Let me express my heart-felt gratitude to God who helped me to be elected as the 18th President
of Kollam YMCA, which came into being on 4th February 1924 under the president ship of Mr. John Markie, and
also to the YMCA family members who supported and encouraged me. I remember with joy the former presidents who,
during the past 86 years, led the YMCA to grow into an outstanding institution.
In 2010, we are facing a situation similar to the one in which Sir. George Williams prayerfully
started YMCA in 1844. For that reason, the YMCA and its activities are of great significance even today.
The Society we live in, claims to be post-modern and lets loose new tendencies and cultures that are a
challenge to Christian values and common justice. I look upon the YMCA as a beacon that should shed light on
the darkness of a corrupt social system in which self-centeredness and cruelty are rampant and wide-spread.
It is the duty of YMCA to create a counter-culture:- of a Christ-centered way of life, in which people think
more of others than themselves.
I believe that this would ultimately lead to the realization of the YMCA –dream of the extension of the Kingdom
of God. Every member of the YMCA is called to fulfill the mission of ecumenical unity and fraternity. We should
devote our talents, time and finance for this purpose. With a view to empowering the youth at different levels
like Kids-Y, Hi-Y, Uni-Y, we are planning activities and programmes to their tastes.
The major projects of our YMCA this year are the completion of the YMCA Camp Centre, Pullichira and the
inauguration of YMCA Day Care Centre and Play School. The renovation of IGH, YMCA Canteen and Hostel are also
among this year’s projects. A thorn in the flesh is the YMCA land issue, which requires our prayers and careful dealing.
I am sure that we will be able to face these challenges with our prayers, co-operation and God’s grace.
I request once again to uphold YMCA, the office-bearers and activities in your prayers.
M. Baby Sam