Great Is Thy Faithfulness

About me:

I am the eldest son of the late Rev. K.C. Samuel, Koodathinal,  Mavelikara, and the late Mrs. Thankamma Samuel, Nanathra Kaleekkal, Niranam. She belonged to Mar Thoma Church before marriage. My father was a presbyter of the Church of South India. We settled at Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala State. My father  was taken to the Lord's presence on the first day of February 1988, at the age of 78.  My mother joined him on the second day of November 2003. She was 86. Both did not suffer from any serious disease during their lifetime, by God's abundant grace.

As a family based on Christian faith and values, we have enjoyed, and we still enjoy, God's bountiful blessings, mercy and grace.

"Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness, Morning by morning new mercies I see;  All I have needed Thy hand hath provided, Great is Thy faithfulness, God, unto me"

My siblings:

Mrs. Molly (Mariamma) Eapen, married to Mr. K. U. Eapen, Koothoor, Pengamukku, Thrissur, a member of Mar Thoma Church. He was born and brought up in Madras, as his father was an officer of the Accountant General's Office in Madras..  Molly, after her obtaining her degree in Mathematics, and B.Ed. worked as the Mathematics teacher at the Junior Technical School, Thrissur. Mr. Eapen retired as a scientist from the Defence Department of the Government of India. They have settled down in Pune. They have two children: Sheeba and Deepak. Sheeba, a postgraduate is married to Saji, a Wing Commander in the Indian Air Force. They have a daughter, Kukku. Deepak holds a Master's degree in Systems and is married to Neeta. Deepak currently works as a Senior Systems Engineer at S1, Pune. They have a son Zach.

Mrs. Annammal Abraham (Ammalkutty), married to the Rev. Abraham Vellamthadathil. She pursued research in Economics after obtaining her M.A. Degree in Economics; worked as lecturer in economics at Vimala College, Thrissur. She left it and pursued research for her Ph.D. She joined the Girideepam Higher Secondary School, Kottayam, after getting her B.Ed. Degree. The Rev. Abraham Vellamthadathil, from Knanaya Catholic background became a presbyter of the Church of South India. He worked as professor at St. Stephen's College, Uzhavoor, professor at the CSI's Henry Baker College at Melukavu and later as principal there. He is still active in the field of education, religion and social service. They have settled down at Vadavathoor, Kottayam. Their children are Jesmon and Maymol. Maymol is married to Mr. Koshy. Both are working for !DEA, Ernakulam. They live at Kizhakkambalam. They have a son Kichu. Jesmon, after obtaining his degree in Engineering from REC Kozhikode and MS from the USA is working at Epic Systems in Madison,Wisconsin USA. He is married to Anu, a nuclear physicist at Fermi Lab in the Chicago area.

Prof. George S. Paul (Achankunj):. He married Omana, a member of an Orthodox family at Kunnamkulam. Though a graduate, she is a housewife, without taking up any job. Achankunj retired from Christ College, Irinjalakuda, after serving over three decades as lecturer, professor, and Head of the Department of Physics. He is a critic of performing arts and and arts journalist.  He writes regularly in Friday Review  of  THE HINDU. They live at Thrissur.  Animol is their only daughter. She holds MA and MBA degrees and is working for MaFoi.  She is married to Titty. They have a daughter Diya and they live in Vyttila, Ernakulam.

Shaji S. Alex (Shaji): He married Nancy, a member of the Orthodox church from Pala. Shaji holds a Master's Degree in Economics from St. Thomas College, Thrissur. He is a senior executive in a leading private sector company in Bangalore. Nancy is a postgraduate in Business Management  (MBM) from Cochin University of Science & Technology. She works as  manager of The South Indian Bank Ltd. They live in Bangalore. Their daughters are: Anula, engineering student and Anju, a school student..

My family:

I married Lilly, eldest daughter of the late Mr. C. C. Ittoop, Cheruvathoor-Kottol House, Pazhanji, Kunnamkulam and Mrs. Mathiri Ittoop, Kottilil House, an Orthodox family at Kunnamkulam, on 29 December 1966. Our married life started with a joint dedication prayer by both of us in the first night in our bed room. We prayed to our Lord and Saviour to lead us through the tempestuous sea of our life by becoming its captain. And He still leads and guides us and steers us clear against all odds of our life. By His abundant grace our mutual love, trust, concern and respect still propel us forward.

 Mr. Ittoop was a leading businessman and a well respected Christian leader and a prominent citizen of the area, besides a living Christian of  the Mar Thoma Church. Lilly has three siblings: Mary Jos, B.Sc., B.Ed., married to Mr. K. C. Mathew, Keerikkattu, Venmoney. They are settled in Bangalore. The only brother Mr. Cheru Kottol, after graduation, is looking after the family business and agriculture. He currently manages the famous Pazhanji Arecanut Market, which decides the market rates of arecanut.  The youngest sister Grace (Sugu), B.Sc. B.Ed., who served as High School teacher in Kerala Education Department is married to Mr. Oommen Thariyan, Malayil, Punnekkad. They live in St. Catharines, Canada.

We have three children: Biju, Iju and Liju. All are married.

Biju Sam Jacob (Biju): After obtaining his M.S. (Comp. Science) from the University of Illinois, he worked at Elsevier (a global publishing company) in their St. Louis, Missouri office. He currently works as a Computer Systems Engineer at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, California in the lab's Computational Research Division. He had his schooling in Baldwin Schools, Bangalore, B.Sc. (Physics) from St. Joseph's College, Bangalore and M. Sc. (Mathematics) from Loyola College, Chennai. He has to his credit a few diplomas relating to computer science and engineering. Biju married Anupama (Anu), daughter of Mr. George Thomas (Suku), Karukayil, Trivandrum and Dr. (Mrs.) Susan George, Velliampallil, Chennai. Anu holds a Master's Degree from Denmark. She is now a PhD student in the School of Social Welfare at University of California at Berkeley, California. She, being very hard working, is aspiring and working toward her Ph.D. Biju and Anu are blessed with a cute little daughter, Caruna Lily Jacob (Caruna). They live in Albany, California - a city on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay.

Iju Ittoop Jacob (Iju): Iju is working for the Amsterdam-based ABN-AMRO Bank, Dubai, as senior excutive, after serving Bank of America, Chennai for a couple of years.. He has obtained his M.S. (Comp. Sc. & Engg.) from the US after having his school education in Badwins Schools, Bangalore and college education at St. Joseph's, Bangalore and Loyola College, Chennai. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and has to his credit a few other certifications from professional organisations. He has married Anna (Ann) daughter of Mr. P. Samuel and Mrs. Grace Samuel, Dubai. Ann, a specialist in Corporate Finance, apart from a good writer in English, is working for a renowned financial institution as a senior executive. Iju and Ann live in Dubai. Iju and Ann are members of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church (Diocese of Cyprus & Northern Emirates), Dubai.

Liju Thankam Jacob (Liju): We call her Mol, and her siblings Moni. She obtained her Master's Degree in Management Information Systems from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia after obtaining her Master's in International Management from Pondicherry University. She had her graduation in physics from Stella Maris College, Chennai, and  had schooling at Baldwin Girls' English High School, Bangalore. On return from Australia she joined the Faculty of Loyola Insitute of Business Administration (LIBA), a renowned business school, run by Loyola College, Chennai. She is married to Dr. Viju Titus John, M.D., working for Rush Presbyterian Medical University, Chicago. He is the son of Dr. V. T. John and Mrs. Achiyamma John, Flossmoor, Chicago. Viju and Liju are blessed with a cute little son, Elijah (Juju). They are members of Chicago Mar Thoma Church. Both of them evince active interest in religious activities and they preach and lead in church and their prayer groups. Mol is an accomplished singer and writer too.

A few words about me: At the outset I may say that I have nothing to boast except in Jesus Christ, as Apostle Paul said. All what I am now is by His grace, not by merits or eligibilty. But, again to borrow from St. Paul, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me". I believe that "all things work together for good to them that love the Lord". As my father and my role model, a selfless servant of the Lord often used to remind us, I believe we "are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people"  that we  "may proclaim the praises of Him who called" us "out of darkness in to His marvellous light" (1Peter 2: 9)

I retired as a senior executive from a public sector bank. While in the bank's service I was a regular Guest Faculty in the bank's staff training institutes and a few other organisations like the Fertilizer Association of India. I have had the occasion to speak to the undergraduate and post-graduate students of a few colleges in Kerala about the modern trends in banking, globalisation & liberalisation, new economic policy etc. After retirement I joined the faculty of Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Loyola College, Chennai (Madras) and worked for a few years as a faculty in management for the Executive MBA programme..

Before joining the bank I served the Government of Kerala as a gazetted officer and had the privilege to undergo advanced training in developement administration along with IAS officers in the National Institute of Community Development, Hyderabad, apart from several trainings in different aspects of administration. It was a pleasure to receive Good Service Entries almost every year from the District Collectors during my work in Kerala as BDO. I could also play a pivotal role in the Green Revolution of 1960's in Thrissur District while working as BDO, as the maximum area of the high yielding varieties of rice, Tainan-3, was introduced and cultivated in my  Cherpu Block Area. The then Agriculture Secretary to the Govt. of India, Dr. B. Sivaraman, was kind enough to visit my office and congratulate me. A few Kerala Misnisters who visited the fields and participated in the Harvest Festival of the high yielding "wonder crop" recorded their deep appreciation of the work of my team of officers and field staff.

My interests are mainly reading, writing, music, preaching and visiting the aged and the lonely, the poor and the needt, the marginalised and the oppressed along with my wife. We visit the people who are unable to move out of their houses due to old age or the indifference of their children. We sit with them and share with them their woes, give a listening, take some goodies they like, sing and pray with them. This gives a lot of satisfaction in our sunset years. We also take active interest in church matters and lead the prayer meetings apart from my giving messages in the church, prayer meetings etc. We derive immense satisfaction when we are able to serve the needy.

In all my activities my beloved wife Lilly is my friend, philosopher and guide from 29 th of December 1966. She is blessed with the sterling qualities of a wife mentioned in Proverbs 31:10-31. She is a good singer and takes interest to pray in all prayer meetings. She has contributed to the growth and development of my Christian life in no small measure.

Once in two years we visit our children and grandchildren in the USA, once in a year  Dubai, spend time with them join them in worshipping and thanking the Lord for the inestimable benefits we have received and are still receiving as a family. 

My educational qualifications are a Master's Degree of the University of Madras, B.Sc. from University of Travancore, Intermediate from University of Madras, and a few diplomas, apart from many advanced trainings in banking, management, administration, agricultural extension etc including trainers' training  of the Government of India, the Reserve Bank of India and U.P.Agricultural University, Pant Nagar, U.P.