IT WAS 6 YEARS AGO last month (April 1979) that Br Tim Galbraith, newly married to Sis Sarah, moved to India to make it his adopted country, and live· in his wife’s home city of Hyderabad. They were the only Christadelphians in a country teeming with 700,000,000 people!

The beginnings were slow. Interest in the Bible appeared to be high. But it was one thing to preach the Truth, it was another thing to persuade them to join a nonexistent community. A complex publishing effort was set in motion. Increasing quantities of literature, booklets and pamphlets started to come off the press.

To facilitate this work, as well as to provide an income, Br Tim established a printing business, printing a lot of normal commercial work as well.

The writer visited Br Tim at the end of 1979, and together they went on a 4,000 km tour of 3 of the central Indian states and for 4 weeks Bible studies and Talks were given almost every day. There were glimmers of growing interest.

In 1980 the first baptism took place and Br Joseph Judah, baptised the previous year in U.K. moved back to his homeland, (although Sr Elvira Paul, Br Tim’s motherin- law had been baptised in 1979). In 1981 growing interest in State of Karnataka in the City of Bangalore and the nearby town of Mandya led to 4 baptisms in that area – with the promise of more. However, Bangalore was a 17 hour train journey from Hyderabad! There was a limit to what Br Tim could do. Br & Sr Allanson from New Zealand responded to an appeal and arrived at the end of that year. Their 27 month stay, before the ill health of Sr Allanson caused them to return home, saw the building up of the Bangalore Ecclesia in that area.

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