Building More Than a Thousand Churches in India

January 30, 2020 • India
Franklin Graham lays the foundation stone for a church in India in 1984. (Name and location blurred for security.)
Franklin Graham lays the foundation stone for a church in India in 1984. (Name and location blurred for security.)

1984: Samaritan's Purse works with the Evangelical Church of India to influence the Hindu nation toward the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Samaritan’s Purse worked with a third-generation missionary named Elmer Kilbourne and the Evangelical Church of India to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ in that vast Hindu nation.

Over several years, Samaritan’s Purse helped ECI build 1,012 churches and 12 Bible schools across India. Most churches included a well where Hindu neighbors could come to get clean water. This gave Christians the opportunity to share the same Good News that Jesus once revealed to a Samaritan woman drawing water: “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14, ESV).

Third-generation missionary Elmer Kilbourne (right) opened the door for Samaritan’s Purse to work with the Evangelical Church of India.

Watch a video below from 1988 that describes the work of Samaritan’s Purse in India at that time.

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