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History, Vision & Faith


The story of India Gospel League begins with one man’s journey into the Christian faith through faithful missional-minded men nearly 150 years ago. From there, a vision was born, to share hope and love to the least-loved and those most in need. Today the same ministry stands firmly on that vision and calling, to share hope and to care for those most in need. Here is the story, as told by the grandson of the founder:

My great grandfather was the first one of my family to become a Christian. He heard about Jesus when the Salvation Army first came to South Asia in the 1860s. He accepted the Lord into his life in a street meeting. He left home, changed forever and set on a path to care for those most in need.

His son (my grandfather) founded the ministry that today is known as India Gospel League. He lived his life to the very end, extending his hand and caring for the most vulnerable, and so did my father after him. I had the privilege of working with my father for 12 years in the ministry. He taught me many things, but I will always remember his last words to me: “No matter what happens, son, don’t lose the vision.”

My father organized IGL on the basis of his deep conviction that, as Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” The vision is reaching out to the neglected masses of people throughout South Asia. Most of them are dying without ever experiencing joy, or knowing true hope. This verse is the motto of our organization, and we remain committed to that vision and calling.


We are an indigenous, Bible-centered organization born and operating in the heart of South Asia.

Millions across South Asia still need hope and millions more need practical help like education, medical care and economic opportunity.

IGL has invested in more than 90,000 villages in the past 25 years, and from the people who have been impacted, their hope is shining out to a world darkened by desperate poverty. IGL has grown from a small organization in South Asia to an international network; sharing hope, serving with compassionate care and seeing God at work. On top of that, everything that IGL does is with the goal of helping communities become sustainable.

Support from North America

While all of our leadership comes from South Asia, we do have a North American organization that helps facilitate partnerships and vision-casting. This group, “India Gospel League, North America” exists to serve, support, and pray for our leaders in the field. If you choose to partner with India Gospel League, your contributions, travel arrangements or sponsorships will be facilitated through our U.S. office in Hudson, Ohio. India Gospel League, North America is a 501(c)(3) organization, governed by an independent board consisting of pastors and others who believe in this work. All contributions are tax-deductible. IGL NA is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), and a four-star awarded charity from Charity Navigators. Learn more about our financial policies here.