India

  •  Country Summary
  • In 1895, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began mission work in India — the first “foreign” mission field in the Synod’s history. Over the ensuing decades, the LCMS invested human and financial resources in developing a total Christian ministry of congregations, pastoral training, lay training, school education and human-care ministries. The India Evangelical Lutheran Church (IELC) became an LCMS sister/partner church in 1959. It also is a member of the International Lutheran Council. A large LCMS missionary presence continued until the 1980s, and the last full-time LCMS career missionary retired from service in 2003.

    Nevertheless, the LCMS has continued to offer support for the IELC in these and other areas: complementary funding for church planting, schools, hospitals and other institutions; disaster-relief work (e.g., tsunami relief); theological education through support for Concordia Theological Seminary, Nagercoil; and complementary funding of theological conferences, scholarships and stipends for vicars.

    Today, the IELC is blessed with 764 congregations, 114,600 baptized members, approximately 65,000 communicant members and 120 active pastors, along with more than 80 schools and three hospitals. It also has institutions for the deaf, blind and those who are mentally and physically disabled.

     

  •  Partner Churches
  • A partner church is a church body with whom the LCMS has full altar and pulpit fellowship. Many LCMS partner churches are also members of the International Lutheran council, a worldwide association of confessional Lutheran church bodies. Some LCMS partner churches came into existence through LCMS-supported mission efforts while others have historic roots that pre-date the LCMS or that are sourced in the mission efforts of other Lutheran church bodies.

  •  Contact Information
  • Field Office Address:
    Flat A, 12 Wiltshire Road
    Kowloon Tong
    Kowloon, HONG KONG

    Phone: (852) 2375 8987
    Fax: (852) 2375 9177

     

    Partners:

     

    India Evangelical Lutheran Church (IELC)

    President: Rev. Suviseshamuthu

     

    India Evangelical Lutheran Church (IELC)

    Concordia Theological Seminary

    Lutheran Mission Compound

    Nagercoil, Kanyakumari District

    Tamil Nadu

    INDIA 629 001

     

    Bethesda Hospital Compound

    Ambur 635802

    Vellore District

    INDIA

     

    Our Savior Lutheran Church

    Oorgaum, Kolar Gold Field-563-120

    Karnataka State, South India

    INDIA

     

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Two career missionaries will be based in the Gambia and Belize, and seven “GEO” missionaries will serve for up to two years in Eurasia, Asia and Latin America.
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