The call of Jesus to disciple many unto Him who truly abide in His words was the reason for the inception of Maranatha Full Gospel Church in U.A.E.
In the early eighties, Pastor Juxy and his wife Sis. Mercy were faced with myriad issues common to expat life in the U.A.E. In November 1983, recurring illnesses made Sis. Mercy to earnestly seek God and she began to regularly attend prayer meetings in Satwa, Dubai. Pastor Juxy, however was not interested in such prayer meetings and went about with his worldly ways. But by the great mercies and love of God, Pastor Juxy decided to accompany Sis. Mercy to one of the meetings. While sitting there in that prayer meeting with a heavy and troubled heart, Pastor Juxy heard a soft and still voice saying, “My son do you want to be healed”. It was a confusing question since it was his wife and not him that needed a healing. He then realized that though the voice was strange, it was gentle and made him sense the significance of that question. Pastor Juxy replied softly saying, “Lord I desire to be available for you from today” and from that moment onwards a personal and live relationship with God was established. Sis. Mercy experienced complete healing the moment this personal commitment was made by Pastor Juxy. From then on, the decision to live and work for the Lord was strong within him.
Having been anointed by the Holy Spirit on May 3rd,1985, Pastor Juxy surrendered his life for God’s work and began to actively participate in the fellowship that he was attending. In obedience to the Word of the Lord that “whosoever believes and gets baptized shall be saved”, Pastor Juxy took water baptism on October 18th, 1988. The Lord blessed the couple with 3 children – Joshua, Samuel and Joel.
Joel was diagnosed with lung cancer when he was 2.5 years old. Though the family was shattered by the grim medical report, they trusted in the Lord and prayed for his healing. However, on April 14th,1995, their son left this worldly home to be with the Lord. Pastor and his family were greatly comforted with the words of Job – “God gave and God took, May His name be praised”.
Despite going through the fiery furnace of testing, God never forsook Pastor Juxy and he firmly believed that “the one who called him was faithful”. Amid all the sufferings, God’s grace enabled him not to doubt or murmur against God. He firmly believed that God would provide the right openings of escape from all trials and tribulations (1 Corin. 10:13).
According to the Lord’s promise to Pastor Juxy that He would enable him to start a Bible Study, he patiently waited at the Lord’s feet until the promise was fulfilled. On November 19th,1990, a Bible study was started with just 3 people. Over the last 3 decades, God has been faithful and numerous people who got saved and baptized through this Bible study program.
Pastor Juxy Mathew received Pastoral Ordination on January 14th,1994 during a fasting prayer meeting. On July 12th,1995, Maranatha Missionary Movement was registered in Bangalore and many came to know the Lord through this ministry. After many days of prayer and seeking Lord’s guidance, the Maranatha Full Gospel Church was formed.
Thereafter, Maranatha Full Gospel Church grew by God’s grace and was registered as a Society in 2004. Today, our ministry extends to all major Emirates of the U.A.E, various cities in the Middle East and 15 cities in Kerala.
All the associated ministries of MFGC, which include Bible study, English worship, Youth meeting, Scripture Class, Media team, magazine division and Cell groups, have done exceptionally well in spreading the message of Christ. On an average, around 350 worshippers gather each Friday at the Holy Trinity Church Complex in Dubai and around 250 worshippers in St. Martin’s church complex in Sharjah for our weekly praise and worship services. In addition, the Church has a strong network of cell groups catering to the spiritual needs of all its believers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman and U.A.Q. Apart from this, hundreds of worshippers gather in our churches in Abu Dhabi, Ruwais and Salalah (Oman) every Friday and every Sunday in various churches in Kerala for the worship service.