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Molly Varughese was a devoted wife, loving mom and grandmother. She was also a spiritual sister and mother to so many more. Through the many roles she played, the constant was her steadfast and bold faith in Christ – prayer warrior, preacher and passionate servant of God. She held strong to the promises of God through prayer and meditation on God’s Word. As we reflect on her journey, we see each phase of her life through the many verses she loved and held dearly throughout God’s Word.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139: 13-14
Mummy was born on May 14,1948 to KM Mathai and Mariama Mathai in Puthipully, Kerala. She had five siblings, and is survived by three siblings: one immediate younger sister, Ammini, her older sister, Lilamma, and her older brother, Rev. Thomas Kuttipurathu.
Even as a child, Mummy exemplified curiosity and an eagerness to learn new things. You could always find her studying and being at the top of her class in high school and college. Upon graduation, she first worked as a teacher. Mummy was also known for her singing and was a very talented cook.
Mummy was the first in her family and village to be born again in her mid to late teens. She faced a lot of resistance as a result, but one of Mummy’s greatest qualities was perseverance; she knew that the transformation and power she felt was something she just couldn’t keep to herself. She would go door to door trying to tell people about her faith and was often met with rejection. However, she persisted. Eventually, God used her to spark a revival that brought her family and many in her village to the Lord. This was just the beginning of a lifelong ministry to come.
Marriage and Family
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
On September 13, 1973, Mummy met her husband, Varughese Cherappurathu (Babychan) from Theyloor, Vennikullum. Little did either of them know the beautiful 50-year journey and ministry that they were embarking upon. They settled in New Delhi and one year later, welcomed their first son, Johnson. It was during this pregnancy that Mummy discovered that she was diabetic. Following Johnson’s delivery, Mummy went into a diabetic coma and was unconscious for five days, marking the start of many difficulties with her health as a result. Through it all, God was gracious and with the help of her older brother and sister-in-law, Kunjkunjunjamma, she and Johnson were able to eventually travel to the US in 1977 for further medical evaluation and treatment.
In 1978, Papa joined them and by God’s grace they were able to stay and begin their life together in Bronx, NY. One year later, their second son Mathew was born. Even as a mom to two young boys, Mummy’s motivation and enthusiasm for learning led her to explore the field of ultrasonography, a relatively new area of medicine at the time. With the support of Papa, her mom, Veli, to help with the boys, and others in their budding spiritual community, Mummy would work during the day and attend classes at night. Even in the intensity of this season with motherhood, work, schooling and navigating health conditions, God was faithful, and Mummy still spent a lot of time ministering to friends and family. She and Papa would hold and regularly attend fasting prayer meetings; she would share God’s word and promises with numerous people. Many friends and family still speak memorably of Mummy’s prayers in their small Bronx apartment.
In 1984, the family moved from the Bronx to a two-family home in Port Chester with Mummy’s older brother and family and their mother, Veli. Mummywas grateful for the love and support of Veli and her sister-in-law Ammai as they navigated raising five rambunctious boys together – Sam, Soy, Solomon, Shibu (Johnson) and Shanson (Mat).
Throughout this time, Mummy worked as a newly minted ultrasound tech, quickly gaining a reputation for her exceptional skills and compassionate and joyful care of her patients. However, ministry work still remained her true passion, and in 1987, the Varughese’s along with a few families began Westchester Pentecostal Assembly, pastored by Mummy’s nephew, Pastor Shaji Varughese.
Mummy was passionate about church and prayer and continued with her prophetic words, outreach and prayer with everyone.
Our family moved within Port Chester in 1999 and while praying one day, God planted a seed that their new home would be used for His glory. That seed led to weekly prayer meetings, hosting many pastors and their families, a phone-based prayer ministry and hundreds of people regularly coming to their home to share their needs and be prayed over.
In addition to her two boys, God eventually brought two daughters into her life when Johnson married Bindu in 2001 and Mat married Julie in 2009. Mummy was instrumental in both of her daughters’ lives as she was an incredible and authentic example of love, humility, faith, determination and generosity.
Life as a Grandmother
Grandchildren are the crown of grandparents, and parents are the glory of their children. Proverbs 17:6
Nearly as pivotal as her role in ministry was Mummy’s role as a grandmother. She was blessed with seven amazing grandchildren – Hannah (16), Micah (15), Lala (11), Luke (11), Norah (10), Lily (5) and Caleb (2). Words are inadequate to express how fiercely Mummy loved her grandkids. She showed her love through food, meaningful conversations, snuggles, endless laughs and, most importantly, by instilling her faith and Scripture into the hearts and lives of each of her grandkids. She regularly inspired them with her stories of childhood, faith and her visions for their future impact.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
While “health” seems unworthy of its own category, Mummy’s life was marked by various health challenges. She sustained a massive heart attack in 2005 where she nearly lost her life and declined in her health leading to her retirement in 2007. However, Mummy’s health journey was a critical part of her testimony and ministry and gave her the unique ability to empathize and fervently pray for so many about anything they were struggling with.
Mummy’s perspective was that any weakness she experienced was ultimately for God’s power and glory. We see the seeds of that across hundreds and thousands of lives she touched throughout her life, including countless staff she prayed for and ministered to during her various hospitalizations. She also experienced deep love and care from so many people throughout her health journey, with the greatest and most committed caretaker of all being her faithful and dutiful husband, Papa.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
From knocking on doors of reticent neighbors to share her faith in a small town in India, to calls in the middle of the night, to one-on-one confidential visits and prayer times she had with broken and wounded souls all over the country, to powerful bellowing messages through prayer lines reaching people across the globe (such as Australia, the Middle East and Europe), within her small physical frame was a spiritual giant.
We are blessed to have her as our mother and the spiritual leader of our family. Because of her inspiration, Papa started a ministry in northern India (Mahanaim Ministry), a passion she had since living in Delhi. Her legacy lives on - not just through this ministry and her children and grandchildren - but through all her spiritual children around the world.
She preached one simple message, and it was the love of Jesus. The same Jesus she met many years ago as a young woman was rooted in her family. The morning of her passing on February 4, 2024, upon the return of her older son from a missions trip to Ghana, she insisted that Papa go to church and worship. Both Shibu and Shan and their families were also attending their local churches. She passed as her family was worshiping, having joy and peace in her heart knowing her work was complete and that she was returning to the arms of her Heavenly Father.
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a little and I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your Master” Matthew 25:23