Seventh-day Adventist Church in India
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The Seventh-day Adventist Church is present in India. The headquarters of its Southern Asia Division is in Tamil Nadu. Among the other states of India with presence of the Seventh-day Adventist Church are Kerala, Jharkhand, Manipur, Bihar, Rajasthan,Haryana and Andhra Pradesh.
William Lenker and A. T. Stroup started selling Adventist literature in Madras in 1893. The Southern Asia Division was organized under president J. E. Fulton in 1919 with 26 churches and 978 members.
Unlike several Christian denominations Seventh-day Adventist Church is also concern with charity. Adventist Christian believe that only one's faith is a requisite of salvation, and that one's works are insufficient to gain or lose salvation. In 1896, 1897 first Adventist schools for girls Dores Robinson. An orphanage for boys opened in 1897 but moved to Karmatar, Jharkhand (1898) for vocational training. Dr O. G. Place and nurses Samantha Whiteis and Maggie Green opened the first treatment rooms in 1896. The Adventists moved their headquarters to Lucknow in 1909 and opened several Urdu schools (1910) and an English school at Mussoorie (1911). Adventist missionary activity started at the end of the 19th century. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency India is active since 1992.