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On December 24, 2004, hundreds gathered for the dedication of the Maruti Nagar Adventist Church in Cuddapah, India. The church was funded by offering donations from the 2004 Maranatha Convention last November. The church, which seats 700, was designed with additional bays to accommodate the large constituency of Christians in the area.

The church was built at the request of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy, who is a Christian. Before being elected to his office, Dr. Reddy asked the local Adventist field president if it was possible for a church to be constructed on his estate so that his workers would have a place to worship.

The state of Andhra Pradesh has 500,000 Seventh-day Adventists and constitutes over half of India's total Adventist membership.