CHRISTIAN FREDERICK SCHWARTZ – DISPLAYING JESUS IN OUR LIFE.
Once there were no churches in Tirunelveli ( South India ). It can be called a dark period because the Gospel had not entered there.
As a Morning Star, Frederick (Germany) came to Tirunelveli in 1771. Though he lost his mother in his young age, his father’s brought up made him a missionary. He did social service along with his ministry. He considered it a blessing to give rather to get, and enlightened the life of the poor.
During those times , Many peoples lost their lives in the battle between the East India Company and Hyder Ali in Mysore. The loss was heavy. The East India Company not to waste many lives tried to enter into an agreement with Hyder Ali. Hyder Ali pointed to Christian Frederick and asked him to be brought in and said ‘that christian, call him in, he will not cheat anyone. It will suffice if he gives the word’.
Christian Frederick served as the prime minister and as the chief priest for the king. He was the one who made Saraboji the king of Tanjore. He was called to provide the ration to the famine hit nation, he rendered a blemish less service to the people without any bias.
Christian Frederick the ‘Father of Tirunelveli’ was the first to dedicate a church, and conduct the first baptism service. Clorintal, Sathya Nathan, David Sundaranandam, Vedanayagam Shastri, were inspired by Christian Frederick to do the ministry.
During his service of 48 years he never, even for once visited his mother land.
I will protect the fatherless, and widows can trust in me . – Jeremiah 49:11