India Connection began with a series of missions trips to India in the 1990’s with the purpose of coming alongside pastors to help Reach the Unreached and Teach the Untaught with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As the organization grew, we added many opportunities to serve the Lord in partnership with our Medical Camps and Clinic, the Girls Home of Pune, the Koinonia College of Theology, and pastors and churches across India.

Much is gained when we get out of our comfort zones and travel to another country to share the love of Jesus. Our faith is strengthened while at the same time the body of Christ is built up.

We are pleased to announce a full slate of mission trips for 2023:

Medical Missions

January, 2023

Girls Home

February, 2023

Student & Youth

August, 2023

Pastors Conference

October, 2023

Read through the descriptions below to find the trip that is perfect for your gifts and calling. When you’re ready to go, get in touch with us.

2023 Schedule 

Medical Missions

December 29, 2022 – January 14, 2023

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Every year in early January we send a group of 8-15 missionaries to Pune to conduct a week-long Medical Camp. The team works with the full-time doctor at our permanent Medical Clinic as well as area specialists to meet the needs of the underserved local population. The camp is well known in the area and hundreds of patients are served every day. 

Patients, including many who have never seen a doctor, travel through the stations of the Camp and receive Triage and a Doctor Consultation, BP & Blood Glucose screening, a Dental exam, Eyeglass screening for reading glasses and Health Education (tooth brushing, hygiene, etc.) 

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Before leaving, everyone has the opportunity to visit the Prayer Station, where their spiritual needs are addressed and many have come to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

A Women’s Day medical education event is held as part of the trip, with activities focused on raising awareness of women’s health issues and helping mothers raise healthy families. In 2023 we are prayerfully considering an additional 1-day Medical Camp in a rural village outside Pune. 

Who should go? 

Doctors, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists and other medical professionals will find their skills and experience very much in demand and appreciated on our medical missions trips. Team members with no medical background or training also make vital contributions at the registration table, eyeglass screening, health education and prayer stations. 

India Connection partners with medical schools, nursing schools and other institutions to provide opportunities for student growth. The Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher University has been an active participant in every medical mission trip for over ten years, enabling students to earn the credits they need to satisfy the school’s mission requirement.  

Missionary Testimony:

One woman came in, and she was troubled. A lot of people have fear and anxiety and they don’t know why. We prayed with an interpreter, and she put her head down on the table and just stopped. So I put my hand over her head and kept praying in English, and one of the Koinonia College of Theology students started praying in Hindi. 

After a minute she lifted her head up and her total countenance had changed. She said there was this darkness coming toward her, but as we were praying a light came and chased it away. When I asked Pastor Joseph about that he said, yes that’s true. That happens sometimes in India. Praise God. It happens here sometimes, too. 

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Girls Home of Pune

February 17-28, 2023

Young girls who live in the slums and impoverished areas of India are in very real danger of illness, malnutrition, abuse, and sex trafficking. The Girls Home of Pune was founded ten years ago as a safe haven for children who have been abused or neglected and are not safe. We rescue them, feed them, clothe them, shelter and protect them. We send them to school, show them the love of Jesus, and prepare them for life. Our hope is that, through their example, they will help bring real and lasting change to India.

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What’s it for?

The Girls Home is currently home to 38 girls, ages 7-19. Each one is precious to God and has been given new life. Visitors to the Girls Home can help them with their English, teach them to sew or knit or cook, or talk to them about God. They are bright and full of joy, and might teach you to sing a song or do an Indian traditional dance. All the girls are enrolled in school, but they go in shifts so there is almost always someone at home. 

Missionaries participate in morning and evening devotions, and there are opportunities to do some in-depth teaching. Some of the older girls have lived at the Girls Home most of their lives and are maturing in their faith. There is also the chance to spend quality time with young women from the Koinonia College of Theology, housed in the same modern, well-equipped building. 

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In past trips we have organized a Vacation Bible School for the kids in the neighborhood. These 1-2 day events are structured much like a VBS in America, with fun activities built around Bible lessons. Most of the kids from the neighborhood are from Hindu and Muslim backgrounds, so this is a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus and make a difference in their lives. 

Who should go?  

There is really only one thing you need to bring when you visit the girls: the love of Jesus! Trips exclusively to the Girls Home are most appropriate for groups of women of all ages. Activities at the Home can be combined with classes, meals and devotions at the College and worship opportunities at the large and growing church down the street. Some choose to add a tour of the wonders of India to the end of their trip. We can help you design a trip to your specifications and make all the necessary arrangements. 

School teachers, Sunday School teachers, church youth leaders, social workers and anyone who works with youth would be well-suited to ministering to the needs at the Girls Home. It would be a great trip for mothers and daughters (or grandmothers and daughters) to take together, or members of a women’s Bible Study or prayer group. Christian schools or Homeschool co-ops can form lasting relationships with the girls that continue via Zoom, email and WhatsApp well after they return. 

Missionary Testimony: 

Two years before visiting India I was reading “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper when God spoke to me in the loudest voice I have ever heard Him use. At the end of the book, as I read down through a list of countries ranked by number of unreached people groups, my eyes fell upon the astoundingly large number in India. In that moment, God told me, “Mary, let’s go!” 

From the moment we saw the girls at the Girls Home and received a hearty welcome and plenty of hugs I knew my heart was lost to them. I was so inspired by the love for God that their house mothers obviously have and their desire to see every one of the girls thrive and live a life for God. I can’t describe the joy of getting to share a relationship with God with believers in another country. We were able to worship together in song and meditate together on God’s word, and even if sometimes we couldn’t understand what was being said, the presence of the Lord was undeniable. 

Students & Young Adults

July 31-August 18, 2023

What is it for?

We are excited to be partnering with Elim Institute to offer our first-ever mission trip to Pune targeted to Students & Young Adults. This trip will combine activities at the Girls Home with opportunities to get embedded in the Koinonia College of Theology and find innovative ways to minister to and serve the Christian community of Pune. 

 Activities planned include a 2-day, 2-night city-wide Youth Conference bringing Christian young people together from around Pune, India, a city of 4 million. Student missionaries will participate by helping design the activities and shape the themes of the event, then lead worship, deliver messages and run break-out sessions.

At the Girls Home, the students can design and deliver discipleship training activities, either an in-depth “retreat-style” experience or as part of the girls’ nightly devotions.  This will be a great opportunity to explore the music, art & dance of India, and do cross-cultural projects together. We can conduct a 2-day VBS-style outreach to the Hindu and Muslim kids in the neighborhood.

Our prayer is that the missionary team will form deep relationships with the students at KCOT. How does their perspective differ from our own? What can American Christians learn from Indian Christians? What can Indians learn from Americans? The KCOT curriculum is flexible to allow Elim and KCOT professors to jointly plan a special unit during the time that Elim students are in residence.

Other activities being considered include a trip to a rural village for a mini-Medical Camp and/or VBS or Youth Conference, and an evangelistic outreach event. 

Pastor’s Conference

October 2023

What is it for?

Every year in late October/early November we gather our pastors from around India for a time of refreshing at our headquarters in Pune. The event combines conference-style teaching with ample opportunity for fellowship and worship. 

Who should go? 

Pastors and ministry leaders with a call to teach are invited to participate and give a message at the conference. This is a chance for those with a call to foreign missions to form deep relationships with pastors from India, including many from remote regions. 

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Like cold water to a thirsty soul,
so is good news from a far country.
Proverbs 25:25

So are you thinking about going on a mission trip? It’s worth it. The key word in all of missions and evangelism is “Go”. First, go to prayer. Go to your prayer closet and ask, “God, are you going to send me? I want to go, will you send me?” Second, go to the Word. Go to the Word of God and get a scripture. He gave me a scripture about India in 2006. I had no idea He would send me in 2019, but I held on to it because God’s Word is sure. In God’s timing, you will go. 

Go!