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London Missionary Society (LMS)

     The London Missionary Society (LMS) was a non-denominational missionary society formed in England in 1795. At present, it is a part of the Council for World Mission (CWM). At the initial stage, the functioning of this society was inspired to a great extend by William Carey, the pioneer missionary of India.

    With the increased awareness about the new geographical regions, the missionaries in Europe learned about the pathetic living conditions of the people of India, Africa and the other countries of the newly discovered world. They understood that its primary reason for this was the prevailing social conditions such as caste system, superstitions, etc. They were convinced that a real emancipation to these people could be brought about only through the Gospel of Christ, which underlines human dignity above all. This provided the passion to the missionaries of LMS. Thus, they left all the comforts in their home land and came to India. They braved the epidemics (spreading diseases), adverse climatic conditions and hostile circumstances to stay here. They contributed to increasing the living standards of the Indian people and laid the foundation stones of modern Indian society.

    The LMS missionaries were the torch-bearers of social reformation, wherever they went. They had adventurous spirit which prompted them to explore into un-known lands.  David Livingstone, who discovered the Victoria Falls and the place of origin of River Nile, was a missionary of LMS. When the capitalists captured the natives of Africa and used them as slaves, the LMS responded to this by forming Anti-Slavery Society. John Ryland, William Carey and H.O. Wills were the prominent missionaries who led the fierce campaign against slavery. Many missionaries died as martyrs in the lands where they went.