Esther Panchali

Esther T. Panchali

Monday, April 30th, 1928 - Friday, April 17th, 2020
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Sibby Jacob

Posted at 04:32pm
I thank and praise God for Ammachi ‘s life and testimony. I’m very thankful to the Lord for enabling me also to experience Ammachi’s love. Even though my grandparents passed away several years ago, I was blessed to experience another grandma in my life.

Esther Ammachi was a great blessing in my life and my family’s life. I have shared several prayer requests with her and she would pray very faithfully and fervently. It was my great desire that Ammachi should come to Texas and pray here also, and the good Lord enabled her to come and share her testimony to the church here which blessed everyone.

Every time I visited NY, Ammachi made sure that I had enough Carrot Cakes and Dosa powder to take with me back to Texas. She would never let me wash any dishes or cook in the kitchen. She wanted me to enjoy my time off with family and she would do all the work in kitchen. She would say “ Mole, you have been working all the time “ and she would always inquire if we have eaten. She was always very loving and caring making sure our needs were always met. Ammachi was truly a pillar for us and a great source of strength for our family as my parents were well taken care of because of her.

I know Ammachi, I will definitely miss you a lot when I come to NY and will miss hearing your voice over the phone. I love you Ammachi more than words can express but I know I will definitely see you on that beautiful shore one fine day.

“The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.” Isaiah 57:1-2


Biju, Sibby, Hannah, Joshua and Abigail.

Soni Thomas

Posted at 12:44pm
Esther Ammachi was a blessing in our life that we can't thank enough. Her prayers guided us in our hours of need, Her smile and kindness brightened the life of every one around her. We thank Abychayan and Bessychechi for sharing their Ammachi with us.
We Stay with the hope that we shall meet again in our Lords Kingdom.

Sarah Jawahar

Posted at 12:44pm
How Jesus must be rejoicing to see our dear Auntie. He drew her into Himself and what a joy that we will all be united soon. She loved Him and served Him all her days and was a beautiful example for us all. Praying for comfort and grace on you all. With love, Brother and SIster Jacob, Isaac, David, Sarah Hannah and our families.

Joseph M. Korah, M.D.

Posted at 12:06pm
Esther Ammachi has been a tremendous blessing for our family! We thank God for bringing Ebechaya into Bessychechi’s life and thereby bring Ammachi into our lives. She always had a smile and inspiring words for each of us and I personally know her prayers have helped us through tough times and thru the good times! She was a fixture at Ebe and Bessy’s house and We will miss not being able to see her there the next time we visit! We pray that you have been recieved with open arms by our Gracious Lord and keep praying for us here on Earth! Condolences and prayers on behalf of Kappilammoottil House member worldwide!

Kunjoottchayan& Thankamma Korah

Ebenezer Thangavelu

Posted at 04:30pm
Esther Panchali was born on April 30th, 1928 to Mr. Padmanabha Panicker and Mrs. Meenakshi. She came from a very religious Hindu home and was the 7th out of 8 children. When Grandma was 19 years old, she married her husband, Krishnan Nair and finally felt that her gods had answered all her prayers. However, her trials and heartaches had only just begun.
After one year of marriage, she lost her baby boy during delivery. Shortly thereafter, while 6 months pregnant with her second child, Ruth, her husband became ill and passed away, ending their marriage in less than 2 years. Having honored her rituals and traditions as a Hindu, Esther felt devasted and let down, unable to comprehend why she kept facing constant heartache.

Against her parents and brothers wishes, she decided to work for a Christian family that lived near the ocean. Barely making ends meet, she purposed that she would jump into the sea to end her life as all hope was lost. However, she came across a booklet in that house which convicted her of her sins. She cried out to Jesus and said, “I am a sinner and need to be freed from the burdens I bear.” That night, Esther went to bed and woke up with an unexplainable peace in her heart and a desire to continue living for the Lord.
God led her to a Church in Chennai, India named Jehovah Shammah where she faithfully attended for many years. It was there that God led her daughter to her future husband Paul, who had come from a similar Hindu background. In the late 70’s, Esther was brought to America by God with a promise that He would build her family and make them a blessing to others. He fulfilled that promise by granting her a daughter, a son in-law, two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Our grandmother has been the Cornerstone of our family and lived an exemplary Christian life. Her heart was never set on fame, glamor or riches. Rather, it was her sincere desire to help those she came into contact with. Regardless of race, religion, background or societal status, Grandma treated everyone with love and respect. The minimum wages that she earned as a maid were given to those doing the Lord’s work, especially to the poor parts of India.
Grandma took her final breath and entered into her eternal abode on April 17th, 2020 only a few weeks shy of her 92nd birthday. There is an unimaginable void in the hearts of her immediate family, and those scattered across the world whose lives she blessed. She spent countless mornings and nights on her knees, praying for hundreds across the globe.
Though we are grieving temporarily, our greatest hope and consolation is that we will be reunited with her in Heaven. This blessed assurance carries us in these tumultuous times.
Grandma, words cannot express the profound impact you had in our lives. This family and its foundation are built upon your love, prayers and sacrifices. We are forever indebted to you and thank you for living an honorable life before the Lord. The legacy you have left behind is a testament to us of God’s immense faithfulness. May we faithfully continue the work that He started in you, for generations to come…

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:21)
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8)

Prema Posted at 09:51pm

Prema Pelletier I met my Mom Esther on the day I gave up my Hindu gods and became a Christ-follower. That was thirty-five years ago and up to Mom's end on this earth our hearts were still knitted! When I first met Mom, her lovely smile and warm heart at once put me at ease and I was no longer a stranger in the midst of the little church. Mom had a way of making herself such a servant to everyone she met. She exemplified the life of Christ in her daily walk and served selflessly, caring only that our Lord was glorified in whatever she did. My Mom Esther was a true General in the Army of God. She touched so many countless lives in her own unassuming way. A humble lady, she left a great legacy behind for us all to follow. Mom's life was truly a living sacrifice as she offered herself in total surrender to our God. We who are left behind mourn because our Mom is irreplaceable. Mom, it was your constant prayers for me and my family all these years, that helped us to be where we are today. Thank you so very much for living the life that the Bible speaks about: one of total surrender to Christ. I can hear the Lord of the Harvest say to you, " Now you may rest from all your labors. Receive your eternal rewards for your faithful service to Me. Well done, My child." Mom, you are already sorely missed. My heart is broken, Mom, and I weep as I write this note. You will always be so precious to me. I thank God for allowing our paths to cross that day, so many years ago. God used you to help change my life. Thank you, my precious Mom. Thank you. I love you. On behalf of Peter, Sanjay and Vanessa, we salute a General of the Cross of Jesus Christ. Rest in the Master's Arms, my Mom. Until we meet again. I love you. We love you.

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