Our Work in India
Pastor Solomon Mamidi serves as president of the Hyderabad District, Pastor G.J. Ananda Raju serves as president of the Rajahmundry District and Mr. Vijay Sidney serves as president of the Jabalpur District.
Currently, LMSI has over 22,000 baptized members, operates three grade schools and cares for over 300 orphans in 20 orphan homes. Over 250 lay ministers in various levels of training serveapproximately the same number of small churches. These men are gathered once each month for two days of intensive instruction. They are given lessons to teach and sermons to preach in their village congregations.
The primary focus of the ELS Board for World Outreach for India is the training of national pastors. Two graduates of Bethany Lutheran Theloglical Seminary in Mankato, MN have now returned to India to serve LMSI: Rev. Pradeep Lingala and Rev. Kalyan Gollipalli. They join the other two ordained men as teachers of their colleagues in LMSI, which are primarily a group of twenty men who are studying seminary-level courses in hopes of ordination.