Gospel singer Thomas Puthoor rocks Chicago

  • Gospel singer Thomas Puthoor and the Rev. Avani Christian with ministry members.

    Gospel singer Thomas Puthoor and the Rev. Avani Christian with ministry members. Courtesy of Suresh Bodiwala

Submitted by Suresh Bodiwala
Updated 1/13/2020 6:55 PM

Hope United Methodist Church in Naperville organized a gospel concert with Thomas Puthoor on Dec. 28. An orchestra also graced this program by Richard Christian, Base Guitarist: John Mall, Keyboard Players: Joel Christian, Shahjad Markas, and Sound: Tariq Khan, a Music Ministry International. It was an evening of music, testimonies, and dedication to God.

The Rev. Avani Christian, pastor of Hope United Methodist Church, welcomed and invited all for the upcoming events and worship of the church. The program started by an invocation by Pastor Paul Morris, who asked for God's blessings and offered a reminder that as angels sang to Shepherd and brought a great message of Peace on earth, we may also be lifted by the music together.


Blesson Macloen, who was the program emcee, introduced Thomas Puthoor. Thomas Puthoor is renowned international gospel singer and has sung in many languages Hindi, Gujarati, Malayalam and Swahili. Thomas Puthoor is ministering through singing for last 26 years and has done musical programs in the U.S., Singapore, London, Canada, Fiji Island, Australia, Kenya, New Zealand, Tanzania and India.

Thomas Puthoor introduced himself and told us about his ministry to God as a singer. He has dedicated his life to bring God's love and worship through music for 26 years. He is from Kenya and is the managing director of one of the largest apparel manufacturing companies in Kenya since last 17 years. He has dedicated his voice in ministry to God.

He sang his first song with a soul touching song called "Tere paas Aaata Ho" and unfolded his deep and powerful vocal in the hearts of people. Hope UMC choir for chorus accompanied him. Then he sang a Gujarati song, "Magu Ishwar aatlu" which was soul searching song of strength and courage in times of difficulty and uncertainty. He continued many songs and showed God's gift. As he ministered through his music, it seemed like each song was being used to draw people into the very presence of the Lord. After all, isn't that what it's all about? We should get to a point in all of our ministries that we are more than happy to reflect all the praise and honor to God!

The evening ended with dinner and Garba with Thomas Puthoor's Garba songs. It proclaimed and gave an assurance that our life is much like the song, as we may not all have the same "part," yet when we all do what God has called us to do, we enjoy a great sense of harmony and joy as we serve. Some parts are more visible than others minister in the background, but again, when we function where God has placed us, beautiful "music" is the result!

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I want to thank each one who worked, prayed, visioned, and participated in this fantastic night of Gospel and praise. Again, thank you for allowing God to use the music ministry, and we look forward to many more times of this ministry in the future.

We hope this evening may bring an assurance of God's promises for the start of the new decade called 2020! Happy New Year!

Together we Serve, Rev Avani Christian and Pastor, Hope United Methodist Church.

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