Hoskote Mission is situated 25k from Bengaluru-Karnataka away from the hustle and bistle of the city. The Bishops, Missionaries, Evangelists, Mission workers, friends and well-wishers who provided financial and spiritual support have fostered the mission with their skillful and committed leadership. In June 2022, the mission celebrated its Platinum Jubilee. Currently, Hoskote Mission has 7 Mission homes and 10 Mission centers/ chappels, including a church located at Mission Campus.

9 acres that makeup the main campus comprises of the 0ld and new church building, Mission Hospital, Education Care Project (ECP), the Dialysis Unit, the Tailoring Training Unit, the HIV/ AIDS conselling Center, Mess Unit, the Old Age Home, Bible Institute, the Nursing College, the Nursing College Students Hostel, Nurses and Doctors Quarters, Parsonages of Missionary and Assistant Missionary and the Administrative Office.

Hoskote Mission and Medical Center has around 150 employees serving in several departments. Along with the respoinsibilities of all mission activites, the Missionary in charge of Hoskote Misison is the Director of all units of the Hoskote Mission and Medical Center, as well as the vicar of Hoskote Mar Thoma church.

Rev. Jinson K Mathew

Assistant Missionary:
Rev. Jince P Koshy

Beginning of Hoskote Mission

Towards the end of 1946, Bishop Abraham Mar Thoma, who had great zeal for the evangelization of India, visited the Bangalore Parish and was informed of possibilities of opening Mission work at Hoskote. Miss. Bagshaw, an English lady who belonged to the Anglican Church, came to Hoskote long before the Mar Thoma Church even thought of mission work in Hoskote. She bought a piece of land in the town and started an orphanage called “House of Praise”.

Meanwhile, God was still working to accomplish His purpose. In the 1940s, under the leadership of Rev. Philip Oommen (later Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan) and Rev. M.G. Chandy (later Alexander Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan), successive vicars of the Mar Thoma Church in Bangalore, and some of the Bangalore Marthomites used to assemble in Cubbon Park for prayer and fellowship. As the days passed, there arose a growing conviction that they should open an outreach ministry of the city congregation in one of the rural neighbourhoods of Bangalore. After scouting around the surrounding areas, they felt that Hoskote was the right place where God was directing them. God, through His Spirit, has been at work from the very beginning using various individuals, groups, and churches to draw lost men and women unto Himself. Where one studies the history of Hoskote Mission, it appears that God worked through several individuals and groups, and from different directions for the establishment of His work at Hoskote.

In the first week of January, 1947, Bishop Abraham was taken to Hoskote by friends in Bangalore. Visiting Miss. Bagshaw at the House of Praise, he gathered more details of the place and its people and was greatly impressed by the way God was opening a way for mission work, claiming the fulfilment of God’s promise in Joshua 1:3 he prayed to God for the land they had trodden upon and beseeched Him to give the nation for the church’s inheritance.

At the same time an urge arose in Mr. A. C. Zachariah of Kuriannoor, a teacher at the CMS College High School, Kottayam, and Mr. M.T. Joseph, an Anchal Master at Kozhenchery to leave their work and launch out into full-time evangelistic ministry. Mr. A. C. Zachariah took leave and joined South India Bible Institute at Kolar. After completing his studies he went back to Kerala praying to God to provide a team mate for the proposed work at Hoskote. After a meeting with Mr. Zachariah both Joseph and his wife resigned their Gov’t jobs. Thus the pioneering team for Hoskote Mission was formed.

They studied Kannada zealously and very soon they learned to read and write. As they became more and more proficient in the language, they began to reach out to the multitudes of surrounding villages, holding, literacy classes for youths, a night school to coach school going children etc. Even though the Missionaries earned the love and respect of many people in the town and surrounding villages through their life and testimony, people were very hesitant to adopt the new faith. After some time two workers were assigned to Hoskote from Mar Thoma Suvishesha Sevika Sangam. They stayed in a room in one village and used to visit the neighbouring villages. Narasimha and his wife Rethnamma, were residents of the Gonakanahally village. Rethnamma came into contact with the ladies team at Jedigenahally and became a Christian and accepted the Christian name Saramma. Later Narasimha was also baptized and received the name Abraham. The first one who joined the fellowship of the Church through baptism was a young man from Hoskote who received the Christian name Mathai. Mr. Zachariah who had learned homeopathy through a correspondence course rented a room in the town and opened the “Rural Welfare Homeopathic Dispensary’. More people started to get treatment from this Dispensary. Since then there arose a desire in the minds of the people to start a hospital in Hoskote.

The Missionaries as well as the friends of the Mission earnestly prayed to god to provide a base for the Mission in the town and the land for the Mission was bought in 1951 and 1952.The members of the Bangalore Mar Thoma Church solidly stood behind the missionaries with their prayers and financial support and encouraged them through their visits and fellowships.


Later Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association assumed direct management of the Hoskote Mission and renamed it as Hoskote Mission & Medical Centre. Rev. E. J. George was appointed as the Missionary in charge of the Mission and Dr. (Mrs.) Sophy George as its Medical Superintendent and the then Health Minister of Karnataka State inaugurated the Hospital on 11thof July 1965 at a function presided over by the Most Rev. Yuhanon Mar Thoma Metropolitan. The camp shed on the campus was converted into a dispensary after making necessary modifications. The Hospital which started in a camp shed has grown to a full fledged hospital with a bed capacity of 150 in patients with units like Surgery, Medicine, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Leprosy, Ortho, Dental, ENT, Physiotherapy and Dialysis Unit, investigations such as Scanning, X-ray, Pharmacy etc.

Work among Leprosy Patients

Mission’s work among Leprosy patients started in 1970 with few leprosy patients with an aim to provide holistic care to meet the physical, mental and spiritual needs of leprosy sufferers and to assist in their rehabilitation, irrespective of cast, creed or religion. The field work (SET Programme) started in 1980 with two qualified leprosy staff. They covered 240 villages in and around Hoskote with a population of around one lakh. Ever since the introduction of M.D.T. in the eradication of leprosy world wide ,there was a steep fall in the prevalence and incidence of leprosy in the population. The world wide decline in the incident of leprosy is also reflected its situation in India too. Though the incidence and prevalence are very low, the old patients continue to attend OPD for ulcer care and other general complaints and illness and some of them need to be admitted. We give them free treatment and food. We have rehabilitated two cured patients in the campus itself.


Initially the Bangalore parishes met half the expenditure incurred in this account, but from 1972 till 2002. the American Leprosy Mission gave financial assistance for the treatment and rehabilitation of the patients. Many individuals and organizations supported us on many occasions, and now the expenses is met from the Hospital and through the support of few Mission friends.

Community Development Projects

With the financial assistance of World Vision of India a community development project aimed at the total upliftment of the village people, focussing on their personal, family and community life was started at a village called Tarabally in 1985. The rural development project at Shivanapura continued its programmes with the financial backing of CASA. Day Care Centre with programmes of assistance in educational, medical, nutritional and other needs of the children, coming from poor families of the villages was started in 1980 with the financial assistance of KNH and CSI Council for Child Care.

About 250 needy children coming from various villages of the Missions field were enrolled to receive assistance for their educational and medical needs, under the family help project offered by Compassion India. Gradually the number of Child Development Projects supported by Compassion increased to 7 running at 7 locations, benefitting around 2,400 children.

Shanthi Mandiram

Shanthi Mandiram a home for the destitute was established in 1981 for those abandoned by their own family members and society. The completely helpless, almost crippled person living under a tree, whose existence depended on the mercy of the passers-by and abandoned to death had inspired the then Missionary, Rev. P. V. Philip to start a home for the poor destitute people. Thus a temporary building was put up at Hoskote Campus in 1981. A good Samaritan in the form of an auto driver brought a mentally ill Mary to the Mission. Initially there were only two members and as the number of applicants increased a new building was constructed in 1995. Once the building was completed, it became a shelter for many helpless people. There was no place for the inmates to sit together and pray and have food. Mr. Sounder Rajan, who came to know about this need, donated money to construct a hall for this purpose.

Realising the need for training prospective evangelists in the context of the Mission field itself Easow Mar Timotheos Memorial Evangelists’ Training Institute was started in 1991 as a joint venture of Mar Thoma Church and Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association. The Institute offers Three Year Diploma Course in Evangelism in Kannada medium.

Hoskote Mission Institute of Nursing

Hoskote Mission Institute of Nursing (HMIN) was started in the year 1996 with an intake of 40 students with the recognition of Karnataka Nursing Council and Indian Nursing Council. Hoskote Mission moved to the reality of medical education in November 1996 when the first batch of 26 students were enrolled for a three year course of General Nursing and Midwifery. The students are trained for character development and spiritual life along with their studies. Nursing Institute which started with 18 students in 1966 offering three year Diploma course in General Nursing without any building has now a three storey hostel building and a separate Academic Block. The Institute now offers 4 year Basic B. Sc. Nursing Course and 2 year M. Sc. Nursing Course.

As the Mission work increased considerably, it was found necessary to have more Missions for effective and fruitful ministry. As a result of this, separate Missions were formed at Shivanapura in the year 1998 and Jangamakotte in the year 2006

JMI Counselling Centre

JMI Counselling Centre was started in October 2007. Initially we focussed on awareness programmes among schools, colleges, Sthree Shakthi groups, youth groups and for villagers. Due to awareness programme more HIV affected people have started going for treatment in Hospitals. We conduct pre and post test counselling and treat minor illness in the OPD and admit those who have serious illness. Health Workers take patients to Bowring Hospitals, Victoria Hospital etc. for CD4 Count, ART and higher treatment.

The Dialysis Unit was started in 2013 with two machines has now 7 machines. We do Dialysis on concessional rate and free treatment for deserving people.

Evangelistic Work

The evangelistic work of Hoskote Mission is going on in ten mission stations such as Hoskote, Bhaktharahalli, Ganagal, Kacharakanahalli, Kammasandra, Dunnasandra, Gonakanahalli, Malur, Dandupalya and Ummalu under the leadership of two missionary achens and ten evangelists. We organise Youth camps, women’s meeting, sunday school retreats, widow’s fellowship, jathra, youth meeting, Vacation Bible School etc for the spiritual nourishment of the villagers.

A tailoring school is functioning inside the campus to give vocational training in stitching to village women. Tailoring centre helps many village women to earn their livelihood through the skill that they developed in our centre.

Educational Care Projects

Hoskote Mission has 2 Educational Care projects; one in Hoskote Campus and one in Dandupalaya, wherein 300 (150 each) most deserving children are supported. We provide regular tuition and one time meal for these children. In addition, we give tuition fee for these children and during the month of June we give them school bags and stationery items.

A tailoring school is functioning inside the campus to give vocational training in stitching to village women. Tailoring centre helps many village women to earn their livelihood through the skill that they developed in our centre.