Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) took birth in London in 1844 against the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution had drawn thousands of young men to the new manufacturing centres in England. The squalid and unsafe living conditions both in the workplace and at home made their life miserable. George Williams, a 23 year old draper who was typical of these young men founded the first YMCA in London on 6 June 1844 with the purpose of "the improving of the spiritual conditions of young men engaged in the drapery, embroidery and other trades". The new organization was dedicated to putting into practice Christian principles by developing a healthy spirit, mind and body. YMCA instilled a sense of direction and hope in the minds of the industrial workers through prayer and Bible study. The YMCA idea, although began among evangelicals, soon crossed the rigid religious and social barriers that existed in England in those days. This trait of openness attracted all men, women and children irrespective of race, religion and nationality to the new movement. YMCA now adopts a holistic approach to individual and social development encompassing spiritual, intellectual and physical methods.

Former Activists of YMCA parassala

Former Presidents of YMCA parassala

Rev. A. T. Foster

Rev. G. Ebenezer

Rt. Rev. Dr. Samuel Amirtham

Rev. Y. Robinson

Rev. J. V. Thilaka Dhas

Rev. Dr. Nehemiah Thomson

Rt. Rev. M. I. Kesari

Rev. K. M. Devaraj

Rev. E. Russaliah

Rev. D. Kesari

Rev. D. Wilson

Rev. V. Simpson

Rev. T. Sandananathan

Rev. A. Stephenson

Rev. C. R. Vincent

Rev. Israel Thomas

Former Presidents of YMCA Library

Dr. Y. Simon

Mr. J. Bennet

Mr. K. Karunakaran Nair

Mr. Rama Kurukkal

Mr. K. Kumaresan

Mr. K. Thankappan

Mr. A. Valsalam

Mr. Christopher

Mr. K. T. Watson

Mr. S. Sunil Kumar

Mr. Rajayyan

Mr. Manonmani

Mr. K. Shiju

Mr. A. Bright Singh

Mr. S. Shibu

Former Secretaries of YMCA Library

Mr. V. Gnanaiah

Mr. J. George

Mr. L. Mathias Fen

Mr. T. D. Vincent Sylam

Mr. K. Thankappan

Mr. Devanesan

Mr. Jayasingh

Mr. U. Godwin Jennis

Mr. C. R. Fenn Daniel

Mr. P. Jeevaraj

Mr. K. Devapradeep

Mr. K. Vijayan

Mr. R. S. Jasher Daniel

Mr. Smith Maclary

Mr. S. Shibu

Mr. Aji

Former Librarians of YMCA Library

Mr. George Muthaiyah

Mr. Sathyanesan

Mr. N. Thomas

Mr. Robinson

Mr. L. Ponnupilla

Mr. Y. Absalom

Mr. Bruce Daniel

Mr. Hentry Prasad

Mr. A. Davinson

LORD Prayer

LORD, Make me an instrument of Your peace

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is doubt, faith.

Where there is despair; hope.

Where there is darkness, light

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master

grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled, as to console

to be understood, as to understood;

For it is in giving that we receive

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are

Born to Eternal life.


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