St. Thomas, one of the Apostles of JESUS CHRIST came to India in 52 A.D. His mission was to uplift the poor and the downtrodden. He preached the gospel of Fatherhood of God and brotherhood of man. He taught the masses that all human beings are brethren. The impetus he gave to the cause of education for universal love has perhaps been the greatest contribution of St. Thomas. The great missionary zeal of this man of God has produced the ST. THOMAS MISSION, BHILAI.
St. Thomas Mission Orthodox Church Mission, Bhilai
St. Thomas Mission Orthodox Church Mission, Bhilai is one of the pioneer organisations working for the wholistic development of all persons, irrespective of race, caste or creed. St. Thomas Mission is the official Socio-Developmental wing of the Bhilai Mission, the Outside Kerala Mission of the Malankara Orthodox Church for Social Action, Relief and Development. It is a registered body under the Societies Registration Act (Chattisgarh) XXVI of 1961 with registration No. 8400 of 1979 and having its registered office at St.Thomas Mission Centre, Kailash Nagar, Industrial Estate, Bhilai, 490001, District Durg, Chattis Garh, India. The St.Thomas Orthodox Syrian Church Mission Bhilai was founded by the Late lamented H.H.Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews I, the then Catholicos of the East and the Malankara Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church of India in the year 1972.The first Director and President of the Mission was Late Lamented H.G. Dr.Stephanos Mar Theodosius Metropolitan.
The present President/ Director is H. G. Dr Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan.
As a Christian Organization, we believe and practice the following mission strategy of Lord Jesus Christ, depicted in the Gospel According to St.Luke Chapter 4:18 To preach the Gospel to the poor: He has sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind. To set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. May these words of Jesus Christ motivate us to this mission without counting the cost. The policies and programs of the STMSSB reflect and express the Social teachings of the Indian Orthodox Church, which we are called to profess and promote wherever we are. At the same time the MTSSB will assist persons solely on the basis of need without discrimination of creed, color, religion, race, cast or sex. It believes that the development of economic, social, political, material, spiritual, and cultural conditions are necessary for all people to flourish and reach their full human potential and accepts its responsibility to promote the common good of the larger society.
The mission of the St Thomas Mission is the integral development of all persons, irrespective of race, caste or creed, so that they may individually and collectively, reach the fullness of growth, to which God has destined human persons and communities. A holistic approach to literacy, health, education and poverty alleviation are its thrust areas of action through a process of empowerment and rights based approach.