Who we are?
Harvest Mission to the Unreached (HMU) is a non-denominational,501(c)3 organization. We are mainly focused on the unreached people of Northern India and Nepal through national missionaries. To fulfill this great purpose and the great commission of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are involved in various activities and ministries such as: church planting, mobile gospel team, Bible school, literacy ministry, leprosy ministry, children’s ministry, medical mission, music ministry etc. All gifts are tax deductible. We are a registered organization in the USA, Canada, India and Nepal. We have a board of directors in all these countries to run and control our work.
In 1998 God gave the burden to Dr. Varughese Mathew to assume responsibility for a financially struggling mission that already existed in India. This small mission was started by a man of God pastor Mathew Oommen who was originally working for the government of India in Delhi. Pastor Oommen registered this group as a church with twelve missionaries in 1982. Dr. Varughese Mathew (Saji) joined as the director of this group and gave new direction to the ministry. After prayer the ministry leaders gave a new name to the ministry called, “Harvest Mission to the Unreached” and set a goal to reach the most unreached in India. This ministry was registered as 501(c)3 organization in the USA.
Lawrence Epps (Buck) joined the ministry as treasurer after his retirement from an oil company in 2000 and Anthony Lacount joined as newsletter editor in 2003. Gary Burgess volunteered to handle the big job of mailing our monthly newsletter and in 2014 Kim Constantine assumed this responsibility. HMU has no full time staff but is manned by volunteers in the USA and Canada.
God has blessed HMU with steady growth in human and financial resources since its inception. Our missionaries have grown from 25 to 180 not counting Bible school students. In 2009 we expanded our work to Nepal focusing on church planting and training. We give honor and glory to our great God for allowing us to be part of his plan to bring in a harvest of Indian and Nepalese souls.
Testimony of Saji Mathew
He was born and raised in a small village in the state of Kerala, South India. Though born in a Christian family, he never had a personal relationship with the Lord, until the age of 16. The financial struggles his family faced with the sudden and early death of his father in the Indian Army, made life very challenging. In 1978 the Lord touched his life through a gospel meeting he once attended and he accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour.
He has been in the ministry since 1982. He started his ministry with ‘Campus Crusade for Christ’ in India with their Jesus film team that traveled from village to village showing and teaching the villagers about the life of Jesus. In 1983 he entered a Bible College and after the completion of a four-year-bachelor degree, he worked with ‘Gospel for Asia’ in India for more than 8 years. In 1998, God gave me the burden to take the responsibility for a financially struggling Indian organization that evolved into Harvest Mission to the Unreached. At that time he was in a full-time Doctorate program at the Canada Christian College in Toronto. Currently Saji lives in Toronto, Canada and is director of HMU. He is also a senior Pastor of India Christian Fellowship, Toronto, Canada which was started in 2005. His wife is Annie and he has 3 children Jeffrey, Jessica and Joseph.