29-year-old P.G. Vargis, a soldier in the Indian Army, serving
in the Himalayan Mountains, received Jesus Christ as his Saviour. His life was
so dramatically changed that within three months he was sharing the Gospel with
people everywhere. In 1977, P.G. and his wife Lilly Vargis founded Indian Evangelical
Team (IET), one of the largest and fastest growing indigenous church-planting
missions in India.
Reaching the Un-reached at Any Cost
South Asia has the largest number and the highest concentration
of unreached people groups in the entire world. It is definitely one of the
darkest and harshest areas for the gospel. In addition, the fierce, growing
persecution in recent years has made this one of the most difficult and dangerous
regions to spread the gospel in the entire world. Yet, this is where God has
placed IET. And, we are committed to His callto reach the unreached in
South Asia, at any cost!
With a motto: to reach the unreached at any cost, the
ministry expanded from its beginning in Kashmir to include the entire Indian
subcontinent. Today, IET, headquartered in New Delhi, supports more than 2,100
national pastors, and has planted churches in twenty states of India as well
as neighboring Nepal and Bhutan; an amazing record. IET churches have roughly
200,000 members, 93% of whom are first-time converts. In 2004, IET pastors led
to the Lord and baptized 20,453 people.
To train pastors, IET has started a Bible College in New Delhi.