Latha & Sam Bandela
Hometown: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, S. India
In Feb. 1994, Sam and Latha Bandela started Chamblee-Doraville Ministry Center in the Atlanta, Ga., area and led it to be an established ministry with 10 full-time employees and a dozen different community based programs.
In 2000, Sam and Latha took new assignment with CBF to reach unreached and unevangelized people groups in India with special focus on North India. Bandela has helped tsunami survivors with life skills programs such as sewing centers and other community projects, including distribution of fishing nets, school uniforms and Bibles. In August 2006, Bandela also helped facilitate CBF emergency relief in the Andhra Coastal districts. He distributed clothes, rice, clean drinking water, blankets, school supplies, Bibles and cash for emergency supplies to 600 families.
With CBF mission’s support, Bandela has helped with medical clinics in the remote areas, film ministry and engaged in training, evangelism and church planting.
“Our mission and vision is to enlist, encourage, educate, equip, enable and empower Indian nationals for evangelism and church planting in India and the end result is church planting,” Bandela said. “Medical clinics, sewing center projects, supplying food, flood relief, water projects – they are all means and methods for evangelism. All that we do is helping people come to know the Lord, and giving birth to a new churches.”
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• 2009 Fall fellowship!: Village church rebuilds after cyclone
• Recent unrest prompts call for prayer for Indian Christians
• Bandela partners with Indian church starters
• Missions education resources inspire vacation Bible school
• Field personnel facilitates tsunami victim's rescue in India
• Fellowship's gifts enable ministry to continue in India
• Photos: Embrace the World: India
• Video: Sam Bandela and his ministry in India
• Video: Embrace the World: India