What is Christ for India?
Christ for India is an interdenominational nonprofit Christian organization founded in 1962 by Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Manuel Fernando. Christ for India is determined to reach the multitudes with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The members of the Board of Directors are dedicated to fulfilling the Lord’s command “work while it is day.” Christ for India has a had a consuming passion to spread the Gospel to men and women in the remotest parts of India through orphanages, child sponsorship programs, churches, mass crusades, Bible distribution, multimedia and gospel literature. One pastor described this ministry as having the greatest missionary impact in India over the last 100 years.
Who founded Christ for India?
Dr. Rev. Manuel Fernando was born in the seaside city of Tuticorin. This town is situated in the southern portion of the State of Tamil Nadu, located in southern India. In the 1960's his wife, Lilian, purchased some peanuts wrapped in newspaper on the streets of India. When they finished eating the peanuts, they discovered the peanut wrapper was made from a Christian Newspaper written by Loraine B. Berry, called "Healing Hope". They wrote to Mrs. Berry about their desire to start a Christian work in India. Because of her help, Pastor Fernando (as he prefers to be called) came to the U.S., received a Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Southern California College in Calfornia and returned to India. During the late 1960's, '70's, '80's and '90's Pastor Fernando conducted mass crusades throughout Southern India; and became known endearingly as the "Billy Graham” of India. Through his work, millions have heard the good news of the Gospel and many thousands have been saved. Over forty years later, many still remember with fondness how God greatly moved in his crusades.
Land was purchased, and churches were planted. One piece of land in Elumiyan Kottur, located outside the city of Chennai, (Madras) was dedicated 1967 and became the childrens' "Haven of Hope" orphanage. Over the years, hundreds of children called this home.
Christian Family Fellowship International was also founded by Pastor Fernando. This church, under the umbrella of CFI is pastored by his son, Pastor Steve Fernando. Regular church services are conducted in Lake Forest, California, serving the community with a worship team, womens' Bible study, prayer meetings, and ministry visitation at a local convalescent care facility.
As the ministry Overseer, Pastor Fernando, still takes an active interest in everything pertaining to the work.
Where is Christ for India located?
Christ for India's International Headquarters in the U.S.A. are located in the State of California in the community of Lake Forest, situated in Southern Orange County.
The National Headquarters are located at the city of Chennai (Madras), located in the State of Tamilnadu in Southern India.
Christ for India-President
Enoch Fernando was born in Chennai, (Madras), in Southern India. As a young boy, in the streets of India, Enoch witnessed the terrible suffering of men and women afflicted with diseases like leprosy and polio. Even at a young age he wondered how he could help them. When he was fifteen he got involved in a rock band. Amazingly that rock band won the "All India Beat Contest". With his heart set on a future in music, Sister Loraine Berry, the same woman instrumental in bringing his father to the U.S. to study the Bible, was key to his arrival in the U.S. to study music. He received his degree from California State University-Fullerton. With a desire to go into full time music ministry, in 1980, he met Rebekah. She too was eager to go into full time ministry. They married; and in 1984 they packed all their belongings into Enoch's parent's garage. With $100 in their pocket and a tank full of gas they took off across the U.S. in an eighteen foot motorhome on their first concert tour. Since then Enoch has appeared in thousands of concerts worldwide. In the year, 2000, Enoch's CD, "Hymns from the Heart" was considered for two Grammy nominations. The evangelical and humanitarian work of Christ for India has always been the driving force behind his music. To learn more about his music, we invite you to visit: www.enochconcerts.com
Christ for India-Administrator
Kathy has been with Christ for India since 2004. She diligently manages sponsor donations and correspondence for Christ for India's Child Sponsorship Program.
She has traveled to India with Christ for India teams, and has a strong sense of the needs of the children there. She understands the challenges they face.
Kathy is a dedicated worker for the cause of children. She diligently administrates the sponsor program here in the U.S. and is happy to answer any questions regarding Christ for India's Child Sponsorship Program.
Until his passing, her husband, David Adrean, was a long time supporter of Christ for India and served on the board for thirty years.