Beloved wife, mother, sister, friend, “Amma”, and “Pastor Amma”, Rajammal, went home to be with the Lord on March 9th, 2021. She was born on April 7th, 1954 in Periya Pillai Valasai, Tamil Nadu, the third child to her parents, who were Hindu priests. She completed her education at a government higher secondary school and then went on to study further at the Assemblies of God Industrial School.
As a teenager, she attended the Sunday school ministry led by a young man named Raja Clarence Maruthiah (who, incidentally, would later become her life partner!). She was eager to learn more about Jesus, so she enrolled in the industrial school. It was there that she came to know the love of Jesus and felt the words of the Bible speak to her heart. She dedicated her life to Jesus. Central to her early spiritual formation were “Mother” Doris Edwards; Pastor Y. Jeyaraj and his wife Rajamma Jeyaraj; and Pastor Rajamoni and his wife Vasantha. They became like a family to her, supporting her practically and spiritually throughout her life.
Rajammal was married on June 21st, 1974 to Raja Clarence Maruthiah, and was a lifetime partner in family and ministry to her husband. Shortly after their wedding, they made the first of what would be five moves during their ministry together: they went to Madurai to attend AG Bible College and simultaneously planted a church in a nearby village called Idaigaal.
They welcomed their first daughter, Doris Jeya Ruby, in 1975. In 1978 they planted a church in Tenkasi and during their ministry there, they welcomed their son, Earnest Edward Jeyaraja, and their second daughter, Cambel Filomi Vasantha. In 1981, God called them to pastor a church in Shenkottai, where they served for fourteen years before transferring to Peace AG Church in Samathanapuram. Rajammal travelled to the USA in 1998 and to Canada in 2002 and 2007 to welcome her grandsons into the world.
Throughout her life, she had a special passion to minister to children, women and youth. She also had a heart for village women and supporting missionary children and families, as well as supporting women missionaries who served in North India. Her ministry was characterized by compassion, discernment, and gracious hospitality and was covered in hours of prayer spent on her knees. She welcomed an often constant flow of family, friends, guests and even strangers into her home, and made each of them feel loved. Wherever she went, she would intentionally surround herself with friends and family, for she loved people.
Rajammal leaves a rich spiritual legacy, not only in her three biological children, but to her two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, eight grandchildren, and many God-given spiritual sons and daughters.
She is survived with her husband, R. Clarence Maruthiah; her sisters, Komathi and Gracie; her son, Earnest; her daughters, Doris and Filomi; her sons-in-law David Charles and Premkumar SG; and her eight grandchildren: Jeremiah, John and Jacob Charles; Jeshua Premkumar; Asir, Aviv, Anya and Asha Jeyaraja; her spiritual children, including Selvaraj, Babu, Philip, Jonny, Alex, Apu, and many other extended families and friends.
She has gone to be with the Lord on 09, March 2021. Pray for her families condolence.
Isaiah 62:3 You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
ஏசாயா 62:3. நீ கர்த்தருடைய கையில் அலங்காரமான கிரீடமும், உன் தேவனுடைய கரத்தில் ராஜமுடியுமாயிருப்பாய்.