrow. As children the future, we could guide them in a better path, towards the betterment and development of our social life.

As awareness campaigns and government sponsored programs have little impact on the masses. Functioning of personalities like, Pr. Reji Thomas should be considered as blessing for our complicated society. Bless Foundation is wishing to accommodate more children infected with HIV/AIDS in their home. His struggle against AIDS IS continuing and expected to “HELPING THEM TO SMILE AGAIN”

Pr. REJI THOMAS, an ordinary Pastor staying in Panvel, with extraordinary experiences. Now, Bless Foundation is accommodating about 20 children in their home. Some of those children are also affected by T.B., which makes their life miserable. The home offers nutritional, medicinal, educational and spiritual support to these children. His wife, Mini Reji, is also very helpful in this mission, who takes care of the medicinal and nutritional assistances to those children.  He is the father of two children, Justin and jenny, studying in 9th and 8th standards.

“IF YOU SHARE SOME TIME WITH THESE HELPLESS AND UNFORTUNATE PEOPLE, THIS WILL BE EVEN BETTER THAN YOU’RE MONEY, BECAUSE THAT’S DESPERATELY THEY WANT YOU’RE FELLOWSHIP”

“No war on the face of the earth is more destructive than the AIDS pandemic” Colin Powell

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