Mission India Celebrates its 40th Year of Outreach

Published 30 January 2018  |  

Mission India (MI) is celebrating 40 years of Gospel outreach in India.

Founded in 1978, seven years after John DeVries, the founder, visited India. Initially he was overwhelmed by the spiritual darkness and poverty. Like the prophet Jonah in the Old Testament, DeVries prayed, "God, I will serve you anywhere you want, just please don't send me back here again."

But then he was empowered by the Holy Spirit and started the ministry to help local believers reach their communities with the Gospel.

Erik Morsehead, marketing manager, MI, said the ministry is aiming to grow its partnership with the Church in India as a way to promote indigenous missions.

"We're definitely always looking for new ways to reach those in India. We are adding new elements to our programs often," said Morsehead, according to Mnnonline.com.

"So when we see needs and we think we can help solve those needs in communities, we add those elements," he added.

The ministry started various programs since its establishment, including the Adult Literacy Classes in 1984, the Church Planter Training in 1985, and the Children's Bible Clubs we implemented in 1990.

"My favorite aspect really is the holistic transformation that our programs provide communities — not only our worshipping groups and churches planted and people coming to know Christ through the programs, but they're...physically and emotionally being taken care of," said Morsehead.


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