UTTARAKHAND – “ The Land of Gods”

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Beauty is inherent to almost all that Uttarakhand stands for- be it the magnanimous snow clad Himalayas, the glaciers giving birth to the rivers Ganga and Yamuna, stunning landscapes, incessantly colourful play of nature, the lush green untouched forests, mesmerizing  floral and faunal plethora and the simplest
of people. Uttarakhand is the 27th state of India and known as the “Land of Gods” (Devbhoomi) as it abounds with pilgrimage centres. Lakhs of devotees pay visits to these pilgrimage centres. Uttarakhand is
also the goldmine of anthropologists, historians, ornithologists and linguists.
Though Hindi is the offcial language of the state, Garhwali and Kumauni are the regional languages
widely spoken in the hilly terrains. 92% of Uttarakhand is covered by hills, located at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain ranges sharing borders with Tibet on the North, Nepal in the east and inter-state
boundaries with Himachal Pradesh , Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
Peeping through the history
During the 1960’s the Hindi Regional Evangelical Graduates Fellowship HREGF was formed in the 1970’s. Bro Vishal Mangalwadi, Bro Surender Parmar and Mr Richard Masih pioneered during those decades in the Hindi Region. During those times Dehradun, the present capital of Uttarakhand was a central place for many camps.
During late 1980s and 90s Mr. Maxwell and family and Bro Joel and family served in Uttarpradesh when Uttarakhand was part of the then undivided UP.
In 1982 Mr. Maxwell David contacted few graduates of Dehradun and encouraged them to form a committee. The first news letter titled ‘Witness’ was also brought out in August 1984.After a few years of gap, the Roorkee Engineering college students formed the EU ministry in the campus and later formed ICEU.
Uttarakhand was declared the 27th state of India on 9th November 2000 with Dehradun as a capital. UPEGF was looking after the work at Uttarakhand until November 2005 when the UKEGF committee formed.
2005-2007
This new state was nurtured by sta workers Bro. Venkateswara Rao and Sis Rita Rao who were
obedient to God’s call to serve him in this land. During this period focus was given to Dehradun
ministry and building contacts in nearby centers.
2007-2013
Mr. Pratyush Nayak and Mrs. Nidhi (staff workers) took forward the ministry during
this period. The state was divided into two regions, namely the Garhwal and the Kumaun
Region. Until 2010, the main focus was on the ministry in the 7 districts of Garhwal. The state
committee later took initiatives to expand the ministry to Kumaun region by placing coordinators. During this
period, many tent makers, missionary students moved from the southern states, especially Andhra Pradesh
causing a growth in the ministry. Bro Jeremiah was the  rst coordinator of the state, later Bro Anji joined
as a coordinator. In 2012, Bro Anji joined as a staff and was based in Haldwani. From then on wards God
has provided many coordinators (many localites); Mr. Ashok Kumar, Mr. Mukesh Masih, Mr. Jackson, Mrs.
Phebe and Mrs. Trupti Sahu. All of them contributed to the expansion of the ministry in different centres.
Present ministry
In 2013 Mr Siby and Mrs Jomol moved to Dehradun when Bro. Pratyush and family were relieved for studies. Mr. Pawan Kumar and Sis. Sushmitha joined and worked as coordinators for 2 years each. God has blessed us with a committed state committee under the leadership of Mr. Sony Farmer and 2 Regional committees; Garhwal and Kumaon. The powerful work of God is evident in
the growth of the ministry all over the state. Dehradun, Roorkee, Haldwani and Pantnagar are the main centres
in the plains of Uttarakhand. Srinagar, Pauri, Tehri, Uttarakashi, Pithoragarh and Bhimtal are the main student centres on the hilly terrain. Local students, graduates and coordinators being raised for the ministry is another encouragement. We are blessed with a committed staff team-, Mr. Siby and Mrs Sijomol, Mr. Anji and Mrs.
Sarah Susannah, Mr. Bheemiah and Mr. Naresh.
Though the UESI started its journey in the state almost 3 decades ago, ministry is yet to reach in many hill
centres like; Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kedarnath, Bhadhrinath, Gangothri, Uttarakashi and Yamunothri that is so strong for idol worship .Continue to pray for this Himalayan state – Uttarakhand so that God would send more missionary students and tent makers to witness and testify that this devbhoomi (land of gods) becomes Kristu Devbhoomi- land belonging to Christ.

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Uttarakhand Staff Team

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