Welcome to RFCCC 2013
The Robert F. Cook Centennial Celebrations is a yearlong celebration organized by the Church of God in India congregations located around the world. In 1913, Robert F. Cook, a pioneer Pentecostal missionary, first arrived in India. He spent 37 years of his life serving the Lord and the people of South India. During the celebrations the Cooks will be gratefully remembered and honored for their significant contributions towards evangelizing India. With an emphasis on missions and reaching the unreached people groups of India, the organizers will conduct several missions and leadership conferences and will also launch several social work projects in India during 2013. As you browse through the RFCCC Website you can learn more about the life of RFC, and much more. Thank you for visiting our website. We are also on facebook
Professor Sushil Mathew
General Coordinator RFCCC 2013
RFCCC 2013- An overview
The Pentecostal churches in India and abroad are planning to commemorate the 100th year of the arrival of Church of God Missionary Rev. Robert F. Cook in South India. The centennial celebrations will begin in January 2013 and conclude at the end of the year. The Christians in South India, especially the full-gospel believers in the land of Kerala, fondly and respectfully called him "Cook Sayip." Rev. Cook obeyed the call of God to go to the land of India with a heavy burden for souls and an unwavering dedication to evangelize the unreached in that vast land, sincerely desiring to help the needy and uplift the downtrodden. Rev. Cook left Los Angeles with his wife Ann and daughters Blossom and Dorothy, arriving in the city of Bangalore in October 1913. He suffered both physical and spiritual hardships for the sake of the gospel during his thirty-seven years of ministry, moving from village to village proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ and praying for the deliverance of the socially and spiritually oppressed masses.
During the celebrations, the Cook's will be gratefully remembered and honored for their significant contributions towards evangelizing India. The Robert F. Cook Centennial Committee will pray and challenge the full-gospel believers in India to finish the work that missionary Cook began a century ago. They will be asked to take the message of salvation and freedom to the "unreached people groups" who are spread throughout India. In addition, the office building of the Church of God Kerala State, Mt. Zion built by Robert F. Cook will be converted to the "RFC Pentecostal Heritage Center" to preserve the history and legacy of the Church of God in India.
Rev. Cook's obedience to the call of God has impacted the lives of thousands in his life time itself, and continues to influence millions even decades after his death. The founding, as well as the establishment of the Church of God in India, is one of the most significant contributions of this missionary hero. With a humble beginning in the region of Travancore, presently known as the state of Kerala, the Church of God in India has spread to over twenty states in India and continues to grow steadily. As the Keralite Pentecostals embark on a year of celebrations in various locations throughout the world, the members of the Church of God, in collaboration with many other full-gospel denominations, are planning to conduct several mission-oriented conferences and conventions in 2013. Several Pentecostal denominations such as the Indian Pentecostal Church, Assembly of God, Sharon Fellowship, New India Bible Church, and Pentecostal Mission Gospel Church will participate in the celebrations. One of the projects in progress is the translation of Cook's autobiography into Malayalam, a major language spoken by forty million people in India.