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The Methodist Church in India (MCI) oversees many educational institutions, including Lucknow Christian College, the Isabella Thoburn College, the Calcutta Girls School, the Calcutta Boys School and the Baldwin Schools in Bangalore. The MCI sends its own missionaries for evangelistic outreach and has a strong deaconess constituency involved in social service and educational ministries.
Global Ministries has also supported some of the medical ministries based in clinics and hospitals throughout India.
Methodist work in India came by way of Sri Lanka (formerly called Ceylon) with the British Wesleyan Missionary Organization in 1817. By 1870, Methodist presence in India was recognized on a national level. Also arriving that year was Clara Swain, the first female doctor to be sent by any missionary society, and Isabella Thoburn, who worked with education for Indian girls. The two women were the first missionaries of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
MCI is today an affiliated autonomous church organized into 12 regional conferences under six episcopal areas.