Waterburg Memorial Telugu Baptist Church
Bottom row: Joseph Huse, Taku and Katie Longkumer, Joyce and Paul Vick, Imo Aier, Ben Chan
Jan 14, 2013
We have finished the visit and meetings in Chennai (previously known as Madras.) and came to Ongole town today. Mr. Ramesh Kumar, Principal of the Balasore Technical School and a member of the India Property Team and the local host provided wonderful hospitality. We attended the worship service of the Waterburg Memorial Telugu Baptist Church on Sunday while I delivered the message. The church was established in 1886 by ABFMS/ IM missionaries Norman and Lucy Waterburg.
The following is a summary of the related story.
Norman Mather Waterburg graduated from the University of Rochester in 1878, and from the Rochester Theological Seminary in 1881. Mr. Waterburg and Lucy Whitehead McGill were married on August 18, 1881, and were commissioned by ABFMS to serve in India. They arrived at Madras in November 1881 and started working among the Telugu speaking people of the area. They had three children. Mr. Waterburg worked relentlessly to construct a church in Madras. Unfortunately he died on November 11, 1886 at the young age of 30. His funeral service was held at the church he established on the same day when the church building was dedicated by Rev. A.A. Newhall. Later, the church was renamed Waterburg Memorial Telugu Baptist Church