Central India Outreach

Our History


Central India Outreach (CIO) has a history reaching back to 1945 when pastor, educator, and author Dr. Kurien Thomas accepted God’s call and based his work in the heart of India, Itarsi. His vision was to reach forth from here and impact the ends of this nation. The Lord, however, took this work farther and used him to impact six continents of the world earning him a place as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Out of his vision were birthed the Central India Theological Seminary (CITS) and the Fellowship Churches of India. Scores of God’s servants, who graduated from CITS, have gone to various parts of India, and also the world, working integrally with the Fellowship. During his life-time, Dr. Kurien , Hindi, and Malayalam. He was also honored by various groups for his contribution to the nation, especially towards literature and journalism.

Dr. Kurien’s son, Dr. Matthew Thomas, the present Chairman of the Fellowship and the Seminary, along with his wife Aleyamma, founded Central India Outreach in order to venture into the areas of arts, education, and charity. Proceeding with this objective in mind, the House of Hope was founded in 2006 and is now home to homeless and parentless boys and girls, from different parts of the nation. The ongoing projects under CIO are the Vocational Instructional Centre, the Mercy Clinic, and the Restoration towards Life Empowerment Centre. We request your kind prayers and support towards the ministry.