Shaila will be known to many in DIAKONIA World Federation through attending Regional and World Assemblies.
Sadly, Shaila passed away suddenly on 14th September 2020 in Belgaum, India. Shaila had served as the Executive Secretary of the All India Women's Work in the Methodist Church in India. It was my privilege to spend time with Shaila in Bangalore, and then in Chennai, and to meet other MCI Deaconesses. I wrote about my visit in 2014. Shaila is pictured below, fourth from the right.
Deepest condolences to her family, and to the MCI Deaconesses.
Romans 14:8 - If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. Rest in eternal communion with God, good and faithful servant.
Her niece, Shruti, provided the following information.
Shaila Kumara John Wesley
DOB: 12-1-1952; DOD: 14-09-2020
Born, Baptised and Schooled in Kolar, Karnataka. She was brought up in a good Christian family. She was a top student through her school and university. Shailamma was an ACC cadet and represented her school in sports and won many athletic medals at school and district level.
Shailamma lived and worked for many years in Kolar as Secretary in the accounts office. She sensed the call of God and decided to become a Deaconess. Her training was in Jabalpur. She worked as a teacher at Gulbarga, and was Principal at Belgaum,Yadgir, and Manager at BGHS and BBHS RR Nager school. She was Superintendent of Hosre Achievement.
Shailamma was sociable and friendly and always had a smile. She was a very able person. She did a lot of developmental work. In recent years she has been a member of the Executive Council, and Secretary of the Deaconesss Conference. She also served faithfully as Executive Secretary of Women’s Work.
The 40th day Memorial service honouring Shailamma's life will be held on 23rd Friday October 2020. Shailamma was a beacon of light, hope and strength to the family as well as many others in India and across the seass.