I am sure the Mission India is a wonderful cause! but I went to the thrift store here in Grand Rapids on Plainfield 3 times and each time the same woman and man were working. The woman was less then helpful and every time but this last time. I didnt have much money to spend and the more I asked about prices the more rude she became and when I went to the register to pay for my things. I told her I may have to put a couple things back. she then got more nasty and told me that if she rings it up, she can't take anything off! I then asked for a sub total and was told the same thing in a very nasty tone. The man tried to be helpful but she was rude to him too! She was kind enough when she thought I had a lot of money but I the costumer became a inconvenience and treated awful. Like I said this was my 3rd time there the will NEVER go back there again.
Mission India is a well run organization. I feel they can be trusted to do exactly what they claim to do- teach others for Christ in the country of India.
One of the most dynamic, fiscally responsible and tangibly impactful ministries I've come across in years. From a highly committed, skilled staff to a healthy long-term vision from its board, Mission India is making a difference in India in unparalleled ways. Very impressive!
I have been a donor for several years and appreciate the dedication that the staff at Mission India has to share the good news of Jesus Christ to a nation that has so much hopelessness. Mission India makes a difference in so many adult's and children's lives in India. I appreciate the reports and stories that I receive every month on the eternal life-changing difference that Mission India makes.
I am consistently impressed by MIssion India's unwavering purpose: to support local Indian believers as they take the gospel to their own nation. I watch the workers at the Grand Rapids office raise awareness of issues in India, treat donors as unique individuals and drop to their knees to pray whenever a need is brought up. To work so tirelessly for the people of India, without those people ever knowing that a group of Westerners is fighting on their behalf---that is Kingdom work.
I recently watched a movie about India's child brides becoming widows and becoming outcasts in their world. I was shocked and began to search for a way to make a difference. That is when I found Mission India. I am so glad that there main focus is the children. It breaks my heart to think of little kids living in dumps and the way they survive there. With Mission India I feel like I can be of some help to these kids.
My wife and I have been supporters of Mission India for over a decade. We have always felt that our investment, both by prayers and funds, have been a worthwhile activity. We feel our donations are bearing a good spiritual harvest.
Marten & Diane
My church, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Glenview, IL, is a steady contributor to Mission India.
I learned about it from my Pastor Dave, who visits Christian mission in India once in the while
and speaks well about Mission India ministry. So I started contributing to Mission India individually as well.
They have such a great heart for the people of India and are so effective at equipping believers in India to spread the Gospel. God is on the move with this group. They also really care about their donors and building a partnership. We have received thoughtful phone calls and even cards. It seems like the most value for our donor dollars and their bible camps cost so little to reach kids. My son loves knowing he's helping send kids to bible camp, it's relatable him.
We have donated to Mission India for the past several years. Their work of training pastors and church planting is why we continue to support this ministry.
Your God-lent money can do nothing better than to help non-Christian children and families learn about Jesus Christ. Watch the Holy Spirit take over lives forever because you have provided resources. God is working in amazing ways in India, and Mission India is being used by Him to redeem India and the world.
Mission India is an organization that, in an age of computers and technology, not only uses that technology efficiently and creatively, but also connects with its donors through hand-written notes and personal phone calls. Mission India goes above and beyond a form letter thank you. When a person gives to Mission India, he knows his gift will be used for the purpose it was intended and not squandered on unnecessary frivolities. Our family loves the fact that even one dollar can make a big impact when given to this mission organization.
Love the information they provide to churches. Love seeing all the new churches planted in India every year. KEEP IT UP!!!!
Great organization! Their communication and transparency is second to none, and they are truly accomplishing their objectives - to God's glory!
My husband and I love Mission India and the work they are doing. The stories they have about the work of the Lord are exciting and up-lifting. It is wonderful to be able to give large or small and know it is having an impact on people's lives. For us as young donors, to know that even a dollar made a difference was encouraging.
My wife and I have been supporters of Mission India for many years! We recently attended a banquet where the staff presented amazing statistics about the ministry in India. Mission India is making a huge impact on the children and adults in India by disciplining and literacy advancement.
Marion and Jan Van Soelen
As a donor, I appreciated, when I drove by the building, it was a nondescript storefront in a strip mall. Nothing flashy. The money I give goes to the places I want it to.
I love that Mission India empowers the people of India to reach their own people with the gospel. It's such a great ministry!
I have been very impressed with Mission Indias ability to effectively accomplish their mission with a high level of stewardship. I would highly encourage anyone to support this ministry.
We have been donating to Mission India now for several years because they use the donated funds to funnel into the programs that will really help the people of India. Instead of spending money to train people outside of the India culture and language they train the people who already know the language, obstacles, culture of the area...the people of India themselves! What a great and good stewardship of donated funds.
Creative ministry, creative communication pieces--all for furthering Kingdom outreach in a wonderful part of the world.
If I had $1 million dollars, I would give it all to mission India. As it is, I give what I can. I have never seen an organization keep such good records financially and use every penny with such incredible results. I trust that they will continue to my gifts in a responsible and detailed manner. I get daily updates for what to pray for and how God is working in India. I highly recommend them.
This is a solid organization with a record of continuous service for the people of India. They understand the needs of the area, and are tireless in their efforts to reach and educate the people of India.
It is remarkable how much impact Mission India has, given its small budget. They accomplish this by equipping and supporting Indian nationals and giving them the freedom to do the work that needs to be done.
Mission India is really making a difference in this part of the world. Their adult literacy programs are fantastic; they are enabling so many to rise out of poverty.
I have the privilege of working with mission agencies, and non-profits, from all over the globe. Mission India consistently goes above and beyond any other ministry I have worked with before. Their attention to detail, combined with intentionality, are just two things that make them stand out from the rest.
An organization with great staff, complete integrity, and an exceptionally high degree of professionalism.
Mission India is focused on ministry results. They are firmly rooted in the Great Commission and bringing lives to Christ.
This organization is lean and delivers on their programs. They consistently measure outcomes, which is quite unique in these types of non-profits.
Bill and I support a literacy class for Mission India. Its so wonderful to get reports of "graduates" and see exactly what results our donations incur and to see changed lives as a result. Many times we have given to charities only to discover little of the donation gets to the people in need and much supports ridiculous salaries. Mission India = changed lives and independence! We are never hounded but always informed of their activities. We have been pleased and blessed in our giving to this wonderful organization.
Mission India Super Thrift has got to be one of the classiest thrift shops I've ever been in and they have sales every week. Give them a try.Some of the nicest people volunteer there, too, and one of them is a professional decorator who sets up the most attractive furniture arrangements. 2149 Plainfield Ave. Same block as Kay Pharmacy and Cheshire Grill.
Mission India has been a God send to our family. It has opened our hearts to experience Christ on a deeper level and taught our children to extend their love for God beyond their daily realm of influences. With the bible clubs being offered at $1 a child it is a tangible way for everyone, no matter their income or age, to make a difference and share the love of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. The church planting opportunities are amazing and well organized. To be able to provide training to someone in another country so they can share Christ where he is not otherwise taught is priceless. The literacy classes are transforming entire communities and giving women an opportunity to know they are precious in the eyes of the Lord. We are blessed to be a part of such a wonderful mission, Mission India.
My husband and I have been donors to Mission India for 15+ years. We supported it before it became Mission India. We have been impressed with the faithfulness of good stewardship that this organization has maintained. Our monthly donation goes directly to those serving in India and very little for administrative expenses. We receive monthly updates and Mission India makes us feel like every penny of our contribution is important for furthering God's Kingdom here on earth.
We receive a telephone call from their main office every quarter. It is a person-to-person call and not an automated message. Mission India is the only organization that we contribute to which calls us and gives us a report. During the phone call, we are asked if we have prayer needs so those in the main office can pray for us. A wonderful touch and very appreciated!
Mission India operates under the highest of ethical standards and every penny donated is easily accounted for in a written report,. We believe that they are one of the most successful mission organizations due to their accounting practices, commitment to the people they serve, and a genuine call to ministry. We contribute to many Evangelical Mission organizations and we believe that Mission India rates at the top of our list of organizations. We are blessed by them.
Mission India makes excellent use the money we invest and gives a reliable account of all expenditures. Each story I read about people being touched by God's love helps me know we're touching the lives of real people and families and changing generations yet to come with the truth and the power of the Gospel.
We never think twice about donating to Mission India. Their programs are outstanding, helping to reach those who need help. Whether it's a literacy program, teaching women how to read and providing basic life skills, a kid's club or church planting ministry we can count on the gospel being presented and lives changed.
We have used their material in our classes to teach our students about life in India - excellent work!
I love to volunteer at missin India thepeople are always cheerful and very helpful. The place is always clean and a pleasant place to work. They always have other volunteers to help that are very nice also. It is so much fun to go to a place that is doing work that is so important in the advance of Gods kingdom in other countrys.
We have been supporters of Mission India for almost 6 years now and are continually blessed to see all that God is doing through them to spread the Gospel to the least and the lost of India. We look forward to partnering with them for many years to come!
I have had a heart for India since I was in college. I have two adopted boys from New Delhi. There are few ministries with the humble visionary leadership and the effectiveness of Mission India. They have a great respect for raising up and trusting local leadership in India. I simply do not know any ministry that is impacting more people.
We have confidently and joyfully supported Mission India for many years because it cares for the physical and spiritual needs of people in ways that are sustainable and empowering to the recipients, many of whom are the poorest and most vulnerable -women and children in low caste society. They don't just give hand-outs for immediate needs, but a hand-up as they build literacy and job training programs while they share the love of Jesus. I also love the way MI volunteers call us regularly to encourage and pray for us. We feel like a valued and cared for part of their team. We are confident that the money we invest in MI is being used wisely and well.
Mission India is one of the best mission organization in existence. I have been involved in global missions for 15 years and have look at and been involved with many different mission agencies. I like what they do so much that I personally invest in this ministry. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to give to world missions to look at Mission India. This is a well run organization.
Mission India is a vibrant not-for-profit Christian organization which has grown exponentially over the years to deliver God's love, mercy, and saving faith to the people in India. Mission India has a wonderful and compassionate ministry team that is prayer-focused allowing the team to reach those who don't speak the name of Jesus. Primarily living out the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment through the Indian nationals, Mission India wisely employs their financial donations as good stewards of the God-given resources. Thank you! Virginia Campbell --Middleville Michigan
Mission India is a Christian outreach that provides literacy training to women who are illiterate, in poverty, and have no way to improve their families lives. They teach throughout small villages in India where there is no other hope for them. The teachers are usually women who already went through the program and have had their own lives changed. They are dedicated, devoted, and really care about the other women and their families. Not only do they teach them how to read and write, which prevents them from being taken advantage of in the markets, but they teach them hygiene and how to save money and start their own micro businesses. The women who participate are truly changed - in fact their entire communities are transformed! I have been to India and sat in on two different sessions. One was in a small, dark, community room where 25 women were joyfully together learning. The other was out in the village common area by a huge old tree.
Mission India also does Children's Bible clubs and church planter training, and does all three of these programs with incredible efficiency, commitment and compassion. Only native Indian people are allowed to work in these programs and they are incredibly well trained.
I believe that Mission India gives as big a bang for your non-profit dollar as you will find anywhere!
I have donated to Mission India for over 30 years.
They have proven to be a mission organization that is effective in spreading the gospel with a variety of innovative ways, while keeping overhead low.
We have included Mission India in our estate planning.
I heartily recommend this organization.
I do not remember who spoke in our church several years ago,but it definitely touched my heart.We are so blessed in our lives and that makes helping others our Christian duty. We like giving to India and other organizations because we can do it privately. When I see the conditions that people in India have to endure,I want them to hear the good news of Jesus Christ and hopefully they will receive Jesus as their personal Savior.I do not remember how many years we have been giving to Mission India,I would guess 4 or 5 years.
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I know of no other ministry touching so many children each year with personal interaction and teachings on Jesus.
My wife and I were introduced to Mission India in 2011. We did not have a heart for India and were supporting missionaries overseas. However, when we read the 3rd party report on the results Mission India was having, as well as, what return you get for your investment in lives affected, we were sold. We have since shifted over 80% of our annual giving to Mission India due to their effective stewardship of resources for the kingdom. If any organization you are supporting does not offer a 3rd party report, I suggest you request one or look for those organizations willing to provide you with one.
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I'm a board member of a church related 501c3 that has been supporting Mission India for more than 10 years. If you're looking for a way to bring the Gospel message to those that haven't heard in the most efficient and effective way Mission India is the place to look.
On a scale of one to ten Mission India is a 20.
Over the last few years, I've had the privilege of doing contract work with Mission India in the areas of promotion and fund raising. We've done extensive work based on a handshake and it couldn't have been better. The leadership at Mission India are top-notch to work with and also people of their word. A handshake is enough with this organization.
There is more to any nonprofit than meets the eye. Annual reports offer overviews and statistics. Meetings and presentations provide a glimpse of the work being done, its value to humankind, and a vision for the future. But to really know the heart of an organization, you need to know the people involved. I have gotten to know some of the folks in the home office. This is not work to them, it is a calling. The brilliant things they do include involving indigenous leaders to reach the people they serve, communicating the Gospel through children's Bible clubs and adult literacy classes, and church-planting with ministry partners in India. They do all of this while developing new ways to inform their donors and the public at large via social media, email, videos and ground-breaking opportunities to catch the excitement of changed lives. Mission India (http://www.missionindia.org/) has roots extending back to 1970, and was organized at Bibles for India in 1980, then became Mission India in 1990. They are launching a new effort to assist parents and children in the West in learning more about their work and give them the opportunity to make a difference in lives in India -- it's their exciting "Lost in India" program with a free "Adventure Kit" to make families better informed and invite them to join in. I believe that any donation given to Mission India will be used most carefully and wisely to further the kingdom of Christ and spread the Gospel in India. Don't hesitate to get involved with them.
I've had the privilege of serving alongside ministry nonprofits for over 20 years. Mission India ranks in the top tier of ministry organizations in providing quantitative and qualitative reporting as it relates to ministry impact. The team is laser-focused on its mission and remains committed to demonstrating the results to its donors.
Mission India is a wonderful ministry of Jesus Christ to the people of India. They are committed to systematic and measurable accounting of a persons contributions to the ministry. They respond to donors with appreciation and continuing information about the outcomes of the ministry.
We support Mission India because of the nature of the ministry, the integrity and honesty, we believe the gifts go where they are said to go, and the finances are used wisely. Having spent over 40 years working with youth and families in our country we are blessed to support God's Word being taught to children and families in India.
Review from Guidestar
Mission India is special because they have succeeded in being efficient and effective at the same time. I've witnessed firsthand their commitment to controlling costs and making every dollar count. And at the same time, I've been impressed with their focus on results with an enduring passion to truly see people changed by Jesus Christ in India. On a personal note, I love how Mission India has engaged my family as well, with video tours of India, invitations to banquets, and engaging opportunities to give.
Before I say anything, I should probably note that my wife and I have been raise-your-own support staff members of two evangelical mission agencies. We served on those agencies for the better part of 9 years.
I have served on the boards of two agencies (including Mission India) and as a kind of board consultant to a third agency. My wife is a member of the board of the third agency that I have served as a kind of consultant.
It was about 10 years ago that my wife and I decided seriously to focus our charitable giving on "only" four or five specific organizations and to deliberately turn aside donation requests from others. That decision to focus has meant our giving has been very much more strategic; we have had very much more interaction with the various leaders of the different organizations to which we have given; and we have been able to have strategic input into these organizations far beyond mere financial donations. As noted above, we have now served (and are currently serving) on two of the organizations' boards of directors. . . .
Now for my "story" about Mission India. . . .
Mission India was one of the four agencies to which my wife and I committed ourselves 10 years ago. Honestly, at the time, it was "only" one and, frankly, we were only just barely aware of what it was all about.
Since that time, however, Mission India has become our favorite charitable group. We still give to all four organizations to which we originally committed ourselves, but when we have the opportunity to give a little more, we find ourselves always turning to Mission India.
Our reasons for feeling and thinking and acting as I have just outlined include the following:
* Mission India's ministry OBJECTIVE (church planting among all the people groups of India) in the world's spiritually neediest/least reached country.
* Mission India's METHODOLOGIES (enabling--without creating dependency--indigenous ministries to run effective evangelistic/church-planting Children's Bible Clubs and Literacy programs; and training effective and self-sustaining Church Planters), and these programs' proven EFFECTIVENESS (see next item). . . .
* Mission India has a proven (almost unbelievably strong) commitment to INTEGRITY IN MEASUREMENT of results, in tracking what its funding is used for and how its projects are being carried out. . . . What is particularly gratifying: these measurements are clearly NOT pursued primarily for self-promotion (though I think it would be foolish of the agency NOT to mention its statistics!), but, far more, it measures its outcomes in order to ENSURE EFFECTIVENESS and to PROVIDE GROUNDS FOR ONGOING IMPROVEMENT. I can attest to this commitment both as an outside DONOR and as a kind of "inside" BOARD MEMBER. I have seen this commitment worked out in practice.
* Mission India seeks to FOLLOW ALL SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES and to walk with integrity as humble servants who are DEPENDENT WHOLLY ON GOD. At the same time, however, it CONDUCTS ITS AFFAIRS LIKE A WELL-RUN BUSINESS. The Mission India board of directors is composed of more than business owners only, but it is strongly guided by [one could almost say, dominated by] business people who ask the kinds of questions and demand the kinds of accountability that savvy business owners should ask and should demand. This leads to what is, in my mind, an astonishing balance . . . and a hard-headedness that I have found less visible in other charitable organizations with which I have been associated.
* Mission India demonstrates a PRACTICAL COMMITMENT TO FUTURE GENERATIONS. --My wife and I have seen this not only in their Children's Bible Clubs programs, but in their investment on vision-building and educational programs for children in the United States. (My wife and I have had the privilege of helping to encourage all four of the agencies we support to create vision-building, educational fund-raising programs for children in the U.S. Mission India was the first agency to take us up on our offer to create such programs. They entered in enthusiastically, even though the potential payoff for such a commitment was unproven. Having done it once, they did it a second time. [See their www.mypassporttoindia.com program.] And we are working together on a third such program to be released in the fall of 2013. . . .) Clearly, Mission India has the LONG VIEW in mind.
* Mission India has shown the highest commitment we have found (among any of the agencies we have ever worked with or given to) to COOPERATE with and HELP other agencies who are intent on advancing the Kingdom of God. Put another way: the agency keeps THE BIG PICTURE in mind.
I just mentioned the children's programs. Following Mission India's lead, and at our urging, all of the other agencies my wife and I support have attempted to create similar programs for their own purposes. We have encouraged these agencies, then, to contact Mission India to acquire whatever insight Mission India may be able to provide.
My wife and I have seen Mission India readily, willingly, wholeheartedly and AT THEIR EXPENSE not only speak to these other agencies on the telephone and/or answer these other agencies' emails, but actually SEND STAFF MEMBERS to VISIT every one of these other agencies in order to provide them every kind of help, support, information and/or insight they might need to benefit from Mission India's experience.
I should note: this kind of cooperation often began without my wife's or my knowledge. It was certainly not a result of any arm-twisting or finagling on our part.
I am "just" really impressed with this organization and feel honored to be able to serve on its board.
We first heard about Mission India (MI) when I was the Missions Chairman for our church. What intrigued me from the first meeting was the unique approach that MI has to missions. By focusing on teamwork with the Indian members and partners on the ground, the gospel is presented without it being in a Western “voice” or an invasive outside force. I have many family members on the mission field today and others who have gone home to the Lord or are retired. I have never even heard of any ministry that works as efficiently or as effectively as Mission India. When our family heard about the literacy training program and the children’s programs (how lives could be completely changed by the introduction to the Gospel for so little money), we were moved by how God was using humble means and humble, passionate believers to transform a nation for Christ.
Over the years I have met MI staff both from the US and from India. This year I had the incredible opportunity to travel to India and meet with the Indian partners. I have never seen a more passionate or committed team. When you look at the sheer scale of population in India, it seems impossible to reach the nation. I am 100% convinced that God has given MI a strategy for reaching the nation of India and that we will see India as a Christian nation. I consider the MI team in the US and in India Champions of God’s Kingdom, on par with the “Mighty Men” that we read about in Scripture. Just as in the days of the early church God, is raising up men and women who are sold out to Him. He is using these ordinary men and women in extraordinary ways to advance His Kingdom.
I am talking to other groups that we have been involved with to get them to study what Mission India is doing, applying the lessons of India to their own nation. I introduce MI to every Christian businessman I know – I highly recommend that you support this incredible mission. The harvest is plentiful, the laborers in the field are plentiful – laborers are needed who have a passion for God’s Kingdom to partner and supply the resources that are needed. Not a penny will be wasted. There are millions of children on waiting lists, thousands of pastors on wait lists for training, untold numbers awaiting new literacy projects – the fields are white for the harvest and we need all be about the business of bringing in God’s Harvest while it is still day.
May God Grant us passion for the gospel to be fit co-laborers supplying our resources for the laborers in the harvest fields in India that together we will see India come to Christ.
Review from Guidestar
I have done Video and Photography work for Mission India and have gotten to see what they do and how they do it firsthand. This is one of the best organizations working in India today and I'm proud to work with them.
I have donated to Mission India for the past 5 years, having appreciated their mission and ministry only from the literature I have seen. In July 2012, I had an opportunity to visit India, so I asked if it would be possible to see their work in action. They arranged for me to visit an adult literacy class in a remote village. We arrived at dusk to a group of about 30 adults meeting outdoors. I saw that the group greatly valued the literacy, math lessons, and simple trade skills that were offered by Mission India. Several of the students shared their stories with me via a translator. I felt quite privileged to have them share their touching stories with me. Some were sold into slavery as children, some were abandoned by their spouses and left to care for the children with no skills or source of income, some suffered from health issues that kept them from schooling. All expressed great appreciation for the free education that Mission India was providing. This education gave them back their dignity and allowed them to live independently. But, the greatest value of this training was that they came to know their Lord and Savior in the process. The students told me that knowing Jesus has provided them with hope, purpose, and a future. The expressions on their faces told me much more than their words - that they had found true joy through this program. Mission India has found a very effective means of reaching the lost while teaching valuable skills. I applaud their strategy and I praise God for the fruit that they produce!
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We are happy to support Mission India, knowing that the funds we contribute go a long way to help local Indian churches reach their neighbors through adult literacy classes, children's Bible classes, and even church planting.
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We started partnering with Mission India several years ago with the Rice Bag Project. At that time, my daughter was learning to read and we really connected with the life changes that are made possible for those in the Adult Literacy program both in terms of literacy and, most importantly, the opportunity to learn of Christ and accept Him as Savior. We have continued partnering with Mission India for both adult literacy and Children's Bible Clubs. My children have loved participating with Chris' adventures as he takes us to India for inside looks. We also love the fact that we are supporting the national people to do God's work in their own country.
I have seen first-hand the work that this organization does. I have never seen an organization that has done more with the limited funds that they have. Through there extensive volunteer network the limited funds are magnified and significant life change has been the result for many Indian people. I would strongly encourage people to look at this organization for future contributions!