Methodist Central College was the first educational institution in Batticaloa and the first English Boys School in Ceylon (established). It was founded in 1814 by the Rev. William Ault, one of the pioneer Methodist Missionaries who came from England to Sri Lanka (Ceylon).
Indeed, the Association is proud to declare tonight as the first major fundraising venture under the current Executive. Therefore, on behalf of the Methodist Central College Old Boys Association of North American Chapter, I take great pleasure in extending sincere thanks to our special patrons, guests, and fellow OBA members for their support in making this event a great success.
Land Of Our Birth
Land of our birth, we pledge to thee
our love and toil in the years to be,
when we are grown and take our place
as men and women with our race
Teach us to bear the yoke in youth,
with steadfastness and careful truth,
that, in our time, thy grace may give
the truth whereby the nations live.
Teach us to rule ourselves always,
controlled and cleanly night and day,
that we may bring, if need arise,
no maimed or worthless sacrifice.
Teach us to look in all our ends,
on thee for Judge, and not our friends,
that we, with thee, may walk uncowed
by fear or favour of the crowd.
Teach us the strength that cannot seek,
by deed or thought, to hurt the weak,
that, under thee, we may possess
man’s strength to comfort man’s distress.
Teach us delight in simple things,
and mirth that has no bitter springs,
forgiveness free of evil done,
and love to all men ‘neath the sun.
Land of our birth, our faith, our pride,
for whose dear sake our fathers died;
O Motherland, we pledge to thee
head, heart and hand through the years to be.