India - The Spice of Life

Use the links below to navigate to information on this website about our Church's mission in India.
Spice of life
Going Global 2015 
Historic connections
New developments 
Doreen Riddell Scholarship Fund
Punjab pioneers
Advocating for equal rights
Ludihana NZ Fellowship 
Websites of interest

The Spice of Life

Our involvement in India is with the Church of North India, a partnership which we have named the Spice of Life. Download our newsletter Namaste!. You can also request a subscription.

Spice of Life Brochure

You can support The Spice of Life ministries in a variety of ways, which you can read about in our brochure, here

Going Global India 2015

A team from PCANZ took part in a Going Global programme to India in November 2015. This was an amazing time, learning about the church’s mission history in India, and sharing in the context of life and mission in India today. You can read about this programme in the attached PDF

Historic Connections

St Thomas School 50th Jubilee

St Thomas School, a co-educational independent Christian school teaching in English came into being in 1966. This was the culmination of over 84 years of hard work in Christian education in Jagadhri. The result of all this hard work is that St Thomas School now has a roll of 2000 students and provides outstanding all round education from pre-primary through to year 12. It is considered to be the best school in the district which is home to over one million people. The Rev Doreen Riddell of PCANZ was its first Principal. View a short interview with Doreen here.

Over the years, many needy young people have benefitted from financial assistance to study at St Thomas School and are now independent and making their own contribution to the community in which they live. In May 2016 the School celebrated its 50th Jubilee. PCANZ was represented at this occasion by Rev. Dugald Wilson and his wife Janet Dunn.

New Developments

As a result of the changing context in India we have been exploring new mission possibilities there, in consultation with the Church of North India. The first step in this process was when Somervell Presbyterian Church established a partnership with Avalon Girls School in the Northern Punjab. They provide scholarships for girls to stay at the hostel and attend the school. Global Mission is also supporting a second school and hostel, St. Paul’s in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. We continue to support Christian Hospital in Jagadhri and provide scholarships for nursing students at their School of Nursing; as well as supporting other ministries of the Church of north India. We invite members of the PCANZ to find out more and join us on the journey. If you or your church would like to find out more, please contact Global Mission Coordinator Phil King.

Going Global India team members with staff and students at Avalon School, and St. Paul’s hostel.


Our relationship with the Church of North India (CNI) was long managed by the Friends of Jagadhri, many of whose members served in India at various times. Longstanding support has been given to St. Thomas’ School, the School of Nursing and Christian Hospital in Jagadhri, and CNI congregations. The Friends of Jagadhri no longer functions as a group but there is still a large prayerful and financial support base for our mission partnership in India throughout the PCANZ. PCANZ mission in India is now managed by Global Mission and Somervell Church.

Doreen Riddell Scholarship Fund

Until recently, Friends of Jagadhri financially supported St. Thomas School through the St. Thomas School Scholarship Fund. This is a capital fund deposited with the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and administered by the Global Mission Office. The fund was established in 1993 by the Women's Missionary Fellowship of the Fairfield Presbyterian Church in Hamilton to acknowledge the excellent service of the Rev Doreen Riddell, who was the founding Principal of the school. Doreen was also the last New Zealand Presbyterian missionary to work at the school on a full time basis. With the changes taking place in our mission partnership with the Church of North India, the fund has now been renamed the Doreen Riddell Scholarship Fund. This funds scholarships for students at the School of Nursing in Jagadhri.

The Going Global India team with sponsored nursing school students, Christian Hospital, Jagadhri

Punjab Pioneers

There has been a recent reprinting of the book Punjab Pioneers. This book is about the lives of Will and Edith Porteous, who were missionaries in India 100 years ago. The hospital they were involved in opening in India celebrated its 100th anniversary in November 2014. Cost is $20 each plus $3.20 p&p. If more are ordered then the cost will be less. If you know anyone who may be interested in purchasing this book contact Andrew Brodie,

Indian Christians Pressure Government to Extend Equal Rights to All People

The Church of North India has been supporting Dalits in their struggle for equal rights. This article describes what happened when church leaders organised a peaceful march in protest at the lack of progress on Dalit rights.

More information about the mission of the Church of North India can be found on their website,

Ludhiana NZ Fellowship

Situated in the manufacturing city of Ludhiana, 300 km NW of Delhi, in the fertile Punjab, Christian Medical College and Hospital trains medical graduates and specialists, nurses, and dentists primarily for service in the 300 mission hospitals in India. Ludhiana is a manufacturing city of 4 million people. Although Global Mission no longer has a direct relationship with Ludhiana Christian Medical Centre but many people still share a keen interest in it. The 2015 Going Global Mission trip will paid a brief visit to CMC to learn about PCANZ mission history there.

Websites of interest - The site of the Friends of Ludhiana in the UK and gives interesting supplementary material especially for those planning to visit.

Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI) - Provides general information about the mission hospitals and programmes of the church in India.