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
  • Address for the LCMS Asia Region Field Office:
    No. 165 Gongyuan Street
    East District, Chiayi City
    60069
    Taiwan (Republic of China)

     

    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

     

News Stories

Asia – Reporter
From the Mission Field – March 2018
Updates about LCMS mission work around the world.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 10:49:45 AM

Whether in Hong Kong or Taiwan, the Synod’s Asia mission doesn’t change
Whether in Hong Kong or Taiwan, the Synod's mission in the Asia region does not change. The work continues to focus on the preaching of Christ crucified.
Monday, February 05, 2018 3:47:50 PM

Built on the rock: New church, pastor, publishing house in Sri Lanka
The Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Church (CELC) held its first convocation Sept. 1-2.
Monday, October 23, 2017 10:49:33 AM

This feed has 32 articles on 11 pages << < 1 2 3 4 5 > >>

'Lutherans Engage the World' Stories

International Work – Engage
Bringing the Reformation to Bucharest

The Confessional Lutheran Church in Romania and its pastor are bringing the true Gospel to Romanians

(Read more...)


Friday, September 28, 2018 12:00:54 PM

This feed has 1 article on 1 page

 

Global Mission Fund

Strengthen our capacity for Gospel proclamation and human care activities here in the U.S. and to the four corners of the world.  Learn More

 

Are you looking to direct your gifts for work that’s more specific?
Visit the mission project catalog to find those opportunities most meaningful to you!

Don’t see what you’re looking for?
Contact LCMS Mission Advancement at 888-930-4438 or mission.advancement@lcms.org to talk about all the options available.

Our work in the world

View interactive map | Download PDF map

 

Join us on the journey

Lutherans Engage the World

Lutheran Engage the WorldEngaging the Church in the work of witness and mercy across the globe in our life together.

Read now

 

The Lutheran Witness

The Lutheran WitnessInterpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

Learn more

Concordia Publishing House

Concordia Publishing House

Contact Us
 

  Email us
 

  Church Info Center: 888-843-5267
  Staff Switchboard: 800-248-1930
  Donor Care Line: 888-930-4438
 

 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122-7226

 

Guide Star Logo BBB Logo


The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Inc., including Mission Central (in Mapleton, Iowa), is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

A contribution designated (restricted) for a specific purpose when accepted, will be used only to fund expenses related to that purpose. Occasionally, we may receive more in contributions for a particular purpose than can be wisely applied to it in the foreseeable future or the purpose may cease to be feasible. In these situations, the LCMS will make reasonable attempts to contact contributors to apply their contribution differently. If a contributor cannot be contacted, the LCMS will use the gift to meet a similar pressing need that most closely matches the contributor's original intent.  Consistent with Synod Board policy, no more than 12 percent of a charitable contribution may be applied to administering gifts and communicating with contributors.  Contributions received and accepted by the LCMS are deemed to be in agreement with this statement.

Our Tax Identification Number is: 43-0658188

>>View Donor Transparency Resources


Employment  |  For the Media  |  Site Map  |  Privacy

 

© 2003 – 2010   The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. All Rights Reserved.